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.

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.

Chris Bergman

Chris Bergman

Board Member

Chris serves as the Executive Director of Learning and Innovation in the Johnston Community School District. Within her role, she supports teacher leadership, professional learning, leadership development, and business partnerships. Creating authentic experiences for students and making connections to the skills and dispositions needed for success as a productive citizen are two of her charges.

Ron Edwards

Ron Edwards

Board Member

Ron Edwards is Associate Chief Counsel at John Deere Financial in Johnston, Iowa. He is responsible for providing legal guidance to the company’s U.S. wholesale lending operations and advising on cross-border lending transactions in Latin America.

Edwards recently served on the Board of Directors for the Two Rivers YMCA, as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Bethany for Children and Families, and as Chairman of the John Deere Political Action Committee. In addition to Tech Journey, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Des Moines Symphony and Tech Journey.

Edwards has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Ohio State University – Moritz College of Law.

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.

Brad Schabel

Brad Schabel

Board Member
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.

Andrea Krieg

Andrea Krieg

Board Member
Tom Pesek

Tom Pesek

Board Member

Tom Pesek is a product manager for Emerson Automation Solutions in Marshalltown where he focuses on new product development. He is a founding member of the Des Moines Makerspace and enjoys helping people, especially the young at heart, learn how to create and make.

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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