Board

Brian Campbell Board President

Brian Campbell is the Director of Sustainability Education at Central College in Pella. In this role, he supports the college’s commitment to sustainability both in the classroom and in campus operations, working closely with students and faculty, as well as facilities staff, food service professionals, and a variety of community partners. Brian has explored the intersections of religion and environmental justice while working at congregations and campuses in Oregon, California, Iowa, and Georgia. He has a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley and a PhD from Emory University in Atlanta, focused on religion and nature in American history. He continues to teach, research, and write about these issues, and is currently working on a book tracing the history of solitude in America, as one key intersection of spirituality and sustainability.

Brian grew up in Alabama and North Carolina in a family with deep roots in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He now lives in Des Moines with his wife Gina and two sons Ian (10) and Elliot (6), who keep him busy with soccer practices and outdoor adventures exploring Central Iowa and the Midwest. Brian is a member of First Unitarian Church in Des Moines and is excited to support Iowa Interfaith Power & Light in its mission to empower people of faith across the state to be leaders in working toward solutions to climate change.

 

Robert MulqueenBoard Vice President

Currently a part of The Capitol Group/Sage Advice, a lobbying and public policy consulting concern, Bob is a bi-coastal Iowan whose father’s family has been in Council Bluffs since 1872 and whose mother’s family has been in Dubuque since before anyone can remember.

Since graduating from Creighton University (in the paleolithic era) with a B.A. in American History and from Iowa State University with a Master of Public Administration degree, Mulqueen has worn more hats than Bartholomew Cubbins. He served as a VISTA Volunteer in steel towns in the Pittsburgh area, as a night watchman at a demolition site, as a staffer in the Iowa Senate, as very junior staffer for a U.S. Senator, a slightly older staffer for a U.S. Representative, as an educational system’s fundraiser, as a lobbyist and policy staffer for the Iowa State Association of Counties, as lobbyist and energy policy staffer for the Iowa Environmental Council, and as policy director for the late, lamented Iowa Office of Energy Independence.

Bob lives in Des Moines and is married to a very patient woman.

 

Britt VickstBritt Vickstromrom – Secretary 

Britt Vickstrom was born and raised in western and central Iowa. She attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, majoring in Religion and minoring in Russian Language and Literature.  She received a Master of Systematic Theology focusing on ecology and theology from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland. She received her Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. She is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Her hobbies include learning, books, movies, rugby, genealogy, baking krumkake, tattoos, exploring the Midwest, and, hopefully, learning to play the accordion.

 

Allison Steuterman

Allison Steuterman is a Shareholder with Brick Gentry P.C. and practices primarily in litigation and municipal law.  Allison was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Drake University School of Law where she was an Opperman Scholar and graduated with high honors in 2004.

Allison is an active member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Des Moines where she has served on the Staff Parish Relations Committee, Education Committee, and Administrative Council and teaches the kindergarten and first grade Sunday school class.  She is married to Josh Steuterman and has two children, Ella and Graham.

 

Rod Stevens

Rod Stevens is a registered architect, certified facility manager, and LEED AP (accredited professional).  Rod formed Knowledge Consulting, a sustainability, architecture, and facility management consulting firm in 2014 after retiring from a 40-year career at DuPont Pioneer where Rod provided design, code compliance, accessibility, facility information and technology, sustainability, and project management consulting for the company.

Rod is a long time involved member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Des Moines.  His participation at an IIPL Cool Congregations workshop in 2008 helped trigger the formation of Immanuel’s Green Team, which he has been an active participant in ever since. Rod has led a number of seminars and classes on sustainability-related topics both at the church and elsewhere and continues to be an advocate for sustainable design and care of creation.

 

Tom Stovall – Interim Treasurer

Tom has been active in Dubuque’s faith community as President of Dubuque Area Congregations United, President of People In Need, board member of Ecumenical Housing and Dubuque Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and played a leadership role in organizing Iowa IPL’s local chapter in Dubuque. He’s a member of the Green Team at his home congregation, Westminster Presbyterian Church.

A native of St. Louis, Tom Stovall received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he also did graduate work. He spent a 20-year career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He moved to Dubuque in 1994 to begin a 20-year position as Executive Director of Operation: New View Community Action Agency where he was involved in programs, advocacy and lobbying on behalf of low-income people including work in energy assistance, energy efficiency and home weatherization. He served as President of the Iowa Community Action Association and  served as Board Chairman of the Washington, DC-based National Fuel Funds Network (now named the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition).

Tom and his wife Linda, also retired as owner and operator of Heart to Heart Childcare Center, enjoy traveling and are heavily involved in volunteer activities at church and in the community. They have 3 grown children, and grandchildren, that live in Tokyo, Japan, San Antonio, TX and Moline, IL.

 

John Stender-Custer

John is a 7th generation Iowan who lives with his husband and twins in Des Moines. He grew up on his family farm in Western Iowa and often returns to Cass County where they maintain a second home. He attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport where he received a B. A. in Theology and History. After college he spent an Americorps volunteer year with the Marist Brothers in Lawrence, Massachusetts before studying Law at Western Michigan University in Lansing.

He spent his professional career in higher education where he served in various capacities. From Director of Service Learning at St. Ambrose University to Associate Professor and Chair of the Social and Criminal Justice program at Ashford University in Clinton. John has maintained his commitment to teaching his students the value of civic engagement and social justice. He is now a stay-at-home father and hopes to instill those same values in his own children.

The Stender-Custers are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Des Moines.