Rod grew up on a Heritage farm near Sutliff, and attended K-12 in the Lisbon school system. He attended the University of Iowa, earning a BA in 1988. He has held several positions in the field of human services, including 6 years with the Department of Human Services and 4 years as Executive Director of the Arc of Johnson County.
Rod is married to Dr. Melissa Fath, a Research Scientist at the UI and a volunteer Pharmacist at the Free Medical Clinic. They
have 3 adult children-Rachel, Jordan, and BJ, and have served as foster parents for another 40+ children.
Rod has been active in many local organizations, including volunteering for the Shelter Overflow, Furniture Project, United Way,Community Foundation of Johnson County, Affordable Homes Coalition, Coalition for Racial Justice, UI Center for Disabilities and Development, Hoover PTA, City High Little Hawks Club, Yes for Kids Steering Committee, and the Batterer’s Education Program.
Rod is a member of several community organizations, including: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Iowa Foster & Adoptive
Parent Association, Sierra Club, Burr Oak Land Trust, Johnson County Historical Society, Johnson County Ag Association, Center for Worker Justice, ACLU Hawkeye Chapter, AFT Local 716, and NAMI. He also served 4 years as Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party.
Rod was recognized as the Heritage Area Agency on Aging Elected Official of the year for 2009.
In his free time, Rod enjoys reading, mushroom hunting, and following Hawkeye sports.