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Timothy Ostroski – Executive Director
Timothy Ostroski has served as the Executive Director of the Southern Iowa Council of Governments (SICOG) and the Southern Iowa Development Group (SIDG) since February 1984. Mr. Ostroski also serves as the Executive Director of the Southern Iowa COG Housing Trust Fund, Inc, a charitable foundation with its mission to improve housing in the area. Previously, he was the owner of Southern Iowa Planning Company, a private consulting company. Prior to starting his own consulting company, he was the Planning Director for the SICOG. Ostroski is the past chair and serves on the executive board of the Iowa Association of Regional Councils. He has served on the Board of Directors of both the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and National Association of Regional Council (NARC). He has received the Superior Service award from the USDA and has been a speaker on rural development, as well as, a panelist for the National Rural Conference hosted by President Bill Clinton. Ostroski holds a master’s degree in Geography from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Judy Brimm – Finance Director
Judy Brimm is the Finance Director of SICOG and is responsible for all the financials of SICOG and SICOG Affiliates. In addition to her financial duties, she assists with RLF programs, reporting, and assists with most of SICOG’s programs.
Jeremy Rounds – Regional Planner
An employee of SICOG since 1998, Jeremy Rounds has a Bachelors of Science in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University. Jeremy is a Regional Planner at SICOG that does a little bit of everything, including: comprehensive plans, hazard mitigation plans, housing projects, water and sewer projects, and numerous grant applications. His passion is community and housing development, focusing on making the region as prosperous and viable as possible. He works to find new funding avenues to solve the region’s problems and to introduce ideas that will improve quality of life and community design. In his time at SICOG, he has worked on hundreds of projects, from housing grants and large planning documents to administration of CDBG and FEMA grants
Joel Lamb – Regional Planner
Joel Lamb is a Regional Planner with SICOG who works to sharpen and expand his grant writing skills while also assisting with CDBG administration, comprehensive planning, and hazard mitigation planning.
Stuart Burzette – Transportation Planner
Stu Burzette is a Regional/ Transportation Planner with SICOG who works to sharpen and expand his grant writing skills while also assisting with CDBG administration, comprehensive planning, and hazard mitigation planning. His primary activities will be to assist the ATURA Transportation Affiliation to help direct regional transportation activities. His responsibilities will include updating the ATURA Transportation Long Range Plan.
Nancy Groth – Office Manager/H-RLF Representative
Nancy Groth is SICOG’s Office Manager who has a broad range of responsibilities including maintaining and organizing office information, receptionist, preparing for meetings, coordinating events, and assisting staff with various projects as needed. She is also responsible for the SICOG/SIDG First Time Home Buyer’s Program (H-RLF) where she works with area lenders and assists borrowers with the purchase of their first home.