Ben Lors

Ben Lors

President

Ben Lors is an IT Leader at John Deere ISG, where he leads teams producing advanced technology solutions to help feed the world. Ben resides in Norwalk with his wife and four children, and his three daughters make him particularly passionate about getting girls involved in STEM related careers.

Ruth Mwangangi

Ruth Mwangangi

Vice President

Ruth Mwangangi is a Senior Project Manager, PMP, CSM, at The Principal Financial Group. Ruth is passionate about helping young people dream big and offers a helping hand along the way. As Vice President of Tech Journey, Ruth has been instrumental in camp planning and operations.

Antonio Kioko

Antonio Kioko

Co-Founder & Past President

Antonio (Tony) Kioko is an Assistant Director of Information Technology at Principal Financial Group. Tony has more than 10 years of experience in the Information Technology field. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with BA in Management Information Systems and a minor in Computer Information Systems. He is currently working on his Executive Management Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Iowa Tippie Business School. Tony is also a 2014 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.

Angie Arthur

Angie Arthur

Secretary

Angie Arthur is the Executive Director of the Central Iowa Workforce Investment Board. She brings her experience of working with non-profit organizations, workforce development, and collaborative efforts to the board. It is exciting for her to be part of an organization like Tech Journey where youth are able to explore and learn about technology.

Sarah Ball

Sarah Ball

Treasurer

Principal Financial Group

Megan Bannister

Megan Bannister

Board Member

Megan Bannister is a freelance writer and Social Media Manager at the Des Moines Art Center. Previously she served as the Iowa Editor of Silicon Prairie News, which is how she initially became involved with Tech Journey. Since then she has helped spread her passion for STEM education by helping Tech Journey tell its story in print and online.

Ron Edwards

Ron Edwards

Board Member

John Deere

Krista Ferguson

Krista Ferguson

Board Member

Krista Ferguson is originally from Columbia, MO and moved to Iowa to attend Drake University where she obtained her B.A. in Latin American Studies and International Relations, as well as her J.D. Krista is an attorney at Principal Financial group where she has been a member of the law department since 2006. Krista has been thrilled with the opportunity to support Tech Journey since its inception and to support the expansion of STEM opportunities for students.

Laura Hilby

Laura Hilby

Board Member

Laura Hilby is a Senior Assurance Associate and certified public accountant at RSM US LLP. She is a graduate of Buena Vista University with degrees in accounting and corporate mathematics. Outside of work, Laura enjoys running races, playing tennis, and volunteering.

David Kessler

David Kessler

Board Member

David Kessler works for Pillar and co-founded Tech Journey with Antonio Kioko. As a father of seven children, three of which are girls, he’s focused on empowering young minds and fresh faces to pursue STEM careers.

Cecil Williams

Cecil Williams

Board Member

Cecil G. Williams is an agile coach and senior software engineer at Source Allies, director of curriculum for Tech Journey, and an adjunct instructor and tutor at Kaplan University. Cecil has over 20 years of information technology experience combined with more than nine years of university teaching experience.

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