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UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Foundation announces staff updates

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UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Foundation is pleased to announce the expansion of its staff to help with the growing desire of the community to financially support the philanthropic needs of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s.

Rebecca Brown and Rocky Welker, MPA, join St. Luke’s Foundation as Development Directors. In their new roles, they will build and maintain long-term relationships with existing and potential donors; oversee and manage employee and foundation grants committees and St. Luke’s College – UnityPoint Health scholarships; and develop and execute campaigns to meet priority needs of the hospital and college.

Previously, Brown served as a Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and as an Associate Development Director for Olive Crest in Palm Desert, California. Brown’s hometown is Denham Springs, Louisiana and she studied theatre and English at Virginia Commonwealth University and Louisiana State University. Brown is certified in Nonprofit Organization Management through the University of California, Riverside. In addition, she is a member of the Sioux City Art Center, Association of Fundraising Professionals and Rotary.

As a Sioux City, Iowa native, Welker previously served as an Executive Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland where he oversaw program management, financial oversight, fundraising and board development to support and fulfill the mission of the agency. Welker received his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in sociology from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. He is a board member for the Sioux City Growth Organization and Nebraska Youth Rugby Association.

Jessica Wheeler joins St. Luke’s Foundation as Development Coordinator for St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network. In this role, Wheeler will expand awareness of St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network internally with patients and employees and externally with partners and donors. She will also provide compassionate care for Children’s Miracle Network families; assist and manage events; lead fundraising efforts in Siouxland schools; and create new opportunities for donors and partners to meet the needs of St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network’s growth.

Previously, Wheeler was employed in Human Resources at MetaBank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she primarily focused on recruitment. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in consumer affairs and completed an internship with Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.

Under the leadership of Susan Unger, President of St. Luke’s Foundation, Brown, Welker and Wheeler join Anne Holmes, Director of St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network, and Christy Stinger, Development Coordinator. Their combined efforts will support the mission of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s to improve the health of the people and the communities of Siouxland.