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Sixteen residents of Black Hawk County make up the Black Hawk County Gaming Association Board of Directors. Together, they represent the broad interests of the Cedar Valley. Each board member serves a three year term, and can serve up to two terms. Potential members go through a nomination process and are subject to approval by the DCI and the full Board of Directors.

Here are the Board members, along with a short biography of each:

Scott Becker, Gilbertville

Scott Becker is a lifelong resident of Gilbertville with a degree in Business Management and Economics from Wartburg College and is a Commercial Lending Officer for Veridian Credit Union.  He is interested in the continued development of the rural communities in Black Hawk and surrounding counties.  He is a current member of the Gilbertville City Council, Treasurer of Gilbertville Community Days, Director for the Battle of Waterloo Wrestling Tournament for the Waterloo Public Schools Vice Chair of Bosco Catholic Schools Foundation and Finance Committee. Scott enjoys sports of all kinds and brings a passion for strengthening smaller municipalities to the board.

1st term expires 6/30/2022

Kingsley Botchway II, Waterloo

Kingsley Botchway II is the Chief Officer of Human Resources and Equity for the Waterloo Community School District. He was hired into his current position in July 2018. Previously, he was the Director of Equity and Staffing for the Iowa City Community School District. His current role encompasses leading, directing and managing personnel, state and federal law compliance, reviewing disaggregated data, and pursuing initiatives to reduce disproportionality within the District. Botchway is an avid believer of transformational equity leadership and action in K-12 education. He has given a number of keynote addresses at conferences throughout the state of Iowa on how to achieve true equity within our school system. Botchway holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of South Carolina, and a professional doctorate in law from the University of Iowa. Botchway has received additional training and certifications from Harvard, Iowa State, Iowa, and Indiana Universities.

Through his work in the community, he has served on many boards and commissions while in Iowa, including five years on the Iowa City Council and two years as Mayor Pro Tem. On the Iowa City Council, he was a staunch advocate in addressing affordable housing, creating economic development for communities of color, and introducing race conscious approaches to Iowa City policies, procedures, and protocols. Currently, he is a founding board member of 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium (BLAC). This group aims to increase personal and professional development, amplify leadership and growth strategies and build networks of influence for Black Professionals in the Cedar Valley.  Additionally, 24/7 BLAC seeks to connect with the unemployed/underemployed, fill vacancies and employment opportunities, increase Black wealth, build career readiness skills, work with employers committed to diversifying their workforce and influence the amount of Black managers and leaders in local companies. In his personal time, he is a life partner to an amazing woman/leader/mom/shero and advocate for disability rights, Bethany Jura. Together, they have two kids, Trey and Kai.

1st term expires, 6/30/24

Debra J. Corson, Waterloo

Debra J. Corson is a “retired” educator who currently works as a consultant with K-12 schools and higher education organizations throughout the United States.  She makes numerous presentations at national and state conferences in the areas of leadership, instruction, and training. She is certified as a trainer for Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and co-author of  5 Toolkits designed to improve school climate.  In addition to her role in the BHCGA, DJ is an active volunteer in the Beyond Pink TEAM, Waterloo Elks, and the golf advisory committee at Hawkeye Community College.

2nd term expires 6/30/22

Nick Evens, Cedar Falls

Nick Evens is the President and CEO of Curql Collective, LLC.  Nick cultivates opportunities to help fintech and credit unions collaborate on breakthrough technologies that minimize threats and successfully improve, disrupt and position the industry with a best-in-class member experience. Curql Fund has approximately 50 credit union investors and manages over $200MM in capital to be deployed in transformative technology for the benefit of credit unions.  Prior to leading Curql Collective, Nick was President of The Veridian Group, Inc. (TVG), the wholly-owned CUSO holding company of Veridian Credit Union, where he led investment strategy and direction for the $5.4B institution. Based in Waterloo, Iowa, TVG’s holdings include Veridian Insurance and Veridian Fiscal Solutions with total staff over 45 strong. During his tenure, Nick managed TVG’s more than ten direct minority investments in CUSO companies, positioning the organization with direct equity stakes in Dwolla, Alkami Technology and Moov Financial and committing approximately $10MM in six venture or seed capital funds.

1st term expires 6/30/2024

Mark Gallagher, Waterloo

Mark Gallagher is currently the Recreation Services Manager for the City of Waterloo. He is very active within the Cedar Valley Catholic School System, a member of the Build Our Ballpark Board of Directors, and a founding member of the Cedar Valley Sports Commission. and the Varsity Baseball Coach for Columbus High.  Mark is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and brings a great deal of leisure service and sports related knowledge to the full board of directors. 

1st term expires 6/30/2022

Endya Johnson, Waterloo

Endya Johnson has been part of the Cedar Valley for the past 17 years.  She received her degree in Asian Studies with emphasis in Chinese language from the University of Iowa.  She is a lover of reading and books so much she has worked at the Waterloo Public Library over ten years.  She has been actively involved with the Waterloo Schools, Waterloo Community Playhouse, Youth Art Team, Christmas in Walnut and various other community opportunities.  She was awarded the Women of Persimmon Award for volunteering.  In addition, she was elected to the Waterloo School Board in 2017.  She considers herself a pizza connoisseur that loves spending time with her family.

1st term expires 6/30/23

Eric Johnson, Waterloo

Eric Johnson is an attorney and has been with Beecher, Field, Walker, Morris, Hoffman & Johnson, P.C since 1991.  He also has experience as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Iowa.  Johnson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and attended the University of Iowa College of Law.  In addition, he received his M.B.A. from the University of Iowa.  Johnson has served on the founding board of the Waterloo Schools Foundation, the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance, WIDA and the H.B.Allen Foundation.  He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Black Hawk County Bar Association, Kiwanis, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

2nd term expires 6/30/2023                                                                                                                        

Paul Lee, Cedar Falls                                                                                                                                

Paul Lee is a Quality Administrator for BDI-USA.  Lee is a graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.  He also served as a graduate assistant in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at the University of Northern Iowa.  He serves on the Winnebago Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Knights of Columbus, Hartman Reserve Nature Center Friends Board  and Actions Without Borders/,and the National Student Advisory Board.  Lee also has experience as a fundraising consultant and event planner.

2nd term expires 6/30/2023

Ann Lyons, Cedar Falls

A graduate of Iowa State University with a BBA in Finance, Ann is a Broker/Owner at Oakridge Realtors. Her extensive background in support of important community organizations includes board roles at the Cedar Falls Public Library, Family and Children's Council, Cedar Valley Hospice, Sartori Memorial Hospital, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Hartman Reserve, Junior League, Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, American Cancer Society, Iowa State University Black Hawk County Alumni Board and involvement in her church.  Ann brings a vast knowledge of the community as well as a solid business background to the board of directors.

1st term expires 6/30/3021

Carolyn Rafferty, Waterloo                                                                                                                      

Carolyn Rafferty is a Vice President at US Bank in Waterloo.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and her law degree from Marquette University Law School in Wisconsin.  A former appellate attorney, she now serves as a trust officer for the Private Client Group at US Bank.  She has been involved in the Black Hawk County Estate Planning Counsel, the Harbaugh-Williams Education Promise Fund Advisory Board, the Youth Art Team, Habitat for Humanity New Home Buyer Educator program dn previously served as a board member for the YWCA and Family and Children’s Council.

2nd term expires 6/30/2023                                                                                                                                                      

Dave Richter, Waterloo

Dave Richter is a retired Partner/CPA from Bergan KDV in Waterloo.  He has significant experience working with nonprofits as well as serving on several nonprofit boards during his career. Dave is a board member of the West High Athletic Foundation and recently completed a two-year term with the Waterloo Schools Foundation. He also is a past member of the Waterloo Community Playhouse, Waterloo Downtown Council, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and Waterloo Youth Hockey Association.  Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois he attended the University of Kentucky receiving a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Dave brings 30+ years of serving as the leader of the nonprofit industry group in the Iowa market for Bergan KDV.

1st term expires 6/30/2022

Eric Ritland, Waterloo

Eric Ritland is an architect and Partner at INVISION Architecture in Waterloo.  He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University, and has spent his career in the planning, design of construction of many commercial, institutional, and non-profit projects.  Eric has been involved with the Waterloo Cultural and Arts Commission, Cedar Valley Alliance Board, Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa Board, Waterloo Industrial Development Association and Main Street Waterloo.  He is a member of the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  Eric and his wife Julie have two grown sons Matt and Nick.

1st term expires 6/30/2023

Stacy Van Gorp, Cedar Falls

Dr. Stacy Van Gorp is a proud native Iowan.  Today, she is the co-founder and partner of See What I Mean, a consulting, research, and organizational design firm with a mission of helping organizations gain clarity and accelerate progress. This year's clients include several large and small foundations, three national nonprofit networks, and several Iowa businesses and nonprofits.

For 12 years she served as the Executive Director of the R.J. McElroy Trust, a private foundation dedicated to inspiring young people in northeast Iowa.  Under her leadership, the Trust reframed its strategy, reinvented its grantmaking, and launched community-wide initiatives.  The Trust's innovative activities garnered local, state and national attention, including an Emmy award in 2016 for its work to honor teachers. 

Dr. Van Gorp has 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, philanthropy, organizational strategy and higher education.  While serving many roles she always found her place at the intersection of aspiration and action. 

Stacy enjoyed a global education at the University of Northern Iowa and later researched innovation, trust and change resistance while earning her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. 

Stacy lives in Cedar Falls with her husband Chris and 15 year old twins. 

1st term expires 6/30/2024

Alice Shirey, Waterloo 

Alice Shirey grew up in Waterloo and is a proud graduate of East High School.  She then attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and majored in Human Development and Social Policy, and also has a Master’s Degree  in Counseling Psychology.  For the last 20 years she has been a teaching pastor at Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls. Both she and her husband Chuck are deeply devoted to the common good and the flourishing and thriving of all of their neighbors.  They have three grown children, all graduate of the Waterloo School District: Hannah is a lawyer, Tracy is a medical student and Will is in law school.  They also have a chocolate lab named Stella, who brings them joy every day.

1st term expires 6/30/21

Jane Whittlesey, La Porte City

Jane Whittlesey is the City Clerk and Zoning Administrator for the City of La Porte City.  She serves as an advisor to the City's Board of Adjustment, Planning & Zoning Commission and the Economic Development Commission.  Jane also serves on the Education Committee for the Iowa League of Cities as well as a mentor to other City Clerks in Iowa.  She is a member of the La Porte City Chamber of Commerce and the Festival of Trails Parade Committee and previously served on the La Porte City RAGBRAI committee and the Family Aquatic Center Fundraising Committee.  In her free time, Jane volunteers at Cedar Bend Humane Society and as a photographer for the Cedar Valley Honor Flights.

1st term expires 6/30/23

Kate Wyatt, Hudson

Kate Wyatt serves as an elected council member for the City of Hudson ans as an appointed member of the Hudson Mayor’s Task Force for Economic Development and Public Safety Committee.  She is an active member of the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and has been an active member of the Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber in Waterloo.  Kate has an extensive background of volunteerism serving as Chair of Hudson RAGBRAI committee, a board member on the Hudson Days Committee and as a volunteer for the Back to School project. Kate is a marketing specialist for a local insurance agency.

2nd term expires 6-30-22

Emily Hanson, Executive Director

Emily Hanson is the Executive Director of the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.  She received her undergraduate degree in recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership from UNI and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She is also a nationally Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) and holds a Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy certificate from the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.  In addition to her previous tenure as the executive director at the Waterloo Schools Foundation, Emily is actively involved in the community serving on the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Anti-Racism Initiative, Rooted Carrot Advisory Board, UNI Women in Politics Advisory Board, Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching Committee, JCI Gift of Giving Committee, and the Economic Inclusion Network.  She has also taught adjunct at UNI in the Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services.

Sarah Craft, Project Coordinator

Sarah Craft is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Economics and holds a master's degree from the University of Iowa in Urban and Regional Planning. Sarah is formerly employed by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments. Today she is the Project Coordinator for the Black Hawk County Gaming Association. Sarah is a former BHCGA board member and served two 4-year terms on the La Porte City Council.  She has served on several boards including the La Porte City Economic Development Committee, La Porte City Planning & Zoning, Aquatic Center Fundraising Committee, and Black Hawk Solid Waste Funds Allocation Committee for the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors. She is President of La Porte City Preschool Board and head swim coach for the Waves Swim Team.