The Iowa CareGivers is governed by a volunteer board of directors with the expertise to ensure accountability and sustainability of the organization.
It 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
|Maribel Slinde, Chair
Retired, WesleyLife Home and Community Services
|Anne Kinzel, Vice-Chair
Iowa State University
|Nancy Anderson Secretary
Retired, Aging Resources of Central Iowa
|Elisabeth Buck, Chief Community Impact Officer
United Way of Central Iowa
|Tom Carpenter, Treasurer
Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C.
|Dr. Robert Denson
Des Moines Area Community College
Family Nurse Practitioner
|Jim Miles-Polka, P.E., Client Director
Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC
Retired, Iowa Commission on the Status of Women
|Josephine “Jodi” O’Donnell
|Becky Pryor, Administrator
Jasper County Health Department
HCI Care Services/VNS of Iowa
|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