GPSA Alum Awarded for Early Achievement

September 25, 2019

Shelley Oltmans (MS/MCRP 2014) was recognized for her work with the ISU Award in Early Achievement for Extension or Public Practice. Shelley currently works as a  Community Development Specialist  in Lee County where she assists local leaders in community and economic planning. Shelley’s top accomplishments include establishing the Lee County Leadership program with Lee County Extension and Outreach and the Fort Madison Area and Keokuk Area Chambers of Commerce. As a CED field specialist and Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, Shelley makes full use of her joint position to take Iowa State University resources to the people of Iowa. The award recognizes faculty, campus staff or a field staff member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in extension and/or professional practice unusually early in her/his professional career. Her nominator says, “Shelley has unleashed her passion for rural community development across a multitude of projects, partnerships, and programs.”


Shelley pursued the double degree option of the graduate program in Sustainable Agriculture with the MS in Sustainable Agriculture and a Master of Community and Regional Planning. With Francis Owusu serving as her advisor she completed her thesis entitled "A case study on the food retail environment of Accra, Ghana" to graduate from the program in 2014.

To learn more about Shelley's work, or to get in contact, please follow the link to her extension page