The Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) is very pleased to announce the appointment of three new Advisory Board members for 2019.


Joining the Advisory Board are Dustin Ingram, Ames; Mike Phillips, Ames; and Connie Tjelmeland, McCallsburg.


SCCF’s Advisory Board is comprised of 14 community leaders and volunteers who provide support and leadership to the organization’s work of shaping and elevating the community foundation’s role as a civic leader, community grantmaker, philanthropic partner and resource in Story County.


“All three of our newest Advisory Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise, and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have their leadership and support as we continue to strengthen our community through philanthropy,” says Sunni Swarbrick, Executive Director.


Ingram is the Director of Community & Economic Development outreach at the Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Commission. Ingram and his fiancé, Jennie, moved to Ames in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and religion from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, and attended the community and regional planning graduate program at Iowa State University. Formerly, he served as the economic development director in Ackley, Iowa. Ingram is a member of the Professional Developers of Iowa and the Ballard Kiwanis Club. He enjoys working with Story County organizations, city leaders, and residents to improve the local economy and quality of life.


Phillips is a Business Loan Officer with the Greater Iowa Credit Union and has been in the banking industry for over 15 years. He and his wife, Cori, and their two children moved to Ames in 2011. They soon realized that Ames and Story County are special places and they are committed to raising their family here. Phillips has served his community as a volunteer firefighter and through many organizations, including Lions Club, Rotary Club, Warren County Habitat for Humanity, YSS, United Way, the Volunteer Center of Story County, and more.


Tjelmeland has been involved with agriculture most of her life. She grew up on a dairy farm in Franklin County and later studied botany and agronomy at Iowa State University. Tjelmeland and her husband, Mark, have been married for over thirty years and jointly run a family farm operation. One of her deepest passions is Iowa’s native prairie, and she loves to wander through prairie remnants, imagine the landscape 200 years ago, and tend a five-acre reconstructed prairie on their property. Tjelmeland is very active on the Bethany Lutheran Daycare Board, which is committed to improving the facility, developing programming, and promoting the daycare center. She has also served on the Zearing Public Library Board and the Colo-NESCO Education Foundation Board, and is an active member of her church.


SCCF facilitates and promotes private giving through the establishment of endowments, acts as a resource for nonprofit endowment building, and awards grants for the betterment of Story County.