Foundation 2 Staff

Staff

All of our administrative staff work out of our Administrative Office, located at 1714 Johnson Ave NW in Cedar Rapids. You can reach this office at (319) 362-1170.

Emily Blomme joined Foundation 2 as Chief Executive Officer in 2015.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family studies from Colorado State University.

Since 2000, much of her work has been in the area of crisis response and youth and family services. She currently serves as the membership chair for the Iowa Coalition for Family and Children’s Services in Iowa and the behavioral health chair for the Iowa Behavioral Health Association. She is also a member of the Linn County Juvenile Detention and Diversion Advisory Committee and an active member of Daybreak Rotary.

Emily is a graduate of the Leadership for Five Seasons class of 2015 and a 2015 CBJ Forty under 40 honoree.  In 2019, Emily was recognized as a CBJ Women of Influence and honored as a Waypoint Women of Achievement.

Emily is passionate about improving the quality of life of others and is a firm believer that all people are capable of change. She lives by the motto, “Meet people where they are at, and help when you can.” Emily lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband Jeremy; they have three children. She is an avid backpacker and is always looking for the next adventure! She enjoys running, cycling, cooking and spending time with her family.

Sarah Nelson

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Nelson began at Foundation 2 in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family studies from Colorado State University and worked in the human service field in Boulder, Colorado for over 15 years prior to returning to her native roots in Iowa.

For the past 20 years, Sarah has worked in child welfare, criminal justice, youth services and crisis services. Throughout her career, she has led community-wide strategic planning, implementation of best practices and data-driven decision making to impact those in crisis.

Sarah focuses on implementing client-centered programs that meet clients where they are. She has a broad base of systems experience that informs programming on the realities and barriers many of our clients face when accessing assistance in the midst of crisis. Sarah is particularly passionate about helping youth in crisis using the least disruptive methods possible.

She serves on the leadership team that has developed and implemented a co-responder model between the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Foundation 2, and is working to inform public schools on alternatives to calling the police to deal with students who are in crisis.

Matt Heinricy joined Foundation 2 in 2020. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Matt’s background is in progressive accounting and finance leadership roles. He has spent the last decade serving in finance roles throughout the Cedar Valley. He was drawn to Foundation 2 because of the vital role it plays in the community’s well-being and it was a place where he could use his skill-set to support mission based work.

Matt lives in Coralville with his daughter Harper. In his free time, he enjoys grilling, following the Cubs and Hawkeyes, and visiting family.

Katie Curtis began her career with Foundation 2 in 2018. Katie has been working in the nonprofit sector in Cedar Rapids since 2009, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leisure, Youth and Human Services with an emphasis in Youth Administration and Nonprofit Development, a minor in Family Services and a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development from the University of Northern Iowa.

Katie’s background includes community-based program management and fundraising development. She is passionate about addressing youth mental health and suicide prevention.

Katie is a board member for Junior League of Cedar Rapids, participates in Leaders who Lunch through Women Lead Change, and is a member of Downtown Rotary. Katie is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and is a graduate of Integrity Integrated’s Leadership Development Program. She is married and has a son Calvin. Their family enjoys spending time together and gardening.

Drew started with Foundation 2 as the Mobile Crisis Program Manager in 2014, overseeing the programs expansion during the regionalization of MHDD services in Iowa.

Drew has worked to develop and expand the F2 mobile crisis model, as well as the development of law enforcement specific crisis services.  Drew has a large variety of professional and personal interests, which has included involvement in delivering several suicide safe presentations and trainings.

Drew is currently a certified trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Question Persuade Refer, and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk.

In his free time, Drew enjoys making saw dust under the guise of woodworking, blacksmithing and canoeing Iowa’s many beautiful rivers.  Drew lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife Anna, two daughters and two dogs.

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