Program Manager, Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control (retired)
Diane has 38 years of experience as an advocate for animals. Prior to joining Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control, Diane worked for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as a Regional Director and Director of Disaster Preparedness and Shelter Management. She also served as executive director of humane organizations in Colorado and Washington State. Diane also has extensive experience serving on national boards, including the National Animal Care and Control Association board of directors as Vice President and President, Shelter Animals Count – the National Database Project (SAC-NDP) board, the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) and the National Alliance of State Animal & Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) Sheltering Committee.
Frontier Futures, Inc.
Kris has been involved in cat rescue and fostering since 1999 with her first foster cat named Mystery for Texas Siamese Rescue. Over the years, cat rescue has lead into a passion for fundraising and volunteering. With the 2008 Cedar Rapids flood, a request for community help was needed to take care of the numerous animals out at the Kirkwood Campus Equine Center. With this experience stemmed a group of exceptional women and men who helped formed the Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control amazing "cat team" volunteer group. Since 2010, Kris has actively been helping with events and fundraising for the shelter. In 2016, she officially joined the FHFF board. Kris enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her granddaughter, Ava. She is owned by an 11-year-old Tabby named Cane, and 6-year-old Lionhead rabbit named Mocha.
Quality Operations Coach, Wellmark BCBS Iowa and South Dakota
Theresa is a passionate animal advocate who enjoys hands-on volunteerism in caring for our cats at Petsmart, helping with dog adoption events as well as fundraising for animal needs in the community. Theresa and her husband have a rescue cat, Gracie Pounce Rowland, 16 years, and rescue dog, Winnie Pastel Rowland, 12 years. Theresa and her husband enjoy traveling and exploring new cities.
Senior Print Circuit Designer, Collins Aerospace
Aletta was born and raised (by a cat) in Colorado. She has lived in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Florida, and now Iowa. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 2014 and is a loving catmom to Ozzy and Mysti who were both adopted from Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control. She has also raised, shown, and trained horses. Her lifelong love of animals drives her to volunteer, fundraise, and advocate for FHFF.
Fraud Specialist, Farmers State Bank
Cathy’s parents passed on their love of animals by having a variety of pets while she was growing up - cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and even a pony. She began volunteering for CRACC in 2019 and has since become part of the PetSmart catcare team, and has fostered kittens in her home. She enjoys helping in any way that enhances and enriches the lives of animals in our community. Cathy enjoys spending time with family, friends and her fur babies. She has had several rescue animals over the years, and currently lives with a Calico cat named Noodle (the queen of the house) and a black Lab named Shiloh.
Graphic Designer, Randy's Flooring
Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Hannah has a deep love for her community. A self-described visual communicator, Hannah graduated with a double-major in Public Relations and Studio Art from Coe College in 2011. Since then, Hannah has used her skills in fundraising and event planning for non-profits, social media management, and has a successful career as a Graphic Designer. In her free time, Hannah enjoys yoga, cooking, and going to the dog park with her two Brittany’s Caddie and Veishea.
Senior Marketing Manager, ACT
Megan is a passion-driven marketer and digital storyteller with an affinity for lifelong learning and animal advocacy. From campus to agency to non-profits, Megan has spent the past ten years crafting award-winning marketing campaigns and partnering with some of the best brands in education. She is a proud University of Iowa alum who enjoys living in and staying connected to the Corridor community through FHFF. When she’s not working or volunteering, Megan enjoys exploring new cities and seeing live music.
Jean has always had animals in her life, usually dogs and cats but she has been known to bring home a parakeet whose cage was left at a dumpster with the cage door left open. Jean and her husband currently share their home with two dogs (a yellow lab and black lab/German Shepherd mix) and two cats adopted from Cedar Rapids Animal Control. In her spare time, Jean enjoys spending down time in the backyard with her dogs, gardening, and getting together with family.