Meet Our Executive Committee

2020-2021 CPI Executive Committee

Amy Westra, President

Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA

Amy serves as the Associate Director of Career Development at Dordt University. She’s been coaching students at Dordt for the past three academic years and recently earned her coaching certification through the World Coaching Institute. She earned a Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.) from Cornerstone University and her Bachelor of Science degree in North American Urban Studies from Kuyper College, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Amy has previously served at Columbia International University and the University of South Carolina Aiken. Prior to her work in higher education, Amy mentored kids and families in the inner city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She finds great joy in helping students to align their strengths with their career goals and equipping students with the skills they need to transition into the workforce.

Haley Flores, President Elect

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Haley Flores is a career coordinator with Business Career Services at Iowa State University. After graduating from Wartburg College, Haley worked as a graphic designer for several years before gaining her master’s degree in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs (UNI) and transitioning into higher education. At Iowa State, Haley finds joy providing individual career assistance for marketing students, teaching career preparation classes, and presenting to student groups. Outside of work, Haley enjoys music, reading, biking, and photography.

Rebecca Sullens, Past President

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA

Rebecca is a graduate of Cornell College with a BA in sociology and a minor in Spanish. Before breaking into higher education at her alma mater, she gained experience in a variety of roles including administrative support, promotions and event planning, tourism, staffing, and recruiting. She is currently the Associate Director of Student Life at Cornell College.

Stephanie Dennler, Treasurer

Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta, IA

Stephanie Dennler is currently the Recruitment and Work-Based Learning Program Manager at Northeast Iowa Community College. She has been with NICC for 9 years in event planning, operations and work-based learning opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Industrial and Operations Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Shelby Smith, Digital Strategist

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Shelby Smith is the Assistant Director, Career Management & Advising for the Tippie College of Business’s Specialized Master’s Program. She received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with a Spanish minor from Iowa State University. Outside of her passion for supporting students in achievement of their highest goals and potential, Shelby enjoys spending time with her mischievous cat, Sunny. Her other interests include practicing mindfulness, attending live music events and spending as much time outdoors as she can.

Chrystal Stanley, Secretary

Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Chrystal Stanley is the Director of Professional & Career Development at Drake University in Des Moines.  She served formerly as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Iowa Department for the Blind and as the Director of the Easter Seal Farm Family Rehabilitation Management Program.  Chrystal received her BA degree from Central College in English, her MS degree from Drake University in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Iowa State University. She is also a Certified Appreciative Advisor. Chrystal enjoys helping students find their path, teaching career preparation courses, and mentoring professionals new to the field of career coaching. In her spare time, Chrystal enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with her grandson, Hudson.

Elections for open positions will take place virtually in July 2021.

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