BOARD MEMBER HIGHLIGHT
Tell me a little about yourself .
I have 2 children, 2 bonus kids, and 3 grandkids. I’m fortunate that they are all close by, as are a large extended family. This fall I’ve been the teaching assistant to my 2nd grade grandson for Johnston hybrid school. I worked for Iowa State University for 38 years with assignments in NW Iowa and on campus both in administration and in nutrition programming. I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher, quilter, and gardener. I like to travel domestically and internationally and I try to spend a few months in Arizona each winter.
Why did you become involved in the Johnston Partnership, and what has your involvement looked like over time?
For about 20 years, I managed federal programs that taught low-income families how to use their food money for better nutrition. When I discovered the Johnston Food Pantry, I started helping distribute food which brought me in direct contact with the families we serve. As a board member I have helped with the newsletter, back to school programs, food pantry intake on Saturdays. I’m currently secretary of the board.
What makes the Johnston Partnership mission meaningful to you?
Johnston is home to some of the wealthiest families in Iowa. At the same time, we have local families who are struggling to pay their rent, buy food and pay for their medicines. I believe in the passage, “To whom much is given, much will be required”. The board and volunteers who make our program run have a deep commitment to treating those in need with respect, listening to needs and responding generously.