IHSAA Staff

Staff of the Iowa High School Athletic Association

Tom Keating
Executive Director
Email: tkeating@iahsaa.org
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tom was named executive director in 2019 after more than 40 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator in Iowa. He began as a teacher and coach at Maxwell before becoming the head coach for 11 state championship volleyball teams at Wahlert, Dubuque while serving as activities director. He was most recently principal and then president at Xavier, Cedar Rapids. An avid fan of Philadelphia sports teams, Tom and his wife Jodi have three adult sons: Kevin, Tim, and Ryan.
Meet Tom
Brett Nanninga
Associate Director
Email: bnanninga@iahsaa.org

Sport Administrator: Basketball
Other Duties: Eligibility, Technology, Building Operations, Emergency Management, Awards, Liaison for Iowa Hall of Pride, NFHS Network, Representative Council.
Prior to joining the IHSAA in 2014, Brett was an educator, coach, and administrator for 31 years and served two terms on the IHSAA’s Board of Control. A former four-sport varsity athlete and two-sport college athlete, he also officiated high school basketball. He and his wife Sally have three married children and five grandchildren and live just south of Boone.
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Jared Chizek
Assistant Director
Email: jchizek@iahsaa.org
Sport Administrator: Cross Country, Track & Field, Swimming, Baseball
Other Duties: Eligibility, Awards, Wrestling Weight Management, Sport Statistics.
Jared is a Manson native who joined the IHSAA in a full-time capacity in 2012. Prior to joining the staff, he was a multi-sport coach and official. He and his wife enjoy attending different sporting events around the Midwest.
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Chad Elsberry
Assistant Director
Email: celsberry@iahsaa.org

Sport Administrator: Golf
Other Duties: Student Leadership, Governor’s Scholar, Marketing, Sponsorships, Pride Challenge, Outreach & Development.
Chad joined the IHSAA in 2000 after serving as a newspaper editor in Iowa and Minnesota. He is a former instructor at DMACC and enjoys photography, reading, golf, and travelling for good BBQ. He lives in Ames with his wife and daughter.
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Todd Tharp
Assistant Director
Email: ttharp@iahsaa.org

Sport Administrator: Football, Bowling, Soccer, Baseball
Other Duties: Eligibility, Calendars, Classifications, Enrollments, Coaching Education, Concussion Training, Cooperative Sharing Agreements.
Originally from Marion, Todd joined the IHSAA staff in 2005 after 16 years in public education as an English teacher, coach, and athletic director. He and his wife Angela have three boys: Brett (married to Morgan), the late Connor, and Mason.
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Jessica Morgan
Director of Finance
Email: jmorgan@iahsaa.org

Accounting, School Reimbursements, Ticketing, Employee Payroll, Benefits.
Jess is an Ames native who joined the IHSAA in 2013. She enjoys running and reading. She lives in Boone with her husband and two daughters.
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Lewie Curtis
Director of Officials
Email: lcurtis@iahsaa.org

Sport Administrator: Wrestling
Other Duties: Education, Training, Recruitment, Retention for Officials, Ejection Reports
A native of Williamsburg and graduate of Cornell College and UNI, Lewie joined the IHSAA in 2016 after 29 years as an educator, coach, and administrator at Underwood. He coached Underwood’s wrestling team to Class 1A state championships in 1999 and 2000. He and his wife Julie have three grown children: Bryan, Taylor, and Olivia. He likes pi ñ a coladas and getting caught in the rain.
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Chris Cuellar
Communications Director
Email: ccuellar@iahsaa.org

Media Relations, Publications, Website, Social Media, Halls of Fame, Sports Records and Archives
Chris is a Park View native who joined the IHSAA in 2017. A former sports reporter and recreational athlete, he enjoys traveling, reading, and pie. He lives in Bondurant with his wife and dog.
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Laura Brooker
Asst. to Director of Officials
Email: officials@iahsaa.org

Registration, Data, Management, Contracts for Officials, Officials’ Banquet
Laura is a Glidden-Ralston graduate who made Boone her home in 1991, joining the IHSAA family in 2003. She enjoys weekend getaways with her husband, kayaking, and spending time with family. She is a proud Nana to three grandsons.
Meet Laura
Chelsea Clark
Administrative Assistant
Email: cclark@iahsaa.org

Enrollments, Calendars, Participation Surveys, Accounting, Concussion Education, Cooperative Sharing Agreements
Chelsea is from Boone and joined the IHSAA in 2009. She is married and has two children: daughter Chloey and son Jaydon. She enjoys running and attending her children’s activities.
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Amy Hopkins
Administrative Assistant
Email: ahopkins@iahsaa.org

Assistant to Executive & Associate Directors, Event Coordination, Tournament Plaques, Reception
Amy joined the IHSAA in 2002. Prior to that, she taught cosmetology and esthetics in Ames. Amy teaches 1950s style dancing during the Winter Dance Party each year at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. Amy has four kids and lives in Boone.
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Elisa Kahler
Office Manager
Email: ekahler@iahsaa.org

Operations, Mailings, Publications, Sport Support, Membership Entries, Office Supply
When not at the IHSAA office or state tournaments, Elisa enjoys traveling, attending sporting events, gardening, and spending time with family. She has been a Boone resident for over 40 years. Elisa and husband Ron have two sons, Adam and Jeremy (married to Gina), and one grandson, Sterling.
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Tim Latta
Digital Print Specialist
Email: tlatta@iahsaa.org

Printing, Publications, Design, Tournament Plaques
Tim is a lifelong resident of Madrid, joining the IHSAA in 2010. He and his wife Debbie have three children and four grandchildren. In their spare time they enjoy attending their grandkids’ events, bowling, golf, and riding bikes.
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Kim Mechura
Administrative Assistant
Email: kmechura@iahsaa.org

Awards, Foreign Exchange, Wrestling Support, Governor's Scholar, Reception
Kim is a Sioux City native who joined the IHSAA in 2009. She previously worked in banking for 22 years and her passion is dogs, including taking care of three of her own and helping foster hospice dogs. She lives in Boone with her daughter and son.
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