Combined Efforts' Board
Elizabeth Constantine directs the Grant and Research Services Office (GRSC) in the UI College of Education (COE) where she provides grant- and research-related support to COE faculty, staff, and students, interprets proposal guidelines, assists with proposal preparation and completion of forms, writes sections of grant proposals, and provides editorial feedback on full proposals. She previously served as the assistant director for policy analysis and program officer for the Stanley Foundation based in Muscatine, Iowa. She managed the Asia-Pacific Initiatives (API) program, which addressed the impact of political and social developments on the prospects for the peaceful integration of the Asia-Pacific states into regional and global security structures based on democracy, the rule of law, and free market economics. API created a sustained, informed dialogue among government officials, business people, and academicians from the United States and Asia to produce definitive analyses of current problems for use by US policymakers and fostered cooperative multilateral initiatives in Asia itself. Constantine served as the assistant director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Iowa (UI). She was also the grants and development officer for International Programs (IP) at the UI and was responsible for planning and executing the fund-raising and external affairs activities for IP and its research programs. She spent three years studying and working in China, two years in Uzbekistan, and a year each in Austria and Poland. Constantine received her B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, M.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Ph.D. in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University.
Janet Schlapkohl is a playwright, actress, director, teacher and founder, in 2002, of Combined Efforts Theatre. Commissions include: UI Labor Center, UI Iowa Women’s Archives, UI Human Rights Center, Center for Worker Justice, Theatre Masters, and the AFL-CIO. Her work has been performed in LA, at The Road Theatre and Odyssey Theatre, at Estrogenius in New York, Tennessee, and across Iowa. She performs monologues and travels a solo show, which premiered at Riverside Theatre, Iowa City. Education: MFA in Playwriting and MS from the University of Iowa. BS in Biology from Iowa State University. She has been the recipient of the Theatre Master’s award, Visionary Playwright’s award, the Isabelle Turner Human Rights Award, the Richard Maibaum Award, the Human Rights graduate student award and the Finkbine Award for Human Rights. She lives on an acreage in Iowa with her husband, a large animal veterinarian.
Kathie Paterson and her family moved to Iowa City in 2011. The opportunity for her youngest daughter to be part of this vibrant and inclusive community performing arts group, Combined Efforts Theater, was a major reason for their move from the beautiful green mountain state of Vermont! So, it made perfect sense for her to join the CET Board and get involved (she loves to work back stage). Kathie has an early childhood policy, data and systems-building consulting business, KEP Consulting LLC. She is an alumnus of Newfoundland’s Memorial University of Newfoundland (Nursing and Mathematics) and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Public Health).
Evie Stanske grew up in a bakery in the Bronx, New York. She worked for an accounting firm before coming to Iowa knowing that life was more than subways and cash disbursment books. She majored in Theatre at the University of Iowa. She taught mime with the Marcia Thayer’s Dance Troupe. Besides all she does with Combined Efforts she also now entertains at nursing homes with a comedy troupe. Life is good!
Jessica Wilson is a writer and actor living in Iowa City. She is a former Iowa Arts Fellow and holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa; her work has appeared in Best Travel Writing vol. 8, Best Women’s Travel Writing vol. 9, and Alligator Juniper. Onstage, she has appeared most recently as Charlotte in Beyond Therapy with Dreamwell Theatre. Previous productions include six years of Walking the Wire at Riverside, RUST with Working Group Theatre and Collective Amnesia at the University of Iowa’s New Plays Festival.
Colleen Lipes-I am a school psychologist for Grant Wood AEA. My husband and I live in Iowa City. We have three children. Our youngest daughter, Katie has Down syndrome. Katie has been involved with Combined Efforts dance program for three years. It has been a wonderful experience for her. This is my first year on the CET board.
Mary Vasey taught, wrote and directed in the Metro Alternative High School Theatre program and, after retiring, volunteered in the theater project at Tate Alternative High School in Iowa City. Combined Efforts has turned out to be a family affair. Her grandson, Alec Grubbe and her husband, Nicholas Johnson are actors in CE and son, Jason Grubbe has directed and serves on the board. Mary has served as board president and sometimes writer and actor. Another son, Greg Johnson and his wife, Makur, have helped immensely with the web page.
Kalvin Goodlasxon graduated from the Transition Services Center in 2010 after attending Elizabeth Tate High School. He is part of the KICI Board and as well as the Combined Efforts Board. He co-wrote questions for the PATV quiz show “The Smartest Iowan” from 2011-2014 Kalvin joined the theatre group as an actor during his last year at Transitions and than became writer and choir member for Combined Efforts. He loves to watch Doctor Who, Stephen Colbert, and Power Rangers.