About Us

The Executive Board of IAAE is made up of volunteers from across the state. Those volunteers include specialists in arts education, community organization, and non-profit development.


David Law is a retired band director and music teacher, Marion, Iowa. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference, Iowa Music Educator’s Conference serving as President, Iowa Bandmasters Association – Past President, Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Past President, Association for School Curriculum Development, National Education Association, Iowa State Education Association, and Marion Education Association – Treasurer, and the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education – Chair.

David has taught instrumental music grades 5-12 in all sizes of schools in Iowa. He received his BA in Music Education from William Penn College and his MA in Conducting from Truman State University. In 2003 David received his National Board Certification in Music.

Past Chair

Mark Lehmann


Maggie Parks has been teaching Visual Art since 1991. She has taught every grade level K-12, has worked in 4 different communities and a total of 8 different school buildings, but is currently teaching K-4 Visual Art in Marshalltown. She has both a BA in Art Education and a MA in Art and Design from Iowa State University. She has served as the Art Educators of Iowa’s Treasurer and President, and leads the Visual Arts in the Iowa Core writing team. The awards she has received include Iowa State’s Outstanding Student Teacher/Researcher in 2002 and 2003, AEI’s Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in 2005, Marshalltown Optimist Club’s Golden Apple Award 2004, and AEI’s Art Teacher of the Year in 2010.


Martha Kroese is a retired elementary music specialist and lead music teacher at Lou Henry Elementary School in Waterloo Iowa.  She instructed 560 students in grades K-5.  Martha is in her 36th year as a music educator in Iowa.  She is a graduate of William Penn College, and has a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa .
She is the Immediate Past President of the Iowa Music Educators Association, and is also a member of Iowa Choral Directors Association, NATS, and ISEA.  She serves as the current president of the Friends of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls, and is Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, also in Cedar Falls.
An advocate of quality, sequential music education for all, Martha was on the writing team for Iowa Core Curriculum, co-writing a sample unit, as well as contributing to the Essential Concepts and Skills document for elementary music.


Liz Fritz is currently serving as communications chair. She is responsible for the website and email communications. Liz has been a music educator for over 35 years. She retired from public school teaching in 2016 and now works as a consultant for arts education professional development. She is active in many statewide initiatives including the Iowa Fine Arts Standards work and co-chair of the IAAE Arts Educator Mentor Program.

At-Large Member

Donna Angell is a retired band director currently living in Iowa City.  She graduated from Emmetsburg High School, received a BA in Liberal Arts (emphasis in music education) from the University of Iowa and  MA in Higher Education Administration form U of I (emphasis in Curriculum and Adult Education).

Shanise Brockshus

Sarah Schaefer

Advisory Board Members:

Molly Ray: Art Educators of Iowa

Suzanne Jones : Iowa Communications Association

Helen Duranleau-Brennan:  Iowa Thespians Association

Jennifer Gaesser:  Iowa Choral Directors Association

Alan Greiner:  Iowa High School Music Association

Travis Padget:  Iowa Association of School Boards

Iowa Arts Council: vacant

Cindy Herndon:  Iowa Dance

Craig Ihnen:  Iowa High School Speech Association

Jayson Gerth: Iowa Bandmasters Association

Dave Krogan: Iowa Association of School Music Dealers

Kendra Leisinger:  Iowa Music Educators Association

Angela Matsuoka:  Iowa Department of Education

Lorenzo Sandoval: Iowa Shakespeare Experience

Executive Director

Leon Kuehner has been a music educator for 42 years. He received both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa. He was employed by Britt Community Schools from 1975-1978, Hampton/Hampton-Dumont Community Schools from 1978-2009, and North Iowa Area Community College from 2010-2016.  He has been president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, state chair of the American School Band Directors Association, and state chair of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education. He has served on the boards of the Iowa Music Educators Association and is a past-president of the Executive Board of the Iowa High School Music Association. He has served on the Iowa Core Curriculum Fine Arts and Professional Development Committee. He has been Co-Administrator of the IAAE Model of Excellence Mentorship Program since 2006.  In July of 2013, he assumed the position of Executive Director of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education.