The Central Rivers AEA Board of Directors met Wednesday, December 8 in Cedar Falls for the annual organizational meeting. Three district representatives were up for re-election this year and one new candidate filed for election.
Congratulations to those re-elected to serve: Dr. Debra Rich, Director District 2; Dr. Tony Reid, Director District 7; and Bryan Burton, Director District 8.
Congratulations and welcome to Nicole Lovik-Blaser for being elected as Director District 1 to replace Roberta Kraft Abrahamason who recently retired from the board.
Nicole sought election to the board because she believes in the work being done by CRAEA and also believes that public education is in need of the supplemented resources an AEA can provide, telling us, “Public education is vital in a democracy like ours – the opportunity it provides equally to every student is something we all should work to be proud of. The support CRAEA gives students is phenomenal, and I am excited to be part of a great organization like CRAEA!”
Nicole is a Communication and Media Studies graduate from Waldorf University. She served as Director for the Forest City Education Foundation and is now in technology sales. Nicole’s husband, Jason, is a math teacher in Forest City. She has three children; Trey, a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, Cooper, a seventh-grader and Brinley, a fifth-grader. Nicole’s favorite quote is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
While serving on the board, Nicole hopes to educate residents in her surrounding communities about the resources available to them through CRAEA. “The available opportunities provided by the AEA to students, families, teachers and schools are truly beneficial,” said Nicole. “I look forward to being a liaison and a positive representative of everything that Central Rivers AEA embodies.”
Join us in welcoming Nicole and in giving a huge thank you to the entire Board of Directors for leading the agency through another successful year of operations!