Betty Anders is the corporate secretary for the Stanley Foundation and assistant to the chair of the Board of Directors. Prior to working at the foundation, she held various positions at Stanley Consultants for 25 years. Betty has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in psychology, and a professional secretary certification. She has also worked in the Circulation Department of the Muscatine Journal newspaper.
What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?
I have been at the foundation since April 2000, and the corporate secretary of the corporation and a foundation officer since 2001. As corporate secretary, I deal with legal issues relative to the corporation. I work on all aspects related to the Board of Directors and to our Advisory Council. I coordinate between the foundation and its directors, corporate members, and corresponding members. I also assist the chair of the board in any way needed. In addition to these duties, I’m administrator of two grantmaking foundations and take care of all the business of those two entities.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy the grantmaking work best. Writing checks for needy organizations is very fulfilling. Dealing with the organizations is also very rewarding.
Where are you from?
I grew up on a 160-acre farm in Ainsworth, Iowa. I was raised, along with three brothers, with a good work ethic and love of family. My immediate family has always been very close-knit. I think my positive outlook on life came from such a loving, upbeat family.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I enjoy indoor and outdoor cycling, Pilates, Zumba, and kickboxing. I’m a fitness instructor at the local YMCA, where I instruct a weekly indoor cycling class, and I’m a substitute instructor for Pilates, Chicometrics, and kickboxing. When I’m not exercising, I like to travel and read.