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Our Leadership

Josh Cobbs

Josh is a married to Tina, and together they have three children.  Their 12 year old son was diagnosed with autism at a young age.  “Our son has a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh.”  A longtime advocate for individuals with autism, Josh twice provided testimony to The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the US Senate Appropriations Committee.

Serving as Chairperson of the Iowa Autism Council from its inception, Josh works with key stakeholders to provide recommendations to better the lives of Iowans.  Josh also serves on the boards of Iowa Association for Behavior Analysis, (Iowa ABA) and The University of Iowa’s Autism Clinic.  Josh has worked on state, national and international issues with a myriad of advocacy groups.  Josh gives presentations to a wide range of groups about the need for system changes and how to stay positive after diagnosis.

Cathy E. Clark

Cathy has twenty plus years in the Purchasing/Supply Chain field, and is currently the Director of Purchasing at Sabre Towers and Poles in Sioux City.  Previously she spent more than 12 years at Gateway and during this time was a graduate of Leadership Sioux City.

Cathy attended North High School, and graduated from the University of Iowa.  She is married to Alan, and has one daughter Elizabeth who attends the University of Northern Iowa.  However, she plans to transfer to Morningside College in the fall.

Cathy has family and friends who have been touched by autism, and she is concerned about the impact this will have on future grandchildren.  Cathy has been involved with various non-profit causes over the last twenty years.

Rob Heller

Currently Principal at IBC Insurance, Rob is poised to bring his compassion and understanding of the challenges and hurdles families with autism and other spectrum challenges experience daily.  His involvement is personal as both his daughter Katie (18) and a nephew Mathew (12) have been diagnosed with ASD.  Rob has been involved with several non-profit causes over the last twenty years.

Rob started in the insurance industry in 2006.  He is licensed in both P&C and Life & Health.    Prior to 2006, Rob founded several technology companies working with Gateway for six years and worked in sales for Gateway for the eleven previous years.

Rob attended Lawton Bronson High School and Briar Cliff College before graduating from the University of Northern Iowa.  He is married to Angie and has two children that attended Bishop Heelan Schools and one at Dakota Valley High School.  Rob is very active in his church and children’s various activities.

Sarah Kleber

Sarah is the mother of two young boys.  She is also a partner at the Heidman Law Firm, L.L.P. in Sioux City, Iowa.  Her practice interests include employment and municipal law, workers’ compensation and legal issues in higher education.  She grew up in rural northwest Iowa and returned to the area to live and raise her family after obtaining degrees from Drake University and Washington and Lee School of Law.  She is actively involved in her church, parent teacher association, and several committees of the Sioux City School District.  She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.  Sarah is interested in actively engaging in work that will positively impact families and efforts to make our community a supportive and enriching environment for individuals and families, including several friends and family members, who are directly affected by autism.

Chris Liberto

Chris is a native Nebraskan who traveled the country and world as a result of growing  up in an Air Force family.  The cornhusker state was always home, so much so that he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Chris graduated from UNL in December of 2003 after earning a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.  He enjoyed nearly a decade of on-air experience as both a news and sports anchor and reporter.  Most of his career was spent on Channel 9 KCAU TV in Sioux City.

Chris now spends his time at City Hall as the Organization Lead for the Blue Zones Project, a nationwide well-being initiative that began in Sioux City in January of 2013.  His current job allows him to promote a healthier lifestyle in work sites, restaurants and grocery stores.

In his spare time, Chris loves being with his family.  Chris and his wife, Jenna welcomed their first child, Hunter in September of 2011.  They say he added excitement to a house that was previously run by their two dogs, Reilly & Emmy.

 Tony “Michaels” Michalski


Tony was born and raised in Omaha and has been a Sioux City resident since 1997.  He received a Bachelor of Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska and is the Program Director and Morning Show host at Powell Broadcasting’s KSUX 105.7.  Tony is married to Shana and has two children Trey (8) and Beau (6).  His oldest is on the Autism Spectrum and has a smile that can light up a room.  Conversely, his youngest is one of the most compassionate little guys you’ll ever meet.


 Jan Turbes

Jan Turbes is a Challenging Behavior and Autism Specialist with Northwest Area Education for the past 26 years. During her professional career she has served on the Autism Society of Iowa , Siouxland Autism , and ARC boards. She currently serves on the Iowa Autism Council appointed by the Governor.

She has an B.A. in Special Education and Elementary Education from Clarke University in Dubuque IA. and a M.A. in Special Education from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. She is currently in her fourth year of working with Dr. David Wacker ( Iowa City)  and the Dept. of Education with the Challenging Behaviors project.

Jan has presented various topics in relation to Autism and Challenging Behaviors;  locally,  nationally and internationally.  She is currently pursuing a national certification in the field.  Jan has made Sioux City her home for the past 35 years. She is married to Gary and have two adult children.

Paul Olson

paulPaul Olson is the Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and directs the Center for Justice at Briar Cliff University.  He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nebraska and has been at Briar Cliff since 2005.  He and his wife, Teresa, have three daughters and have lived in Sioux City for the past eight years.




Kandy Pottebaum

KandyKandy is married to Marty; together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.  Born and raised in Sioux City Kandy has worked 35 years at Mercy Medical Center at various positions.  Currently she is a Pre-Service Rep. working with insurance.

Kandy is the past President of the Iowa State Police Association Auxiliary, past President of Sioux City Police Association Auxiliary, and past Commodore of Rivercade and is actively serving in other organizations.  Kandy has family members who have been affected by autism. She desires to promote awareness and support for other families dealing with autism.