Hubbell, Nicole

Nicole’s initial involvement with IWF was through the Grants Committee, where she has helped review grant applications for many years. Nicole earned a BA from the University of Virginia and spent a few years working in the Washington D.C. Metro area before relocating to Cedar Rapids in 1999. She obtained her MBA in Marketing from […]

Horak, Shelley

Shelley was introduced to IWF by Former President & CEO Dawn Oliver Wiand while working on a project with the Harkin Institute and has been a fan ever since. Shelley grew up in Dallas Center, IA, earning her BS from the University of Iowa. She went on to obtain her MPH from Des Moines University […]

Sax, Lydia

Lydia first learned about IWF’s mission through former Board President Jen Neumann, and her interest was instantaneous. She has served on the Grants Committee since 2021. Lydia grew up in Cedar Rapids before earning a BA in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa. Today she works as the Director of Operations at de Novo […]

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 […]

Young, Shekinah

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Shekinah holds a BA from Drake University, and a Masters of Strategic Communication from the University of Iowa. Along with receiving several awards from Des Moines area programs, she is co-founder and Vice Chair of Back 2 School Iowa, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering underprivileged youth in Des Moines. To date they have served […]

Wahls, Zach

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Zach is a senator in the Iowa state legislature, representing District 37 at the state capitol in Des Moines. He is an advocate for LGBTQ rights, and co-founder of Scouts for Equality which led the national campaign to end discrimination in the Boy Scouts of America. His testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about […]

Wagler, Shanell

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Shanell is a lifelong Iowan and was first introduced to the Foundation through her work as an Administrator of Early Childhood Iowa—the state’s early childhood systems building initiative. Shanell provides extensive leadership in supporting the state’s quality rating system for childcare environments, offering her expertise to strengthen partnerships that promote quality programming. She is also […]

Swanson, Dr. Elizabeth

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Liz currently serves as Board member, Chair of the Development Committee, and Chair of the Legacy Campaign for IWF. While she may not be an Iowa native, she’s a Hawkeye through-and-through. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Master of Science degree in Nursing and a Doctorate (PhD) in Student Development and Personnel—all from […]

Rust, David

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David is a member of the Board and Grants Committee for IWF. He and his wife are long-time supporters of the Foundation—passionate about supporting grantees who lead the way with quality, innovative, inclusive, exemplary programs. Since the first grade, David has called Iowa his home. He holds a degree from University of Northern Iowa and […]

Rierson, Anne

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Anne currently serves as the Chair of the Board and as a member of the Grants Committee for IWF. She was first introduced to the Foundation while implementing a grant program focused on supporting women and girls at Frontier Co-op. Anne earned her degree from American University in Washington D.C., where she worked for several […]