Our People

The following people are vital to helping Children First achieve its mission.


Children First Director

Ginger Knisley
Children First Director
307 Bank St.
Keokuk, IA 52632
319-526-5686 or 660-988-1468
 

Children First Board Members

Kayla Schwartz
Lee County - Consumer Representative
1294 Hwy 2
Farmington, IA 52626

319/795-5855
 
VACANT
Van Buren County - Consumer Representative
 
Meagan Vogel
Lee County - Business Representative
PO Box 531
Ft Madison, Iowa
319/795-8236
 
VACANT
Van Buren County - Business Representative
 
Amanda Swan (Vice Chair)
Lee County - Health Representative
2018 Lofton
Keokuk, IA 52632
319/795-3382
Amanda.
 
Melissa Mahon
Van Buren County - Health Representative
220 Riverview Dr
Keosauqua, IA 52565
(319) 677-0700 (319) 293-3685
 
Carolyn Baker
Lee County - Faith Representative
2777 252nd Ave
Montrose, IA 52639

319/463-7302
 
Mike Linnenbrink (Board Chair)
Van Buren County - Faith Representative
804 University Street
Donnellson, IA 52625
319/316-2115
 
VACANT
Lee County - Human Services Representative
 
Amanda J. Gerber, MD (Board Secretary)
Van Buren County - Human Services Representative
Lantern Family Medicine
602 8th Street Suite 105
Bonaparte, IA 52620
(319) 677-0219
Dr.
 
Ron Fedler
Lee County - Elected Official
 
Mark Meek
Van Buren County - Elected Official
303 1st Street
Bonaparte, IA 52620
319/592-3199
 
Kathy Osipowicz
Lee County - Education Representative
8 Klesner Court, Ft Madison
(319) 372-8524
 
Kris Rankin
Van Buren County - Education Representative
807 1st Street, PO Box 220
Keosauqua, IA 52565
(641) 919-5919
 

Early Childhood Task Force Members:

  • Cheryl Flaatten, Retired Early Childhood Director - Community Action of Southeast Iowa
  • Melissa Daugherty, Director - Van Buren Job Opportunities & PAT
  • Ginger Knisley, Director - Children First local area Early Childhood Iowa Board
  • Missy Park, HOPES Program Manager - Lee County Health Department
  • Rachael Patterson-Rahn, Oral Health Coordinator - Lee County Health Department
  • Kathy Osipowicz, Child Passenger Safety Technician - citizen member
  • Arin Jones, CPPC Coordinator, ISU Extension - Mt Pleasant
  • Carolyn Baker, Children First Board member, volunteer
  • Morgan Small, VB Head Start supervisor - Sieda Community Action
  • Jolene Dilks, Co-director at the Learning Tree
  • Amy Hayes - CCNC
  • Breanna Kramer-Riesberg - Empowering Families
  • Malia Love - CCRR consultant
  • Sarah Leckband Maxwell - RVAP
  • Paula Vandervelde - CCRR
  • Tessa Schroeder - First Five
  • Venissa White - RVAP

Our Mission...

Children First empowers children and families to thrive and prosper through quality services, resources, and support, in response to community need.

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