One Iowa

950 Office Park Rd, Suite 240
West Des Moines, IA 50265
[email protected]

Media Contact

Erica Barz
Communications and Grants Coordinator
[email protected]
515-288-4019 x3


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Courtney Reyes, Executive Director
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
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O: 515-288-4019 x4
C: 515-460-2936

Courtney Reyes has always been drawn to helping people. After graduating from Iowa State University she worked at a substance abuse treatment facility. This work opened her eyes to the world of advocacy. Courtney then stayed home to raise her two boys. This was one of the most rewarding and challenging times of her life. 

She was inspired to become more involved in the community after the 2012 election. Since then, injustice in our state has become more apparent to her, and she’s ached to do more. As the political climate continued to change, the ache became unbearable and an opportunity came from One Iowa at the perfect time. 

Over the past two years, Courtney has stepped into many roles in the organization and is thrilled to lead the team of amazing humans that make up One Iowa. She is committed to educating the broader community, encouraging future leaders, and activating Iowans to make real change in our state.

Keenan Crow, Director of Policy and Advocacy
Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs
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O: 515-288-4019 x2
C: 712.389.1924

Keenan Crow has been active in Iowa politics since 2010 when they interned with Chris Hall’s campaign for Iowa State Representative. Since then, they have been involved with several nonprofit organizations including Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism. They were 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. They are a 2018 New Leaders Council fellow.

Erica Barz, Communications and Grants Coordinator
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
[email protected]
O: 515-288-4019 x3
C: 319-269-2676

Erica grew up in La Porte City, a small town in northeast Iowa. She graduated from Simpson College in 2015 with a B.A. in English and minors in multimedia journalism and women’s/gender studies. During her time at Simpson, she joined Simpson Pride (the first LGBTQ group she’d ever encountered) and became passionate about using her power and privilege to create a more just and equitable world. She spent her last semester interning at PFLAG, a network of support and advocacy groups for LGBTQ folks and their allies, in Washington, D.C.

Erica serves as secretary of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission’s LGBT advisory council and chairs the marketing committee of the Grant Professional Association Central Iowa chapter. She is also a 2019 New Leaders Council fellow. The Des Moines chapter of Social Media Club recognized her work on One Iowa’s social media presence at the 2018 and 2019 Hashie Awards.

Max Mowitz, Program Coordinator
Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs
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O: 515-288-4019 x7

Max has been out and active in the LGBTQIA community since 2010. They earned a degree in Ethnomusicology and African American Studies at The University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, specializing their research in Queer Hip Hop in the U.S. and Turkish Hip Hop in Berlin, Germany. Max spent much of their undergraduate career in leadership roles at their alma mater, leading several campus-wide LGBTQIA groups and working in Residential Life as a Resident Advisor and Project Coordinator, focusing their work on intersectional inclusivity for Residential Life residents and staff. Max developed their passion for community education and outreach in these roles, which they continued to pursue post-graduation.

Max is a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate with Polk County Crisis and Advocacy and is passionate about individualized, LGBTQIA inclusive, Trauma Informed healthcare for all Iowans. They specialize in topics including Trauma Informed Care, Sexual Violence and Assault, mental health, the prison industrial complex, intersecting oppressions related to race, gender identity, and sexual orientation, LGBTQIA-inclusive birthwork, and the transgender and nonbinary communities. Max is a graduate of the One Iowa LGBTQ Leadership Institute and a volunteer at Transformative Healing. Max is currently pursuing Doula certification and hopes to be a LGBTQIA-specific birth worker and transition Doula.

Rylee Junk, Administrative Coordinator
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
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O: 515-288-4019

Rylee never realized the impact mere exposure can have until leaving her hometown. Meeting so many LGBTQ folks helped her to understand her own identity and changed her entire life. She has spent the following years helping others understand the spectrum of LGBTQ identity. Rylee believes the more stories we learn, the greater we are able to empathize with our neighbor and help create necessary changes.

Rylee graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sexuality, women and gender studies. She wants to spend the rest of her life in pursuit of justice for marginalized communities and hopes to utilize her energy and passion to advance One Iowa’s mission.

Marti Payseur, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Stewardship and Events Coordinator
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
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515-288-4019 x9
Marti Payseur was born an event planner. She orchestrated her first fundraiser at the ripe age of four when she asked neighbors to fund her passion project of the moment: the construction of a local Beanie Baby hospital. Marti brings that same gusto and spunk to her career today, which she dedicates to planning events and raising money for causes that she cares about, including her work with the Des Moines Art Center, The Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Science Center of Iowa.
Marti is the owner of Thistle’s Summit: A Guesthouse & Homostead located in charming Mount Vernon, designed to make the bed and breakfast experience safe and accessible to the queer community. She is also the CEO of MP Public Relations & Events, a boutique firm that helps communities, corporations and non-profits showcase what makes them unique through events and storytelling.
She is a passionate lover of the arts, the outdoors, and coffee. On any given day you can find her rocking out to Sleater- Kinney, whipping up something fresh in her kitchen, or foraging for ingredients with her partner, Ash, and dog, Thistle.
Corey Young, Dubuque Stewardship and Events Coordinator
Pronouns: He, Him, His
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Corey Young, a native of Chicago, is an educator, organizer, advocate, and an agent of change within his community. Since 2013, he has utilized his skills, talents, networks, and resources to bring about equitable change and forward progress in every arena he has served in. Whether working as the Coordinator of Student Activities for a college in western Iowa or facilitating a discussion on homophobia at his local youth center, Corey continues to serve with zeal and passion. 

Corey holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Dubuque and will receive his master’s degree in business with an emphasis in diversity and inclusion leadership in 2021. An avid learner and community member, he currently serves as an HIV Health Educator for the Hillcrest Professional Health Clinic in Dubuque where he works to promote sexual health in his community. He also serves as a member of the Dubuque NAACP and the Gay Men’s Health committee for the Iowa Department of Public Health. 

In 2019, Corey and his partner organized and hosted Iowa’s first ever all African American drag show in honor of Black History Month in Dubuque. He continues to work with Dubuque’s LGBTQ community as one of the planners of annual Dubuque Pride festivities. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with friends, planning exciting events, and spending time with his amazing fiancé Rio.

Eve Sanchez, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Stewardship and Events Coordinator
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
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515-288-4019 x8
C: 319-432-4458
Eve Sanchez is a writer and communications professional who enjoys using her skills to support causes she cares about. She worked with the San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) in her hometown of San Antonio, TX, for three years, including two years as a full-time member of the marketing team. At SAAF, she used her skills in marketing and event planning to help plan, promote and execute a number of large-scale fundraising events. The marketing team’s efforts regularly resulted in record-breaking fundraising numbers.
Eve is currently pursuing an MA in English Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. She’s excited to bring her skills to One Iowa and help the organization establish a stronger presence in her college town and second home.