Board Chair: J. Scott Raecker
Executive Director, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center, Co-Executive Director, Center for Public Democracy, Drake University, Des Moines.
Mr. Raecker has served on the Foundation Board since 2018. He served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1999 to 2012 and is a board member for the Shining City Foundation, Rotary Club of Des Moines AM, the Drake University School of Education International Advisory Board, Smithsonian Institution Center for Folk Life and Cultural Studies (emeritus), and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Advisory Board. Mr. Raecker graduated from Grinnell College where he received a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies.
Board Vice Chair: Dr. Nafissa Cisse Egbuonye
Associate Vice President of Growth and Community Engagement, Molina Healthcare of Iowa, Des Moines.
Dr. Egbuonye has served on the Foundation Board since 2020. She holds a doctoral degree in public health education from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University. With more than 10 years of public health field practice experience, Dr. Egbuonye has worked with a variety of organizations to conduct disease prevention research, implement public health services and health promotion programs, and advocate for vulnerable populations.
Board Member: Dr. Heidi Bell
Optometrist and Co-Owner, Elite Eye Care and Vision Therapy, Waukee.
We welcome Dr. Bell as a new member of the Foundation Board. She graduated from Iowa State University and completed her Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Dr. Bell achieved a Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) after fulfilling the rigorous qualifications set by the American Academy of Optometry. She also pursued the designation of Board Certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). This designation signifies Dr. Bell’s expertise in the areas of visual development, behavioral optometry, and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. She advocates for pediatric eye care by participating as an InfantSEE provider, offering comprehensive eye exams at no cost for patients before their first birthday.