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Welcome to Hen & Chicks Studio Staff page!!!! 

We want you to get to know the people you 'see' as well as those who are working behind the scenes.  We have a great team that works hard to make sure we are giving our customers the best experiences, inspiration, and service!

Heidi Kaisand
AQR/Hen & Chicks Studio, Owner

After a nearly 30-year professional quilting career, and more than 40 years of crafting (including being a 10-year 4H member), owner, Heidi Kaisand, decided to combine her experience and passion for inspiring creativity in others into a new business venture. Heidi indulges her creative spirit at Hen & Chicks Studio by helping individuals and groups succeed at quilting, scrap booking, and other art forms.

When Heidi's not working, she loves to spend time with her family (Jeff, Henry 16, Virginia and Goldie 13), sewing and scrap booking as often as possible.

Favorite Flower:  Iris
Hobbies:  All things creative!

Jami Willett
Hen & Chicks Studio/Longarm

Jami is active in the customer service, helps instruct our longarm certification classes, assists longarmers, & many things technology related.

It's dejavu to be working at Hen & Chicks Studio!  My mother was the previous co-owner of the Conrad General Store. I love the opportunity to help others be creative at Hen & Chicks Studio who in turn inspire me. After graduating from Iowa State (Go Cyclones!) I was a Fine Arts teacher in the Chicago suburbs until the birth of our oldest son.  For over 20 years I have also worked for BCLUW in many roles including Show Choir Director, Cheer Coach, Technology Assistant and substitute teacher. 

I have two sons (Austin & Coby) and a daughter Jenna (who happens to be the graphic designer of our Hen & Chicks gear!)   We love camping at the Iowa State Fair and spending time at Rathbun Lake with our extended family! 

Fun Fact:  I tried the circus trapeze....more practical though - I play the piano.
Favorite Flower:  Yellow Rose 

Kelly Collins
Hen & Chicks Studio

Kelly not only has great skills in sewing, quilting, and being creative - she is a busy mom of 3.  Kelly is active in family farming, taking her daughter Erin to show horses, all things 4H and everything else to keep up with a daughter and two sons (who you may occasionally see helping at the studio) 

Stacey Stover
Hen & Chicks Studio
Stacey is fun addition to the studio.  If you are coming to the NEST for a retreat, you will talk to Stacey.  Stacey is also active in customer service on the studio floor and all things creative that happen at Hen & Chicks Studio.

Stacy is an active mom of three: Lincoln, Kalia, & Maysa, a community volunteer and much more.  She & her husband, Kurt, reside in rural Conrad.




Virginia Kaisand
Hen & Chicks Studio

The dynamic duo that we all love and adore!  Creative in every way, these girls are also very knowledgeable with all aspects of keeping the store running!  They are excellent at quilting and running the longarm alike.   



Goldie Kaisand
Hen & Chicks Studio

These girls keep the hopping with their laughter and questions.  Our customers enjoy having these wonderful young ladies assist them.  

Stephanie Unruh
Hen & Chicks Studio Samples & Kits

Steph is a master at putting our kits together!  Many of the samples we have in the store have been sewn by Steph.

Steph is the mother of two boys & is completing the huge undertaking of constructed a new home.


Bailey Ashton
Hen & Chicks Studio

Bailey is quickly learning all aspects of the studio.  She primarily works with our website and inventory but is also becoming more confident with all things creative that happen at Hen & Chicks Studio.  

Bailey is a student at UNI studying Business.

Allison Engle
Hen & Chicks Studio Student Tutor

We are thrilled to have Allison join us as part of the work/study program at BCLUW.  Allison spends time everyday assisting with all things around the studio.  Allison is also an accomplished student athlete and is planning to go into nursing following graduation.
Cameron Bergman
Hen & Chicks Studio Student Tutor

Cameron has been helping at Hen & Chicks Studio even before being one of our student tutors!  Cameron assists in all ways around the studio in customer service, computer work, and all things that happen behind the scenes.  


Jeri Splittgerber
Hen & Chicks Studio

Jeri is the voice you may hear on the phone!  She takes spectacular care of our retreaters in the Nest as she quilts along beside them at our Come Create with Heidi retreats and also helps us stay in touch with you our customers!


Grace Stufflebeam
Hen & Chicks Studio Social Media

I am currently attending the University of Iowa with a double major in Business Management & Marketing.  In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends & family, shopping, baking, going to Yoga classes and traveling.

Fun Fact:  I don't like chocolate.

Favorite Flower:  White Rose