Meet Our Board
The American Home Finding Association Board is a 12 member governing body. The Board represents a diverse group, featuring a vast array of education, experience, backgrounds, talents, and demographics. The Board has governing responsibility over the entire operation of the AHFA Corporation and supervises the mission fulfillment of the Agency. All powers of the Corporation are vested in the Board of Directors.
2022 Board of Directors
Ryan Mitchell, President
Ryan Mitchell has been practicing law in Ottumwa for 16 years at the law firm of Orsborn, Milani, Mitchell, Goedken, Larson & Cox PC and has been a Partner since 2006. In addition, Ryan serves as 8A Judicial District Representative on the Iowa Board of Governors, as well as served on Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission since 2016. Ryan acts as the City Attorney for Eldon, Iowa, as well as the attorney for Ottumwa Water Works Board. Ryan’s general practice includes family law, personal injury, estates, and criminal law. Ryan has served as the YMCA Board President, as well as served on the Ottumwa Zoning Board of Adjustment. He is also a member of the Rotary Ottumwa Board, and is Chair of the Rotary Ottumwa Chicken BBQ. Ryan’s board service also includes the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival. Over the last two years Ryan has provided adoption services for 10 adoptions at National Adoption Day, as well as represents children and families in juvenile court and district court.
Lisa Reece, President Elect
Lisa earned a BS in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 2000 and moved back to the Ottumwa area. Lisa worked over 10 years for Ajinomoto USA working in personnel and was Safety Supervisor for Ajinomoto Food Ingredients, LLC and Ajinomoto Heartland, LLC when she resigned to stay home and raise her family. Currently Lisa is a co-owner of Reece Funeral Home. In addition she has held an Iowa Real Estate License since 2007 and continues to work with Al Martin Real Estate and Auction Co.
Dr. Ted Haas, Vice President
Dr. Ted Haas practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for 35 years in Ottumwa before retiring in 2015. He has served on a number of boards including chairing the Board at Ottumwa Regional Health Center and the Finance Council at St. Mary of the Visitation. Dr. Haas served many years as the volunteer Medical Director for the AHFA Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Program. In addition he served as the leadership spokesperson for the Teen Pregnancy Task Force, delivering teen pregnancy prevention education and messaging to local youth and their parents. Dr. Haas served as the Dean of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy in 2015-2016. In addition to serving on the AHFA Board, Dr. Haas is currently a member of the Hy Noon Kiwanias serving youth in the community.
Blake Smith, Secretary/Treasurer
Blake A. Smith is a Financial Planner with Financial Partners, Inc. in Ottumwa, Iowa. Blake earned an Associate of Arts Degree as well as Bachelor’s Degrees in both Political Science and History. Currently, Blake has active financial licensure including his Series 7, and Series 66 which allows discretionary authority in the architecture and management of client portfolio’s. Blake is currently enrolled at the College of Financial Planning completing his CFP designation. As part of advising others on the financial planning process, Blake obtained Life, Accident, and Health Insurance Licenses, as well as an Iowa Real Estate License.
Stacy Moran is the Children’s Librarian with the Ottumwa School District. Stacy has over 20 years of experience working with children. In her current role as an elementary teacher librarian she works with hundreds of students each day. Stacy’s previous experience includes working as a youth counselor at American Home Finding Association. Stacy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education as well as Psychology from Buena Vista University and Master’s Degree in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University.
Claudia Gates is a Business Relationship Manager with U.S. Bank, in Ottumwa, Iowa. She started her banking career in 2002 with Hedrick Savings Bank. Claudia loves volunteering and giving back to her community. She currently serves on the executive committee of Main Street Ottumwa, where she serves as the Treasurer and chairs the Organization committee. She enjoys being able to volunteer and teach Business Entrepreneur classes at local schools through Junior Achievement. She also currently serves on the Business Leadership Network through the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Bridget is a freelance court reporter and covers many counties in Iowa, where she often encounters troubled youth. She has been reporting since 1978, and is a Registered Merit Reporter, earning the distinction in 1982. She has served on the Iowa Court Reporters Association Board of Directors. Bridget volunteers many hours with Komen Race for the Cure, and is presently serving as volunteer coordinator. In her leisure time she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking and baking, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is currently enjoying developing a program to provide closed-captioning for a hearing-impaired friend at a church service. Bridget is a native Ottumwan, married to high school sweetheart Ron Swanstrom. Together they have raised three children, Carissa, Alex and Victoria. They are blessed with two grandchildren, Scarlett and Conrad Swanstrom, both of whom were fortunate to have been cared for at the AHFA Child Care Center at the Ottumwa High School, where their mother Heather teaches freshman science. She brings to the board a passion for supporting the work with the youth at the Emergency Shelter and is dedicated to enriching the lives of the individuals and families served through the many programs provided via AHFA.
Ellis Codjoe is the News Director at Ottumwa Radio Group. Ellis is also the voice of Davis County sports as well as the host of on-air programs every weekday morning on KBIZ. He served on the planning committee for the Diversity Conference that is held annually at Indian Hills Community College. Ellis is currently serving on the board for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s as the Marketing and Outreach Director. He is also on the YMCA Board of Directors.
Tucker Black graduated in 2019 from Upper Iowa University. He currently serves as the head women’s wrestling coach at William Penn University. Tucker also stays busy working on his family farm. Tucker is active in the community, serving on The Bridge Church’s youth ministry. Tucker is married to wife Sarah and is a new father to a son Shepherd.
Joe has worked as the IT manager for Cargill Global for over twenty years. In addition, he is the owner and operator of KIIC-FM Radio. KIIC-FM Partners with Musco and Oskaloosa News in providing Oskaloosa sports broadcasts. Joe has also worked as in instructor for Indian Hills Instructor in the Advanced Technologies Center. Other previous work experience includes, working for Motorola and serving as a News Anchor for KYOU 9pm News. Joe has also Volunteered for over 20 years with the Susan Komen S.E. Iowa. Joe currently lives in Oskaloosa with his wife. Joe has three grown children. In his spare time he enjoys working on his 1895 home restoration project.
Kami Millikin is an Ottumwa native. Graduating from OHS in 2007, she holds a BA in Psychology and Secondary English Education from Buena Vista University and is currently pursuing a MAT: ESL. She has been an educator for 8 years and currently teaches English at Evans Middle School. Kami and her husband, TJ Millikin, have three children that have attended the American Home Finding Childcare Center. She is a local small business owner and Podcast Host and Producer for The Bee Podcast. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Gothic Performing Arts.
Samantha Ulin is a native of Ottumwa where she earned her AA Degree from Indian Hills Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance from Buena Vista University and a graduate of Cannon Financial Institution. She is an Assistant Trust Officer at South Ottumwa Savings Bank.
Samantha currently resides in Agency with her husband, Nick, and their children. She enjoys spending time with family and watching her children’s activities. She is also an active member of the Agency City Council.