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Board of Directors

The Iowa CareGivers is governed by a volunteer board of directors with the expertise to ensure accountability and sustainability of the organization.

Maribel SlindeIt is an honor to continue my role serving as chair of Iowa Caregivers Board of Directors. The Board, Leadership Council and staff devoted a significant amount of time and energy this past year to reviewing the organization’s strengths, weaknesses and challenges for determining a strategic focus to help direct our future efforts. We know that there are several changes at the state and federal level that will directly or indirectly affect those who work in direct care and the recipients of that care and support. It is critically important that we, board members, leadership council and staff recommit our support of those who work in direct care through promoting training and education and encouraging community awareness regarding Iowa’s Care Gap, recognition of the 70,000 + Iowa direct-care workers, direct advocacy and research regarding all direct care worker issues and concerns.

The work ahead of us will not be easy but it is oh so important and rewarding.

— Maribel Slinde, Board Chair


2017 Board of Directors

Nancy Anderson Secretary
Retired, Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Elisabeth Buck, Chief Community Impact Officer
United Way of Central Iowa
Tom Carpenter
Retired, Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C.
Dr. Robert Denson
Des Moines Area Community College
Jerry Jenkins
Agency Owner, Farmers Insurance Group
Anne Kinzel, Vice-Chair
Iowa State University
Jim Knoepfler
HCI Care Services/VNS of Iowa
Deanna Lehl
Family Nurse Practitioner
Mike McLaughlin
Dean of Health Occupations
Kirkwood Community College
Charlotte Nelson
Retired, Iowa Commission on the Status of Women
Josephine “Jodi” O’Donnell
Ames, Iowa
Jim Miles-Polka, P.E., Client Director
Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC
Becky Pryor, Administrator
Jasper County Health Department
Maribel Slinde, Chair
Retired, WesleyLife Home and Community Services


2017 Board Advisors

Kim Downs, Advisor
Betty Grandquist, Advisor
Retired, Iowa Department of Elder Affairs and Iowa Family Caregiver Program
Ivan Lyddon, Advisor
Retired, Iowa Health Foundation
Shirley Sorenson, Advisor
Retired, Des Moines Area Community College