Board of Directors
One of our strengths is our locally focused board of directors. The board members have diverse backgrounds and experiences, and each are tied to the Waterloo community. Their local decision-making will help us build a more vibrant Waterloo.
Dr. Wilfred Johnson
Dr. Johnson retired on April 1, 2020, as an administrator at the University of Northern Iowa. He directed the Classic Upward Bound Program, which is designed to assist high school students that are from under-representative populations with the college process. Dr. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science, a Master’s of Education and his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Northern Iowa.
To improve the diverse conditions in Iowa, he has served on the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans for two terms. He also volunteered with the Iowa Community Health Leadership Institute, Teen Trust, Waterloo Community School Mentoring Program, Tri-County Head Start, Waterloo Community Development Board, Iowa Child Support Advisory Committee, Wartburg College Diversity Board, Iowa Finance Authority, Black Hawk Leadership Board, University of Northern Iowa Enrollment Council, Waterloo Enterprise Zone Commission, and Allen College Diversity and Institutional Review Board.
Thanks to Dr. Johnson for assuming the board presidency on April 9, 2021.
Kathy is a well-known figure in Waterloo. She was born and raised here, graduating from West High School. She was employed by the Waterloo Courier for 10 years, served on the advance team of President George Herbert Walker Bush for 4 years and was the Foundation Director at Allen Hospital for 9 years. Kathy has been active with the Waterloo Ambassadors, Cedar Valley Hospice Board, Community National Bank Board, Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Valley United Way and Red Cross.
She currently serves on the Allen Hospital Board of Directors and is chair of the Allen Foundation Board and is a member of Roundtable. She spends time with husband, Tim Hurley and three kids and nine grandchildren.
Kathy assumed the vice presidency of the Waterloo Community Foundation Board of Directors, effective April 9, 2021.
Chuck Rowe is President of ACES, an IT service company, after serving as the Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley. He also served 12 years with the Salvation Army throughout the country.
Sam Holden has returned to his hometown of Waterloo, after serving a distinguished career in manufacturing, as chief operating officer and general manager of several large corporations, including vice president and general manager at Construction Machinery in Waterloo. He is a past member of Manchester (Iowa) Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow, has served on the Board of Directors of F&M Bank and as an elder and past session member of his church.
Tim is a life-long Cedar Valley resident, graduating from Columbus High in Waterloo and from the University of Missouri – Rolla, with a B.S. in metallurgical engineering and M.A. in Business from the University of Northern Iowa. After 38 years at Deere Waterloo Operations, Tim retired as an engineer/manager.
Serving as Mayor of the City of Waterloo from 2004 to 2010, Tim has maintained an active role in many local groups and organizations including the Waterloo Development Corporation, Spokesmens Club, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber and chair of Cedar Valley Tech Works Campus and the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.
He is married to Kathy McCoy and has 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Ms. Bentley has been with Community Bank & Trust (formerly Community National Bank) since its beginning 22 years ago. Ms. Bentley is currently serving on the American Bankers Association Board of Directors, Membership Committee, Venture Investment Committee and Audit Committee. Ms. Bentley has also been a member of the Community Bankers Council and the Community Bankers Administrative Committee for the American Bankers Association. She has served on the board of the Iowa Bankers Association. Currently, Ms. Bentley is a board member, a member of the Executive Committee and is the chair of the Finance Committee for Unity Point Hospital. In addition, Ms. Bentley is a board member of Grow Cedar Valley, Woman United through United Way, a board member of the Waterloo Foundation as well as being involved in other local community organizations. She recently served on the Foundation boards of Unity Point Hospital and Hawkeye Community College. Previously, Ms. Bentley was board chair for Western Home Retirement Communities, Exceptional Persons, Inc. and Junior Achievement. In addition, Ms. Bentley has co-chaired the American Heart Association Heart Walk and served on the Iowa Bankers Association Management Committee and Leadership Advisory Board.
Ms. Bentley received the “Fulfilling the Vision of One” award through the Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber in 2017. She has been recognized as a recipient of Courier Communications Top 20 Under 40 Award and as Iowa’s Rising Star in Banking Award.
Stacey is married to Russ Bentley and has two adult children.
Bob Hellman joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in April 2020, after serving a long and distinguished career as Chairman of Hellman for 52 years. Hellman was quickly recognized as a top-rate marketing firm, managing multiple national and international clients. Mr. Hellman also serves as a Board Member Emeritus of Self-Help International in Waverly and as the Executive Director of Build Our Ballpark, a Waterloo non-profit that has refurbished 15 little league ballfields in Waterloo, for a total of 59 playing fields in 9 communities and 2 states.
Hellman donates time and money to the Waterloo Community Playhouse and Dr. Walter Cunningham School of Excellence, located near his childhood home.
Scott is manufacturing engineering manager for John Deere Engine Works in Waterloo in the areas of assembly, machining, facilities and maintenance. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University, M.S. degree in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. Scott has called Waterloo home for 29 years and served as a board member of the American Red Cross and more recently as a board member of the Allen Foundation.
As a partner with the Beecher Law firm, Theresa has been practicing law since 1985. She specializes in estate planning, wills and probate law and also practices in business and real estate law. She is a member of the Black Hawk County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, Probate Section Iowa State Bar Association, Black Hawk County Estate Planning Council and the Fee Arbitration Committee.
Theresa is originally from Maquoketa, Iowa and is married with one child. She is also a very active member in the community. Theresa currently serves on the Board of Regents for Loras College, on the advisory board for the Community Foundation of Waterloo & Northeast Iowa, the St. Edwards Parish Finance Committee and the Board of the Waterloo Community Foundation.
Lori Johnson is a faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies at UNI and is also an independent communication consultant. She has been actively involved with Family YMCA of Black Hawk County, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Waterloo Community School district, Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, WB Small Trust, and the Waterloo Schools Foundation.
Anesa is a graduate of Waterloo West High School and then graduated from University of Northern Iowa (UNI) with two majors, Business Management and Public Administration. She is completing her Healthcare Administration master’s degree from the University of Missouri. Her work experiences include working for mortgage/financial servicing companies, serving two terms in the Iowa Legislature (Iowa House of Representatives), running for US Congress, serving as Executive Director for Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County and currently working as the Development Director for UnityPoint Health – Allen Foundation.
A Waterloo native, Kent came back to the Cedar Valley after serving 6 years in corporate sales with the Adidas Corporation in the Greater Kansas City area. He is now a partner at PDCM in Waterloo. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Iowa and was a 4-year letterman on the Iowa basketball team from 1995 to 1999./span>
Kent enjoys working and supporting his community and is active with several board and organizations within the Cedar Valley. He is the past Board President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley, a board member of the Cedar Valley Sports Commission, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National I-club.
A native of Waterloo, Iowa, and a graduate of East High School, Sharina enlisted in the United States Navy, serving 6 years and earning an honorable discharge. Now at CUNA Mutual, Sharina is the Community Relations Manager and serves as the liaison between the community and the company and provides insight to CUNA’s corporate giving practices. Her passion for diversity, inclusion and equity issues has earned her commission appointments with Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, Veterans Affairs Administration, and the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber Diversity Committee.
Troy Smith joined U.S. Bank in May of 2013 after working 19 years as a Certified Public Accountant. Troy is currently a Wealth Management Regional Managing Director and Community Bank President overseeing the operations of the Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Rochester, MN markets. Troy is currently enrolled in the Pacific Coast Banking School’s Graduate School of Banking.
A graduate of Wartburg College, Troy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree. Troy is married to Lynn and has 2 children, Caitlynn who is a sophomore in college and Sam who is in 9th grade. Troy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. As an active member in his community, Troy is board member of the Waterloo Development Corporation, Treasurer of the Waterloo Community Foundation, board member of Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, Treasurer of the Visiting Nurses Association Foundation Committee, Vice President of The Black Hawk County Estate Planning Council, a member of the Wartburg College Business Department National Advisory Board, a member of the Downtown Waterloo Rotary Club, and a finance committee member of the Beaver Hills Country Club.
Dr. Lance Vanderloo is a practicing chiropractor and owner of Vanderloo Chiropractic in Waterloo and has served in past leadership roles with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, YMCA of Black Hawk County, and various church committees. He also serves on the Allen Foundation Board of Directors.
Erin started as the Waterloo Community Foundation’s first full-time Executive Director in August 2021. She spent seven years at Love INC, a local non-profit and the last 3 years as its Executive Director. During that time, she learned about the tangible needs of the community, collaborated with local churches and agencies, and cultivated donor relationships. Erin has called Waterloo home for the last 10 years and loves that it has the industry, arts, and diversity of a large metropolitan area, but retains the simple Iowa lifestyle. She and her husband, Jesse Tink, and their two children, Jude and Ellie, are grateful to grow their roots in Waterloo.
- Rick Young
- Kathy McCoy
- Tim Hurley
- Mike Young
- Michelle Temeyer
- Stacey Bentley
- Theresa Hoffman
- Kent McCausland
- Jim Walsh
- Geof Grimes
- Joe Vich
- Troy Smith
- Wilfred Johnson
- Jim Lind
- Dan Watters
Geof Grimes (January 8, 1946 to March 31, 2020)
Geof fought hard for many of us in the community through his many professional and volunteer commitments. On March 31, he lost his battle to a multiple number of issues that had ravaged his body the past couple of years. As a founding board member of the Waterloo Community Foundation and now as president since January 2019, he lead with grace, thoughtfulness and perseverance. He will be missed as a well-respected community leader.