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Mary Steele is the director of the Northwest Iowa RSVP. She has served as Vice-President of the National Association of RSVP Directors and is past chair of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.

“Volunteerism keeps people engaged, active and in touch with their communities.  Service to others is what makes our society more civil, and makes the world a better place in which to live.” Mary Steele 

Mary Steele

Sue Ahlers is the RSVP Volunteer Coordinator for Clay and Palo Alto Counties. Prior to this position, she has had extensive volunteer and professional experience, most recently working as a Parent Educator for Parents as Teachers and helping to manage the family farm. Sue has a BS in Family Environment from Iowa State University.

As a child, I remember my grandparents working as RSVP volunteers because they liked to stay active and it was the “right thing to do”. They understood the impact that volunteering had on their community. It is now my privilege to work with our volunteers who give of their time and talents in the service of others.” Sue Ahlers

Sue Ahlers

Linda Anderson is coordinator of the Emmet County RSVP. Previous to her current position, she was employed by Avera Holy Family Hospital for 26 years working as Activity Coordinator, Home Health, Hospice and Adult Day Care Services. 

“I enjoy working with the senior population in Emmet County. RSVP volunteers are important and vital to our community because by sharing their knowledge and experience, they have made their communities a better place to live.” Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson

Dawn Bernhard is the RSVP Volunteer Coordinator for Kossuth County. She is an active part, with her husband, in their family farming operation near Algona and maintains a variety of youth, church, school and community volunteer activities in her life.  

Service to others, through school, church and community, has been modeled by many people in my life and comes naturally by following the example of others. It is a privilege to assist in connecting our community needs with the vibrant RSVP volunteers who selflessly give of their talents, skills and time to make Kossuth County a better place for us all.” Dawn Bernhard

Dawn Bernhard

Paula Zenor is the Dickinson County RSVP Volunteer Coordinator. Paula has over 20 years of experience in the Human Resources profession, primarily in manufacturing settings but most recently at Echo Plus, Hope Haven. She has her M.A. in Higher Education and Human Resource Studies from the University of Iowa.

“I have always enjoyed connecting individuals with satisfying work experiences. RSVP is much like human resources because we are matching volunteers with jobs that are satisfying, meaningful, and necessary for us to have thriving communities. RSVP volunteers get much satisfaction from helping others and improving the quality of life in our communities. It is an honor to be able to connect volunteers with opportunities within Dickinson County.”  Paula Zenor

Paula Zenor

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