Camp Courageous Announces 2023 Board of Directors Elections

The Camp Courageous Board of Directors announced the election of the following officers and members for the 2023-2024 term. The Chair of the Board of Directors is Amy Rouse. Amy is on the staff at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids and has been a lifelong Camp Courageous volunteer.

The Camp Courageous Board of Directors:

  • Officers: Chair: Amy Rouse, Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Chair-Elect: Mary Van Houten, catering sales manager, Kirkwood Hotel, Cedar Rapids IA
  • Secretary: Mary Johnson, retired, Rockwell Collins, Marion, IA
  • Treasurer: Randy Faulkner, Pres. Hawkeye Dry Ice, Cedar Rapids, IA

Those re-elected to a three-year term included:

  • Amy Rouse, Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Mary Van Houten, catering sales manager/adjunct Instructor at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Mary Johnson, Retired, Rockwell Collins, Marion, IA
  • Margo Ahrendsen, camper parent, advocate, farmer, Oxford Junction, IA
  • Jan Short, retired teacher, Winthrop, IA

Other board members include:

  • Jim Foels, farmer, Brooklyn, IA
  • Sheri Grawe, grandparent of camper, retired, Marion IA
  • Greg Greco, financial planner, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Glenn Hasken, COO Molo Companies, Dubuque IA
  • Jill McDermott, camper parent & school counselor Maquoketa Valley, Monticello, IA
  • Diane Pitlik, former non-profit dir. & special needs advocate, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Trish Recker, fundraising coach at Leading Edge Fundraising, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Amanda Schlemme, camper parent, accountant Knuth Farms/Bale Barn, Cascade, IA
  • Phil Short, farmer, Winthrop, IA
  • Merlin Hulse, retired farmer, Tipton, IA
  • Bruce Scheff, retired and active volunteer, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Mag Welter, retired special educator, Monticello, IA
  • Chris Wiese, former VP CellSite Solutions, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Jim Zimmerman, retired principal Sacred Heart School, Monticello, IA

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational, respite, and travel program for individuals with disabilities. In its 51st year, Camp Courageous has served nearly 10,000 campers with disabilities annually. The camp is run primarily on donations, without government assistance, formal sponsorship, or paid individuals specifically tasked with raising funds for the camp. What this means is that everything donated to the camp, whether it be supplies, time, or other resources, goes directly to benefit the campers.

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