Ritter, Tisha

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 […]

Thompson, Candace

Candace Thompson moved to Iowa city as an infant and has always called Iowa home. She attended Johnson County Community School District K-12 and received her high school diploma from Iowa City High School, graduating class of 2008. She began her career in HR Management in 2018 and, shortly after, became a small business owner, […]

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 […]