Date: 9/26/2018

Title: FA Welcomes New Board Members

This summer we added Jon Sargent and Fr. Jim Secora to our Board of Directors and welcomed back Dr. Pauline Miller. We thank them for their commitment to volunteer their time to our mission.

Jon Sargent grew up in Ames and attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 2005 with a Finance major and a Classics minor. After spending 5 years in the finance world in Chicago and getting his MBA from the University of Chicago, Jon moved back to Ames in 2010 to start at Todd & Sargent, an engineering and construction company founded by his grandfather Warren Sargent in 1958. Todd & Sargent serves the industrial agriculture markets, designing and building feed mills, flour mills, pet food plants, grain elevators, and other bulk material storage and handling facilities.

Fr. Jim Secora earned his BA from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa in 1971. He then studied at St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland and was ordained a priest on May 31, 1975. Since ordination Father Jim has served in parish ministry, full-time high school teaching, service to the Archdiocese of Dubuque on the Worship Commission, Catholic School Board, Permanent Diaconate Instructor, and Liturgical Master of Ceremonies to Archbishop Emeritus, Daniel Kucera, OSB. Father Jim has served as pastor of: St. Catherine, Dubuque; Immaculate Conception, Gilbertville; St. Patrick, Cedar Falls, and is currently pastor of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames. His interests include classical music, literature, travel, walking, biking, and anything connected with railroads and trains.

Dr. Pauline Miller completed her first two terms on our board in 2017 and returns for her third term after a one year break. Dr. Miller practiced medicine at the ISU Thielen Student Health Center from 1979 until her retirement. She has been involved in several campus committees and has enjoyed being a Wilderness Canoe Base guide. Dr. Miller is a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and lives with her husband outside of Ames.


Jon Sargent, Fr. Jim Secora and Pauline Miller (left to right).









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