Board of Directors

Multicultural Family Center Board Of Directors

OUR COMMITTED BOARD

Our Board of Directors believes deeply in the mission of the Multicultural Family Center and works passionately to advance this mission. A diverse group of individuals themselves, they’re committed to inclusiveness at every turn and embrace the opportunity to work with different cultures. We encourage you to learn more about where they came from and how they’re working to help further the Multicultural Family Center’s mission and vision.

Board Members
Dr. John Stewart
President
John Stewart moved to Dubuque from Seattle in 2001 and became involved in the MFC in 2013.  He had "mostly retired" from his position as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Dubuque, and had learned from UD's students, faculty, and staff of color how much there was to do in...Read More >
Doug Stillings
Vice President
Doug has been a Board Member at the MFC since 2013.  He lives and works in the downtown area, enjoying the variety of architecture and the diversity of people and cultures represented downtown.  He spends some free time enjoying property in the scenic Baraboo Bluffs in Wisconsin and the beauty of...Read More >
Chris Johnson
Secretary
Chris was born in Waterloo  and lived in Iowa until he was 16, when his family moved to New York.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1982.  While there, he studied engineering and was also the Captain of the wrestling team.  After graduation,  Chris served in the...Read More >
Abhay Rawal
Treasurer
Abhay was born in India and lived there for over 23 years.  He moved to the United States in 2003. Since moving here, he has lived in Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana and Iowa and met his wife Mandy in Minnesota, where she grew up. They moved to Dubuque in 2011 and consider Dubuque to be home. Abhay...Read More >
Claudette Bees
Claudette Bees has been involved with the Multicultural Family Center for a number of years. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.  Claudette is an Assistant Principal at Hempstead High School where she taught mathematics for several years. As an educator, Ms. Bees has served on the...Read More >
Beverly Berna
Beverly was first involved in the writing of grants to get funds for staff and provided leadership for the first opening of the Multicultural Family Center on White Street in July 2005.  She continued to serve as Treasurer when the MFC moved in September 2009 to its current location at 1157 Central...Read More >
Grant Cirks
Grant first moved to Dubuque in 2002 to attend Clarke University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Kinesiology. As a teacher and counselor earlier in his career, Grant was able to see first-hand the impact that the MFC has on uplifting the lives of people in the Dubuque community. His hope for...Read More >
Mary Ann Conzett
Mary Ann Conzett has lived in Dubuque most of her life and has a Business Administration and Communication degree and a Masters in Human Resource Development from Clarke University. She joined the MFC board in January 2017 to support, encourage, and provide opportunities for the diverse youth of...Read More >
Dr. Mary Gatua
Dr. Mary Gatua has been Assistant Professor of Social Work at Clarke University since August 2014. Her educational preparation encompasses Education and Social Work and she teaches in the areas of social work practice with communities and organizations, social work research, diversity issues, and...Read More >
Cesar Gonzalez
Cesar was born & raised in Durango, Mexico. He moved to Dubuque in 1997 and currently works at American Trust & Savings Bank in the Commercial Lending Department. He is a certified bilingual translator and interpreter.  Cesar’s involvement with the MFC started as a site supervisor in 2011 and...Read More >
Doug Henry
Doug has been a member of the Board of Directors since the fall of 2009.  Doug was born and raised in Dubuque. He’s married to Martha Fuerste, another Dubuque native. They have three sons, all married, and a granddaughter, age 5.  Their son Ed and his wife, Mary Bryant, and their daughter, Lela,...Read More >
Kelly Larson
Kelly Larson has been involved with the Multicultural Family Center since 2005, when it was first conceived by neighborhood residents with the support of an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Her passion for the Center and its work is driven by a deep longing for a world where every single individual is...Read More >
Scott Theisen
Scott Theisen has been on the board of the Multicultural Family Center since 2013. As a Dubuque native, Scott is inspired by the greatness in the community and saddened by the discrimination and marginalization that still persists. It’s heart-breaking to him that some people in the community feel...Read More >
Marlene Woller
Having worshiped and worked in the downtown/north end of Dubuque for over 25 years, Marlene's passion to build unity out of diversity has grown. In addition to serving on the Multicultural Family Center board for two years, she has been very active at Holy Spirit Parish for 28 years in a variety of...Read More >