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Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors

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.


Rick Crowl, Chair


Matt Gronstal, IWF Vice-Chair
Tara Slevin, IWF Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Theresa Barron-Mckeagney
Kate Cutler
Ron Dickinson
Susan Miller
Bob Schlott
Warren Weber

Iowa West Racing Association Board of Directors

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.


Rick Killion, President


Amy Crawford, Vice President
Cindy Hume
Jason James, Secretary/Treasurer
Kirk Madsen
Susan Miller
Tamara Pavich
Phil Reed
Jack Ruesch

Lynn Grobe
Mike Wolf

Grant Advisory Committees


Sandi Burmeister
Tori Christie
Deb Goodman
Ami Leath
Dr. Ann Mausbach, Chair
Bailey McQueen-Jones
Melanie Shellberg

Healthy Families

Jenny Barnett, Chair
Sarena Dacus
Debbie Orduna
Kathy Penkert
Joannie Poore
Rachel Stolz
Shelley Whitcher


Mike Alford
Alan Byers
Paula Hazlewood, Chair
Shane Hoss
Doug Klahn, Vice Chair
Cory Peters
Brian Rhoten
Dave Wise

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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