Staff Members

Rick Sanders

President of ISU Research Park

 

Rick is the newest member of the ISU RP team being named President and Director in May 2019 after a nationwide search. He is responsible for all aspects of the development and operation of the ISU Research Park that today includes 400 acres; 800,000 square feet of finished commercial space; hosts more than 90 companies from startups to Fortune 500 companies; and is home to more than 2,000 employees.

Sanders has an extensive professional background that includes stints in local government, association management, business development and higher education.

Rick and his wife Calli have lived in Ames since 2003 after stops in Alabama, Montana and Maine.  They are the proud parents of 3 adult children. Together, they enjoy traveling, hiking, ISU sporting events and quiet time on the deck.

Contact: rsanders@iastate.edu

Cell: (515) 708-0158

Alison Doyle

Director of Marketing and Business Engagement

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 to 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.

Contact: adoyle@iastate.edu

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 is a licensed State of Iowa Professional Engineer.

Nate loves to spend time with his wife and 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. At the Research Park, Nate enjoys creating relationships with tenants and watching companies grow.

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

Contact: neaster@iastate.edu

Michele Farnham

Manager of Facilities Services

Michele started working at the ISU Research Park in 1995. She manages 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 and the Research Park, helping determine facility and service needs for all.

Michele has seen the ISU RP grow from four buildings to the current expansion. 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.

 Contact: mfarnham@iastate.edu

 

Vi Hall

Business Manager

Vi has been with the ISU Research Park since August of 2001, and manages the Research Park budgeting, finances and accounting. In her time at the ISU RP, she says she has seen the park quadruple in size as the park continues to expand.

Vi received her degree in accounting from Iowa State University. When she’s not at work, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, including visiting national parks.

Contact: vihall@iastate.edu

Connie Harris

Administrative Assistant

Connie has been at the ISU Research Park since 2000, splitting time between the ISU Research Park Administrative Offices and the ISU Pappajohn/CyBIZ Office as an Accounting Clerk. She handles bookkeeping, program assisting, scheduling and general office organizing.

Connie has seen considerable change and growth at the ISURP, from Elwood Avenue getting a name change to University Boulevard, to the construction of multiple new buildings.

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.

Contact: clharris@iastate.edu

 

Alicia Smith

Accounting and Finance

Alicia has been with the ISU Research Park since October 2017. She assists with the Research park finances and accounting and leads the accounting efforts for the ISU Startup Factory. Alicia is a graduate of ISU with degrees in Accounting and Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Outside of work Alicia enjoys all things sports, especially cheering for her children in all of their many sporting activities. She loves reading, spending time outdoors, and family vacations.  Her favorite place to visit is Colorado, even though she’s a terrible skier!

Contact: alismith@iastate.edu

 

Abbie Miller

Intern

 

Abbie has been with the ISU Research Park since January 2018. She is a senior pursuing a degree in Marketing at Iowa State. Abbie loves to see all of the new ideas come to fruition in the Research Park. She has enjoyed getting to be apart of, and help plan, grand openings for new tenants and celebratory events for current tenants. 

Abbie grew up in Osage, IA. On campus, she serves as the Chapter President of Gamma Phi Beta and is a member of the Senior Class Council and Iowa State Singers. Abbie also serves as an undergraduate research assistant. When she isn’t on campus, you can find her reading or spending time with friends.

Contact: acmiller@iastate.edu 

Matt Stenzel

Intern

 

Matt was brought on as an intern in April 2018. He is currently a junior majoring in Agricultural Business and Economics. Matt has loved being a part of big events such as grand openings and expansions because it means the Park is growing. 

Matt grew up in Hamburg, IA, where he developed a love for the outdoors. On campus, he is involved in FarmHouse Fraternity, Ag Business Club, Ag Marketing and Management Organization, and Intramural dodgeball. He also serves as a peer mentor to younger students. 

Carter Mumm

Intern

Carter started his journey at the ISU Research Park during high school, as a part of the Ames High BEC. He is now a junior at Iowa State majoring in Marketing with a minor in Supply Chain Management. Carter really enjoys being able to interact and network with other young professionals at the Research Park. 

Carter was born and raised in Ames, Iowa and is a cyclone fan through and through. He serves as a student manager and member of the scout team for the Iowa State Women’s Basketball team. Carter is also very dedicated to Dane Marathon and is a member of the Family Relations Committee. When he isn’t busy with these things, Carter likes to play sports and go hammocking. 

Joe Stanton

Intern

 

 

Joe started his journey as an intern at the ISU Research in October of 2018. He is a senior studying marketing and entrepreneurship. Joe grew up in Centennial, Colorado and has enjoyed working with the driven individuals in Ames toward a common goal of growth. 

Joe currently serves as the Vice President of Public Relations for the Interfraternity Council at Iowa State and is an active member of the Marketing Club, Delta Upsilon, and Dance Marathon. Outside of these commitments, Joe spends his time learning about photography, videography, and design. 

Sophie Catus

Intern

 

 

Sophie began her internship at the ISU Research Park in the fall of 2018. She is currently a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and International Business. Sophie is always willing to jump into any project the team needs and has a great mind for logistics. 

Sophie is from Johnston, IA and came to Iowa State ready to dive in to leadership opportunities. She is currently on the Homecoming Central Committee, the Financial Vice President for Gamma Phi Beta, and a member of the Supply Chain Management Club. Outside of these commitments, Sophie has developed a love for travel, cooking, and rollerblading. 

Victoria Novotny

Intern

Victoria joined the intern team in the fall of 2018. She is currently a junior pursuing her degree in Marketing and Digital Media. Her favorite part about working for the Research Park is being able to plan and promote events that are making a difference in the community. Victoria played a huge role in the grand opening of the Tedesco ELC and other community events. 

Victoria is originally from Cottage Grove, MN. At Iowa State, she serves as the Public Relations Vice President of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta and is a member of the marketing club. When she is not working or studying, Victoria enjoys photography, spending time outdoors, and playing volleyball.