Board Information

The Linn County ECI Board has responsibility for setting the policies and conducting the business of the local ECI area per legislative intent. At a minimum the Board shall include membership from Education, Health, Human Services, Business and Faith interests and at least one Parent, Grandparent or Guardian of a child prenatal through age five. No persons with a financial relationship to Linn County ECI can be offered membership. The Board seeks to be gender balanced and reflect the diversity of the local ECI area. Interested persons are invited to submit a Board Member application for consideration.

ECI Board Member Application (PDF)

Linn County Early Childhood Iowa Governance Board

Name Affiliation
Richard Barrett Mount Mercy University
Karey Chase United Way of East Central Iowa
Haley Desmond Unity Point Health
Julie Hanlin St. Paul's Early Learning Center
Shawn Knighton  Linn Mar Community School District
Dan Louzek Abbe Mental Health Center
Katie Marshall Hand in Hand Early Care and Education Center
Rev. Pastor Patrick Munyakazi, Chair Riverview Bible Church, New Hope Church, New Life Ministry/Ministere Vie Nouvelle
Katheryn Paulsen Unity Point Health
Kirsten Running-Marquardt Linn County Board of Supervisors
Megan Waterman Caring Corner
Drew Westberg, Board Member At-Large Coe College


The Linn County Early Childhood Iowa Governance Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month except in July and December. All Board meetings are open to the public.  Call the ECI office at (319) 892-5721 for further details.

ECI Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes

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