Staff Information






Craig Ihnen, Executive Director

Craig came to the Iowa High School Speech Association in 1994 from the teaching and coaching ranks in Iowa and Kansas. His last position was an IHSSA coach and educator at LeMars Community High School in LeMars, Iowa from 1981 - 1994. At LeMars, his IHSSA programs were successful with the LeMars Large Group students receiving 7 Sweepstakes Trophies and 5 Banners at the All-State Festival. In Individual Events the LeMars students received the first Sweepstakes Trophy at the IE All-State Festival.

At the IHSSA, he is responsible for the overall aspects of the IHSSA programs in Debate, Large Group, and Individual Events. He handles the Judge Certification programs, Coaches Convention, and the All-State Festivals. Craig, also works for the IGHSAU and the IHSAA with their tennis programs.

Craig and his wife, Susan, have three children: Megan , Courtney, and Rebecca. They live in West Des Moines.



E-mail at: Craig@IHSSA.org


Therese Schimek, Administrative Assistant

Therese came to the Iowa High School Speech Association in fall of 2002. Therese received her BS in Music Therapy , from the University of Minnesota . Prior to working for the IHSSA she was the Children's Librarian at the Urbandale Public Library and an teacher of Kindermusic in the Des Moines area.

Her primary duties at the IHSSA include preparation of the financial reports, contest site allowances, and preparation of all receipting and disbursements to the member schools. Therese also maintains the databases used for the official mailings, judges mailings and IHSSA judges status.

Theresa lives in Windsor Heights and has three children : Madeline, Christina, and Sam .



E-mail at: Therese@IHSSA.org