Algona Native Selected as Iowa 4-H Foundation Executive Director

AMES, Iowa — An Algona native and Iowa 4-H alumni, Kris Fish Kuhlmann, is the Iowa 4-H Foundation’s new executive director. She brings her skills in leadership, business and relationship-building to the organization that provides funding support to the 4-H programs across the state.

In essence, she is an example of what 4-H can mean to young people.

“As we conducted our national search, we knew the ideal candidate would have vision, passion and be dedicated to 4-H. Kris Fish Kuhlmann brings a fervent knowledge of 4-H by having been a former state 4-H council member, and she has a proven track record of success and leadership in her career,” said Scott Mortimer, Iowa 4-H Foundation president.

The skills that 4-Hers learn: critical thinking, leadership, communication and social skills, are key components that Fish Kuhlmann will use as she builds upon the Iowa 4-H Foundation’s reputation as one of the best of its kind in the country. “We are very fortunate to have found and selected a candidate that met all of the search committee’s criteria and then some,” Mortimer said.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide funding for Iowa 4-H youth programming and believe our new executive director will boldly build the foundation’s resources.” Mortimer said. “Kris and our team will bring an enthusiastic approach to raising the money needed to continue to grow 4-H throughout our state.”

“This is an exciting opportunity!” Fish Kuhlmann said. “I am honored to be associated with the Iowa 4-H Foundation, the ideal model for helping 4-H kids throughout the country. I look forward to connecting with current and potential contributors to the Iowa 4-H Foundation.”

Fish Kuhlmann, who currently lives in Lenexa, Kan., and is relocating to Ames, has established three independent businesses and has experience in human resources management. She is currently a Senior Loan Officer at Mortgage Lenders of America in Overland Park, Kan. Fish Kuhlmann has an education degree from Iowa State, and has also studied at Drake University and Webster University in Kansas City.

Grunenwald named Chief Operating Officer

In addition, the Iowa 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce that Albert Grunenwald has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. “Albert has been with the Foundation for 16 years and has grown to be a valuable resource for the Foundation and our donors. We look forward to Grunenwald handling these additional responsibilities,” added Mortimer.

The search committee was led by four members of the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board of Directors. Fish Kuhlmann replaces Interim 4-H Foundation Executive Director Glen Mente on March 12, 2012.

About the Iowa 4-H Foundation
The Iowa 4-H Foundation provides the financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs throughout the state of Iowa. The opportunities provided by the Foundation 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. The Iowa 4-H Foundation, which was founded in 1949, is a charitable 501 (c) 3 organization with a governing board of 32 trustees.


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