Our Team

Staff

Lindi Trowbridge, Executive Director

Lindi Trowbridge was born and raised in Southeast GA, but made the move to Marshalltown four years ago, to be closer to her husband Joey’s family.  Joey and Lindi have been married ten years, and have been blessed with an amazing daughter, Harper Leigh.

She spent the last twenty years working in Property Management, Real Estate, Senior Living, and most recently Banking.  She is very passionate about serving others. She believes life should be lived every day to the fullest, as we are not guaranteed tomorrow, and when we put God first, everything else in life falls into place.

Linda Jacobs, Client Service Coordinator

   FertilityCare Practitioner and Cycle Show Instructor

Linda is a wife and mother of six children. As a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree, she has years of clinical experience in various areas including labor and delivery and post-partum care. Before becoming a FertilityCare Practitioner over 25 years ago, she and her husband experienced several years of infertility and a devastating miscarriage. She knows first-hand the value of learning the biomarkers of fertility. She has always had a passion for learning about and teaching the reproductive system! In October of 2018, she attended the very first Cycle Show Instructor training course and is certified to teach young girls about the awesome things that will be happening in their body as they develop into a woman.

Executive Team and Board of Directors

Mark Mauk, Founder & Board Chair

Mark became aware of Guiding Star Project though activities associated with the Marshall County Culture of Life Committee.  He was inspired by how Guiding Star Project services support women, men, and families in living out their lives in the way God intended.  As a relatively new Catholic (he joined the Church in 2001) he was happy to see that the Guiding Star Project mission is in alignment with the Catholic Church’s teachings on family and fertility.  Looking at this community and finding no organization that is focused on assisting women and families, Mark felt this was a way to actively bring these teachings to the community by helping others to live them, something that he wished he had access to earlier in his life.  Although starting a non-profit like this is a little out of his comfort zone, it also became a calling as he found that both his wife, Mary and he was drawn toward the formation of Guiding Star Marshalltown.  We know that those who become involved with Guiding Star Marshalltown will be blessed just as many others have been by the Guiding Star Project Affiliates who provide these services in their communities.

Teresa Ingold, Vice Chair

After raising three children in the church and a career in the corporate world, Teresa Ingold’s old life ended abruptly when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With love and support from her family and blessings from our Lord she has not only survived the past six years but has thrived.

After 38 years together, that experience led Teresa and husband, Leon, to start a fulfilling business in Marshalltown, while managing a nonprofit counseling service for seniors. But she felt that there was more she could do to serve our Lord, so she opened her heart to all possibilities, and He sent Guiding Star Marshalltown into her life.

Roger Groteluschen, Treasurer

After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a BS in accounting Roger served two years in the US Army.  He was Business Manager for Audubon Schools before moving to Marshalltown and eventually retired from IVCCD as CFO.  He and his wife Rosemary have four children and enjoy being able to share experiences with grandchildren.  He feels every life is precious and serving as treasurer of Guiding Star allows him to assist in a process which provides a needed alternative to abortion.

Shelby Dolash , Secretary

Shelby Dolash is a wife and mother of 4 girls and has several grandchildren.  She is supportive of the Guiding Star  philosophy serving as the Board Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator.

Julie Miller, Board Member at Large

Julie Miller is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Guiding Star Marshalltown. She is excited and eager to share what Guiding Star has to offer girls, women, and families in the community. This non-profit was created for women to learn more about their bodies through a more natural and life affirming process. Julie feels strongly about empowering women to understand God’s design for their bodies. Everyone involved with Guiding Star Marshalltown has a deep faith, loving heart and truly cares for women and their families.

Kelly Illum, Board Member at Large

Kelly Illum is a wife and mother. She is proud to serve the board of directors for Guiding Star Marshalltown. With her nursing and human services background she is eager to educate and assist in women’s health care using a wholistic approach in teaching natural family planning and fertility education using the FEMM method.  Guiding Star has an excellent vision for serving families, women, and children with faith and God’s natural will for our bodies as its main focus.

Cecy Gomez, Board Member at Large

Cecy Gomez Reyes is originally from Mexico and currently lives in Marshalltown Iowa. She has been married for 17 years and God has given here three wonderful daughters. She holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and is currently studying for a career in Human Services and Psychology at Buena Vista University. Of her many goals in life, she feels it is important to be a good role model for her daughters, to reach out to her Hispanic community, and to make a positive change in the community that will benefit all families.

Partners

Donna Adelmund, Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC)

Donna Adelmund is a wife, mother of 3 boys and a Master Educator. She has experience not only with being a mom but being an educator of children all the way from birth through 13 years old. As an Early Childhood Specialist, Donna hold a BA in Elementary Education, a BA in Early Childhood Education and a MA in Early Childhood Education. She most recently completed her certification as a Lactation Counselor. At Guiding Star, Donna will be leading a Mother’s Circle focusing on breastfeeding assistance. She is also a great resource in child-development topics such as sleep, eating, education and play.

Dawn Bollhoefer CD, SBD,  Childbirth Education and Support 

Dawn is a Certified Birth Doula (BAI) and Birth & Bereavement Doula (SBD). She is a wife, mother, and grandmother and is passionate about helping women through pregnancy and birth. At Guiding Star Marshalltown, Dawn will be helping women to know their rights during their pregnancies, teaching about doula care and informed consent. Come and visit with Dawn during our Great Expectations group time, or schedule an appointment.

Jenny Butler – Infant Loss and Miscarriage Support Group

Jenny Butler lives in Marshalltown with her husband and children.  She received her elementary education degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s degree from Viterbo University. Early in her marriage, she and her husband lost their infant son at 22 weeks gestation.  Several years later she had another miscarriage. At Guiding Star, Jenny will work with Holly to provide support through an infant loss and miscarriage support group. 

Holly Erbes, Infant Loss and Miscarriage Support Group

Holly Erbes is a wife, mother of 2, and educator of seven years. When she first learned about Guiding Star, it was after some personal struggles and loss within the last two years and searching for a purpose and meaning behind it all. She knew she wanted to get involved with Guiding Star and be able to give back to others in the community who have experienced infant loss or miscarriage. 

Dawna Heil, LMHC  Family Life Services

Dawna is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Her practice at Center Associates serves both children and adults where she provides individual, marriage/relationship and family counseling. At Guiding Star Marshalltown, Dawna offers a marriage enrichment workshop based on the Five Love Languages.

Karen Mussig, MSW Postpartum and Family Life Services

Karen is passionate about helping children and families. She understands many of the emotions and changes that come with childbirth. This mother of 6 wants to help other families get on the right start after the baby, and is a great resource for support in the postpartum time period. Karen holds a B.A. in social work from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree from Drake University in school counseling. At Guiding Star, Karen offers valuable advice for parents in her class called “Daring to Parent”.

Amy Snyder, Photographer

Amy and her husband Ron (also who enjoys photography) have raised three children that are all adults now. Amy has a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management. She is also a 4th Degree Master in Tae Kwon Do. While being involved in all these activities Amy has always had a love and passion for photography that dates back to her elementary school days. In 2014 she joined the Central Iowa Camera Club here in Marshalltown and by the next year had taken on the role of the Secretary which she still holds that office to this day. She has earned Photographer of the Year for 3 years in a row.  She had a photo used in KWWL’s weather calendar and had one accepted to be displayed at the Iowa State Fair 2 years ago. Although she doesn’t have her own in-home studio, she has photographed a couple weddings, taken several peoples’ Senior Photos, and in 2019 started a business called “Have Camera Must Travel”. She is looking forward to taking photos of you and your families, because she encourages preserving memories that will last a lifetime.

Angela Swieter, RN, BSN, IBCLC, ICBD, ICCE, Lactation Services and Educator in Mom and Baby Care

Angela E. Bigler Swieter is the owner of Basking Babies, LLC. She is a wife of over 40 years and a proud mom and grandmother. She supports moms and families through birth, breastfeeding, baby, and beyond with over 35 years of experience. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s degree, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), an International Certified Birth Doula (ICBD) and an International Certified Childbirth Educator (ICBD). She offers prenatal and postnatal breastfeeding and baby-care support.

 

Toni Whannel

Toni Whannel, ARNP, PNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Toni Whannel has been serving children and families in the Marshalltown area for the past 35 years. Toni loves learning and has earned degrees from the University of Nebraska, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

She believes children are a gift from the Lord.  At Guiding Star, Toni will spend one on one time listening to concerns, offering support, weighing babies, and answering questions.  Parental relationships are essential for children to succeed.

Toni is excited to be available to families to meet their needs as their children grow and develop.  She supports the four core service areas of Guiding Star: natural fertility and family planning, pregnancy and childbirth services, breastfeeding and postpartum services, and family life services.

Jody Wunsch

Jody Wunsch, Certified Health and Life Coach

Jody is a wife and mother of 3 children. She received her BA degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa. In 2011 she began counseling others how to lose weight by stabilizing their blood sugars. Early 2017 she became certified as a Health coach continuing into Advanced Transformation Coaching Methods (TCM) and Mastery TCM certifications while recently completing Life Coach certification. She is founder of Inner Peace Health Coach Services and uses a holistic approach to help others change habits for a healthier life.

Carrie Lippincott

Carrie Lippincott,  Post Abortion Healing

Carrie Lippincott is a wife and mother living in State Center.  All her children are grown and married.  She has 9 grandchildren so far. She became involved in After Abortion Care a couple of years ago.  Her Church had invited a couple of women to speak about abortion.  This really struck home, and she knew it was time to do something about this issue.  Through her time with some Godly women and men, she has decided to help others. The Life After Abortion support group meets on the Third Thursday of the month at 6:00pm.  She wishes that other women, like herself, can find hope and healing after abortion.

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