About the LCEF

The Foundation

Since the start of your foundation, our mission has been to assist the district and its students in the pursuit of education. The LCEF has provided funding for classroom grants, scholarships and recently, special projects.
The foundation is 100% volunteer-based, so the money raise doesn’t pay for offices or salaries. It goes where it’s needed, to support education.
The foundation is governed by a board of directors. Your current board is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering, let us know!

Officers:

Jill Adkins

Jill Adkins

President

Jill Adkins has lived in Council Bluffs since July 2005. Jill and her husband, Wes, LC alumni - class of 1996 - are raising their four kids here. Mason, LC alumni - class of 2017, Sam, 14, Lucas, 10, and Emma, 9. Wes grew up in Council Bluffs along with his large, extended family whom all attended Lewis Central. Lewis Central is a strong community within Council Bluffs and we are proud to be Titans.

Tad McDowell

Tad McDowell

Treasurer

Tad and his wife have two daughters currently enrolled in the Lewis Central School District. Originally from Lincoln, NE, he spent a decade serving the United States Navy before relocating back to the region. He has worked for Google in Council Bluffs since 2014. Tad has a Master‘s Degree in Crisis and Emergency Management from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and is currently working on a Master’s in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Marilyn Heitmen

Marilyn Heitmen

Secretary

Lewis Central High School graduate
Buena Vista University graduate
Employed at HGM Associates Inc. in Council Bluffs
Married with 1 child and 2 grandchildren

Board Members:

Dr. Eric Knost

Dr. Eric Knost

Eric is our current superintendent for the Lewis Central Community School District.

Kara Riso Anderson

Kara Riso Anderson

Kara Riso Anderson joined the board in 2018 and served as the Treasurer for 2 years. She’s a Realtor at NP Dodge Real Estate, Lewis Central class of ‘98 graduate and married her High School sweetheart, Dustin, who graduated in ‘99. They have 4 kids, all attending Lewis Central. Kara is daughter of Stephen Riso, one of the founding members of the Education Foundation.

Rachel Cyboron

Rachel Cyboron

Rachel Cyboron is a previous teacher and now substitute for the Lewis Central School District. She is a Council Bluffs native and Lewis Central class of 2003 graduate. she married Steven Cyboron, also from Council Bluffs and Lewis Central. They have four children, three of which already attend Lewis Central, with the fourth starting kindergarten in 2020.

Mia Laustrup

Mia Laustrup

Mia Laustrup is the Program Director for the STARS Scholarship Program, an Iowa West Foundation Initiative supporting local nontraditional students. Mia was a STARS Scholar recipient from 2012-2014 and attributes her success to the support of the program. She is proud to give back to a program that helped her grow both personally and professionally. Mia empowers the scholars by sharing her story and encouraging them to be proud of theirs.

Prior to joining the Council Bluffs Schools Foundation as the STARS Program Director, Mia worked in cosmetology and Esthetics. While working full-time in a salon, Mia earned her bachelor’s degree in education and pursued a career in the nonprofit sector, where she found her true passion. Now, Mia is back in school working toward earning a master’s degree in project management. She is the Vice President of the Impact CB Executive Committee and Chair of the Communications Committee for the Human Services Advisory Council where she’s gained an understanding for community resources which has helped tremendously in her current role.
Mia is a wife and a mom of three boys: Hayden (17), Dominic (5), Denson (3). She and her family enjoy being outside, spending time with their family, and traveling.

Jeff Brehmer

Jeff Brehmer

Jeffrey L. Brehmer is an insurance industry leader with more than 20 years of experience helping individuals, families and businesses in Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska. He currently serves as president of a large agency with offices in Papillion, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Brehmer and his wife, Suzi, manage the agency together—splitting time between both offices. Their agency won the 2017 Small Business Award from the Council Bluffs Chamber in 2017 and was named Readers’ Choice Best Insurance Agent in 2018.

Jeffrey L. Brehmer, a 1995 graduate of Lewis Central, is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and a Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA). He is a Past President of the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) of Nebraska and Iowa and has lobbied on behalf of the insurance industry in Washington, DC.

Brehmer began his career with Edward Jones & Co. LLP, before joining Smith Davis Insurance where he would learn all aspects of the business under a trusted mentor. He returned in 2016 to purchase Smith Davis. He then continued to grow the agency by acquiring Baehler Insurance in 2018.

Proud parents of two children, Jeffrey and Suzi also share their home with two dogs—one of which frequently joins them at work earning her keep as the official office greeter.

Charlotte Butterbaugh

Curt Peters

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