Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation Board Members

Jennifer Pederson, President

Jennifer Pederson is a consultant for Denver based technology company, D2Xchange and works seasonally for Thompson, Eich and Tyrrell 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. She serves on the Fort Dodge Community School District Comprehensive School Improvement Advisory/Equity Committee and the First Presbyterian Church Nominating 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."

Joe Vonsak, Vice 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, Secretary

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."

Andrea DeJong

Andrea DeJong, an FDSH alum, serves in a variety of volunteer positions in the community and works as a group fitness instructor at the downtown Rec.

Her and her husband Jon, also an FDSH alum, have three children, Mina, Charlotte and Simon.

Andrea enjoys reading, working out and going on adventures with her family.

“Serving as a volunteer is personally fulfilling and how I was raised. As a former public school teacher, I’m passionate about supporting our schools. I want all of our students to have the best experience possible and the Foundation provides many exciting opportunities for kids.”

Kyle Bartlett

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.”

John Daniel

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.

Brian Erickson

Brian Erickson is Executive Vice President and Regional Senior Lender at Northwest Bank. Brian is the Senior Lender for the Fort Dodge and Northwest Iowa Regions including Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Algona, Spencer, Arnolds Park, Okoboji, Spirit Lake and Estherville.

He is a past President of the Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater Fort Dodge. He has also been involved in the Daybreak Rotary, Habitat for Humanity and the Lakota Girl Scout Board of Directors.

Nate Gibson

Nate Gibson is the owner of Access Audio in Fort Dodge. He is an FDSH alum. He is married to Julie Gibson, a Fort Dodge Community School District teacher, they have three children. Gibson is an avid music fan who is involved in theater and various groups that bring live music to the Fort Dodge area.

Holly McClintock

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.”

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."

Hope Brown

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.”

Amy Pingel

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.”

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.”