Staff News

Welcome New Staff

Drew Morton – Multimedia Design Specialist

Drew Morton has joined the Community Foundation’s marketing team as Multimedia Design Specialist. He began this role on July 23, 2019.  As designer and videographer, he elevates stories about donors and nonprofits in our community while also promoting philanthropy and impactful grantmaking for the Community Foundation.



Paula Lange – Controller

Paula Lange has joined the Community Foundation’s finance team as Controller. She began this role on August 12, 2019. Paula is responsible for the management of the financial operations of the Community Foundation. She manages the financial accounting, reporting, and data analysis; audit and tax.

Promotions & Recognition

Michelle Beisker – Senior Vice President of Development

Michelle Beisker has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Development to continue to offer leadership and strategy for asset development, including increased efforts in Family Philanthropy.




Emmylou Ball – Systems Analyst

Emmylou Ball has been promoted to a new Systems Analyst position to ensure the quality and accuracy of the database system.





Laura Booth Becomes Certified Fund Raising Executive

Community Foundation Donor Relations Officer Laura Booth has been named a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International. Laura joins fewer than 60 CFREs in the state of Iowa.



Les Garner Named Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate

Community Foundation President & CEO Les Garner has been named a 2019 Junior Achievement Corridor Business Hall of Fame Laureate. Les will be honored at an event on Thursday, September 19 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.