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Built to Last Capital Campaign

Message from President/CEO Sherri Nielsen:

For more than 90 years, Easterseals Iowa has supported individuals with disabilities to live their best lives and be engaged in their communities. I’m often asked what our mission means for the people we support, and I always have the same answer: hope, belief and independence. These are our core principles and the heart of the services we provide every single day.

The legacy of Easterseals Iowa and Camp Sunnyside has been built by countless volunteers, donors, team members, clients, family members and friends. Right now, we have the opportunity to ensure this legacy of excellence continues.

We are embarking on a new chapter of the Easterseals Iowa story by bringing all of our service teams together at the Camp Sunnyside location through the construction of a new facility and renovation of several of our current structures so that the quality of our buildings and grounds will finally match the excellence of our services. We believe this will allow us to leverage our talents and resources so we can do what we do best—create solutions and change lives. We conducted our last capital campaign twenty years ago and are confident the strategic planning for this new campaign will set us up for success for many years to come.

At Easterseals Iowa, we don’t stay the same. We innovate, we seek creative solutions and we respond to emerging needs. Because of our commitment to quality, in the past 20 years we have created multiple new programs to meet the needs of our community. While our programs have changed and adapted, our facilities have not. We are embarking on this campaign to create the infrastructure needed to deliver our life-changing services. Our clients and community deserve no less. Check out our proposed site plan.

Let’s work together to ensure the mission of Easterseals Iowa is here to support all who need it for generations to come. Please contact us if interested in being a part of this exciting campaign to build success for our future at 515-309-9776.

Campaign Leadership

Built to Last Taskforce Co-Chairs
Don Coffin, Bankers Trust
Doug McAninch, McAninch Corporation

Pre-Campaign Taskforce Members
Jim Beal, RSM
Rona Berinobis, Wellmark
Kelly Housby, Housby
Dave Manning, McAninch Corporation
Mandi McReynolds, Principal
George Milligan, The Graham Group, Inc.
Gerry Neugent, Knapp Properties
Ellen Willadsen, Holmes Murphy

Easterseals Iowa Foundation Board of Directors
Don Coffin, Chair, Bankers Trust
Rochelle Burnett, Keller Williams
Angela Imming, US Bank
David Lester, City State Bank of Norwalk
Steve Niebuhr, Hubbell Realty Company
Eric Taylor, Central Bank

Easterseals Iowa Board of Directors
Gary Buelt, Chair, Bankers Trust
Becky Gibson, Vice Chair, Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Beth A. McGinnis, Treasurer, The Iowa Clinic
Rochelle Burnett, Past Chair, Keller Williams
Wade Anderson, Hydro-Klean, LLC
Erik Bonstrom, LWBJ, LLP
Catherine Drexler, Principal
Lori Southard Howe, Share Marketing
Clare Kelly, Kelly Strategic Consulting, LLC
Brent Klaiber, Forterra Pipe & Precast
David Lester, City State Bank of Norwalk
Jay D. Lettow, Lifespace Communities Foundation
Brent M. Macke, Holmes Murphy & Associates
Patrick McConnell, RSM US LLP
Bryon Schaeffer, MD, Clarinda Regional Health Center
April Schmaltz, Delta Dental of Iowa
Jennifer Schumann, BH Management
Norm Sterzenbach, GPS Impact
Derek Trobaugh, Thrivent Financial
Aaron J. Uhl, Bank Iowa

Easterseals Iowa Staff Leadership
Sherri Nielsen, President/CEO
Krable Mentzer, Chief Administrative Officer
Kevin Small, Chief Financial Officer
Kristi Sterling, Chief Talent Officer
Jim Mowrer, Major Gifts Officer
Allison Piazza, Director of Corporate Relationships
Anna Olson, Development Associate

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