Provost & Academic Vice President

Laying the Groundwork for Public Life Panelists


Maggie Tinsman

Maggie Tinsman

Senator Maggie Tinsman began her career as a volunteer in the Quad-Cities for the Symphony, Visiting Nurses, and Riverdale Grade School. She earned a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Iowa in 1974 while she had three young children. In 2008 she received an Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree from St. Ambrose University.

In 1978 she was the first woman appointed and elected to the Scott County Board of Supervisors. She served as a Supervisor from 1978-1989, first appointed to fill a vacancy, and then elected after winning in a primary contest with five men and one other woman as candidates. Ms. Tinsman was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 1988. She served 18 years, from 1989-2006. One of her many accomplishments in the Senate was the introduction of legislation making human trafficking a felony in Iowa, which was signed by Gov. Tom Vilsack in April of 2006.

After leaving the legislature, Maggie Tinsman formed Braking Traffik, an organization dedicated to eradicating sex trafficking in Iowa and Illinois. The focus of the organization is on educating the populace and law enforcement personnel about the prevalence of human trafficking in the Midwest, coordinating a victim centered response, and advocating to ensure justice for victims. In 2014 Maggie advocated for a second bill in the Iowa Legislature to strengthen penalties for human trafficking, set up a victim’s fund, and allows prosecutors to refer those under 18 to the Department of Human Services as a child in-need of assistance.

In 2010, Maggie Tinsman co-founded 50-50 in 2020, a statewide, bi-partisan, issue neutral initiative to achieve political equity for women in Iowa by 2020— the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. The program is envisioned as a statewide network of women who would recruit, train, and mentor women to achieve 50 percent of the elected positions in the state legislature, and U.S. Congress in addition to Governor.

In 2016, Maggie received the Betty Grandquist Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Commission on Aging.  

Maggie Tinsman continues to be an advocate and role model for women in Iowa.

Stephanie Acri

Stephanie Acri

Stephanie Acri has lived in Moline since 1994. She was appointed to the City Council in April of 2011 as the Alderman-at- Large and elected in 2013.  In 2017 she was elected Mayor of Moline. Her mayoral term expires on April 30, 2021.

Alderman Acri enthusiastically supports excellent roads and water, sewer, and safety services as a way to support the quality of life of Moline’s residents and to attract new businesses and new residential development to Moline.

Alderman Acri is active in the community currently serving on the Junior Achievement of the Heartland Board and the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund Advisory Committee. She has volunteered for various organizations over the past 10 years including serving on the Two Rivers YMCA, Trinity Medical Center, QC Chamber of Commerce, Work Force Development boards and many other boards and committees.

Alderman Acri is a graduate of Oelwein High School, Oelwein, Iowa. She received a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Iowa. Alderman Acri owns and operates Evans Premium Manufacturing. This manufacturing company is located in Rock Island and specializes in the production of cylindrical steel parts for the agricultural and construction industries.

In her free time, Alderman Acri enjoys traveling, exercising, home improvement projects and spending time outdoors and with her family. She has three children; McClain is a High School Senior and participates in Cross Country, Robotics, Bowling and Track with plans to pursue a degree in Engineering at Iowa State University, In 2017 Joey received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with a major in Sculpture and a minor in Industrial design. He is an artist in Milwaukee, In 2016 Tim received his Biochemistry degree from Augustana and is currently studying for his PhD specializing in nanoparticle research at the University of Iowa.

Alice Henry

Alice Henry

Alice Henry has served on the McDonough County Board since 2004 and as Chair of the Finance Committee since 2006. She is a founding member of Prairie Land Conservancy, a conservation land trust serving ten counties in west-central Illinois. Alice retired as Director of Food and Nutrition at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, IL. Her education includes a B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, all from Western Illinois University. 

Alice is a lifelong resident of west-central Illinois and has been married to Robert Henry for 40 years.

Kimberly Callaway-Thompson

Kimberly Callaway-Thompson

Kim Callaway-Thompson was first elected to the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors in 2012 and was re-elected in November 2014. Her role in county government has brought many opportunities to serve her community and address local needs in the areas of housing, health and human services, and workforce development. She served as an Executive Committee member of the Bi-State Regional Commission, an intergovernmental collaboration that facilitates economic development for 5 counties and 44 municipalities.

Kim is employed as a program coordinator in the Prevention Division at the Rock Island County Council on Addictions, a state-funded human services agency where she provides evidence-based programming in local school districts and promotes best practices in public policy to community and faith-based organizations, and other public entities.

In addition to her responsibilities at home, work, church, and government, Kim earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2010 from Drake University in Iowa. In 2009, she was inducted into the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Most recently, she worked closely with her husband and members of her local church to spearhead a faith-based redevelopment project located in one of her city’s busiest commercial/residential corridors. Her dream is to retire from working in the next few years, finish a book project, travel the world and help prepare others to run for public office. In her limited amount of free time, Kim can be found spending time with family, reading and writing, traveling, and shopping.