Board & Staff

//Board & Staff
Board & Staff2018-10-24T13:02:17+00:00

It takes a team. Here’s ours.

Management Team

Christine Happ Olson

Executive Director, since 2003

Chris came to Four Mounds with a background in historic preservation and non-profit management. She’s got a passion for helping young people, local foods and expanding our partnerships across the community.
[email protected]    563-557-7292

Jill Courtney

Operations and Marketing Manager, since 2018

Jill comes to Four Mounds with over 18 years of experience in marketing, advertising, graphic design, sales, relationship building, and event management. She is motivated to engage volunteers, strengthen and build relationships with friends, current and new, and is passionate about educating youth and making a difference. The Four Mounds story is amazing and she is excited to share it with the community.   

[email protected]    563-557-7292

Marie FitzGerald

Inn Manager, since 1997

Marie brought an experience of running her own inn to Four Mounds and possesses a passion for taking care of people. She goes above and beyond to treat our guests like family and is one of the reasons people come back to see us, year after year.
[email protected]    563-556-1908

Faith Eichman

Office Manager, since 2018

Faith is native to Dubuque County and for the past 30 years, she has co-owned and operated The Eichman Center while raising five children. After selling her business, she went back to work on a part-time basis, while still giving her time to enjoy life’s pleasures. During her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. Faith also enjoys travelling, fishing, golfing and competing in pool tournaments.

[email protected]  563-557-7292

Jay Potter

Conservation Manager, since 1999

Jay grew up across the road and has been coming up to Four Mounds since he was child, and was known to have even sat in on a board meeting at age thirteen. He has an inherent interest of history, ecology and preservation. He loves nothing more than to perform research for projects and challenges as needs arise.
[email protected]    563-543-0924

Ron Fritz

HEART Manager/Job Coach, since 1999

Ron brought a background of home building to Four Mounds before he started working with youth. He’s led youth programming for almost 20 years and is known for his patient and calm approach working with young people from our HEART Program.

Elizabeth Lange

Adventure Camp Director, since 2016

Elizabeth is a senior at St. Ambrose University in elementary education and joined us as a camp leader in 2016. She comes back in 2018 to direct the camp and enjoys engaging kids in creek stomping, canoeing and other activities. In her freetime, Elizabeth enjoys kayaking and volleyball.


Nick Kringle

Website Manager, since 2010

Nick loves bringing his passion and experience in non-profit web and information technologies to help Four Mounds make an impact in the Dubuque community.

Board of Trustees

John Gronen


Grandson of the Four Mounds’ original donors to the City, John has a long passion and institutional memory for Four Mounds, helping to form the organization back in 1987. John and his wife Mary built their own restoration and development company, Gronen Restoration/Gronen Properties, as they concurrently worked to restore Four Mounds and build the foundation.

Mary Mulgrew Gronen


Mary has served Four Mounds Foundation nearly since its start as a volunteer and soon after as a board member in 1995. Mary is co-principal at Gronen Restoration/Gronen Properties.

Renee Hesselman


Renee is a partner at Honkamp Krueger and brings a background in tax, accounting, and business experience. Renee has served Four Mounds since 2008.

Ben Bartels

At-large member

Ben is an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice department at the University of Dubuque. Ben serves as counsel for our board and has been with us since 2016.

Scott Dittmer

At-large member

Scott is principal at Dittmer Recycling, Inc. and Blue Sky Solar. He has served on our board since 2011.

David Resnick

City of Dubuque’s appointed representative

David is an instructor of Music at Clarke University and serves as one of Dubuque’s at-large city council members. He has been the liaison between Four Mounds and the City since 2016.

Family Class Respresentatives, since 1987

  • Jim Gronen
  • Liz Adams

Volunteer Teams

Winter Farmers Market

Paula Connors serves as a volunteer market coordinator, which has been under Four Mounds umbrella since 2008. She serves with other dedicated volunteers to make the market a viable venture for Dubuque. Paula’s passionate about connecting farmers and community and building a local foods movement.

Seth Sample of the Four Mounds Ropes Course

For over 25 years, we’ve had an premier Challenge Ropes Course due to our private/public partnership with Team Building Blocks. In 2017, Dan Block passed the baton to Seth Sample, who now owns the business and is the course director. Seth also has a tree doctor business, Full Circle Restoration, and volunteers his time helping us manage the health of our stand of trees. We are grateful for our partnerships with Team Building Blocks and Full Circle Restoration.


Four Mounds Women’s Fellowship

This dedicated group of fun-loving and hard-working women put on two events annually that help raise friends and funds for Four Mounds mission of preservation, education and service.