Tim Combs

Executive Director,

Americans for Independent Living

Tim has been in the construction business for 35 years. He has worked on projects from highways to city streets, commercial building projects, and the entire process of residential home building. He started his own company in 1998 and has remained self-employed. He also partners in a Real Estate Investing business of buying, fixing and flipping single family housing.

He has been interested in building trades since he was 10 yrs of age.  At 28 yrs of age he went back to school and received an AAS in Civil and Construction Engineering and 5 years later started his own business.  He has met the qualifications and passed the examination to be qualified as a Certified Environmental Access Consultant. Environmental Access is the process of adapting a residence and/or general environment to promote the independence and functional ability of the physically challenged.  Adaptations may include physically changing portions of an environment to create functional access according to an individual’s specific needs.

Because of a yearning to do more for others, he founded Americans for Independent Living in 2015.  He felt veterans deserved more support than what has been available.  He will advocate in the community to make others aware of how important it is to recognize, celebrate and support our veterans.

Americans for Independent Livings impact in the community will be from public awareness of the need for more accessible living areas for disabled veterans and transitional housing for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“Being an advocate for your community and volunteering are both key components in creating change within the community.  We need to understand the social problem of homeless veterans, which many people face and are affected by daily.   Everyday there are people in our community who are affected by the issues non-profit organizations battle for or against.  Once communities realize how people oriented things like advocacy and outreach are, I believe people will realize their impact in their community and their potential to really affect change.” –Tim Combs


Teresa Tjaden – Director of Operations    Susan Entriken – Resource Development Director
Amanda Erpelding – Community Engagement Manager    Herman Wise – Veteran Site Manager


Glen Keith – President

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Executive Director – Love INC.
2017-2022 – Senior Army Instructor East High Army JROTC, Past Professor of Military Science and Department head for the University of Northern Iowa, Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University
Master of Military Studies from Marine Corps University

Kelly Sullivan – Vice President

3rd Grade Teacher Cedar Falls Community Schools, USS The Sullivan’s Inc Foundation board member, Sponsor USS The Sullivan’s DDG 68 and USS Iowa SSN 797 Commissioning Committee, Sullivan Hartough Honor Flight board member, Iowa Irish Fest – Heroes Co-Chair

Deanna K. Wheeler – Secretary

Broker/Owner Re/Max Home Group, Marketing Chairperson Re/Max Home Group, 100 + Women Who Care Cedar Valley Board Member, Professional Standards Committee Waterloo / CF Board of Realtors, Company Sponsor Magical Mix Kids Auction

Christine Rolf – Treasurer

Mortgage Loan Originator Lincoln Savings Bank, Past School Board President and board member of Bosco School System- 4 years
Cedar Valley Exchange Club Board, Outreach team member for Hope City Church, Husband served in the Army for Desert Storm in Iraq, Dad was in the Navy, Grandfather an Army veteran and Uncle was in the Army during the Vietnam war

Deon Clabby

Certified Assistive Technology Professional, Certified Environmental Access Consultant, Senior Connections of the Cedar Valley- Past President and executive committee for 12 years, Life Long Links Advisory Committee and Midwest Society of Medical Equipment Suppliers-Home Modification Committee for Regulations, (national level), AMVETS Member, Father, Father-in-law, and 2 sons in the Army and Airforce.

Trent Hunter

VP Operations – Bergan PHC, Iowa National Guard 1996 – 2007 Iowa Air National Guard 2009 – Present, Technical Sergeant 133d Test Squadron, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Advisory Board Member Salvation Army, Member of the – Waterloo Elks and Waterloo Eagles, Washburn Moose Lodge, President-elect Exchange Club of Waterloo, AMVETS & VFW Member

Martin Edwards

Licensed Marital/Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor at Cedar Falls Counseling Associates,1967-1969 United States Army Reserve (active) 1st Lt., Inf, Past Board Member/President for the Iowa Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Past Volunteer facilitator, Black Hawk County Vietnam Veteran’s Support Group and IA National Guard – Enduring Families
1991 – 2000 Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, representing the mental health, Profession of Marriage and Family Therapy, 2009-Present Iowa Association of Mediators and 2012-Present Brain Injury Association of Iowa

Wendell Lupkes

Partner in VJ Engineering Consultants Civil Engineering Technology Advisory Committee at Hawkeye Community College
Vice-President of the American Cream Draft Horse Association

American for Independent Living’s service Qualifications follow the State of Iowa’s guideline for a Veteran.

Click here to read the state document for clarification