Staff Members

​Rick Sanders

President and Director of ISU Research Park

Rick was 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 working 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

Chief Relationship Officer (CRO) – Director of Campus & Business Engagement

Alison joined the Iowa State University Research Park in 2008 after spending ten years working in advertising agencies and start-up companies. She leads the ISU Research Park’s marketing, communications, public relations, events, and community-building efforts. She also serves as a liaison for the ISU Research Park companies as they look to build and strengthen relationships with ISU.

A proud ISU graduate, she returned to Ames after previously 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

​Kyle Martin

Operations Manager

Kyle recently joined the Iowa State University Research Park as Operations Manager. He is responsible for overseeing the development & operation of all tenant spaces through collaborative interaction with contractors, engineers, and vendors to meet the growing needs of The Park.

He is a proud Ames native and ISU alumni with experience in operations, procurement, property management, contracting, and project management. Kyle enjoys golfing, spending time with his wife and newborn daughter, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.

Contact: kmartin5@iastate.edu

Stacy Dreyer

Associate Director of Corporate Engagement

We would like to welcome Stacy Dreyer, our newest staff member. Stacy is the Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at the ISU Research Park. She recently served as the Associate State Director of America’s SBDC Iowa as a member of the leadership team of a statewide organization that assists entrepreneurs through every phase of their journey. Her primary areas of leadership were marketing and outreach, federal and grant reporting, and project management.

She has a passion for small business development and community involvement, serving on many non-profit and business organization executive boards throughout the Ames community.

Contact: sdreyer@iastate.edu

Michele Farnham

Manager of Facilities Services

Michele started working at the Iowa State University 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 ISU Research Park, helping determine facility and service needs for all.

Michele has seen the ISU Research Park grow from two 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

 

Rebecca Williams

Office Manager

The majority of Becky’s working career has been spent in executive support roles in a variety of industries; Insurance, Agriculture, and City and State Education. Becky started at Iowa State in 2000 at the College of Veterinarian Medicine. She also worked at the Ames Community School District for 9 years. In 2013 she returned to Iowa State in the President’s office and transitioned over to EDIR which lead her to her current role with the Research Park in 2019.

Growing up in South Dakota and having lived in Minnesota, Illinois and Kansas, Becky and her husband Shane have lived in Ames since 2000.  They have 2 adult children and 1 grandchild. They love spending time with family and friends and being at their cabin in Northern Minnesota.

Contact: becky@iastate.edu 

Marty Noe

Maintenance Technician

Marty Noe started with the ISURP in fall of 2020 as the Building Services Maintenance Technician. Marty served 12 years in the National Guard. His service in the military has equipped him for his position at the Research Park. Marty’s background is in manufacturing and maintenance.

When Marty is not at the Research Park, he spends time with his kids and perfecting his craft woodworking in Gilbert, Iowa.

Contact: mnoe@iastate.edu

Bethany Zeman

Administrative Assistant

Bethany is an ISU Alumni and Ames native who recently joined the Research Park team as an Administrative Assistant. A passion for helping others succeed has led her through ten years of customer centric roles in a variety of industries; Agriculture, E-commerce, hospitality, technology and healthcare. Bethany has previously enjoyed being an active member of employee engagement groups and is looking forward to bringing her enthusiasm to ISURP.

After adventuring in Colorado for 4 years, Bethany returned to her Ames roots in 2020. Over the years, she has treasured her time assisting her father with his local businesses. In Bethany’s free time, she enjoys hiking, participating in Bike MS, traveling, skiing and spending time with her 4 nieces.

Contact: bzeman@iastate.edu

Leah Mosher

Intern

 

Leah started as an intern at the ISU Research Park in August, 2020. She is currently a junior majoring in Agriculture and Rural Policy Studies with minors in Animal Science and General Business. Leah grew up in Liscomb, Iowa and is involved in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassadors, Collegiate Cattlemen, and Rodeo Club on campus.

Leah is excited to experience the new developments on the Research Park and build relationships with the staff and other interns.