Meet the Staff

James Martin-Schramm

Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities, Professor of Religion

Jim Martin-Schramm is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities, a Professor of Religion, and coordinates the Energy and Climate Program for the Center for Sustainable Communities. He provides oversight to all areas of sustainability at Luther as well as working to expand the Center's outreach to the community and region. He recently completed a term of service on the board of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and is currently chair of the board of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light and the Winneshiek Energy District. He also serves as Secretary of Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC. Jim joined the Religion faculty of Luther College in 1993. Most of his research has focused on ethics and public policy. He is the author or co-author of four books including Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy (Fortress Press, 2010). He holds a doctorate in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Learn more about Jim Martin-Schramm.

Chris Frantsvog

Sustainability Coordinator

Chris Frantsvog is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Center for Sustainable Communities. A longtime sustainability enthusiast, Chris began the Winneshiek County recycling program and coordinated it for over a decade. He has held positions with Polk County, Iowa (Des Moines) in sustainability and public health. He is also a practicing spiritual director and a tree farm owner/operator. Chris received a BA in English from Luther College and a Master of Public Administration from Drake University.

Jon Jensen

Professor of Philosophy

Jon Jensen is a faculty member in Environmental Studies. Jensen has been a member of the board of directors for AASHE and on the steering committee for UMACS (the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability). He works to promote sustainability in the curriculum at Luther, in the Midwest, and throughout the country and teaches courses on Environmental Philosophy, Food and the Environment, Environmental Leadership, and Sustainable Communities. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Ann Mansfield

Project Director, Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative

Ann Mansfield is the project director of the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. She works with grass-roots leaders to create healthier communities by integrating organizational learning and systems thinking principles. This work is guided by a regional shared vision for increased access to local, healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. Ann has 35 years of experience in health care and facilitation utilizing process improvement, multidisciplinary teams and systems leadership to achieve desired outcomes. Ann was an inaugural member of the America Walks Walking College Fellows program in 2015. Her degrees include BA-Nursing from Luther College and MSN from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Haleisa Johnson

Early Childhood Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness

Haleisa Johnson is Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative‘s Early Childhood Coordinator. A Winona State University graduate, she has experience in healthcare environments and healthy lifestyle education. She is working with Luther College of Sustainability, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Iowa Association of Education for Young Children and other local early childhood partners to increase opportunities for active play and healthy eating for our youngest population and their families.

Mara Mergens

Sustainability Temp