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Our Staff

For general inquiries or questions contact 563.355.4310. Find directions to our office. We're located on the 4th floor of the TBK Bank building.


President & CEO Rene Gellerman 563.344.0313
Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Community Impact Karrie Abbott 563.344.0330


Vice President of Finance Kelly Weinbrandt 563.344.0324
Vice President of Information Technology Craig Canfield 563.344.0343

Resource Development

Senior Vice President, Strategic Development Jeff McGinn 563.344.0340
Vice President, Development Gwen Tombergs 563.344.0335
Corporate Engagement Director Erin Williams 563.344.0347
Donor Services Director Jennifer Blakeney 563.344.0345
African American Leadership Society Manager, Kayla Babers 563.344.0322
Executive Assistant & Operations Amy Barnett 563.344.0328

Community Impact

Vice President, Public Policy & Special Projects, Betsy Brandsgard 563.344.0332 or cell: 563.210.2188
Community Impact Manager Alex Kolker 563.344.0339
Community Impact & Women United Manager Leslee Cook 563.344.0321
Talent Development & VITA Manager Melissa Gesing 563.344.0331

COMMUNITY engagement

Vice President of Community Engagement Marci Zogg 563.344.0334
Engagement and Events Manager Krysten Larson 563.344.0316
Creative Services Manager Nathan Williams  563.344.0333
Communications Manager Kevin Smith 563.344.0337
Operations Assistant Amy Daniels 563.344.0344


AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison Cecilia O'Brien 563.344.0319