Executive Board

The Executive Board of IAAE is made up of volunteers from across the state. Those volunteers include specialists in arts education, community organization, and non-profit development. To read minutes of the Executive Board meetings, go to Google Drive...


Donna AngellDonna Angell is a retired band director currently living in Iowa City.  She graduated from Emmetsburg High School, received a BA in Liberal Arts (emphasis in music education) from the University of Iowa and  MA in Higher Education Administration form U of I (emphasis in Curriculum and Adult Education).

Donna is an adjudicator for the IHSMA state music festivals, as well as Minnesota and Missouri State music festivals.  She is presently active in the Alliance mentorship program and is a substitute in the Iowa City Schools instrumental programs.  She also enjoys the opportunity to perform in various instrumental groups in Iowa City including the Iowa City Community Band, Mt. Vernon Community Band, What Cheer Winds, and, best of all, a polka band called "The Polka Dots", as well as any group that needs an instrumentalist and sounds like fun.

Donna has so far failed retirement but plans to keep thinking about it.

GrettaGretta Berghammer teaches coursework in drama education and theatre for youth at the University of Northern Iowa. In addition, she serves as the Artistic Director for the Sturgis Youth Theatre, a community based theatre providing class and production related experiences for students ages 4-16.
The primary focus of Ms. Berghammer’s creative work has been in the development of performance pieces, Theatre in Education programs, and staged productions that focus on critical social issues. In 2010 she founded the Spectrum Theatre program for kids on and off the Autism Spectrum.  While open to all young people ages 6 and older, it is specifically designed to provide drama experiences that best support the development of pretend play, social interaction and non-verbal communication.   She is currently completing a year-long project in the schools funded by Autism Speaks which is focused on the use of drama to develop key social skills in youth on the autism spectrum and to develop inclusive in classroom drama programs for all students.

In February 2013 she recently devised a production for spectrum specific audiences entitled Playful Inventions. Other production and workshop work has focused on bullying and cyber-bullying, play and creativity, and Holocaust Education, and directing youth-oriented productions such as Mother Hicks, The Wrestling Season, and To Kill a Mockingbird for the Strayer-Wood Theatre.

Professor Berghammer received the 2009-10 Regents’ Award for Faculty Excellence.