STAFF

Kamyar Enshayan
CEEE Director

kamyar.enshayan@uni.edu; (319) 273-7575

Kamyar Enshayan is an engineer with graduate degrees in thermodynamics, solar energy, Climatology, and agriculture. He launched the UNI Local Food Program in 1997 and often consults with communities on strengthening their local food economy. In 2008, he received the Practical Farmers of Iowa's Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award. Kamyar served on the board of FoodRoutes Network, the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency, and the National Farm to School Network. He has served as a member of the technical review committee for USDA North Central Region for Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education. He teaches environmental studies at UNI.

 

Ashley Craft
Green Iowa AmeriCorps Director
greeniowadirector@gmail.com; (319) 273-7273

Ashley Wolter directs the Green Iowa AmeriCorps program at the CEEE and oversees four Iowa satellite sites in Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Dubuque, and Spirit Lake. She began working with Green Iowa in September of 2010 as the assistant program director. After transitioning to program director in January of 2011, her responsibilities now include member recruitment and placement, building donor relations, generating funds through state and local entities, strengthening program operations, and creating highly impactful opportunities for members. Prior to her position with Green Iowa AmeriCorps, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. She also served as a VISTA Leader overseeing AmeriCorps VISTA members and coordinating a job skills training program for the Almond Tree Community Resource and Training Center. Ashley graduated with a degree in public relations from Valparaiso University.

 

Eric Giddens
Energy Education & Outreach Coordinator
eric.giddens@uni.edu

Eric Giddens has degrees and has worked professionally in the fields of engineering, community development, and education. Eric coordinates UNI Conservation Corps, a program of faculty and student engagement in community environmental conservation projects. He also leads the CEEE Community Energy Planning Services program which assists Iowa local governments with the development of action plans for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Before joining the CEEE in 2017, Eric managed the Prairie Energy program at UNI’s Tallgrass Prairie Center (2014–2016). Prior to that, he taught secondary mathematics in Cedar Falls, IA (2009–2012) and in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (2012–2014). Eric’s first professional experience with engineering and community development was managing a rural water supply project in Lesotho, Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1997–1999).

 

Jodie Huegerich
Program Assistant
jodie.huegerich@uni.edu; (319) 273-7883

Jodie Huegerich assists with the UNI Local Food Program and manages the College Hill Farmers Market. A registered and licensed dietitian, Jodie assists Iowa State Extension & Outreach Region 9 – Black Hawk and five surrounding counties – in strengthening the local food economy by working with producers and buyers including schools, grocery stores, and restaurants. She also works for the Cedar Valley Blue Zones Project.

 

Barbara Payton
Administrative Assistant

barbara.payton@uni.edu; (319) 273-2573; Fax (319) 273-7140

Barb performs clerical duties for all CEEE staff members, conducts budgeting operations for the CEEE grant projects, maintains personnel records, and answers many questions about the CEEE. Prior to joining the CEEE in 1999, Barb was an Individual Retirement Account administrator for a local bank.

 

Susan Salterberg
Program Manager
susan.salterberg@uni.edu; (319) 337-4816

Susan Salterberg has more than 25 years of combined experience in communications and environmental education work. She plans programs to address environmental education needs in Iowa. One program addresses the need for waste reduction – preventing waste and pollution before it is generated. She offers graduate credit courses for teachers on the topic, introducing teachers to waste reduction and life cycle analysis concepts, as well as classroom-ready lesson plans. Susan also works with communities to develop Community Reading and Environment month-long celebrations. Currently, she assists Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) Board with the CEP grant program. Among her responsibilities, she monitors grant projects with the desire to build conservation education in Iowa.


Carole Shelley Yates
Program Manager
carole.yates@uni.edu; (319) 273-7599

Carole Yates manages several programs at the CEEE to help different audiences reduce energy use in their homes and on the farm. She currently co-coordinates the Iowa Farm Energy Working Group for small to mid-sized farming operations. Carole helped organize the 2012 Get Energized, Iowa! electric-reduction competition among four small Iowa communities as well as a neighborhood energy reduction competition in Cedar Falls. She is involved in the Green Community Campaign portion of the Iowa EPSCoR project. Her background includes communications, grant writing, and radio production.