Andi Lewis is Prairiewoods’ marketing coordinator. She grew up in Michigan and attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Women’s Studies. After college, she stayed primarily in the Chicago area, working as a reporter and producer for an NBC-affiliated TV station, the marketing and operations director at a professional organizing service, and a textbook writer and editor. Throughout all of her careers, she has developed a love for various aspects of marketing and communications. Andi and her husband, Steve, relocated to Cedar Rapids in February of 2011 to be closer to family.
Andi was raised as an active member of Covenant Community Church, which is part of the Reformed Church of America (RCA). She worshiped at numerous churches in the Chicago area. In Cedar Rapids, she worships at First Lutheran Church, which is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Andi’s religious beliefs tend to be open and inclusive of all faiths and people.
Robert Mulqueen– Board 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.
Barbra Jotzke-Torrier – Treasurer
Barbra Jotzke-Torrier is the director of development and communications for Whiterock Conservancy, a land trust open for public recreation in Coon Rapids, IA. She grew up in Des Moines and after beginning her career in Chicago returned in 2007. Barbra earned her BA degrees in communications and philosophy from Valparaiso University, IN and an MA in philosophy from Western Michigan University. She has spent her professional career increasing awareness and raising funds for non-profits that focus on securing a future for the earth and the people who inhabit it. Whether fighting for women’s rights at the Chicago Foundation for Women, clean water at the Iowa Environmental Council, or climate change with Iowa IPL, Barbra believes advocacy efforts are important tools in working for true solutions not short term fixes.
Her hobbies include learning, books, movies, rugby, genealogy, baking krumkake, tattoos, exploring the Midwest, and, hopefully, learning to play the accordion.
Patrick Courtney is the lay cantor at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, a Jewish spiritual community affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. A native of Texas, Patrick both grew up in a multifaith family and has since started his own, marrying an ordained pastor affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. Throughout his life, he has been involved in and an advocate for interfaith dialogue. After witnessing firsthand the terrible consequences of our energy-related environmental practices, such as mountaintop removal, he has committed himself to doing whatever he can to help our society rethink its environmental and energy practices, not only for our own generation’s health and prosperity, but for that of future generations, a commitment that has been redoubled since the birth of his children.
Gereon grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Southwest Germany. After high school, he first studied Roman Catholic theology at Tübingen and, then, Comparative Religious Studies and philosophy at Temple University in Philadelphia. In his dissertation, he compared the philosophy of the Japanese medieval Zen master Dōgen with Jungian psychology and phenomenology. His current research focuses on the application of Zen Buddhist philosophy to social and ethical challenges of today.
Gereon has been practicing tea ceremony and Zen meditation for over ten years. Currently, he is associated with Ryumonji, a temple in the Sōtō Zen lineage, in Northeast Iowa. In addition, he has received the first level certification as tea teacher in the lineage of the Urasenke school.
Daishin Eric McCabe began formal training in Zen in 1998 at Mount Equity Zendo in central Pennsylvania. His 15 years of monastic life included practicing at Buddhist temples in Japan, France, California and the Midwest. Since coming to Ames in 2014, his goals are to (1) teach meditation, yoga and Japanese Zen Calligraphy as a means of finding both inner contentment and outer direction; (2) speak and inform the general public about Buddhism; and (3) offer Buddhist resources to foster meaningful dialogue and action on climate change. To this end he has created Zen Fields, which he intends to make into a non-profit organization. Daishin majored in Religion and Biology as an undergraduate at Bucknell University, and was recently granted the equivalent of a Master of Divinity through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He lives with his wife in Ames.
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 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.
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