Meet the Team

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Amy Zeigler

Tourism Manager

How do I tell your story?

I lead the tourism office’s marketing strategy and make strategic decisions about how best to leverage our public dollars for the greatest impact to all of Iowa’s tourism destinations. As the tourism office’s former digital marketing manager, I love to brainstorm creative ideas, partnerships and the best ways to leverage technology for Iowa’s destinations.

Lucy Cade

Social Media Manager

How do I tell your story?

I tell Iowa’s story through the world of Social Media! I manage and monitor the Iowa Tourism social platforms to promote the beauty of Iowa, including the gorgeous landscapes, tasty foods, can’t-miss attractions, upcoming events and more. Plus, we work closely with our industry partners social channels to showcase all that Iowa has to offer! Want to connect with us on social? Check out out here!

Lora Friest

Tourism Liaison

How do I tell your story?

I am here to help you maximize your tourism potential. I want to get to know you and your community so I can show you how you can prosper from Iowa's innovative tourism marketing initiatives. Everyone at the Iowa Tourism Office values your expertise, so I also gather your input and ideas to inform Iowa’s tourism marketing. I am based out of Decorah, Iowa, and eager to meet with you remotely or in person at your favorite place. Reach out to me with questions about our Iowa Tourism Grant program.

Sammi Hakeem

Digital Marketing Manager

How do I tell your story?

I’m here to create the best user experience for visitors to, where our communities are showcased to travelers everywhere. My goal is to make planning a trip to Iowa easy and inspiring through the digital tools available on our website.

Katie Kenne

Event Manager

How do I tell your story?

I help plan the annual Iowa Tourism Conference. This is an essential networking and educational event for anyone who is focused on marketing efforts meant to elevate Iowa’s tourism destinations and attractions. I also assist with planning educational conferences and organizing tradeshow representation for both the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority. 

Matt Kodis

Research Analyst

How do I tell your story?

I share the story about our travelers and our marketing efforts through research, insights and infographics. Research insights are shared through the tourism industry newsletter, presentations and through other channels. Research reports can be accessed here.

Jim Lee

Tourism Marketing Coordinator

How do I tell your story?

I'm the person who edits and approves your listings and events for our Travel Iowa website. I also serve as a liaison between the Tourism Office and our Partnership Welcome Centers throughout the state, providing them with technical support and assistance. I provide information to travelers who contact our office via phone or email, as well as manage fulfillment and distribution of Travel Iowa print materials.

Stephanie Neppl

Tourism Liaison

How do I tell your story?

I am here to help businesses connect with our Iowa Tourism marketing initiatives. By visiting your businesses and communities, I can help share your stories with our team so that you can be part of our efforts to promote Iowa's great assets! I am based in Sibley, Iowa and I encourage you to invite me to connect. Reach out to me about our Tourism Insider Meetings or our Iowa Wine, Beer and Spirits Promotion Board efforts.

Jessica O'Riley

Communications Manager

How do I tell your story?

I share Iowa's awesomeness with travel writers, bloggers, and reporters through e-newsletters, personal pitching, hosting writers, and attending writer conferences. I can't talk about what I don't know about, so add me to your mailing lists. It's never too early to tell me about an upcoming exhibit, event, attraction, or anniversary. Have great photos to share? Upload here. Reach out to me about our great Co-Op Partnership Program.

Amber Rottinghaus

Content Coordinator

How do I tell your story?

My main focus is crafting content that tells an inspiring story about visiting, living, and working in Iowa. Telling these stories often includes interviews, in-person visits, and gathering photos and videos. If you have something great to share about yourself or your community, visit and fill out the "Share Your Iowa Story" form found at the bottom of the homepage.

Alaina Santizo

Enhance Iowa

How do I tell your story?

I provide guidance to applicants of the Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Program, administered by the Enhance Iowa Board. I, along with my colleague Maicie Pohlman, work closely with the Board to bring construction and major renovation projects to fruition.