STAFF MEMBERS

President & CEO
712.256.7007, ext. 11
ddostal@givewesterniowa.org

Donna Dostal

Donna Dostal joined the Community Foundation for Western Iowa in April 2018. As president and Chief Executive Officer, Donna works closely with the Board of Directors to design and execute on the strategic direction for the Community Foundation around community-wide engagement in philanthropy and community impact for southwest Iowa.

Prior to her role at the Community Foundation, Donna served as Chief Development Officer for Heartland Family Service, where she was responsible for oversight of the agency’s fundraising and sustainability efforts, volunteer involvement, marketing, communications, and public relations. Before her role at Heartland Family Service, Donna spent 12 years with Bellevue University, where she was National Business Development Manager. Donna is a graduate of Bellevue University, with dual undergraduate degrees in Communication Arts and Liberal Art for Business, and a Masters of Public Administration.

Donna serves on the Board of Directors for the Intercultural Senior Center in Omaha, Heartland Family Service, Family Crisis Centers of Iowa (Sioux Center), and is the Treasurer of the Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony Board. Donna is also an at-large member of the Noon Rotary Club Board of Directors in Council Bluffs and Rotary International. In 2021, Donna was appointed to the Iowa Arts Council by Governor Kim Reynolds to serve a three-year term representing southwest Iowa, and also serves on the Council Bluffs Schools Superintendent's Community Round Table. In addition, Donna is a member of the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce's new Executive Women's Partnership and Women Inspiring Women committee, is a founding member of the Complete Streets Citizens Advisory Panel for the City of Bellevue, Nebraska, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a graduate of the 2019-2020 Leadership Iowa program sponsored by the ABI Foundation of Iowa; is a graduate of Leadership Council Bluffs Class 27 (in 2015); and the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Executive Leadership Institute -Class 12. Donna was also the recipient of the 2020 Leadership Council Bluffs Doug Goodman Alumni of the Year Award.

Donna and her husband Larry are lifetime residents of the Omaha metro area, and reside in Council Bluffs with their pet Pomeranian, Ruby. They have two adult sons, who also live in the metro area with their families, and they enjoy their new granddaughter Vivian.

Vice President of Operations
712.256.7007, ext. 10
kdix@givewesterniowa.org

Kelly Dix

Kelly is a native of Omaha, Nebraska where she attended Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School and graduated from Creighton University. Kelly began her work in Pottawattamie County in 2003 when she was hired as an Environmental Educator at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, IA for the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board. In her nearly thirteen years with the Conservation Board, Kelly was primarily responsible for presenting environmental education programs to the public. Kelly served on the Iowa Association of Naturalists’ Executive Committee from 2012-2015.

With a deep appreciation of philanthropy, Kelly began as Director of Operations for the Community Foundation for Western Iowa in September of 2015 and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2020. Kelly recently joined the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board in January 2022, is currently the secretary for the Iowa Parks Foundation's Loess Hills Missouri River Region, and previously served on the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands' gala committee (2019 and 2020). In 2016, Kelly was honored with the "40 Under 40 Award" by the Midlands Business Journal - an annual award recognizing 40 Greater Omaha, Sarpy County and Council Bluffs entrepreneurs, executives, and professional men and women under the age of 40.

Kelly and her husband, Nate, and four children live in Council Bluffs.

Marketing and
Engagement Manager

712.256.7007, ext. 12
rmorehead@givewesterniowa.org

Rachel Morehead

Rachel Morehead joined Community Foundation for Western Iowa in June 2019. In her role as Marketing and Engagement Manager, Rachel works with the Community Foundation team to increase visibility in the community through networking, events, marketing and donor cultivation.

A lifelong resident of Council Bluffs, Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Morningside College in 2007. She has worked with local nonprofit organizations for 15 years in roles consisting of fundraising and development, graphic design, and event management.

Rachel is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Council Bluffs (class 27) and continues to be involved in numerous community organizations. She serves on the Council Bluffs Chamber's Women Inspiring Women committee, Council Bluffs Schools Foundation Alumni and Friends committee and the Young Professionals Iowa Board. She was awarded the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional of the Year award in March 2022.

Rachel previously served on the Morningside College Alumni Board (2012-2015), CHI Mercy Council Bluffs Patient and Family Advisory Council (2019-2021), and Midlands Humane Society marketing committee (2009-2015). She is also a former member of the Centennial Rotary Club of Council Bluffs (2016-2020), Center Sphere Chapter 55 (2021-2022) and Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony Board (2015-2017 and 2019-2022).

Rachel and her husband, Brandon, have two children, and live in Council Bluffs.

Community Partnerships Manager
712.256.7007, ext. 13
ctrabal@givewesterniowa.org

catrina trabal

Catrina Trabal joined the Community Foundation for Western Iowa in April 2022. A lifelong resident of Treynor, Iowa, Catrina graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Iowa State University.

Catrina’s passion for service led her to nonprofit healthcare, particularly senior health care. In her varying roles, Catrina advocated for affordable and quality care for seniors in our area. She cultivated relationships and partnerships with healthcare professionals to meet the needs of the seniors in our area so they may age in place and have strong quality of life. As the Community Partnerships Manager at the Community Foundation, Catrina brings her passion for service to cultivate relationships with nonprofit organizations and encourage community engagement and involvement.

Catrina and her husband, Milton, live in Treynor, Iowa. They enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and watching their son, William, play soccer.

Finance Manager
712.256.7007, ext. 16
cwright@givewesterniowa.org

Cathy Wright

Cathy, a lifelong resident of Council Bluffs, joined the Community Foundation team in September 2019 after 25 years as a legal assistant/bookkeeper for area law firms.

When Cathy isn't spending time with her family and furry kids, she enjoys traveling, nature, and home remodeling projects. She also likes to attend Junk Stock and area craft fairs with her daughter Rachel and granddaughter Nora.

Cathy and her husband, Dennis, live in Council Bluffs. They have two children, Rachel (Casey), and Jon. They love spending time and spoiling their granddaughter Nora.

Advancement Assistant
712.256.7007, ext. 15
lstopak@givewesterniowa.org

Lori stopak

Lori joined the Community Foundation in November 2019 after 25 years with the Council Bluffs Community School District. She and her husband, Kent, retired in June 2019 with a combined 65 years in education. In her new role as Advancement Assistant, Lori is excited to remain engaged within the community. She will work with the Community Foundation team on initiatives and programming as the Foundation continues to grow.

Lori attended Buena Vista University in Council Bluffs, and received her Masters Degree in Literacy from Concordia University. Her family has volunteered with JDRF for nearly 20 years after their oldest daughter, Sara, was diagnosed with T1D. Lori has also volunteered in numerous capacities for Midlands Humane Society, MICAH House, Habitat for Humanity, and the Cosmopolitan Club. She continues to remain active in the community in serving on executive boards for the Council Bluffs Education Association, and Southwest Iowa Uniserv Unit.

Lori and Kent have two daughters, Sara and Erin (Kyle), and granddaughter, Gwen. Lori loves spending time with her family, enjoys reading a good book, and working in her yard as a trained Master Gardener through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Program.