Andy hails from Decorah, and is happy to be back "home" with his family. He is a class of 87 DHS grad, and his college and graduate work focused on ecology and natural resources management. The past couple decades he has worked in sustainable agriculture and natural resources management, first in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, then with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and most recently upon returning to the family farm near Decorah. His current passions of the Energy District and land-care farming are kept in perspective, and motivated by, his wife and three amazing daughters.
Farm Energy Planner
Joel graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in Architecture and has spent the past six years working in energy efficiency and renewable energy. He has worked with over 200 Decorah area homeowners make decisions about their energy use and given energy assessments to hundreds of businesses across the state. Agricultural energy efficiency is Joel's new challenge and he looks forward to helping area farmers manage and reduce their energy costs.
Kristin grew up in Appleton, WI and is happy to call the Driftless region home. She obtained a Bachelor of arts and cultivated a passion for sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Kristin came to the Energy District as a Green Iowa AmeriCorps member in 2015 and has since worked with the organization as an event planner, supervisor for the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team, and communications specialist. Kristin lives in the vibrant Decorah community where she can be found singing, cooking, and hiking.
Board of Directors
Lyle retired from Northeast Iowa Community College's Computer Information Systems Director position in 2010 and from organic farming in 2017. He and his wife Susan live in Decorah. In addition to serving on the Winneshiek Energy District Board since 2014, his Board experience includes 12 years on the South Winneshiek Community School Board, 6 years on the Calmar Lutheran Church Council, 6 years on the Oneota Community Food Co-op Board, the Board of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust since 2018, and as Assistant Winneshiek County Soil & Water Conservation Commissioner since 1980. Lyle and Susan do volunteer tax preparation through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, sponsored locally by NE Iowa RSVP.
In recent years, while living on Lyle's family farm, the Luzums installed geothermal and solar to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint. They donated their farm in 2017 to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust.
Barbara has been a WED board member since 2013. She has been a licensed Iowa real estate broker since 1993, sits on Decorah's Planning/Zoning Committee, is former President of the NE IA Association of Realtors, a member of The Center on Sustainable Building - 'Caring about our environment involves more than power production and energy efficiency, it's a lifestyle'. Barbara is passionate about healthy homes....from the materials and practices used in building a home to the indoor air quality of existing homes. We must educate future generations about clean simple living....("and, I'm still learning" she says).
Barbara and husband Tom (Tom Massman Const), live on 20 acres enjoying their garden, free range chickens, a cow or two, quarter horses and rescue dog Barry. 'We are thrilled to expose our grand daughters to a lifestyle, that many children never experience.
Jim Martin-Schramm has been a member of the religion faculty at Luther College since 1993. He is the author or co-editor of several publications including Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril (Wipf & Stock, 2016), Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach (Orbis Books, 2015), and Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy (Fortress Press, 2010). Jim served on the inaugural board of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and recently completed serving a term as chair of the board of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. Jim directs energy and climate programming for Luther’s Center for Sustainable Communities and serves on the board of Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC.
Wendy was a member of the Luther College Biology department for 42 years. Since her retirement in 2013, she has enjoyed more involvement with community organizations. Wendy is currently the chair fo the Winneshiek County Zoning Commission, enjoys helping folks complete their income tax returns as a Tax Aide for RSVP, volunteers weekly at the Oneota Food Co-op and is actively involved with Oneota Weavers Guild. As a member of the county's zoning commission, she was fortunate to be able to contribute to the Winneshiek County Comprehensive Smart PLan and to the current Winneshiek County Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations.
Larry served as President and Chairman of Decorah Bank & Trust Company for 30 years. He has been the owner and joint developer of a 900 KW wind turbine project and two solar projects totaling 1.1 MW and lives on a sustainable rotationally-grazed grass farm that uses wind, solar and geothermal energy. Larry has served on several community service boards and works to develop additional community-based clean energy and energy efficiency and local foods projects. He currently serves on boards of Seed Savers Exchange, Winneshiek Energy District, Oneota Film Festival and Decorah Power.
Kyra Bellrichard, a resident of Decorah, is Program Manager Lead for the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions team. She joined the Winneshiek Energy District (WED) board in March of 2015. However, Kyra’s relationship with WED began four years earlier when she started her career at NICC coordinating energy efficiency and renewable energy training programs with the Department of Labor ‘Green’ Grant, as well as the State of Iowa Energy Sector Partnership Grant. Both grants supported WED efforts with equipment and training, and trained many other area professionals. Kyra also manages Career Pathway Certificate programs and Trades & Industry Continuing Education classes at NICC. Outside of the college you will often find Kyra throwing pottery in her home studio or helping others experience the art of clay as a volunteer Studio Assistant at The Clay Studio.
Dave Carlson is president of Randd Properties and serves on the Winneshiek County Medical Center Foundation and Winneshiek Energy District boards in addition to the Luther College Regent Emeriti. Past distinctions and activities have included being a chairman for the National Asphalt Paving Association, past president of the Iowa Concrete Paving Association, past president of the Asphalt paving association of Iowa, board of directors for Associated General Contractors of Iowa, founding director of the Decorah Area Foundation, president for Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity, and past president for Oneota Golf and Country Club. Dave is a graduate of Luther College (1963) and now resides in Decorah with his wife Brenda.
Green Iowa AmeriCorps
Green Iowa AmeriCorps Audit Coordinator
Katherine Hannigan grew up in western New York, but has lived in northeast Iowa for 18 years. She has degrees in Mathematics and Education, and Painting, and an M.F.A. in Studio Art. She’s taught at Iowa State University, worked as an administrator for Head Start, written and illustrated some books, and now hopes to spend the rest of her life doing work that supports sustainability and the connectedness of all things. She’s serving as the Audit Coordinator for Green Iowa AmeriCorps at W.E.D this year.
Briana (Bri) Burke
Green Iowa AmeriCorps Logistics Coordinator
I am so grateful to be able to call Decorah my hometown. Growing up here surrounded by such a beautiful landscape and involved community is largely what has brought me to where I am today. This past spring, I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with dual BS degrees in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, as well as Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. My undergraduate career was highlighted by study abroad experiences in Norway, Peru, Malaysia, and a summer spent in Panama working for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. I am currently studying for the LSAT and am hoping to pursue an environmental law degree next fall. In the meantime, I am looking forward to a year of serving our county and neighbors!
Green Iowa AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator
Maddy is from Monroe, Wisconsin, and recently graduated from Luther College in May 2018. With a degree in Anthropology and minor in Environmental Studies, she wanted to find a way to bring her ideas to a community she loves and looks forward to knowing the community better through engaging in projects and opportunities with other local organizations. Green Iowa AmeriCorps was the perfect outlet for her to put her passion for clean energy and sustainability to work as the Outreach Coordinator. She enjoys hiking, playing guitar, hanging out with her grandma, and is super excited to be back in Decorah.
Green Iowa AmeriCorps Education Coordinator
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and just graduated from the University of Alabama with a double major in History and Anthropology with a focus in Southeastern Archaeology. I enjoy working outside and doing outdoor activities like camping and whitewater rafting. I'm really excited to work here in Decorah and help as well as educate people about energy efficiency and sustainability.
Ally hails from Mankato, Minnesota and recently graduated from Luther College with a BA in Political Science and minors in Environmental Studies, Art, and Communication Studies. She owes her love of the environment to her parents who always encouraged her to get outside and explore growing up. Thanks to Green Iowa, her passion for the natural world now further presents itself in community organization and education to help protect and maintain the spaces we know and love. Ally is thrilled to be spending the summer in Decorah working toward a more sustainable future for Iowa! In her free time, she loves hanging out with her dogs, trail running, and cooking meals with friends.
I grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota and just finished my third year at Luther College working on a degree in Environmental Policy as well as a minor in Spanish. I have been interested in the environment since elementary school and have developed a deep passion for learning more specifically about energy, including the pursuit of renewable sources and energy conservation and efficiency. I felt serving with Green Iowa AmeriCorps was a great way to further explore this passion as well as being able to make an actual difference for the environment and the local community. My favorite things to do include biking, playing the piano, baseball, and spending time with my family at our cabin in northern Minnesota.