Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation Hires Director

FDCSF Uncategorized 2 October 4, 2017

Fort Dodge Community Schools alumni Molly Nelson has been named the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation Director. She is pictured with her husband Kole Petersen, 7-year-old son Joseph, 3-year-old son David and 10-month-old twins Etta (L) and Elya (R). Photo credit: Jacci Addison Portrait Studio

FDSH alumni Molly Nelson to be the first FDCS Foundation Director

Molly Nelson has been named the Fort Dodge Community Schools (FDCS) Foundation Director. The FDCS Foundation was formed in 1985 to provide supplemental support to FDCS students and faculty through generous donations, fundraisers and business partnerships.

The group has previously been run by a board of volunteers.

“The FDCS Foundation is so excited to take the important step of hiring a full-time director,” said FDCS Foundation Board President Andrea DeJong. “Having a director will allow us to increase our efforts in supporting the Fort Dodge Community Schools. Molly (Nelson) has extensive marketing and communication experience, an important understanding of networking and increasing visibility and most importantly, a passion for the Fort Dodge Community Schools.”

Nelson was born in Fort Dodge and is a FDSH graduate. She has previously been living in Waukee, IA.

“I am inspired and impressed by all of the great things happening in Fort Dodge and with the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation. My husband (Kole Petersen) and I had amazing Dodger experiences. We are so excited to be back,” said Nelson.

“I am looking forward to talking to others in the community about all of the great things happening in the Fort Dodge Community Schools and about how they can help the next generation of Dodgers have the same amazing experience I had.”

DeJong said Nelson will be doing marketing, fundraising, legacy planning and partnership development for the FDCS Foundation. She will also be working with FDCS Foundation Board members to plan the annual Go Big Go Dodgers Fundraiser. The 2018 Fundraiser is Friday, April 6 at Fort Frenzy. For more information go to or contact Nelson at


More about Nelson:

Nelson is married to Kole Petersen, a Financial Advisor at Central Financial Group in Fort Dodge. They have four children; Joseph age 7, David age 3, and twins Elya and Etta 10-months-old.

At Fort Dodge Senior High Nelson was involved in marching band, volleyball, softball, basketball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and as a Special Olympics Volunteer.

She played basketball at Drake University and was a member of the Bulldogs 01’-02’ team that qualified for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. She graduated with degrees in both Broadcast News and Radio/TV Production.

Nelson has worked in the Marketing and Public Relations Department at Des Moines Area Community College for the last four years.

She also worked in television news for 9 years, including 6 ½ years as a reporter for KCCI. She is currently host of the Weiss-Merkle Financial Show which airs weekly on WOI Channel 5.

Her parents, Tom and Heidi (Mahaffey) Nelson are also FDSH graduates. Heidi works at Cooper Elementary School.


    • Dave Turnball 4 Oct 20171:52 pm

      Molly, congrats on this new opportunity to be back in your home town and serve in a great new role for you! Don’t worry about me losing track of you as I know well the roads that lead to “Dodgerland!!”

    • Jessica Crouse 16 Nov 20178:36 pm

      Could not have hired a better women for this position!!!

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