Janice Weiner, Executive Director
Janice practiced law before joining the U.S. State Department in 1987. Her postings included East Berlin, Turkey, Belgium, Poland, Canada, Mexico, as Consul General in Düsseldorf, Germany, and liaison to Capitol Hill. After retirement, she worked for the American Foreign Service Association before moving home to Iowa. She speaks a number of foreign languages and, while in the Foreign Service, nominated many contacts for IVLPs.
In the Foreign Service, Janice forged relationships across the political spectrum, with all walks of life, listening and analyzing, taking all points of view into consideration. She dealt with NGOs, multiple levels of government, businesses, academics and journalists alike.
Janice is a newly-elected at-large member of Iowa City City Council. Until December 2019, she served on the board of Shelter House. She continues to serve on the boards of Agudas Achim Synagogue, UNA/UNA Johnson County, and the Johnson County Democrats. She plays with the Community Band and sings with the “Heartbeats” Hospice Singers. She has two grown daughters and is her young granddaughter’s guardian
Mark Schoen, Program Coordinator
Mark Schoen is a Senior pursuing a degree in Economics with a minor in Art and Mathematics. Having worked with CIVIC for over two years, he has developed deep fondness for creating strong links between Iowa and the world. He is astonished everyday by the dedication of CIVIC’s volunteers and members and believes he is so lucky to have found such an engaged community. His favorite part about working for CIVIC is seeing the smiles on the visitors faces when he has provided something they could not have received anywhere else in the country. In his free time catch him reading in Prairie Lights, running along the river, or conversing with friends at the Clinton Street Social Club.
Grace Bryant, Program Coordinator
Grace Bryant is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, majoring in International Relations with a certificate in Sustainability and minors in Spanish and French. She is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has spent time living in Paraguay and Spain. Grace enjoys traveling, cooking, talking politics, spending time with family, and playing tennis in her free time. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career with the State Department.
Emilie Wilson, Communications Coordinator
Emilie is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Iowa. She is majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication and Communication Studies and minoring in Psychology. In her free time, Emilie enjoys reading, writing, cooking, spending time with friends, and trying new things. Her favorite part about working for CIVIC is having the opportunity to tell the organizations story through their quarterly newsletter, The Citizen Diplomat. After graduation Emilie plans on pursuing a career in Public Relations which encompasses her interests in writing, digital marketing, and graphic design.
Chrissy Hoogland, Program Intern
Chrissy Hoogland is a fourth year undergraduate at the University of Iowa majoring in political science and economics and minoring in biology. She will be studying abroad this summer in Thailand. She has learned more about international connections in her work with the UN’s shot@life initiative in providing global vaccines. In her free time she enjoys trying new hobbies like scuba diving and meeting new people.
Holly Harris, Membership Intern
Holly Harris is a second year undergraduate at the University of Iowa studying International Studies with minors in Portuguese and Spanish. After spending an exchange year in Brazil, she is interested in learning about diverse cultures, new languages, and making connections around the world. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and is a member of the Gymnastics Club at Iowa. She hopes to pursue an international career after graduation.
Tess Knickerbocker, Communications Intern
Tess Knickerbocker is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Iowa studying Political Science and Journalism with a Spanish minor. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and watching and playing sports. She plans to study abroad in Spain. She hopes to have an international career after graduation and possibly attend law school in the future.
Channon Greer- Program Intern
Maria Kuiper- Communications Intern
Ty Lassen- Program Coordinator
Madison Hunke- Program Coordinator
Mariah Gonzales- Communications Intern
Lucas Fagre- Communications Intern
Alex Dornacker- Program and Operations Intern
Emma Cole- Program and Operations Intern
Yike Fu- Membership Intern
Autumn Seo- Membership Intern
Sarah Sitz- Communications Intern
Mary Elizabeth Snell- Program and Operations Intern
Emma Kaboli- Program and Operations Intern
Ha Young Jeong- Program and Operations Intern
Margaret Goetz- Communications Intern
Yulin Cheng- Program and Operations Intern
Path-konn B. Kombate- Community Outreach Intern