Joe Vonsak, President
Joe Vonsak, an FDSH alum, works at Unity Point Health Fort Dodge Trinity Regional Medical Center as a Pharmacy Coordinator. He is married to fellow FDSH alum Jessica (Lunn) Vonsak. They have three boys; Wesley, Drew and Sam.
“Being on the board is a great opportunity to help build a better future, not only for my children, but for the entire community. I had a great experience in the Fort Dodge Community School District and I want to see that continue for future generations.”
Lindsey McKinney, Vice President
Lindsey McKinney is Broker/Co-Owner of Re/Max of Fort Dodge Inc. Lindsey is married to fellow FDSH alum, Patrick McKinney. They have two daughters; Hadley and Landry.
“My favorite part about being on the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation Board is giving back to the teachers who are educating our future leaders. Being able to walk through my child’s school and see some of the projects the Foundation has funded is such a gratifying feeling."
Teri Townsend, Secretary
Teri Townsend is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at
UnityPoint Pediatrics in Fort Dodge. She is originally from Oklahoma, where she and her husband met. She has 4 children, Jordan, Joshua,
Braelyn and Adalyn.
She along with her husband, Wayne, and family moved to Fort Dodge in 2018. They have loved the community from the moment we interviewed and look forward to many more years in Fort Dodge.
“I am excited to serve on the foundation because it is an opportunity to give back to the community and the educators. I love being able to support my community, teachers, and children by working with others to further the mission of Fort Dodge Community Schools."
Kyle Bartlett, an FDSH alum, is the Contract Manager for Cardiology, Radiology and Laboratory at Unity Point Health Contracting. He and his wife Jana have two sons, Landon and Blake.
Kyle has coached youth sports including 7 years as Head Coach for the Fort Dodge Baseball Association 7U Legends team
“I enjoy giving back to our youth. The (Fort Dodge Community Schools) Foundation helps improve educational opportunities and helps make Fort Dodge a great place to raise a family.”
Hope Brown is a science consultant for Prairie Lakes AEA and a former FDSH science teacher. She serves on the Fort Dodge Area Symphony Board. She is also a member of the Iowa Academy of Science and the National Science Teachers Association. She and her husband, Ryan, have two children; Kelvin who is deceased and Clara, a 1st grader at Feelhaver.
“When I was a classroom teacher, my goals were to facilitate student learning and foster curiosity which supported students in their ability to figure out the world around them and become scientifically-literate citizens. As a consultant, my goal is to support K-12 science teachers in their efforts to do the same for their students. Serving on the Foundation Board is an opportunity for me to continue supporting both students and teachers in our home school district.”
John graduated from FDSH in 1993 and then attended the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. After completing pharmacy school in 1999 with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, moved to Waterloo, IA and worked for an independent pharmacy for 2 years, then moved back to Fort Dodge to join Daniel Pharmacy and the family business. Over the past few years, there has been expansions, new technologies added, and more services offered to their customers.
“Daniel pharmacy has been in Fort Dodge for over 50 years and started with my grandfather. Fort Dodge is home and I feel a responsibility to give back to the community. I am grateful for the education that the Fort Dodge Community School District provided, in order to be prepared for a state university. To be able to provide the tools for students to increase their knowledge and skills to be productive members of our community, is a great feeling.”
He and his wife Victoria have one daughter, Olivia.
Dr. Zach Mason
Dr. Mason is a chiropractor and co-owner of Active Health Chiropractic in Fort Dodge. He also travels as an assistant instructor and elite provider for Active Release Technique.
He is a 2005 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate. The all-state football player was also inducted into the Dodger Athletics Hall of Fame. He and his wife Emily have two children; Faith and Beau.
“Being on the board gives me an opportunity to give back to the community and schools that started my educational experiences and hopefully give the children of the community better opportunities in the future."
Holly McClintock joined the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation Board in 2017. She grew up in Spencer, IA but has lived in Fort Dodge since 2007. She and her husband Justin have three children.
Holly is a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Community Health Center.
“I joined the Board because I am passionate about the Fort Dodge Community School District and want to help teachers and staff provide and excellent education to students.”
Amy Pingel is the Community Education Assistant Director at Iowa Central Community College. Pingel serves on the Iowa Association of Lifelong Learners Board and is working on her MBA in Organizational Development from Upper Iowa University.
She is married to fellow FDSH alum, Ben Pingel, they have two children Brek and Jake.
“I am honored to serve on the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation Board. I look forward to giving back to the schools, teachers, and district that supported me throughout my education, and who are currently working to have a positive impact on their current and future students.”
Dan Scott is a 2002 graduate of FDSH, as well as, a graduate of Iowa Central Community College and The University of Iowa. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Citizens Community Credit Union.
He is married to Ashley (Mehan) Scott, a 2004 FDSH graduate, and they have three boys; Layton, Cayson and Lincoln.
“As a critical component to educational success, the Foundation allows the opportunity to affect so many lives in such a positive way and I'm excited to be a part of that!"
Kelly Hinds joined the Foundation Board in 2020. She grew up in Nashua, Iowa, but has lived in Fort Dodge since 2000. Kelly is married to Jeff, and together they have 6 kids, Tristen, Jackson, Karlan, Greyson, Solomon & Harrison.
Kelly is the Service Director of Community & Employment Support Services at One Vision. Kelly is the Fort Dodge Human Rights Commission Chair, the Cooper Booster Club President, serves on the Fort Dodge Leadership Program Committee through the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, and serves as a board member of the Iowa chapter for the Association of People Supporting Employment First.
“Education plays such an important role to human development; the relationship education has with growth and progress within our community is truly amazing. Early years are the foundation of future development and how our schools, teachers, and staff can provide such a strong foundation for lifelong learning is incredible. I am honored to be on the Foundation board where we can support educators and students through grants for professional development, technology, and other educational needs."
Rick Lamoureux is the greenhouse manager for Smitty’s Garden Center here in Fort Dodge.
Rick graduated high school from Paton Churdan and earned a degree in Parks and Recreational Management from Northwest Missouri State. Rick lives in Fort Dodge with his wife ,FDSH alum, Meghan.
They have 4 daughters (Brooklyn, Carson, Grace, Quinn) and a son (Joe).
Rick is also a member of Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma, where he has served twice as president and has been a member of their board of directors.
Susan Ahlers Leman, J.D.
Susan Ahlers Leman, J.D. is Vice President/Senior Trust Officer of Trust Services with GreenState Credit Union. Susan serves on the Boards of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way, Iowa Central Community College Foundation, and the Blanden Charitable Foundation.
Susan and her husband Rod Leman have 5 children: Ben, Lauren, Kate, Jackson and Jillian. Ben is a FDCSD alum, graduating in 2015. Jillian will graduate with the class of 2026.
“Rod and I have been so pleased with the education Ben and Jillian have received at FDCSD. We have been thrilled with the experiences they have had in athletics, the arts, choir, band, and Student Senate. We are also very thankful for the diversity they experience every day; the broad world view they are part of and create; the encouragement they receive from educators who believe in them. I want EVERY student at FDCSD to have his/her needs met and to discover his/her best self at FDCSD. This requires that our teachers have the necessary tools and resources. I’m committed to do what I can to make this happen.”
“I look through a different set of eyes. I allowed myself to fail when opportunity was given to me. I have experienced great kindness from those working for the
Fort Dodge School District. I would like to take this opportunity to serve on the foundation board to give back and help look out for those needing a little
Jennifer Pederson, Past President
Jennifer Pederson is a consultant for Denver based technology company, D2Xchange and also works as an accountant at Mid-Iowa CPA's of Fort Dodge.
Jennifer grew up in Dallas. While working in Denver, she met and married FDSH alum Brian Pederson. The couple moved to Fort Dodge in 2012. They have two sons, Gavin and Kyle.
Jennifer is also the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center Board Treasurer and serves on the Fort Dodge Community School District Comprehensive School Improvement Advisory/Equity Committee. She is also involved in Fort Dodge Young Professionals.
“I feel fortunate to be on the Foundation Board because I can help affect the lives of students and teachers in our district. I am excited to see the Foundation grow and continue to enhance learning experiences for students."
Dr. Jesse Ulrich, Superintendent
Fort Dodge Community School District Superintendent Dr. Jesse Ulrich serves a non-voting board member for the FDCS Foundation. He keeps board members up-to-date on district programs, goals and priorities.
Dr. Ulrich became FDCS superintendent in the summer of 2018.
He graduated from West Best- Mallard High School and attend Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista University. He was superintendent/principal in Graettinger-Terril; student services coordinator and seventh-grade teacher in Dallas-Center Grimes and a high school Social Studies teacher in Arizona.
Dr. Ulrich and his wife Amy, have four children.
“As we work together to meet the needs of all students the Foundation will continue to be a pillar for our success.”