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RSVP Announces 3 New Advisory Council Members

This news story was published on December 18, 2012.
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Three new members have joined the Advisory Council of RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of North Central Iowa.

Dr. Larry D. Hill of Thompson was superintendent of schools for the North Iowa Community School District in Buffalo Center from 1997 to 2009.  Hill’s career includes teaching students from elementary school through college, and serving as an elementary school principal, curriculum coordinator, middle school principal, school improvement consultant for Area Education Agency 2, as well as superintendent.  Hill was named Iowa Superintendent of the Year in 2005.  In addition to serving on numerous education boards and committees statewide, Hill has served as a church leader, Lions Club officer, Early Childhood Iowa president, Winnebago Foundation board, ambulance volunteer and on the Thompson City Council.

Verla Perry of Northwood worked at Northwood State Bank for 16 years and at banks in Nebraska prior to that.  Her volunteer experience includes Meals on Wheels, Northwood Chamber of Commerce, United Methodist Church, Relay for Life, Sunday school teacher, Boy Scout leader, 4-H leader, and at various special events in Northwood.  She and her husband, Robert, who also joined the Advisory Council, have three children and eight grandchildren.

Robert Perry of Northwood was an educator for 40 years, teaching and coaching at the high school level and also as an adjunct instructor at NIACC for about 10 years.  He served three terms as mayor of Northwood and four terms on its City Council.  His volunteer efforts include the Advisory Board for NIACC’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, NIACC’s Advisory Board of Performing Arts, the Iowa State Education Association and the United Methodist Church.  He enjoys golf, fishing, cards, woodworking and socializing.

The RSVP Advisory Council provides feedback to program staff in order to help shape the experience and meet the needs of individuals participating in the RSVP program.  Its primary purpose is to monitor and review program development and assessment.  Members study matters related to RSVP, make suggestions concerning the functions of the program and provide support to the program as it serves volunteers, partner agencies and the community.

The Council meets quarterly on the NIACC campus.  Members serve three-year terms up to a maximum of three terms.

For more information on RSVP of North Central Iowa, visit

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