Meet the Staff
Gale Hoag - Administrative AssistantGale is a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church and resident of Iola. She is raising one daughter named Chloe with her husband, Steve and enjoys living only two blocks away from work. She has been working in the office for about four years now and enjoys the ability to keep the church organized and running smoothly. Contact Gale.
Kathleen McCollam - Organist/PianistKathleen serves as organist and accompanist for the chancel choir. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Pittsburg State University and Master of Music in Piano Performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. She teaches preschool through advanced students in her private studio at the church. Her students participate regularly in recitals, festivals and contests. Several of her students have graduated from college with music degrees and are teaching music in public schools. In her “free time,” Kathleen plays the Celtic harp at social gatherings. Contact Kathleen.
Diana Asher - Video Technician/"Jack of All Trades"Diana Asher is married to Bill Asher and has three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is a former educator and for 33 years taught elementary education, was a principal at two elementary schools and then became Vice Principal at the Iola Middle School. She is currently retired and spends many hours volunteering. The places she volunteers the most are the Bowlus Fine Arts & Cultural Center, the First Presbyterian Church and the Iola Public Library. At the Bowlus she helps in the office, helps with the cultural attractions, and is President of the Friends of the Bowlus. At the library, she helps with book sales. As a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Iola, Kansas, she has volunteered for many jobs. She has been a Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Deacon Moderator, VBS teacher, Secretary, Choir member, Financial Secretary, and is presently an Elder, Sunday Soups Coordinator, Soups table decorator and Video technician. Her hobbies are reading and working on the computer. Contact Diana.
William Wall - Webcast and Sound TechnicianWilliam is one of the Web Technicians at First Presbyterian Church in Iola, Kansas. His job is to manage both the soundboard and live stream during worship and other events. A lifelong church attendant, William's main hobbies are playing video games and walking outdoors. He also works at Sunday Soups which is a free meal service provided by the Presbyterian church. William currently lives in Iola and is attending nearby Allen Community College.
Daniel Wall - Webcast and Sound TechnicianDaniel is a 17-year-old teenager living in Iola. He manages both the soundboard and live stream service of Worship, Funerals, etc. Daniel's main hobbies are programming and rhythm-based video games. He also works at Sunday Soups for whatever is needed. He is currently homeschooled. Contact Daniel.
A&J Cleaning - Aimee and Jeff Callway - CustodiansAimee and Jeff have been keeping our church in working order for many years. They are very busy people, each holding a full-time job aside from their cleaning business! Aimee works in Customer Service at Advantage Computers in Iola and Jeff works in maintenance at Tramec Sloan in Iola. They have been married for 32 years and have one daughter together. Along with their A&J Cleaning staff, they have been keeping the church in tip top shape for 25+ years! Contact Aimee and Jeff.
April Hudson - Clerk of Session
April Hudson is our clerk of Session and has been a church member over 30 years. This is her second term as clerk we are so grateful for her particular attention to detail and the great work she does!!
April is an Elder and Deacon, and has also served as Moderator of the Deacons. She’s a former choir and bell choir member, has taught Sunday school for many years, and done work with the youth group, Angelfood Ministries and Sunday Soups. Before he passed away in 2014, her husband Rick was also a member and served on the Board of Deacons. She currently has two dogs (the girls) and a cat (Bubba) at home.
Ed Miller - Treasurer of SessionEd is a life long member of this church having been a member for over seventy years. He is a retired apparel manufacturing executive. Over the years he has served as a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, Financial Secretary, Session member, Deacons member and has run the sound board. Ed is married to Betty. They have 5 children and nine grandchildren. They lost their youngest daughter to cancer in 1984. For years he played tennis with a group that was mostly Presbyterians. His hobbies now are usually health related and being a Jayhawk basketball fan. Contact Ed.
Jay Kretzmeier - Financial Secretary of Session and Treasurer of Deacons
The Financial Secretary position serves to deposit most all funds coming into the church, tracks stewardship records, accounts for gifts and memorials, and transfers remaining operating funds over to the Church Treasurer. Jay is a local public accountant who joined the church as a young adult, and married his wife Terri who also grew up in the church. With membership soon approaching fifty years Jay has served as a Presbytery Delegate to Synod, as Commissioner to Presbytery, Clerk of Session, as well as terms as Deacon, Elder, and Treasurer. He acknowledges his musical limitations, but finds his participation in the church choir very rewarding. Jay and Terri have two daughters and are soon to be first time grandparents. Bicycling has become a favorite Summer pastime for him along with maintaining the Southwind Railtrail with other local volunteers.
Rich Banz - Moderator of DeaconsRich is retired. He was a teacher in Manhattan, Kansas for ten years. He was a middle-school and high school principal for twenty years. He retired in his mid-fifties and worked as a technician for ten years for Sonic Equipment Company. Rich has served the church as a deacon and an elder. He was involved with Angel Food Ministries and participated in several mission trips to Mexico. He has worked on many local mission projects, also.
Sally Huskey - Sunday SoupsSally is retired, having worked for 25 years at Southeast Kansas Library System in Iola. She has been a member of First Presbyterian Church for the past 35 years. She is an ordained elder and has served as Church Secretary, Clerk of Session, and a member of the Board of Deacons as well as singing in the Chancel Choir and directing the Handbell Choir for 30 years. She presently oversees the work of Sunday Soups and volunteers at the Iola Community Food Pantry.