Professional Development


Iowa MILE Information

MILE (Members Involved in Leadership and Engagement) participants are Iowa TRIO members who are in training to be or who are currently leaders within Iowa TRIO. This program grew out of our responsibility to support and educate our membership. After two years of planning this project had it's first class in 2020.


Some of the information that is shared in the training includes: History and Impact of Iowa TRIO, Roberts Rules and Overview of Board/Committee work, Leadership Styles and what it means to be a leader in Iowa TRIO, and Committee work.


If you have any questions about the MILE program, please reach out to a member of the current Training Team.


2022 Iowa MILE Participants

De'Carlos Anderson, Director, Educational Talent Search, University of Northern Iowa

Morgan Renee Bear, Advisor, Student Support Services, Kirkwood Community College

Karina Pedroza, Educational Coordinator, Student Support Services, Western Iowa Tech Community College

Tristan Schmidt, Educational Support Services Specialist, Upward Bound, University of Iowa

Jodie Smith, Director, Student Support Services, Iowa Western Community College

Mashyra Taylor, Advisor, Student Support Services, Southeastern Community College

Stephanie Yazell, Assistant Director, Student Support Services, University of Iowa

2022 Iowa MILE Training Team

Jodi Kremer, Academic Coordinator

TRIO-Student Support Services, Northeast Iowa Community College

Haley A. Kamps, L.M.S.W. (She/her/hers), Success Coach

TRIO-Student Support Services, University of Iowa

Nick Sullivan, PACE Coordinator and Academic Advisor

Office of Academic Advising, University of Northern Iowa

2021 Iowa MILE Participants

Kimberly Castillo, Educational Support Services Specialist, Upward Bound, University of Iowa

Sarah Clark, Coordinator, Educational Talent Search, Central College

Wendy Iverson, Educational Coordinator, Student Support Services, Western Iowa Tech Community College

Sarah Schwartz, Project Advisor, Student Support Services, Southeastern Community College

Terry M. Luiken, Advisor, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Iowa Lakes Community College


2021 Iowa MILE Training Team

Kristin Lewis, Assistant Director

Educational Talent Search, Central College

Kris Nerem Lowery, Director

Student Support Services, Iowa Central Community College

Cindy Virta, Director

Student Support Services, Northeast Iowa Community College

Nick Sullivan, Director,

Student Support Services, University of Northern Iowa

Megan Holbach, Assistant Director

University of Northern Iowa Center for Multicultural Education (UNI-CUE

2020 Iowa MILE Participants

Megan Holbach, Assistant Director, Educational Opportunity Programs, UNI

Scottie Yang, Coordinator, Upward Bound, Central College

Katie Evenson, Academic Advisor, Upward Bound, Simpson College

Mollie Kingma, Coordinator, Educational Talent Search, Central College

Sibyl McIntire, Director, Student Support Services, Southeastern Community College

2020 Iowa MILE Training Team

Dr. Jane Agyeman, Director

Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Programs, Iowa State University

Dr. Ellie Burns, Director of Pre-College Programs,

Central College

Kristin Lewis, Assistant Director

Educational Talent Search, Central College

Kris Nerem Lowery, Director

Student Support Services, Iowa Central Community College

Robert Smith, Executive Director

Educational Opportunity Programs & Special Community Services, University of Northern Iowa

Nick Sullivan, Director

Student Support Services, University of Northern Iowa


ELI Participants

2022 ELI - Sarah A. Schwartz

2021 ELI - Megan Holbach

2020 ELI - Haley Kamps

2019 ELI - Jodi Kremer

2018 ELI - Scott Gay

2017 ELI - Tabitha Lamb

2015 ELI - Cindy Virta

2014 ELI - Robert Kuennen

2013 ELI - Tiffany Berkenes

2012 ELI - Paul Gibbins

2011 ELIs - Ellie Burns, Brad Spielman

2010 ELIs - Chantel Olufsen, Jessie McCormick

2009 ELIs - TJ Thayer, Trudy Strain-Ahrens