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Donna Red Wing, Executive Director
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Donna Red Wing served as Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership and as Chief of Staff at Interfaith Alliance, Walter Cronkite’s organization in Washington, D.C. She was one of three members of the Obama’s kitchen cabinet on LGBT concerns and was Howard Dean’s outreach liaison to the LGBT communities. Donna has also held leadership positions at the Gill Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. While directing the Lesbian Community Project in Oregon, Donna was featured in a Sundance Award-winning film about the 1992 struggle against the anti-gay Ballot Measure 9. Donna was the first recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Faith & Freedom. In contrast, during the Dean campaign the Christian Coalition called her “the most dangerous woman in America.”
Keenan Crow, Deputy Director
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Keenan Crow has been active in Iowa politics since 2010 when he interned with Chris Hall’s campaign for Iowa State Representative. Since then, he has been involved with several nonprofit organizations including Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism. He was also involved in One Iowa’s campus group at the University of Northern Iowa. Keenan obtained a BA in Political Communications and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
Erica Barz, Communications Specialist
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A graduate of Simpson College with a BA in English and minors in multimedia journalism and women’s/gender studies, Erica Barz interned with One Iowa in the summer of 2014. The experience solidified her desire to contribute to the fight for complete LGBT equality. She continued to volunteer at One Iowa where she worked on One Iowa’s Senior Survey and the LGBT Health & Wellness survey by analyzing participant responses and helping to write the survey reports.
Barz spent the spring of 2015 in Washington, D.C. as PFLAG National’s Policy and Communications Intern, where she managed social media and contributed to multiple PFLAG publications, including Our Trans Loved Ones, an expansive publication aimed at answering questions parents, family, and friends of transgender people may have after their loved one comes out.
Sandra Zapata, Iowa Pride Network Coordinator
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A graduate of the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Zapata graduated with an M.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She completed her undergraduate work at Iowa State University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.
Before coming to One Iowa, Zapata worked as a Maternal Child Health Outreach Specialist with Visiting Nurses Association, a Minority Outreach Advocate with Children and Families of Iowa and as a Therapist with Jackson Recovery Centers.
Zapata is bilingual (English and Spanish) and is studying American Sign Language. She has always worked to lift up the voices of oppressed populations in the community.
Brittany Deal is an Iowa Pride Network alumnus who helped establish the first GSA at Johnston High School in 2006. After high school, Brittany studied art and art history at the University of Northern Iowa. She gained leadership experience as a resident assistant at UNI and as a camp leader at the Y Camp in Boone, Iowa.
Brittany is an extremely active member of Iowa’s art community. During college, she prepared exhibitions at the UNI Gallery of Art and interned at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. The Waterloo Center for the Arts hired her as a part-time administrative assistant after graduation. She recently spent two years as the art gallery director for Wartburg College. Brittany currently serves on the Iowa Arts Council Board of Trustees.
Linda Foster, Executive Assistant
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A co-host at Queer Note Cafe and a facilitator and teacher at Ancient Ways Drumming, Linda is a long-time contributor to the music and LGBTQ scene in Des Moines. She is also a co-founder and past-proprietor of Ritual Cafe. At One Iowa, Linda helps keep us organized and on track on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. She is a Leo sun, Sagittarius moon, and Virgo rising.
Carol Sawyer, Creative Consultant
Carol Sawyer brings her skills in project management, web site building, grant proposal writing, and informal education to One Iowa. From an early career in research science she transitioned to developing science exhibitions. As Director of Exhibits and Planning at the Museum of Life + Science she oversaw a major museum expansion and the development of three nationally touring exhibitions. Carol enjoys engaging people in science inquiry and has taught countless students to make slime, silly putty, and a variety of noise makers. She has organized parents and teachers to fight for equity and ending high-stakes testing in public schools – using her creative skills to create compelling media events about education issues featuring giant yellow pencils, a giant puppet, even a dance flash mob.
Jason Dinesen, Accounting Consultant
As a Licensed Public Accountant constantly studying tax law and tax publications, Jason Dinesen admits to being a bit of a “tax nerd.” He loves helping people alleviate their fear of – and frustration with – tax preparation and planning. After leaving a career as a news director for a radio station in 2007, Jason shifted his professional focus to accounting and started his own company, Dinesen Tax, in 2009. Jason works with many LGBT clients, and joined One Iowa in December 2013 to assist with the organization’s accounting. He holds a degree in corporate communications from Simpson College in Indianola.