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Meet Our Team

Our team utilizes the collective impact framework to drive our common agenda of post-secondary options and access for all. “Collective impact is a structured, multi-sector approach to changing systems for improved population-level outcomes. Unlike other approaches to collaboration, collective impact is defined by long-term alignment around a common agenda that seeks to address root causes of a systemic problem.” (

Previous Contractors: For the first 4 years of the Local College Access Network (LCAN) grant, we were fortunate to contract with two individuals passionate about our agenda. Dr. Lee Chhen Stewart served as contracted lead on this project from 2019-2021, while Jamet Colton served in this role from 2021-2023.        We are grateful to Lee and Jamet for their hard work.

We are now in Year 5 of the LCAN grant - our final year of state grant funding! - and have transitioned into a collaboratively-led project. Current Leadership Team and Action Team members (see below) are working together to meet our goals. 

Coordinating the effort 2023 forward: Anneke Mundel and Andy Fish, United Way of Story County.

Team Members 2023-2024

Nikki Fischer

Director, Workforce Development and Diversity

Ames Chamber 

Ethan Atwell

Teen/Young Adult Librarian

Ames Public Library

 Latifah Faisal

Chair - Story County Board of Supervisors

Jeff J. Kelly

Site Director -

Ames Hunziker Center


Sandra King 

Director, External Operations and County Services 

Story County

Andy Fish 

Associate Director of CI /       Story County Reads 

United Way of Story County

Awein Majak

Community Member /

South Sudanese-American Youth Group 

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Community Engagement

Office of DEI

Iowa State University

Monica Martinez

Community Member

(former Spanish teacher)

Mandy Rangel

Prevention Specialist  


Jean Muhammad

Student Services Specialist

Ames Community School District

Missy Sanow

Executive Director


Anneke Mundel

Community Impact Director

United Way of Story County 

Youth Coordinator


Andrea Palomo

Staci Shugar

Executive Director

Center for Creative Justice 

Megan Sibbel

Community Engagement Consultant, Iowa College Aid

Jennifer Wiederin

Sr. Human Resources Generalist


Mary Wilkins

Youth Outreach Coordinator

ISU Extension & Outreach-

Story County

For significant contributions to SCCAN, we thank many individuals who previously served on our Leadership or Action Teams including: Malai Amfahr, Jerri Baumeister, Tracy Brown, Dr. Steve Gray, Dr. Anthony Jones, Roberta Johnson, Vonda Junck, Dr. Reg Stewart, Katrina Williams, Liz Zuercher

For collaborating with SCCAN on various events, we thank:
Availa Bank, Burke, Children & Families of Iowa, IowaWORKS, and our team members' organizations.

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