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Katie Smith
Team Leader

Hey! I'm Katie! I joined staff with Cru in 2004 after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in History and Secondary Education. Through Cru at Iowa State, I learned what it truly meant to have a daily relationship with Jesus and live for Him. My time on staff has included serving at our global partnership location in France, serving at the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities area, and co-leading at Iowa State University prior to leading the team here in Iowa City. In my spare time I love to bake, craft, spend time with friends and family, and watch football.


I currently direct the ministry in the state of Iowa and help give vision to the staff team. I lead at the University of Iowa and coach staff and volunteers as they lead on campuses across Iowa. I enjoy living life with students and I'm excited to get to know new students. 


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Kristi Noreen
New Staff

Hey everyone! My name is Kristi, and I am on staff with Cru! I joined staff in 2019 and moved to Iowa in 2021. I am originally from Bemidji, Minnesota, a small town in northern Minnesota. I went to school at the University of North Dakota, and I have a degree in Psychology. When I was in college, the Lord used the ministry of Cru in many significant ways in my life. I learned more about how to follow Jesus, how to read Scripture, how to share the good news of the gospel with others, and so many other things that have made a huge impact on my relationship with Jesus.

I love being on staff and getting to see and be a part of people starting their relationship with Jesus, growing in their walk with Him and seeing them share who He is with others. I am so thankful for all God has done and I am excited to see all He will continue to do here in Iowa.

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Ally Scholten
1st-year Intern

Hello! My name is Ally Scholten, and I just graduated from the University of Iowa! I am now trusting the Lord to serve with the Greater Iowa Cru team because I want to see college students encounter the Lord. I love to process life, spiritually and Jesus with people. Been part of Cru throughout college--as a student leader, on Summer Mission to North Myrtle Beach, and on a Vision trip to East Asia.

In my free time, I enjoy reading (12 books currently, haha), playing sports, laughing, rollerblading, pranking (shhh), and making homemade pizza! There's more, but what that's for another day. Very thankful to get to serve students and make Jesus known, in Iowa, and around the whole world.

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