Recent Comments
    For media inquiries, please visit the Contact page.

    Silos & Smokestacks Announces New Trustees


    WATERLOO, Iowa — Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to the Board of Trustees. They are Steve Firman, John Frazier, Jeff Frost, Geof Grimes, Paula Mohr and Emily Staudacher.

    “We are pleased to have these new Trustees join us. Regional participation is essential to the success of the Heritage Area.  We look forward the expertise they bring to the Board,” said President Cara Miller.

    Steve Firman is the Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacy Marketing Group, Inc., a national marketing and distribution company that works with state pharmacy associations and President of FPCI, an administrative management, government relations and pharmacy consulting firm. Firman also serves as Director of Government Relations for the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber and Administrator for the Cedar Valley Coalition.

    John Frazier, a former teacher, is owner of Frazier Nursery in Vinton. Frazier also serves the community of Vinton by volunteering for Benton County Roadside Management and Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools.

    Jeff Frost is the Executive Director of Professional Technical Education for Waterloo Community Schools. Frost is also an Adjunct Professor at Hawkeye Community College, teaching Introduction into Education for prospective teachers.


    Geof Grimes, now retired, served as President of StruXture Architects in Waterloo. He has served, and continues to serve, the communities of Waterloo and Cedar Fall on several committees and boards including the Black Hawk Gaming Association, Junior Achievement, Northeast Iowa Food Bank and many more.


    Paula Mohr Paula Mohr is an architectural historian with the State Historical Society of Iowa where she directs the state’s local historic preservation program. Previously she held museum and preservation positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House, National Park Service and the U.S. Treasury. She is a fourth generation Iowan and grew up in Bentonsport.

    Emily Staudacher is an attorney with Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, PC law firm in Des Moines, where she focuses on agricultural law.  She received her B.S. in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University and later graduated with her J.D. and a certificate in agricultural law from Drake University Law School.  Emily also sits on the public policy committee for the Iowa Pork Producers Association

    The mission of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is to preserve and tell the story of American agriculture — past, present and future. Visit one of SSNHAs 119 partner sites throughout Northeast Iowa to learn more about the history of farming or to experience the new and amazing innovations in the agriculture industry. Or, explore Iowans as leaders in agriculture in Silos & Smokestacks’ traveling exhibit, “It Takes An Iowan.” For more information, visit

    Topics: Press Releases