In June 2013, the Board of Directors approved the creation of the Iowa Women’s Foundation Advisory Council, convening in January 2014. In its inaugural year, the Board’s Advisory Council Task Force nominated ten members to the Council, with another nine members added in January 2015.
The purpose of the Council is to advise the Board with respect to all or any part of the affairs and/or operations of the Foundation, as the Board may determine. The Council consists of persons having knowledge of and concern for the needs of women and girls, and will come to the Council with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Advisory Council Members
Mary Anders Morris
A founding member and long-time supporter of IWF, Mary lives in Iowa City. She attend the University of Iowa, earning a BA in General Studies and an MA(W) in Expository Writing.
Phyllis Chang, MD
Dr. Chang is a retired hand and plastic surgeon. She had her own private practice for many years as well as being a highly respected physician with the University of Iowa. She has worked with student athletes on women’s sports teams, and has served on the council of her church. She is an accomplished organist and enjoys music.
A founding member of IWF and long-time advocate and volunteer, Stephanie resides in Cedar Falls, where she is the founder and principal of Clohesy Consulting, an organizational development firm serving philanthropic foundations and non-profit institutions.
Stephanie graduated with a BA in English Literature from Loyola University and has completed graduate work in Organizational Management at the University of Northern Iowa.
Stephanie has been a social change leader and organization builder throughout her professional life, starting in 1972. She has been an Executive Director/CEO, a Foundation program officer, a facilitator, raconteur, and organizational consultant. Although originally determined to change the world through journalism, Stephanie discovered the promise of public policy and the power of non-profit/social sector organizations to magnify democratic participation in the US and internationally. Her work has often focused on women’s rights, but she has also worked on issues of democracy, conflict, and human rights—encompassing equality and security in many forms.
Stephanie is a lifelong volunteer for local, national, and global causes. She currently chairs the Board of one of the nation’s largest nonprofit social ventures—the Tides Network, which takes her to San Francisco and New York. She focuses on the future of women’s philanthropy through service with organizations like TEWA in Nepal and IWF. When not working on national or international issues, she can found serving locally – baking pies for the Karma Café at the Hearth Fest (to benefit the local Food Bank) or advocating for local bike trail.
After a career of service, Stephanie comments, “The older I get the more interesting community service becomes and the more profoundly it brings home the meaning of ‘the global is local (and vice versa).’”
A native of Beverly Farm, Massachusetts, Elizabeth has lived in Cedar Rapids for more than 25 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French Literature from Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada, and a Master’s Degree in International Development from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Elizabeth began her career in the field of social and economic development, both in the U.S. and overseas, and moved into benefit planning when she moved to Cedar Rapids in 1988. She retired in 2011 as the Private Banking Manager at Bankers Trust.
An active Rotarian, she is a member of the Day Break Rotary Club in Cedar Rapids where she has served on the International Committee for the past 18 years. She currently serves as a member of the International Student Exchange Selection Committee for Rotary District 5970.
An active IWF supporter since 2000, Peggy has served as Board member, Board President, and member of the grant review panel. Peggy is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and now lives in Iowa City.
Peggy earned her BFA from Arizona State University, with a minor in Art History and significant coursework in English and Psychology.
As Peggy explains, she “stumbled into the real estate finance area having worked for a real estate developer in Washington, DC, in the early 1980s, when mortgage rates were in the mid-teens!” When she relocated with her family to Iowa City, Peggy initially worked for a mortgage company, then a savings and loan, and then several banks in all aspects of mortgage lending. She currently serves as vice president and senior underwriter at MidWestOne Bank in Iowa City.
Peggy has been involved with the Iowa City Community School District for many years, first serving on the committee which spearheaded the renovation of Opstad Auditorium at Iowa City High School. That service led to her membership on the board of the Iowa City Community School District Foundation (ICCSDF) in 1999, where she served as board president in 2002 and 2003. She is currently serving a third term on the board, after a break of a couple of years.
Peggy is a graduate of the Community Program (class of 2003-2004). She is currently secretary of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Board. She is active with The Iowa Mortgage Association, serving on the Board of Directors since 2006, and as Board President in 2014.
Currently serving as both an Advisory Council member and IWF’s legal counsel, Susan is originally from rural Maysville in Scott County and divides her time between Iowa City and Maysville.
Susan served on the IWF Board of Directors from 2003 and 2004, and became IWF’s legal counsel in 2006. She earned her BS in Nursing from University of Iowa in 1973, her MS in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and her JD from the University of Iowa in 1989.
Susan spent the first fifteen years of her career as a critical care nurse and administrator. She then completed law school and practiced law for twenty years. In 2008 she retired from law practice to begin organically farming portions of the Frye farm, settled in 1881. She now operates a vegetable/herb/cut flower Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) network and farms full time.
Susan has served on the Boards of Directors of the Iowa City Noon Optimists, Johnson County Visiting Nurse Association, MECCA and Iowa City Hospice. She also served on the Johnson County Board of Health and the Iowa Utilities Board. She has volunteered at Riverside Theater and continues to volunteer for the Optimists. She is a WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) farm sponsor and is also working on a fresh food distribution program for Quad City Area low income residents.
Christine H.B. Grant
Originally from Scotland, Christine taught physical education and coached in high school in Scotland and Canada before coming to the University of Iowa. She earned a PhD in Athletic Administration and served as the Athletic Director for the women’s intercollegiate program at the University of Iowa from 1973 – 2000.
Christine currently serves on the Rape Victim Advocacy Program Advisory Committee, and Habitat for Humanity Steering Committee, and the 50-50 in 2020 Advisory Board. She was a member of Friends of the Animal Shelter from 2011-2013.
Christine lives in Coralville.
Dolores is originally from New York City. Much of her youth was spent attending nearby small boarding schools, where she developed a love of learning and a strong sense of self. Dolores attended Hunter College and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. She served for over 20 years in the University of Iowa College of Medicine.
Dolores has been a lifetime advocate for women: researching sexism in school science and math courses; demonstrating for women’s reproductive rights; serving on university, local and state committees about issues affecting women; receiving the Human Rights Commission’s Isabel Turner Award; and co-founding the Iowa Women’s Foundation. Dolores served as IWF’s first President, from 1994 – 2000.
Dolores currently lives in Minnesota close to her children and grandchildren, traveling, taking classes, and actively supporting the community. She has been a member of the IWF Advisory Council since 2015.
Ellen Heywood Ellen Heywood
Originally from Estherville, Iowa, Ellen is a founding member of IWF and served on the Board for many years. She currently serves on both the Grants Committee and the Advisory Council.
Ellen earned her BA in Art Education at the University of Iowa, taking time to raise her family while earning her BA. She later earned her MA in Education, also at the University of Iowa.
Ellen taught Art at both the elementary and secondary levels before returning to school for graduate studies in Instructional Design. Following this, she worked in child psychology research and on various research projects at the University of Iowa. Although she formally retired in October 2013, Ellen continues working for the DeLTA Center at the University of Iowa, an interdisciplinary group of researchers interested in learning and development issues.
Ellen has been a member of the League of Women Voters of Johnson County for many years and ran for Iowa City Council in the early 1990s. She is also a member of the Old Capitol Quilting Guild.
Founder of James Investment Group, Inc, Lois as been a long-time advocate of the Iowa Women’s Foundation and sponsor at IWF annual luncheons.
Following her graduation from Iowa State University, Lois worked for an insurance company, a law firm, radio station, and an architectural firm. In 1984, stemming from a strong desire to help women negotiate their own finances, Lois founded what is now James Investment Group, Inc, a full service independent financial planning firm based in Iowa City. In 2007, she was delighted to have her son Jeremy join the business, who will continue to lead the company after her retirement.
Early in her career, Lois helped start a local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She also served for several years on the United Way Allocation Committee. She has done considerable public speaking on the subject of women and money locally and has also presented on practice management at regional and national Raymond James meetings.
Lois is originally from Renwick, Iowa, and now lives in Iowa City. In her free time, Lois is an avid photographer.
Originally from Greenwood, Mississippi, Jean is an original founder of the Iowa Women’s Foundation. She served on the board from 1994 to 2000 and has been involved with IWF as a member of the Leadership Circle, Director’s Circle, and Grants Committee. She has also served as IWF’s Volunteer Coordinator.
Jean earned her B.Sc. in Biology from Newcomb College at Tulane University and earned her M.D. from the Tulane University School of Medicine Jean served as a Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa until her retirement in 2010 and is now an Emeritus Professor.
During her tenure in the College of Medicine she carried out research focusing on the brain and autonomic nervous system. She taught human anatomy, neuroscience, and neurology to medical, physical therapy, dental, graduate and other health professional students and medical residents. She also chaired and served on numerous College, University, and national committees related to education, research, administration, diversity, and faculty governance.
She currently resides in Iowa City.
Jo Lavera Jones
Originally from Decatur, Illinois, Jo Lavera has lived, worked and served for many decades in Iowa City. She is a Past President of the IWF Board of Directors and is a long-serving Board member. Jo Lavera holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Mathematics from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Business Administration in Administrative Science from the University of Iowa.
After receiving her B.S. degree, she worked in a physics lab at the University of Illinois and then spent two years as a lab technician at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She then spent 18 years as a stay-at-home mom. In 1985, she joined the staff of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, where she served as business manager until her retirement in 2007.
Jo Lavera’s community activities over the years include service on the board of directors of a variety of organizations: Hawkeye Area Chapter Iowa Civil Liberties Union, Visiting Nurse Association, Domestic Violence Project, United Way of Johnson County, United Action for Youth, Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities, Iowa Arts Festival, and the Englert Theatre. She was also active with the local NAACP and served on Johnson County Healthy People 2000. Currently she serves on a United Way committee and is a member of Noon Pilot Club of Johnson County.
Mary Lea Kruse
A past President and Vice President of the Board, Mary Lea is originally from Des Moines and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Northwestern University. Mary Lea taught junior high Language Arts for two years in Evanston, Illinois, and one year in West Des Moines. For another two years she served as the Patient Relations Director for Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
In Iowa City, she owned an art gallery and consulting business specializing in art for hospitals (Project Art at UIHC) and other medical and business institutions in Iowa and Indiana. The final projects with the City of Coralville included the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, Center of Performing Arts, public library and the selection of statues at the Iowa River Landing. She also held art shows several times a year at her home which also featured gifts and personalized stationery. She recently retired.
Her service work has been extensive both in Des Moines and Iowa City. In Des Moines she was a member of the Des Moines Art Center Membership Council which began the Art in the Park series. In Iowa City, she has been a docent and member of the Friends Development Committee for the University of Iowa Museum of Art, has served on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and Power of the Purse Committee. She has been the president of the Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae club and area District President for alumnae. She has also served on the Friends Foundation and Art to Go committee for the Iowa City Public Library. For six years she served on the Public Art Committee for the University of Iowa. She is currently giving classes for the senior University of Iowa LEAP program, including Artist Studio tours and “What are we going to do with all of our stuff?!” classes.
Maxine graduated from high school in Sioux Center, Iowa, and received her BA from Buena Vista University and her MS in Educational Administration from Drake University. She taught in Kansas, Minnesota and Iowa where she was named area teacher of the year before becoming an elementary/middle school principal for 18 years.
Maxine has served as President of the Iowa Reading Association, President of AAUW IA as well as of her local branch. She is currently serving as International Relations director. At the national level she serves on the Nomination committee and the National Legacy Circle Team.
Maxine wrote a piece on pay equity for the “She Matters” report as part of the Iowa Women’s Leadership Coalition, and presented her story of pay inequity at the New Orleans AAUW Convention.
In Storm Lake, Maxine is a member of SALUD (the local women’s health coalition), Foster Care Review Board member, Stephen Ministry Leaders, P.E.O. National Delegate this year and P.E.O. Reciprocity Chair for Storm Lake. She is currently serving on the Raising Healthy Women and Girls Task Force and will be traveling to Chile to visit the Domestic Violence Center for women. Maxine is the first female to serve on the county airport commission.
Married to Rick, a retired college professor, they have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Originally from Washington, Iowa, Judy has been connected with IWF since 1995, when she attended an organizational meeting in Cedar Rapids. She served on the Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003 and served on a previous Advisory Council to the IWF from 2001 to 2003. She has also participated on a number of grants evaluation committees.
After graduation from the University of Iowa with a BA in French, Judy worked for six years at the Purdue University libraries in Lafayette, Indiana. She completed her Masters in Library Science at Indiana University in Bloomington, then worked at the Ball State University library in Muncie, Indiana, before moving to Iowa in 1981.
For the past 31 years, Judy has been employed at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids. For the first 17 years she served as the corporate librarian, and for the past 14 years she has worked in competitive intelligence, with responsibility for strategic research and analysis of growth opportunities in new markets. She currently serves as Strategic Intelligence Manager in Corporate Development.
Having graduated from the Cedar Rapids Leadership for Five Seasons community leadership program, Judy served in several leadership roles in the Cedar Rapids community. She was Chair of the Program Committee of the Professional Women’s Network and served as a panel member on the United Way of East Central Iowa’s Aging Services Panel. In addition, she was a Board member of the Iowa Breast Cancer Action Foundation and for six years served as a Board member of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jean earned a BS from Northwestern University, an MA in History from the University of Iowa, and an MA in Conflict Resolution from the McGregor School of Antioch University. She lives in Iowa City.
Jean was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1978 and was re-elected for three more terms. She served as assistant minority leader, assistant majority leader, and chair of state government committee. In 1986 she ran for the Iowa Senate and served two terms. In her second term she was president pro-tem and chair of the ethics committee. In 1992, she was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, losing to incumbent senator Charles Grassley.
Jean’s leadership in the community has been extensive. She served as President of the Parents’ Cooperative Preschool from 1955-57, and as President of the Iowa City League of Women Voters from 1963-67, serving as State President from 1971-75. Jean served as President of the Iowa City United Nations Association from 1959-60, and as founding member and President of The Iowa Peace Institute, from 1986-92. From 2005-10, Jean served as President of the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities. Most recently, she co-founded and continues to co-chair 50-50 in 2020. Jean is also a Board Member of the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation.
Della joined IWF’s Board of Directors in 2006 and served as its President in 2008. She is originally from Independence, Iowa, and now lives in Coralville.
Della earned a BBA from the University of Iowa, and initially worked in Iowa City and then Phoenix following graduation. She returned to Iowa City to commence a 25-year career with the University of Iowa Foundation. During her time with the Foundation, she oversaw the planning, design and construction of an addition to the Alumni Center and the planning, design and construction of the Levitt Center for University Advancement. She planned and directed the Campus Campaign and the Campus Beautification Campaign, both part of the Foundation’s Good, Better, Best! Fundraising Campaign.
Upon retirement from the Foundation, Della started her own consulting business in facilities planning, fundraising, and project management.
Della’s community involvement has been extensive. She was a founding member (1989) and past president of the Eastern Iowa Chapter of the International Facility Management Association. Since 1978, she has been an active member, division chair, and past president of the Pilot Club of Iowa City. She held several Midwest District Pilot International appointments including Growth Team, Governor-Elect and Governor (Midwest District), and she helped to organize the Cedar Rapids Metro Pilot Club and the Noon Pilot Club of Johnson County.
Della was a founding member of the Johnson County Area Women’s Network (formerly Women in Management), where she served as chair of membership, programs, and publicity. She is an alumni member and past participant (1994-95) of the Iowa City Chamber Leadership Program and has served on the CLP Advisory Committee. She is a member of many local organizations, including the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities, and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.
Della is a past member, committee chair, past secretary, and past president of the Grant Wood Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and past board member of the Visiting Nurses Association, Iowa City. She is a past president of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Board and has served on the University of Iowa Libraries Friends Advisory Board, the Catholic Community Foundation, the University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program Advisory Board, and the Johnson County Historical Society.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Linda now lives in Iowa City and has been an active supporter of IWF for over a decade.
Linda earned a BS in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Oneota and an MA in Higher Education and Student Development from Bowling Green State University.
After 10 years in higher education administration in New Jersey and Iowa City, where she worked at the Women’s Resource and Action Center, Linda earned her JD at the University of Iowa. Upon graduation, she served as Johnson County Assistant County Attorney, where she spent eight years prosecuting violent crimes, primarily against women and children. She developed an interest and expertise in domestic abuse law and led training for the court and law enforcement systems, statewide and nationally.
In 1989, Linda joined the Law School at the University of Iowa, teaching courses, supervising prosecuting interns, and serving as Dean of Students. In 2007 she founded the Citizen Lawyer Program, the Law School’s platform for students’ pro bono community involvement and professional development. Linda currently directs the Law School’s expanding field placement program.
Linda has been active in the community, serving on Iowa City boards and commissions, Project Green and neighborhood associations. She served on Boards of Directors for the Emma Goldman Clinic and the Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence. She also served on the Lt. Governor’s Violence against Women Coordinating Council and on the Iowa Supreme Court Task Force on Courts’ and Communities’ Response to Domestic Abuse. She was a member of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Pro Se Litigation Task Force and served as president of the Johnson County Bar Association and the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys.
Katherine Meloy Moyers
Originally from Cherokee, Iowa, Katherine served on the IWF Board of Directors from 2009-2011, serving as President in 2011. She currently resides in Iowa City.
Katherine’s involvement in the community has been extensive. She has served on the Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees , the Library’s Friends Foundation, and on the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Foundation, where she served as president for two years, and co-chaired the 25th Anniversary Campaign. Katherine also co-chaired two ICCSD school funding referenda in 1992 and 1993. She served on the University of Iowa Museum of Art Friends Development Council and was also a docent. She joined the Oaknoll Board of Directors in 2013.
Katherine was a member of the second Iowa City Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class (1991-92) and subsequently served on the Leadership Council and as the Education Session Chair. In addition to community activism and fund raising, she volunteered in her children’s schools and served as an alumna advisor to her college sorority. Acting has been a favorite hobby, and she appeared in shows at the Iowa City Community Theatre, the University of Iowa Theatres and Theatre Cedar Rapids.
Katherine holds a BA in English from the University of Iowa.
Joy Smith Chair
Joy serves as Chair of the Advisory Council. A life-long Iowan, she has been a donor to IWF since 1996. From 1999 to 2002, Joy served on the IWF Board of Directors, leading the Board as President from [2001 to 2002].
Joy earned her B.A. in Education in 1971 and her M.A. in Special Education in 1977, both from University of Northern Iowa. In 2009, she earned an M.A. in History from the University of Iowa with an emphasis in gender studies.
Joy worked for more than twenty years in the public schools as an elementary and special education teacher in the Mid-Prairie School District and an educational consultant at Grant Wood Area Education Agency. Since “graduating” from that work, she has applied many of her skills to volunteer work in the community.
Joy currently serves on the Iowa City Public Library Friends Board, is a member of an ad hoc committee at Riverside Theatre, and is a classroom volunteer at Twain Elementary. She is an alumnus of the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Program and has previously served on a number of community boards including Preucil School of Music, Systems Unlimited, Iowa City Hospice, and Riverside Theatre.