Board of Directors Biographies

Dotti Thompson, Chair Term: 2014/2017

Dotti (Dorothy) Thompson joined the OSS Board in 2014; and will be serving as a non-UCC member. She resides in Grundy Center, Iowa. 

Dotti is a former executive director of a nonprofit social services agency in Marshalltown.  She has earned the respect of many through her 20+ years of working with individuals, businesses, public agencies and statewide organizations in the five-county regoin that surrounds Marshall County. 

She has visited Pilgrim Heights, finding a sacred space that she is enthusiastic to share with others.  Dotti has experience in many programmatic, financial and planning functions and we see opportunities for enhancing both her and our outreach to new individuals and groups with Pilgrim Heights as a focal point.

Dr. Janet Secor, Vice Chair Term: 2012/2015

Dr. Janet Secor lives and works in Fort Dodge. She is a former Spanish teacher and currently works at the osteopathic family practice at the Community Health Center in Fort Dodge.

Janet is mother to 5 children and grandmother to 7+ (one on the way) grandchildren. She is a long-time Congregational / UCC camper, attending and leading family camps since 1952.

In her spare time, Janet is a hand bell player, violin player, choir member, gardener, and bicyclist.

Jane Meyer, Treasurer Term: 2015/2017

Rev. Robert Anderson Term: 2013/2016

Bob Anderson was born and raised in Burlington where he was a member at St. Luke's. He attended Elmhurst College and Eden Theological Seminary; was ordained at St. Luke's in 1959; and served pastorates in SD, MN, and IL before retiring to Mayflower.

In retirement, Bob has helped at Pilgrim Heights’ workdays and annual Camp Cleanups. He serves as Chair of the Grinnell UCC Outreach Team that funds Camp Scholarships and has 
"adopted" Hickory Lodge for upkeep and improvements.

As a new Board member, Bob hopes to continue the growth and stewardship of this valuable ministry for local UCC churches and the wider community.

Denise Fletcher Term: 2013/2016

Denise Fletcher is a retired teacher who dedicated 37 years to the field of education. She resides in Toledo with her husband, Larry, and has two children living in Florida.

Most of her time is spent volunteering at the Wieting Theatre as a member of the Guild or tending various landscapes in the area.

Denise loves being outdoors, likes to meet new people, travel, and learn. She is eager to become involved in Our Sacred Space to increase awareness within the local communities and school systems about the facilities and services offered at Pilgrim Heights.

Chris Burtnett Term: 2015/2017

Leon Root Term: 2015/2018

Leon is a retired Deputy Sheriff from Latimer, IA. As a Deputy Sheriff, one of his most rewarding duties was as DARE Officer.

He and his wife have been married for 44 years and have three daughters and four grandkids.  And that is why he has decided to serve on the Board or Our Sacred Space, Inc. 

Leon believes kids are our future!  He thinks that camp is a great way to get kids and adults away from their computers and tablets and outside enjoying nature.  And he wants to be part of the continuing mission and service at Pilgrim Heights Camp & Retreat Center.

Karen Handke Term: 2017/2020

Bill Slinger Term: 2017/2020