Operations Team

Meet the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council's Operations Team

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s Operations Team oversees STEM in Iowa and works tirelessly to continue to advance STEM awareness and knowledge with various events, programs, and partnerships throughout the state.

Interim Executive Director

Cindy Dietz

Cindy Dietz has been appointed as interim executive director of the STEM Council. Cindy has been integral in expanding STEM education in the state. She will serve in a visionary role and will help guide STEM Council efforts in 2018.

Cindy is Director, Business Communications for Rockwell Collins. She was named to the position in July 2015. She leads a team of marketing communications strategists, trade show experts, and creatives who showcase Rockwell Collins’ products and services through advertising and marketing collateral, videos and digital experiences. In addition, Cindy leads state and local government relations for the company in Iowa.

Prior to this role, Cindy led the corporate communications function, directing public relations/media strategy, employee communications and community relations.

From 1999 - 2011 Cindy served as Rockwell Collins’ Manager of Community Relations and Executive Director of the Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation. In this role, she established and expanded the company’s global charitable giving and employee volunteer programs, and developed the corporation’s strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education outreach.

Cindy was the business representative instrumental in the development and adoption of Iowa’s STEM Education Roadmap in 2011, which served as the framework for the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. She served two three-year terms on the STEM Advisory Council (2011 – 2017).

Cindy serves on a number of state, regional and national boards, including the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Bankers Trust Cedar Rapids, and the Aviation Industry Association’s (AIA) STEM Education Workforce Steering Committee. She served on the board and campaign cabinet of the United Way of East Central Iowa for many years along with other Cedar Rapids-area nonprofit organizations.

Cindy was born and raised in Iowa and holds a Journalism/Mass Communications degree from Iowa State University.

Contact Cindy Dietz at dietz@IowaSTEM.gov

Carrie Rankin, B.A.

Carrie Rankin, B.A.

Carrie Rankin is the managing director for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Carrie's primary responsibility is operational management of the STEM Council. She also develops corporate, private sector and grant partnerships on behalf of the STEM Council to further the investment in Iowa STEM Council initiatives. Carrie brings more than 17 years of development experience to this position, previously serving as executive director with the Waterloo Schools Foundation, and as development director with both the Allen Hospital Foundation and University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Foundation. A 1989 UNI graduate, Carrie earned her bachelor of arts in chemistry and marketing.

Contact Carrie Rankin, rankin@iowastem.gov

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Kari Britain, MPA

Kari Britain is the program manager of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council operations center. As program manager, she is responsible for the office operations, budget oversight, contracts and coordination of communication and efforts among all stakeholders involved with this partnership. Kari brings with her over 20 years of executive assistant experience in both the public and private sector. She also has an academic background in secondary education, office administration and public administration.

Contact Kari Britain at britain@iowastem.gov

Communications Manager

Lindy Ibeling, B.A.

Lindy Ibeling is the communications manager for the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. As communications manager, she is responsible for strategic communications and marketing plans, implementation of regional and statewide communications, and conferences and events. Lindy brings more than 11 years of experience in public relations, event management, and marketing to this position. Most recently, she served as vice president of a public affairs and public relations firm, where she played a critical role in developing and implementing effective strategies for clients in a wide array of industries. Lindy is a graduate of Wartburg College where she earned her bachelor of arts in communications with a public relations emphasis and a business minor.

Contact Lindy Ibeling, ibeling@iowastem.gov