Kelly has been a part of the Legacy Foundation since its inception and brings over 20 years of expertise working in the not-for-profit sector in both the health and education arenas. Most recently, before joining the Legacy team, Kelly held the Director of Donor Relations and Foundation Director positions at the Ottumwa Regional Health Foundation. Prior to that, Kelly managed the Advancement/Alumni Relations office and served as Annual Fund Coordinator for William Penn University. Kelly holds an AA Degree from Indian Hills Community College, a Business Administration Degree from Buena Vista University and a Master of Science Degree with a Community Development emphasis from Iowa State University. Additionally, Kelly is a member of the Cradle College Career (C3) Stakeholder Council, a member of the IHCC Regional Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board, Rippling Waters Property Development Board, Spark Tank Advisory Board, Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress Board and is a 2013 graduate of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy. Kelly and her husband Dan have two sons; Skylar and Jaden and three spoiled Wheaten Terriers.
Vice-President of Finance
Mike Spieler joined the Foundation in March 2020. Mike began his career in public accounting after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University. Mike spent some time as a Controller in the private sector for some time before becoming a Banker, which he has done for the last 18 years. His most recent position was the Senior Vice President and Financial Officer for Peoples State Bank in Albia. Since he began his career, Mike has been involved in many professional and civic organizations. He is currently a member of the Indian Hills Community College Foundation Board and also the IHCC Business Advisory Council. Mike and his wife Kay have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Communications & Special Projects Manager
Heather joined the Legacy Foundation in 2020. Her career spreads across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Legacy Foundation Larson has served as a Dietitian for Hy-Vee, Director of Market on Main and a Program Director at Indian Hills Community College. Heather is a native of Ottumwa, and a graduate of Iowa State University (BS, Dietetics), Walden University (MBA) and the Ottumwa Leadership Academy. Heather lives in rural Ottumwa with her husband and their three children.
Newcomer Relations Coordinator, Welcome & Connect Service
Andy is the Newcomer Relations Coordinator for the Welcome & Connect Service, an affiliate of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. He currently has an Associate of Arts from Muscatine Community College, and a Bachelors in Management with a focus in Human Resources from Buena Vista University. Andy moved to Ottumwa in 2006 as an assistant store manager with Menards. He left employment there in 2016 and was hired by the Legacy Foundation to launch the Welcome & Connect Service. When not working Andy enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife Corey, their four children, and the family dog “Leo.” Andy is involved with the Hy-Noon Kiwanis, Chamber Ambassadors, Diversity Committee, Leadership Academy Alumni Association, the Ottumwa Young Professionals, Ottumwa Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board, and is the Ottumwa High School Varsity Boys Soccer Coach . He is a 2017 graduate of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy.
Grants Program Manager
Amy joined the Legacy Foundation in May 2016. She brings over 20 years of experience in grant writing, evaluation, and project management in the education and community development sectors. She has been the treasurer and an executive board member of the Mahaska County Community Foundation since its inception in 2005. At that time, Amy was the County Extension Education Director for Mahaska County. Shortly thereafter, Amy was recruited to William Penn University to start a Grants and Contracts position within the Office of Advancement. While there she successfully wrote several grants, including a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help start a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and a Fulbright Scholar grant. Amy’s next step was to Indian Hills Community College where she was given the opportunity to be the Project Director for a National Science Foundation grant. In 2021, Amy was appointed Co-Chair of the Tech & Data Futurists Committee for Peak Grantmaking. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University and an MBA from the University of Iowa. Amy is a 2017 graduate of the Ottumwa Leadership Academy. Amy lives in rural Pella with her husband. Together they have two grown children, Josh and Lauren. They also farm corn, soybeans, and cattle.
Mary joined the Legacy team in May 2018. Prior to joining Legacy, Mary was employed at Women & Men’s Healthcare Clinic/Family Planning as the Public Relations Coordinator. She brings with her 11 years of experience in the non-profit field. Mary graduated from Indian Hills Community College with an Associate of Arts degree and William Penn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management. Mary and her husband reside in Oskaloosa with their four children.