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SHIIP-SMP Counselors Recognized With Governor’s Volunteer Award

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is proud to work with an incredible team of 356 volunteer Medicare Counselors statewide. The SHIIP-SMP volunteer counselors are the face and heart of the program at their local sponsoring sites and within their communities. Many communities across the state are lucky to have SHIIP-SMP volunteer counselors who have served their community in that role for many years.

This year, 45 SHIIP-SMP volunteers were recognized through the Governor’s Volunteer Award for their service of 5, 10, 15 and 30 years.

Kristin Griffith, SHIIP-SMP Director, shares “SHIIP-SMP Counselors are some of the best volunteers and people you could ever work with. They care deeply about their community members, and consistently go above and beyond to provide unbiased and trustworthy information helping individuals and their families navigate the complexity of Medicare.”

In reference to the volunteer awardees, Governor Reynolds said, “Iowa nice is the foundation of our state--you see it everywhere you turn-- Iowans volunteering their time to help others and improve their communities and our state. It truly is an honor to be able to recognize these individuals for their meaningful acts of generosity through the Governor’s Volunteer Awards and inspire others to do the same.” 

Help us in cheering on these volunteers for their tremendous dedication of time, energy and care devoted towards working with Medicare beneficiaries! Below is a list of the volunteers that were recognized, along with the number of years served.

Five Years of Service Award

  • Elizabeth Bradley
  • Marvin Brown
  • Deborah Cardin
  • Cathy Cullinan
  • Tom Deutsch
  • Kim Ehrsam
  • Christine Fannin
  • Dennis Fannin
  • Denise Fletcher
  • Nubia Gonzalez
  • Twila Haverly
  • Charles Holmes
  • David Kline
  • Jane Link
  • Janice Olson
  • Patricia Otto
  • Manya Phillips
  • Kathy Puthoff
  • George Risinger
  • Jim Solomon
  • Kim Thompson
  • Betsy Tonsfeldt
  • Debra Trulson
  • Ralph Von Qualen

Ten Years of Service Award

  • Bob Bergmann
  • Robert Clark
  • Diane Ferguson
  • Marianne Gideon
  • George Gruenther
  • Bruce Johnson
  • Dennis Julius
  • Bob Lavender
  • Elodie Opstad
  • Tamara Prenosil
  • Michael Price
  • Cindy Robertson
  • Steve Russell
  • Ramesh Shah
  • Jim Sims
  • Keith Van Hemert
  • Barbara Wing

Fifteen Years of Service Award

  • George Gillespie
  • Bill Rokusek
  • Terry Townsend

Thirty Years of Service Award

  • Linda Goldstein