Sarah Ziegenhorn

Executive Director and Co-founder

Sarah Ziegenhorn is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC). As Executive Director she oversees the organization’s community outreach, overdose prevention, legislative advocacy, and harm reduction education programs, as well as development and evaluation. Sarah has worked with people who use drugs for over six years, including with the Washington, D.C. syringe service program HIPS.  Before founding IHRC, she was the Special Assistant to the President and Research Associate with the Washington, D.C. health policy think tank, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She has an extensive background in public health and health care policy research, project management, communications; and fundraising, grant writing, grant administration and evaluation. Sarah graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Geography and Community Health. She is currently an M.D. candidate at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where her research interests include ethnography, women’s health care disparities, and substance use during pregnancy. Sarah is the recipient of the 2017 U.S. Public Health Service “Excellence in Public Health” award. She is also a native Iowan, growing up both on her family’s farm near Muscatine, IA and in Iowa City. Sarah is a yoga teacher (200-RYT) and lives in Iowa City with her partner and her dog, Callie.

Jonathan Birdsall

Legislative Advocacy Director

Jonathan Birdsall is the Legislative Advocacy Director at IHRC. Since March of 2017, he has been traveling the state of Iowa to educate legislators on a bipartisan bill that would legalize syringe exchange programs – an evidence-based public health policy that would not only reduce the rapidly increasing rates of Hepatitis C Virus infections attributed to sharing needles, but also link those that are suffering from addiction into treatment. He will continue to implement IHRC’s legislative strategy by organizing Iowans to show their support for this bill during the legislative session. He has called Iowa his home since 2010. During that time he has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Iowa, conducted research at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and worked as an EMT. He is currently an M.D. candidate at the Carver College of Medicine. Jonathan is hopeful that the Iowa Legislature will take action this year to join 33 other states that have implemented syringe exchange already as a means of keeping their citizens healthy.

Jared Krauss

Outreach Team Leader

Jared Krauss is a photographer and writer based out of Iowa City. At IHRC, he is an outreach team leader, interviews new volunteers, leads volunteer trainings and provides communications support. Jared is a native of Knoxville, Iowa and a graduate of the University of Iowa, with a B.A. in International Studies and Religious Studies, with a concentration in modern Middle East studies and early Islamic studies.

Nora Kopping

Outreach Team Leader

Nora Kopping is a student in the Master of Health Administration program in the College of Public Health. She has a longstanding interest in public health, and has worked in a variety of community health settings including refugee resettlement, an Arab feminist organization in Israel, and behavioral health care. Prior to getting her Master’s degree, Nora worked as a case manager for women in substance abuse treatment. Through this work, she witnessed the transformative impact of non-judgmental services that meet clients “where they’re at” and became passionate about harm reduction. As a future administrator, Nora hopes to work within health care organizations to promote the delivery of person-centered, empowering health care services.

Tyler Reha-Klenske

Outreach Team Leader

Tyler Reha-Klenske is an outreach team leader and coordinates IHRC’s opioid overdose prevention program. He wants to see naloxone in the hands of law enforcers, corrections officers, school nurses, and people who use drugs, along with their friends and family. Born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, Tyler is a member of Quad Cities Harm Reduction and IHRC’s annual harm reduction summit planning committee. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and an M.D. candidate at the Carver College of Medicine. Tyler lives in Iowa City with his wife, Briana, where he writes too much, fights too little, and thinks that people using drugs deserve to be alive and happy and safe.

Dennis Brown

Outreach Specialist, Cedar Rapids

Dennis Brown is a professional cook, a native Mainer, and a Cedar Rapids resident. He previously worked at the Mission of Hope shelter and has spent time living both inside and outside. Dennis believes that every person’s life is worthwhile and regularly administers naloxone to reverse overdoses of folks in the Cedar Rapids community.

Deborah Krauss

Outreach Volunteer, Central Iowa

Deborah Krauss is a South Central Iowa business owner and single mom, who has been clean for 12 years. She promotes positive community engagement by empowering citizens through her humanitarian and environmental activism. She spends her free time traveling, creating different kinds of arts, meditating, learning, and mentoring others.