Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Foundation 2 Crisis Services is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of individuals from throughout the community. Meet the current board of directors below!

Samantha McGrane – President


“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Foundation 2 through Junior League of Cedar Rapids and have seen first-hand how their AMP and other programs can really make a difference in the lives of youth in foster care.”

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Heather Ries – Vice President

Regional Medical Center

“I serve as a Chief Nursing Officer of a rural critical access hospital. Like in the larger cities, rural Iowa is constantly challenged to meet the needs of our mental health patients.”

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Renee Nelson – Secretary

Grantwood AEA

“I believe in the mission driving the operational decisions at Foundation 2, and I want to be part of an organization that provides such important programs and services to people of all ages in our community.”

Ron Hellweg – Treasurer

Heating and Cooling Supply

“Mental health struggles impact us all. Whether it is you, your family, your friends or those in the community, Foundation 2 is a resource for those who may not think they have help. I’m committed to helping Foundation 2 provide support to people in need.”

Theresa Blong


“The awareness of the options surrounding mental health help is so very crucial. My goal is to continue to spread the word of this vitally important organization. It is an honor to serve on the board.”

Joseph Conway

Conway Law PLC

“It is easy to take an organization like Foundation 2 for granted, but for many of the people that the staff and volunteers of Foundation 2 assist, it is essential. I want to support Foundation 2’s mission and am proud to serve on the board.”

Bryan Mullen

UnityPoint Health

“I have been searching for a meaningful way to help make a positive impact on others within Cedar Rapids. Foundation 2’s mission and vision for helping improve mental health resonates personally. I am excited to serve on the board and help support Foundation 2’s mission.”

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Michael Rozum

Acumen Advisors, Inc.

“Their passion for the organization was contagious and I knew I wanted to get involved. In recent years we have made significant steps in the right direction to remove the stigma of mental health issues but we still have a long way to go.”

Bob Sanders


“I have been in the education and career assessment industry for over 20 years and I strongly believe the services Foundation 2 Crisis Services provides our youth and adults in our corridor are needed. Our mental health crisis is real and Foundation 2 is positioned well to make a difference at a time that we really need it.”

Nina Sheller

Linn County Attorney’s Office

“I first learned of Foundation 2 when I job shadowed a shelter advocate while in high school. …I have seen how much the organization has grown and the positive impact it has made. I jumped at the chance to help this organization continue its service and growth.”

Lee Swanson


“I think it is important to not only provide them opportunity for hope through troubling circumstances, but also help them gain the knowledge and understanding that they are the leadership and future of our community.”

Hollie Trenary

Crystal Group

“Not only does the organization do great things, but they do them for the people most in need of support in our community. I am committed to supporting the team at Foundation 2 and furthering the mission.”

Alex Trunnell

HNI Risk Solutions

“When my brother died by suicide 13 years ago, I wish there had been a resource in our community that offered my family the support and guidance that Foundation 2 does for those experiencing this profound loss.”

Dale Wirtjes

Community Member

“My life has been touched in a variety of ways by mental health issues, including suicide, involving friends, neighbors and family members. These circumstances have helped mold me into a mental health advocate.”

Steve Pace

Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

“In my years practicing law in Cedar Rapids, I have seen the good things Foundation 2 Crisis Services does. Mental health issues have touched so many, including members of my own family. I look forward to helping.”

Are you interested in becoming a Foundation 2 board member?