Board Members


JENNIFER COLVILLE Jennifer is a writer, teacher and mother of two. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah, and an MFA in fiction from Syracuse University. She’s published in such national publications as The Huffington Post, the Mississippi Review and DIAGRAM, and has taught at San Francisco State, USF, the UofA, and the University of Iowa. A lover of visual and verbal combinations, she created PromptPress as a venue for cross disciplinary inspiration between visual artists and writers.

RILEY CURRY Millennials for Climate Action

CASSANDRA ELTON Cassandra has a BA in English (2009), a graduate certificate in Book Studies/Book Arts and Technology (2012), and an MLS in Library and Information Science (2015). She became involved with the James Gang in 2012 when she presented them with the crazy idea to start an independent library in Iowa City. She serves as the Library Director of the Antelope Lending Library and Treasurer of The James Gang. She currently feeds her family by working as the Youth Services Librarian at the Solon Public Library.

DEVON FRIESE Devon is co-executive producer for Floodwater Comedy Festival. An Iowa City native, he studied and worked as a producer and first assistant director in the film Industry in Iowa and Los Angeles. He returned to Iowa City to help manage local fine dining restaurant, Devotay, and produces a variety of events around town. He is eager to expand Iowa City’s legacy as a hub for Arts and Entertainment.

CECILE GODING Cecile received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa as well as her MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Goding is from a small county in South Carolina, where she coordinated adult literacy efforts before moving to Iowa City. Formerly an adjunct instructor at Mount Mercy University, her poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in anthologies, journals, newspapers, and on small screens. Her James Gang endeavor is THE MACHINE STOPS OPERA GROUP, which will bring to the stage a new work by local composer John Lake.

JENNIFER GRAHAM Jennifer is a graduate of Loras College with a major in Mathematics. She works as a web developer for the University of Iowa. She is treasurer of the Iowa Tech Chicks, who works to encourage and support girls who are interested in STEM by providing activities, workshops and scholarships.

NINA LOHMAN Nina is a writer, editor, instigator, and the Publisher of Brink Literary Journal.

JOHN REARICK John is a software engineer at the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa. John is one of the organizers of DrupalCorn, a group that organizes meetups and events around the open-source Drupal web content management system. John serves as secretary on The James Gang Board of Directors.

LISA ROBERTS Lisa grew up in Michigan, attended Princeton University and The University of Virginia, and has taught literature and writing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and the University of Nebraska. After moving to Iowa City, she served as Assistant Director of the Iowa Youth Writing Project and worked to bring free creative writing workshops to children throughout Eastern Iowa. Her poems have appeared in Plainsongs, The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets, and Little Village, among others. She now directs Iowa City Poetry, which aims to share the wealth of literary resources in our area with writers of all ages, incomes, identities, and experience levels.

TRICIA WINDSCHITL Tricia has an MS in Early Childhood Education and is a preschool teacher/director. She was inspired in 2018 by a group of her preschoolers who wanted to do something to help the Earth and its animals that are being harmed by plastics. The children created “The Iowa City Straw-Less Initiative.” To help spread their message and carry on their young voices, Tricia created the LENA Project: IC Less Plastic. Tricia also enjoys taking walks and drinking coffee (in her re-usable coffee cup of course!).

Past Board Members

Aaron Schaefer • Analia Alegre-Femenias • Eric Asboe • Ellie Azoff • Jared Bazzell • Luke Benson • Elizabeth June Bergman • Daniel Boscaljon • Mike Brooks • Heather Byers• Jenny Colville • Micheal Crisholhm •Anne Craig • Denise Dooley •Carson Eggland • Cassi Elton • Josh Eklow • Jesse Elliot • Andrea Flemming • Emily Ginsberg • Cassie Gonzalez • Jennifer Graham • Spencer Griffin • Hans Hoerschelman • Zach Hoyt • Daniel Kahlastchi • Kim Kullmer • Margaret Larson • Tyler Lechtenberg • Leigh Lewis • Dora Malech • Carol McVey • Forrest Meggers • Joe Mrkonich • Rob Pilaszewski• Mark Polanzak • Luke Prottsman • Jacek Pruski • Sarah Rades • Katie Roche • Katie Ross • Sheila Samuelson • Laura Savage • Michael Schmitz • Shanti Sellz • Miguel Soria • Andy Stoll • David Strackany • Amanda Styron • Shannon Thomas • Arthur Stewart • Ryan West • Rachel Yoder