Foundation 2 is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of individuals from throughout the community. Meet the current board of directors below!
Board of Directors
Marion 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 supporting the team at Foundation 2 and furthering the mission “to be a trusted, compassionate resource for people in crisis” so no person ever feels alone or without options.
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.
Foundation 2 provides families in our community with supportive services in times of crisis. When my brother died by suicide 13 years ago, I wish there had been a resource in our community that offered my family the support and guidance that Foundation 2 does for those experiencing this profound loss. My personal experience led me to participate in the Linn County Suicide Prevention Coalition, so it was a natural transition to serve Foundation 2 as a board member and get more involved “behind the scenes” by playing an active role in effecting services that help prevent and appropriately respond to suicide. As TrueNorth’s Risk Management VP of Operations, I provide direction to Foundation 2 by ensuring policies and procedures are in alignment with non-profit best practices and offering general operational guidance.
As the Finance Director at hibu I have nearly 20 years of financial management and oversight. I am happy to serve on the Foundation 2 Board offering guidance and support and to help bridge the “gap” to those who do not have a financial background. Foundation 2 offers a wide variety of social services to the community, all of which provide great value and benefit. One of the areas that interest me the most about Foundation 2 is the services and programs provided to youth in the community. I think it is important to not only provide them opportunity for hope through troubling circumstances, but also help them gain the knowledge and understanding that they are the leadership and future of our community.
Giving Tree Theater
Mercy Health Network
I am very honored to be a part of the Foundation 2 board. The services provided to our community are invaluable. My family and I have been touched by suicide and have benefited from the services this vital organization provides. I am truly hopeful that, by serving as a board member, I can help others learn more about Foundation 2 so that organization’s message and resources are known by all those in crisis when they need support most. By day I work as the Network Affiliate HR Leader for MercyOne in Des Moines and in the evenings run Giving Tree Theater in Marion with my family.
Retired Nonprofit Administrator
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.
City of Marion
I was drawn to Foundation 2 because of the core services the organization offers to the community. Sustainably serving populations in need requires compassion, vision, and commitment, as well as a desire to align with and support individuals and groups that are far too often ignored or ostracized. As a librarian, I am driven to create and protect access to needed services, especially for vulnerable individuals. I’m pleased to bring a queer perspective to the board and look forward to advocating for offerings that support LGBTQIA youth and adults in our service area.
Linn County Attorney’s Office
Foundation 2 provides many invaluable resources for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Through my work as a juvenile prosecutor, I see young people who, for one reason or another, have ended up in the purview of the juvenile court. For some of these children, Foundation 2’s youth shelter temporarily provides the stable, safe home that they desperately need. Foundation 2, through its compassionate and caring staff, volunteers, and leadership, also provides crucial mental health services for families and individuals in need. In a world where the news is so often bad, it is heartening to hear about an organization like Foundation 2. I’m honored to be able to help guide and support it.
Conway Law PLC
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 2 assist, it is essential. I want to support Foundation 2’s mission and am proud to serve on the board.
I am inspired by the work that Foundation 2 does to help those in need in our community. As a mother of two, 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.
GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation
Seven years ago, I barely knew who Foundation 2 was, or how important they would become in my life. My 16 year old son died by suicide and a friend suggested the Suicide Survivors Bereavement Group. I received such wonderful support from Nancy Oehlert, the group and Foundation 2 that I vowed to help others going through the intense pain and confusion after a suicide death. A few of the things I have accomplished are speaking to groups about my loss and the effect it has had on my son Chandler’s family and friends, chairing a charity golf tournament for the past 7 years, and joining the HOPEwalk planning board. I was excited to see an opening on Foundation 2 Board of Directors and look forward to helping this amazing organization keep helping others in our community!
After years of covering the good work Foundation 2 does in the community through a local news organization, I knew I wanted to be more involved. I’ve seen the impact the organization has in the corridor. I’m excited to be a part of the board to continue its mission. The resources provided are so important. I’m happy to be a part of something that helps so many people.
I feel privileged to be among this diverse group of leaders for such an important organization. I believe in the mission driving the operational decisions at Foundation 2, and I want to be part of an organization that provides such important programs and services to people of all ages in our community. As I learn more about the needs of our schools and our students through my professional role with Grant Wood Area Education Agency, I look forward to bringing additional opportunities for collaboration and learning to the Board and back to my own organization.
Linn County Sheriff
I became familiar with Foundation 2 through my career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Foundation 2 is a vital resource for law enforcement in assisting people experiencing crisis. I began to build close relationships with Foundation 2 staff in 2016, when I became a coordinator of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). With the assistance of Foundation 2 staff, hundreds of law enforcement officers have received training the helps them recognize, deescalate, and refer those experiencing crisis to the appropriate resources. In order to help facilitate continued collaboration, I joined the Foundation 2 board of directors in 2018. These positive relationships help maintain the goal of a safer community for everyone.