Board of Directors

Nate Miller, JD

President

Nathan D. Miller joined Beecher Law in Waterloo after receiving his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. Nathan’s practice consists primarily of transactional law, including real estate, wills and trusts, guardianships and conservatorships, and probate law.

He is a member of the Iowa Bar Association and the Black Hawk County Bar Association. Away from the office, Nathan enjoys golfing, fishing, spending time with his wife, Kelli, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. He volunteers with the Cedar Valley Jaycees and is on the board for the Guardianship Association of Iowa Network.

Julie Versluis, CTFA

Treasurer

Julie graduated from Kirkwood Community College in 1998 with an associate of arts degree in Legal Assistant/Paralegal Studies. She has more than 20 years of trust experience, and has recently brought her experience to First Security Bank in Charles City, IA, where she works within a variety of areas, including Estate & Trust Administration, Portfolio Management and Financial & Estate Planning.

In addition to serving as the current treasurer of GAIN, Julie is also the past president and is a current board member and past president of the Iowa Trust Association, a member of the Iowa Paralegal Association and a past member of the Mokan Trust Conference Planning Committee.

Barb Keninger, NCG

Barb Keninger
Board Member

Barb is the sole proprietor of Guardian Angels Services, LLC, which specializes in court-appointed guardianships and conservatorships. A National Certified Guardian, Barb holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Development & Philanthrophy from the University of Northern Iowa.

While Barb’s career focused, for many years, on health care in the hospital, assisted living and nursing home settings, she now works with individuals and families who need assistance managing life’s tough decisions. Barb also farms with her husband and is the proud mother of three and grandmother of six.

Sherri McLerran, NCG

Executive Director

Sherri McLerran is a Nationally Certified Guardian (NCG) and the sole proprietor of Decisions for Life, LLC. With more than 25 years of experience in probate law and an extensive background as both a legal assistant and program coordinator for Iowa’s Office of Public Guardian, Sherri is uniquely qualified to understand substitute decision making from multiple perspectives.

A current member of the National Guardianship Association and former vice president of the Guardianship Association of Iowa Network (GAIN), Sherri is a dedicated professional who is proud to abide by the ethical principles and standards of best practice when it comes to substitute decision making.

Jennifer Donovan, JD

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OPG Liaison

Jennifer Donovan is the Public Guardian for the State of Iowa and oversees Iowa’s Office of Public Guardian. She received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. Prior to joining the Office of Public Guardian, she practiced law for eleven years as a Staff Attorney at Iowa Legal Aid. She is a member of the National Guardianship Association and the Iowa State Bar Association.

Cynthia Bahls

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Board Member

In April of 2005 Cynthia graduated from Drake Law School and was admitted to the Iowa Bar. She has practiced primarily in the field of family law, assisting families through divorce and custody matters. She also received her family law mediation certification in 2011. She expanded her practice to include work in the probate arena. Cynthia was born in Lincoln, NE and has lived most of her life in central Iowa. On weekends, you can find Cynthia and her husband taking pride in Iowa’s growth and opportunities by enjoying various events, festivals, and restaurants all over the state.

Pam Carpe

Recorder

In March 2019 Pam began working for Decisions for Life and is becoming an active participant in the Guardianship Association of Iowa Network. She previously worked in the area of probate and bankruptcy as a legal secretary at Bradshaw Law Firm and is interested in guardianship and looks forward to being possibly an active board member to increase the awareness of guardianships.  

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