Board of Directors

James (Rusty) Stout, Founder and President

Rusty is a lifelong below-knee amputee and has used a prosthesis since 1953.  A pioneer in adaptive sporting, he learned to ice skate and developed water and alpine skiing techniques as a child.  He was Director of Development and Finance for Discovery Living, Inc., a residential service agency for cognitively impaired adults, later serving on its Board.  He was a tenured professor in the Department of Economics and Business, Cornell College of Iowa, retiring after 25 years.  Since then he has devoted his energies to developing adaptive ice skating.  Rusty holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State University and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Iowa, conducting his studies in the areas of Labor Productivity and Employment of People With Disabilities.

Rusty takes a few turns on the ice with 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill, at the 2017 World Figure and Fancy Skating Competition in Vail. To see a video of it click HERE.

Harvey Siegelman, Founder and Vice-President

Harvey Siegelman has been a friend of Vitality in Action from it's founding.  He is a research and academic economist. In 2001, he retired after spending the previous 20 years as the State Economist of Iowa and economic advisor to three Iowa governors. During that time he was also adjunct professor of economics at Drake University. His academic career includes positions at University of Missouri and Wisconsin, Findlay University and Wichita State University. His specialties include governmental, health care and economic development.  In 2001, he founded the consulting firm Strategic Economics Group.  In an earlier life he was an analyst in the Finance Ministry of the government of Israel.

In 2016, a broken femur, two years of surgery and a year of learning to walk again has given Harvey the perspective of the issues confronting anyone with a physical handicap.

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Nancy Grandquist Fields, Treasurer

Nancy is a community banker and community organizer located in Des Moines, Iowa and Alexandria, Louisiana. She was executive director of the Des Moines Housing Council, vice-president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, chairwoman of the Louisiana Community Reinvestment Coalition and president of the Alexandria Affordable Housing Corporation. Her team managed the Affordable Housing grant and loan programs in a five state Midwest area headquartered here in Des Moines.  In 1995, she receiving the President Clinton Peace medal for her innovative program to empower native Americans to own residential real estate.

Nancy is married to federal administrative rules judge Kim Ahern Fields.

Gerald (Bill) Gugerty

Bill is a Certified Public Accountant registered in the state of Illinois.  He holds a Master of Professional Accountancy and a B.S. in Accounting from Illinois State University, and previously worked as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Bill draws on this background to assist Vitality in establishing financial controls and procedures to ensure thorough, ethical, and responsible financial reporting and oversight.  As a student of Mysore Ashtanga Yoga, Bill works to build his strength, flexibility, and balance through a daily practice.  It is this experience that draws him to Vitality’s mission of helping others maximize their vitality through recreational activities that inspire them.

Bill is employed as an accountant with the U.S. State Department currently stationed in the United States Embassy in Lima, Peru. 

Jessica Butala

Jessica teaches high school Spanish and coaches volleyball in Colorado Springs. She holds a B.A. in Economics & Business and Spanish from Cornell College.  Jessica brings professional experience in non-profit fundraising, coaching, and education.  Her past associations include the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She was inspired to work with the dynamic connections between mobility and health after meeting members of the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team, and is excited to bring that passion to Vitality.  In her spare time, Jessica plays volleyball and enjoys running and hiking.

Aaron Beckerman

Aaron Beckerman is an accountant and licensed tax preparer.  He and his wife Barb live in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Leonard Nelson

Leonard can often be found on a pickleball court at the Arvada APEX center. 

Pawel Brzozka

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