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Board of Directors

Two by Two® Character Development is committed to growing responsible citizens of strong character who care for, respect, and appreciate people, animals, and the environment.  Our Board of Directors embrace this mission and each bring their own unique talents to the table.  Learn more about these dedicated people below!

Executive Committee

Matt Theisen


Matt is the Commercial Sales Manager at
Theisen's Supply, Inc.

"I chose to be part of the Two by Two team because I believe in the mission. I feel strongly that Two by Two helps develop positive character traits in children that will transfer into adulthood, benefiting not only the individual but the communities they are involved in. "

Wendy Knight

Vice President

Wendy is the Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Advancement at Northeast Iowa Community College.

"In a world of constant change, there is no better organization to help build character for the future."

Meggan Heacock


Meggan is a Senior Vice President of Finance at
Dupaco Community Credit Union.

"Two by Two Character Education is committed to teaching children core values to be responsible and respectful citizens. The programs provide educators the tools they need to incorporate character education into their daily routine. Two by Two’s mission aligns with my personal beliefs in raising children in today’s society and into the future."

Shane Burtzlaff 


Shane is the Service Manager at the Anderson-Weber Toyota
dealership in Dubuque.

"Two-by-Two is an incredible organization. It teaches young kids core values and skills that are not explicitly taught in schools, but are desperately needed. The program teaches and reinforces these values in an exciting and engaging way – all in an effort to cultivate a kinder, more empathetic generation."

Ben Gander

Past President

Ben is the Market President for Dubuque Bank & Trust
in Cedar Falls.

"I choose Two by Two because I love our mission of instilling good character traits into our kids from an early stage in life that teaches them to care for others, respect everyone, and show empathy towards all who need it; this is all accomplished through the use of our pets through our Kindhearted Kids School Program. Two by Two is making a difference in our community and communities all around the world and I feel blessed to be a part of the Two by Two team."

Board of Directors

Becky Conlon


Becky is the Vice President of Business  Development at Conlon Construction Company.

"I joined the Two by Two board of directors because I appreciate that Two by Two focuses on teaching children back-to-basics character values like Kindness, Compassion, Respect, and Empathy. And, including animals in Two by Two programming undoubtedly sparks an emotional and memorable connection with students."

Poppy Conlon


Poppy is the Vice President of Marketing at Conlon Construction Company.

"Two by Two presents character education through comprehensive curriculum in a way that is designed to get and keep students’ attention. In a digital age where screen time often trumps valuable human interaction, our kids need lessons in empathy, kindness, and respect now more than ever. I believe in the Mission of Two by Two. I want to help ensure it remains part of our community schools curriculum, and aid in expanding its reach to children all across the country."

Rick Fullmer


Rick is a D.A.R.E. officer for the Dubuque Police Department.

"Two by Two Character Development is a program that reaches the heart. By instilling core values Two by Two inspires all of us to do good in the world and our world is hungry for people of good character. I’m incredibly optimistic that these values will shape what kids believe and how they act now and, in the future, to make our world a better place."

Liza Johnson


Liza is the Director of Personal Empowerment and the Assistant Director to the President at the University of Dubuque.

"As an educator, I strongly advocate for education to focus on developing the whole child. Social- emotional learning and development is a big component of my advocacy. Two by Two's mission uniquely instills a holistic approach to social-emotional learning. My son had the privilege of being part of Two by Two and I can attest this was a powerful experience that led him to further develop these critical skills. I feel honored to be part of a program that has a deep history with making a big impact in shaping children to be responsible, empathetic, and caring citizens." 

Tasha Lippold


Tasha is the Vice President
Marketing Director at Premier Bank.

"I firmly believes in the importance of character education for our youth, and the mission of this organization. Both my children have received the benefit of learning the necessary tools needed to become ethical, responsible, and kindhearted young boys emphasized by Two by Two’s programs. I am proud to give back by serving on Two by Two’s board of directors."

Alicia Ludescher


Alicia is an Administrative Specialist for
Paramount Ambulance.

"Though one of the youngest on the Two by Two team, I have experience working with the organization personally and professionally. As a college student, I worked as an intern, and my family business has been a strong supporter of Two by Two since their inception. Now, being a member of the Two by Two team, I have an opportunity to share my passion for the mission and be a part of the Two by Two growth and development. I truly believe in the mission of Two by Two and see the many benefits of character education in our community."

Amy Printz


Amy is a Senior Marketing Consultant at
Heartland Financial USA.

"I chose to be apart of the Two by Two team because a dear friend and mentor who is a life-long educator and supporter of Two by Two spoke very highly of the organization. I fell in love with their mission, vision, and values. I wanted to a part of an organization who has a direct impact of our community and that is Two by Two through and through."

Luke Rodham


Luke is the Retail Advertising Manager for
TH Media.

"I’m a Dubuquer, that moved away and returned with my family in 2013. My two girls Kelsey and Megan both had the opportunity to experience Two by Two Kindhearted Kids Program, while attending St. Anthony grade school. I experienced first-hand, all the character learning traits associated with the program, as they cared for their pet. I remember how much this influenced them, and know the core values taught, still shine in them every day. I recently had the opportunity to join Two by Two as a Board Member and I’m so honored to be on the TEAM. What a great group of local leaders, coming together, for the genuine betterment of both our KIDS and our COMMUNITY. " 

Kristin Woodward-Vaassen


Kristin is the Director of Business and Curriculum Development and Founder of Two by Two Character Development.

"I am so proud to lead the Two by Two Team! As a teacher, I taught my students to be kindhearted and now, through Two by Two's social-emotional programming, the message of kindness is being taught to thousands of students! A special shout-out to the current and past board members: It is because of YOU that Two by Two's mission is reaching so many students and making such a needed impact. Thank you for your leadership and support!"