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    Silos & Smokestacks announces new trustees


    WATERLOO, Iowa — Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the Board of Trustees. They are Barb Lykins, Chris Happ Olson, Kellie Lasack and Michael Cook.

    Glenn Keppy, Eldridge, Iowa, will become Chair of the Trustees. Steve Firman of Cedar Falls will become Vice Chair. Trish Cook, Winthrop, Iowa, will remain as Treasurer.

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

    Barb Lykins is the retired Community Resources Director for Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Lykins was a leader in forming and serving as a board member, secretary and treasurer of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. She has thirty plus years of experience in association management. Lykins resides in Clive, Iowa where she enjoys writing, gardening and book club.

    Chris Happ Olson, of Dubuque, Iowa, has experience in historic preservation, planning, housing and youth development. She is the Assistant Planner for the City of Dubuque and formerly served as Executive Director for the Four Mounds Foundation, a SSNHA Partner Site since 2003. Olson has served on the SSNHA Signage Review Committee since 2008.

    Kellie Lasack is owner of Roan Marketing and Communications in Oxford Junction, Iowa. She is a freelance writer for Tri-State Livestock News, Western Ag Reporter and the Eastern Iowa Farmer among several others. Lasack also writes her own blog, “Kellie for Ag” where she advocates for agriculture in a positive light. She holds a BA in Agricultural Communications from Iowa State University.

    Michael Cook, of Waterloo, is an adjunct professor at Hawkeye Community college and former manager at John Deer Tractor Cab Assembly. He has numerous years of experience in manufacturing, product design, plant engineering and holds three US patents.

    The mission of Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is to 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


    Barb Lykins

    Chris Happ Olson

    Kellie Lasack

    Michael Cook

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