It takes a team. Here’s ours.

Our Staff

Jill Courtney

Executive Director, since 2018

Jill comes to Four Mounds with over 19 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

Becky Bodish

Program Manager, since 2019

Becky comes to Four Mounds after 20 years in education. She is passionate about helping youth discover their potential and empowering them to take charge of their futures. She loves curriculum and program development and is excited to be a part of the Four Mounds team.

[email protected]    563-557-7292

Marie FitzGerald

Inn & Conference Center 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

Nate Peterson

HEART Job Coach & Site Manager, since 2019

Nate comes to Four Mounds and the HEART program with years of experience in new construction, rehabilitation, and restoration.With five years of experience working with teens as the youth pastor in his church, he brings positive energy to Four Mounds and the job site. Nate enjoys sharing the successes and growth of HEART students throughout the year.

[email protected]   563-542-5883

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

Board of Directors

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, as they concurrently worked to restore Four Mounds and build the foundation.

Mary Mulgrew Gronen

Vice President

Mary has served Four Mounds Foundation nearly since its start as a volunteer and soon after as a board member in 1995. Mary is Vice President at Gronen.

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 has served as counsel for our board since 2016.

Natalia Blaskovich

At-large member

Natalia joined Reynolds and Kenline in 2007. She has presented continuing legal education on domestic violence for attorneys, members of the judiciary, and the community. Natalia was welcomed to the Board in 2019.

David Resnick

City of Dubuque’s Appointed Representative

David is the executive director of Northeast Iowa School of Music 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.

Liz Adams

Jim Gronen

Board Members, since 1987

Volunteer Teams

Winter Farmer’s 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.

Nick Kringle Consulting

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.

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. Seth Sample 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 to preserve, educate, partner and serve.