Director of Donor Engagement
Sarah grew up in Southeast South Dakota and relocated to Central Iowa in 2014. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business and Health Administration from the University of South Dakota. Outside of work, Sarah spends most of her time with her husband, Andrew, and daughter, Jolee, as well as traveling and partaking in outdoor activities and sports. Prior to Children’s Cancer Connection, Sarah was with the Iowa State University Foundation in Ames, Iowa, and Children’s Care Hospital and School (now LifeScape) in Sioux Falls, SD. Sarah oversees the development efforts statewide for CCC.
Donor Engagement Manager
Kelli is from Fort Dodge, Iowa, and she currently resides in Iowa City. She attended Iowa Central Community College. Kelli is the team’s Eastern Iowa donor engagement manager, and in addition to development work, she oversees some Eastern Iowa programs aspects for CCC. She enjoys spending time outdoors at the lake, riding bike, and taking walks with her puppy, Brecken. As a past Oncology Camper, Camp Heart Connection (along with all of CCC’s programs and events) will always hold a special place in her heart, and she loves being a part of the amazing CCC family.
Donor Engagement Manager
Matthew is originally from Manilla, Iowa. After high school, he attended the University of Northern Iowa where he studied Public Administration and Political Science, graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in May of 2019. While at UNI Matt was actively involved in Northern Iowa Student Government, Dance Marathon, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. He and his fiancé, Maureen, will be getting married the end of 2019 and living in the Des Moines area, as she is a Special Education teacher in Waukee. Hobbies of Matt’s include running, biking, fishing, going to the lake, and spending time with friends and family. Matt is CCC’s Central Iowa development officer and focuses on donor relationships within the area.
Development Coordinator and Events Manager
Christina was born and raised in Iowa, and while she lived in Minnesota for a short time, she has lived most of her life in Central Iowa. She is a University of Northern Iowa alumna, and in her free time, she loves traveling and exploring new places with her fiancé, Scott. Any of Children’s Cancer Connection’s internal or Fundraising by Friends events you’ve heard of, Christina has probably worked on or been involved with. She is our go-to person for internal and third party events, and she helps support the development team behind-the-scenes. Christina has enjoyed getting to know so many donors, volunteers and families, and she cannot wait to meet more.