AEA Purchasing

Meet the Staff

Robert Vittengl, Ph.D
AEA Purchasing 
Executive Director
Dr. Vittengl is a former Superintendent of Schools and Chief Administrator of Keystone Area Education Agency in Elkader, Iowa.He was the chair of the IEC Operations Committee for 8 years and has served as the IEC Executive Director since 2011.
Jerry Cochrane
AEA Purchasing 


Jerry has worked in the AEA system since 1978 and for AEA Purchasing since 2002. He works with the AEA Media Directors on statewide purchases and his main focus is technology, library and software. 

Joni Puffett
AEA Purchasing 
563.922.2299 ext. 6130
Joni has a degree in Communications and has worked for AEA Purchasing since 2009. She handles most of AEA Purchasing's contracts and involvement with AEPA. She also oversees many daily operational tasks, vendor sales and reporting and marketing efforts.

Laurie Hoing, CPPB
AEA Purchasing
515.270.0405 ext. 14024
Laurie has a Degree from ISU in Elementary Education.  She worked for the State of Iowa for 18 years - 12 years as a Purchasing Agent.  Laurie earned the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation through the UPPCC.  She joined AEA Purchasing in 2015 and coordinates technology related contracts.
Dan Dreyer
AEA Purchasing
Food Program Director
Dan has been managing the statewide food program since 1999. He primarily focuses on bid cycles, 'Back to School' shows, committee meetings and vendor audits.

Meg E. Brink, RD, LD
AEA Purchasing
Food Program Consultant
1.800.632.5918 ext. 1321

Meg has degrees in Dietetics and Spanish from Iowa State University.  She is a registered and licensed dietitian with foodservice and education experience in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals and long-term care facilities.  She serves as the Food Program Consultant for the food division of AEA Purchasing.
  Marie Hills
AEA Purchasing
Administrative Assistant
Marie has worked for AEA Purchasing since 2002.  She handles the everyday clerical and administrative duties of the food division. 
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About AEA Purchasing
AEA Purchasing facilitates a voluntary purchasing program to help Iowa schools and other eligible entities save time and money. AEA Purchasing is an initiative of the Iowa Association of Area Education Agencies (IAAEA). Our goal is to combine the purchasing power of Iowa schools to offer aggressive pricing on materials, goods and services through a competitive bid process. AEA Purchasing is also a member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA), a multi-state non-profit organization of educational service agencies that works to leverage purchasing power to enable all schools and agencies, regardless of size, to purchase at equal buying levels.

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