It is the purpose of the Older Iowans Legislature to "Pursue Quality of Life for Older Iowans."

We will voice their needs to the general public, all governmental bodies, and service providers. We will provide opportunities for older Iowans to learn and participate in governmental processes to help solve problems facing seniors.

In formulating our policies we will seek the wisdom, knowledge and concerns of all, but will speak as an independent voice for older Iowans.

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Our representation is organized into six districts across the state, similar to the aging resources organizations in Iowa. If you have a specific question, contact a board member.

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Meet the Older Iowans
Legislature Board Members


Vice Chair

Tony Vola


Diane Naujokaitis


Monica McCarthy



Kay Fisk

Kay Fisk was raised on a farm in Benton County. She spent her high school years at Garrison. After graduation, she started a 42-year career at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids. After retiring in 2002, she became involved in human services. She worked at Horizons, A Family Service Alliance until she retired again in July of 2022. She has 2 children, 3 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She involved in several groups that are interested in making life better for older adults.

Tony Vola
Vice Chair

Born in Numa Iowa, 21 year USAF Lt. Colonel, Communications-Electronics; IT Director at Transportation, Distribution, and Franchise Corporations.  Started an In-Home Care Business in Des Moines Iowa and operated for 14 years. Past Volunteer President of AARP Iowa. B.S.E. Mathematics, NE Missouri State (Now Truman State); Master’s in Business, HRM, University of Utah; Additional Masters level studies, MBA and Computer Systems Management, Creighton University.

Monica McCarthy
Board Member

Des Moines.  Retired Quality Engineer with a Masters Degree in Project Management. Have served on OIL Board since living in Creston, which is Connections Area Agency on Aging. Registered lobbyist for the Older Iowans Legislature. Enjoy working with the Legislature on elder issues in a non-partisan environment.

Linda Linn
Board Member

I am a retired educator (Para-educator, Alternative School Coordinator, PreK – 12 School Counselor and Area Education Agency Education Services Consultant. I am a Past President of the Iowa School Counselor Assoc., past member of the Iowa Talented ad Gifted Assoc. Board, past member of the IA Dept. of Education’s State Teams (Literacy, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Gifted/Talented, and School Counseling). I am currently a city council member for Fostoria, IA, the Iowa State Education Association- Retired Chair.

I earned my BS in Secondary Social Studies Education from Westmar College, my MS in School Counseling from Iowa State University.  I live in Fostoria, IA, married with three daughters and ten grandchildren.

Lawrence Kudej
Past President
Board Member

Retired Federal Attorney, serving with the United States Attorney Office in Northern District of Iowa from 1989 through 2011. I was Civil Chief from 1994 to 2010. I was in private practice in Sioux City, Iowa, before 1989. I no longer actively practice law, although my Iowa license remains current. Former member of the Iowa Board of Corrections, serving in that capacity since 2014. I am also involved in volunteer work serving primarily with the following organizations, to wit:


Iowa State Bar Association since 1974 (currently member of the Elder Law Section). Older Iowa Legislature (advocates re elder issues) since 2012 (currently member of the Board and former Chairperson). Heritage Agency AAA-- currently serve on Heritage Agency Board as a senior advisor and also on senior rights committee. Johnson County Task Force on Aging (elder issues) since 2012. Cedar Rapids West Rotary (former President). Member of the AARP Executive Council for Iowa.

Lionel Foster
Board Member

City of Mason City, Mason City, Iowa                                                     1972 - 2013

Human Rights Commission Director (1978 to 2013)                             

Professional Development and Continuing Education:

·   Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation ‑ Kent College of Law

·   Rules of Evidence - Des Moines Area Community Col­lege

·   Section 1983 Civil Rights Enforcement Officials' Liability for Negligence Suits -  Drake University Law School

·   Legal Research - Des Moines Area Community Col­lege

·   Labor Relations Law -  University of Iowa

·   Accredited Home Study Course -  Paralegal Institute in Phoenix, Arizona   

·   U.S. Civil Service Commission Certificate of Training for Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Planning

·   North Iowa Area Community College; Mason City, Iowa

·   Kaplan University Associates of Art Degree Paralegal Studies




·   Organizer and Former Member of the Board of Directors for the Hawkeye Har­vest Food Bank in Mason City, Iowa

·   Past President of the Iowa Association of Human Rights Agencies

·   Former Chair of the Iowa Targeted Small Business Committee

·   Former member of the NAACP

·   Former Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

·   Forner Chair of the Iowa Child Advocacy Board

·   Former Member of  Iowa Child and Policy Center

·   Former Member of Iowa Drug Court - District Court 2

·   Forner President and Current Vice President Elderbridge Agency on Aging



·   Governor Terry Branstad’s Volunteer Award for Outstanding Services to Iowa (1996)

·   Governor Thomas Vilsack’s Volunteer Award for Outstanding Services to Iowa (1998)

·   Governor Terry Branstad’s Service Award for Personal Dedication to Iowa’s Social Justice Issues (2011)

·   Governor Kim Reynolds’ Volunteer Award (2022)

Josephine Gittler, J.D.
Board Member

Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law,

Professor of Health Management and Policy, Professor of Nursing, and Professor of Pediatrics

(secondary appointments)

Director of National Health Law and Policy Resource Center

Director, Institute on Guardianship and Conservatorship

Keith Kudej
Board Member

Loras College, 1976 to 1978

Active member of St. James Catholic Church (Forest City) 1978 to 1985, Council Chair

City of Madrid (pop. 2,500), Public Works Director, City Administrator/Clerk 1985-1996

Certified Municipal Clerk, 1991

Madrid Home for the Aging, Assistant Administrator 1996-2000

Licensed Nursing Home Administrator 1998

BA Liberal Arts – Grand View University 2000

Madrid Home Communities, (Faith based non-profit Continuum of Care Senior Living Community serving 250 Seniors on three campuses) President/CEO Administrator 2001-2018 (Retired)

Leading Age of Iowa, board member 2000 to 2002;  Iowa Health Care Association, (various committees);Boone County Hospital, Trustee 1994-2019 (Critical Access hospital with four physician clinics); Boone County Community Foundation, Board member 2010-2018 (Secretary 7 years); Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce, 1990 to current (held all offices, current secretary); Madrid Historical Society, Board member 2001 to current (assistant treasurer and bookkeeper); Tiger Tots Community Preschool and Child Care Center, 1987 to current (kept books for 20 years); Woodward Youth Corporation (Woodward Academy), 2018 to current;  Madrid Lions Club, 1986 to current (held all offices, currently treasurer)

Madrid Friends of the Trail, 2010 to current (treasurer since 2010)

Active member of St. Malachy Catholic Church (Madrid), 1985 to current (Extraordinary minister, religions education teacher, finance council, retreat leader)

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