Meet the Board Members

Board of Parole Members - Biographies

Jeff Wright, Chair 

Jeff was appointed as Chair of the Board of Parole in 2018.  He graduated from Morningside College in 2000 with a degree in International Affairs, before attending Drake University Law School. While at Drake, worked as a student attorney at the Drake Legal Clinic’s Criminal Law Center and he Lobbied for Drake University's Middleton Center for Children’s Rights.  In 2006, Jeff graduated from Drake University and was admitted to the Iowa Bar.  Jeff founded the Carr & Wright Law office in 2007 and practiced primarily in the areas of Criminal, Juvenile and Family Law until his appointment.

Jeff lives in Ankeny with his wife and children.  He is a Member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association and C. Edwin Moore Inns of Court.  In addition, he is actively involved in the community, volunteering for the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce, Little League Baseball and serving on multiple volunteer committees

Norman Granger, Vice Chair

Appointed to the Board of Parole in 2014. Born in Newark, New Jersey. Graduated from Barringer High School in 1980. From the time he was a freshman to his senior year he was recognized as an All City, All County, and All State athlete in football. Norm was a team captain as a junior and senior in high school. Norm earned a scholarship to the University of Iowa in 1980. While at the University of Iowa, Norm started at fullback his sophomore, junior, and senior years. During those three years his team participated in the 1982 Rose Bowl, 1982 Peach Bowl, and the 1983 Gator Bowl. It must be noted that until 1981 U of I football had not seen a winning program for the past twenty seasons. Norm also earned a spot on the 1984 Hula Bowl College All Star Team. In 1984 Norm was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys Football Club in the 5th round. Norm went on to play with the Cowboys from 1984-1986. Then he played for the Atlanta Falcons in 1987 and retired from football following that season in 1988. Over a twelve-year period Norm’s vocation was dedicated to youth and education in the Public Relations Department of Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Norm previously was an insurance agent for America Family and State Farm Insurance. He was a Youth Counselor/Supervisor with the State Training School for Boys in Iowa and also a Residential Officer with the Waterloo Residential Correctional Facility in the First District. Norm’s main hobby is in the area of officiating. He has been a NCAA Football official for the past twenty years. He has also been an official of the Iowa High School Athletic Association for the past twenty four years.  He enjoyed coaching and watching his daughters play sports. Norm was also a High School Track Coach at Northern University High School in Cedar Falls and Columbus Catholic High School in Waterloo.

Sheila A. Wilson, Board Member

Appointed to the Board of Parole in 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Counseling from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. She retired from Unites States Probation, Southern District of Iowa, in April 2013. During her 21 years with U.S. Probation, Ms. Wilson worked as a United State Probation Officer and Senior U.S. Probation Officer, before retiring as Supervising U.S. Probation Officer. Ms. Wilson was also employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections for 10 years. She started her career in Criminal Justice at the Dwight Correctional Center; Dwight, Illinois in 1976 as a Correctional Counselor and in 1978 was promoted to Clinical Services Supervisor. In 1980 she was appointed to serve as the Assistant Warden of Programs at the New East Moline Correctional Center, East Moline, Illinois. Ms. Wilson was responsible for establishing and monitoring Health Care, Recreation, Clinical Services, Educational and Vocational Services and Religious Services at this minimum security facility for 750 offenders. She is a member of the International Association of Paroling Authorities and Iowa Prison Industries Advisory Board.

Sue Lerdal, Board Member

Appointed to the Iowa Board of Parole in 2014. Sue graduated from Iowa State University where she majored in Political Science and from what is now Des Moines University where she studied Health Care Administration. She retired from the Legislative Services Agency in 2011 after serving over 30 years, where she provided statutory and appropriations committee nonpartisan staffing in a variety of subject areas to the Iowa General Assembly, including Natural Resources, Local Government, State Government, Education, Human Resources, Oversight, and Full Appropriations Standing Committees, Education and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees, and the Administrative Rules Review Committee. Without any background in corrections, Sue fulfills the Code Section 904A.2(1) requirement of a disinterested layperson Board of Parole member. Sue operates her own small business, In Lieu Of, which assists those in central Iowa who may not have family or friends to rely on to help with medical appointment comprehension, completion of insurance and financial assistance forms, and almost anything legal, to help individuals who would otherwise fall between the cracks in this challenging world, with an emphasis in serving those with special needs. She has served on multiple committees and boards of personal interests.

Kathleen Kooiker, Board Member

Appointed to the Board of Parole in 2018.  Born in Commack, Long Island, New York, she moved to Iowa in 1972 and graduated from Creston High School in 1975.  She holds a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from Simpson College.  Kathleen was a legal assistant in the Reynoldson Law Firm and the Clarke County Attorney’s office before being appointed Clarke County Magistrate in 1983.  She served on the bench for over thirty years.  She was affiliated with Children and Families of Iowa for two years, assisting abused and neglected children, providing resources to their parents while the families were under court supervision and documenting progress monthly to the court regarding each child assigned to her.  Kathleen also taught English as a Second Language for over fifteen years at Southwestern Community College, and founded The Osceola Children’s Theatre after school program.  She has volunteered for over thirty years as director of two annual stage productions, which feature elementary school children as actors. In 2006 she received the Osceola Chamber-Main Street and Osceola Rotary Club Annual Community Service Award for her many hours of volunteer work.  Kathleen served over ten years on the Iowa County Attorneys’ Standards and Conduct Committee and several terms on the board of directors of the Iowa Magistrate’s Association and the Clarke Area Arts Council.  She and her husband enjoy spending time with their two daughters and two grandchildren.

Jackie Romp, Alternate Board Member

Appointed as an Alternate Member of the Board of Parole in 2013. Jacklyn Van Ekeren Romp is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.A. in Political Science, and then earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa, College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Iowa and Illinois. Ms. Romp began her professional career as an attorney with the Chicago-based international law firm McDermott, Will & Emery. She also practiced with the Des Moines firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor and Fairgrave, and subsequently served as Legal Counsel and Administrative Rules Coordinator for the Office of the Governor of Iowa, and as Vice Chair of the Iowa Board of Parole. Romp received gubernatorial appointments to the Iowa Board of Regents (1985-89), the Iowa Board of Parole (1998-1999), and the Iowa Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Fund Board (1995-97). In her capacity on the Board of Regents, she also served on the Board of Directors of the Iowa State University Achievement Foundation and Iowa Public Television. Romp currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Des Moines Public Schools Foundation. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the University of Iowa Alumni Association, Terrace Hill Society, Junior League of Des Moines, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). She is a past member of the Des Moines A.M. Rotary, the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, and Leadership Iowa. She is a member of Central Presbyterian Church where she has served on the Foundation, Christian Education Board, and Board of Deacons.

Sue "Susie" Weinacht, Alternate Board Member

Appointed to Board of Parole in 2017.  Born in Peoria, Illinois. Graduated from Mattoon Senior High School (1980). Received ASc from Lakeland College (1982). Earned BSc from Eastern Illinois University (1984). Susie holds a Type 03 teaching certificate, as well as program certificate. Serves as an elected official, and is self-employed working in the areas of strategic planning, finance, negotiation and project management. She is a graduate of Leadership Iowa, the Pacific Institute, Disney Institute Keys of Excellence, and holds a leadership certificate from the Chamber of Commerce. Additional gubernatorial appointments: Regional Workforce Development Board and Long Term Recovery Taskforce.

Gregory B. Crocker, Alternate Board Member

Appointed as an Alternate Board Member in 2017. Gregory B. Crocker is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a B. A. in public administration. He has a held a long career in public service in the areas of law enforcement, EMS, Fire Fighter and City Administrator. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Crocker also does a fair amount of work as a Public Address Announcer for a variety of organizations that include Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International, West Des Moines Valley High School and is one of two of the voices of “Marching Mizzou”, the marching band for the University of Missouri. He and his family reside in Central Iowa.


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