President – David grew up in Rock Island, Illinois where he volunteered for QCAWC. He moved to Monticello, Iowa and started volunteering with AWF in 2006. In 2014, David joined the AWF Board of Directors. With his many years of volunteer service for AWF, he knows all aspects of AWF’s policies and procedures and has had the opportunity to meet many people. David currently works at NCI Building Systems in Monticello, Iowa.
Vice President – Jayne began serving on the AWF board in 2012, and is currently VP. Born and raised in Jones County, living on a farm in her childhood yearse, she has always had a love of animals. Jayne has enjoyed working with others to make the dream come tru and have a shelter in Jones County. She has 2 wire haired fox terriers in her home and numerous cats at her family farm in Langworthy. During the day Jayne is the Office Adminstrator at UnityPoint Clinic in Monticello. “Humans or animals, I enjoy taking care of them all!”
Secretary – Linda began her association with AWF in 2010 by helping transport dogs to ‘no kill’ shelters and by stepping in and acting as Secretary to the Board in a temporary position. She is now serving that position on a permanent basis. Linda says, “Animals have been in my life since a youngster. I love the unconditional love they offer and I want to return it to them.” Linda recently lost her beloved cat Barbra, but has found two new furbabies to join her family. Linda is a licensed Massage Therapist and an Instructor at Carlson College of Massage Therapy.
Board Member – Annie has loved animals all her life. As an AWF volunteer she has helped at various fundraisers such as the summer bake sales, worked occasionally at the former Cat Adoption Center, and transported dogs when needed. Over the years she has adopted three AWF dogs and one cat. AWF helps fill a critical need for homeless and abandoned animals in Jones County. Annie is glad to be helping local animals that otherwise have no voice or support to find a new loving home.
Before retiring Annie served as a Reference Librarian at Kirkwood Community College, Main Campus and previous to that was Director at the Monticello Public Library. She keeps busy with gardening, volunteer work, and trying to stay ahead of Jenni (pictured) her adopted Alaskan Malamute and former AWF dog.
Board Member – Candy began volunteering for AWF in 2004 after AWF reached out to the community for volunteers. Candy has been AWF’s top fundraiser for most of those years. Her efforts include the annual summer bake sales at the Anamosa Walmart, selling left over baked goods at work, and Tupperware parties.
Candy is pictured here with her dog Bailey. Candy also has numerous outdoor cats on her farm.
Board Member – Kayleigh began as a volunteer for AWF in 2015, and joined the board in January 2017. She designed and implemented the current AWF website, and continues to update and maintain it. She also helps out at the shelter, and enjoys baking both human and animal treats for AWF bake sales!
Outside of AWF, you can find her riding her motorcycle, gardening, cooking/baking, crafting, playing videogames, and watching movies.
Kayleigh has a rescue dog named Courage who is her & her husband’s baby!
Honorary Board Member – Mark has 33 years experience in law enforcement in Jones County (15 as Jones County Sheriff) and has always been a big AWF supporter. When contacted by the AWF co-founders back in 2003, he was very pleased to support the group since there had never been anything in place in the county to help the stray dogs. Early in his career as sheriff, Mark was responsible for helping draft the county ordinance regarding stray animals. Whenever AWF has asked for his help or an opinion in an animal-related issue, he always did his best to help or offer guidance within the law. With this experience and his support of AWF, we couldn’t be more pleased than to have Mark involved with AWF!
Mark is pictured here with his wife Doris and their dog Clyde.
Profession: Retired, Former Jones County Sheriff
Treasurer – Although she’s no longer a board member, Gretchen remains AWFs Treasurer. In addition to Treasurer duties, Gretchen manages AWF’s spay/neuter program for the pets of low income families and supervises the group’s PetSmart appearances. She also steps up to the plate whenever there’s a need, from transporting dogs to processing adoption applications to helping at fundraising events.
Gretchen started volunteering for AWF in October 2003 and fostered her first AWF dog in January 2004. Besides saving cats and dogs, her favorite part of AWF is working with such a dedicated, professional, and hard-working volunteer base.
She is dog mom to Ringo and Scooter, former rescue dogs. Scooter now waits for her over the Rainbow Bridge.