Meet the Team

CVM Development Manager

Todd comes to us from Kirkwood Community college after 34 years working in public education .   Todd's experience  leading teams to identifying community needs towards creating affordable, accessible, quality training and degree programs, will be leveraged as we continue to grow Cedar Valley Makers as an incredible community resource.

CVM Program Coordinator

Nathan grew up making and we are lucky to have him coordinating programs and developing the digital capabilities and content for the space, while he takes a gap semester from Grinnel College.

CVM Industrial Tech

Mohammed is a recent graduate of the Electrical Engineering Technology program at UNI.  He comes to us with initiative, skill and a passion for making.  He has been a great resource on shop automation projects, and ideas on how to make CVM a better resource for the community.

Board of Directors

CVM President

Taylor Morris is a 7 year Navy veteran with a bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of Northern Iowa. He works full time as a project manager for a local real estate developer Taylor has a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and has been an active member with the Cedar Valley Makers since early 2014.

CVM Vice President

Jesse VanEngelenhoven is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA and works at John Deere Testing tractors.  Jesse volunteers coaching First Lego League teams and is a regular contributor to community projects at CVM and is always willing to share his expertise.  Jesse has aspirations of building an electric truck and has been busy prototyping batteries towards launching a battery company in 2020. 

CVM Treasurer

James Dietrich is an assistant professor of geography at UNI and has been a member of the makerspace since 2017. James enjoys making things for his environmental research and also just for fun. James has a wide range of experience and interest with Python programming, electronics, 3D printing, as well as wood and metalworking. 

CVM Secretary

Michael Hoffman has a BS in Management and Finance and a Masters of Business Administration.  Work experience includes human resource management,  project management, and risk management.  Michael has a long list of maker projects and interests, which include programming, digital design, CNC, 3dprinting, woodworking, metal shop, and welding, and loves to help others create.

Pete Lilja -  Shop Manager

Pete Lilja is a retired Waterloo Firefighter, so brings safety and organizational skills to the makerspace.  A longtime maker of things. Pete's interests are varied and hobbies have been many: from high powered rockets and high altitude balloons to fly fishing the activities always have a component to making in them. He enjoys looking for a new skill to develop and something new to make.

Dan Rieger - Board Member

Dan Rieger joined the Cedar Valley Makers as an active member in 2016.  Since then, he has played an important role in upholding the mission of CVM.  Dan brings industry experience from his work at John Deere as a Manufacturing Engineer where he is responsible for relevant projects including assembly line layout planning, asset acquisition, and the implementation of drive train design changes.  Dan is a 2011 graduate from UNI with a BS in Manufacturing Technology with an emphasis in Design.

Randall Fischer - Board Member

Randall joined the Cedar Valley Makers in 2019.   Randall graduated from UNI with his BS in Electrical Engineering Technology degree. He works as a Sr. Systems Engineer with Target where he uses his industrial controls and robotics experience to rapidly troubleshoot and restore material handling systems from breakdown events, leads initiatives and captures equipment data to optimize the performance and flow of the material handling systems. Randall has been a life long maker with many interests in robotics, machine vision, CNC machines, microcontrollers, electrical engineering, woodworking, composites manufacturing, and programming.

Cedar Valley Makers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) with the mission to promote collaborative learning, creative design and manufacturing for people of all ages and skill levels.  We provide education by giving access to tools, machines and training inside our makerspace and by promoting and planning educational events that can forward scientific thinking, learning and entrepreneurial spirit for all members of our community.