• About Us
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  • Staff




Kristi Knous, CAP®, MPA, President

Phone (515) 883-2703

Kristi provides the vision and leadership for shaping the Community Foundation's role as a civic leader, grantmaker, philanthropic partner and charitable giving vehicle. She identifies and addresses issues key to the quality of life in the community and oversees the Community Foundation's daily operations. Kristi received her MPA from Drake University.



Lynne Yontz, CAP®, Chief Advancement Officer

Phone (515) 447-4203


Lynne leads the creation and implementation of a comprehensive development plan to accomplish the strategic goals of the Community Foundation. She is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy and helps donors, nonprofits and corporations establish charitable funds and access Endow Iowa Tax Credits. She also facilitates complex, non-cash gifts and the Keep Iowa Growing program.

Bergetta Beardsley, Director of Donor Relations

Phone (515) 447-4207


Bergetta manages the Community Foundation's donor relations program, working to meet the charitable needs of donors. She increases donor awareness of important and emerging community needs, identifies donors' philanthropic goals and develops services for donors and their families.



Ryan Crane, CAP®, Director of Advancement

Phone (515) 447-4204


Ryan assists donors in establishing funds to achieve their charitable goals, while taking advantage of tax-wise giving opportunities like the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program. Ryan also works with nonprofit organizations to build sustainable support for their missions through endowment building. 



Wade A. Den Hartog, CAP®, MBA Director of Charitable Partners

Phone (515) 244-0020


Wade works with corporate donors to facilitate gift transactions and planned giving. He also partners with professional advisors to serve as a resource as they seek to meet the financial and charitable goals of their clients. Wade received his MBA from Drake University.


Joe Sorenson, CAP®, Director of Affiliate Relations

Phone (515) 447-4210


Joe plays an important role in the growth of statewide philanthropy through the establishment of charitable endowments. He maintains and provides service and support to county and community affiliates and their family of funds.


Rebecca Murphy, Donor Relations Associate

Phone (515) 447-4211


Rebecca ensures donors receive a personal approach to philanthropy through the Community Foundation. She works with fund advisors to ensure their giving goals are being met, their knowledge of the community is broadened and their relationship with Community Foundation is meaningful. 

Community Investment


Angela Dethlefs-Trettin, MA, Chief Community Impact Officer

Phone (515) 244-0340


Angie leads, manages and evaluates the Community Foundation's grantmaking initiatives and nonprofit capacity building program. She also works on community leadership and social capital building initiatives of the Community Foundation. To enhance her work in the nonprofit sector, Angie obtained a Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education from BoardSource.  Angie received her MA in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development at the University of Northern Iowa.


Anna Nalean, MPA, Director of Nonprofit Relations

Phone (515) 883-2629


Anna provides support to the Community Foundation's grantmaking and nonprofit capacity building initiatives through pre-application guidance and technical assistance to organizations in meeting grantmaking guidelines. She coordinates and executes all nonprofit capacity building trainings including BoardLaunch and OnTrack as well as the Community Foundation's Scholarship Program. To enhance her work in the nonprofit sector, Anna obtained a Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education from BoardSource. Anna received her MPA from Drake University. 




Karla Jones-Weber, CPA, CGMA, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Phone (515) 883-2701


Karla is responsible for the management and oversight of the Community Foundation's financial and administrative functions and systems. She provides organizational leadership through setting strategy, financial analysis and oversight, oversight of fund administration and fostering relationships with Nonprofit Accounting Services clients.  


Kris Pete-Swanson, Vice President of Finance, Controller

Phone (515) 447-4200 


Kris manages the financial operations and fund administration of the Community Foundation and is responsible for maintaining, monitoring and reporting financial, accounting and investment information. Kris provides supervision to the Nonprofit Accounting Service program and finance department staff to achieve the goals of the Community Foundation.

  Sally Boeckholt, CNAP, Accountant

Phone (515) 244-0015 


Sally provides professional-level support to the Nonprofit Accounting Services (NAS) program and clients. She is responsible for maintaining, monitoring and reporting financial and accounting information for NAS clients to meet their professional accounting needs. 



Kelly Carstens, CNAP, Accountant

Phone (515) 447-4213


Kelly provides professional-level accounting and financial support to the Community Foundation. She is responsible for maintaining, monitoring and reporting financial and accounting information for the Community Foundation and select Nonprofit Accounting Services clients.                                                                                                           


Crystal Ruth, CNAP, Accountant

Phone (515) 447-4202 


Crystal provides professional-level support to the Nonprofit Accounting Services (NAS) program and clients. She is responsible for maintaining, monitoring and reporting financial and accounting information for NAS clients to meet their professional accounting needs.


Kevin Abler, Accounting Associate

Phone (515) 447-4212


Kevin supports the accounting and financial operations of the Community Foundation. He also assists with the day-to-day fiscal and accounting operations of the Community Foundation including accounts/grants payable, contributions and reporting.



Christine DeWall, Accounting Clerk

Phone (515) 447-4214


Christine supports the accounting and financial operations of the Community Foundation. She also assists the Community Foundation's finance department with day-to-day administrative, fiscal and accounting operations. 



Tom Biedenfeld, Donor Services Associate & Data Specialist

Phone (515) 447-4219


Tom provides support to donors, fund advisors and the Community Foundation staff related to the organization's data management system. He is an integral part of the Community Foundation's customer service team. 





Sara Bonney, MPA, Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Phone (515) 447-4201 


Sara drives the Community Foundation's comprehensive strategic marketing plan through all forms of marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives. She communicates the Community Foundation's message and mission to further establish the Community Foundation as a leader in philanthropy.



Barb Hobson, Executive Assistant

Phone (515) 447-4206


Barb provides administrative support to designated Community Foundation staff, board committees and Community Foundation partners. She assists in implementing the advancement programs and administrative activities of the Community Foundation.


Kate McClaskey, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Phone (515) 883-2626


Kate welcomes guests to the Finkbine Mansion and provides administrative support for Community Foundation staff and board committees. She also assists with special events and projects.

Gift Planning Counsel


Johni Hays, Gift Planning Consultant with Thompson & Associates

Phone (515) 988-8817


Johni specializes in charitable estate planning, bequests, charitable gift annuities and nonprofit law at Thompson & Associates.

 Legal Counsel


Wayne Reames, Attorney with Belin McCormick, P.C.

Phone (515) 283-4660


Wayne is a shareholder at Belin McCormick, P.C. and his practice emphasizes taxation, tax controversy, trusts and estates, nonprofit organizations and charitable giving and corporate law.


Steven E. Zumbach, Attorney with Belin McCormick, P.C.

Phone (515) 283-4625


Steve Zumbach is a partner at Belin McCormick, P.C. and practices in the area of estate planning with a primary emphasis on coordinating the estate plan with planning for the closely held business.  As part of this estate planning practice, he has extensive experience advising nonprofit organizations with their charitable giving.