We are counting down the days until LeadingWELL on Wednesday, March 18 at the new Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. We wanted to take some time to introduce this year's amazing panelists. Read all of the event details on our press release and grab your tickets here.
Passionate about economic development, Paula Hazlewood channels that energy into her role as Executive Director for Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation, a partner of the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership. Paula has worked for the Partnership for the past nineteen years having run Gateway Development Corporation for a decade and serving as the senior director of business assistance, retention and expansion for the entire region prior to accepting her current role with Advance.
Paula is a graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute and earned her Master Practitioner (MP) credential from the Advance Economic Development Leadership program which is a consortium of University’s which include Clemson University, Texas Christian University, University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Alabama. Paula is also a graduate of Leadership Nebraska (Class 1), Leadership Washington County (Class 1), Leadership Omaha (Class 38) and Leadership Council Bluffs (Class 27). Paula is a current member of the Professional Developers of Iowa and the Mid-America Economic Development Council and was awarded the inaugural “Professional of the Year” award from the Nebraska Economic Developers Association in May 2010.
Paula believes in giving back to the community and proudly serves as the Chair of the Infrastructure and Place Making committee for the Iowa West Foundation, Chair of the MICAH House Board and a member of the Board for New Visions Homeless Services.
Paula and her husband David, Chief Operating Officer for NeighborWorks Home Solutions live just south of Council Bluffs. They have one son (Jeffery) that graduated from Iowa Western Community College with a degree in Agribusiness, a new daughter-in-law (Caitlyn) and a spoiled 14-year old beagle named Junior. Paula enjoys reading, traveling and playing golf in her spare time.
Ann Schumacher MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE is currently President of CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs IA. Ann has been a nurse for over 33 years. She received a bachelors in nursing from College of St Benedict in St. Joseph Minnesota and a Masters in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She also received a Masters in business administration from the University of Nebraska and holds the FACHE credential.
Ann has been in leadership roles in health care since 1987 and for the past 11 years has served as the president for CHI Health Immanuel in Omaha. Under Ann's leadership CHI Health Immanuel was one of the only hospitals in Nebraska recognized as a top 100 hospital. Immanuel was also recognized by Stanford University as a top value hospital achieving excellence in quality while remaining low cost. Immanuel has also had year over year growth as it seeks to provide healing to those served. Ann has had system wide executive responsibility for the neuroscience, orthopedics, spine, rehab, and behavioral service lines.
Ann has served on various local, regional and national boards. She currently is a trustee for Creighton University. She serves on the Catholic Charities board, the CUES board, the Charles Drew board, the Nebraska Spine board, and the Archdiocese Development Committee. Ann has a passion for the poor and underserved and for assembling highly engaged, mission driven teams who partner to create healing for all served.
Ann was excited to join the dedicated and engaged team at Mercy Hospital in 2019. Mercy was recently recognized as a five star hospital by CMS. A recognition only 8% of hospitals in America received. Ann feels blessed to work among the talented team of doctors, nurses and staff who are providing outstanding care to those served at Mercy. She has enjoyed getting involved in the Council Bluffs and Southwest Iowa community and is excited to partner with others help improve the health and wellbeing of our community.
Dr. Robyn Epley has been the lead optometrist at Vision Specialists of Council Bluffs since July of 2013. Together with owner Dr. Kyle Cheatham, Dr. Epley has helped grow Vision Specialists from one small office in 2013 to four locations throughout the Council Bluffs-Omaha metro area, including a new larger and more modern location here in Council Bluffs.
Dr. Epley holds a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and earned her doctorate of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She currently belongs to the House of Delegates for the Iowa Optometric Association, is a member of the American Optometric Association, and is a provider for the federal InfantSEE program, which provides no-cost exams for infants between 6-12 months of age. Dr. Epley practices full scope optometry and specializes in primary care; services include comprehensive exams and contact lens fittings for children and adults, treatment and management of glaucoma and macular degeneration, LASIK and cataract evaluations and post-operative care, diabetic eye exams, and emergency eye care.
Dr. Epley enjoys being involved in the Council Bluffs community whenever she can. She previously served on the Southwest Iowa Advisory Committee for Heartland Family Service and graduated from Leadership Council Bluffs in 2015. She is a current member of Impact CB and the Council Bluffs Optimist Club and heads the Optimist committee for youth programs coordinated with the Boys and Girls Club. Dr. Epley and her husband Cole live in Council Bluffs with their two cats and enjoy being outdoors, biking, seeing live music, and anything food-related.
Heather Davis has worked in the Human Resources industry for 16 years. She’s the Vice President of Ameristar Casino Hotel where she joined the team in 2007. Heather’s career began in recruitment but since then she has held nearly every position in HR including training, career development and team relations. Heather’s biggest passion is centered around creating a dynamic culture focused on team member engagement and team development.
In her free time, Heather is passionate about giving back to the community where she lives. She proudly serves on the Southwest Iowa Women’s Fund Steering Committee and is a strong advocate and partner for New Visions Homeless Services.
Heather and her husband Clint are raising two young daughters, Hadley and Callan. When she’s not spending time with her family, Heather enjoys running, especially with her Golden Retriever, Pancake.
About TS Bank: TS Bank’s mission is to Ignite Prosperity® in the communities it serves. Leading the resurgence of community banking, TS Bank reinvests 10% of their net income locally; hosting educational events and partners with local organizations and non-profits. Treynor State Bank was chartered in 1923 and branded to TS Bank in 2005. TS Bank has $375 million in assets, along with the largest Iowa state-chartered C-Corp trust department west of Des Moines at nearly $245 million in assets named TS Prosperity Group. Branch locations include Treynor, Macedonia, Atlantic, Corning and Council Bluffs, Iowa. For more information visit tsbank.com.