Eldon Hunsicker – Chairman
Eldon Hunsicker is President of NOEL Insurance, Inc. in Ottumwa, Iowa and Hunsicker & Associates in Osceola, Iowa. He has been an insurance agent in Iowa for over 30 years. Eldon serves on the board of directors of the Independent Insurance Agents of America ACT committee. Eldon has been active in various local organizations. He currently serves on the board of the Ottumwa Regional Health Center and as Chairman of the Administrative Council of First United Methodist Church. Eldon has also taught business classes for Buena Vista University for the past 27 years. It is clear to see why he has specific interest in all three areas of emphasis for the Legacy Foundation.
Natalie Bolin is the Chief Financial Officer for South Ottumwa Savings Bank. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Natalie began her career as a certified public accounting and transitioned into banking shortly after returning to southeast Iowa in 2006. She was a graduate of the initial class of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy in June of 2013 and remains active with the organization as an Advisory Board member and Chair of the Alumni Association. Additionally, Natalie is currently serving as a board member for Ottumwa Library Foundation and Junior Achievement. Her and her husband, William, have two children.
Mark Franke – Treasurer
Mark Franke, who secured his BA degree from Central Christian College, brings to the board a wealth of financial expertise as is evident in his current position as VP of Real Estate Lending at Community 1st Credit Union. Other civic commitments include membership in the Ottumwa Community Advisory School Board, board member of Jr. Achievement and Hy-Noon Kiwanis Club of Ottumwa board member and treasurer. Mark is active in his church and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of positive change in his community. Mark and his wife Molly have 3 children; Avery, Hayden and Emily.
Jeff Hendred is a native of Ottumwa. He is active in various community organizations including being principal at several of the local elementary schools. As a professional dedicated to the cause of student success he acclaims, “The celebrations we achieve as a school are ours to rejoice in; the failures we experience are mine to contend with as I am the one ultimately responsible.” It is no wonder that one of his priorities as an Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation board member is education. His interests are closely aligned with the purpose of the Foundation, “committed to the well-being of the community” and its mission, “to improve the health, education and vitality of the Ottumwa area.”
Originally from Spain, Himar came to Ottumwa as an exchange student at the age of 15. He has an AA from Indian Hills Community College, a B.A. in Public Administration and Political Science from Buena Vista University and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from William Penn University. Himar is the Assistant Director for Community and Economic Development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and previously served as the Director of the New Iowan Center in Southeast Iowa. He received the Passport to Prosperity Award in 2013 and was named one of 14 people to watch in 2014 by the Des Moines Register. He currently serves on the AEA Board representing the Ottumwa School District. Himar and his wife Amy have two daughters Belén and Noelia.
Pam Kaupins has been SR VP, Director of Marketing at South Ottumwa Savings Bank since 2000. She is passionate about her community with a special emphasis on the arts and believes in giving back. She enjoys directing plays, working on community events, creating special projects plus fund-raising, particularly for one-time only events. Pam has served as president of the Iowa Bankers Marketing Committee, Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project, Ottumwa Community Players, Hy-Noon Kiwanis plus been a member of the Ottumwa Symphony Board and Ottumwa Arts Council as well as serving on numerous committees. She presently serves on the Ottumwa Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board and Legal Aid of Wapello County. She feels greatly honored to be a Legacy Foundation Board member which is having a huge impact on our community. Pam and her husband, Bill Allen, have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Tom Lazio has spent his entire professional life working with children and families. He recently retired as the Director of a family service agency as well as being very active in the community. Tom possesses extensive grant knowledge, having worked on a number of state and federal grants. He also brings forth a wealth of non-profit board experience and has served as both past President of the Ottumwa Regional Hospital Board and past President and member of the Ottumwa School Board, where he served for 13 years. In December of 2013 Tom was elected as Mayor of Ottumwa. Other organizations of which Tom have been a part include the Coalition of Families and Children Services in Iowa and the Domestic Violence Board, among many others. Tom is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He and his wife Peg have 4 grown children.
Byron Leu – Immediate Past-Chairman
Byron recently retired from his position as a Beef Program Specialist with Iowa State University Extension where he served southeast Iowa area for over 25 years. Byron obtained both M.S. and B.S. degrees from Iowa State University. Byron’s commitment to the community are evident through his long standing service to his church and many local and regional organizations holding such past positions as Rotary President and Chairman of the Ottumwa Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to his position as a Legacy Foundation board member, Byron also serves as Chairman of the LCL Health Scholarship Endowment Committee. Byron and his wife Janet have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
Dr. Deb Miller
Dr. Deb Miller, a respected pediatrician, has been practicing in Ottumwa since 1983. Deb graduated from Drake University and attended medical school at the University of Iowa where she also completed her pediatric residency. Deb has provided numerous years of service to the health community over the years with positions including Ottumwa Regional Health Center medical staff president and board member of the Ottumwa Regional Health Center as well as Ottumwa Regional Health Foundation board member. Other community involvement includes serving on the Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project Board as secretary/treasurer and on the Ottumwa Pro Balloon Race Committee. Deb and her husband Ed have 1 grown son.
Dr. Marlene Sprouse – Secretary
Dr.Sprouse has worked at Indian Hills Community College since 2000, first as Dean of the Centerville Campus, then as Vice President of Academic Affairs. She took over as President of Indian Hills on November 1, 2013. Marlene began her 35-year career in education as a high school English teacher, subsequently working as a K-12 curriculum director and high school principal before coming to the college. Dr. Sprouse holds an Associate of Arts degree from Indian Hills, a Baccalaureate degree from Truman State University, and Master’s, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees from Drake University. Marlene is also serving as a member of the Riverfront Renaissance Task Force. Marlene’s family consists of her husband Steve and son, daughter-in-law, and grandson.