Kaila Rome, Executive Director
Kaila joins our staff eager to continue the work and success already set forth by the North Liberty Community Pantry. She has served in the community for the last 5 years at The Crisis Center of Johnson County, where she began as a volunteer on the 24-Hour crisis line. She worked as the Food Bank Coordinator at the center and then moved into her recent role as Development Coordinator. Kaila is an Illinois native who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Health Promotion at the University of Iowa. During Kaila’s undergraduate career, she took an interest in human services and the issues surrounding the community, participating in many volunteer events throughout her time as a student and later joining a local AmeriCorp program. In addition to her daily work to combat hunger issues, she works as a fitness trainer in her spare time. She is on the Leadership Council of EPIC and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Program. Kaila brings with her skills in volunteer management, event planning, fundraising, team building and community outreach.
Ilsa DeWald, Volunteer & Garden Coordinator
Ilsa was born and raised in central Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa where she studied Environmental Science and Sustainability. Ilsa became very invested in the UI Student Garden during her time at the U of I. The UI Student Garden is operated by students and volunteers to increase UI campus community awareness about local food including community health, the local economy, and the care of the environment. Ilsa was also an intern at the UI Office of Sustainability for 3 years promoting student leadership and community emphasis on environmental education. Ilsa has met many passionate and motivated people dedicated to improving their community, and she can’t wait to expand her horizons to the community of North Liberty.
Steven Williams, Special Projects & Marketing Coordinator
Steven comes to us from the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, where he was the Community Engagement Assistant. Steven is a graduate from the University of Iowa where he studied Environmental Policy and Transnational Issues. During Steven’s undergraduate career he started to become interested in the local food system and working to make the community stronger and more inclusive through advocacy. While attending the University, he headed several student organizations that aimed to create a stronger and prosperous international community where people have access to education, electricity, clean water, and food. Steven currently sits on the Johnson County Food Policy Council and is a member of the Board of Directors for Local Foods Connection.