AARP Iowa is pleased to welcome Charles (Chuck) Betts of Keokuk as one of six new members of the AARP Iowa Executive Council, a team of volunteers that provides leadership in many areas that support the accomplishment of AARP’s national priorities within the state.
Betts is a Senior Consultant at KEO Associates, Inc., where he does independent business consulting. In 2011-2013, he served as interim executive director of the Keokuk Chamber of Commerce and has many years of management experience, including serving in leadership roles with Keokuk Rotary, United Way of Keokuk, Great River Players, Hoerner YMCA, Common Grounds Center for Youth and Keokuk Pavilion.
Betts has also had active and leadership roles in professional organizations including American Management Association, American Society for Training and Development, International Society for Performance and Instruction, and Society for Human Resource Management.
“I would like to offer my wealth of skills and experience to efforts which will provide positive results,” Betts said. “I can think of no better way to do this than to work with others closer to my age on issues that have real impact on myself, my wife, friends and family near my age.”
Martha Willits of Des Moines was recently named AARP Iowa State President, succeeding Tony Vola of Des Moines. John and Bev McCartney of Fort Dodge remain on the Executive Council. Also named to the Executive Council are:
• Brena Schwartz-Corona, West Des Moines. Elementary school teacher (retired).
• Maryalice Larson, Marshalltown. Healthcare services management (retired).
• Joseph Marquart, Cedar Falls. Healthcare Human Resources executive (retired).
• Mary Muehl, Cedar Rapids. Education (retired).
• Dean Pedersen, Cedar Falls. High school teacher (retired).