Recent Community Foundation Staff Updates and Celebrations

Published: December 13, 2021 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Michelle Beisker Honored at CBJ Women of Influence Event

On November 3, Michelle Beisker, Senior Vice President of Development, was named one of the Corridor Business Journal’s 2021 Women of Influence. This award was presented to ten women who have made a difference in the Corridor as role models and leaders in their fields and community.

Michelle joined the Community Foundation in 2014 and has since built an asset development strategic plan. Michelle’s is successful in asset development because she cares deeply about our community, as evidenced by her service at several local organizations. Congratulations, Michelle!


Susan Willey to Retire in January

In January of 2022, Director of Planned Giving Susan Willey, JD, will retire from the Community Foundation. Susan joined the organization in 2014 after serving as a tax attorney in both the public and private sectors. As a vital member of the development team, Susan has used her expertise to help donors plan their estates and develop their charitable goals.

“While I congratulate Susan on her retirement, I must also say that she will be dearly missed,” said Les Garner, President & CEO. “She has the expertise necessary to help donors make efficient and effective gifts, but she also has a deep appreciation for our community. This has made Susan an invaluable asset in our efforts to improve the quality of life in Linn County.”


Laura Booth Promoted to Director of Family Philanthropy

In this new role, Laura will lead the Family Philanthropy team, be the liaison for professional advisors and serve as the primary planned giving resource for the Community Foundation. Congratulations, Laura!



Dahlia Latif Promoted to Development Officer

In this new role, Dahlia will strengthen the Community Foundation’s relationships with individual and corporate fund holders. Congratulations, Dahlia!




America Manjarrez Joins Community Foundation

We are excited to announce that America Manjarrez has joined the Community Foundation as Office Manager. America will manage the Foundation’s facilities and oversee processes such as National Standards Accreditation. She will also provide support for leadership, including the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Welcome, America!

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