Meet Your School Board

    Here to serve you: Members of the Ankeny Board of Education are elected at large for four-year voluntary terms; they receive no pay for their services. The Board of Education follows a governance model. In this process, the Board gives direction to the school district as to their priorities and goals, and the administration then develops the best procedures and practices to fulfill those goals.

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    A brief profile and contact information for each board member is presented below. The members of your current Ankeny School Board are:

  • Lori Lovstad photo          Lori Lovstad


    Lori Lovstad and her husband, Kirk, are life-long Iowa residents and have lived in Ankeny since 2012. They have four children attending Ankeny schools; Bailey, Brooke, Kaedyn, and Beckett.  Lori has a BS in Chemistry/Biology/Microbiology from Iowa State University and has been employed by Mercy Medical Center as a Medical Laboratory Scientist since 2000. She has been a volunteer in several local organizations, schools, and with the youth at her church.  Lori is passionate about connecting students with new and exciting opportunities in career development with the Ankeny Community School District and promoting equality and equity for all students in our Ankeny family. She looks forward to serving the students and residents of Ankeny as the Board President this year and is excited for the growing future of our school district.

    Serving since 2017; Term expires 2021

    (515) 689-2291
    1715 SW Abilene Road, Ankeny, Iowa 50023

  • Mike Rooney Mike Rooney

    Vice President

    Mike is married to Sarah and has two daughters. He has resided in Ankeny since 2001 after moving from Minnesota. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Currently, Mike is employed by Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management as a Vice President. He has worked for Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries since 1994. Mike has served various civic, conservation, and child-related organizations and boards.

    Serving since 2011; Term expires 2019.

    (515) 225-4500
    3230 SW Woods Ct., Ankeny, Iowa 50023

  • Jim ford

             Jim Ford

               Board Member

    Jim and his wife, Joy, have lived in Ankeny since 1990.  Their two children, Liz and Joe, graduated from Ankeny. They also have three grandchildren: Norah, Leo, and Ivy, who also live in Ankeny. Jim has a BA in Elementary Education and a Masters in School Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. Jim taught seven years and was an elementary principal for 26 years, with his last 22 years being in Ankeny, until he retired in 2012. Together, Jim and his wife have served in public education for 70 years.  He is excited about the opportunity to give back to the community where he has lived and raised his family. He has the insight, educational background, passion and energy to help make a difference for our schools.

    Serving since 2017; Term expires 2021.

    (515) 783-4836
    2112 NE Northbrook Drive, Ankeny, Iowa 50021

  • Dustin Graber Dustin Graber

    Board Member

    Dustin is married, has four children, and currently manages a business region in central Iowa for Pfizer Inc. In that position, he has enjoyed the roles of technology management, team building/development, and leadership in financial strategy. Dustin earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa while focusing on Medical Studies and Biochemistry. He was elected as a Director to the Ankeny Board of Education in 2011 and currently volunteers in numerous capacities throughout the community. Dustin and his family are life long residents of Iowa and have lived in the Des Moines metro area since 2002. Dustin and his family moved to Ankeny in 2009 as they sought an environment with strong schools and a favorable standard of living. He is passionate about developing our next generation of citizens and seeks to find the synergy within the school district, which will propel Ankeny into a more competitive position of global educational leadership.

    Serving since 2011; Term expires 2019.

    (515) 979-7178
    2211 SW Ridgeway Ct., Ankeny, Iowa 50023

  • Brad Huss          Brad Huss

              Board Member

    Brad Huss and his wife Shelley have lived in Ankeny for 30 years.  Brad is a Software Engineer with American Equity in West Des Moines.  Brad and Shelley own and operate Creative Kids Learning Center here in Ankeny.  They have three children:  Trent (25), Natalie and Carley (both 18).  Trent is an accountant with Clifton, Larson and Allen in West Des Moines.  Natalie and Carley are freshmen at Iowa State University.

     Serving since 2011; Term expires 2019.


    2009 NW Pleasant St., Ankeny, Iowa 50023

  • Photo of Aaron Johnson, board member          Aaron Johnson

              Board Member

    Aaron and his wife, Rebecca, have four children; two attend Ankeny High School, one attends Southview Middle School, and one is a graduate from Ankeny High School. They have lived in Ankeny since 2000 when they moved to Iowa from Chicagoland. Aaron received his Bachelor's in Communications from the Moody Bible Institute and has spent most of his career in marketing and communications with stints in radio, video production and web development. Today, Aaron is the Vice President of Marketing and Customer Strategy for Accumold, a high-tech manufacturing company located in Ankeny. Prior to his service to the Board of Education, Aaron has served on various committees and boards including the Ankeny Planning & Zoning Commission and the Ankeny Parks Board. He is serving his second term with the School Board.

    Served 2008 to 2011.  Currently serving from 2014 to present; Term expires 2021.

    (515) 556-4277
    1906 SW 19th St., Ankeny, Iowa 50023

  • Stephanie Jorgensen Stephanie Judd

    Board Member

    Stephanie has lived in Ankeny for 27 years and graduated from Ankeny High School in 2000. She is married to Ben and has two children, Zakary and Zena. Stephanie's love of children is evident from her life experiences. She has been a daycare manager, church daycare provider, team mom, home room parent, in-home childcare provider and nanny. She is currently a preschool associate at a local school district. Stephanie's desire is to ensure all students are provided with a high quality education and opportunities to reach their full potential.

    Serving since 2011; Term expires 2019.

    (515) 314-2821
    1011 NW Abbie Dr., Ankeny, Iowa 50023