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.
Foundation 2 Staff
Emily Blomme joined Foundation 2 as Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Emily 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. Over the years she has been involved in many committees and boards in the Cedar Rapids community. 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, and is a member of the Linn County Juvenile Detention and Diversion Advisory Committee. She is an active member of Daybreak Rotary, 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 began at Foundation 2 in 2016. She 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 make a difference in the lives of 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. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University.
Audrey Meyer joined Foundation 2 in 2007. Audrey brings 30 years of experience working with nonprofits. Audrey serves on the Human Resource Committee and CFO committee for the Coalition for Family and Children’s Services in Iowa, the CFO Peer Group of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Nonprofit Peer Network and serves on the board as Treasurer for Iowa Corridor USA Dance #2100 and previously a board member of the Jefferson Monroe Friends of the Library. She graduated from Mount Mercy College with a BA in Administrative Management and Accounting.
Katie Curtis began her career with Foundation 2 in August 2018. Katie has been working in the nonprofit sector in Cedar Rapids since 2009. Her background includes community-based program management and fundraising development. Katie 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 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.
Elisabeth Kissling started with Foundation 2 as a Counseling Supervisor at the Crisis Center in 2001, served as Development/Marketing Director from 2007 to 2017 and currently works as Marketing Director for the agency. Elisabeth has a B.A. in music and psychology and a minor in philosophy from Coe College and an M.A. in Education from the University of Iowa. In addition to working for Foundation 2 she is a professional pianist. Elisabeth is a 2013 CBJ Forty under 40 honoree, graduate of the Leadership for Five Seasons class of 2017, serves on the Marion Arts Festival Board and as chair of the Linn County Suicide Prevention Coalition. She is passionate about connecting people experiencing crisis to services that best meet their needs.
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