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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.

Name Professional Organization Year of
Dr. A. Douglas Hillman, Chair Financial Representative (Drake University) 2023
Tim Diesburg
DOC Representative (Former IPI-DOC Employee) 2022
Andrew Bright Manufacturing Representative (Pella Corp) 2023
Jennifer Gardner

Agriculture Representative (Farmer and Teacher) 2021
Helen Miller Parole Board Representative 2023
Megan Ellsworth Voc-Educational Representative (Des Moines Area Cmmty College) 2023
Yvonne (Bonnie) Winther

Labor Representative (Communications Workers of America)


For further information please contact:

Dan Clark
510 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 725-5705

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Notice of Public Meetings

The schedule of quarterly meetings of the Iowa Prison Industries Advisory Board for 2020 is as follows:

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa.
  • Friday, June 19, 2020 via Google Hangouts. 
  • Friday, September 18, 2020 via Google Hangouts.
  • Friday, December 11, 2020 via Google Hangouts.

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