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.
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.
Geof is widely known for his community involvement that includes leadership roles with the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Junior Achievement, Waterloo Playhouse/Black Hawk Children’s Theatre; Iowa State University Alumni Association, Iowa State Alumni Club of Black Hawk County; Black Hawk Gaming Association and his church Westminster Presbyterian. Retiring in 2011 as a partner with StruXture Architects in downtown Waterloo, Geof’s specialty was the design of school buildings, bringing together diverse community opinions and creating solutions for districts across the state. Geof and fellow board member, Joe Vich, co-chaired the Cedar Valley United Way campaign in 2013.
Geof is a 1969 graduate of architecture at Iowa State University and lives in Waterloo with his wife, Vicki. Together, he enjoys time with his family that includes 2 children and their spouses and 2 grandchildren.
Joe received his B.S. Degree from Iowa State University in 1969. He also attended the University of Northern Iowa and received his C.P.A. license from the Iowa State Board of Accountancy in 1984.
Joe was a bank executive with over 30 years’ experience in the banking industry, all in the Cedar Valley. He retired as Vice-Chairman of Community Bank & Trust following the merger of the bank he founded, Community National Bank, into Quad City Holdings in 2013. Prior to the merger Mr. Vich was the President and C.E.O. of the bank and holding company. He also served as President and C.E.O. of the National Bank of Waterloo.
As a Cedar Valley native, he served as the Chair of the Waterloo Enterprise Zone Commission, Chair of Cedar Valley United Way, and served on the boards of the Waterloo Industrial Association, University of Northern Iowa College of Education Advisory Council and the Shazam Network. Recently he co-chaired the Cedar Valley United Way campaign with Geof Grimes. In addition, he serves as an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church and is a disaster response volunteer locally and nationally for the American Red Cross.
He has been married to Troyce for over 45 years. Troyce and Joe have 2 children.
Dan recently retired as the Central Division Head with US Bancorp in Waterloo, with banks in parts of Iowa, Southern Minnesota, Central Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin reporting to him. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and began his banking career in 1977 at Wells Fargo working as a commercial lender. In 1983 he assumed the position of President/Division Head at Marquette Bank in Rochester, MN. He held this position until 1990 when he relocated to Waterloo, Iowa to become President/CEO of Waterloo Savings Bank, which would eventually become US Bancorp.
Dan has been an active and prominent civic leader in Waterloo and has served the past 14 years as President of the Waterloo Development Corporation (WDC), a group of citizens and businessmen interested in developing and redeveloping properties in downtown Waterloo.
Mike was born and raised in Waterloo and is a graduate of Texas Christian University and the University of Iowa College of Law. He is a partner at the Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman law firm, with a practice concentrated in business law. He and his wife, Dodie, have three sons who attend Kingsley and Kittrell schools in Waterloo.
Mike was elected to the Waterloo School Board in 2007 and served on the school board for 8 years. In addition to the Waterloo Community Foundation, Mike is a board member of the Waterloo Schools Foundation and a trustee of the R.J. McElroy Trust.
Ms. Bentley has been with Community Bank & Trust (formerly Community National Bank) since its beginning 19 years ago. She has over 30 years of banking experience.
Ms. Bentley is currently serving on the Community Council Bankers Council for the American Bankers Association and has served on the board of the Iowa Bankers Association. Ms. Bentley is also serving as a board member for Unity Point Hospital, Unity Point Hospital Foundation and Hawkeye Community College Foundation and Greater Cedar Valley Chamber and Alliance. Previously she served as board chair for Western Home Retirement Communities, Exceptional Persons, Inc. and Junior Achievement.
Ms. Bentley has been recognized as a recipient of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier Top 20 Under 40 Award and as Iowa’s Rising Star in Banking Award.
Stacey is married to Russ Bentley and has two children.
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.
Dr. Johnson is an administrator at the University of Northern Iowa and directs 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.
Jim has been a business owner for years and currently is operator of Jim Lind Service in Waterloo – his hallmark is “great service for great people”. He also has served in the Iowa Senate from 1986 to 1997 in the 71st through the 77th General Assemblies.
A graduate of Waterloo Columbus, volunteerism and service have been at the heart of his life. Among many other involvements, he served as chair of the 1985 My Waterloo Days 10-day celebration; trustee with the Covenant Foundation; member of the Waterloo Jaycees, Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads Rotary and Kimball Ridge Association. As recipient of Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Young Iowan, and Business of the Year, Jim has been active member of the Waterloo community.
Jim is married and has two daughters.
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.
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.
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.
Troy joined US Bank in May 2013, after working 19 years as a Certified Public Accountant. He is Vice President/Managing Director of the Private Client Group at US Bank in downtown Waterloo. He is a graduate of Wartburg College and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. As an active member of the community, he has served as past president of the Waterloo Downtown Rotary and is past treasurer of the Black Hawk County YMCA. Troy is a member of the Visiting Nurses Association Foundation Committee, a member of the Black Hawk County Estate Planning Council, a member of the Wartburg College Business Department National Advisory Board and treasurer of the Beaver Hills Country Club.
He and his is wife Lynn, an attorney, are parents to 2 children.
Jim Walsh is board chairman and general counsel of VGM Group, Inc. As an original investor, Jim has been involved with the company since it was founded in 1986 by the late Van G. Miller. Jim is also the principal owner and CEO of JSA Development, a real estate company that owns and operates more than 35 commercial properties in Waterloo. Jim established JSA Development in 2001 to help bring some life back into downtown Waterloo.
Jim has played a significant role in directing various organizations by serving on their boards. Organizations include Cedar Valley Community Health Care, Waterloo Community Playhouse, and Waterloo Expo Services Corporation. Jim is also the founder of the Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association and Iowa Irish Fest, an annual celebration that draws thousands of visitors to downtown Waterloo.
While owning his own law firm, Clark, Butler, Walsh and Hamann, Jim served as city attorney for Waterloo from 1991 until retiring in 2014.
Walsh earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a law degree from Loyola University. Jim and his wife Linda Walsh, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Northern Iowa, have three daughters: Jennifer, Sara Dirks and Anne, and a grandson, Jimmy D.
Rick, and his wife Cathy, are life-long residents of Waterloo, with deep family roots in the community. With two sons, one daughter, spouses and seven grandchildren all living in Waterloo, Rick has dedicated his life to community betterment through economic development and industrial growth. He maintained an active board status with the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in the 70’s and 80’s and more recently with the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance, served on the board of the Boys Club (now Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley), and has served as a trustee of the R.J. McElroy Trust for the past 35 years. Rick has also served on the Wartburg Board of Regents, University of Northern Iowa Foundation and several local bank boards.
Rick is retired as owner of Young Plumbing and Heating and Young Development, but maintains an active role with all facets of business operations.
Michelle joined the Waterloo Community Foundation in April 2015 as its first Executive Director. She has extensive knowledge of the community having served as the Executive Director and Community Outreach Coordinator for Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach for nearly 5 years; Director of Community Education for the Waterloo Community Schools for 16 years and Deputy Clerk Auditor and Associate City Planner for the City of Waterloo for a total of 17 years.
She currently serves as a Greater Cedar Valley Chamber Ambassador, Big Sister with the Big Sisters Big Brothers Program of Northeast Iowa, member of Waterloo Exchange Club, member of Brothers of Knowledge Promise Fund Steering Committee, and board member of Build Our Ballpark. In 2016, she and her husband, Don, served as co-chairs of the Cedar Valley United Way campaign.
She is a graduate of Benton Community High School (Van Horne, Iowa) and graduate of Luther College, with a BA in Political Science and Business Administration. She grew up on the farm in Benton County and has been a Waterloo resident in her entire adult life.