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Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation Board of Directors:
Julie Gosselink, Chair

Susan Witt, Vice-President

Shannon Fitzgerald, Treasurer & Secretary

Chad Ahrens

David Clay

Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation Staff:
Julie Gosselink, President & CEO

Shannon Fitzgerald, CFO & Controller

Melissa Hull, Director of Community Relations

Michelle Gruhn, Accounting Manager

Vanessa Doty, Community Relations Assistant

Emily Kriegel, Project Assistant

Ally Xu, Grinnell College Student Apprentice




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Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation
P.O. Box 284
1510 Penrose Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
Phone: 641-236-5518
Fax: 641-236-5590
Email: info@ahrensfamilyfoundation.org
Ahrens Park Foundation
P.O. Box 679
1510 Penrose Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
Phone: 641-236-5518
Fax: 641-236-5590
Email: park@ahrensfamilyfoundation.org

Leadership and Staff of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahens Foundation

CDAF Board Members
Board of Directors of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. Pictured from left to right are: Julie Gosselink, Chad Ahrens, Susan Witt, Shannon Fitzgerald, and David Clay.

CDAF Staff
Staff of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. Pictured from left to right are: Melissa Hull, Julie Gosselink, Vanessa Doty, Shannon Fitzgerald, and Michelle Gruhn.

Julie Gosselink - Julie is the president, CEO, and chair of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. In addition, she serves on the board of the Ahrens Park Foundation. She holds a M.A. in philanthropy and nonprofit development and B.A. in geography from the University of Northern Iowa. Julie has worked for the Foundation since 2001 with prior work experience in the financial services and sales industries. Julie has been involved with other local organizations at the board level including the Galaxy Youth Center, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation, Iowa Council of Foundations, and Mayflower Community Foundation. She also serves as managing partner on behalf of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation for the Strand Theater, L.L.C. and West Broad Investors, L.L.C. Julie is co-author of Nonprofit Collaboration in Grinnell: A Case Study. Julie is a granddaughter of the late Claude and Dolly Ahrens.

Susan Witt - Susan serves as the vice-president of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation and as board of director of the Ahrens Park Foundation.  Susan serves as a board of director for the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation and as past chair of the Grinnell Regional Medical Center board of trustees.  Susan is co-owner of Miraco Company and the owner of a local farm.  Susan is Claude and Dolly’s granddaughter.

Shannon Fitzgerald - Shannon is the CFO and controller for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation.  In addition, she serves as the treasurer/secretary of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation and the Ahrens Park Foundation.  Shannon has also served as a board of director for the Galaxy Youth Center and the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation.  Shannon is a certified public accountant and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in business administration with an emphasis in communications and human resources.  Shannon has worked for the foundation since July of 2005 with prior work experience in both the public and private accounting industries.  In addition to her position with the foundation, Shannon owns and operates her own CPA practice. 

Chad Ahrens - Chad serves as a board of director for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation and Ahrens Park Foundation.  Chad owns and manages several farms in Iowa and is Claude and Dolly’s grandson.

David Clay - David serves as a director of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation and oversees the foundation's management of investments. In addition, he serves as a director of the Ahrens Park Foundation. David joined Grinnell College in 1986 and was treasurer, chief financial officer and/or chief investment officer from 1990 through 2013. He continues to serve as an advisor to the College's investment function.

Melissa Hull - Melissa is the director of community relations for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. Melissa is a graduate of the Poweshiek Leadership program and has served as a board of director of Grinnell Little League. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in communications.  Melissa has worked for the foundation since 2006 with prior work experience in the sales and customer service industries.

Michelle Gruhn - Michelle is the accounting manager for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation.  Michelle has an A.A. in accounting from Marshalltown Community College.  She has prior work experience in bookkeeping, office management, and worked for the Grinnell-Newburg School District in various capacities and the Ahrens Park Foundation for twelve years.  Michelle began working for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation in 2010 and is a recent graduate of the Poweshiek Leadership program.  Michelle is co-owner of Gruhn Brothers Farm in Kellogg. 

Vanessa Doty - Vanessa is the community relations assistant for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation.  Vanessa has worked for the foundation since 2011.  Vanessa graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Transportation & Logistics and Marketing, previously working for Cargill.  Vanessa has volunteered her time with various community organizations and projects in the Grinnell area and has been an active leader for the Grinnell school's PTO organizations over the past several years and is currently serving on the GRMC Auxiliary board. She is currently assisting the Ahrens Foundation’s director of community relations and the Community Support Services program on a part-time basis.

Emily Kriegel - Emily is a project assistant for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. Emily is a junior at the University of Northern Iowa from Grinnell, Iowa. She is working toward a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Marketing and a certificate in Nonprofit Management and American Humanics. She hopes to pursue a career with a nonprofit organization. During her time at UNI, Emily has also been an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She currently holds an officer position.

Grinnell College Student Apprentice Program - Grinnell College students interested in careers in non-profit management now have a new professional development experience available to them through the College's student apprentice program.  Each year a student apprentice works closely with our staff assisting us in our charitable programs, marketing projects, grants management, and research.  We are one of six local nonprofit organizations involved in the program partnering with Grinnell College.  Ally Xu, a sophomore political science and east Asian studies major from Xiamen, China, is the current apprentice for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation during the 2013 – 2014 academic year.


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