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Iowa West Boards

Iowa West Foundation Board

The Foundation Board of Directors is made of volunteer community leaders from throughout Pottawattamie County.

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

Ron Dickinson (Investment)
Jason James (Real Estate)
Rick Killion (Banking)
Kirk Madsen (Business)
Jack Ruesch (Legal)
*Vergarie Sanford (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)
Kate Cutler, Vice President (Ret. Legal)
Cindy Hume, Secretary/Treasurer (Business)

Steve Baumert (Healthcare)
Travis Castle (Small Business)
Joanie Poore (Housing)
*Vergarie Sanford (Business)
Polina Schlott (Business)
Warren Weber (Ret. Education)

*Denotes Dual Board Member

Lynn Grobe (County Board of Supervisors)
Chris Petersen (City Council)

Grant Advisory Committee

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: Economic Development, Education, Healthy Families and Placemaking.

Mike Alford
Tori Christie
Deb Goodman
Paula Hazlewood, Chair
Shane Hoss
Rod James
Bailey McQueen-Jones
Debbie Orduna
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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