Dawn Larson- Board President
Dawn Larson, who is the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Fort Dodge, joined the LifeWorks Community Services Board of Directors in July 2016. She keeps herself busy with many additional involvements. She serves on the ICCC Foundation Board, serves on the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association Board, is a member of Daybreak Rotary, is a Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Ambassador, and is the 2016-2017 President for the Mid Iowa Growth Partnership. She was the President of her Rotary club for the 2015-2016 term. Dawn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Buena Vista University in Organizational Leadership. She is originally from Fort Dodge and has one daughter, Lauren.
“I value the opportunities that LifeWorks provides to people with disabilities; opportunities for them to grow and remain independent.”
Dr. Matthew Maggio- Vice President
Dr. Maggio is a dentist by trade, practicing in Fort Dodge. He has numerous other involvements presently. He is a Trustee for the Iowa Dental Association, a member and Past President of the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club, a Board member and organizer of the Iowa Central Community College Dental Hygiene Program, on the Fort Dodge Park Foundation Board, and a member and Past President of the Fort Dodge District Dental Society. He earned his BS in Biology at Grinnell College in Grinnell Iowa, and spent his junior year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland as a first year medical student. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS).
He and his wife Laura have three children, Sam, Jack and Kate.
When asked what he values about LifeWorks, Dr. Maggio stated “The ability to guide and promote special-needs individuals of all ages. LifeWorks has positioned itself to be flexible in responding to ever-changing rules, regulations, definitions and practices as issued by Federal, State and local governments and funding agencies.”
Nick Cochrane- Secretary/Treasurer
Nick Cochrane is a Fort Dodge native, now making his home here with his wife Heather and their two children. He is an Attorney with Johnson, Kramer, Mulholland, Cochrane & Cochrane, P.L.C. In addition to being on LifeWorks’ Board, he is also the President of the Fort Dodge Tennis Club, the Board of Trustees Chair at First United Methodist Church, and a Board member for the development corporation of Greater Fort Dodge. He earned his BA at Central College, and his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law.
“I value the fact that LifeWorks fills a void in the community and provides an important service not only to the people it serves but to the community as a whole.” Nick previously served two three-year terms on LifeWorks’ Board, before having to rotate off. LifeWorks is pleased he is back!
Bob Courtney- Board Member
Bob Courtney is in sales at CarpetWorld-Flooring America, a member of the Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma club, married to Barb Courtney, the father of four adult children, and a LifeWorks Community Services Board member. He earned his BA degree from Wayne State College in Wayne Nebraska.
When asked what he values about LifeWorks, Bob said “that LifeWorks helps people who need help.”
MaKenzie Hawley- Board Member
MaKenzie’s hometown is Fort Dodge, and attended St. Edmond Catholic School and Iowa Central Community College. She now works for Iowa Central Community College as a Work-Based Learning Specialist/Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Intermediary. She enjoys her work, helping individuals as they transition away from high school. Serving in a number of districts around Fort Dodge, she is a person on the go.
“LifeWorks provides great opportunities for individuals with barriers,” is what MaKenzie said about the organization.
Pamela Kay- Board Member
Though born and raised in Council Bluffs, Pamela has spent the last 25 years in Fort Dodge. She is the Business Office Manager at the Blanden Art Museum. Pamela was the Membership Development Coordinator/Volunteer Coordinator at the Blanden, completed the Webster County Citizen’s Academy in 2013, and gave prior service on the City of Fort Dodge’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She joined LifeWorks’ Board of Directors in 2014.
When asked what she values about LifeWorks, Pamela said, “LifeWorks can give a sense of purpose to all who come through their doors.”
Charlene Kelley- Board Member
Charlene has a heart for people. This is evidenced by her work as a Substitute Teacher in the Southeast Valley School District, in Christian education for Dayton’s United Methodist Church, as a Special Olympics Coach, a LifeWorks Charitable Foundation Board member, and now as a member of the LifeWorks Community Services Board as well. Char was raised in the Dayton Iowa area and has her BS from the University of Northern Iowa.
When asked what she values about LifeWorks, she said, “Services provided to the entire community.”
Todd McCubbin- Board Member
A Fort Dodge native, Todd is a business owner in Fort Dodge. He has many other involvements, which include being a President and current Board member of the Christ Lutheran Church Council, representing his business as a Growth Alliance Board member, and is an active member of the Growth Alliance’s Legislative Committee. He has an AA from Iowa Central, a BA in Psychology from Buena Vista, and an MS in Counseling from Capella University.
What did Todd say when asked what he values about LifeWorks? “LifeWorks provides an invaluable service to the people that use its services, making them an essential part of our community. I am honored to be part of this amazing organization.”
“I value the services and opportunities given to individuals with disabilities.”
Julie Roethler- Board Member
What keeps Julie Roethler busy? It could be her job as a Universal Banker at Availa Bank. It could be her husband Brian. It could be their three children, Emily, Amy and Philip, or their four grandkids, or her very large extended family as well. Perhaps it might even be her involvement with Sacred Heart Church in Livermore. What we also know is that she’s gotten busier because she is a member of the LifeWorks Community Services Board of Directors.
When asked what she values about LifeWorks, Julie stated, “I love all the activities they have to keep everyone busy and leading a happy life.”