A native of the Iowa City area, Amanda has served as the Community Relations Officer for Hills Bank since 2013. She has enjoyed a long career with Hills Bank, beginning as a part-time teller during high school and in 2003 serving as the Community Relations Administrative Assistant. Amanda attended West Branch schools, Kirkwood Community College, and the University of Iowa.
Amanda is actively involved with many organizations in the community, including the Alzheimer’s Association, United Way of Johnson County, the Crisis Center of Johnson County, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Main Street West Branch, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Habitat for Humanity and the Johnson County Historical Society. Amanda has served on the IWF Ovations and Luncheon Committees since 2014. In her free time, Amanda enjoys the outdoors, animals, traveling, music, horseback riding, furniture restoration and spending time with family and friends.
Originally from Des Moines, Diane is the recently retired Vice President and Director of Client Services at LCS in Des Moines, a company managing and marketing senior living communities. She has been an IWF Leadership Circle member since 2013 and a Finance Committee member since 2014.
Diane earned her BS Degree in Industrial Administration and a Minor in French from Iowa State University. She earned an MBA from Drake University.
Diane is an ISU Alumni Association Lifetime member, National Cyclone Club member, and member of the Order of the Knoll. She is also a Bulldog Club member. She is a longtime supporter of United Way of Central Iowa, being part of both the Leadership Circle and Education Leadership Initiative. She has also been a long-standing member of Des Moines Performing Arts.
Diane lives in West Des Moines, having previously lived in Venice, Florida, and Annapolis, Maryland.
Janie currently serves as Board Chair, Co-CEO and General Counsel of SouthGate Companies, a family-owned, local real estate real estate development, construction, home-building, investment and property management company. She earned a BA and JD (Juris Doctor) from the University of Denver and a MFA in Creative Writing (fiction) from Queens University of Charlotte.
Janie has lived in Iowa City since 2004 and is a past member of the Police Citizen Review Board of Iowa City. She has been an active member of IWF’s Grants Committee. She is a Denver Broncos fan by birth, an Iowa Hawkeye fan by marriage and a Green Bay Packers fan by heart!
Kay is originally from Ohio and came to the University of Iowa for her Master of Arts degree in Music in 1967. She has been a professional Realtor for more than 30 years and in 2003 became the first female Broker/Owner of Lepic Kroeger Realtors in Iowa City.
Kay joined the IWF Board in 2014, and is thrilled for the opportunity to help young girls and women in Iowa achieve their potential. Kay has served on many boards for different groups throughout her career. Among them have been the Advisory Board for the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa (president for three years), and the Board of Directors of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater.
Kay is a pianist and has both performed and taught for many years.
Alison Ames Galstad President
Originally from Wisconsin, Alison has called Iowa home since 1985. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from Northern Michigan University and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from The University of Iowa. She also attended graduate school in Musicology at Michigan State University, and completed the coursework and exams towards her PhD in Musicology at the University of Iowa.
Alison has served as the Director of the Coralville Public Library for the past 15 years, seeing the Library through a major expansion and renovation project. Prior to coming to the Coralville Public Library, she served as an Associate Professor in the Library at Cornell College, and also taught in the Women’s Studies Program at Cornell and chaired that program for two years. While at Cornell, she also served as the College’s Affirmative Action Officer for three years. She has been involved in various library organizations over the years, including service on several committees within the Iowa Library Association as well as committee service within the American Library Association.
Alison served on the Iowa City Human Rights Commission for six years, chairing that commission for the last three of those six years. From 2009–2011, she served on the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, including service as Senior Warden for the Parish. She has also been active with the Preucil School of Music for many years as an accompanist. She recently completed a term on the Preucil School Guild and will begin a term on the Preucil Board of Trustees later this year.
Nancy is a native of St Louis, Missouri, and has called Iowa home since 1972. She received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1976 and served as a Professor in the Tippie College of Business teaching Law and Ethics to undergraduates and MBAs for about 40 years. She held several leadership positions including Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program in Tippie, University of Iowa Ombudsperson, and Director of CIMBA. She retired (mostly) in 2014.
Nancy currently serves as President of the University of Iowa Retirees Association and also serves on the boards of Riverside Theatre and TRAIL of Johnson County (Tools and Resources for Active Independent Living). She has been active with IWF on the Grants Review Committees for the past several years. She loves traveling, photography, and hanging out with spouse, friends and the household dog and cat.
Susan Judkins Josten
Susan is a longtime Iowa resident, having moved to Vinton, Iowa, at age 2 from Alexandria, Virginia. She has called central Iowa home for 40 years. Susan currently serves as business developer for KJWW Engineering in Des Moines.
Susan earned a BA in Business Management from Simpson College and an MBA from the University of Iowa. Prior to her work with KJWW, Susan’s career included positions in banking, government relations, and economic development.
Susan was elected to the Clive City Council in 2013 and previously served on the Indianola school board. She has been actively involved in a wide range of volunteer activities supporting women and girls, including chairing the Political Equity Committee of the Nexus Executive Women’s Alliance and serving on the Board of 50/50 in 2020.
LaShonda earned her M.A. in Education (Honors) and B.A. in Communications (Honors) from Wake Forest University and now serves as the Business and School Liaison at Kirkwood Community College. Prior to this role, she was the Continuous Improvement Specialist for the Denver Public Schools.
Prior to serving on the IWF Board, LaShonda was active on the Grants and Luncheon Committees. She currently serves as the VP of Operations for the Junior League of Cedar Rapids and on the United Way Cabinet, and has previously volunteered with the Junior League of Denver, the Junior League of Austin, the American Heart Association, SafePlace Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and served as a Dells Children’s Trustee. LaShonda also served as a Grants Committee member at the Women’s Fund of Central Texas.
Lori is a Native of Waterloo, Iowa, and currently resides in Cedar Rapids, where she is currently pursuing a Masters of Strategic Leadership at Mt. Mercy College. She earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Iowa, with emphases in music, English and art.
Lori has worked as an arts administrator (fundraising, educational programming) for various organizations in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, including the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and American Composers Forum. She also served as Director of Development for the Northeast Florida Easter Seals Society in Jacksonville, FL.
Lori became an active volunteer on behalf of the arts in Sioux City and was part of the founding Board of the Sioux City Symphony’s Symphony School. She was President-elect of the Sioux City Art Center before moving to Cedar Rapids.
Lori has been a very active volunteer in the Cedar Rapids public schools and was a former teacher at he Orchestra Iowa Symphony School. She is a Linn County Master Gardener and has served on local boards including the Paul Engle Center, Cedar Valley Montessori School, Ecumenical Community Center, Iowa Children’s Museum, and Friends of the Marion Library.
Sara Jean Leonard Secretary
Originally from Nashua, Iowa, Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa in Art History and Religious Studies, and a JD from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sarah was one of the founding members of the William Mitchell Veterans Assistance Organization, and was an Elder Justice Scholar, with research focusing on felony-level neglect of vulnerable adults.
As an attorney, Sarah practiced estate planning and probate law. She currently serves as a Trust Officer at US Bank.
Sarah’s community involvement in Minnesota included work with Wills for Heroes, the American Cancer Society, Vulnerable Adults Justice Project, and the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Stan Miller Treasurer
Originally from Kansas but a long-time resident of Johnson County (via Long Island, New York, and Bloomington, Indiana), Stan is a retired CPA, Partner and Assurance Director with McGladrey & Pullen (now RSM US), whose clients included many nonprofit organizations and foundations in Iowa and beyond. He currently assists nonprofit organizations in improving their financial management and oversight and serves as IWF’s Treasurer.
Stan is a long-time board member of Elder Services, Inc. and a volunteer for medical transportation with them. He also volunteers with Compeer of Johnson County and Goodwill. He is a current or past board or finance committee member of Summer for the Arts, Downtown Association, Big Brothers- Big Sisters, Iowa City Public Library Foundation, and Housing Fellowship. In his free time, Stan is an avid hiker, biker, diver and frequent traveler.
Originally from the Quad Cities, Jen is the owner and partner at de Novo Marketing – a full service creative firm located in the NewBo District in Cedar Rapids and founded in 1997. Prior to this, she served as VP of Communications for Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois.
Jen is the immediate Past-Chair (current trustee) of the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation, a member of the NewBo District Board, Mentor in Residence at Iowa Startup Accelerator, and Past-President and Past-Sustaining-Chair of Junior League of Cedar Rapids. She is a past board member of Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
A self-described political junkie and amateur bird watcher, Jen is “mother to two young women, wife to a pretty cool guy, and feeder of two lousy cats.”
Jill Olsen Vice President
Originally from Mount Vernon, Iowa, Jill was a member of IWF’s Leadership Circle for two years prior to her membership on the Board of Directors. Jill received her BA from Rutgers University in New Jersey and her MA from Winthrop University in Rockhill, South Carolina. On her return to Iowa, she earned both her Ed.S. and Ed.D. degrees from Drake University in Des Moines. Jill taught at the high school level in New Jersey, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Iowa, later becoming Principal of Emerson Elementary School in Marion, Iowa.
She retired as the Executive Director of Instruction at Marion Independent Schools, and now serves as an Instructor at Graceland University’s Graduate School of Education. Jill was the recipient of many awards and unique opportunities as an educator. She was named a Christa MacAullife Fellow for Iowa and was named Iowa Teacher of the Year. She was a Fulbright Memorial Scholar to Japan, a Teacher of Excellence Delagate to Russia, and a Scottish Rite Doctoral Fellow. She originated the idea of Silver Cords for Service for high school seniors.
A graduate of the Leadership for the Five Seasons leadership program in Cedar Rapids, Jill has served as member and former Chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, Chair of the Iowa Department of Human Rights Board, and Governor of Rotary District 5970 (northern half of Iowa). She also served two terms on the Iowa Commission for Volunteer Service. Jill currently resides in Mount Vernon.
An active member of the IWF Awards Luncheon Committee since 2010 (co-chairing the event in 2013), Linda joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Linda earned her BA and MA degrees in Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin. She has also undertaken graduate work in Education at the University of Iowa. Linda initially taught Spanish at the junior and senior high school levels and supervised student teachers at the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a project manager at Westinghouse Learning Corporation developing tests and curriculum materials for elementary and at-risk students.
At the University of Iowa, Linda developed and administered programs for English as a Second Language (ESL) student, and later was a grants administrator at the University of Iowa College of Education. Linda has tutored ESL students and has served her community in a variety of ways for many years. She served on the Riverside Theatre Board, the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) Members Council, the Iowa City Community School District Foundation fundraising committee, and the Preucil School of Music Development and Trustee Boards.She has been a docent at UIMA for 15 years and currently serves as a member of the UIMA Advisory Board, the Harvest Preserve Board of Directors, and the Savin Family Foundation Board.
Originally from Bernard, Iowa, Ann currently resides in Solon and serves as the University of Iowa’s Senior Assistant Vice President for Research. Ann received a BBA in Finance and MA in Sociology from the University of Iowa and worked for the Federal Reserve Bank before coming home to the UI community, where she worked in various positions in research administration prior to her current role.
Ann has served on the IWF Luncheon Committee for a number of years and is a self-described foodie, yogi, and political junkie.
A native of the Quad Cities, Abby currently serves as Director of Marketing for Necker’s Jewelers. She earned a Bachelors of Business Degree in Marketing from Western Illinois University and worked in sales and marketing across the US before returning to the Quad Cities.
Abby is greatly involved in the Quad Cities community, including committee and volunteer work with the Junior League of the Quad Cities, HAVlife, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois, March of Dimes, Family Resources, and the Quad Cities Chamber. She also enjoys managing the philanthropic program for Necker’s Jewelers, which allows her to work closely with many nonprofit organizations. Abby served as Chair of the Quad Cities Advisory Circle for IWF prior to joining the Board.
Abby is a proud wife, mother, animal lover, and sports fan.
A long-time IWF supporter, David is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for TRAIL, a nonprofit organization that aims to help older residents live and age safely and comfortably in their own homes. He also serves as a Volunteer Counselor with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program and is a singer with the Chamber Singers of Iowa City. He is retired, with experience that includes teaching, social work, mediation and ethics consultation.
David enjoys travel, the outdoors, good food, cooking, reading, live music and theater.
A native of Holstein, Iowa, Leighton currently lives in North Liberty with his spouse and three children. He earned JD and MBA degrees from the University of Iowa and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is an alum of the Leadership Five Seasons (Cedar Rapids), Community Leadership Program (Iowa City), and the Leadership Iowa (statewide) programs.
Leighton’s professional career has focused on business advisory services – first with an investment firm, then in banking, and most recently at accounting and consulting firm BerganKDV. He currently serves as Adjunct Lecturer at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, teaching courses in the Finance department
His community service includes board roles with Cedar Rapids Rotary, Legion Arts, North Liberty Pantry and others. He has also been involved in social entrepreneurship with events like Beat the Bitter, Pulling for Honor, and the Wingman Project. Leighton was recently named “Person of the Year” by the Iowa City Press Citizen for his role in starting the “100+ Who Care” group in the Iowa City area.
Dr. Elizabeth Swanson
Serving as President of the Board from 2013-2015, Liz is originally from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a Master of Science degree in Nursing, and a Doctorate (PhD) in Student Development and Personnel, all from the University of Iowa. She served as the Board’s Vice President before serving as President.
After practicing as a nurse, Liz moved into academia as a faculty member and administrator. She is currently an Associate Professor and Director, External Relations, for the College of Nursing at The University of Iowa. She has worked extensively with the Alumni Association of the University, the University of Iowa Foundation, and Governmental Relations within the University. She is also a member of a team of individuals that develops Nursing Outcomes for nursing practice and research. As a team member, she has assisted with the development of five books and participated in numerous national and international presentations.
In her community, Liz is a board member for Shelter House, where she also serves on the Health Advisory Committee, Quality Assurance Committee, and the Donor Engagement Committee. Prior to serving on local boards, she was involved with the Iowa Nurses’ Association at the state level.
Originally from Oklahoma and after relocating from Kansas City, Buffie has called Iowa City home since 1979. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
After moving to Iowa City, Buffie volunteered at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) and was soon employed there. Initially, she was involved with the art education program, training docents, and working with volunteers. She worked for several directors, and volunteered off and on, over the course of almost 30 years. Since 1999, her position at UIMA involved coordinating the activities of the UIMA Members Council and volunteers, annual giving campaign, special fundraising events, annual donor events, and UIMA marketing and public relations.
She has been involved in several community volunteer activities including the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Program, Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Parent Organization, Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Board, Hancher Guild, ICCSD Foundation, and has served on various committees for public bond referendums for the ICCSD and the Johnson County Justice Center.
Originally from Nevada, Carrie is the Director of Private Banking and a Wealth Advisor at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union in Iowa City. Prior to this role, she served as Associate Vice-President and Branch Manager at First American Bank.
Carrie has served on many boards and committees in the area, including Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, Habitat for Humanity, Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County, Iowa Business Club.
Carrie is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.