About the Board

Every two years, APA Iowa members elect four individuals to serve as Chapter President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  These individuals, as well as the Past President, serve for two year terms.  The current term is from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2025. Other members of the APA Iowa Board of Directors are appointed to four-year terms by the Chapter President with the exception of the non-voting representatives, who are selected by their respective organizations.   

Executive Officers


President

Madeline Sturms, AICP

She/Her/Hers

Chapter President through December 31, 2025.

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Vice President

Marcus Coenen, AICP, PTP

Chapter Vice President through December 31, 2025.

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Secretary

Zhi Chen, AICP

Chapter Secretary through December 31, 2025.

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Treasurer

Tom Gruis, AICP

Chapter Treasurer through December 31, 2025.

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Past President

Dylan Mullenix, AICP

Past President through December 31, 2025.

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Board Members


Planning Board Member / Citizen Planner

Trina Flack

Term began January 2023 and ends December 2026.

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University of Iowa Representative

Haifeng Qian

Term began September 2023 and ends December 2027.

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Iowa State University Representative

Francis Owusu

Term began September 2021 and ends December 2025.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair

Caleb Knutson

He/Him/His

Term began March 2022 and ends December 2025.

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Conference Chair

Sarah Constable Runkel

Term began November 2023 and ends December 2026.

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Professional Development Officer

Charlie Cowell, AICP

Term began January 2024 and ends December 2027.

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Chapter Development Program Area Chair

Anne Russett, AICP

She/Her/Hers

Term began March 2018 and ends December 2026.

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Outreach Program Area Chair

Melissa Edsill Tiedemann, AICP

Term began January 2020 and ends December 2024.

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Legislative & Policy Program Area Chair

Steven Van Steenhuyse, AICP

Term began January 2022 and ends December 2026.

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Awards & Recognition Chair

Trey Rouse

Term began January 2023 and ends December 2027.

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Communications Program Area Chair

Ben Curtis

Term began September 2022 and ends December 2025. 

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Liaisons

Student Representative (University of Iowa)

Elizabeth Brackett

Student Representative (Iowa State University) | Undergraduate

Tyler Whittaker

Student Representative (Iowa State University) | Graduate

Keerthana Kishore Kumar

Iowa County Zoning Officials (COZO) Representative

Bret VandeLune

Iowa Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association (IFSMA)

Steve Cooper