SSTFI Board Members

Alexa Groff

Director

Alexa is the STEM Coordinator at Iowa State University Extension & Outreach and Iowa 4-H. She has been involved as a student, volunteer, teacher, board member and now Director. She has been serving on the SSTFI board since 2008 and the Director role since 2021. 

Dr. Sara Nelson

STEM Specialist

Dr. Sara Nelson is the STEM Specialist for Iowa 4-H and the interim Director of the NASA Iowa Space Consortium. Sara has been involved with the State Science & Technology Fair of Iowa for 4 years. 

McKenzie Gettler

Display & Safety

McKenzie is the Agriscience teacher at ADM High School. She has been involved as a student and volunteer. McKenzie is the Display and Safety chairperson. She has served on the board for 14 years. 

Quinn Groff

DISPLAY & SAFETY

Quinn is a high school science teacher at Ankeny High School. He has been involved as a student and volunteer. Quinn serves in a variety of behind the scenes roles. He has served on the board for 1 year. 

Andrew Petersen

SRC

Andrew is a Research Administrator at the College of Vet Med at Iowa State University. He serves on our Scientific Review Committee. Andrew has served on our board since 2010. 

Andrea Spencer

SRC

Andrea is an Agriculture teacher at Stanton High School. She has been involved as a student, director and teacher. She has been involved with SSTFI for 23 years.

Nadine Weirather

Seminars

Nadine serves as the K12 TAG Coordinator at Central Lee Community School District. She has been involved with SSTFI  for 31 years. Nadine has been with the board for 4 years.

Dani
Clark

Seminars

Dani manages the Agronomy Shared Lab in the Agronomy Department at Iowa State University. She has been involved as a student and volunteer. Dani has been with the SSTFI board since 2022.   

Heather Gutknecht

Special Awards

Heather is a teacher at Grundy Central Community School District. She has been involved as a student, teacher and heads up our special awards. Heather has assumed a role on our board since 2006.  

Nichole Huitt

Special Awards

Nichole is a seed specialist with Corteva Agrisciences in Johnston. She has been involved as a student and helping with key behind the scenes roles. Nichole has been on the board for 17 years. 

Ethan Erickson

MS Judging

Ethan is an Automated Industrial Engineer at Baker Group. He has been a student, volunteer and is a co-chair of the Middle School Judging committee. Ethan has been on the board for 10 years. 

Scott Wendt

MS Judging

Scott is a manager for thee Radiation Safety Group on campus at Iowa State University. He serves as co-chair of the Middle School Judging committee. Scott has been involved with the State Science Fair for 5 years. 

Carrie Galvan

SH Judging

Carrie is the Director of Client Analytics at 340Basics. She has been involved as a student, volunteer and also  serves as co-chair of the Senior High Judging committee. Carrie has been serving on the board for 13 years. 

Dr. Kim Murphy

SH Judging

Dr. Kimberley Murphy is an Associate Professor of Biology & Department Chair of Biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She serves as co-chair of the Senior High Judging Committee. She has been involved with SSTFI since 2009.

Andrew
Denner

Technology Assistant

Andrew is a Senior Scientific Software Developer at Corteva Agriscience. He has been involved as a student, volunteer and serves as our Technology Assistant. Andrew has been on the board since 2009.

Jacob
Hunter

Agriscience Liason

Jacob is an Agriculture and Biology Teacher at North Scott Community School District. He has served in roles as a judge and teacher at SSTFI, previously he was the director of the World Food Prize. Jacob has been involved with SSTFI since 2019. 

Susan
Noreuil

EISEF Director

Susan is the Chemical Hygiene Officer in Chemistry at Coe College. She has been a board member with EISEF since 2005. She has served as the Fair Director of EISEF and on the SSTFI board since 2009. WISEF is held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Kris
Groff

WISEF Director

Kris is a retired high school science teacher. He started WISEF after a 10 year hiatus. Kris has served as the WISEF director for 10 years and has been involved with the SSTFI for over 48 years.  WISEF is held in Fort Dodge, Iowa.