Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023

April 20, 2023


Betsy Shelton, Volunteer Iowa

Mary Sheka, Iowa MENTOR

DES MOINES, Iowa – Lt. Governor Adam Gregg will induct the 2023 Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame members and present the Excellence in Mentoring awards to two individuals in a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol building on Thursday, April 27 at 2:30pm.

Being selected for the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame is the most prestigious state-level honor volunteers can receive as recognition of extraordinary donations of volunteer service to their communities. The 2023 Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees include:

  • Paula Falconer, Oskaloosa
  • Ray Haas, Coralville
  • Robert "Bob" King, Dallas Center
  • The Lamberti Family, Ankeny
  • Glen Umbaugh, Alleman

The Excellence in Mentoring Awards gives Iowa MENTOR certified programs the opportunity to recognize outstanding long-time youth mentors. The recipients of the 2023 Excellence in Mentoring Award are:

  • Taylor Goetz, Shenandoah
  • Jessica Komisar, Marion

Profiles of the Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees and Excellence in Mentoring award recipients are viewable online.


Electronic photographs will be available shortly after the ceremony at or by sending a request, including the name of the award recipient, to

About Volunteer Iowa
Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure.

About Iowa MENTOR
Iowa MENTOR works to promote, support and build quality mentoring relationships by elevating the capacity of programs, systems, and policies that foster proven results for Iowa. We envision an Iowa where every young person has the supportive, caring adult relationships needed to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults. Iowa MENTOR is an initiative of Volunteer Iowa and an affiliate of MENTOR national and works to build relationships between government, private, and public agencies in support of youth mentoring.