Kennedy, LaShonda

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LaShonda joined IWF after meeting former President & CEO, Dawn Oliver Wiand at a luncheon. She is passionate about improving the lives of women and girls everywhere and has volunteered with multiple women’s funds. After earning her MEd in Counseling Education and BA in Communications from Wake Forest University, LaShonda worked for Denver Public Schools […]

Jones, Jo Lavera

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Jo Lavera is a past president and member of the IWF Board of Directors. She is originally from Decatur, IL and holds a bachelor’s in Teaching Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Administrative Science from the University of Iowa. In 1985, she began working at the University of Iowa Museum as […]

Jew, Jean

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Jean is an original founder of the Iowa Women’s Foundation and served on the board from 1994–2000. She has been involved with IWF as a member of the Leadership Circle, Director’s Circle, Grants Committee, and as Volunteer Coordinator. Originally from Greenwood, Mississippi, Jean earned her B.Sc. in Biology from Newcomb College at Tulane University and […]

James, Lois

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Lois has been a long-time advocate and supporter for the Iowa Women’s Foundation, both individually and through her business—James Investment Group. Lois is from Renwick, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University. Following her graduation, she worked for an insurance company, a law firm, radio station, and an architectural firm before founding James Investment Group In […]

Heywood, Ellen

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Originally from Estherville, Iowa, Ellen’s dissatisfaction with the lack of gender equality led her to  become a founding member of IWF.  She served on the Board for many years and currently serves on both the Grants Committee and the Advisory Council. Ellen taught Art at both the elementary and secondary levels before returning to school […]

Gutierrez, Dolores

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Dolores has been a lifetime advocate for women, helped found the Iowa Women’s Foundation, and served as its first President from 1994–2000. She’s been a member of the advisory council since 2005. Her expertise has been shaped by extensive research on topics like unequal opportunities for women in education, reproductive rights, and more. She has […]

Galstad, Allison Ames

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Alison followed IWF’s work in its early years, serving a similar mission through her own work as a feminist musicology student and associate professor in women’s studies program at Cornell College. She is originally from Wisconsin, but has called Iowa home since 1985. Alison has been the Director of the Coralville Public Library for over […]

Frye, Susan

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Susan served on the IWF Board from 2003–2004, began providing legal counsel in 2006, and currently serves IWF as both advisory and legal counsel. Susan grew up in Maysville and studied Nursing at University of Iowa. For fifteen years she worked as a critical care nurse and administrator before returning to her alma mater—this time […]

Doerge, Peggy

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Peggy has been a supporter since 2000, after assisting with financial literacy programming. She has served as Board member, Board President, and on the grant review panel. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Peggy has lived in Taiwan, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, and most recently, Iowa City. While in D.C. Peggy “stumbled” into a real estate finance […]

Clohesy, Stephanie

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A founding member of IWF and long-time advocate and volunteer, Stephanie has been a social change leader and organization builder throughout her professional life, starting in 1972. 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. She resides in […]