Iowa World
Language Association

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IWLA is led by the Executive Board, which is comprised of seven members. Please contact any of us with questions or concerns! The Executive Board meets several times per year to discuss updates, advice, etc. regarding world langugage related matters in the state of Iowa.  

The Advisory Council consists of a variety of stake holders in world language education in our state.  The Advisory Council meets with the Executive Board in the Spring and Fall in order to discuss the state of world language education in our state.  

Executive Board 2019-2020:


Allison Wienhold (Bio)

Dunkerton High School

awienhold at dunkertonschools dot org


Elizabeth Dentlinger (Bio)

Norwalk Schools

eldentlinger at gmail dot com


Samantha Finnesth (Bio)

Des Moines Public Schools

sfinneseth at gmail dot com

Vice President:

Christina Cortez (Bio)

Denver Community School District

ccortez909 at gmail dot com


Stacy Amling (Bio)

Des Moines Area Community College

slamling at dmacc dot edu


Melissa Newell (Bio)

Van Meter Community School District

melissa dot newell at vmbulldogs dot com

Advocacy Chair:

Jen Tovar (Bio)

Newell-Fonda High School

tovarj at newell-fonda dot k12 dot ia dot us

IWLA Advisory Council:

American Sign Language: vacant

AATF President: Sheila Conrad

AATG President: Shari Stoll

AATSP President: Dr. Megan Myers

Japanese Association (JLCTIA): Dan Carolin

AMICI: Daniel Stoa

Chinese: Christopher Dusek

ACTFL Representative: vacant

Central States Representative: Carrie Morris 

Community College Representative: vacant

Public University Representative: Pamela Wesely

Private College Representative: Amy Schumann

FLES/NELL Representative: Cammy Newton

Jr. High/Middle School Representative: Danielle Taha

IWLA Registration Chairperson: Sarah Rissler & Emily Henneman

IWLA Exhibit Chairperson: Christine McCormick

IWLA Conference Program Chairperson: Kerisa Baedke & Laura-Catherine Carruthers-Green

IWLA Social Media & Historian: Elizabeth Dentlinger

For website related matters, please contact 

our President (who is also our Social Media & Historian) Elizabeth Dentlinger.  

To suggest information for our our email blast, 

please contact our Secretary Melissa Newell.


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