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A Message From Iowa CareGivers Board Chair

Being able to close 2022 by holding our Direct Care Worker Conference in-person after two years was a great way to set the stage for 2023. Our first order of business in the new year is to begin a Strategic Planning process encompassing the next three years 2023-2025. Following two years of “bridging” our work as we lived with the pandemic and health care uncertainty, we are now challenging ourselves to move forward and direct our efforts to shine an even brighter light on the essential direct care workforce.

I am once again honored to serve as Chair of the Iowa CareGivers Board of Directors. Board members along side a great staff and our Direct Care Leadership Council have recommitted our efforts to advocate whenever and wherever possible to continue focusing awareness on direct care workers and family caregivers who provide the foundation for much of our health care system. I hope that each of you reading these comments will consider joining us to shine an even brighter light on all these essential workers.



Maribel Slinde
Board Chair

2023 Board of Directors

Elisabeth Buck, Board Chair

Former President
United Way of Central Iowa

Kim Downs, Board Secretary
Retired, Telligen
Scott Hartsook, Attorney 
Hartsook Law Office
Deb Madison-Levi
Affiliates Management Company | Iowa Credit Union League
Julie McMahon
Retired, Iowa Department of Public Health
Jim Miles-Polka,
Former Senior Vice President with Foth  
Josephine “Jodi” O’Donnell
Ames, Iowa
Maribel Slinde, Board Chair
Retired, WesleyLife Home and Community Services

2023 Board Advisors

Nancy Anderson, Advisor
Retired, Aging Resources of Central Iowa
Tom Carpenter, Advisor
Retired, Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C.
Dr. Robert Denson, Advisor
President, Des Moines Area Community College
Betty Grandquist, Advisor
Retired, Iowa Department of Elder Affairs and Iowa Family Caregiver Program
Anne Kinzel, Advisor
Iowa State University
Deanna Lehl, Advisor 
Retired, Family Nurse Practitioner
Ivan Lyddon, Advisor
Retired, Iowa Health Foundation
Shirley Sorenson, Advisor
Retired, Des Moines Area Community College