President and Director of ISU Research Park
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.
Cell: (515) 708-0158
Associate Director of ISU Research Park
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.
Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Buffy joined the ISU Research Park team as the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications in September 2022. She is responsible for the marketing efforts of Research Park, including all print and digital marketing, social media, event management and mentors a great team of interns. Buffy has a passion for all things creative and enjoys strategic planning to help elevate and differentiate brands.
Outside the office, Buffy enjoys time at the lake with family and friends and teaches fitness classes for fun and to stay active.
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.
Manager of Facilities Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heather has recently joined the Iowa State University Research Park team as an administrative assistant. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and, over the years, has gained experience through her work in office management and volunteering for many school and community organizations. She has a strong interest in helping others and developing programs that benefit the community. She looks forward to the opportunities and experiences that will be provided through her employment with the Iowa State University Research Park.
Heather and her family moved to Ames in 2009, and they quickly became Cyclone fans. Throughout the years of raising her two children, they’ve especially enjoyed Saturday football games. She is also an avid supporter of Ames High Little Cyclones athletics and activities.
Hobbies for Heather include attending live music events, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.
Communications & Marketing Intern
Reagan joined the ISU Research Park as an intern in November of 2022. She recently completed her junior year at Iowa State while majoring in Agricultural Communications and minoring in Animal Science. Reagan grew up in Manchester, Iowa, and is involved in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) club and competitive team on campus. In her free time, Reagan enjoys watching football and attending cattle shows.
Reagan is eager to develop relationships with staff and encounter the growth and expansions at Research Park.
Communications & Marketing Intern
Riley is a junior studying Animal Science and Agricultural Communications at Iowa State University. She is originally from Britt, Iowa, and is involved with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador program, Block and Bridle, CALS Connections Magazine, and the Student Alumni Leadership Council.
Riley is excited and grateful for the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally during her time at the Research Park and is looking forward to building relationships and collaborating with staff and her fellow interns.
Communications & Marketing Intern
Hailey is currently a sophomore studying Agricultural Communications & International Agriculture with a minor in Animal Science. She is originally from Eldridge, Iowa, and is an active member of the Iowa State community participating in organizations such as Sigma Alpha, CALS Council, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Ambassadors, and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club.
Hailey is grateful for this opportunity to intern with the ISU Research Park and is excited to advance her career as a young professional through this experience.
Graphic Design Intern
Madison joined the ISU Research Park intern team as a graphic design intern in May of 2023. She will be entering her senior year in the graphic design program at Iowa State. As a graphic design intern, Madison is responsible for assisting the Research Park team with marketing, communication, and graphic design. Madison enjoys any opportunity to integrate creativity and function; she is eager to contribute her problem-solving skills to the team.
Madison is thrilled to be part of the ISU Research park and looks forward to broadening her skillset under the direction of a talented team.