Region 6 Planning Staff



Marty Wymore, Executive Director

Marty has been the Executive Director of the Region 6 Planning Commission since August 1991. He is involved in community and economic development, housing, transportation, public transit, disaster and infrastructure grant writing, grant administration, and general administration.

Marty has an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Iowa, and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Drake University. He is originally from Agency, Iowa but has spent over twenty years in Marshalltown with Region 6. Marty has a wife and two children. While not at work, Marty likes to bicycle, hike, and spend time with family.


Donna Sampson, Senior Planner  

Donna has been a planner at the Region 6 Planning Commission since 2006. She has worked in the community planning field since 2003, as the Director of the Main Street program in State Center, Iowa until she joined Region 6. She is involved in community and economic development, historic preservation, transportation, housing, and grant writing.

Donna grew up near Greenfield, Iowa and graduated from Greenfield High School.  After living in Tucson, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia, she returned to her rural roots to live and work in Iowa’s small communities. Her educational background includes a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Georgia State University, an MA in Applied Anthropology, and an MCRP in Community and Regional Planning both from Iowa State University. Donna has two children, seven grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and a Chocolate Labrador name Harley.


Mike Wentzien, Housing Specialist

Mike has been the primary Housing Specialist at the Region 6 Planning Commission since 2001. He administers the majority of Region 6’s housing programs along with completing inspections, and other housing-related activities.

He is a lifetime resident of Gladbrook except four years while attending the University of Iowa from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business. He has served as a Mayor, City Councilman, and County Supervisor. He has also managed a farm operation and owned and operated a hardware store. While not at work, Mike enjoys food preparation, entertaining friends, following the Hawkeyes, spending time with his wife Sara, their three married children and spouses, and eight grandchildren.

         Mark Newberg, Housing Specialist                      

Mark started his career here at Region 6 in 2014 as a Housing Specialist with primary duties including administering housing programs, inspecting homes, lead testing and historic preservation. Mark also performs a wide variety of duties such as Davis Bacon compliance, Environmental Studies, and Grant Writing. He is a graduate of Upper Iowa University with degrees in both accounting and business management.

Mark and his wife Lori are longtime residents of Lynnville, Iowa where he currently serves on the city council and is the president of a local chapter of a worldwide motorcycle organization. Mark enjoys hunting, fishing, motorcycling, volunteering and camping.  Mark and Lori have two adult daughters, two dogs, and two sons in law.



Pam Fuller, Administrative Support

Pam has worked in Administrative Support at the Region 6 Planning Commission since 1998. She specializes is general administrative support including bookkeeping, billing, payroll, and basically keeping the office from falling apart! Pam also assists Peoplerides in ride scheduling and dispatch.

Pam grew up in Albion and attended Marshalltown schools. Before working at Region 6, she worked as a clerk and ambulance dispatcher at the Unity Point Marshalltown Hospital (formally MMSC) for sixteen years. Pam and her husband Gene have three children and eight grandchildren. While not at work, Pam enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating and fishing at her home on Lake Ponderosa, campfires, and cooking.