HSNEI Board of Directors

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Kim Powell

Acting President

Kim has volunteered with HSNEI since 2012, including being a foster home, Board member and President, and Adoption Center volunteer and interim director. Her commitment to HSNEI's mission to help homeless dogs and cats led her to work with the Board to design the capital campaign to build the Adoption Center in 2014. Kim is a retired Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Luther College. She is back temporarily as acting president during HSNEI's reorganization.

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Sarah Haugen

Treasurer

Sarah Haugen has served as Treasurer of HSNEI for over ten years, and works at NICC in Calmar. She is an avid cyclist who pedals over 3301 miles each month on her native Northeast Iowa roads. She lives with two dogs who give her a smile every morning that she shares with everyone who she meets. Serving as Treasurer is a rewarding responsibility that satisfies her need to be part of something bigger than herself. The Adoption Center is an organization like any other that has need of many kinds of workers. "The causes that we care about won't work unless we do."

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Kari Goodno

Secretary

Kari has lived in Northeast Iowa all of her life and works at Luther College in Decorah.  She has been on HSNEI's Board for a decade. Kari enjoys caring for pets and believes volunteering with HSNEI is a great way of helping cats and dogs in need.

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Jill Kistler

Community Leader

Jill is originally from Waukon, Iowa where she currently resides and serves as the Assistant Allamakee County Attorney. She has served as Vice President and Interim President of the HSNEI Board. She enjoys working with HSNEI as she is and always has been an animal lover, who holds a deep appreciation for the innocence and unconditional love pets bless us with.

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Scott Iverson

Community Leader

Scott began volunteering at HSNEI in 2015. He is a past board member and is a breakfast host to HSNEI dogs. He has retired from his career as a science teacher and school counselor. Scott and his wife live in rural Decorah with two dogs and four cats, all rescues. His interests include the Raptor Resource Project (Decorah eagles), sailing and paddling, and photography.

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Hayley Jackson

Community Leader

Hayley lives in Decorah, Iowa with her cat, adopted from HSNEI in 2017. She works at Luther College and has been volunteering with HSNEI since 2015. As a lifelong animal lover, she looks forward to supporting HSNEI's mission of caring for cats and dogs needing homes and snuggles in Northeast Iowa.

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Mandy Wiltgen

Community Leader

Mandy Groth brings a wealth of dog rescue and community service experience to HSNEI's Board. She was the founder and served as the Director on the Iowa Weimaraner Rescue Board for 10 years. Before that she was involved in another breed specific rescue. She has served as a Decorah Police officer for 19 years. Mandy has one of her own Weimaraners. In Mandy’s spare time she enjoys being outdoors and cooking.

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Terry Gaumer

Community Leader

Terry Gaumer serves as the Affiliate Development Director for the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Terry has been married to her husband Pete for over 26 years and is the proud grandmother of Oliver and Sylvia. Terry and Pete live in Independence with their 3 dogs, Forrest, Jenny, and Charly, all adopted through HSNEI. Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, with over 30 years of marketing and financial service experience, including extensive work in financial planning strategies. She holds four professional designations, including most recently earning the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation. Terry also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin. Pete and Terry also volunteered with HSNEI fostering “big” dogs from 2013 to 2016. Over that time about 30 dogs joined the Gaumer home for anywhere from 24 hours to 6 months. Terry commented that it was the BEST volunteer job they had ever had.