Ro Foege

Ro_FoegeRo Foege is an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work and the College of Public Health. He obtained a BA in Social Work from Wartburg College and a MSW from the University of Iowa, School of Social Work. While working at the Linn Co DHS, he developed a foster family program. He went on to serve as the administrator of Catholic Charities in Cedar Rapids and a consultant to the Linn Co. Juvenile Court. Ro was elected to the Iowa House in 1996 where he served as an Assistant Minority Leader for two years.  He served on the House Committees on Education; Human Resources; and Justice Systems Appropriations Sub-committee. He served as Chair of the House Health and Human Services Appropriations Sub-committee and as the Co-chair of the Commission on Affordable Healthcare for Small Businesses and Families. When he did not seek re-election, he was appointed by the governor to chair the Mental Health Institute Task Force and subsequently directed the Iowa Department on Aging. Ro was a member of the Iowa Tobacco Use and Prevention Commission; the Iowa Mental Health Planning Council: the Iowa Community Empowerment Board; and the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control. He was a founding board member of the service organizations Four Oaks and Horizon’s, helped begin Foundation 2, and served on the Marion Independent School Board. He served on the Linn County Community Empowerment Board, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, and the National Annie E Casey Family & Children’s Services Advisory Board. He continues to be involved in community activities as a member of the St. Luke’s Hospice Board, Iowa Policy Project Board, Parish Nurse Advisory Council, Wartburg College Social Work Advisory Board, and the Foster Aunts and Uncles program, a support organization for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.