The Community Foundation for Western Iowa ( is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board membe

rs, John Jerkovich of Heartland Properties, Inc., and Christy Sauser of Dickinson and Clark CPAs, PC. Jerkovich and Sauser joined the 13-member board comprised of dedicated community members and leaders committed to improving the lives of all residents in western Iowa by supporting and stimulating donor-driven philanthropy. Jerkovich and Sauser began their three- year terms with the Community Foundation and attended their first board meeting in May, with the option to serve a maximum of three terms.

A Council Bluffs native, John Jerkovich has been actively selling real estate

since 1984 and co-founded Heartland Properties, Inc. in 1988. He has been directly involved in the development of over $300 million of taxable assessed valuation in commercial and residential properties and has also developed multiple housing developments throughout Pottawattamie County.

Christy Sauser has 25 years of experience in the accounting and finance profession in various industries and positions. In her current role at Dickinson & Clark CPAs, PC, she prepares taxes for individuals, fiduciaries and businesses, which includes tax planning, accounting and/or business consultation.

The Community Foundation for Western Iowa is a tax-exempt public charity, 501(c)(3), that serves thousands of peopl

e who share a common interest in improving the quality of life in western Iowa. They are dedicated to creating a lasting legacy in our region by engaging our citizens and communities for durable change and fostering a culture of philanthropy. For more information, go to