Team

Our team is dedicated to empowering women to lead self-sufficient lives.

We are a group of passionate women with one goal, and we use all of our resources to make it happen: empower women to lead self-sufficient lives. We know it’s worth it because our success rate speaks for itself—86% of the women that leave House of Hope go on to live happily independent lives, and their children grow up with confident role models and a roof over their heads.

Karin Rowe

Karin Rowe

Executive Director

Karin has spent over 15 years working with at-risk youth and social services throughout the Midwest. She’s a Chicago native, but she’s happy to be part of the Cedar Valley community. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and twin boys.

Why House of Hope?
After years of working with at-risk youth and families that are in and out of the shelters, it is incredible to watch a family break away from the struggles that hold them back and fully heal together. Knowing that the work the mom is doing now will open up the possibilities for the children’s future makes every day at the House of Hope worth it.

Dusky Steele

Dusky Steele

Development Coordinator

Dusky has over 15 years of experience in social services. In her spare time, she spends time behind her camera as a professional photographer. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and hopes one day, to finish the laundry.

Why House of Hope?
Breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness has always been a cause I feel strongly about. I love going to a job every day knowing we are changing lives.

Lisa Nissen

Lisa Nissen

Case Manager

Lisa has spent the last 24 years working in social services. The Wartburg alum enjoys spending time with her husband, children and horses. You can often find her riding the trails on her days off.

Why House of Hope?
Working with women who want to change their situation, being part of the empowering these families, and getting to see the change is why I am passionate about House of Hope.

Susan Backes

Susan Backes

Pillars Case Manager

Susan was born and raised here in the Cedar Valley. She has over 6 years’ experience working with economically challenged children and families, mentoring and teaching financial literacy. Susan loves spending time with her husband, 2 children who are off at college and their pup.

Why House of Hope?

I am passionate about building relationships and believing in a person’s abilities and potential. It’s so rewarding to see, as we call out the good in people, they rise to see new hope in community and themselves!

Margaret Goodson

Margaret Goodson

Office Manager

Although Margaret was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, she has had family roots in Waterloo for over 75 years.  Margaret comes to House of Hope with 6 years of experience in banking and finances.  She enjoys serving her church and community and spending time with her 2 kids.

Why House of Hope?

Being a single mother myself, it is such a blessing to be part of an organization that is helping other single mothers break generational barriers in their family’s legacy.

Jesse Christman

Jesse Christman

Outreach Coordinator

Jesse has more than 10 years of experience in social services, primarily working with young people who age out of foster care and transition to independent living.  Jesse enjoys a good true crime podcast, yoga and spending time with her husband, 2 kids, and their pets, Angie Pants, Beebop, and Rocksteady.

Why House of Hope

I have long admired the impact House of Hope has had in the community.  The mission is one I can definitely get behind.  I love to think about the positive ripple effect of every life touched!

 

Lindsey Wendzlick

Lindsey Wendzlick

Volunteer Coordinator

Whether directing an after-school program in the city or serving at a healing ministry on a farm in the country, wearing many hats at a theatre/coffeeshop ministry or providing childcare for teenage mothers, Lindsey is passionate about people.  She strives to help them to discover the unique way God created them and to interact with His creation.

Why House of Hope

Since I was 16, I have been on a journey where each piece has been a valuable stepping stone to refining my vision and become who I am. I love being part of the mission of House of Hope and how I am learning who I am in Christ and how He created me to interact with His creation.

Mike Micou

Mike Micou

Property Coordinator

A diehard sports fan, softball hall of famer and Waterloo native, Mike comes to House of Hope as a jack of all trades.  When he is not playing softball, he enjoys hanging out with his grandkids.

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