Agency Leadership

Board of Directors

Great Prairie AEA is governed by a nine-member citizen board of directors elected by area school boards. Each director serves a four-year term. The Board meets monthly and sets policy and budget for the Agency. The area served by the Great Prairie Area Education Agency is divided into nine equally populated director districts.

Click here to visit the Board site.


Great Prairie AEA is led by a team of professionals who have extensive experience in the education field, including the Agency’s chief administrator, Cindy Yelick, Ed.D.

Important contacts

Staff Directory


Cindy Yelick, Ed.D.

Chief Administrator

641-682-8591/319-753-6561 Email Cindy Yelick, Ed.D.


Angelisa Fynaardt, Ph.D.

Associate Administrator & Director of Special Education

641-682-8591/319-753-6561 Email Angelisa Fynaardt, Ph.D.


Dennis Gourley

Chief Financial Officer

641-682-8591 Email Dennis Gourley


Sally Lindgren, Ph.D.

Director of Technology & Innovation

319-753-6561/641-682-8591 Email Sally Lindgren, Ph.D.


Greg Manske

Human Resources Director

319-753-6561 Email Greg Manske


Rich Schulte

Director of District Services

641-682-8591 Email Rich Schulte


Jennifer Woodley

Public Relations Coordinator/Administrative Asst & Board Secretary

319-753-6561 Email Jennifer Woodley