About Us

Our Story

Under the direction of a volunteer board of directors working with professional staff and volunteers, the Eastern Iowa Chapter works to raise money to support JDRF’s mission: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.


Our Staff

headshot AEAnnElise Walsh – Executive Director

2013 marks AnnElise’s 15th year of being involved with JDRF, beginning as a volunteer for the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Her daughter, Kasey, was diagnosed at age 4 and they began their journey by walking in the 1999 1st Annual Eastern Iowa Walk to Cure Diabetes. She joined the JDRF staff team in February 2004. Whether planning a Walk, the Promise Gala, the Ride to Cure Diabetes or a Family Outreach event, she is always amazed and humbled by the passion and dedication of volunteers, donors and partners in Eastern Iowa.


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Emily Hoover—Development Coordinator

Emily is a native of Coggon, Iowa and has a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Northern Iowa. Emily currently lives near Troy Mills, Iowa with her husband, Matt, and their two daughters, Ava and Ana.  In her free time, Emily enjoys baking, running, gardening and planning her daughter’s Birthday parties.  Emily got involved with JDRF after attending Walk to Cure Diabetes to get ideas for another non-profit walk she was planning at the time.  She also had gestational diabetes with both of her daughters and knew that T1D could likely end up being a part of her life.  Emily was diagnosed with T1D on July 29, 2011 at 28 years old.  As a Development Coordinator at Eastern Iowa JDRF, Emily is looking forward to applying her experience and dedication to fundraise to find a cure for T1D.


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Kari is a native of Muscatine, Iowa and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Health Promotions.  A recent transplant to Davenport, she is having a swell time exploring the Quad Cities.  She fills her free moments with traveling, cooking, performing musical theater, speaking Norwegian, and hopelessly cheering on the Cubs.  (next years the year!)  Kari got involved with JDRF in 2004 after being diagnosed with T1D at the age of 14.  She started interning in the Cedar Rapids office in January 2012 and liked it so much she didn’t want to leave.  Lucky for her a job opened up and she didn’t have to!  She is excited to be working for JDRF and is very proud to be part of such a fantastic and dedicated group of staff members and families striving to find a cure!


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Michelle lives in Palo, Iowa with her husband, Todd, and their two children, Conner and Abby.  She has been the Office Manager with Eastern Iowa JDRF for 6 years.  Michelle is considered the “hub” of all information by her co-workers and is often times the first point of contact when calling Eastern Iowa JDRF.  Although Michelle does not have T1D in her family, she is committed to finding a cure for T1D.


headshot MSMike Schrock – Development Coordinator

Mike is a native of Walker, Iowa and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Upper Iowa University.  Mike currently lives in Urbana, Iowa with his wife, Heather, and their two daughters, Dylanne and Micheala.  In his free time, Mike enjoys ice fishing, biking and cheering on his favorite sports teams (Iowa Hawkeyes, New York Giants and the Chicago White Sox).  Mike and his family got involved with JDRF in 2009, after his youngest daughter, Micheala was diagnosed T1D.  Mike has also been a T1D since the age of 15.  What started as a family team from small town Iowa, soon became a “purpose” for Mike.  As a Development Coordinator at Eastern Iowa JDRF, Mike is looking forward to more opportunities to raise funds, educate and advocate for a T1D cure.


Geographic District

The Eastern Iowa Chapter is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowaand encompasses35 counties in Iowa& Illinois.

Iowa: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Howard, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Washington, and Winneshiek.

Illinois: Bureau, Carroll, Henderson, Henry, Jo Daviess, Knox, Bureau,Mercer, Rock Island, Warren, and Whiteside.
Our Locations

Eastern Iowa Chapter Office
Mailing Address:
Eastern Iowa JDRF
1026 A Ave, Suite 113 Resource Center
PO Box 3026
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
T: 319-393-3850
F: 319-393-3852


Quad Cities Office
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1463
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Office Location: 4600 E. 53rd Street
Davenport, IA 52807 (Russell Construction Building)
T: 563-459-4571
F: 319-393-3852



Our Fundraising Events

Walk to Cure: The chapter holds Walks in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Quad Cities and Muscatine.

Eastern Iowa Promise Gala: The Promise Gala features exciting live and silent auctions, elegant dining, and fabulous entertainment.

Ride to Cure:2013 Ride Locations: Burlinton, VT, LaCrosse, Wi, Lake Lahoe, CA, Nashville,TN, Death Valley, CA and Tucson, AZ.
Sponsors and Volunteers– If you, your company or anyone you know can help JDRF fund a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) by becoming a volunteer and/or a sponsor, please contact the office at 319-393-3850 or easterniowa@jdrf.org.