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Mike Hensch

Executive Director

Mike provides administrative guidance to and coordination for the Board. He was Johnson County’s Medical Examiner Administrator from 2005 to 2017, and was a Supervisor and Medical Examiner Investigator with the County from 2002 to 2005. From 1999 to 2005, Mike served as Director of Pastoral Care for Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Prior to that position, he was the manager of safety and security for the hospital. In the early 1990s, Mike served as executive assistant to the Warren County, Iowa, Board of Supervisors. He served in the United States Navy from 1977 to 1983, working as a medical laboratory technologist.

Kelli Andresen

Kelli Andresen

Communications Coordinator

Kelli joined the County in December 2017. She provides support and coordination for County communications efforts, including media relations, social media management, and community engagement and outreach. Prior to joining Johnson County, she worked as a communications professional at the City of Iowa City, as well as the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, Office of Strategic Communications, and International Programs.

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Cassidy Beamer

Local Foods Intern

Cassidy assists the Local Foods Coordinator with initiatives that build the capacity of our community-based food system. She also provides staff support for the Johnson County Food Policy Council and assists with planning for the council’s annual public forum. Cassidy is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, where she studied Environmental Policy & Planning and Sustainability. In addition to her internship at the County, she works as a Research Assistant at the University of Iowa’s Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences.

Donna Brooks

Donna Brooks

Grants Coordinator

Donna researches, writes, and administers grants to support Johnson County’s various departments, initiatives, and programs. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Prior to her position as Grants Assistant with the Board of Supervisors, Donna worked for the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, the Sioux City Public Library, and Western Iowa Tech Community College as a communications specialist and writing instructor.

Krista Burich

Krista Burich

Communications Assistant

Krista provides support and coordination for County communications efforts, including media relations, social media, and community outreach. Prior to her position as Communications Assistant for the Board of Supervisors, she worked in Elections for the Auditor's Office. Before joining Johnson County, Krista provided freelance social media and design work to businesses in Iowa City and worked as a communications specialist in the nonprofit sector in Maryland and Washington D.C.

Ilsa DeWald

Ilsa DeWald

Local Foods Coordinator

Ilsa provides resources, collaboration assistance, and other support to farmers, processers, marketers, educators, distributers, and other members of our community food system. She assists the Johnson County Food Policy Council with their recommendations and annual public forums. Before joining Johnson County in May 2018, Ilsa worked at North Liberty Community Pantry as the Garden and Operations Coordinator. 

Keshia Fields

Keshia Fields

Inclusion and Equity Specialist

Keshia devotes her time to promote inclusion, diversity and equity at Johnson County. She partners with departments and offices at the County to encourage a culture where everyone feels like they belong. Prior to her position as Inclusion and Equity Specialist, Keshia worked for Johnson County Public Health assisting in efforts to prevent disease and promote health for Johnson County residents.

Ray Forsythe

Ray Forsythe

Special Projects Manager

Ray performs project management and coordinates special initiatives and vertical infrastructure capital projects for Johnson County. He also manages the public bidding process and contract development and administration for projects initiated in the Board of Supervisors Office with the goal of incorporating quality improvement, customer service and sustainability principles. Ray holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in Community and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Administration from Drake University. Forsythe has spent over 30 years in public service with Planning, Economic Development and Administration positions throughout Iowa and Illinois. Most recently he spent 14 years as Planning and Development Director for the City of Moline, IL, and two years as City Administrator in Washington, IL.

Giovanni Lobo

Giovanni Lobo

Media Production and Technology Specialist

Giovanni joined the Board of Supervisors Office in December 2020. He provides support for the County in all media production needs, as well as technology for the boardroom. Prior to joining Johnson County he was a lead installer and programmer for Reference Audio, specializing in audio and video deployments for different counties and corporations in Iowa. During this time, he led many installations in conference and meeting rooms, as well as churches, football fields and gyms. He holds a degree in audio recording technologies, is passionate about technology and is always eager to expand his knowledge in the audio and video production world.

Jill Wenger

Jill Wenger

Administrative Assistant

Jill provides administrative support for the Board Office. Prior to this position she worked for Johnson County Livable Community, freelanced graphic design and administrative services, and worked for the City of Iowa City, in Document Services (now Communications) department.

Allison Wells

Allison Wells

Grants Assistant

Allison provides support for the grants team, researching, writing and administering grants for Johnson County departments. Prior to joining the Board Office, Allison worked in Elections at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. She holds a PhD in History and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from the University of Iowa and worked as a Graduate Instructor and Writing Center Tutor at the University of Iowa History Department.