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Meet the ROCIA Staff

Elaine Carlson

Director of Membership & Finance

I was raised on a farm in Montgomery County, graduating from Villisca, Iowa. I am married to Kerry Carlson who was born and raised in Red Oak. A month after we were married, we started our journey by transferring around the state with Kerry’s job. We have been married 30 years and have three grown children. Our older two live in other cities, so it’s a joyous time when we can all be together as it doesn’t happen very often.

One of my favorites memories of when my children were younger is how they would react as the great big orange pumpkin on the hill came into sight when we were traveling home for a visit. They knew that no matter what direction we were coming from, that we were almost to Grandma’s house. As each grew older, they learned that the pumpkin was really the Red Oak water tower. In 2009, twenty-one years later, we had the opportunity to move back “home” and have been so happy to be here and involved in our community again!

Ashley Soat

Events and Marketing Coordinator

I grew up here, in Red Oak, Iowa. I graduated from Red Oak Community High School in 2013. After high school I attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I studied psychology, history and sociology. While at Coe I was very involved; serving on student senate for 4 year, being a member of many clubs and organizations, as well as an officer in my sorority. I met my husband, Eric while at college. We spent 3 years living in Des Moines. In April of 2020 we welcomed our first child, Aria. After having her we decided to move to Red Oak so we could raise our daughter closer to family, and in a small community.

I am very happy to be back home! I truly love this community and am looking forward to growing and raising a family here. I am very proud of Red Oak and all that we have to offer. I am eager to work with the community and promote all of the wonderful amenities Red Oak has to offer.