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BPW-Iowa Executive Committee

The Executive Committee for the Business and Professional Women of Iowa guides and directs nine local organizations and the members at large who comprise the state organization. The officers are the face of the BPW Iowa organization that helps so many  women develop leadership skills, advance their careers, and that advocates for working women at the state level. Read their biographies on the page below.

President:  Lynette Fitzgerald 


Lynette is currently your BPW/IA President.  She has been a member of the Cedar Falls BPW since 2010 and she has served as secretary for her local.  Since 2014 she has served as BPW/IA Vice President and President Elect.  Lynette is a Financial Advisor at Financial Decisions Group in Waterloo.  She has been in the Financial Industry since 1989.   Lynette is a former member of the Waterloo Exchange Club; Secretary of Heartland District Exchange Club, board member and Secretary of Community Assistance Aids Program, member of National Organization for Women and an accounting tutor at Hawkeye Community College.  Lynette enjoys sewing, bicycling and spending time with her family and friends. “It’s great to be a part of an organization where women are helping women and building powerful women. Let’s stand tall and continue to carry the torch for BPW!”

Vice President:  Cathy Hines


Cathy is currently serving as BPW Iowa Vice President.  She originally joined BPW in 1978.  With several interruptions to her membership due to career moves, Cathy still has nearly 20 years active membership.  She has served in a variety of positions including LO President, District Parliamentarian, State IDP Chairperson, State Recording Secretary, Foundation Secretary/Trustee, Newsletter Editor and Web Advisor.  Her interests are varied and include her dog (Zoey), UNI women’s athletics, crafts, Women in Philanthropy, lifelong learning and mentoring. Cathy truly values her BPW membership and all “the doors” her association with BPW has opened. Her goal for the coming year is to work with current membership to preserve all that is unique and special about our BPW heritage while implementing change that will revitalize our organization.

Secretary: Susan Foster


Susan joined BPW in November 1985 as a member of the Shenandoah LO.  She has served as secretary, vice president and president of both the Shenandoah and Red Oak local organizations. Currently, Susan is serving as BPW Iowa Secretary.  She served as BPW Iowa Public Policy Chair 2012-2014, BPW Iowa Secretary 2015-2016 and BPW Iowa Vice President 2016-2017. She has also twice been a member of BPW Iowa Foundation board of directors. Susan appreciates the way BPW members continue to encourage her personal and professional development.  She looks forward to helping guide our organization as we prepare for the 2020 centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution that gave women the right to vote.  "We will persist - Failure Is Impossible!"

Treasurer:  Kristie Konz


Kristie has been BPW Iowa Treasurer for several years.  She has been a member of BPW since 2000 and held all offices at the local level and was also the secretary/treasurer for the Southwestern Region for four years.  She has witnessed many changes and revisions during her time with the organization.  Kristie and her husband, Bill, have three grown children and are blessed with 10 grandchildren.  Kristie  retired in June 2014 from UPS and now has more time for their small farming operation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, golfing and attending the grandchildren’s activities.  Kristie will continue to work with the executive committee to formulate a plan to get members from disbanding locals to become Members-At-Large.