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Jessica Abdoney

Jessica Abdoney

Jessica is the marketing coordinator for NewBoCo. On top of content creation, she has been a writer and a photographer for over 10 years. Jessica volunteers with theatre organizations and loves finding new opportunities to tell stories and create content.

Jess Bertling

Jess Bertling

Jess is the Lead User Experience Designer and Front End Developer at NewBoCo. She routinely shares her skills, knowledge, and experience through speaking engagements at conferences, code bootcamps, and business accelerator programs and holds the distinction of Emerging Technology Leader from The Technology Association of Iowa at the 2021 Prometheus Awards. “We need more girls on this stage” - Jess Bertling at the 2021 Prometheus Awards

Anthony Betters, Jr.

Anthony Betters, Jr.

Anthony is NewBoCo's Community Engagement Manager, helping to build partnerships and entrepreneurial programming in other Iowa communities. Originally from Waco, Texas, he moved to Cedar Rapids to help start an in-home healthcare company, which he ran for 4 years. Along with his lovely girlfriend, Cynthia, he is a dad/stepdad to three kiddos in the house: his baby Brylee, Mariah, and Jacob. Anthony feels privileged to pursue his deep passion for helping the community he lives in.

Kaitlin Byers

Kaitlin Byers

Kaitlin serves as the Director of Development at NewBoCo. She aims to implement a strategic approach to fundraising for NewBoCo by engaging the community, increasing major gifts, focusing on corporate donations, and continually seeking out opportunities for grant funding. She spends her free time traveling, volunteering with area nonprofits, participating in local theatre productions, and staying active outdoors with her husband and two young children.

Samantha Dahlby

Samantha Dahlby

Samantha Dahlby is a recovering software engineer with passions for public transportation, kids, and technology. As Director of K–12 Education at NewBoCo, Samantha promotes and supports K–12 computer science education in Iowa, oversees NewBoCo’s K–12 programs for students and educators, and tries to find as much time as possible to play with technology and kids.

Mike Heaton

Mike Heaton

Mike was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant. He is an alumnus of the University of Iowa and holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management. His extensive experience includes serving as the vice president for University Advancement at Iowa Wesleyan University and as the Great Plains Regional Director for UNICEF USA.

Aaron Horn

Aaron Horn

Aaron Horn is the Executive Director of NewBoCo in Cedar Rapids. He holds a degree in Management Information Systems and spent more than 15 years in the technology industry before joining NewBoCo. As Executive Director, Aaron has helped bring the Kiva microloans program to Iowa entrepreneurs and overseen the creation of NewBoCo’s Community Partnerships Pilot Program to bring entrepreneurial education and support structures to other regional communities.

Rob Merritt

Rob Merritt

Rob is an award-winning writer, editor, and videographer who crossed over into his current role after a decade of working in the journalism industry. He is a longtime Eastern Iowan and a graduate of the University of Iowa and volunteers with multiple nonprofits and theatre organizations. Rob is always exploring new ways to tell the stories of his community.

Stacey Teltser

Stacey Teltser

An Iowa transplant from the D.C. area and Coe College alum, Stacey spent several years working in local accessibility spaces. She currently works as a Software Developer with NewBoCo as well as NewBoCo’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee facilitator, and strongly believes that diversity is the most important catalyst for creating innovative solutions.

David Tominksy

David Tominksy

David Tominsky is an entrepreneur and community builder based in Cedar Rapids Iowa. he spent 15 years in the technical staffing industry before joining NewBoCo (then, Iowa Startup Accelerator) in 2014 as Managing Director. Now, he is NewBoCo’s Chief Relationship Officer and runs the Studios team, which is dedicated to build web and content assets for startups and established businesses alike.

Dan Tuuri

Dan Tuuri

Dan brings fifteen years of experience as an educator having taught in career education, at the community college and university level. Prior to beginning his career as an educator Dan spent ten years working in industry as a consultant, in IT security auditing, and in IT management roles. Dan believes strongly that the classroom experience must be adaptable and reflective of current industry need and values experiential learning where students are encouraged to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.