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Our Staff

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 staff embraces this mission with lots of experience and passion.  Find out more below about these dedicated individuals.

Kristin
Woodward-Vaassen

Founder & CEO

Kristin's passion and love for teaching started over 30 years ago in a 3rd grade classroom. In 2005, Kristin's dream of helping people, animals, and the environment came true with the creation of the nonprofit, Two by Two. With the support of an incredibly talented team, Two by Two is fostering positive character traits in thousands of youth and families across the nation. Kristin and her adorable husband, Steve, have a full house of 5 amazing boys and many furry, four-legged friends.

Nan Welch

Education Director

Nan Welch, current Education Director for Two by Two Character Development, has been involved in education in some capacity for the past 42 years. She taught for the Dubuque Community School District, in both Special and Elementary Education, for 21 years. She also was an elementary school principal at Prescott and Eisenhower for 15 years. Nan has just completed her third year at Two by Two and has so enjoyed being involved in the work of creating a kinder world.

Cassie Bird

Development Director

Cassie fell in love with Two by Two's mission right out of college. She began working in office management, and recently took on the role of Development Director. She has been with Two by Two for 2.5 years now and has loved every minute of it! As a huge animal lover, she recognizes the impact that an animal can have on the life of a person - and make them so much better!

Becca Johnson

Educator

Becca taught for 37 years at Sageville Elementary School in the Dubuque Community School District. Becca's love for and belief in children, and her desire to help make the world a better place, brought her to Two by Two. She currently is serving as one of Two by Two's educators.

Kirsten Weidemann

Educator

Kirsten in an educator for Two by Two with 16 years of teaching experience. Her belief that every child, no matter their circumstances or abilities, should have access to the tools necessary to grow and learn is why she is enthusiastic about character education and the opportunities it creates for students.

Pam Connolly

Educator

Besides being a Two by Two educator, Pam is a Health Coach and personal trainer. She has spent over half of her life teaching and coaching in some capacity, from preschool and religious education to college. Pam believes great character is what makes this world a better place, no matter what you do!

Kendra Kunkel

Educator

Kendra is a Two by Two educator who has over 29 years of experience from teaching in Dubuque Community Schools. Kendra enjoys teaching students of all ages, but especially enjoys her second grade students and their love of learning! She believes in the quote: "In a world where you can be anything, be kind."

Wendy Lyon

Accountant

Wendy graduated from Buena Vista University in 1994 with a BA in Business Finance and Management. After working in various management and financial positions, she started her own business helping smaller companies set up bookkeeping and other business practices. She lives in Dyersville with her husband, Chad, and 3 sons.

Chelsea Pell

Administrative Assistant

Chelsea moved to Iowa from Berkeley, CA in July of 2018 and has thoroughly been enjoying her time here in the Midwest! She is an alum of California Lutheran University, earning both her undergraduate degree in communications and her master's in business administration. She is thrilled to be the office assistant at Two by Two and looks forward to all that is to come!

Amanda Dolter

Graphic Designer

Amanda has more than ten years of experience as a communications professional in the non-profit sector. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Cinema, an interdisciplinary program that helped develop her sense for visual creativity and hone her writing skills. Amanda helps design materials for Two by Two® marketing and programming.