Executive Team at Orchard Place
Anne Starr, Chief Executive Officer
Anne Starr is a native Iowan, graduating from Fort Dodge High School, the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Psychology and from the University of Iowa with a Masters in Social Work. She has been in the human services delivery field for more than 30 years. Her career began as a live-in direct care staff in a residential group care setting. She spent fifteen years as a mental health clinician at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Orchard Place, and in private practice. During the past 20 years, she has served in administrative roles as a Senior Vice President of Program and Policy for Mosaic with corporate headquarters in Omaha, NE; President and CEO of Buckhorn Children and Family Services, with corporate headquarters in Buckhorn, KY; and Executive Director of Hamilton County's Child Welfare Collaborative in Cincinnati, OH. Starr returned to Orchard Place as the CEO in March of 2013. She has been involved in children's mental health and disability public policy and advocacy efforts across multiple states and at the federal level.
Val Saltsgaver, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Val is the Chief Financial Officer Orchard Place and has been with the organization since November 1999. Prior to joining Orchard Place, she worked at KPMG Peat Marwick, a public accounting firm, for 13 years as a senior audit manager specializing in non-profit organizations, higher education and transportation companies. Val is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Iowa State University.
Nancy Bobo, CFRE, Vice President of Development
Nancy is the Vice President of Development for Orchard Place and joined the organization in July, 2005. Her professional career includes management, fundraising and public relations roles for non-profit organizations including Easter Seals, the Mercy Hospital Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Nancy holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology from Iowa State University and was awarded the distinction of CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1990.
Nicole Beaman, Vice President of Child Guidance Center
Nicole is the Vice President of Orchard Place's Child Guidance Center, joining the organization in 2014. Prior to Orchard Place, Beaman was the Community Impact Officer at the United Way of Central Iowa and the United Way of East Central Iowa. She has served as an adjunct professor at Mount Mercy College and Kirkwood Community College. She received her B.A. from Drake and a MSW from the University of Iowa.
Mark Cowan, LISW, Vice President of PACE
Mark is the Vice President of PACE, beginning his duties in July 2012. Prior to that, he served the children of Orchard Place for 16 years as a therapist and Program Coordinator. Mark is a LISW, receiving his master's degree from the University of Iowa.
Amber Rand, LMHC, IAADC, Vice President of Orchard Place Campus
Amber is the Vice President of Orchard Place Campus, beginning her duties on July 15. She received her master's degree in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Iowa and came to Orchard place from Children and Families of Iowa.
Sonni Vierling, Vice President of the Integrated Health Program
Sonni is the Vice President of the Integrated Health Program, beginning her duties on October 31, 2013. She received her master's degree in Education from the University of Iowa and came to Orchard Place from the Iowa Department of Public Health.