Susan Johnston
Susan JohnstonFounder & Executive Director
Susan Johnston is founder and executive director at Central Furniture Rescue. Leaning on her 25-plus years of experience in operations and project management, Susan took an idea, implemented it, and now is focused on scaling this program with the goal of helping as many individuals and families as possible turn “places to live” into homes. She is currently president of the board.
Josh Putz
Josh PutzPresident
Josh Putz is a Senior Program Manager at Collins Aerospace. Leading and managing the development of avionics equipment to support helo platforms across our military. Cedar Rapids born with degrees from Mount Mercy University and the University of Iowa, Josh is excited to share what he has learned and utilize his program leadership skills to better serve the community he grew up in. He joined the board in 2021
Tyler Kuehl
Tyler KuehlTreasurer
Tyler Kuehl is the branch manager for Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust (Council Street location). Prior to being branch manager, he was Central Furniture Rescue’s account manager. He joined the board in 2020 and is currently treasurer.
Alicia Faust
Alicia FaustSecretary
Alicia Faust is the executive director of Willis Dady Homeless Services, an organization she has been with since 2016. She serves on various housing- and homeless-services committees in Linn County and the state of Iowa. Alicia joined the board in 2021.
Emily Fett
Emily FettDirector
Emily Fett is a senior graphic designer for Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. With more than fifteen years of experience, her design skills have helped to build brand identities and promotional material for small businesses to bigger corporate clients. When she isn’t behind a computer she likes to cook, dabbles in gardening, and camping adventures with her husband and two kids. She joined the board in 2021.
Marcus Earnest
Marcus EarnestDirector
Marcus Earnest is Cedar Rapids Site Manager/Software Engineering Manager for Performance Software.
He has worked with Performance Software since 2004. When he isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family and volunteers as a coach in the Linn-Mar Youth Baseball League.
Nora Heaton
Nora HeatonDirector
Nora Heaton is an advocate with Riverview Center in Cedar Rapids, where she works with survivors of trauma. She has also worked as a Volunteer Coordinator, crisis counselor, and youth mentor for various human services agencies throughout Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. She joined the board in 2021.
Briana Smallwood
Briana SmallwoodVice President
Briana is a woman of Faith, the wife to an entrepreneur, and the mother of two phenomenal girls. With 12+ years experience in Operations, Briana tends to have her hands in many pots. She is currently the Support Operations Manager at Newsela Inc., Co-Owner of Vivian’s Soul Food with her husband, and a Junior Achievement Volunteer Educator. Briana has a small obsession for fresh flowers, and says that next to raising girls, the most luxurious thing she’s done for herself in adulthood is grow a quality collection of matching pajamas. Briana is thrilled to join CFR’s mission of turning spaces to live into comfortable and sustainable homes. Briana joined the board in April 2022
Ross Andrews
Ross AndrewsDirector
Ross Andrews is an attorney at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. in Cedar Rapids where he specializes in representing doctors, hospitals, nurses, and nursing homes in their professional malpractice cases. He lives in Iowa City with his fiancé, Kendra, and his Goldendoodle, Spencer. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Iowa College of Law. Ross is an avid supporter of Michigan athletics and enjoys shooting skeet, trap, and sporting clays in his free time.
Sylvie Brizard
Sylvie BrizardDirector
Sylvie Brizard is a Supervisor in Customer Care in the Retirement department at Transamerica. She has been with the company since 2017. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog. Sylvie joined the board June 2022.
Lindsay Handy
Lindsay HandyDirector
Lindsay Handy is an entrepreneur and owns her own company called Heartfelt Healing, where she specializes in grief and mental health coaching services. With her degree in Counseling Psychology she strives to help people daily in her business and in our great community. She joined the board in October of 2022.