Staff & Board

Community Health Free Clinic Staff

Community Health Free Clinic is led by our CEO and COO.

Darlene Schmidt

Co-Founder and CEO

Darlene spent more than 30 years as an office nurse before becoming the first executive director of the Cedar Rapids Free Medical Clinic in 1995. Together with Dr. Galbraith, she started Community Health Free Clinic in 2002. Darlene is responsible for the clinic’s daily operations, community outreach, fundraising, and provider recruitment.

Our Board


  • President: Darline Davermann-Reid, Mount Mercy University
  • Vice President: Greg DeWolf, Mercy Medical Center
  • Secretary: Sue Lowder, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
  • Treasurer: Laura Wirth, Transamerica
  • Medical Director: John Banks, MD, Community Volunteer
  • Ethan Benton, Transamerica
  • Terri Christoffersen, Community Volunteer
  • Dave Muller, MD, Iowa Eye Center
  • Dennis Naughton, Naughton Law Firm
  • Nic Olberding, Mercy Medical Center
  • Kevin Techau, Keep Iowa Beautiful
  • Aimee Traugh, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Amy Vaske, United Fire Group
  • Jeanette Werling, Paramount Health Options