Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Ambassadors are employees who welcome new employees to Johnson County. We want to help every employee feel welcomed here and have someone to talk to in case they have any questions, such as "Where is the best place to eat?"
It is important that every county employee feels like they belong and are welcomed here at Johnson County. The Ambassadors represent different departments/offices, job titles and backgrounds. We have Ambassadors who have been at the County for 10+ years and for less than a year. Learn more about the D&I Ambassadors below.
Dawn Alam (She, Her)
How long have you been with the county? Since December 2008
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors? I like to get to know new people and learn about them.
Hobbies/Interests: Cycling, hiking, camping and knitting
Pets: Olive and Ayla (half-sister Labradoodles that are 2 years-old and 10 weeks old)
Jessi Beck (She, Her)
Social Services Department
How long have you been with the county? Since August 2010
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors? I love meeting new people!
Hobbies/Interests: Reading (especially romance) and crocheting.
Pets : I have two dwarf lionshead bunnies, Mila (black fur) and Simba (tortoiseshell fur).
Krista Burich (She, Her)
Board of Supervisors Office
How long have you been with the county? Since May 2015
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors? I joined to meet people in different departments and offer guidance and resources to new employees.
Hobbies/Interests: Biking, costume parties, costume bike rides, vintage clothing stores and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Pets : I have a 13 year-old Weimaraner named Abbie.
Jason Decker (He, Him)
Public Health Department
How long have you been with the county? Since August 2012
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors? I enjoy meeting and getting to know new people.
Hobbies/Interests: I love being outside and staying active. I play volleyball all year round, bike the local trails and garden. I enjoy hiking both local state parks with my dog, Echo and traveling to national parks. If I’m not traveling around the world scuba diving during the winter months, you can find me skiing somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.
Pets: Dog named Echo
Kaitlyn Milligan (She, Her)
Public Health Department
How long have you been with the county? Since April 2017
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors? I joined the D&I Ambassadors to be a part of the effort to make Johnson County more inclusive.
Hobbies/Interests: I started dancing at the age of four and I still love to dance whenever I can. I go to CrossFit Kilo II after work and enjoy challenging myself. I am pescatarian, so I am mainly a vegetarian diet, but I eat fish. I try to follow the “Blue Zone” diet and lifestyle as much as I can. I am currently working on an online business for my “side hustle”. I like to travel and explore new places as much as I can. I am always up for expanding my mind and trying something new!
Pets : I have an incredibly cute orange tabby named Simba.
Annie Nugent (She, Her)
Secondary Roads Department
How long have you been with Johnson County? Since July 2019
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors? I had such a positive experience when I joined Johnson County and I wanted to share that with others. I also enjoy people and learning about their culture and story.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy hiking, local festivals, entertainment and traveling. I LOVE muscle cars and enjoy car shows. Living life and loving being a grandma. And of course, I LOVE the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Pets: I lost my sweet Lilly, a 15 year-old shih tzu, last year. She was the best.
Chrystal Todd (She, Her)
How long have you been with Johnson County? Since November 2011
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors: I like meeting new people and wanted to be a positive face for new Johnson County employees.
Hobbies/Interests: I LOVE the outdoors. I especially love spending time with my family kayaking on the local rivers and camping up north. Other than that, we spend our time at kids' football and basketball games and trap meets.
Pets: I have an 8 year-old fox hound named Calvin and a cat named Ronin.
Susan Vileta (She, Her)
Public Health Department
How long have you been at Johnson County? I worked in Human Resources from 2002 to 2007 and have been in the Public Health Department since June 2014.
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors? I want to help new staff feel welcome to the county and look for ways to work together across departments. I hope to make new personal and professional connections while helping someone else feel valued and supported as a County employee.
Hobbies/Interests: Jazzercise, watching lots of television and savoring a tasty bloody mary.
Pets: 2 year-old labrador named Loki and three indoor cats (Mrs. Whiskers, Henry and Coconut) and three outdoor cats (Fluff, Sparky, Lightning)
Cristina Perez (She, Her)
Public Health Department
How long have you been at Johnson County? I have worked at the county since February 2021.
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors? I want to help new staff feel welcomed and meet folks outside of my department. I think it is important to let people know what resources are available to them in order to get the most out of their time here at Johnson County.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy cooking new recipes, doing word searches and sudoku, watching tv shows/anime, painting, reading, going on walks, lifting and trying new outdoor activities (I recently went white water rafting in Colorado!).
Interesting Fact: I have 20 aunts and uncles (11 from my mother's side and 9 from my father's side) not including their spouses or other extended family. My family is huge and I love it. Majority of my family still lives in Mexico and when everyone gets together (during non-covid times) it quickly turns into a party!
Lakeshia Jackson (She, Her)
How long have you been at Johnson County? I started my journey here at the county in 2019.
Why did you join D&I Ambassadors? I joined D&I Ambassadors to connect with others inside and outside my department, to learn new perspectives as we all come from different walks of life.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy journaling, listening to audio books, learning how to make money work for me, listen to podcasts, family time and activities with my kids, I love nature so I enjoy the outdoors and living life to its fullest potential in my everyday learning!
Interesting Fact: I want to go parasailing
Jasmine Putnam (she, her)
How long have you been with the county? Since August of 2020
Why did you join the D&I Ambassadors? I joined to help be a part of positive change throughout Johnson County!
What are your hobbies/interest? I love trying new foods and restaurants; typically local places and hidden gems in cities.
Pets? I have a kitten named Cali and she’ll be three in January.
Interesting fact about you? My first day at Johnson County Public Health was the same day of the 2020 derecho!
Emily Fitzpatrick (she, her)
How long have you been with the county? Since September 2009
Why did you join the D&I Ambassadors? I love meeting new people and spreading kindness and good cheer! i heard I would get to make welcome cards for new employees, so that definitely won me over!
What are your hobbies/interest? I am an avid Snoopy collector! I have collected Peanuts since I was 10-years-old and have amassed a pretty amazing collection over the years. I also enjoy watching crime dramas, going to concerts (we’ve seen Pearl Jam four times; twice in Seattle!), shopping for secondhand clothes and accessories, and going to Iowa wrestling meets! I am the proverbial homebody, but I always love to share margaritas and chips and salsa with good friends.
Pets? My husband Brian and I have a 9 year-old beagle named Daisy and four cats named Izzie, Poppy, CeCe and Clifford. They are our babies!
Interesting fact about you? I flew to New York City by myself when I was 17 to meet some friends who lived just outside the city. I got to see four Broadway shows (I had one celebrity sighting in a theater -- Pat Sajak from Wheel of Fortune), and you could see me in the audience on David Letterman! I also got to meet Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart who starred in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!