Board of Directors

Michael Pugh
Board Chair
Attorney, Pugh Hagan PLC
My passion for the community comes from my children, who are 5th generation Iowa Citians. I have loved raising them here, because the quality of life and the other people who live here are exceptional

Robyn Hepker
Past Chair
Designer, Benson & Hepker Design
I love living and working in this community, because this area is that unique combination of welcoming and challenging and the place I can call home. Without United Way we'd all have to work a lot harder to accomplish a lot less.

Gary Barta
Community Investment Chair
Athletic Director, University of Iowa Athletics
My passion for the community comes from watching firsthand how willing people are to get involved. I love living and working in this community. People are genuine and care so deeply about others and making this a great place to live. I’m motivated to do what I can to help in some small way. I began working with United Way in the 1990’s. Through United Way's work, I have seen people from all walks of life come together to help others. Without United Way our community would be missing a valuable asset to help those in need. My belief that it makes our community better grows stronger every year. United Way's mission has been proven and tested over time. It works!

Patricia Heiden
Strategic Planning Chair
Executive Director, Oaknoll Retirement Residence
I first became involved with United Way of Johnson County in 2009 when I was asked to join the Campaign Cabinet.  I experienced first hand the passion and commitment to the values and mission of United Way.  I saw, through it tireless efforts, how it strengthens our community by improving and enhancing the quality of life of those in need. The work of United Way is critical to the well being of this community and because of its initiatives, partnerships and collaborations, every day, it makes a difference is the lives of those it serves.

Lynette Marshall
Resource Development Chair
President & CEO, University of Iowa Foundation
I began working with United Way in 2006 when we first moved to Iowa City. I knew that I wanted to join those in this community who supported The University of Iowa and its mission, but I also wanted to work on behalf of those in our community who need social services support. The United Way does a superb job of bringing people together and making this the kind of caring and responsive community where I want to live and work. I believe United Way's mission fundamentally helps us target how to make a sustained and meaningful impact on social service needs in our community. The 2020 Vision: Goals for the Common Good focusing on health, education and income is an impressive benchmark from which to launch meaningful change in our community. Through United Way's work, I have seen lives changed for the better.

Doug True
Treasurer & Internal Operations Chair
Senior VP & Treasurer, University of Iowa
My passion for the community comes from an understanding of how the community and the university need and thrive upon another. I love living and working in this community because it is young, intellectual, tolerant and caring about others. I began working with United Way in 2009 when asked to participate on the board of directors. I believe United Way’s mission reflects the needs and values of our community - it is designed locally. With United Way, I have seen collaboration during times of stress (flood of 2008 and its aftermath) and unequal volunteer spirit. Without United Way the community would be lessened, the local governments burdened, and individuals would be left to define the greatest needs for their support without a defining and quantitative process to establish community goals.

Ben Clark
Chief Operating Officer, IDx
As a transplant to Iowa City, I have been struck time and again by the profound sense of common humanity that characterizes this community.  The United Way acts on that spirit – mobilizing business, government, and social service sectors around a common vision for the well–being of those living in Johnson and Washington counties.  It is particularly gratifying to be part of an organization that holds itself to account by tracking success across defined, measurable, and ambitious goals.  With the belief that you truly do “get what you measure,” there is no more vital step to ensuring a great education, sustainable income, and good health are within the reach of ALL our neighbors.
Deb Enochson
1st VP, Service Coordination, University of Iowa Community Credit Union
I began working with United Way while I was Board Chair of a local agency in 1994. Through my time 6 years on the Citizens Review board (now called the Community Impact Council), I got to see the outcomes from each of the agencies and the impact of not having enough money to meet all of the needs. Each issue is actually a combination of issues. Through United Way’s work and leadership, I have seen collaboration on projects that no agency could attack alone.

Sue Evans
Chief Operating Officer, MidWestOne Bank
My passion for our United Way is for the all-encompassing effect the organization has with so many lives in Johnson County. My involvement with United Way began in 2010 when I served on the Campaign Cabinet. I knew it was a good fit because I had the opportunity to lead the East Polk United Way Volunteer Committee in Des Moines, IA in the mid-nineties and witnessed the positive outcomes the organization helped to provide to so many families and individuals. It is no different here and it was very easy to say “yes” when I was asked to serve.  I am passionate about helping people and the United Way is a perfect fit for me.

Ken Kates
Chief Executive Officer-University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Associate Vice President-University of Iowa Health Care

Tom Markus
City Manager, City of Iowa City
Our community has a strong history of caring and sharing which is expressed by the many generous people who live and work in this area.   Our citizens are engaged on a civic level and  in their participation and support of many fine social service agencies and non-profits who provide care and support for those whose needs exceed their capacity to always provide  for themselves.  United Way of Johnson County is a leader in securing funding for a number of worthwhile agencies and non-profits who provide significantly to the well being our community and its’ citizenry.  Through the UWJC 2020 Vision plan the United Way strategically invests its funds in the community where the funds will provide the greatest benefit to those in need.  United Way reflects the generous people of our community and directs its resources to those most in need.  It is a honor and privilege to serve on the Board of Directors.

Mark Nolte
President, Iowa City Area Development Group

Nancy Quellhorst
President & CEO, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
My passion for the community comes from my respect for the highly-engaged populace. I love living and working in this community, because of the interesting, friendly people and easy access to many amenities. I began working with United Way in 2005 when we began the first United Way Power of the Purse event. I believe United Way's mission is critical to the social and economic health of our region. Through United Way's work, I have seen all sectors of the community working together for common good. Without United Way individual efforts would be fragmented, redundant and less effective.

Ed Raber
Director, Washington Economic Development Group
It has been very rewarding to work directly on community building and development as the economic development director in Washington County. It has been equally rewarding to work on numerous non-profit organization’s boards over the past two decades, and I bring that experience and engagement to United Way. Working United, we can coordinate and address the most important issues facing our communities.

Ryan Schlabaugh
City Administrator,City of Kalona

Jon Weih

Director, Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
My passion for the community sparked in 2001 through the Chamber Leadership Program and continues today through my work with Kirkwood Community College.  Support for the United Way has been an integral part of the faculty and staff at Kirkwood for many years.  My colleagues and I have witnessed directly the great things that can happen when a community wraps its arms around those in need and shows that all of us are valued and needed.  Community is what bonds us together and the United Way is part of the glue that holds us together.  That’s why I support the United Way.

Jon Whitmore
CEO, ACT, Inc.
I began working with United Way in 2010 when we returned to Iowa City after serving on United Way Boards in Silicon Valley and Lubbock, TX. I love living and working in this community, because of the intellectual, cultural, and healthcare resources. Through United Way's work, I have seen families make progress in overcoming their personal difficulties.

Glen Winekauf
VP for Marketing and Support Services, Mercy Iowa City
I support United Way because the organization is focused on improving the lives of our citizens and strengthening our community.  United Way has allowed me to participate and collaborate with community members and organizations to create measurable change in education, income initiatives and health.  Furthermore, I support United Way because they are accountable to the community and dedicated to serving all ages.

Maryann Dennis
Executive Director, The Housing Fellowship
The success of non-profit service organizations depends significantly on community partnerships.  The longstanding partnership between The Housing Fellowship and the United Way contributes to the prestige of The Housing Fellowship locally and to many funding sources. Over the last 21 years, our partnership has contributed to the leveraging of millions of dollars of federal, state, local and private funding for The Housing Fellowship to develop affordable housing.

Shanti Elangovan
UI Tippie College MBA Board Fellow


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