Iowa 4-H Foundation selects new trustees

Iowa 4-H Foundation selects new trustees


Six new trustees were selected to serve on the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board. 


November 12, 2019

New Trustees to Serve on Iowa 4-H Foundation Board

AMES, Iowa- Six new Trustees were selected to serve on the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board at its annual meeting on Friday, October 25, 2019.

“We are always excited to welcome new trustees to our team. They each bring different experiences that continue to better the organization,” said Iowa 4-H Foundation Executive Director, Emily Saveraid. “We look forward to growing support for Iowa 4-H with their help.”

Erin Cumings, Prole, IA

Cumings is the Associate Vice President of Agribusiness Underwriting with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, IA. She is passionate about agriculture and currently resides on a diversified farm in Warren County with her husband and daughter. Cumings was a 4-H member in Clarke County where she enjoyed exhibiting sheep at the both the county fair and Iowa State Fair.

Cumings states, “My grandfather gave me two ewes that were the catalyst for my involvement with sheep through 4-H and then later, FFA. There is no better program targeted at elementary through high school students to ensure that future generations are knowledgeable and passionate about agriculture.”

Liliana Hill, Britt, IA, Youth Trustee

Hill is an active 4-H member in Hancock County and has participated some form of 4-H programming since she started attending school at West Hancock. She has served her club as an officer, participated in the Hancock County Intermediate and Senior Councils, Iowa 4-H State Council and will be attending the National 4-H Congress as a state delegate in late November.

Hill states, “A member may try a certain project area, realize they enjoy it, and it could be their future career! 4-H is an organization that helps prepare the next generation.” Hill’s future plans include attending Iowa State University to major in animal science and agribusiness with a minor in Spanish

Alissa McKinney, Des Moines, IA

McKinney is the Senior Director of Development for the UnityPoint Health Foundation with Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. She has served as a leader of the Country Pioneers 4-H Club in Story County for more than 10 years and chaperoned the Citizenship Washington Focus trip in Washington, D.C. McKinney is proud of her family’s 3-generation involvement in the Story County 4-H program, her parents as leaders, herself as a leader and member, and her children as alumni.

McKinney states, “I support 4-H because I credit it for making me the person I am today. Giving me the opportunities and taking advantage of them to make a difference, to be able to talk in front of a group of people, gain leadership experience, and making lifelong friends.”

Lynette Telleen, Waverly, IA

Telleen is the Global Manager for the Tractor Platform Engineering Operations with John Deere in Waterloo, IA. She participated in 4-H as a member in Fayette County and served as the Iowa State Fair Horse Department Superintendent from 1998 to 2010. Telleen’s children are currently involved in 4-H activities.

Telleen states, “I have countless 4-H leaders, volunteers and fellow members to thank for their support in helping with my personal development over the years, everything from public speaking to livestock herdsmanship, and anything I can do to encourage today's youth to reach out for and have an opportunity to actively participate in 4-H is certainly one way of ‘paying back’ the time and energy others have spent on my behalf.”

Don Timmins, Altoona, IA

Timmins is a Certified Public Accountant with Timmins, Jacobsen & Strawhacker, LLP in Des Moines, IA. He has served as a club leader and pork project superintendent in Polk County for more than 35 years and has recently retired after 30 years from the Polk County Fair Board. Don and his wife, Cheryl, were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2009.

Timmins states, “I support 4-H because projects provide wonderful experience in learning responsibilities and opening new horizons.” Timmins is also involved in the Altoona Chamber of Commerce, Polk County Conservation Board, East Polk Rotary Club and the Polk County Board of Adjustments.

The new trustees join a 25-member board that provides the vision and fiscal oversight for the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The Iowa 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees is comprised of volunteers from both the public and private sectors who are leaders in their respective fields.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides the private financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs throughout the state of Iowa. These opportunities help young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication, and social skills – tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors. More information at



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