Volunteer Leaders: Sheila Tegeler
Board member, Dyersville Area Community Foundation
- Career: 32 years at MidWestOne Bank, Dyersville
- Board member since: 2013
Tell us about yourself!
I am proud to live and work in Dyersville, where I have enjoyed watching the Dyersville community continue to grow and succeed through the years. Through the years, I have built great client relationships and enjoy being that friendly face they recognize when they walk through our doors.
My husband of 34 years, Kevin, and I have one daughter, Sarah, who was recently married and works as a nurse in the NICU at University of Iowa Stead Children’s Hospital. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports which includes being a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and local high schools. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends!
What inspires you to serve the board?
The people: Our board consists of approximately 10-12 active members along with our Director, Michelle Grover. We have a number of individuals on our board that offer great strengths to our board and its commitment to the Dyersville area and the communities it serves. We are involved financially with the local daycare center, The Kid Project. We continue to look for opportunities for expansion of daycare needs for employers in our community and the surrounding communities we serve.
The nonprofits: I also enjoy the opportunity to serve on the grant committee. Each year we offer grant opportunities to nonprofits in this area to assist with their needs for special projects. Grant funds also support our Grade-Level Reading director, Jessica Pape, a very positive person who touches education in many ways.
What’s the most memorable grants awarded or impact made by the Foundation during your tenure?
One of the memorable grants awarded during my time on the board was made possible by a generous local donor. The grant was for bicycles that are housed at the Comfort Inn and used by folks wanting to use a bike while they are in the area.
We also recently approved a grant to the Delaware County Sleep in Heavenly Peace initiative that builds beds for kids that do not have a bed to sleep in. Our board assisted with a bed build in Dyersville last fall. It was very heart-warming to help kids in area communities.