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.


Mark Lehman

Past Chair

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. I

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.


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 an elementary music specialist and lead music teacher at Lou Henry Elementary School in Waterloo Iowa.  She instructs 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.

At-Large Member

Robin Walenta is president/CEO of West Music Co., Inc., a six-store, full-line retailer, based in Coralville, Iowa. Walenta is a member of the National Association of School Music Dealers, Inc., the Retail Print Music Dealers Association, the Alliance of Independent Music merchants, Omega, the Keyboard Excellence Group and the NAMM Ad-Hoc Technology Committee. She attended Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

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).

Gretta Berghammer teaches coursework in drama education and theatre for youth at the University of Northern Iowa. In addition, she serves as the Artistic Director for the Sturgis Youth Theatre, a community based theatre providing class and production related experiences for students ages 4-16.
The primary focus of Ms. Berghammer’s creative work has been in the development of performance pieces, Theatre in Education programs, and staged productions that focus on critical social issues. In 2010 she founded the Spectrum Theatre program for kids on and off the Autism Spectrum.

Shanise Brockshus

Sarah Schaefer

Advisory Board Members:


Pam Ballard: Art Educators of Iowa

Helen Duranleau-Brennan:  Iowa Thespians Association

Jennifer Gaesser:  Iowa Choral Directors Association

Alan Greiner:  Iowa High School Music Association

Paul Griffen:  Iowa Association of School Boards

Matt Harris:  Iowa Arts Council

Cindy Herndon:  Iowa Dance

Craig Ihnen:  Iowa High School Speech Association

Russ Kramer: 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.