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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

Wendy Knight


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."

Shane Burtzlaff 

Vice President

Shane is a Sales 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."

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."

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."

Matt Theisen

Past President

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. "

Board of Directors

Amy Errthum


Amy Errthum is the Director of Marketing at Clarke University.

"I am excited to be a member of the Two by Two team because now, more than ever, we need to provide our nation’s youth with the tools and resources to be: fair, kind, respectful, responsible, emphatic, cooperative, and purposeful citizens, ultimately leading to a better tomorrow."

Ben Gander


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."

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." 

Ryan Kilburg


Ryan Kilburg is the IT Project Manager at A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing in Dubuque.

"Two by Two is a program that I was able to experience through my twins while they attended Hoover Elementary School. I could see the joy they felt being responsible with the stuffed animal and what it represented. Two by Two matched the character values that we instill in our home. My wife being an educator in the school district believes in the Two by Two program and see the results that encourage children to become better people. I look forward to continuing the mission of Two by Two as a board member and being part of the successful leadership that has taken it this far."

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."

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."

Natalie Reittinger


Natalie is the Marketing Manager at TH Media.

"As a parent, my goal is to instill strong values in my children. I want them to be kind, responsible, empathetic human beings who respect others as well as animals and the environment. The Two by Two mission focuses on exactly that, which is why I support them wholeheartedly. Through their research-based programming, educational tools and innovative resources, Two by Two is changing lives and changing the future of our community, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of it."

Stephanie Vondal


Stephanie has been a teacher in the Dubuque Community School District for the last twelve years.

"One of my most favorite parts of being a teacher is having Two by Two in our classrooms. This program teaches our students the foundational skills of good character. Getting back to the basics of teaching respect, responsibility, and empathy through engaging lessons is fun to be a part of. The students absolutely love this program and look forward to this from the very beginning of the school year. With the lessons learned during Two by Two, our students will go on with the skills they need to be successful in their futures."

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!"