Board of Directors

Robyn Hepker
Board 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.

Michael Pugh
Vice 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
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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!

Hass Machlab
Strategic Planning Chair
President, Innovative Software Engineering
I have been on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Johnson County since 2008 and it is really amazing to see how much positive impact, in every other way, this organization has on our community.  I am proud to participate in helping achieve the measureable objectives set by the United Way of Johnson County's 2020 vision. These objectives focus on education, income and health and they are tailored to our community based on research and resources of our community.
In many ways, I personally connect in my observations with Alexis Charles-Henri de Tocqueville after which the United Way Tocqueville society is named. Tocqueville came to America in 1831 and recognized, applauded, and immortalized American voluntary action on behalf of the common good. He wrote: "I must say that I have seen Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another," eloquently capturing the essence of personal philanthropy that persists, almost three centuries later. We have all locally lived this reality during the floods of 2008 and on a daily basis with all that we do to help each other. In addition, Tocqueville observed at the time that Americans understood a basic fact: looking out for the other guy isn't just good for the soul-it's good for business, it's good for the community.

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

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.

Patricia Heiden
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.

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.

Monica Nadeau
General Manager, Coral Ridge Mall
I have only been working with United Way for a few months and already am so impressed with the foresight in anticipating and preparing for the needs of the community.

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

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.

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.

 

 

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