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Iowa West Boards

2021 Board Officers

Board Officers 2021

Iowa West Foundation Board

The Foundation Board of Directors is made of volunteer community leaders from throughout Pottawattamie County. The Foundation is a private foundation under the IRS code, and grants are awarded to nonprofits and governmental entities through a deliberative process including grant advisory committees.

The committees consist of community volunteers with backgrounds in the Foundation’s focus areas. Grants are funded primarily by investment income and also from distributions by the Iowa West Racing Association, which receives fee income from Ameristar and Harrah’s.

Matt Gronstal, Chair (Banking)
Tara Slevin, Vice Chair (Healthcare)
Tammy Pavich, Secretary/Treasurer (Business)

Ron Dickinson (Investment)
Jason James (Real Estate)
Rick Killion (Banking)
Susan Miller (Banking)
*Phil Reed (General Business)

*Denotes Dual Board Member

Iowa West Racing Association Board

The Association Board of Directors is also made up of volunteer community leaders from throughout Pottawattamie County. Because the Association is the nonprofit license sponsor for Ameristar and Harrah’s, it receives contracted fees from those casino operators. The Association — which is regulated by the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission — grants the fees to charity, in this case the Iowa West Foundation.

Amy Crawford, President (Legal)
Jack Ruesch, Vice President (Legal)
Cindy Hume, Secretary/Treasurer (Business)

Steve Baumert (Healthcare)
Kate Cutler, (Ret. Legal)
*Phil Reed (General Business)
Vergarie Sanford (Business)
Polina Schlott (Business)
Warren Weber (Ret. Education)

*Denotes Dual Board Member

Lynn Grobe (County Board of Supervisors)
Mike Wolf (City Council)

Grant Advisory Committees

Mike Alford
Tori Christie
Deb Goodman
Paula Hazlewood, Chair
Shane Hoss
Rod James
Bailey McQueen-Jones
Debbie Orduna
Joanie Poore
Shelley Whitcher
Dave Wise, Vice Chair

Tammy Pavich, Board Liaison

OUR VISION is a community where families choose to live, and businesses choose to locate, because of its quality of life and standard of living.


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