School administrators have access to the expertise of Central Rivers AEA staff to assist with meeting building and district goals. The administrative staff are always available to provide support and consultation to local school leaders. Please feel free to turn to any of the following staff with questions in his or her specific area of expertise.

Central Rivers AEA Staff Member

Areas of expertise

Sam miller Sam Miller
Chief Administrator
LEA/AEA relations, bond issue/PPEL campaigns, leadership development,
legislation, organizational development, school board retreats, and school
Karl Kurt  Karl Kurt
Assistant Chief Administrator/
Director of Human Resources
Administrator/teacher evaluation, employee contracts, equity, negotiations, and technology support.
Jon mckenzie Dr. Jon McKenzie
Director of Assessment and
Comprehensive Improvement
Data analysis, comprehensive, balanced and aligned assessment systems, program evaluation and continuous improvement.
David Nicholson David Nicholson
Chief Financial Officer
Budget Issues, Certified Annual Report (CAR), and financial audits.
Photo of Amy Knupp Amy Knupp, Executive Director of Special Education All aspects of special education.


Julie davies Dr. Julie Davies, Executive Director of Ed Services
Assessment, classroom instruction, comprehensive school improvement
and curriculum development.
Beth strike
Director of Creative Services and Communications
Communication planning, crisis communication, news media relations, graphic design services, print and production, and general questions regarding accessing agency services.
Lori thomas
Executive Assistant/Board Secretary
All board communications and meetings, advisory committee meetings, board policies, Educational Directory, Google Group maintenance, superintendent meetings, transportation agreements, and administrative support.
Chad pinkston Chad Pinkston
Site Superintendent (Marshalltown Office)
Interpreter services and general questions about accessing agency staff and services.