Volunteer Leader: Sue Haack

Board Member, LincolnWay Community Foundation

  • Hometown: DeWitt
  • Career: MBA from the University of Iowa, CPA (inactive); Retired after 10 years as CFO Motorists Insurance Group in Columbus, Ohio; former president of Iowa Mutual Insurance Company in DeWitt (an affiliate of the Motorists Insurance Group)
  • Board member since: 2018


Tell us about yourself! 

I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Rick. We have three daughters and three grandchildren. I love to read – books, magazines, even contracts! During my career, I served on non-profit boards including Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Ohio Insurance Guaranty Association, Griffith Insurance Education Foundation and St. Stephens Community House. I've served as a Junior Achievement classroom consultant for many years. Now that I’m retired, I teach two risk-management and insurance classes at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business, serve on the Boards of First Central State Bank (DeWitt), Iowa College Foundation (Des Moines), and LincolnWay Community Foundation. I also volunteer for Down Syndrome Achieves, a non-profit in Columbus, Ohio, to recruit patients and doctors to build a biobank of blood samples for Down Syndrome researchers to access.


What inspires you to keep serving on the Foundation board?

 I love the broad impact that the Foundation has in our rural Clinton County communities. It touches all of the organizations that are doing so much good work in so many different areas. I’m inspired by the people who have built the Foundation over the years to what it has become today, and want to honor their hard work by carrying it forward and continuing to build it for even more positive impact in the future.


What’s the most memorable grant awarded or impact made by the Foundation during your tenure? 

I am very proud of the foresight of the Foundation board to recognize the need for an endowment that will fund the operations of the Foundation forever. That vision blossomed into a plan, which grew into numerous actions by everyone on the Board over the last three years. We’re so close to achieving the original goal of raising $500,000 for the Forever LincolnWay Endowment, thanks to all that hard work and the tremendous generosity of people in our community. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has made that original vision a reality!