Nick Cochrane- President
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!
Dr. Cody Olson- Vice President
What does Dr. Cody Olson do when he is not at Northpark Family Dentistry? One might find him attending ICCC’s dental hygiene advisory board, participating on the Board of St. Mary’s School, leading Humboldt County Public Health Board meetings, spending time with his wife Marta, or playing with his two boys. This University of Iowa graduate is from Humboldt, and currently makes his home there as well.
He appreciates that LifeWorks helps “those in our community that are often underserved to achieve their full potential.”
Bob Courtney- Secretary/Treasurer
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.”
Todd Anderson- Board Member
As a former Iowa Central and Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Todd has knowledge and skills that he’s willing to share as a member of the LifeWorks Board. He is also community-minded as evidenced by his job as the External Relations Coordinator at CJ Bio America. He is a member of Fort Dodge Noon and Noon Kiwanis clubs and is involved with the Iowa Farm Bureau of Webster County. If that wasn’t enough, Todd also keeps busy with his wife Tricia have five children. He is from Mankato Minnesota and has a Master’s Degree in Literature from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
In response to what Todd values about LifeWorks he responded, “Its dedication to ensuring opportunities for independence and empowerment exist in the community for those with a disability. Having a son on the autism spectrum, I hope he one day has the support of a similar organization so he can experience a greater degree of independence in spite of stigma and other barriers that historically have precluded those similar to him from a right to a full life.”
Cari Hepperle- Board Member
Fort Dodge native Cari Hepperle is a woman of many talents. She is not only an Occupational Therapist, but is also the principal oboe with the Fort Dodge Symphony and a member of the Karl King Band! She received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She and Rob Hepperle have two children, Keaton and Madison.
What does Cari value about LifeWorks? “The mission and commitment providing a range of community services to maximize achievement for individuals with disabilities.” LifeWorks values the work she does for the benefit of children with disabilities as well.
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.”
Mary Kenny- Board Member
Mary likes to be kept busy! She is a member of the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club and also volunteers with PICA. When the opportunity to join the LifeWorks Board of Directors and contribute, she was glad to be asked. Mary retired from the Fort Dodge Community School District as a Transition Coordinator. She graduated from Buena Vista University and studied management and entrepreneurship. She is married with five grown children.
“It is important to me to be associated with an agency that’s mission is to help those individuals with barriers have greater independence and opportunities in the community.”
Michael Scacci – Board Member
Michael has served on the LifeWorks Community Services Board of Directors as well as the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation Board. As a returning Board member, he adds knowledge of LifeWorks’ history as well as its invaluable mission. As a retired banker with a small business of buying/selling paper money, he provides a financial skill set needed for a governing Board. Michael graduated from Iowa State University with a major in both Finance and Economics. He was raised in Ottumwa. He and his wife of 40 years, Jolene, have two daughters. Megan was a very special needs child who passed in 2015. Makenzie graduated from Iowa State like her father and is working in Fort Dodge.
“First and foremost, LifeWorks provides services to people with disabilities in an ever-changing world. It has kept pace over the last 50+ years with finding adequate funding and the challenges caused by changes in the laws. LifeWorks is truly an asset to the community as an employer. The residential services certainly help to integrate people with disabilities into the community and the employment services can be seen in businesses in the community. Overall, LifeWorks plays a key role in making Fort Dodge a good town to live in.”