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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!

Jamie Carland
AQR/Hen & Chicks Studio 

Jamie splits her time between these two businesses!  Her enthusiasm for all things creative is amazing and rubs off on you!

I love being a Gamma/Gram to twins! Jacob and Lucy are so much fun and I enjoy every minute I get with them. I am now excited for December to get here as I am expecting a new little granddaughter SLOANE to arrive!!! 

I also love to be creative with my business called Momma Likes. I love to be creative with jewelry, furniture and pretty much anything crafty. Working at Hen and Chicks Studio allows me to keep my creative juices flowing now all day long!!!!

Favorite flower:  Pink Carnation, although I do enjoy a few good roses too.
Fun Fact:  I like to hunt on the family farm with my husband. You hired a professional artist to paint portrait of my chickens.
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. 

Our three children are now all in college; Austin at UNI, Jenna at Iowa State (she also designs products for Hen & Chicks Studio), & Coby at NIACC.  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
AQR/Hen & Chicks Studio/Bookkeeper

Kelly not only has great skills in sewing, quilting, and being creative - she is also excellent with numbers!  A great addition to our staff, we know you will enjoy getting to know Kelly! 

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.


Lizzie Garber
Hen & Chicks Studio Student Tutor

I am a a senior at BCLUW High School where I am actively involved with volleyball, basketball, track and other student activities.  Currently I am exploring options for plans after high school. Outside of school activities, I like to hang out with friends.  I am the only daughter of Matt & Kristen and have 3 brothers.

Fun Fact:  I was part of the 1A State champion Shuttle hurdle team.
Favorite 'flower':  succulents


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

Virginia Kaisand
Hen & Chicks Studio/Twin Creations

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!
Goldie Kaisand
Hen & Chicks Studio/Twin Creations

They are the heart and soul of the store on many days and keep us hopping with their laughter and questions.  They are also the co-owners of our exclusive Twin Creations bags.