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Meet the Foundation 2 Board of Directors

Hollie Trenary

Board President

Cedar Rapids Public Library


After being introduced to Foundation 2 last year I knew I had to get involved. This organization is a critical resource in our community that more people need to know about and pay attention to. Not only does the organization do great things but they do them for the people most in need of support in our community. I am committed to support the team at Foundation 2 and further the mission “to be a trusted, compassionate resource for people in crisis” so no person ever feels alone or without options.

Heather Ries

Board Vice-President

Regional Medical Center


I learned of Foundation 2 through the recent regionalization of mental health services from an individual county-level to a combined region in the state of Iowa.  I serve as a Chief Nursing Officer of a rural critical access hospital.  We learned of Foundation 2’s Mobile Crisis Outreach and are excited about the possibility of expanding this service into our rural area.  Like in the larger cities, rural Iowa is constantly challenged to meet the needs of our mental health patients.  I am honored to represent rural Iowa on the Foundation 2 Board. 

Joseph Conway

Interim Treasurer

US Bank


I think that Foundation 2 provides an invaluable and underappreciated service to the community.  Crisis can strike any person at any time, and unfortunately crisis often affects the vulnerable members of our community who do not have the resources to appropriately handle it.  It is easy to take an organization like Foundation 2 for granted, but for many of the people that the staff and volunteers of Foundation assist, it is essential.  I want to support Foundation 2's mission and am proud to serve on the board.

Heather Akers

Giving Tree Theater

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Lary Belman


I joined the Foundation 2 Board because I value the work the agency does to improve the lives of people in crisis.  Before retiring, both as a therapist and administrator, I provided counseling services similar to those of Foundation 2.  Thus, Board service gives me the opportunity to continue to utilize my professional expertise, in an advisory way now, toward the betterment of people's lives.  Service to others, satisfaction and fulfillment for myself: this is the essence of why I joined the Foundation2 Board.

Jade Groen

Rockwell Collins


I am inspired by the work that Foundation 2 does to help those in need in our community.  As a mother of 2, I feel a special connection to the helping hand that Foundation 2 is able to provide to the youth of Cedar Rapids.  I am honored to be a part of the Board of Directors for this organization and I hope that I am able to utilize my network at Rockwell Collins to increase our reach and impact in Cedar Rapids.

Eric Hearn
Mount Mercy University


In 2006 I was looking for a non-profit board on which to serve and Foundation 2 had an opening.  While I didn’t know much about the organization before joining, I have come to learn the important role that Foundation 2 plays in the community.  I also gained a better understanding of the challenge that non-profits face in funding the much needed services they provide.  I am glad to be a part of an organization that assists for vulnerable youth and families in our community.

Kayla Lyftogt

Coe College


As the Director of Community Engagement at Coe College, I am happy to serve on the Foundation 2 board as a representative of the Coe-Foundation 2 connection.  I believe there are many unique and interesting ways that our organizations can partner together and build capacity for the community.  I also look forward to utilizing my other community connections and relationships in my new role on the board.

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena

Ramsey-Kacena Law


I joined the Foundation 2 Board because I have had the opportunity to see the benefit Foundation 2 provides to the community.  I have worked with many families in juvenile court, some of which had children placed at the Foundation 2 Youth Shelter.  I have always been impressed with the rapport that staff has with the children and with the level of care the children receive.  I have also had an opportunity to see the benefit provided by the mobile crisis outreach unit.  There have been many families who have been able to use this service to avoid a hospital stay and to diffuse a tense situation.  The administration and staff at Foundation 2 are committed to helping families in crisis.  This is more than just a mission statement; it is a way of life at Foundation 2.  I am proud to be a member of the Board and to help continue to support this organization.

Lee Swanson

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Alex Trunnell
True North Companies

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