Chapter Contacts

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization focused on both research and patient support for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life for adults and children living with IBD.


We lead groundbreaking research into new treatments and cures for IBD and provide you with information, guidance, and support every step of the way – no matter where you are in your IBD journey. The Foundation is your voice on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures to improve your access to care and raise awareness of IBD and its impact on patients and caregivers. Read our latest Impact Report to learn more about how we’re changing lives.

The Nebraska/Iowa Chapter serves Nebraska and Iowa. We provide educational and support programs to people living with IBD and those who care for them. We connect you to local resources and offer you opportunities to become involved with the IBD community through events, volunteering, our summer camps, and more.


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Chapter Staff

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson

Executive Director

[email protected]

+1 531-289-9745

Micki Kass

Micki Kass

Associate Director, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement

[email protected]

+1 402-209-7331

Mary Beth Foral

Mary Beth Foral

Administrative Coordinator

[email protected]

+1 646-689-2237

Chapter Board of Directors

Chris Kline


Senior Vice President, Director of HR, Security National Bank

Jim Boulay

Immediate Past President

Managing Shareholder, Lutz Financial

John Gessert, JD

Nominating Chair

Vice President, Concerto Family Office, Union Bank & Trust

Mark Lehman

Finance Chair

Vice President, Physicians Mutual

Brent Pfeiffer

Director of Sales, RAKA Handling

Matt Swinton

Senior Vice President, District Manager, Kiewit

Dr. Helen Fasanya-Uptagraft

Gastroenterologist, Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates

Dr. Mark Kusek

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Lisa Whalen

VP Client Relationships, Fiserv

Darcy Swope

Strategic Account Executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield NE

Jennifer Hegemann

MARS Global Services Process and Reporting Manager

Ronna Zylstra

ERP Application Manager, HDR Inc.

Dr. Katie Hutchins

Gastroenterologist, Nebraska Medicine

Rick Landenberger

President, Hartland Renewable Fuels

Ben Goethel, JD (Emeritus)

Vice President, Sr. Fiduciary Advisor Wells Fargo Private Bank

Tally Mertes

District Store Director, Hy-Vee

Brandon Ledger

Store Manager, Hy-Vee

Sam Kline

Manager Risk Assurance, KPMG

Kristi Harrison

VP of Business Development, Carson Group

Healthcare Professional Engagement committee (HPEC)

Dr. Helen Fasanya-Uptagraft

Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates

Dr. Steven Polyak

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Dr. Dawn Ebach

University of Iowa Children's Hospital

Dr. Erin Jenkins

CHI Health

Dr. Katie E. Hutchins

Nebraska Medicine

Dr. Mark Kusek

Children's Hospital & Medical Center

Dr. Benjamin Hall

Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates

Dr. Derrick Eichele

Nebraska Medicine

Dr. Mark A. Wells

Gastroenterology Specialties PC

Dr. Saurabh Chandan

CHI Health

Dr. Amber Tierney

The Iowa Clinic

Dr. Sharad Kunnath

Boystown GI