Hannah Luce: Executive Director
“I am a sophomore LYHS Major with an International Affairs minor and Global Health and Humanitarian Aid Certificate. I work as a Program Assistant for Green Iowa AmeriCorps in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education on campus, as well as being a Career Guide with Career Services!
One nonprofit that inspires me is the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley. I’m blessed to serve as the UNI student representative on their board, and I really admire how they encourage the service of community individuals to help the Cedar Valley thrive. In addition, the VCCV partners with over 180 other local nonprofits to promote their volunteer opportunities and their missions! Fun fact: I have an epi-pen because I am allergic to mangoes!”
JoElle Kielkopf: Associate Director
“I am a sophomore Interactive Digital Studies major, with bundles in visualization and writing, and a minor in Marketing. Other involvement on campus includes the marketing committee of Connecting Alumni to Students (CATS), and an on-campus job as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Wellness and Recreation Center.
Nonprofits that inspire me have central focuses in environmental protection, supporting diversity and inclusion, and providing education and resources to those in need. A few of these nonprofits are the Job Foundation, Wild Conservation Society, World Food Prize, and the Animal Lifeline of Iowa. I am a third-generation UNI panther which is one of the many reasons I chose to call UNI home.”
Micah McCutchan: Director of Marketing & Public Relations
“I am a senior Political Science and Public Administration double major, with an International Affairs minor and an emphasis in Human Resources, also pursuing a Global Peace & Security certificate. I am involved across campus as: Vice President of Northern Iowa Feminists, Director of Finance for UNI Proud, and an active member in UNI’s the MOVEment, UNI’s Model United Nations, and UNI’s chapter of 50/50 in 2020.
A nonprofit that inspires me is Fair Trade Campaigns because I am passionate about the ethical treatment of international workers. I believe that it’s important to know where your products come from and to pay workers a fair wage! Along with being passionate about worker protections, I’m also passionate about climate change & empathetic purchasing. This is why I am vegan! This means that I don’t eat or use any animal products. I started this journey 3 years ago as a vegetarian.”
Piper Fox: Director of Community Engagement
“I am a senior Leisure, Youth & Human Services major with a nonprofit emphasis. I’m not currently involved in any other student organizations on campus because I have to work a lot and I’m a commuter, so I wanted to be fully committed to just one– that’s the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance! In the past, I have been a Peer Mentor through UNI’s Student Success and Retention Program, a buddy in the Spectrum Project, and briefly was the Service Chair for the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity.
The nonprofits that I admire the most are those that support the advancement and empowerment of women and offer resources to women and families during times of crisis or otherwise; this is an issue that hits close to home for me and things I’ve seen in my own community. Locally, the Riverview Center and the YWCA are two nonprofits that I feel are addressing this need beautifully. When I graduate, I will be the first member of my family to attend a university and receive a degree in higher education.”
Katelyn Brockmeyer: Director of Resource Management
“I am a third-year Art History Major with a SWAG (Sexuality, Women, and Gender) minor. I am also working towards my Museum Studies certificate and CNP credential. In addition to being involved with NLA, I am the student representative for the UNI Foundation Board, a member of the UNI Honors program and involved with Northern Iowa Feminists. I am also currently an AmeriCorps member for Imagining America at UNI, where I help with civic & community engagement in the Cedar Valley through arts, humanities, & design.
I love volunteering my time for various places in the Cedar Valley including NEIA Food Bank, the Warren Campaign, and others! I admire nonprofits that involve womxn’s rights as well as community engagement through the arts. I am a first-generation college student and am proud to be a UNI panther!”
Jessica Onken: Director of Recruitment & Member Development
“I am a Marketing major with an emphasis in Advertising and Digital Media. I currently have an internship at the Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation where I act as their marketing assist helping out with social media, graphic design, and web design. I recently completed another internship with a small nonprofit: Community Based Development Partners. In this role, I assisted with fundraising, web development, article writing, and social media.
In my future career, I hope to work with nonprofits focusing on improving healthcare around the world. I am passionate about making healthcare accessible to all because I have seen the detrimental impact the inability to obtain adequate healthcare can have on people.” Fun fact: I have way too many plants, and I’m going to Greece for the spring semester!
Angela Hofer: Director of Consulting
“I am a Senior Public Administration student seeking certificates in Public Personnel & Human Resources and also Industrial & Organizational Psychology. I have my AA in business administration and began my work in the nonprofit sector at the Community Y of Marshalltown working in youth programs. I currently work as a Direct Support Professional for a nonprofit in Marshalltown, teaching independent living skills to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I volunteer with the Arc of Marshall County and am also a board member for another nonprofit who provides job training and skill development to their participants.
I have a passion for helping those who cannot help themselves and believe that the nonprofit sector is vital to providing these programs and filling the gaps where the public and private sector cannot.”
Susan Pratt: Director of Finance
“I am a senior Public Administration Major. If they still had a finance emphasis, I would have it! I plan to go into public interest tax law, either focusing on tax policy or enforcing tax regulations. I work as a home care aide for a young guy with autism, helping him to engage more with his community and gain valuable experiences in all other areas of life. I am an active member of my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, and I hold the position of Administrative Director. Our philanthropy is Autism Speaks, and we are the only sorority that is nationally partnered with a philanthropy.
I love to support nonprofits, like Autism Speaks, that support those with autism, and their loved ones, in navigating a world that is not set up for them.”