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IPI Advisory Board

The Iowa Prison Industries Advisory Board plays a key role in the success of IPI, one that has been recognized by the State Legislature by codifying its responsibilities and authority. The Board approves new business ventures and the overall operating plans of IPI for all three segments: Traditional Industries, IPI Farms, and Private Sector. In addition, the Board provides expert advice to the Director and staff of IPI.

Board meetings are held quarterly and rotate among the state institutions where IPI operations are located.

The makeup of the board is intended to provide a diverse collection of viewpoints and experience. Five board members are selected to represent distinct sectors: Agriculture, Finance, Labor, Manufacturing, and Vocational Education. Two others represent the DOC Director and the Parole Board.

NameProfessional Organization
Year of Rotation
Dr. A. Douglas Hillman, Chair Financial Representative (Drake University) 2023
Tim Diesburg
DOC Representative (Former IPI-DOC Employee) 2022
Greg Steggarda
Manufacturing Representative (Journey to Excellence / Diamond Vogel) 2023
Jennifer Gardner
Agriculture Representative 2025
Ralph Haskins
Parole Board Representative 2023
Jennie Doke-Kerns, Ph.D.
Voc-Educational Representative
Yvette Clausen
Labor Representative

For further information please contact:

Bob Fairfax
510 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 249-7588

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Notice of Public Meetings

The schedule of quarterly meetings of the Iowa Prison Industries Advisory Board for 2023 is as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.
  • Friday, June 23, 2023 at the Homes For Iowa site in Newton. 
  • Friday, September 22, 2023 at IPI Mitchellville.
  • Friday, December 8, 2023 at the IPI Showroom in Des Moines.

The Advisory Board Meeting Documents page will contain meeting agendas, documents used during the meetings and minutes.