About Us

TAI is a statewide, member-based organization uniting Iowa's technology community by connecting leaders, developing talent, driving public policy, and fostering diversity and inclusion.
Iowa's tech industry by the numbers

Iowa employs over 92,000 technology workers


Average salary for technology workers in Iowa


TAI serves over 350 members across the state


Opportunities to connect at Iowa tech events each year

Investing in Iowa’s technology and innovation ecosystem drives the industry forward with a unified vision. TAI empowers and elevates our member organizations through engaging programming, signature events, technology-forward public policies, talent development initiatives, and fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

About TAI

Our Team

We believe technology is the essential driving force in every business market today and impacts virtually every company, industry, and community across the state. Our team ensures you’re connected to the network and tools your company needs to succeed.

Brian Waller


Tyler Wyngarden

Vice President of Development

Mollie Ross

Vice President of Operations

Jessica Erickson

Director of Events

Tim Coonan

Legislative Liaison

Sydney Gangestad

Legislative Liaison
Technology Association of Iowa

Board of Directors

TAI’s Board of Directors is comprised of Iowa’s most innovative tech leaders across the state who support the industry and advance Iowa’s reputation as a technology state. 

Justyn Miller
Anthologic & Shift Interactive

Scott Behn

Carrier Access

Shane Stark
Chief Operating Officer
Carrier Access

Adrian Butler
Chief Information Officer
Casey’s General Stores

Collins Aerospace

Linda Peyton
Senior Engineering Director
Collins Aerospace

James Alcombright
Vice President, IT Enterprise 
Corteva Agriscience

Joe Riesberg
SVP, Chief Information Officer

Erin Rollenhagen
Entrepreneurial Technologies

Kate Washut
Partner & CEO
Far Reach

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

R. Scott Johnson
Intellectual Property Attorney, Shareholder
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Ryan Ackels
Operations Manager


Luke Tingley
Senior VP, Chief Technology Officer

Bruce Lehrman

Kristen Constant
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Iowa State University

ITA Group logo

Jason Katcher
VP & CIO, Information Technology
ITA Group, Inc.

John Deere

Joel Hergenreter
Manager – Verification & Validation
John Deere


Alex Olson
Partner & Chief Security Officer
Kingland Systems

John Bertrand
Vice President of IT
Kreg Tool Company

Levon Hooks
Chief Information Officer
Kum & Go

Jim Masterson
President & CEO
LightEdge Solutions

Dave Hove, CPA
Tax Managing Director
UHY Advisors

Merchants Bonding Company

Brad Rasmussen
Chief Information Officer
Merchants Bonding Company

Jerry Owen
AVP, Application Owner

Dave Tucker
Senior Advisor
Next Level Ventures

Paragon IT Professionals

Craig Jackman
Founder & CEO
Paragon IT Professionals

Travis Turnbull
Division Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Pella Corporation

Kathy Kay
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Principal Financial Group


Aaron Warner

Jace Day
Executive Vice President & Chief Business Officer

Michelle Bates 
Chief Innovation Officer
Revology, Inc.

Matt Koch
Chief Marketing Officer
Sukup Manufacturing

The University of Iowa

Jon Darsee
Chief Innovation Officer
The University of Iowa

Jeremy Kauten
Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President of IT
The VGM Group

Brian Frese
Chief Technology Officer
United Fire Group

Laura Smith
Chief Information Officer
UnityPoint Health

Marty Mark
Chief Information Officer
The University of Northern Iowa

Paul Hlivko
Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Don Whitt
Vice President of Platform Operations

Ryan Schaap
Chief Information Officer
Wells Enterprises

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