Serving Our Schools and Community

The Johnston Community School District Board of Education is made up of seven elected community members and two student representatives. Board elections are held every two years. Each board member brings a unique perspective to the district and uses background experiences, current practice, and feedback from district stakeholders to guide their decision-making process. The Johnston Community School District Board of Education works closely with the Iowa School Board Association to ensure compliance on all matters. 

GregdockumwebGreg Dockum, Board President
Term expires 2019
4804 77th St
Urbandale, IA 50322

Greg and his wife, Mary Ellen, have lived in the Johnston School District since 1989. Their three children and son-in-law are all Johnston graduates: Sam (JHS Class of 2007) and Kari Leahy (JHS Class of 2008), Chris (JHS Class of 2011), and Abby (JHS Class of 2014). Greg received his MBA degree from Drake University and has been employed as Finance Department Vice President at West Bank for the past 12 years. He was elected to the Board of Education in 2011 and has earned the Iowa Association of School Boards’ Better Boardsmanship Award each year between 2012 and 2017.  He currently serves as the IASB representative on the Iowa High School Athletic Association Board of Control.

Contact Greg: Phone 515-278-1705 | Email: greg.dockum@johnston.k12.ia.us

JillmorrillwebJill Morrill, Board Vice President
Term expires 2019
7717 Goodman Drive
Urbandale, IA 50322

Jill and her husband, Jim, have three children who have attended Johnston schools since 1991. Micaelah graduated from JHS in 2000, UMASS in 2004, and Tufts University in 2012. Ben graduated from JHS in 2005, UNI in 2009, and Middle Tennessee State University in 2014. Kiera graduated from JHS in 2010 and The University of Iowa in 2015.

Jill is a graduate of Springfield College, Springfield, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Jill has served on numerous district committees, and Board committees. She was elected to the board in 2002. Jill received the Iowa Association of School Boards Better Boardsmanship Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.  She has served as the IASB District 5A Director 2013-present.

Contact Jill: Phone 515-201-9625 | Email: jill.morrill@johnston.k12.ia.us

Photo of Justin allen, 2017 school board candidateJustin Allen
Term expires 2021
9816 Ashton Dr
Johnston, IA 50131

Justin was born and raised in the Johnston School District.  He and his wife, Tiffany, graduated from JHS in 1993.  Their son, Grant, is in 9th grade at Johnston Middle School and their daughter, Audrey, is in 6th grade at Summit.  Justin has been active in the Johnston community coaching youth sports and academic teams, as well as volunteering for school and alumni events.  He has been an Assistant Polk County Attorney for 15 years.  Justin was elected to the board in 2017.

Contact Justin: Phone 515-205-8193 | Email: justin.allen@johnston.k12.ia.us

DebhenrywebDeb Henry
Term expires 2019
8905 NW 72nd Place
Johnston, IA 50131

Deb and her husband, Don, have lived in the Johnston Community School District since 1995. They have two daughters. Emma is a 2012 graduate of Johnston High School and attended Drake University. Sarah is a 2016 graduate of Johnston High School. Deb graduated from the University of Iowa with majors in economics and industrial relations. She worked for Principal Real Estate Investors for 20 years. She is currently employed in the commercial mortgage department at American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. Deb was elected to the school board in 2011.

Contact Deb: Phone 515-259-4015 | Email: deb.henry@johnston.k12.ia.us

Photo of Steven Hopper, 2017 school board candidateSteven Hopper
Term expires 2021
1012 NE Silkwood St.
Grimes, IA 50111

Steven and his wife Bethany are native Iowans who moved to the district in 2014.  Their twin boys, Sam and Quinn, attend third grade at Wallace Elementary.  Steven is an 11-year public educator and currently serves as the curriculum technology coordinator for Ankeny Schools.  He holds a master’s in educational leadership and an undergraduate degree in elementary education, both from Iowa State University, and was selected as a Google Certified Innovator in 2016.  Steven was elected to the board in 2017 and looks forward to serving the Johnston community.

Contact Steven: Phone 515-231-2965 | Email: Steven.Hopper@johnston.k12.ia.us

Kerber, JeanieDr. Jeanie Kerber
Term expires 2021
8902 NW 72nd Pl
Johnston, IA 50131

Jeanie and her husband Jeff have lived in Johnston since 2002. They have three children, Joe (8th grade), Josh (6th grade), and Elsa (4th grade). Jeanie attended Drake University and earned a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters in Public Administration. Jeanie continued her education at the University of Iowa where she obtained her Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). She recently completed her Ph.D. in Education from Iowa State University. She has spent more than 15 years practicing in a variety of areas in Social Work including, treatment facilities, schools and medical clinics. Jeanie continues to consult and provide clinical supervision for therapists. She has started her 11th year at Des Moines Area Community College as a Professor in Human Services.  Jeanie is active is supporting youth activities and volunteering in the community. She was elected to the board in 2017.

Contact Jeanie: Phone 515-783-2779 | Email: Jeanie.Kerber@johnston.k12.ia.us

Matt sittng smallMatt Stahr
Term expires 2019
4722 Sawyers Drive
Des Moines, IA 50310

Matt and his wife, Chris, have lived in the Johnston School District since 2008.  They have three children: Tyler, a graduate of Johnston High School, who resides in Algona and works for Fareway; Rebecca, a graduate of JHS, who is attending the University of Minnesota, for nursing; and Ethan, an 9th grader at Johnston Middle School.

Matt is Project Manager for Voya Financial  in Des Moines.  He has been actively involved with several community and school organizations including the JUMP Program, Vocal Parents Association, SHOWZAM Co-Chair, and Junior Achievement volunteer.

Contact Matt: Phone 515-954-8389 | Email matt.stahr@johnston.k12.ia.us

photo of JHS student Lane KipleLane Kiple
Term Expires 2018
Student Representative
Johnston High School

Lane Kiple is a high school senior that moved to Johnston in 2007. She is involved in a wide range of activities including student council, student ambassadors, Catalyst, and National Honors Society. She is the vice president of student council as well as a co-chairperson of Junior/Senior board. Outside of school, Lane is a youth group leader for middle school girls. She has a younger brother who will be a seventh grader this year.

Contact Lane: Twitter @JCSD_StudentRep

 

photo of JHS student Jimmy LeJimmy Le
Term Expires 2018
Student Representative
Johnston High School

Jimmy Le is a high school senior at Johnston High School and also takes classes at Central Academy. He participates in a variety of activities, including roles as the Vice President of the National Honors Society, the co-founder of JHS OpenSource, the captain of the cross-country team, and the president of Central Academy’s Model UN team. Jimmy is also dedicated to math and debate competitions. Beyond school, he has interned at Iowa State University in the Mechanical Engineering field, and loves ice cream excursions and breathtaking adventures. Jimmy has one younger sister entering eighth grade, as well as an adorable dog named Pomsy.

Contact Jimmy: Twitter @JCSD_StudentRep

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