Don Hampton Conference 2021

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Daily Schedule

Opening and Keynote

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Welcome to the 2021 Don Hampton Conference & Awards Ceremony! The opening to this year’s conference will begin with a video commemorating the IDHRC’s 20th Anniversary, as well as a brief recognition video from Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds. During this time, our moderators will provide an in-depth explanation of the layout for this conference and what to expect in the coming days. This session will end with a keynote speech from Steve O’Neil, who has been in Emergency Management for over 20 years.

Maximizing Long Term Recovery Group and Emergency Management Coordination

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Reflecting on Emergency Management and Long Term Recovery Group Partnerships during Iowa Disasters, this panel discussion will touch on the value these partnerships had in making recovery a success during the 2018 Marshalltown Tornado and the 2019 Floods. Representatives from the Marshall, Fremont and Scott counties Long Term Recovery Groups and Emergency Management Agencies will touch on lessons learned and experiences as well as how this partnership can be strengthened.

Youth, Mental Health, & Disasters: Resilience In and Through the Storm
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In the last few years, communities throughout Iowa have endured disaster after disaster. From Marshalltown’s 2018 tornado to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this presentation offers insight into how multiple disasters might affect the mental health and resiliency of our community’s youth. Mental health professionals Paul Daniel and Mandy Gesme will walk us through what it’s like to be young in the face of disasters and the long-lasting effects that may result.

Leveraging Disaster Volunteers
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to disaster volunteer management in Iowa, but there are a few common approaches that have been disaster-tested in recent years. This panel discussion will focus on the “fail forward” lessons of several of those approaches and will leave you inspired about how to build your volunteer network before another disaster or emergency event. Whether you’re in the public, private, or non-governmental sector, there will be something for everyone to learn about disaster volunteer management.

 

*All times provided are in Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Daily Kickoff

8:30 am – 10:00 am

This morning of the conference will begin with 2019 volunteer award announcements and winner spotlights, self-care moments provided by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance members, and a networking opportunity for those who are looking to connect with other attendees who have similar roles in the field.

Reaching ALL Iowans in Times of Disaster: DEI Panel Discussion

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join representatives from the Office of Latino Affairs, One Iowa, Monsoon, Oakridge Neighborhood, and the City of Marshalltown to have an open panel discussion about representation (diversity and inclusion) in organizations active in disasters, current barriers impeding underserved Iowans from successfully accessing disaster resources and recovering from a disaster, and next steps for the IDHRC to ensure ALL Iowans are involved throughout all stages of the disaster cycle.

In-Kind Donations 101

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Adventist Community Services (ACS) have made a name for themselves across the country over the years with their ability to effectively and efficiently manage in-kind donations during a disaster response. Newly appointed directors for Iowa Brian and Amanda Schwering will share a few of their best practices about and experiences with in-kind donations.

Disaster Fundraising

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Funding is at the heart of every disaster recovery. Little can be done without it, and yet, often it seems like such a daunting task. Explore some of the innovative and strategic ways to go after disaster funding with Disaster Leadership Team’s executive director, Carlene Anders, who navigated these waters through three FEMA nationally declared wildfire disasters in the past six years, with no IA (Individual Assistance) declaration funding.

 

*All times provided are in Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Daily Kickoff

8:30 am – 10:00 am

This morning of the conference will begin with 2020 volunteer award announcements and winner spotlights, self-care moments provided by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance members, and a topic-based networking opportunity to share information with other attendees.

Disaster Philanthropy: Working with Funders to Meet Disaster Recovery Needs

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This session is a conversation about funding disaster recovery from the perspective of the funder. During the session, you’ll hear from several Iowa-based disaster funders. The discussion will center around pre-disaster relationship building with funders and the roles that funders may take in disaster response and recovery. Panelists will also share best practices in fundraising learned from experience and networks with colleagues in multiple states and discuss strategies for approaching foundations and effectively communicating your need and story.

So You Think You’re Alone in a Disaster?: A Tabletop Experience 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join this virtual tabletop focused on strengthening disaster relationships and coordination, no matter what your role is in the disaster field.

 

*All times provided are in Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Panelists and Presenters

2021 Keynote Speaker

Steve O’Neil
Iowa Emergency Management Association

Steve O’Neil started his Emergency Management career with Worth County in 1995. In 2000, he became the Coordinator for Cerro Gordo County, where he started and has maintained a CERT team for the past 16 years. Steve spent 15 years with the Manly Fire and Rescue Department, with 8 of those years as their Chief. He is a certified Firefighter I, Fire Instructor II and was trained to the HAZMAT Technician level. Steve was an adjunct instructor for the Iowa State Fire Service Training Bureau and served as an instructor and a board member for the American Red Cross. Steve lives in Manly with his wife of 34 years Susan, his daughter Hannah, their miniature schnauzer Belle and cat Minnie.

Maximizing Long Term Recovery Group and Emergency Management Coordination

Lori Williams (Facilitator)
Lori Williams, Secretary
Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) – Voluntary Agency Liaison & IDHRC Secretary

Lori Williams has been working with communities and volunteers during disasters for more than 15 years. In her role at the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Williams supports and engages with voluntary organizations active in disasters across the state of Iowa before, during, and after disasters occur. As an Operations Officer, Williams fulfills the role of “State Voluntary Agency Liaison” and serves as a central coordination point between local, state, and federal governments and voluntary, faith-based, and community organizations responding in times of disaster – including support for long term recovery groups, mass care, reunification and family assistance, unmet needs, and additional areas addressing vulnerable populations.

Prior to this, Williams oversaw the disaster services and outreach programs at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque and coordinated the disaster volunteer programs with Central Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  As Quality Assurance Director and Program Director at Catholic Charities, Williams provided leadership and development for community outreach programs that focused on reducing poverty, strengthening families, and empowering communities.

With a focus on building community resiliency, Williams is an active member of the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council, fulfilling committee roles over the years in Disaster Case Advocacy, Volunteer & Donations Management, Unmet Needs, COAD Relations, and serves as the current Secretary.

Kimberly Elder
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Marshall County Emergency Management – CEM FFI EMT, Coordinator

Kimberly Elder has been an EMT, Firefighter II, and Certified Emergency Manager for Marshall County for 18 years, wife (34 years) to Dan, mother to 2 children (Logan and Adrienne) and 3 fur babies (boxer, Luna and Olde English Bulldogs Venus and Mars), foster mom to several rescue animals, amateur astronomer/star gazer, gardener, and lover of nature and travel.  She is currently enrolled in college again after a hiatus of 30ish years, just because learning should never stop.

Linda Havelka
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Marshalltown LTRC – Co-Chair

Linda Havelka is the Executive Director for Child Abuse Prevention Services in Marshalltown. She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she received a BA in Business. Linda is currently the co-chair of the Marshalltown Long Term Family Recovery Committee that was formed after the 2018 tornado. This past year Linda along with other community leaders worked to assist families financially impacted by the pandemic. She is actively involved the Marshalltown Rotary and currently serves as a board member.

Hilary Christiansen
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Fremont County LTRG – Chair

Hilary Christiansen is the Chief Financial Officer at George C. Grape Community Hospital.  Hilary received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Peru State College and in 2018 received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University.  Hilary is an active member of the Iowa Healthcare Financial Management Association as a Board Director and the Certification Committee Chair.  Hilary has served as the Chairperson of the Fremont County Long Term Disaster Recovery Group since 2019.  Other past activities include the Hamburg Community School District board, Kornerstone Kids Child Care Center board, and coached several community little league activities.

Mike Crecelius
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Fremont County Emergency Management – Coordinator

Mike Crecelius is a 1975 graduate of Sidney Community High School, Sidney, IA. In May of his senior year Mike entered the Marines Corps Delayed Entry Program. In January 1976, Mike departed Omaha, NE., enroute to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA.  Following Boot Camp, Mike attended the US Army Military Police School, Fort McClellan, Al. Upon graduation, Mike was assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC. After three years as a Military Policeman, Mike was selected to work in the Criminal Investigation Division office as a Military Police Investigator. After three years and nine months at Camp Lejeune, Mike was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan, where he was assigned duties in the Criminal Investigation office at Camp Hansen. Following a year in Okinawa, Mike was transferred to Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, CA. for duty in the Criminal Investigation Division at the Provost Marshal’s Office. In January 1982, Mike attended the US Army Criminal Investigation School, Fort McClellan, Al. and the returned duty at Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow. Following his tour of duty in Barstow, Mike was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ.  Upon leaving Yuma, Mike was assigned to the First Marine Expeditionary Brigade and was assigned duty with the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, HI.  After three years in Hawaii, Mike was transferred to Security Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. As the chief investigator of the Criminal Investigation Division. While at Quantico, Mike was promoted to Master Sergeant and was selected to attend the FBI National Academy. Mike retired from the Marine Corps after 21 ½ years on 31Jul1997. In August 2003, Mike left Virginia and returned to Sidney, IA. Mike has been employed as the Fremont County Emergency Management Coordinator since Aug2008.  During this time, he has assisted Fremont County and the cities of the county in dealing with ice/snow storms, straight line winds, tornadoes, a number of flooding incidents, to include the 2011 and 2019 Missouri River floods; and recently the Coronavirus Pandemic.  He is responsible for working with the jurisdictions and response agencies to develop and maintain the countywide Emergency Management Plan.  Mike is a member of the Iowa Emergency Management Association.  Being the Fremont County Emergency Management Coordinator is the most rewarding/interesting position he has held since retiring from the United States Marine Corps in 1997.

Kelly Thompson
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Quad Cities LTRG – Chair

Kelly Thompson earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa and her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Augustana College. She brought to the Community Foundation nine years of experience in social services, including direct service in the areas of child welfare and homelessness; grant writing; and agency administration. As Vice President of grant making and community initiatives, Kelly oversees grant making, scholarships, and the Community Foundation’s collaborations with others on issues that no one organization can address alone. She also manages the Community Foundation’s youth philanthropy program, Teens for Tomorrow. Kelly lives in Rock Island, enjoys the local live music scene, and is active in community theatre.

Dave Donovan
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Scott County Emergency Management – Director

Dave Donovan is the Director of the Scott County Emergency Management Agency and the Scott Emergency Communications Center. Dave has been with Emergency Management for six years. Prior to this role, Dave was the Director of Facility and Support Services, during his 32-year career with Scott County.

Dave graduated from Western Illinois University (Board of Trustees with Emphasis in Public Policy). In addition, he has earned a Graduate Certificate from Michigan State University in Facility Management and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from Drake University.

Dave is married with two adult children, Ben, who is attending Penn State University, and Alexandra, a physician assistant in the Iowa City area. Dave and his wife, Mary, live in Le Claire. Dave and Mary enjoy live music, traveling and playing golf

Youth, Mental Health, & Disasters: Resilience In and Through the Storm

Paul Daniel
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Center Associates – Executive Director

Paul Daniel has been at Center Associates since 1993.  He is currently licensed in Iowa to provide mental health services. He is very passionate about connecting with people of all ages providing assistance to bring clarity to life challenges. As interruptions occur that detour life’s journey, hope and perseverance becomes the guiding light to growth and resiliency.  He treats individuals with day-to-day challenges helping navigate through life transitions, such as adjustment to illness, family fragmentation, self-esteem, changes in schooling, divorce, grief, etc. He has been influential in the community spearheading School Based Mental Health Services for 28 years.  He is a community leader connecting and improving the collaborative process to secure mental, social, and emotional health services available to all community organizations from Headstart, to religious organizations, social service clubs, veterans, and nursing homes.

Mandy Gesme
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COVID Recovery Iowa – Coordinator for Child & Family Services

Mandy Gesme received her B.A. at The University of Iowa in Art and Psychology. She went to graduate school at Eastern Virginia Medical School and received her M.S. Degree in Art Therapy. She worked at a family homeless shelter in Norfolk, VA for 3 years before moving to Iowa where she obtained her counseling license and has worked for Pathways Behavioral Services for 16 years in a variety of roles, including children’s counselor, BHIS coordinator, and Change Team Leader. Most recently, she is fulfilling the role of coordinator of the child and family services for the FEMA grant COVID Recovery Iowa. She is on the Bremer County Board of Public Health, the Denver IA Tree Board, and a mom of three.

Leveraging Volunteers During Disasters

Sarah Eggert (Facilitator)
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Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) – Program Planner & Voluntary Agency Liaison

Sarah Eggert joined the State of Iowa’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) in November 2020 as a Program Planner in the Recovery Division and second state Voluntary Agency Liaison (VAL).Prior to joining HSEMD, she worked in emergency response and humanitarian affairs in Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar (Burma), and Bangladesh. Sarah is an Ames High graduate and was a Drake University student-athlete; she received a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, with a certificate in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. While in Hawai’i, she worked as a graduate assistant with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC). Currently Sarah is pursuing an online Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and is a proud member of the #NatSecGirlSquad.

Jessica Bullock
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Central Iowa RSVP – Volunteer Coordinator

Jessica recently graduated with a BS in Emergency and Disaster Sciences from University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has been with Central Iowa RSVP since November 2018 and coordinates the disaster volunteer programming in Story County. During that time she has assisted with response to the Marshalltown tornado as well as Derecho and COVID-19 response and recovery efforts within Story County.

Kayla Paulson
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United Way of East Central Iowa – Volunteer Engagement Senior Coordinator

Kayla Paulson has spent the last eight years fighting for more strategic and impactful volunteer engagement in her community, state, and nationally. During her tenure at United Way of East Central Iowa as the Service Enterprise Initiative Trainer and RSVP Director she has worked with over 100 local agencies, more than 500 senior RSVP volunteers, Iowa Commission on Volunteering & Service, Points of Light, AL!VE, and United Way Worldwide to help improve volunteer engagement practices. She has had the privilege of supporting Linn Area Partners Active In Disaster (LAP-AID) through multiple disaster response efforts including flood threats, flooding, wind storms, a pandemic and derecho.

The thing that Kayla loves most about her role is that she gets the opportunity to help both people and organizations be the best that they can be even during a disaster. Through training, networking, and sharing resources she facilitates learning and growth to meet the needs of the community and be prepared for how disaster volunteerism is morphing. During her normal role as an RSVP Director, she acts as a volunteer headhunter often for volunteers who are in a transitional state moving from career success to community significance helping them re-ground themselves with a purpose in their new life stage. She applies those talents, leverages the relationships with skilled volunteers and agencies to support the work of the LAP-AID Emergency Volunteer Center and it’s Volunteer Reception Center efforts.

As many of Kayla’s friends, colleagues, and even new acquaintances at a dinner party can tell you; she has a true passion for communities rallying together to meet community needs and wants to help the organizations, staff, and volunteers are the best version of themselves to making communities better places to live, work and play even in times of disaster.

Michael Rojas
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Volunteer Iowa – Disaster Programs Officer

Michael Rojas grew up in New York City and attended Marymount Manhattan College in Manhattan, NY. He received a BFA in Psychology and Studio Art, specializing in Developmental Psychology with an emphasis on Children with Disabilities and Special Education. Michael worked with several non-profits like the New York Road Runners and Kings County Tennis League, and was also a full-time educator in Westchester County, NY, before moving to Iowa following the 2018 Marshalltown tornado to work as an AmeriCorps member with the Habitat for Humanity Mobile Response Team. Michael continued working with Habitat for Humanity of Iowa to support food banks fighting food insecurity during the initial phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, respond to the August 2020 derecho in Marshalltown, and was the Incident Commander for a FEMA Mission Assignment in Cedar Rapids. Michael joined Volunteer Iowa in December 2020 as a Disaster Programs Officer.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys training for and running marathons, drawing, and painting.

Reaching ALL Iowans in Times of Disaster: DEI Panel Discussion

Sonia Reyes (Facilitator)
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The Iowa Office of Latino Affairs – Director

Originally from El Salvador, Sonia Reyes is the Director of the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs. In this role, Sonia advocates and serves as an ongoing resource for Iowans of Latino heritage, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations by coordinating and participating in economic, social, and cultural efforts statewide. She has been doing grassroots work with the Latino and LGBTQIA Communities in Iowa for the past 20 years. She is a national speaker on Latino, immigration, youth, and intersectionality topics.

Currently, Sonia serves as a Commissioner for the Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission, board member for The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa, the Iowa Literacy Council, and the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. She is the recipient of the LULAC Latina Leadership Award, Iowa’s LGBTQ Legacy Award, Des Moines University’s Cesar Chavez Leadership Award, and El Salvador’s Salvadoran Woman Leadership Award for her contributions to economic, social, and cultural development in the United States and El Salvador.

Sonia has dedicated her professional and personal life to serving the Latino and LGBTQIA communities in Iowa, advocating and fighting for racial and social justice.

 

SPANISH

Originaria de El Salvador, Sonia es la directora de la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Estado de Iowa. En esta posición, Sonia aboga y sirve como un recurso continuo para los habitantes de Iowa de herencia latina, agencias gubernamentales, empresas y otras organizaciones. Ella coordina y participa en esfuerzos económicos, sociales y culturales en todo el estado, asegurando que la voz de las comunidades latinas esté presente. Sonia es una presentadora nacional sobre temas que impactan a las comunidades latinas, jóvenes, las intersecciones de identidad e inmigración.

Sonia ha estado haciendo trabajo directo y comunitario con la comunidad latina y LGBTI en Iowa durante los últimos 20 años. Actualmente, se desempeña como comisionada de la Comisión de Derechos Civiles y Humanos de la ciudad de Des Moines, ella también es miembro de la mesa directiva de La Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles de Iowa, el Consejo de Alfabetización de Iowa, y en la Alianza Interreligiosa de Iowa.

Sonia ha recibido el premio de Liderazgo de LULAC, premio de Legado LGBTI, de Liderazgo de Cesar Chaves y fue reconocida por el gobierno de El Salvador con el premio de Mujer Líder Salvadoreña por su contribución al desarrollo económico, social y cultural en los Estados Unidos y en El Salvador.

Sonia ha dedicado su vida profesional y personal a servir a las comunidades latinas y LGBTQIA en Iowa, siempre abogando y luchando por la justicia social y racial

Amal Barre
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Oakridge Neighborhood – Vice President of Planning and Strategy

Amal Barre is an urban planner working in the non-profit housing sector. She currently serves as the VP – Planning and Strategy at Oakridge Neighborhood in Des Moines. Amal has a MSc. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is a HealthConnect Fellow with the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation (MIHF) and the Project Director for unevictIA, a research initiative that is creating digital tools to understand and limit the experience of housing instability in Iowa communities.

Caleb Knutson
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Marshalltown City Planner

Caleb Knutson was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and grew up in rural Iowa. Currently he is the City Planner for the city of Marshalltown. Caleb and his wife also operate their families’ startup coffee shop in Story City. At Iowa State University he studied Criminology & Criminal Justice, as well as Community and Regional Planning. Presently Caleb serves on the Empower Rural Iowa Grow Task Force, Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs of which he is the Chair of the Commission, and the Iowa APA DEI Committee for which he is the Co-Chair. Caleb resides in rural Hardin county with Anjuleah (Spouse), and their three children, two cats, one Chinese Dwarf hamster, & 0 Fish (RIP Lightning).

Courtney Reyes
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One Iowa – Executive Director

Courtney Reyes is a stay at home mom turned executive director. As soon as Courtney began her work as an office assistant at One Iowa, she started to take on new challenges and leadership, moving up in the organization and earning the role of Executive Director in 2019. Courtney’s leadership style is focused on empowering and caring for her team to be their very best. She often wears her heart on her sleeve and leads with a motto of “I cry at work.” This passion paired with a drive to make actual change for LGBTQ Iowans throughout the state makes her a highly effective leader.

Mira Yusef
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Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity – Executive Director

Mira Yusef is the Executive Director of Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa. She is also one of the founders and one of the staff of the National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). Mira has a Master’s in Social Work, with specialization in Community Organizing, and a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Mira was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, 2004-2005, to pursue research in the Philippines on Muslim Filipinas employed as domestic workers in the Middle East. She was also awarded the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David Boren Fellowship in 2006 to study the Indonesian and Malay languages as well as conduct field research in Malaysia and Philippines on sex trafficking.  Her areas of expertise are training and technical assistance on gender-based violence; organizational and community development; community assessment and participatory action research; youth programming; and culturally-specific services and strategies.  Mira can be reached at [email protected]

In-Kind Donations 101

Amanda Schwering
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Adventist Community Services – Conference Director for Iowa

Amanda Schwering is the Associate ACS (Adventist Community Services) Conference Director for Iowa with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  She became active in ACS in 2018 as a certified Disaster Responder.  Amanda is also a certified Mental Health First Aid responder through the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Amanda works for Iowa State University supervising the Accounts Payable Department and has professional experience working in Human Resources and Accounting.  She has volunteered in many different areas including teaching youth in church, Coordinating Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery program, and other community services.

Amanda and Brian live in Central Iowa.  They have two sons, Dylan, 19 and Jonathan 15.

Brian Schwering
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Adventist Community Services – Conference Director for Iowa

Brian Schwering is the ACS (Adventist Community Services) Conference Director for Iowa with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  He became active in ACS in 2018 as a certified Disaster Responder.  He spent June 2019 actively working as Manager/Assistant Manager of the Donations Management Warehouse and Distribution Center in Jefferson City, MO following the tornado and mass flooding.

Brian works for Bethany Life Story City as the Director of Facilities where a majority of his focus is on Safety and Emergency Operations.  He has recently joined HELPERS in Central Iowa which is the Story County Healthcare Engaged in Local Preparedness, Emergency Response and Sustainability. Brian recently became certified as a Mental Health First Aid responder through the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Disaster Fundraising

Carlene Anders
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Disaster Leadership Team – Executive Director

Bio coming soon…

Disaster Philanthropy: Working with Funders to Meet Disaster Recovery Needs

Cari Cullen (Facilitator)
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Center for Disaster Philanthropy – Director

Cari (Logan) Cullen is the director of the Midwest Early Recovery Fund. Previously, Cari served as the Humanitarian Special Projects Team Lead at Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota where she worked on Disaster Case Management and Recovery Programming, served as Project Manager for the Midwest Consortium for Disaster Services, managed special events for New American Services, and initiated and lead the agency’s work with victims of labor trafficking.

Cari started her career as a Children’s Pastor in St. Cloud, Minnesota and in 2010 moved to Sierra Leone, West Africa to serve as the In-Country Program Director for a small NGO serving orphans. She got her start in disaster work as Camp Noah’s Senior Program Manager for Camp Development. There she worked with communities affected by disaster to assist them in understanding and meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of children post-disaster. Cari has worked with a wide variety of communities and populations. She is focused on understanding and addressing the unique needs of communities and individuals in disaster recovery, and fostering the assets and strengths of the community and individuals to build capacity and strengthen resilience.

Cari resides in West Fargo, North Dakota. When she is not working, Cari is reading, traveling for fun and solidifying her position as the favorite aunt of eight of the best little people on the planet.

Contact: [email protected]

Anne Calder
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Quad Cities Community Foundation – President of Development

Anne Calder serves as vice president of development at the Quad Cities Community Foundation. Her career in philanthropy has spanned work with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and nearly ten years at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Today, she regularly speaks on topics of fundraising and stewardship of gifts and serves as the president of the Quad Cities Planned Giving Council. In her role at the Community Foundation, Anne oversees philanthropic services, planned giving, stewardship and donor engagement, nonprofit endowment building initiatives, and disaster fundraising. Anne and her husband live in Geneseo, Illinois.

Carrie Walker
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Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

Carrie Walker is the Nonprofit Network Manager at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and works on the disaster resilience and grantmaking team. For the past three years, Carrie has been involved in disaster preparation work; most recently as part of the response to the ongoing pandemic and the August 10th derecho that hit Linn County. The Community Foundation has granted $450,000 in COVID-19 disaster funding and $1.4 million in disaster recovery funding since the derecho. Carrie is in her seventh year leading the activities of the Nonprofit Network, which provides resources for local nonprofit organizations including peer groups, professional development opportunities, and information. Carrie grew up in La Porte City, Iowa and then attended the University of Northern Iowa where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations. Carrie lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband and three sons where she enjoys volunteering, watching her boys participate in music and sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Jenna Manders
Default Image Team
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Bio coming soon…

Kari McCann Boutell
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Iowa Council of Foundations – President

Kari McCann Boutell joined the Iowa Council of Foundations as President in 2015. Kari works directly with the Board of Directors and oversees organizational activities including program development and management, membership recruitment and retention, as well as education and outreach for the purpose of strengthening and growing philanthropy in Iowa. An Iowa native, Kari brings her lived, rural experience, passion for place-based leadership, and collaborative spirit to the network each day.

Kari has a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Northern Iowa and a graduate degree in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Prior to joining the ICoF, Kari was the Director of Nonprofit Partnerships & Grantmaking at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

Kari serves on the Creative Adventure Lab Board of Directors, University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Advisory Board, University of Northern Iowa Leisure, Youth and Human Services Advisory Council, and is a Co-Chair of a United Philanthropy Forum Peer Community. Kari is a Jr. Achievement classroom volunteer and participates in a local Women’s Giving Circle, where she participates on the Grantmaking Committee. Kari also provides consulting services for nonprofits and supports youth philanthropy across the state and nationally.

Kari lives in Dubuque with her husband and daughter. Her earliest memory of formal philanthropy dates back to eighth grade when she joined her local youth philanthropy group.

Karrie Abbott
Default Image Team
United Way of Quad Cities

Bio coming soon…

So You Think You’re Alone in a Disaster?: A Tabletop Experience 

Lori Williams
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Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) – Voluntary Agency Liaison (VAL) & IDHRC Secretary

Lori Williams has been working with communities and volunteers during disasters for more than 15 years. In her role at the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Williams supports and engages with voluntary organizations active in disasters across the state of Iowa before, during, and after disasters occur. As an Operations Officer, Williams fulfills the role of “State Voluntary Agency Liaison” and serves as a central coordination point between local, state, and federal governments and voluntary, faith-based, and community organizations responding in times of disaster – including support for long term recovery groups, mass care, reunification and family assistance, unmet needs, and additional areas addressing vulnerable populations.

Prior to this, Williams oversaw the disaster services and outreach programs at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque and coordinated the disaster volunteer programs with Central Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. As Quality Assurance Director and Program Director at Catholic Charities, Williams provided leadership and development for community outreach programs that focused on reducing poverty, strengthening families, and empowering communities.

With a focus on building community resiliency, Williams is an active member of the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council, fulfilling committee roles over the years in Disaster Case Advocacy, Volunteer & Donations Management, Unmet Needs, COAD Relations, and serves as the current Secretary.

Rick Wulfekuhle
Headshot of relationship tabletop presenter, Rick Wulfekuhle
Buchanan County Emergency Management – Coordinator

Rick Wulfekuhle has been with Buchanan Co. Emergency Management as Coordinator since 1997 – 2000 (part time), full time since 6/2000). He is also the past President of the Iowa Emergency Management Association and Safety Director for Buchanan County. Under the office of Emergency Management, he served as a Member of the E-911 Commission. As Executive Secretary, he gained experienced with several Local and State-wide disasters to include 16 Presidential declarations. He is also the past President of the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council, past President of the Buchanan County Extension Council, past President of the Buchanan County Animal Shelter board, and past Assistant Chief of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department – 30-year, retired. He is a nationally certified Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Fire Instructor I and a member of the Buchanan County Fire Association. Rick also owns a business called Pets Allowed – a Boarding, Grooming, and Training Facility for pets since 1994 with 7 employees. He has a wife of 40 years: (this June) Julie – a Certified Appraiser, Kremer Appraisals, Retired Legal Assistant–Tom Riley Law Firm; 3 Sons: Andrew (wife, Kelsey) – 33: Jordon – 29 (wife, Haley): and Taylor – 23; and 2 Grandchildren, Bailey – 15, and Jackson – 12 (and another Grandchild, very soon!)

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