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Gateway To Discovery Advisory Board

Advisory Board Member Introductions

Clarice Thompson: Clarice has 30 years of experience as a business owner/person in the Fort Dodge area. While not a native of Fort Dodge, in her 30 years here she has made it her home. She has worked on numerous boards/ commissions and has assisted and directed many special projects to improve our city.

Roger Natte: Roger taught for 38 years, of which 34 were with Iowa Central Community College. He is now retired. He graduated from Sibley High School and has lived in Fort Dodge since 1959 except for three years that he served in the Peace Corps in Africa (1962-65).

Barbara Wallace Hughes: Barbara was the managing editor of The Messenger and Messenger publications, including Farm News, Fort Dodge Business Review, Fort Dodge Today magazine and Twist and Shout. She has worked in various reporting and editing positions at The Messenger for more than 25 years. Other journalistic experience includes working at two small-town newspapers and serving as the news director of an AM radio station. Since May of 2014, Barbara has lived on an acreage near Callender. Prior to that, she had lived in Fort Dodge since 1985. Barbara is originally from Albia — a small town in southern Iowa — and came to Fort Dodge after living in Minneapolis and Ames. She tends to collect stray and unusual animals. Currently, her menagerie includes a formerly stray dog, a former shelter dog, a formerly stray cat (and her four now-full-grown kittens), a cat born without eyes, three miniature goats, three Katahdin sheep and a pair of spotted miniature donkeys.

Helen Miller: Helen is the State Representative, 13th year, in the Iowa House of Representatives. She represents the 9th House District which includes Fort Dodge, Badger, Duncombe and Vincent. Miller is Ranking Member of the Agriculture committee. She also serves on the Economic Growth/Rebuild Iowa, Natural Resources and Transportation committees. Helen has accumulated more than 30 years of experience and leadership in such roles as volunteer, mediator, legislative bill drafter, attorney, arts educator and board member of numerous organizations. She volunteers as the Executive Director of Young at Art, a nonprofit community arts education and enrichment program based in Fort Dodge which sponsors the annual Artful Dodger Project.  

Sara Hill: The Rev. Sara Hill, originally from Philadelphia, has lived in Fort Dodge since 2009. She is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge, a position she started in September 2014. Before that, she served as the pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield. Sara is a member of a local PEO chapter, the Mom’s group, and CrossFit Fort Dodge. She is excited to serve the community through Gateway to Discovery. Sara has been married to her husband Austin since 2008 and together they have two young children, Lylah and Everett.

Crystal Balm: Crystal Balm is currently the Manager of Anytime Fitness of Fort Dodge and is a Crossfit/Personal Trainer. She has served on the Gateway Board and has helped with numerous events and speaking engagements. She has two children, Lily and Makai and graduated from  Buena Vista University. Crystal has two majors: Marketing and Sports Management. Crystal grew up all over the country because her dad was in the Marine Corps. She moved to Iowa right before high school and joined the Marine Corps herself after graduation. She served two tours in Iraq during her 4 1/2 years in the Corps. She has lived in Iowa again for almost 3 years and loves it!

Elizabeth Hiveley: Elizabeth is currently the Manager of the TRMC/Unity Point Cancer and Infusion Centers. Prior to this position, Elizabeth worked for almost 25 years as a social worker for organizations such as hospital/health care, psychiatric residential facilities for adults, in a school setting with middle school-aged students, a chemical dependency treatment facility for adults, and residential homes for severe developmentally disabled adults. Elizabeth was born and raised in Fort Dodge. In 1984, she moved to Iowa City to complete college at the University of Iowa and then lived there for three additional years working as a social worker. In 1990, Elizabeth moved back to Fort Dodge where she met and married her husband. They have two daughters; ages 16 and 12. In early 2002, Elizabeth and her husband, Tom, were raising their four year old daughter and expecting a baby in April. At the same time, Tom was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and had to undergo surgery for a radical neck dissection, many rounds of chemotherapy, and 30 radiation treatments at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Needless to say, this time in their lives was extremely stressful and for a few years, his prognosis was only fair. His treatment team that worked with them was absolutely top-notch and continues to provide ongoing follow up care. Elizabeth’s family is very involved with the Webster Co Relay for Life to help raise money for cancer patients in our community. Elizabeth also coordinated the Women and Children Program when she worked as a social worker at Community and Family Resources, a chemical dependency treatment facility in Fort Dodge. There she gained much respect for the women she worked with and now has a greater understanding of the struggles these women and their families go through. She truly feels that her mind has been opened and she is more tolerant of people from different walks of life or who live their life differently than her.  

Andrea Kraushaar: Andrea is the Sr. Pastor at First United Methodist Church here in Fort Dodge. She has been in full-time ministry since 2005. And has been here in Fort Dodge since 2012. Andrea was born and mostly raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She left Council Bluffs in 1997 when she graduated from High School to attend Morningside College. She graduated from Morningside in 2000 with a Degree in Religious Studies and Sociology. Then moved to Kansas City, Missouri to attend Saint Paul School of Theology where she received her Master of Divinity. While in Kansas City, Andrea helped start a homeless ministry called Micah Ministry. They ran this outreach ministry each Monday night and at the end of 4 years they were running 12 outreach ministries to the homeless and those on the poverty line. She and her husband then moved to Boone, Iowa where she was appointed at the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church. There she got involved in the homeless community as well and helped to open Crawford Hall Women’s Homeless Shelter. In 2012, she was reappointed to Fort Dodge First United Methodist Church. Andrea and her husband were married in 2002 and now have two beautiful children; Wesley and Gracie. She loves being outside and playing sports. When she accepted her call to ministry, she was a junior in high school and has found ways to be in ministry since 1998. What she has found humbling is how God continues to use her to help others in need. Andrea is grateful for all her experiences with the homeless, youth ministry, crisis counseling, and with now being a Sr. Pastor. She is excited to see how she and her church can be more involved and connected with the Gateway community.

Larry McCluckie

Sara Smith

Kevin Doty

Jim Clavin