Board Members

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Mike Hartwig, President

Mike Hartwig is currently a Financial Representative for Financial Architects, LLC in Clive, Iowa.  He has an earned Ph.D. in Education from Trinity Divinity School.  He has served as a national trainer with Park University and Rockhurst University in Kansas City.  He has also served as a multi-million dollar federal grant to support at-risk marriages and families.  He and his wife have earned the Iowa Parents of the Year award for their work with at-risk couples.  They have three children and five of the cutest grandchildren, and he will be glad to show you their pictures if you just ask!

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Mary O'Brien, Vice-President

Mary and her husband Bill have lived in Pleasant Hill since 1978! She is a member of Ss. John & Paul Catholic Church.  She has two adult daughters and 4 grandsons.  Mary has been very active in volunteering for non-profits and joined Caring Hands Outreach in 2015. Mary has served on the Board of Emmaus House in Des Moines since 2015 and is just completing her 3 year term as Chair of the BoardShe is employed part-time at Bass Pro since 2011.



Craig Perry, Treasurer

Craig Perry is a member of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona.  He has volunteered in Caring Hands' Rent & Utility Assistance Program and is a member of the Dream Team.  He feels called to be in a role of developing people and being a small part of God's plan to reconcile their relationship with Him and other around them and eventually reduce their need on the use of Caring Hands.  


Nathan Anenson

Nathan Anenson has served on the Caring Hands Board since 2012.  He has a passion for helping Caring Hands dream and innovate in order that people in our community can experience the love and power of Christ in their daily lives.  Nathan serves as Sr. Pastor of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona.  He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. 


Cindy Blubaugh

Cindy Blubaugh is a member of Adventure-Life Reformed Church, where she serves as Lead Deacon and a member of the Mission Team.   She has volunteered at Caring Hands Food Pantry for several years.  Cindy truly has a heart for missions, whether it is local or global.  That is why she is excited about being part of the Caring Hands Board and the wonderful things it does for its community. 

Jackie Boeding Tewes

Jackie Boeding Tewes is a Director in Corporate IT at Principal Financial Group. She has volunteered at Caring Hands for the past year and a half, and is excited to be on the Caring Hands board to further the Caring Hands mission and vision and serve our community. Jackie is a member of Altoona United Methodist Church, and has also been engaged with the Altoona Elementary PTA and United Way of Central Iowa for many years. Jackie and her husband Barry have three sons. They enjoy traveling, playing board and card games, and outside activities such as hiking, biking and gardening.

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Barron Geiger

Barron Geiger lives in Altoona, Iowa and is the lead pastor at Southeast Polk Family Church in Pleasant Hill.  Barron and his wife, Heidi, have lived in central Iowa since 1998, with the exception of a 4-year stint in Porto Alegre, Brazil where they helped start a new church between 2004 – 2008.  Barron has two adult children and one new granddaughter.  He and his wife enjoy cycling, sight-seeing, and spending time with family.


Melissa Horton

Melissa Horton is the Executive Director of the Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a longtime Caring Hands Volunteer and works at the intake desk the first Monday of each month. She and her husband Bill, live on an acreage outside of Runnells and are Marriage Mentors at Lutheran Church of the Cross. She has a passion for helping others, and loves the opportunities Caring Hands Outreach has provided. She is involved in the Caring Hands Communications and Dreamers Committees.

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Sharon VanderSchel

Sharon and her husband, Kevin, grew up in the Southeast Polk community and have four adult children and five granddaughters.  Sharon has served the community for over 30 years as a school volunteer, through local service organizations, in her church, and at Caring Hands.  Sharon first became involved in Caring Hands in the late 90’s before the current Caring Hands organization existed.  Sharon believes that, as members of the Church, when we serve others we serve Jesus. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, cooking for family and friends and traveling with Kevin and their dog, Loretta.