Tisha Ritter

Tisha Ritter brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to social justice to her role as the Director of Development at IWF. In addition to holding a B.S.Ed. in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and an M.S.Ed. in College Student Development from Azusa Pacific University, she spent 10 years in higher […]

Riem, Andi

A Cedar Rapids native, Andi received her BA in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a JD from University of St. Thomas School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude. She shifted careers in 2018, and joined New Leader Manufacturing, where she is currently the Executive Director of Shared Services. Andi has […]

Cook, Deann

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Deann joined the Foundation as the new President and CEO at the beginning of 2023. Previously, she had served as the President and CEO of United Ways of Iowa since 2013, and has worked in the nonprofit sector in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines for over 20 years. Deanna grew up on the family farm […]

Rickert, Hannah

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Hannah grew up in Des Moines and attended the University of Iowa. She earned a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Philanthropy—making IWF the perfect place for Hannah to complete an internship. Within three months, the Foundation welcomed Hannah full-time. Hannah is […]

Penney, Sheri

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A proud Iowa native, Sheri was raised in Williamsburg and currently resides in Osage. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa and most recently served as the Economic Development Director for Mitchell County—where she was working to increase access to quality affordable childcare. Sheri is a former stay-at-home mother of […]

Wiand, Dawn Oliver

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Dawn joined IWF as President & CEO in February 2013, leading the Foundation through a decade of tremendous growth in grantmaking, reach, and overall impact. Dawn retired in 2022, but her involvement in the cause did not, and she continues to be a champion for women and girls through advocacy and giving back. Dawn holds […]

Olsen, Jill

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Jill began as a member of IWF’s Leadership Circle before joining the Board of Directors as a member and past president. Born and raised in Iowa, Jill earned a BA from Rutgers University and an MA from Winthrop University before returning to obtain an Ed.S. and Ed.D. from Drake University. She was an educator in […]

Meloy Moyers, Katherine

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Katherine was introduced to IWF by Jo Jones and Della McGrath. She joined the Board in 2009—serving her final year as president in 2011. Katherine is from Cherokee, IA and earned a BA in English from the University of Iowa before relocating to California for six years. She currently resides in Iowa City and stays […]

Morris, Mary Anders

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A founding member and long-time supporter of IWF, Mary lives in Iowa City. She attended the University of Iowa, earning a BA in General Studies and an MA(W) in Expository Writing.

McGuire, Linda

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Originally from Brooklyn, New York, 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. Year later, she decided to make a career move and earned her JD from the University of Iowa College of […]