Change a Child's Story Team

Advocate for Change a Child's Story 

On April 25, 2016, Patty Link began work for the annual conference as the Advocate for the Change a Child’s Story Initiative. She will be working half-time for the next sixteen months to provide strategic support and resourcing to the Change a Child’s Story team, so that the conference’s efforts to improve early childhood reading proficiency can be amplified.

Patty is a native of Burlington, Iowa. She spent part of her childhood in Dyersville and has resided in Des Moines since 1999. She attended both the University of Northern Iowa and Kirkwood Community College before moving to the east coast. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg, and her Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction from George Mason University in Alexandria, Virginia, and she also taught 2nd and 4th grades there before returning to Iowa.   

Patty has a current Master Educator license in the state of Iowa. From 2007-2012 she served on the Des Moines Public School Board; she also served 11 years on the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council as a citizen member.  She was the Iowa State Director for an education reform group before resuming her current job at Grace United Methodist Church as a program director for an after-school program. She is also active in the youth group at Grace. Patty is married to Jeff Link and has three children.  

Patty is eager to work with the Change a Child’s Story team and be part of this important effort. “United Methodists in Iowa have been challenged to break the cycle of generational poverty through building up literacy among Iowa’s children. I’m excited to blend my experiences in the classroom, the public and my education to be an asset to this process.”

Patty can be reached by e-mail at Patty.Link@iaumc.org.

Change a Child's Story Team Members

 

Erin

McGargill

erinmcgargill@gmail.com

Walnut Hills UMC/EDC

Clint

Twedt-Ball

clint@hub25.org

Matthew 25

Marcia

Young

msy49@aol.com

St. Lukes, Dubuque

Mary

Hurlbut

hottubdad@aol.com

St. Paul's UMC- Cedar Rapids

Brenda

Mayer

mayerbrenda@hotmail.com

New Horizons & North Liberty First

Amanda

Hereen

amanda@cwames.org

Collegiate UMC- Christian Ed Director

Jerry

Avise-Rouse

brdcoll@yahoo.com

 

Ollie

Pleggenkuhle

dnopleg@netins.net

 

Bobby Jo

Paige

bjpdaisy@gmail.com

Grundy Center

Cleo

Farris

cleoafarris@q.com

 

Kolleen

Queener

praisethespirit@gmail.com

Hinton UMC

Linda

Stauffer

     

Allison

Engel

allison.marie.engel@gmail.com

Teacher, Creston UMC

Amy

Johnson

pastormilogplc@gmail.com

SEW UM Parish

Cherie

Miner

cminer5068@gmail.com

MUMM

Marsha

Gerot

jmgerot@lakeodessa.net

Letts UMC

 

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