Steven T. Carter

President of ISU Research Park
Director ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship 


Steve Carter is President of the Iowa State University Research Park and responsible for the development and operation of the 220-acre ISU RP and incubator that provides space and services to more than 60 companies. The ISU RP is currently advancing a plan to expand by 200 acres and provide a new mixed-use environment for innovation-based companies.

Carter also serves as Director of the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, which is located at ISU RP. Carter provides business development assistance and education to students, faculty, entrepreneurs and the business community. Carter has extensive experience writing, evaluating, funding, and implementing business plans for a variety of start-up and growth companies.

Carter received his B.A. from Iowa State University. He has served as City Manager, hospital administrator, and private business consultant. He was the founding Director of the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship in 1996; and was the Director of the Iowa State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) from 1990 to 2000.


Alison Doyle 



Alison joined ISU RP in 2008 after spending the prior ten years working in advertising agencies and start up companies. She leads ISU RP's marketing, communications, public relations, events, and community building efforts. She also serves as a liaison for ISU RP companies as they look to build/strengthen relationships with ISU.

A proud ISU graduate, she returned at Ames after stints living in Missouri, Vermont, California, Washington, Germany, and England. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, riding her bike, teaching and practicing yoga, and attending sporting events.


Nathan Easter

Real Estate Development and Operations Manager 


Nate has been with the ISU Research Park since July of 2014, in charge of helping manage the many construction projects around the research park. Nate graduated from Iowa State University in 2000 with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked as an engineering consultant from 2000 until taking the job at the ISU RP. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Chapter of the American Public Works Association and is a licensed State of Iowa Professional Engineer.

He helped the ISU RP break ground on the ISU Economic Development Core Facility and Boehringer Ingelheim building. 

Nate loves to spend time with his three children and enjoys playing golf, fishing, soccer, softball and riding scooters. He also enjoys going on ISU football road trips, traveling to Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and New York for games.

Nate’s biggest regret in life is not earning an ISU Intramural Championship T-shirt in his time at Iowa State.


Michele Farnham

Manager of Facilities Services


Michele started working at the ISU Research Park in 1995, taking the position after being recommended by an associate provost as a graduate assistant. She oversees and maintains the physical operations of the landscaped grounds, parking lots and buildings, including maintenance, custodial and grounds personnel. She is also the primary communication liaison between tenants, the Research Park and the university, helping determine facility and service needs for all.

Michele has seen the ISU RP grow from two buildings to the current fourteen buildings and will see it grow to 15 buildings by 2018 and beyond. She is excited to see the continued growth as the park reaches new heights.

When she’s not at work, Michele enjoys being active. She also enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.


Vi Hall

Business Manager


Vi has been with the ISU Research Park since August of 2001, helping manage the finance at the research park. In her time at the ISU RP, she says she has seen the park double in size as the park continues to expand.

When she’s not at work, Vi enjoys reading and quilting. She also enjoys traveling, including visiting the national parks. 


Connie Harris

Administrative Assistant


Connie has been at the ISU Research Park for 18 years, splitting time between the ISU Research Park Administrative Offices and ISU Pappajohn/CyBiz Lab and Small Business Development Center Office as an Accounting Clerk. She handles bookkeeping, program assisting, scheduling and general office organizing.

Connie has seen considerable change and growth at the ISU RP, from Elwood Avenue getting a name change to University Boulevard, to entering Phase 3 of the ISU RP development.

She loves spending time with her family and one of her favorite accomplishments is completing the entire RAGBRAI route with a group of three other women in 2007.