Brandi Janssen, PHD
Office: S329 CPHB
Brandi joined I-CASH as Director in May of 2014. She grew up on a beef cattle farm in the Missouri Ozarks and has lived in Iowa for many years. She earned a BA from Grinnell College, and an MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Iowa where her research examined the production and marketing strategies of direct market farmers in eastern Iowa. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa, editor of Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, and author of Making Local Food Work: The Challenges and Opportunities of Today's Small Farmers.
Brandi currently serves on the board of directors the Iowa Rural Health Association; she is also a member of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and BioScience Committee and the Rural Health and Primary Care Committee. She is a past President of Field to Family, a Johnson County non-profit dedicated to developing new markets for local farmers, and former Iowa City Community School District’s Farm to School Coordinator.
Ralph Altmaier, MS
Administrative Services Coordinator
Office: 210 IREH, UI Research Park
Ralph is the Administrative Services Coordinator for I-CASH.
Ralph grew up on the family farm south of Iowa City. After getting his BS in Farm Operations at Iowa State in ’79 he returned to the family farm. In 2003 he left the farm to take a job in research at the University of Iowa. In 2006 he returned to school to get a Masters in Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH). After graduating in 2008 he started working in the department of OEH studying gas emission from swine confined animal feeding operations. He lives on the family farm with his wife. They have one daughter who is a student at The University of Iowa.
Kyle is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Safety and Health. Originally from Council Bluffs, IA he is interested in injury prevention strategies on Midwestern farms.
Kay Mohling, MA
Office: 107 IREH, UI Research Park
Kay grew up on a grain and livestock farm in eastern Iowa, received her B.S. from Iowa State University, and her M.A. in Information and Library Science at the University of Iowa. She and her family live on the century farm where she was raised, continuing as the fourth generation to farm.
In January 2000, Kay began working at Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health as editor of the quarterly newsletter and annual report, and managed the youth safety grant. Later that year she began managing the Iowa Agricultural Occupational Health Training. She continues to edit the quarterly Alive & Well Newsletter, which now represents I-CASH and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, and produces the I-CASH Annual Report each year.
In 2006, the Agricultural Health Building Capacity Project was introduced and Kay began coordinating the multi-state project which aims to establish capacity in other regions to train health providers in agricultural medicine. Through the Building Capacity Project, Agricultural Medicine courses have been presented in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, Vermont, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Matthew Nonnenmann, PhD
Office: S335 CPHB
- Exposure assessment techniques for aerosolized respiratory virus
- Exposure assessment techniques using molecular microbiology
- Organic dust exposure among agricultural workers and markers of lung inflammation
- Exposure to risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders among occupational groups
- Epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders and occupational diseases
- Techniques for assessing exposure to risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders
- Pesticide exposure assessment and health effects
- Exposures to children
- Physical, chemical and biological exposures among workers and families in agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries
Gayle was raised on a Northeast Iowa farm. She and her husband farm in Southeast Iowa where they grow grain and livestock, including some organic, on their century farm. She received both her B.A. in sociology and MS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. The topic for her master’s thesis was the safety of children on the farm.
A strong believer in local engagement, Gayle has worked for Iowa State University Extension in both youth development and community development. She also served as coordinator for the University of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education and Prevention (now Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health).
A former I-CASH advisory committee member, Gayle returned to the University of Iowa to coordinate the annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference in 2012. Her other duties with I-CASH include working with the Emerging Issues Working Group and the Corresponding Advisory Board.