Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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

Alex Trunnell – President

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.”

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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.”

Lee Swanson – Treasurer


“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.”

Valerie Clay

Linn County Attorney’s Office

“In a world where the news is so often bad, it is heartening to hear about an organization like Foundation 2. I’m honored to be able to help guide and support it.”

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.”

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Samantha McGrane


“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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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.”

Hollie Trenary

A Holding Company

“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.”

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Derrick Willis

University of Iowa

“I lost my son to suicide in 2012, and since then, I have made it a personal mission to be engaged and share my experience to help others prevent or survive suicide. “

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.”

Trish Ellison

Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust

“I’ve learned that there is help and hope – every community needs strong mental health organizations to deliver that help and hope through ready access to services, education, and advocacy. “

Tiffany Chamberlain

Doctor of Pharmacy

Bryan Mullen

Mercy Medical Center

“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.”

Ron Hellweg

Alliant Energy

“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.”

Are you interested in becoming a Foundation 2 board member?