One Iowa

950 Office Park Rd, Suite 240
West Des Moines, IA 50265
[email protected]
515-288-4019

Media Contact

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

Staff

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Dan Royer, Executive Director
Pronouns: He, Him, His
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An Iowa native, Dan Royer has more than 14 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations, most recently as executive director of the Iowa Alliance in Home Care. Prior to that, he held several leadership roles at the Iowa Hospital Association. During that time, he travelled Iowa extensively, building relationships across the state.

Dan has also been a strong advocate for LGBTQ equality, including serving on the Capital City Pride Board and the One Iowa Action Board.

Dan and his partner Brian have been married for more than 10 years. Both alums of Iowa State University, they enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, and supporting local issues and causes. 

Courtney Reyes, Assistant 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. Growing up in small town Iowa, this was instilled in her at a young age. After graduating from Iowa State University, Courtney worked in a chemical dependency treatment facility for women and children. This work opened her eyes to the world of advocacy and taught her that people need a voice and want to feel heard.

Courtney 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. She is excited to be part of One Iowa‘s mission to preserve and advance LGBTQ equality in Iowa.

Keenan Crow, Director of Policy and Advocacy
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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
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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 Hashie Awards.

Buffy Jamison, Program Coordinator
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O: 515-288-4019 x5

Buffy graduated with her Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Denver (DU). Her concentration in the program was Diversity in Higher Education, reflecting her desire to support historically marginalized communities in their educational endeavors. Buffy is also dedicated to educating the general public about members of marginalized communities who are often left out of vitally important aspects of the community at large. Her love of education and passion for social justice traveled back with her when she returned home to Iowa.

While at DU, Buffy focused her scholarly efforts on college students who are on the Autism Spectrum with an emphasis on intersectionality. Her work also centered on issues related to the LGBTQIA community and people of color. She received her BA in World Languages and Cultures/Spanish from Iowa State University (ISU).

Buffy’s past leadership roles include serving as president of DU’s Black Graduate Student Association, DU’s NASPA Graduate Student Associate, Inclusive Excellence Fellow at DU’s Center for Multicultural Excellence, president of ISU’s LGBTA Alliance, volunteer coordinator of the 2012 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, and co-founder of ISU’s Gamma Rho Lambda Omicron chapter. Serving in these roles inspired Buffy to be a fervent advocate for each of her communities.

Buffy’s current leadership roles include co-chairing the Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition, serving on The Project at Primary Health Care’s advisory board, and serving on the Des Moines NAACP’s communications committee. She is also a fellow of the 2019 African American Leadership Academy.

Max Mowitz, Program Coordinator
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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
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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.

Linda Santi, Siouxland Stewardship and Events Coordinator
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
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515-288-4019 x6

Linda Santi’s two favorite towns are Sioux City and New Orleans, places where she has done a majority of her “growing up”. Linda has also lived in Des Moines, where she was a staffer on the Iowa Senate Democratic Caucus and was involved in the nuts and bolts of political campaigning.

Community organizing became a passion of Linda’s during the rebuilding of New Orleans after the federal flood of 2005. “Nothing About Us Without Us” became an inspiration for many who worked to rebuild the city, and Linda incorporates that fundamental precept every day in her community work.

A native Sioux Cityan, Linda is excited to be back in Siouxland where positive community action is becoming more and more of a concrete possibility every day.

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.