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Board Members

Barron Geiger, President

Barron Geiger currently serves as the President of the Board for Caring Hands.  He 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.

Mike Maggert, Vice-President

Mike Maggert worked in the banking and credit union industry for 40 years and currently works for BES-t Investments as the office, business and marketing manager.  He and his  wife, Robin, have 5 exceptional children and 6 wonderful grandchildren! Mike is a member of Altoona United Methodist Church and is honored to give back to his community by serving on the board of Caring Hands.

Mike Hartwig, Treasurer

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!

Katie Russell Hainline, Secretary

Katie Russell Hainline is the pastor of Runnells Christian Church and has served on the Caring Hands Board since April 2019.  Katie is part of a Christian tradition that emphasizes unity, so she loves that Caring Hands brings Christians together to love and serve our neighbors.

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. 

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.

Mary O'Brien

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

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.