Iowan of the Week

Iowans of the Week will be recognized for their contributions to their communities, helping their neighbors and making Iowa better.

Each week, Rep. Axne will submit a statement to the Congressional Record on the unsung Iowan, detailing their work and efforts to make Iowa better and help improve the lives of others.


Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Dwana Bradley as Iowan of the Week. Dwana is a mother, a business owner, an educator, and a long-time community advocate. She believes education is the key to life, which speaks to her passion and career as a teacher.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Jeff Olson, a community pharmacist at Montross Pharmacy, as this week’s Iowan of the Week. Since 1995, Jeff has been the owner and operator of Montross Pharmacy in Winterset, Iowa, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Robert “Mongo” Eikleberry, as a longtime LGBTQ advocate, business owner, community leader during this Pride Month.   

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Master Sergeant Bounthieng Egkhounmoung, a recently retired veteran, as Iowan of the Week. Bounthieng, or BJ as he’s known, retired last week from the 132nd Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard after over a total of 38 years in service to the country and the state of Iowa.  

Madam Speaker,

I rise today to recognize an outstanding member of our community, Iris Tun, by naming her for Iowan of the Week.

Iris is a co-founder and a family advocate at the Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) of Iowa, which is Iowa’s first and only refugee-led service provider that strives to address shared issues and uplift all refugee communities.

Madam Speaker,  As Mental Health Month begins, I rise to ask the House of Representatives to join me in honoring Drake University Graduate Professor of the School of Education’s Department of Leadership, Counseling and Adult Development, Robert Stensrud.

Madam Speaker, In honor of Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, I would like to recognize Jacque Howell, director of Red Oak Child Development Center. Jacque has led the way in expanding childcare options in her rural community of Red Oak, Iowa.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Jeff Miller, the retired West Des Moines police officer who is currently walking across the entire state of Iowa in honor of his sister Linda, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Emily Lang and Kristopher Rollins, the co-founders of RunDSM, as well as Leah Waughtal-Magiera and Jalesha Johnson as Iowans of the Week. April is National Poetry Month, and Emily and Kristopher have given students in the Des Moines Public Schools system an opportunity to express and better themselves through poetry, spoken word, and open mic through their programs at RunDSM.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Trish Bergren of Clarinda, Iowa as Iowan of the Week. Trish is a respected leader in the Clarinda and Page County community who has touched countless lives through her work as the Executive Director of the Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum and as the curator for the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum. Trish has a deep love, and passion for preserving the history of her community and being a guardian of the knowledge of the past for future generations.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in honoring Annie Orsini, Assistant Principal at Westridge Elementary School and Jordan Creek Elementary School in West Des Moines, as Iowan of the Week.

Madam Speaker,

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, I rise today to recognize a strong woman who is a pillar of our community. Laurie Schipper is retiring from her position at Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She was nominated by her coworkers because of the significant impact on their lives as a mentor and supervisor and has changed the lives of many Iowans and survivors of domestic violence.