Meet the Communications & Events Team

Communications and marketing are foundational elements needed for IASB to reach and engage members, promote the association and its programs, services and events, and develop relationships with both the public and the media. Communications staff lead all communication and marketing efforts and oversee the planning and implementation of all statewide IASB events, including the Annual Convention and Trade Show.

The Communications & Events Team manages a variety of resources to support IASB members, including all print and digital publications, newsletters, manuals, reports, and handbooks. They manage the IASB website design and content, the membership database, all IASB social media channels, and coordinate onboarding campaigns for candidates, newly elected board members, new superintendents, and School Board Recognition Month. The Communications Team can also assist your district’s communications staff with strategies for effective communication with your community on timely and hot-button issues.

 
Tammy Votava
 

Tammy Votava

Associate Executive Director, Communications & Events

Tammy Votava has been the Associate Executive Director of Communications & Events since 2022, previously serving as Communications Director for the Iowa Association of School Boards (2015–2022). She works to build understanding, involvement, and ownership in the mission and key work of the association by leading and implementing effective communications, public relations, media outreach, and member engagement strategies. Prior to joining IASB, Tammy managed video production, graphic design, marketing and research for a local consulting firm, including projects for the Iowa Department of Education, which fostered her strong passion for public education.

Tammy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University. She and her husband, Greg, run an animal shelter out of their garage for stray raccoons, opossums, and cats, including Dexter, Marty, Sophie, and Meowy. Tammy graduated from Nodaway Valley Community Schools.

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Tiffany Rudd
 

Tiffany Rudd

Convention & Events Director

Tiffany Rudd has been the Convention & Events Director at IASB since 2021. Her work requires close collaboration with staff and IASB’s Affiliated Programs to lead the efforts to plan, produce, and evaluate IASB events, including the IASB Annual Convention and Trade Show. Tiffany earned a Bachelor of Arts in Textiles & Apparel Design from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Arts in Creative Events Management from Falmouth University.

Prior to joining IASB, Tiffany was the Coordinator for Board Relations and Special Events at the University of Arizona Foundation, the Event and Sales Director for Port of Des Moines Event Group, and the Community Events Specialist at Living History Farms. Tiffany holds an Event Sustainability Auditor Certification, issued by a Greener Festival.

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Yve Sojka
 

Yve Sojka

Communications Specialist

Yve Sojka has been the Communications Specialist at the Iowa Association of School Boards since 2018. Her work involves taking information from across the association and translating it into graphic designs for easy comprehension, including publications, infographics, website management, animation, videos, and marketing materials.

Yve earned a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Visual Communications and Graphic Design from San Houston State University. Prior to joining IASB, she was a web and graphic design specialist at a Texas college, and later, a senior litigation graphics designer in NYC. Yve currently works remotely from Salt Lake City, where she is a skater and board member for a nonprofit roller derby league. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, leatherworking and riding her motorcycle.

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Jeff Rohrick
 

Jeff Rohrick

Membership Specialist

Jeff Rohrick has been the Membership Specialist at the Iowa Association of School Boards since 2018. In his role, Jeff administers the IASB membership database, tracking essential data for all K-12 districts, area education agencies, and community colleges. He provides reporting services to IASB staff, connects members with IASB resources, facilitates the annual trade show, and provides editorial support to the Communications Team.

Prior to joining IASB, Jeff taught K-12 Speech Communications & Theatre in Indiana and was a database administrator for Ingram Entertainment. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Theatre education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Truman State University. Jeff is a graduate of Des Moines Independent School District.

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Matt Vinsand
 

Matt Vinsand

Convention Consultant

Matt Vinsand has been the Convention Consultant with the Iowa Association of School Boards since 2009. He is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University.

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