Executive Team and Board of Directors
Mary Mauk, Founder & Executive Director
As co-chairs of the Marshall County Culture of Life committee, Mark and Mary Mauk had a vision to become an affiliate of The Guiding Star Project, a national organization focused on redefining women’s healthcare, and through prayer and support from family, friends and the Marshalltown community, Guiding Star Marshalltown became a reality.
Mary is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Marketing. Most of her career has always been helping people as a college admissions counselor, assisted-living marketing director, or managing a consumer credit counseling office. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, she wants to help the next generation of women, men, and families embrace life, applaud, and support them on their journey.
Mark and Mary have been married 21+ years and their blended family includes six adult children and three grandchildren.
Mark Mauk, Founder & Board Chairman
Mark Mauk 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.
Linda Jacobs, Founder and Board Member at Large
Linda is a wife, mother of six, Registered Nurse and FertilityCare Practitioner. She is currently an adjunct for IVCCD. In addition to practicing as a nurse in a variety of clinical areas, she has had the pleasure of helping couples learn about their fertility for over 25 years. She has always had a special interest in fertility awareness, the miracle of birth and promoting healthy lifestyles. She feels blessed to be involved in the Guiding Star Project, as it was founded to support women and their families by giving positive attention to the natural abilities and unique functions of the feminine body. Linda can recall the days when Guiding Star Marshalltown was only a dream. With much prayer and great community support, she looks forward to promoting the continued formation and growth of services offered to those who enter the GSM doors.
Teresa Ingold, Media Director
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.
Teresa and Leon have loved spending the last 19 years together in their renovated farmhouse. Today, with their rescue dog Lily, welcome their three grandchildren to visit them in that same beautiful home.
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.
Donna Adelmund, Child Development: “Let’s Talk About…”
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. At Guiding Star, Donna will be leading a child-development series titled “Let’s talk about….” which will include such topics as sleep, eating, education and play.
Dawn Bollhoefer CD, SBD, “What is a doula?” Class
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.
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, Family Planning Consultations on physical and mental aspects of non-natural methods
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 serves as an Educator in the area of natural family planning with focus on physical and mental health risks of contraception/sterilization on individuals and families
Linda Jacobs, 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.
Karen Mussig, “After the baby arrives – now what?”
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. 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.
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, 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, 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, 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.