Council Bluffs Community Education Foundation Announces Leadership Transition

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Council Bluffs Community Education Foundation Announces Leadership Transition

The Council Bluffs Community Education Foundation ( is excited to announce recent changes in the leadership of the organization.

Butch Lecuona, who served as the executive director of the CB Community Education Foundation for 8 years, retired in June. Taking his place to lead the Foundation moving forward is Christopher LaFerla, who officially assumed his new role this fall.

Chris is a Council Bluffs native who is passionate about improving the community through education. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1996, Chris earned his Associate’s degree from Iowa Western, a Bachelor’s degree in education from Simpson College, and Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Prior to joining the Community Education Foundation, Chris worked at Iowa Western Community College in a variety of roles since 2003, serving most recently as Dean of Admissions and Records. During his time at Iowa Western, Chris worked on initiatives to increase access to higher education, improve student success, and build partnerships with local school districts. Chris serves on the Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Board of Directors, as well as the Council Bluffs Community School District Board of Education.

The Council Bluffs Community Education Foundation’s mission is to provide support to students and families in ways that contribute to their ability to learn. This is accomplished through community programs and initiatives in partnership with the schools and other local businesses and organizations. Find out more online at