Senior Program Manager
21CCLC Monitoring and Support Manager
Crystal Hall joined the SPPG Team in August of 2019 after spending nearly 20 years in the non-profit and human service world.
Crystal graduated from HLV-Victor High School in 1995 and then attended Mount Mercy College (now University) in Cedar Rapids. She graduated from Mount Mercy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Criminal Justice, and History. She immediately started working for the GTE phone company as a calling card fraud investigator and a part-time umpire for both softball and baseball. Soon Crystal was given the opportunity to find new employment due to a corporate merger that resulted in layoffs. She went back to her rural roots and worked for a short time in the office of a fertilizer company calculating the amount of anhydrous needed for corn and bushel per acre of soybeans. During this time, an opportunity with the Sixth Judicial District opened up and Crystal found herself back at HLV as the Juvenile Court School Liaison. In this position, Crystal assisted young people to complete their requirements set by the court and to make better choices. Thankfully, Crystal never had more than a few juvenile cases at any given time so the school also designated her the At-Risk Coordinator. In this position, Crystal started an afterschool homework help group, hosted drug and alcohol prevention programs, engaged youth in community service learning opportunities, coordinated job fairs, kicked off a summer program, and initiated other teacher needed classroom supports to help students succeed. After three years in this role, she found herself again seeking employment due to state budget cuts. She then applied for a position as a Sexual Health Educator with Young Parents Network (now YPN) and spent the next 17 years with this agency moving up through the ranks to Senior Director. During her time at YPN, Crystal was asked to coordinate the 21stCentury Community Learning Center grant held by YPN’s collaborative partner, YouthPort. Crystal found that this was work she very much enjoyed so when the Monitoring and Support Manager position came up to work with all 21st Century sites across the state in partnership with the Iowa Afterschool Alliance, she jumped at the chance.
Crystal has been married to her husband Robert for 22 years and they were able to purchase her Grandparent’s acreage located just west of Victor where they have now lived for 15 years. On this acreage they raise hogs and chickens for butcher, and ducks for fun. They have raised two girls – Josie, a freshman at Iowa State University studying animal sciences with the intention of becoming a veterinarian, and Ashlyn, a sophomore at HLV who plans to explore the world of American Sign Language after graduation. Both girls are very active in their respective schools by participating in sports, music, art, band, and various clubs and organizations. Robert is the Director of Maintenance and Grounds at Brooklyn Community Estates – a local nursing home – and is the owner of his own business, Hall’s Handyman Service. The Hall family is very close spending lots of time outdoors together tending their large garden and canning the results of that garden, grilling and having a family game night, or fishing in their pond (though you’ll find Crystal with a book in her hand instead of a pole).
Crystal’s hobbies and interests include reading, watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball and Green Bay Packer football as well as cheering on the Hawkeyes and Cyclones (and is a firm believer that when you are from Iowa, you should cheer for both), sampling craft beer, cooking, watching movies, and volunteering in her community.