Names & Notes

Leopold Center advisory board adds new members

AMES – The Leopold Center Advisory Board begins the new year with three new members. Iowa State professor Steven Mickelson, West Des Moines businessman Dale Farnham and Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jay Johnson are the newest appointees to the Center’s 17-member advisory board.

The board has members who represent all three state universities, private colleges and universities, three state agencies and four farm groups. All serve four-year terms, and are appointed by the organizations they represent.

Mickelson was appointed in September to represent Iowa State University on the board, replacing Senior Associate Dean Joe Coletti who had served since 2010.

Mickelson is chair of the ISU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and holds the Charles R. and Jane F. Olsen Professor of Engineering at Iowa State. His expertise is in best management practices for improving water quality. ISU’s other representatives on the board are also department chairs: Maynard Hogberg in Animal Science, and Paul Lasley in Sociology and Anthropology.

Farnham was appointed in November to represent the State Soil Conservation Committee on the board. He replaces John Sellers Jr., of Corydon, who served part of a term on the board from 2003-2004 and from 2009-2012.

Farnham is assistant vice president and head of the R&D department at Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company and serves on the State Soil Conservation Committee as its “cities and towns” representative. He has worked in a number of positions as agronomist and agribusiness manager, including Iowa State University Extension, the ISU Agronomy Department, Monsanto and Cenex Land o’ Lakes.

The third new advisory board member represents the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Johnson was appointed in November to succeed Maury Wills, IDALS bureau chief for Agricultural Diversification and Market Development, who had served on the advisory board since 2008.

Johnson was appointed deputy secretary in January 2012, following a 28-year career with the USDA Packers and Stockyards Administration. Most recently he managed all packer-stockyard activities in a 12-state Upper Midwest region and all hog issues on a national basis.

Lifespace names regional director

DES MOINES – Lifespace Communities, Inc., a nationally recognized not-for-profit senior living provider based in Des Moines, has named Kelly Reed as regional director of sales and marketing. Reed will oversee marketing and sales operations at six senior living communities in the Eastern region.

“Kelly is a dynamic person with a keen understanding about senior living, and she has a knack for developing successful relationships,” said Scott Harrison, president and CEO of Lifespace Communities. “Kelly’s experience and leadership skills will be a great asset for our communities in the eastern part of the country.”