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 came to Iowa to pursue her higher education. 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 Associate Professor in the department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa, past Editor-in-Chief of Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment, and author of Making Local Food Work: The Challenges and Opportunities of Today's Small Farmers.
Office: S365 CPHB
Tabitha is from a small southwest Iowa town and grew up visiting her grandparents Sac County Century Farm. She received her BS in Geography as well as Public Health and Sustainability Certificates from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining I-CASH in 2023, Tabitha worked as a Project Coordinator for a Water Quality Initiative project in Southeast Iowa and interned with The Nature Conservancy. She has a passion for supporting rural communities and will pursue this through outreach and community engagement for I-CASH. Tabitha also has interests in the land stewardship ethics of agricultural workers and soil health.
Maddie joined I-CASH as a Graduate Research Assistant for the 2022-2023 academic year. She is currently pursuing her MPH in Community and Behavioral Health from the University of Iowa and received her BA in Psychology with a Neuroscience concentration from Grinnell College in May 2022.
Maddie is interested in the link between local food systems, environmental health, and nutrition outcomes in rural communities. She previously worked for Local Foods Connection in Grinnell, Iowa, and now serves as a member of the Board of Directors. She also worked as a research assistant for the UI Prevention Research Center for Rural Health and as an outreach coordinator for Poweshiek Community Action to Restore Environmental Stewardship.
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, M.A. from the University of Iowa, and joined I-CASH in January 2000. She works with the I-CASH Seasonal Campaigns, creating and designing outreach materials, and edits the I-CASH Annual Report and quarterly Alive & Well Newsletter. She also manages the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health’s Agricultural Safety and Health Course, held annually at the University of Iowa, as well as coordinating training sites in additional states.
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.