Human Resources


HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS In observance of the holidays, our offices will be closed on:
Monday, December 26, 2016
Monday, January 2, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Eligible employees will receive  8 Holiday hours  for each of the holidays above.  If you have questions, email:

LOOKING FOR YOUR W-2? ADP advises that they will be  available by the end of January. You will receive an email alert when they are ready. Instructions on how to retrieve your w-2 electronically will also be sent to you at that time. Your paper w-2 will be sent to your home address listed in ADP at the end of December. Watch for more details!!

University Partnerships with the Four Oaks Enterprise

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” –Benjamin Franklin

The Four Oaks’ enterprise lives out its mission by helping our employees meet all their educational needs through its work with community partners.  Throughout this fiscal year, we have been meeting with local universities to offer you the ability to further your education at an affordable rate. Please see the below details regarding partnerships we have forged with Kaplan University, Mount Mercy University and the University of Dubuque. We are continuing to work with other colleges and universities across the state to benefit all employees. Please contact George Ramsey at or 319-784-2067 if you have any questions. 

Kaplan University offers “A Different School of Thought” for Four Oaks employees. Flexible online learning for more than 180 programs, including associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs in business, information technology, criminal justice, health sciences. For more information, please call Rachel Holland at 319-363-0481 or by email at
Mount Mercy University offers a 10% tuition discount for any full-time Four Oaks employee who is enrolled in our accelerated, graduate and online programs. The 5 and 10 week course schedules along with evening classes allow for you to maintain a job, spend time with family and friends, and still pursue your degree all while completing the program. Please contact Graduate and Accelerated Admissions Recruiter, Tyler Poldervaart  at 319-640-3895 or  for more information.
The University of Dubuque invites the staff of Four Oaks to consider the University of Dubuque’s Cedar Rapids LIFE campus to complete, or pursue, a bachelors or masters degree through their five-week, face to face program. For adult learners, ages 23 and over, enroll now to receive a 50% tuition discount per credit hour on courses offered on weekday evenings at their location at the Cedar Rapids LIFE Center. Visit their website at, or contact Angie Etscheidt, Director of LIFE Admission-Cedar Rapids at 319-775-0204 or for more information.

The time has come!  Open enrollment begins next week.

There are some exciting changes effective January 1st that we want you to be aware of:

  • Life Insurance and Long Term Disability will now be provided by UNUM. You will be receiving emails regarding enrollment directly on their portal, so watch for those. Opportunity to buy additional coverage open to all eligible employees, which will include spouse and child coverage!

  • Flex is moving back to Tristar. Applications will be going out next week. 

  • HSA’s are moving back to Quad City Bank and Trust. Those applications will be going out any day now.

  • Vision is moving to Eyemed. Will be open through ADP next week for enrollment.

DOL Update:

On Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, a Federal Judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor overtime rule that was to go into effect December 1.
What does this mean for us? We will be putting our process on hold until a final ruling has been made.
We are communicating directly with staff and supervisors who are directly impacted by this change.

If you have questions, please e-mail

Mark Your Calendars!
Open Enrollment is coming soon for:
Volunatary Buy Up for Life insurance for Self, Spouse, Child
Health Savings Accounts
Flexible Spending Accounts 

Watch for more information!

HR Mission Statement

Our mission is to earn the trust and respect of our most valuable asset, our employees, to continually strengthen them in their work and to help them achieve success in their careers, in order to achieve our goal of hiring and retaining the best work force in the industry and of being a preferred social services employer.

HR Team

Karen Bruess, HR Director

Danielle Graham, SR. Human Resources Manager

Jessica Steffen, Human Resources Manager

Sue Schantz, Payroll Manager

Ronda Welper, Benefit’s Manager

Mindy Foltz, HR Generalist
(563) 468-2348

Tom Blankenheim, Recruiter

Daniel Morgan, HR Assistant

LaRae Heyl, Training & Performance Manager

Matthew Lechtenberg, Records Technician


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Contact: Sue Schantz
Phone: (319) 784-2022

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