Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of eleven individuals representing all walks of life from primarily Palo Alto County.

Requirements include:
The Board's role is to:

Suzanne Brownell

Suzanne lives in Whittemore, Iowa with her husband, Jason, and children, Grace, 15, and Jacob, 11. Suzanne is a graduate of Buena Vista University and currently works at Emmetsburg Middle School as a Special Education Teacher. She has a son with autism, so keeping and advocating for the rights of those with disabilities is a cause close to her heart. She is a founding member and director of the Fraser Family Music Foundation. For fun, Suzanne enjoys reading, painting, and shopping. She has been a valued board member of Horizons Unlimited since November 2016.


Kevin Banwart - President

Kevin works as the CFO for Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company and lives in Algona. His wife is Sandy, and they have three children: Emily, Ryan, and Maria. His son Ryan lives at a Horizons' group home and works at the Job Training Center.


Dr. Bill Frevert

Dr. William (Bill) Frevert, DVM, and his wife Marcie live in Emmetsburg where Bill practices veterinary medicine. Bill and Marcie have four children: Jody Zarnowiec, Anne Sween, Kristen Ruiz, and Kort Freeman. After graduating from high school in Rudd, Iowa, Bill attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his DVM (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine). Along with volunteering on the Horizons Unlimited Board of Directors, Bill also sits on the Low Rent Housing Board, Methodist Church Board, Iowa Lake Community College Foundation Board, and the Emmetsburg Country Club Board. In addition to serving on these boards, Bill's been involved with the 4-H program, St. Pat's Association, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce years ago. In his spare time, Bill enjoys golfing, fishing, raising cattle, and planting trees for wildlife and the future.


Aaron Steffen

Aaron and his wife Lindsay live in Emmetsburg where he is a police officer, and serves as the Emmetsburg Police Department Reserve Officer Supervisor. Aaron volunteers with Pheasants Forever and the Palo Alto County Peace Officers Association, and is active in hunting and fishing. Aaron is involved with Horizons because of the positive impact we provide to members of our community.


Amy Frields

Amy L. Frields, APRN is a nurse practitioner of family medicine on staff at the Palo Alto County Hospital. She received her certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been on the Horizons Board of Directors since 2016.


Kathy Merrill

Kathy and her husband Craig live in Emmetsburg, Iowa. They have one son, Brian, who is currently pursuing an engineering degree at University of Iowa. Kathy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at Illinois State University and is currently employed as the Marketing Director at Palo Alto County Health System. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with family, volunteering with various organizations, travel, movies, art and reading.


Sean Solberg - Vice President

Sean Solberg is a native of the Emmetsburg area and is married to Stephanie. He graduated from Grinnell College, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa College of Law.  Sean is a lawyer with the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines with an office in Emmetsburg.  He is affiliated with many committees: Alley Institute of Board of Directors, NanoVox Board of Directors and Central Region Planning Committee of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Sean is a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Depew Iowa.  On his free time he loves to travel, read and follow college football.  Sean cares about Horizons because "Horizons Unlimited provides an amazing array of services to people with disabilities and the community as a whole and I am proud to be a part of that."


Dr. Robert Cozine

Bob was born and raised in Lewiston, IL. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL, then went to medical school at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed an internship at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He served in the U.S. Navy at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and practiced medicine for a short period of time in Virginia, then in Oklahoma for ten years, and finally came to Emmetsburg in 1969. He joined the Emmetsburg Medical Clinic, P.C. and practiced with Dr. Coffey for twenty-three years. He enjoyed a three year Emergency Room practice at Prairie du Chien, WI, followed by nineteen years in the ER at Spencer Municipal Hospital. He has served in the past on the Palo Alto County Board of Health, and is currently enjoying retirement.

Bob and his wife Nancy have five children and fourteen grandchildren. Bob was a private pilot for many years, but now has shifted his focus to trains and 1/8 scale locomotives. He is also an avid reader.

His incentive for joining the Horizons Board results from his granddaughter Emily who suffered from a brain tumor at age 7, and has been left with special needs that require her to live in a group home in the Twin Cities. She is twenty-nine now, and participates in a group called "Interact", the only group of its kind in the country. The clients write and produce plays and also produce fine art for display and sale.


Karen Brown - Secretary

Karen Brown graduated from Iowa Westleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education and Elementary.  Karen has retired from the Emmetsburg School system after 20 years of teaching Special Education and 13 years teaching Reading Recovery and Title One Reading.  Karen and her late husband Mike have 4 children.  She is a co-worker for a family run business and a Real Estate Salesperson for Farmers National Company. Karen's favorite pastime is reading and is in a Book Club.  She also plays piano and has been involved with acting in Main Street Theatre productions in the past.  She has been involved in FIRST Club, Then Feed Just One and Special Olympics.  Karen says she has always been interested in quality services for children and adults with disabilities.  ”I believe that Horizons Unlimited is a huge asset and a vital resource for our community.  It serves many people, and has been very successful in assisting its members in achieving the highest level of independence possible. I believe that it delivers quality services and opportunities that enable members to live, work, and enjoy full, productive lives.  I am excited to become a part of this by serving as a Board member.”

 

 


Cindy Chapman

Cindy Chapman re-joined our Board in early 2015. Having served on the Board previously, she brings a wealth of experience and passion for Horizons Unlimited and our mission. She and her husband, Tom, live in Emmetsburg. They have five children: Laura, James, Melissa, Jacob, and Anna. Cindy is a retired nurse who received education from Iowa Lakes Community College. In her free time, Cindy enjoys artistic projects and doing volunteer work with the elderly.


Mary Cooper

Mary Cooper lives in Emmetsburg with her husband, Dan Cooper. Mary and Dan have four grown children (Janelle, Justin, Brandon, and Breanne), as well as five grandchildren. Mary attended the Medical Academy in Minneapolis. Mary and her husband Dan operate the Emmetsburg-based construction firm, Dan Cooper Builders. Mary is a member of Grace Baptist Church. She has a brother who is a Horizons member, and has served multiple times on the Horizons Unlimited board of directors, as well as serving as a board member for the Palo Alto County Hospital.