Board of Directors

Kirsten Klepfer Kirsten Klepfer came to Grinnell, Iowa in 2005 and is the Pastor First Presbyterian Church. She previously served as Campus Minister at Cal Aggie Christian Association in Davis, California. It was Pastor Kirsten’s congregation that helped spearhead the EmLo project when they began making small emergency loans to community members. Since SEG absorbed the project, Pastor Kirsten has remained vital, serving as our Treasurer since 2009.
J. Montgomery Roper J. Montgomery Roper is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Grinnell College and Chair of the Global Development Studies Concentration. He has focused his work on Latin America and teaches courses on indigenous societies, environmental anthropology, economic development, and applied anthropology. Roper’s interest in SEG stems from his personal involvement in the study of sustainable community development. He holds a B.A. from Ithaca College, a M.A. from University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Derek Farnam Derek Farnam graduated from Grinnell College in 2013 with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics. He joined the student operational group of SEG during his first week on campus and never looked back. As a student member, Derek managed the group’s social media and online activity and served as treasurer. He continues to work closely with the organization as a member of the Board of Directors while working for a financial non-profit in Charlotte, NC..
 ricksa Allen Ricks has been affiliated with S.E.G. since 2013, and joined the board of directors in 2015.  Al is an Iowa native.  Following service in the Peace Corps, he had three major components to his career.  He is an ordained United Methodist pastor, with 17 years’ experience in the local church.  He spent the next 15 years as a healthcare development officer, and concluded his career with five years with Iowa State University Extension.  Upon retirement as a Regional Extension Education Director, Al and his wife, Donna, moved to Grinnell to be closer to grandchildren.  In retirement, Al teaches management, religion, and philosophy classes for Upper Iowa University and Iowa Valley Community College, and enjoys life on a small acreage near Grinnell.
screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-1-19-43-pm Barb Baker has lived in Grinnell for 28 years and currently works as the Advertising and Community Relations Director for Grinnell Mutual. Barb demonstrates her commitment to community involvement through her work on boards of directors for Imagine Grinnell; ABI Foundation’s Leadership Iowa program; LifeServe Blood Center Advisory Committee and chairs the St. Francis  Manor Foundation. In addition to her board work, she is an active member of the Partners in Education committee with Grinnell Middle School, Poweshiek I-80 Revolving Loan Fund, and Grinnell College Mini Grant committee.