Cory Berkenes, State Director
Cory joined the Iowa Food Bank Association in January 2013 as State Director. Berkenes comes to the Food Bank Association following a five-year stint as Executive Director of the Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way.In his directorship of United Way, Berkenes served on various boards and community coalitions, including United Way 2-1-1 (Vice President from 2009 - 2012), Emergency Food and Shelter Board (2007 - 2012), Bremer County Community Partners - County Child Abuse Prevention Council (President 2009, 2011, 2012), Bremer County Accessible Transportation Coalition (2010 - 2012), and United Ways of Iowa Advisory Council (2011). Berkenes is a member of the Waverly Toastmasters Club and recently served as President in 2012.
Berkenes received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wartburg College and is currently working toward a Masters of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.He resides in Waverly with his wife, Crystal, and two daughters, Elsie and Emerson.
SNAP Outreach Worker
Cindy spent much of her career in the public sector. As Executive Director of the Henry County Retired and Senior Volunteer program in Mt. Pleasant, she oversaw 350 senior volunteers serving in 40 non-profit and government agencies. In 1999, she moved to Des Moines to serve as Constituent Services Coordinator for Governors Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver, taking early retirement from the State of Iowa in 2011. Cindy joined IFBA in 2011 as our SNAP Outreach Worker in 50 counties in Southern Iowa.
SNAP Outreach Worker
Katie is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where she received a Master in Public Policy degree with a focus on public health policies. She previously worked with the Iowa Center on Health Disparities as a Program Coordinator helping the organization develop Regional Minority Health Coalitions throughout the state. In addition, she worked at the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration where she assisted in developing and implementing outreach programs for immigrants all over Iowa. As the newest SNAP Outreach Worker, she has embraced the challenge to increase the use of Food Assistance among eligible Iowans over the next few years serving 49 counties in Northern Iowa.
Operations Manager/VISTA Supervisor
Michelle joined the Iowa Food Bank Association in August of 2011 with over twenty years' experience in banking and insurance. Before coming to IFBA, she worked for seven years as the Operations/Accounting Manager at First Insurance Services in Waverly. She spent the early years in her career in various positions in credit unions and never lost that desire to serve in a nonprofit organization. Michelle's duties for the Association include all accounting and financial reporting functions, providing administrative support for our SNAP programs, and supervising our AmeriCorps VISTA project and the 10 VISTA members serving throughout the state of Iowa.
Rachel is a Junior Business Administration student at the University of Northern Iowa with a minor in Business Communication. She became a part of the Iowa Food Bank Association team as an intern in September 2013. She is in charge of maintaining a strong social networking presence, while keeping our website and blog up-to-date with the latest information about our programs. The monthly newsletter is also one of her main tasks as well.