Jeff joined The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center team as an assistant director – programs in February of 2015. A native of Norwalk, Iowa, Jeff graduated from Grinnell College with a bachelor’s degree in history and his initial teaching license for secondary social studies education. After several years of teaching and coaching, Jeff accepted a position as an intern with the Wartburg College football team for one season and then spent two years as a graduate assistant with the Carroll University football team.
While at Carroll, Jeff earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. He then accepted a position as executive director of the Allen County Historical Society in Iola, Kansas, a position he held for two and a half years. Jeff then accepted an opportunity to become the education supervisor at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia.
After several years on the East Coast, Jeff and his wife Holly decided that they were Midwesterners at heart and are happy to have found a home in Des Moines.