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Posted September 12, 2012 in Community Featured, Des Moines West

Bravo Greater Des Moines has new president

The Board of Directors of Bravo Greater Des Moines, the Region’s Art Council, has elected Sharon Krause to be its new president, succeeding Suku Radia. Krause takes office immediately for a one-year term. Krause is owner and rancher of Dalla Terra Ranch, Iowa’s only organic sheep ranch. Since 2006 Dalla Terra Ranch has annually produced several hundred lamb on 425 acres in central Iowa.

Krause’s strong desire for philanthropy has led her to become one of central Iowa’s most well-known philanthropic contributors and community leaders. She has served in numerous board and leadership positions with a myriad of organizations: Children and Families of Iowa, United Way of Central Iowa, Iowa Mercy Medical Center, the Industrial Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Iowa State and the Diocese of Des Moines. In addition to her varied board positions Krause has also received multiple awards like The Diane Tvrdik Memorial Award (Domestic Violence Volunteerism) and the Community Mentor Honoree award from the American Red Cross. Most recently, Krause along with her husband, Kyle, were presented the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Star Award and the 2010 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist of the Year Award, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Krause is an Iowa State University graduate with a bachelor of science degree in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and a minor in Spanish. She also received an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa. She is married to Kyle J. Krause and their family includes Ryan, Tanner, Elliott, Oliver and Emily.

Scottish Rite Park deemed flawless

On Aug. 6 – 8, a team of certified health care professionals from the Department of Inspection and Appeals as appointed by the State of Iowa were sent to Scottish Rite Park Retirement Community for an annual recertification and licensure survey to determine compliance with state licensure and federal participation requirements for long-term care facilities participating in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. Scottish Rite Park was officially announced on Aug. 9 as flawless or deficiency-free out of a possible 372 areas that could be potentially sited as non-compliance defaults. As per the Iowa Health Care Association, 408 surveys were conducted over the past year and only 28 facilities or 6.9 percent were deficiency-free.

Documents pertaining to this survey are available to the public for full disclosure at the Department of Inspections and Appeals, the nearest county office of the Iowa Department of Human Services or on the website at

Scottish Rite Park is a full-service retirement community that offers independent living, residential living, skilled nursing and memory care.

When it comes to retirement living, the services, amenities, pricing and exceptional health care is unsurpassed by any retirement community, says Mardelle Oakley who resides at Scottish Rite Park in the independent living community.
“I have experienced the health care services first hand, through a loved one, the overall compassion, attention and timely clinical services continued to exceed my expectations. This is the perfect place to live a carefree retirement lifestyle where life just keeps on getting better and when we experience a hitch in our step Scottish Rite Park is there on all accounts.”

Hoyt Sherman Place welcomes Gesiriech

Hoyt Sherman Place is pleased to welcome Mary Gesiriech as the new director of development and donor relations. Gesiriech started in this position on July 1 and will focus on fundraising and grant writing for the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation.

Gesiriech is no stranger to Hoyt Sherman Place. She served as a development consultant from 2002 – 2004 helping to secure the necessary funding for the building renovation capital campaign. During that time period, and also in 2007 – 2008, she assisted the organization with writing numerous individual, corporate, foundation and public funding grants for the capital campaign and operations.

Outside of Hoyt Sherman Place, Gesiriech has a wealth of experience. Gesiriech was a founding principal with The Resource Group, a team of development professionals providing technical assistance to nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining The Resource Group, she was a Senior Program Director for State Public Policy Group, serving as company lead for health clients and as the managing director of the Iowa/Nebraska Primary Care Association and INConcertCare Inc. She was also employed as the contributions coordinator for The Principal Financial Group and was responsible for strategic changes in the structure of their giving program.

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