Board Member Recruitment/Representation
When board members’ terms expire, a nominating committee will be appointed consisting of three board members who will receive input and/or recommendations from the local planning groups. They(nominating committee) will recommend nominees who qualify for the vacant position (s). Board Member Applications will be made available on-line at the ECI: Lakes Region website and completed by nominees. Completed applications shall be reviewed by the nominating committee to insure that they qualify for the open position(s).
Representation shall consist of people residing or working in the Early Childhood Iowa: Lakes Region area. Board membership is in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 256I. All members shall be elected officials or members of the public who are not employed by a provider of services. Membership shall also comply with Iowa HF 243, striving for a gender balanced board utilizing a fair and unbiased method of selecting the best qualified applicants.
The Early Childhood Iowa: Lakes Region Board shall consist of a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 total board members with each county having at least two representatives. At least one member of the Early Childhood Iowa: Lakes Region board shall represent each of the following perspectives: education, health, human services, business, faith, and a parent, grandparent or guardian of a child ages 0-5 years. Human services, education, and health members are not required to be employees of state departments. Members cannot represent more than one area of expertise.
The Board will also include a county elected official from each of the four counties which could include the auditor, treasurer, recorder, sheriff, attorney, or board of supervisor representative. This person may represent one of the required perspectives.
Early Childhood Iowa: Lakes Region Board
County Representative Board Members
Merlin Sandersfled, Chair
Board Slot: Faith, Business, Parent
Board Slot: Business/Elected Official
Mental Health Counselor
Board Slot: Human Services
Beth Burley, Pastor
Board Slot: Faith
Megan Van Otterloo
Palo Alto & Clay County
Board Slot: Health, Parent, Human Services, Business
Season's Mental Health
Board Slot: Human Services, Parent
Board Slot: Elected Official/Parent
Board Slot: Elected Official
Board Slot: Grandparent/Elected Official
O'Brien & Osceola County
Board Slot: Education/Human Services