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An Invitation From Iowa CareGivers Board Chair

Vision:  A network of excellence in caregiving and support for all Iowans.

I am honored to serve another year as the Chair of the Iowa CareGivers (IC) Board of Directors and I remain inspired by the level of commitment by the Board, Council, staff and consultants. 

Recently we’ve focused on Board and Council recruitment; strategic planning; and a revision of the organization’s vision, mission, goals, and values. The four pillars of our mission remain the same: Education, Recognition, Research, and Advocacy. And our focus is always on serving the needs of those who work in direct care, the Iowans they serve, and their families. Because so many stakeholders are impacted by caregiving, and because we have built many partnerships over the years, moving forward we will concentrate on stakeholder engagement and collective impact.

I pledge to do all I can to help lead this mission-driven and laser-focused organization to the next level of its development. With more than 25 years of experience in serving the needs of direct care/service workers and in leading model public policy and practice initiatives to bring stability to the direct care workforce, IC is well-positioned to advance support for caregiving all over Iowa. The Board, Leadership Council, staff, and consultants have devoted considerable time, energy and sheer doggedness in growing this amazing organization, but the challenges never stop. 

We will continue to promote and provide quality educational opportunities; increase community awareness regarding Iowa’s Care Gap; state-wide recognition of the contributions of Iowa’s 70,000+ direct care workforce; and lead on advocacy and research regarding caregiving issues.

We are ready to take on the challenges of 2019 and beyond, and we look forward to working with you and many Iowans in this important and rewarding work.  Please embrace Iowa CareGivers’ vision and mission.  A great way is to be part of a network. Together we can have an amazing impact on the greater good!  If you would like to help IC achieve these goals, please consider volunteering, donating http://www.iowacaregivers.org/make-a-donation/index.php#.XNhrlodYYic, visiting and sharing our websitewww.iowacaregivers.org,  or getting involved in some other way.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Anne Kinzel, Board Chair
Iowa CareGivers


Maribel SlindeDown to Earth Strategic Planning

Iowa CareGivers Board, Advisors, and Council members, staff, and consultants rolled up their sleeves and “dug in” to plan a “Down to Earth” and impactful future for Iowa CareGivers and the Iowans it serves!

View the photo gallery here!

2020 Board of Directors

Elisabeth Buck, President
United Way of Central Iowa
Kim Downs, Board Secretary
Retired, Telligen
Heather Elammari 
Ottumwa Job Corps
Jerry Jenkins, Board Treasurer 
Agency Owner, Farmers Insurance Group
Anne Kinzel, Board Chair
Iowa State University
Jim Knoepfler
Vice-President Administration
EveryStep Care and Support Services
Deanna Lehl 
Family Nurse Practitioner
Mike McLaughlin
Dean of Health Occupations
Kirkwood Community College
Josephine “Jodi” O’Donnell
Ames, Iowa
Jim Miles-Polka,
P.E., Client Director
Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC

2020 Board Advisors

Nancy Anderson, Advisor
Retired, Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Tom Carpenter, Advisor
Retired, Grefe and Sidney
Dr. Robert Denson, Advisor
President, Des Moines Area Community College
Betty Grandquist, Advisor
Retired, Iowa Department of Elder Affairs and Iowa Family Caregiver Program
Ivan Lyddon, Advisor
Retired, Iowa Health Foundation

Charlotte Nelson, Advisor
Retired, Iowa Commission on the Status of Women

Maribel Slinde, Past President
Retired, WesleyLife Home and Community Services
Shirley Sorenson, Advisor
Retired, Des Moines Area Community College