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Meet the Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

This year's Keynote Speaker is Beth Wessel-Kroeschell. Beth is a State Representative in House District 49

She is serving her 10th term in the Iowa House of Representatives; and is a Ranking Member of the Human Resources Committee; Member of the Public Safety & Judiciary Committees, and the Justice Systems Appropriations Subcommittee.

Beth was born and raised in Ames. Following graduation from Ames High, she earned her BA from the University of Northern Iowa and her MPA from Iowa State University.

Beth is a former high school English teacher and has done substantial work in non-profit administration. She was on the board of ACCESS, a battered women’s shelter, for four years and served as their president. She was chair of the Story County Equal Rights Amendment campaign in 1992. Beth has also served on her church council in various capacities, served on the Planned Parenthood Community Council in 1994, and worked for the Iowa Farmers Union and the Association of Boards of Certification.

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