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Our Mission

The mission of EyesOpenIowa (EOI) is to empower Iowa’s communities to provide young people with comprehensive sexual health information and services to make healthy and informed decisions about sex and relationships, both now and in the future.


OUR
VISION

EOI envisions a time when all of Iowa’s young people are knowledgeable about, empowered, and prepared to take control of their own sexual health throughout their lifetimes. We envision a time when schools, parents, grandparents and caregivers fully and accurately educate young people on anatomy, reproduction, preventing pregnancy and STIs, health relationships, and consent, just as they would other topics.

Our
Team


  Kristin Fairholm EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   Kristin Fairholm has been with EyesOpenIowa for over eight years, first as the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAPP) Program Manager. In fall 2011, she became the organization’s fourth Executive Director and since then has expanded and grown the organization, with a focus on quality training and leadership on adolescent sexual health. She represents EOI with the media, funders, and colleague organizations, and in this capacity, has grown and positioned EyesOpenIowa as a leader in sexual health education field nationwide.  Kristin has more than 20 years experience in social work, non-profits, and government. This experience includes early childhood, child abuse prevention, foster care, administration, and program management. She is a certified trainer of trainers in many evidence-based sexual health interventions and Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH). She also specializes in organizational development, advocacy, and fundraising. Kristin is passionate about helping educators reach their full potential in order to provide young people with the quality sexual health education that they deserve.

Kristin Fairholm
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kristin Fairholm has been with EyesOpenIowa for over eight years, first as the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAPP) Program Manager. In fall 2011, she became the organization’s fourth Executive Director and since then has expanded and grown the organization, with a focus on quality training and leadership on adolescent sexual health. She represents EOI with the media, funders, and colleague organizations, and in this capacity, has grown and positioned EyesOpenIowa as a leader in sexual health education field nationwide.

Kristin has more than 20 years experience in social work, non-profits, and government. This experience includes early childhood, child abuse prevention, foster care, administration, and program management. She is a certified trainer of trainers in many evidence-based sexual health interventions and Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH). She also specializes in organizational development, advocacy, and fundraising. Kristin is passionate about helping educators reach their full potential in order to provide young people with the quality sexual health education that they deserve.

  Shari Stucker DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS   Shari Stucker has almost 20 years experience managing state, private, and federal grant programs, and for the last six years directed the statewide Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) program.  In that role, Shari worked with seventeen grantee agencies and staff across Iowa to meet their programming and administrative goals and to maximize their impact.  Shari is deeply committed to quality sex education for adolescents and believes sex ed prepares adolescents for a lifetime of informed decision-making.

Shari Stucker
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Shari Stucker has almost 20 years experience managing state, private, and federal grant programs, and for the last six years directed the statewide Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) program.  In that role, Shari worked with seventeen grantee agencies and staff across Iowa to meet their programming and administrative goals and to maximize their impact.

Shari is deeply committed to quality sex education for adolescents and believes sex ed prepares adolescents for a lifetime of informed decision-making.

  Gail Cowan, MSW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT   Gail Cowan, MSW, is EOI's Director of Development. She works closely with EOI staff to manage the organization's foundation, corporate, and individual giving. She has also been involved in the development of fee-for-service programming to grow and diversify EOI's funding. Prior to joining EOI in 2014, Gail was the Director of Development at the national adolescent sexual health organization, Advocates for Youth. She has over 20 years experience in fundraising, mostly for teen pregnancy prevention and reproductive rights. Gail has also worked as a mental health therapist and manages her own life coaching business on the side. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.

Gail Cowan, MSW
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Gail Cowan, MSW, is EOI's Director of Development. She works closely with EOI staff to manage the organization's foundation, corporate, and individual giving. She has also been involved in the development of fee-for-service programming to grow and diversify EOI's funding. Prior to joining EOI in 2014, Gail was the Director of Development at the national adolescent sexual health organization, Advocates for Youth. She has over 20 years experience in fundraising, mostly for teen pregnancy prevention and reproductive rights. Gail has also worked as a mental health therapist and manages her own life coaching business on the side. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.

 
  Emily Miller DIRECTOR OF TRAINING   Emily Miller is the Director of Training at EyesOpenIowa, overseeing the Eyes Open Academy and Sexual Health Educator Certification Program. She trains educators, other professionals, parents and caregivers, and advocates of all ages on a wide variety of topics and curricula.  She also travels across the country training sexual health educators and trainers on sex education best practices and skill development. Emily is a nationally certified trainer of trainers in a wide variety of evidence-based and evidence-informed sex education curricula. As a nationally certified trainer, Emily has completed a rigorous credentialing process for a variety of popular curricula.  Prior to her work as a trainer, Emily implemented sex education in classrooms and colleges across Iowa. Outside of training rooms, Emily partners with local faith communities to encourage and facilitate sex education and resources.

Emily Miller
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

Emily Miller is the Director of Training at EyesOpenIowa, overseeing the Eyes Open Academy and Sexual Health Educator Certification Program. She trains educators, other professionals, parents and caregivers, and advocates of all ages on a wide variety of topics and curricula.

She also travels across the country training sexual health educators and trainers on sex education best practices and skill development. Emily is a nationally certified trainer of trainers in a wide variety of evidence-based and evidence-informed sex education curricula. As a nationally certified trainer, Emily has completed a rigorous credentialing process for a variety of popular curricula.

Prior to her work as a trainer, Emily implemented sex education in classrooms and colleges across Iowa. Outside of training rooms, Emily partners with local faith communities to encourage and facilitate sex education and resources.

  Kirsten Brown, LMSW WISE PROGRAM MANAGER   Kirsten is the Program Manager for the Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE) Initiative, a nationwide effort to support schools in implementing high quality sex education that is comprehensive and medically-accurate. She enjoys working collaboratively with schools and communities to develop sex education programming and is thankful to be advocating for all youth to get the information they need and deserve to live healthy lives and make informed decisions.  Prior to WISE, Kirsten was a School Social Worker supporting students with social emotional needs and behavioral disabilities. She has extensive experience implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programming, developing function-based behavioral interventions, and is well-versed in a variety of evidence-based Social Emotional Learning and violence prevention curricula. In addition to schools, Kirsten has worked with children, youth, and families in a number of diverse settings, including housing case management, emergency resource and crisis counseling, early childhood home-visiting, and after-school enrichment programming.  Kirsten earned her B.A. in American Studies and Family Studies from St. Olaf College and her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Iowa, member of the National Association of Social Workers, and proud AmeriCorps alum. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys reading, singing, and exploring the outdoors!

Kirsten Brown, LMSW
WISE PROGRAM MANAGER

Kirsten is the Program Manager for the Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE) Initiative, a nationwide effort to support schools in implementing high quality sex education that is comprehensive and medically-accurate. She enjoys working collaboratively with schools and communities to develop sex education programming and is thankful to be advocating for all youth to get the information they need and deserve to live healthy lives and make informed decisions.

Prior to WISE, Kirsten was a School Social Worker supporting students with social emotional needs and behavioral disabilities. She has extensive experience implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programming, developing function-based behavioral interventions, and is well-versed in a variety of evidence-based Social Emotional Learning and violence prevention curricula. In addition to schools, Kirsten has worked with children, youth, and families in a number of diverse settings, including housing case management, emergency resource and crisis counseling, early childhood home-visiting, and after-school enrichment programming.

Kirsten earned her B.A. in American Studies and Family Studies from St. Olaf College and her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Iowa, member of the National Association of Social Workers, and proud AmeriCorps alum. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys reading, singing, and exploring the outdoors!

  Sydni Loney PROGRAM ASSISTANT   Sydni Loney is the Program Assistant at EyesOpenIowa. As Program Assistant, she is involved in maintaining the smooth operation of EOI’s state-wide programs. She creates resource guides and toolkits for various audiences, plans and implements annual awareness campaigns, and provides support for EOI’s training academy. Sydni also oversees the social media component of TxTina: Talking Sex Together, which provides sex education for hundreds of teens across the state through these platforms. Sydni is a certified educator in several evidence-based/evidence-informed sexual health curricula, including:  Draw the Line/Respect the Line, FLASH, Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3R’s), Teen Outreach Program (TOP)  Prior to her time at EyesOpenIowa, Sydni facilitated sex education in schools, residential facilities, and colleges in central Iowa. In her free time, she enjoys taking road-trips to new places and exploring the delightful tastes of coffee.

Sydni Loney
PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Sydni Loney is the Program Assistant at EyesOpenIowa. As Program Assistant, she is involved in maintaining the smooth operation of EOI’s state-wide programs. She creates resource guides and toolkits for various audiences, plans and implements annual awareness campaigns, and provides support for EOI’s training academy. Sydni also oversees the social media component of TxTina: Talking Sex Together, which provides sex education for hundreds of teens across the state through these platforms. Sydni is a certified educator in several evidence-based/evidence-informed sexual health curricula, including:

Draw the Line/Respect the Line, FLASH, Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3R’s), Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

Prior to her time at EyesOpenIowa, Sydni facilitated sex education in schools, residential facilities, and colleges in central Iowa. In her free time, she enjoys taking road-trips to new places and exploring the delightful tastes of coffee.

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EyesOpenIowa Board of Directors

Melanie Boyd, Board Chair ~ Clarke County Hospital
Dr. Amy Bingaman, Vice Chair ~ Unity Point OB/GYN
Cindy Winckler ~ Iowa House of Representatives
Jennifer Hansen ~ West Bank
Jonny Stax ~ AdaptNation
Dr. Jamie Sebring ~ Cedar Rapids Community School District
Erin Cubit ~ Iowa Hospital Association

 

Employment/
Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities:

EyesOpenIowa is now taking intern applications for the 2018-2019 school year. If interested, please contact Kristin Fairholm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at 515.276.6788.  We look forward to hearing from you!

 
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Did you know?

Iowa Code Iowa Code section 279.50 requires public schools to provide age-appropriate and research-based instruction in human growth and development, including instruction about human sexuality, self-esteem, stress management, interpersonal relationships, AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), and the availability of a vaccine to prevent HPV in grades one through 12. Through its programs, EOI helps schools districts select sexual health education curricula that meet this mandate and fit the local community’s needs and values.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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EOI is grateful for the support of its donors, including



Other current and recent funders include:


Anonymous Donor

Aureon

ETR

Healthy Teen Network

Hobbs Family Foundation

 Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Primary Care Association

Iowa CASA

Lalor Foundation

SIECUS

The Motion Refinery

Unity Point