Al jumped on-board with the Foundation as soon as Ryan presented the idea to him. He is Ryan’s older brother and known to many as Big Al, he is Little Al’s namesake. He has served as Chairman of the Board from the beginning. Al and his wife Marcia have organized fundraisers and participated in most others. He has always had an interest in helping kids, he has been a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, school board member and Commander-Sons of American Legion Squadron 627. Farming and contractor work keep him busy along with being the mayor of Fenton, Ia. He fills his free time enjoying traveling, fishing, camping and riding his motorcycle.
President and Co-founder
Holly is Ryan’s wife and mommy of Little Al. She has served many different roles on the Board, President being her current role. She lives in Pleasant Hill with Ryan and their dog, Airman. Holly is Vice President and co-owner of Hamilton’s Funeral Home where she has been working for almost 20 years. As a funeral director and member of the Little Al Foundation, she fulfills her love of helping others; doing that in memory of her son is a great honor for her. In her spare time she loves reading, traveling, going to races, and spending summer days on the lake. What makes her most proud is being an Air Force mom and Oma to her grandsons Levi and Wyatt.
Michelle became a Board Member in 2013 and was elected Vice President in 2016. Prior to that she was an avid supporter and volunteer, helping to organize and run events. In 2014, Michelle's oldest child was hospitalized for over 30 days following birth. That experience elevated her awareness of how quickly anyone can be faced with this situation and brought new understanding of what these families go through. Michelle works at Nationwide Insurance and lives in the Des Moines area with her husband and two young daughters. They keep her very busy but she still tries to find time to enjoy traveling, golfing, biking, and shopping!
Brittney became a Board Member in 2016 and was elected Secretary in 2018. Prior to joining the Board, she had learned of the Foundation through Michelle and actively participated in many fundraising events. Brittney eagerly took over the role of Facebook admin and helps to keep our wonderful supporters aware of our activities. Brittney works at Nationwide Insurance and she and her husband live in Des Moines with their son and daughter. They love attending ISU sporting events, the zoo, and traveling around Iowa to visit family.
Treasurer and Founder
Currently serving as Treasurer, Ryan previously served as President from inception of the Foundation. It was his desire to start the Foundation to assist families that were experiencing the same issues he and Holly had as they cared for their son Alan, a.k.a. Little Al. When not tending to the Foundation, he keeps busy working various personal projects. During his free time he enjoys traveling, golfing, fishing, going to races, working on home projects and spending time with his grandsons, Levi and Wyatt!
Marcia has been involved with the Little Al Foundation since it was “just an idea” and is honored to have been considered by Ryan and Holly to help make their idea a reality. Marcia is married to “Big Al” and the mother of three daughters. She is a twenty plus year employee of Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company in Algona, Iowa and a member of Lone Rock Presbyterian Church. She served as Sunday school music leader when her children were young, and as co-director and secretary of a joint community summer vacation bible school program for many years. She enjoys camping, fishing, genealogy, traveling, and spending as much free time as she can with her grandchildren.
Tom has been serving as a Board Member since 2016. He and Ryan are lifelong friends and graduated from Sentral Community High School together. Residing in northwest Iowa, Tom brings a new geographic area to the Foundation and is actively working on spreading awareness of our cause to that region. He is a Regional Sales Director for Elekta, selling radiation oncology equipment and software. In his free time he likes to golf, fish, and read.
John has been a Member of the Board since 2014. He has been supporting the Foundation as both a sponsor and participant in the annual golf outings from the beginning. John is currently the Director of Sales for the Midwest Division of Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions. He lives in Ames, IA with his wife Lisa, and his two kids Josie and Taylor. In his free time, he loves to attend his kids sporting events, any Iowa State athletic event, and playing as much golf as possible.