Jodi Stumbo – Executive Director

Originally from a small town in western Iowa, Jodi Stumbo graduated from Iowa State University and worked as a high school English, speech and drama teacher at Glidden-Ralston.

In 2001, Stumbo moved to Ames and started her career in philanthropy with the Iowa State University Foundation. During her 16 years there, she held a variety of titles, including executive director of communications. Stumbo has also served as the development director at Boys & Girls Clubs of Story County.

Stumbo enjoys attending Cyclone sporting events; hanging out with Red, her 120-pound German Shepard; and spending time with family and friends. In the spring, she serves as a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator and has rescued, rehabbed and released seven raccoons, one bobcat and two fawns. She also enjoys bicycling, gardening and canning.

Stumbo believes that nobody goes through life without the occasional need for a helping hand. She considers it the community’s duty to help its neighbors who are experiencing or on the verge of experiencing homelessness.

Troy Jansen – Associate Director

Troy Jansen began working at the Emergency Residence Project in 1996, after graduate school at Iowa State. He had the honor of being named the first Associate Director in the history of the agency. Before coming to Ames, he taught in Remsen, IA for four years.

Over the past 21 years, Troy has realized that helping people reach their full potential best describes one of his passions in life. However, he has also learned that there is no way that someone can maximize their potential without stable housing.

In his spare time, Troy is a history buff. He also enjoys watching theater productions, golfing, and cheering on the Cyclones.

Linda Munden, MPA – Housing and Volunteer Director

Linda Munden comes to the Emergency Residence Project after working for 8 years at ACCESS Assault Care Center in several capacities including Interim Executive Co-Director, Operations Director, and Housing Director.  She has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Luther College and studied social work at the graduate level at the University of Iowa.  She received her Masters of Public Administration from Drake University with an emphasis in executive development.

A lifelong learner committed to progressing standards of best practice, Linda is a strong proponent of Housing First.  She believes that the paramount need facing any individual or family is for safe and stable housing.  As she is fascinated by space science and the upcoming missions to Mars, a favorite quote by Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, seems appropriate to the daunting task of ending homelessness:  “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”