Introduction of Members of the Board of Directors
Joyce was a dentist for 34 years, a Lay Pastor of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for 6 years and is now retired. She has lived in Fort Dodge since 1970, is married to Roger Natte. They each have 2 daughters, Mindy, Tresia, Jill and Laura, and 7 grandchildren. Together they have enjoyed over 25 mission trips largely to Latin American countries. Joyce has been serving on the Gateway to Discovery Board since the beginning. It has been exciting because the unfolding of this dream has occurred so rapidly that there can be no other explanation than that God has been in it—AND that the board members have prayed as if it all depended upon God and worked as if it all depended on them.
A native Iowan, Monica became extremely passionate about the mission and work of Gateway to Discovery after her sister gifted her the book, “Half the Sky". Monica began watching the PBS special, “A Path Appears" written by the same author of “Half the Sky" and the special featured Magdalene House and Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee. Magdalene House and Thistle Farms were the inspiration for Gateway to Discovery and Hope Sweet Hope Studio. She learned that human trafficking is more pervasive than previously thought and happens in everyone’s community. Monica is committed to empowering women and looks forward to working with Gateway to Discovery and Hope Sweet Hope.
Monica attended University of Iowa and received a B.B.A. in Finance, B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Human Relations. She is the Finance & Business Manager at Drs. Shelly & Shelly, PC, a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and the Endurance Programmer at CrossFit Fort Dodge. She also earned a certification as a USA Level 1 Triathlon Coach and is a certified Group Fitness Instructor with the American Council on Exercise. Monica enjoys working with middle school kids as the Track Coach at St. Edmonds. In her free time, she enjoys competing in triathlons, running half marathons, reading and consuming large amounts of information from podcasts. Monica loves traveling with her husband of 20 years, Andy, and her two children, Charlie and Caroline.
Cassie Jordison works for a local CPA firm, David Bowser, PC. She has been with this office for 9 years. Cassie has 2 girls, Jessica and Allison that keep her very busy. They are in high school and middle school. Cassie is also a very active member of her church, Grace Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge. She has lived in Fort Dodge for almost 20 years and was previously from Phoenix, AZ where most of her family stills resides. Cassie is married to Don Jordison who owns and operates his own vending machine business. In her spare time, Cassie enjoys reading and sewing.