North Central IPM Center Staff

Staff of the North Central IPM Center includes three co-directors and one communication specialist. The Center staff work closely with IPM coordinators from the North Central States: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. More detail about these coordinators can be found on the Partners page.


Staff List

Lynnae Jess

Michigan State University
Jess has been involved with the North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center since 2002, previously co-directing the center with the University of Illinois. Jess will manage the North Central IPM Center working groups and critical issues grant programs, as well as administer the center’s signature programs. She will also represent the center and its interests to regulatory agencies.


Laura Iles

Iowa State University
Iles assists Jess in administering the center’s competitive grant programs. She will also coordinate the centers’ pest alert publications and coordinate responses to pesticide usage information to the EPA, and coordinate regional crop profiles and pest management strategic plans. In addition to co-directing the North Central IPM Center, Iles directs Iowa State University’s Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic (PIDC). 


Daren Mueller

Iowa State University
Mueller acts in an advisory role to the North Central IPM Center. Mueller is an associate professor and extension plant pathologist at Iowa State University. He is also the coordinator of the ISU Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. Mueller’s main research interests involve understanding the biology and management of field crop diseases.


Jacqueline Pohl

Communications Specialist
Iowa State University
Pohl joined the North Central IPM Center in 2020. She manages the Center's communication and outreach efforts to promote IPM initiatives. Pohl communicates with regional project teams to create materials that increase visibility of their efforts and progress.


Center Address

Natural Science
288 Farm Lane, Room 132
East Lansing, MI 48824