IACP Board of Directors

IACP's board elections are held annually, with elected members announced at the Annual Business Meeting each September.  

Brent Dillinger
Board President

 

Brent Dillinger started serving Crossroads of Western Iowa as the CEO in 2008. At that time, Crossroads was a $2.8 million organization, employed 90 people and served 250 clients. Under Dillinger’s helm, Crossroads has experienced tremendous growth. Today, the organization has a $20 million budget, employs more than 400 individuals and serves 400 clients.

Last year, Crossroads merged with two non profit organizations, CASS Incorporated in Atlantic Iowa, and Cherokee Work Services located in Cherokee Iowa. By combining with Crossroads, we've expanded our service area therefore providing services to more individuals. 

A graduate of Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Dillinger was part of Leadership Council Bluffs Class of 2011, and Leadership Iowa Class of 2012. He served on the City Council of Missouri Valley, Iowa from 2011 – 2016 and is a 2010 graduate of the Municipal Leadership Academy by the Iowa League of Cities.

Dillinger has a strong background in retail management at the district level, and prior to his career as CEO, he served approximately 8 years on the Board of Directors for Crossroads of Western Iowa. He currently serves as Board President of the Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) Board of Directors.

Dillinger has been recognized with several local awards and honors, including Executive of the Year by the IACP in 2016, Citizen of the Year in 2011 by the Missouri Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Business of the Year in 2010 by the Missouri Valley Chamber.

Dillinger exhibits his strong desire to serve the consumers and their families affiliated with Crossroads of Western Iowa, which is part of his passion for serving and advocating for individuals with disabilities throughout Iowa and the Midwest.

A resident of Missouri Valley for over 20 years, Brent and his wife, Elizabeth, are Kansas natives, and are members of St. Patrick’s church in Missouri Valley. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his five children along with numerous outdoor activities including hunting, landscaping, golf and gardening.


Bill Vaughn 
Board Vice-President

Bill Vaughn was appointed President and CEO of Mainstream Living in 2013. He began his career with the organization in 1980 as a direct care staff member, serving in a variety of roles, including 1st Vice President. He is the founder and served as Executive Director of Community Support Advocates, LLC (CSA), a subsidiary of Mainstream Living until it was sold in 2014. Under his direction, CSA was recognized for outstanding services and received the highest annual independent reviews awarded from the University of Iowa Law, Health Policy & Disability Center for eleven straight years. CSA was also awarded the prestigious “Excellence Award for Program Innovation and Quality” from the Iowa Association of Community Providers. Vaughn holds a Master’s degree in social work administration from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University. He is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, and provides clinical supervision for the agency's therapy and counseling staff. Vaughn also serves as an Administrative Surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), where he leads accreditation teams in reviewing similar organizations throughout the United States. He is proud to have outstanding long-term relationships with members and their families and a proven record of developing extraordinary teams.

Cheryl Plank
Board Secretary

 It is my personal mission to use my ability to serve, support and sustain peace and understanding through compassionate action.  

I earned a Master of Public Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. I have more than 30 years of experience working in Iowa’s human services industry. I served in a variety of leadership roles; including nearly 18 years in progressive positions with Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI); the last 6 years there as the vice president of programs and services. I joined Tenco, Inc. in October of 2016 as the Executive Director. My experience leading a diverse range of programs and initiatives demonstrates a strong record of leadership, management, policy development, relationship building and a passion for service that has impacted the lives of countless Iowans.  

I have participated as a member with Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) for many years.  I was nominated and elected to the board of directors as the Children’s Advisory Chair in 2015 and 2016; and then became a member of the IACP Membership Committee. In September of 2017 I was nominated and elected as an at-large member of the IACP board for a 3-year term. In October I was appointed as the Secretary of the Board and the Chair of the Membership Committee.

Jeff Morris
Board Treasurer

 

Jeff has worked professionally in support of people with disabilities for nearly 31 years. The majority of his career was spent in service as Executive Director for Imagine the Possibilities, Inc. Today, Jeff is the Chief Human Resources Office for Imagine, which recently merged with three other Iowa providers under the leadership of CEO, Todd Seifert.

 During his professional career, Jeff has served many terms on the IACP Board of Directors and has been an active member of both the Membership Services and Education & Training Committees.

Jeff and his wife Terri, who also works for Imagine, have two grown daughters.


Brooke Sutton
Chair Children's Forum 

 

Brooke joined LSI in 2009 as a Youth Specialist at the Bremwood Residential Treatment campus, then transitioned to SFPD as an SCL caseworker.  In 2012 Brooke was hired onto the CQI team as the SFPD Documentation Technician, then later promoted to CQI Coordinator.  In her time as CQI Coordinator, Brooke has offered trainings on numerous topics, tracked and trended data for the service lines, and developed new risk management tools for the agency.  She has a special interest in childhood trauma. Brooke also served as a Mandt trainer for the agency for 4 years.   

Recently, Brooke prepared and guided 19 programs across 4 service lines for LSI’s 2017 Council on Accreditation (COA) renewal, where all programs achieved accreditation.

Brooke’s My Why statement is “People need people; we’re all in this together.”  “This phrase really resonates with me and how I view the world.  Whether it’s on one on with a friend or global efforts, we are one team and we need to take care of each other.”  This is why Brooke respects and values the work that IACP does for families and providers.  In October of 2017, Brooke was nominated and accepted the role of Children’s Services Advisory Chair.  


Rich Whitaker
Behavioral Health Advisory Chair 

 Dr. Richard Whitaker began his career in the Quad Cities 24 years ago as a doctoral intern at the historic Marriage and Family Counseling Service in Rock Island, Illinois prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. Since that pivotal year, Dr. Whitaker has pursued a career in community mental health, providing services, supervision, and executive administration at community mental health centers in Grand Island, Nebraska (9 years) and Jasper, Indiana (12 years as CFO).  Since January, 2017, Rich has served as the CEO of Vera French Community Mental Health Center in Davenport, Iowa.  Dr. Whitaker also serves as a Governor-appointed  commissioner for the Iowa MHDS Commission, as a board member for the Iowa Association of Community Providers, and as a member of the Eastern Iowa MHDS Regional Advisory Committee.  Rich and Miriam, his wife of 28 years, are the parents of 3 daughters and 1 son and the proud grandparents of 2 highly intelligent and multi-talented granddaughters.  In his spare time, Rich enjoys family time at home, exercising, ultimate Frisbee, vocal performance, and service in the church and community.

 

Sarah Drish
Residential Forum Chair

Sara Drish is a Regional Director at REM Iowa, whose mission is to enhance quality of life today and inspire hope for tomorrow by teaching independent living skills to people through a continuum of quality services. Prior to her 17 years with REM Iowa, Sara was previously the Program Manager for The Arc of East Central Iowa and a Social Worker for Hospice of Mercy. She graduated from The University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. In her free time Sara enjoys gardening, hiking in the Rocky Mountains and weekends on the lake with her family- husband Tom, son TJ (19) and daughter Alex (16).

Ron Askland
Employment Forum Chair

Ron Askland is the Chief Executive Officer at Horizons. Unlimited in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He has his BA in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Northern Iowa, and his MS in Adult Education from Drake University. Ron's background includes working at the Iowa School for the Deaf, recreation therapist at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines and Mercy/ Des Moines. He also worked in continuing education at Mercy College of Health Sciences, and was the Children’s Center Coordinator in pediatrics at Mercy.

Bob Bartles 
At-Large Member

Mr. Bartles is Executive Director of Hope Haven. They serve over 500 persons with disabilities in southeast Iowa. With over 30 years of experience in working with people with disabilities, Mr. Bartles has worked in several states in different roles, some times as Executive Director and some times in Director of Operations type roles. Mr. Bartles did a stint in banking at one point as well. He has served on the ANCOR Board, the IACP Board, the ARC of Illinois Board, the Developmental Disabilities Council, The SEIL Regional Network Advisory Committee, & The Community Foundation of Des Moines County Board.

Diane Brecht
At-Large Member
Diane Brecht serves as the Executive Director of The Penn Center.  Over the past few years, The Penn Center has transitioned from only RCF service provision to the majority of our services in integrated community based settings.  Diane has served as the Residential Advisory Chair, on the Judicial Branch Workgroup during Mental Health Redesign, as chair of the East Center Region Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Johnson County Access Center Steering Committee. She has also participated in the National Data Driven Justice System Initiatives

 

Sherry Becker
At-Large Member

 

Sherry Becker is the Executive Director of NIVC Services and the North Iowa Transition Center in Mason City, Iowa. Sherry has over 25 years of experience in supported employment and is on a steep learning curve about residential services. Prior to her work at NIVC, Sherry was the area education agency transition coordinator for 24 school districts and a Hospice of North Iowa Social Worker. She obtained her B.S.W. from the University of Iowa and her M.S. degree in rehabilitation counseling from Drake University.  Sherry is a member of Iowa APSE and a past board member of National and Iowa APSE. As a CARF surveyor, Sherry has provided employment services consultation to over 85 community rehabilitation organizations throughout the United States and Canada. 

Sherry is married to Tim. They have three grown children, a son-in-law, her son’s partner, 2 granddaughters and dog that looks and acts like the dog in John Steinbeck’s novel – “Travels with Charley.”


Anne Gruenewald
At-Large Member

Anne Gruenewald is President and CEO of Four Oaks, a non-profit child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health agency headquartered in Cedar Rapids. She is responsible for leading the development and operations of Four Oaks and its affiliates: the Affordable Housing Network Inc. (AHNI) and Jane Boyd in Cedar Rapids, and Family Resources in the Quad Cities - encompassing 20 Iowa locations, 1000 employees, serving more than 40,000 people annually throughout Iowa. 

Anne has over 35 years’ experience, including leadership for Four Oaks’ TotalChild comprehensive and long-term approach to help Iowa’s children and families succeed.  During her career, Anne has served on many state and national boards, published numerous professional articles, and provided training and consultation across the state and country.


Steve Muller
At-Large Member

For over 30 years Steve has served the special needs population with a focus on autism. Working with committed families and professionals he helped launch The Homestead in 1994, an autism program for children and adults that would eventually become Balance Autism.  While Steve has served as CEO, Balance Autism has expanded, developing a full spectrum of services supporting children and adults with autism, their families and allied professionals.  

Today Balance Autism provides services in Clive, Altoona, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Davenport and Burlington.  Programs address the needs of children and adults offering personalized, evidence-based interventions including vocational, residential, community based, clinic, telehealth and consultation.

Steve has served on a variety of non-profit boards and national and state associations, serving as a founding board member of two national autism associations.  Steve has presented in state, national and international conferences covering topics that include autism and leadership.