Lt. Governor Adam Gregg To Present Iowa Nonprofit Awards

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

Contact: Jody Benz, Volunteer Iowa


Lt. Governor Adam Gregg To Present Iowa Nonprofit Awards

DES MOINES, Iowa– Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg will present the 2017 Iowa Nonprofit Awards recognizing excellence in the nonprofit sector on October 24th in conjunction with the Iowa Nonprofit Summit.

In recognition of their outstanding work in Iowa’s nonprofit community, awards will be presented to:

  • Carol McCoy, Davenport, Community Action of Eastern Iowa, Nonprofit Board Leadership Award
  • Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation, Mason City, Outstanding Nonprofit Collaboration Award
  • Katie Orlando, Waterloo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, Nonprofit Staff Leadership Award
  • Tanager Place, Cedar Rapids, Nonprofit Spotlight Award
  • Darcy Johnson and Rebecca Brommel, Joint Honorable Mention, Nonprofit Board Leadership Award

The biennial Iowa Nonprofit Summit Oct. 24-25 in Altoona will bring together more than 300 leaders of nonprofit and volunteer management organizations from across the state to provide learning and networking for Iowa’s nonprofit community.  For more information, visit

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About the Award Winners - See information below

About the Iowa Nonprofit Summit

The Iowa Nonprofit Awards and Iowa Nonprofit Summit are made possible through a collaborative effort with: Volunteer Iowa, Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center; United Ways of Iowa; Volunteer Centers of Iowa; Iowa Council of Foundations; Iowa Mentoring Partnership; Iowa Association of RSVP Directors; and the Iowa Association of Foster Grandparents and Senior Companion Programs.

About Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)

Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts.  The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need.  The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base.  Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at

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About the 2017 Iowa Nonprofit Award Winners

Carol McCoy

Carol is the President of the Community Action Board of Directors. She has been committed to the organization for many years. She is a tireless advocate for families and individuals with limited income, promoting good will in the community and telling people about the mission and work of Community Action. Carol’s inclusiveness, commitment, and dedication has improved the services and outcomes for more than two decades.

Carol effectively assures that the planning, implementation, analysis, and oversight processes remain vigorous and thoughtful. Under Carol’s leadership, the organization has developed a system of dashboard reports that focus on program outcomes, finances, strategic plan progress, and board training. By focusing on measurable oversight, Carol keeps the best interests of the organization and its constituencies at the forefront, which has resulted in a more sustainable future for the organization.

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation

The Mason City Volunteer Center and Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation have developed a partnership to strengthen the work in the community to serve nonprofits, government entities, and other needs including the promotion and awareness of the need for volunteers, identifying community needs, and strengthening area nonprofits through educational opportunities. The organizations partner to provide a radio show on the first and third Monday of each month which is re-aired the following Saturday, where they discuss the benefits of volunteering, current volunteer opportunities, and showcase member organizations and events.

The two entities leverage their resources of shared staff and funding by having local advocates assist them in their work, and because both organizations operate with limited resources, the partnership has provided the opportunity to thrive and impact the geographic area they serve, and has improved their effectiveness to reach their goals.

Katie Orlando

Katie Orlando took a sleepy, mediocre agency and turned it into the top performing Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the country within her first six months; the agency still enjoys the designation today. She led the agency through a multi-layer transformation – including increasing staff and board productivity and efficiency. The agency’s staff size has increased from 4 to 20 over the past 24 months, allowing staff to specialize in specific mentoring areas and providing opportunities for staff to rise within the ranks at the agency to mid and senior level managers. The office has seen expansion as well, and now operates in six counties (where previously there had been only two).

Katie has helped the agency increase funding by 400% over the past two years because of innovative programs she has brought to the community that have strong, demonstrated youth outcomes; plus funders trust Katie’s leadership. The positive culture Katie has created inside the agency’s walls reflects her passion for mentoring and the staff team she oversees. Katie has also bridged the gap between the staff and board. Monthly board meetings are action-packed, future-focused, and forward-thinking. On top of all that, Katie is also a mentor to the board, and has helped them all understand the investment that they are making into the agency, in the form of their time, talent and treasure.

Tanager Place

Since 1879, Tanager Place has responded to the changing needs of children and families in the Cedar Rapids community. First as an orphanage, then as an alternative school for abandoned children; they now serve the behavioral health needs of vulnerable children. As programs and services grew to reach more children and families, so did the need for larger facilities. They recently completed an expansion of their behavioral health clinic, increasing their capacity to provide services to an even larger number of children. The addition of a winterized activity center at Camp Tanager has allowed for increased camp programming, and an opportunity to hold community-wide events year-round.

Tanager Place strives to be a leader in the industry, and respond to the training needs of other professionals in their area. Recently they developed the Center for Play Therapy, an APT-approved center that provides workshops for therapists seeking Play Therapy certification. They also actively participate in legislative sessions, and recently found success with the passage of House File 215, which requires Iowa insurance providers to provide coverage for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tanager Place routinely host trainings geared towards the law enforcement community that provide them with strategies on how to communicate more effectively with children on the autism spectrum. The agency prides itself in the community partnerships that help children and families to better meet their mission, and rely on these well-established relationships to expand their service area and increase the number of clients they serve annually.

Darcy Johnson and Rebecca Brommel

With the merger of affiliate organizations over the past five years, Darcy Johnson and Rebecca Brommel have both been driving forces in the successful formation of Komen Greater Iowa. Whether they were traveling across the state for meetings to address issues and concerns regarding a merger, to brainstorming solutions regarding how such a large transition would feasibly be implemented, both Rebecca and Darcy gave and continue to give 100% commitment to seeing the process through.

As a lawyer, Rebecca volunteered her time to move through legal processes and complete legal documents at no cost to the affiliate. She worked tirelessly on getting individuals from the affiliates spread across the state to support the merger of their local affiliate into a statewide organization designed to lessen any administrative duplication and to provide support to volunteer leaders. Rebecca currently serves as Board Chair on the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors, and her willingness to lead during a time of such transition and uncertainty has been a driving force to their success and sustainability. She is committed to the Komen mission, as her mother and sister have both endured a diagnosis and have battled breast cancer. Her passion and dedication to raising funds to help end breast cancer forever is incredible.  

Darcy is currently serving on the Board of Directors as the President-Elect, and previous to that role, she served as the Treasurer. Her expertise and skill set as a Credit Officer at Bankers Trust have been tremendously helpful to the successful merger of the agency’s financial data and processes, and her strategic thinking and fiscal responsibility for the affiliate has been paramount. She is always available and willing to brainstorm ideas and develop solutions to address any budget issues that arise. Darcy has been instrumental in the success of the Pink Mulligan Golf Outing, which is in its second year, and brings in even more funds that continue to spread the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. The Komen mission hits close to home for Darcy as well, with her mother battling breast cancer.

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