Ann Decker worked in banking for 13 years and since having children she has been able to stay home and enjoy raising them. Over the years she stayed involved in the community by volunteering with organizations like School Parent Groups, VNA Junior Board, and was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for kids connected with the Department of Human Services (DHS). Ann has always had a passion for helping children and in 2015 she started the Dubuque Chapter of Special Spaces, an organization that makes over bedrooms for children with cancer. They create a special space that brings each child peace and joy while recovering from surgery or receiving treatments.
Serving Crescent Community Health Center (Crescent) since 2015, she was Board Chair from 2020 – 2022 – leading the center through the COVID pandemic. She has previously served on both the board recruitment and governance committee and personnel committees. Ann enjoyed serving on the Crescent board, planning for the future and making decisions that allowed Crescent to grow. “It is especially rewarding when you see plans come together that make a difference for the staff and patients, “ per Ann Decker.
"Crescent has an amazing staff who are dedicated to their patients and their overall health. They provide personal and affordable medical, dental and behavioral healthcare to anyone in our community," said Ann. "I'm especially excited about the expanded behavioral health department. During my volunteer work as a CASA I saw a real need for both adult and pediatric care services. At Crescent you can get all your basic health needs met under one roof. That is a great service for the patients."
Ann grew up in Dubuque and has resided in Peosta for over 25 years with her husband Rick. They have two sons, Jakob and Brandon. In her spare time Ann enjoys spending time with family and friends, decorating, cooking, and traveling.
“Ann led the board during some of the most challenging times and through immense growth and change. In 2015 when Ann joined the board, Crescent saw 6,228 patients and the center recorded approximately 16,000 visits. For 2023, Crescent is poised to see nearly 9,300 patients and nearly 35,000 visits. I am so grateful to know Ann and to have worked with her towards all she has done for our community through Crescent but also her other endeavors! Ann is a gem, and we will miss her. Wishing her nothing but the best as she enjoys more time with her family and her other passions,” Gary Collins, Chief Executive Officer.
Crescent Community Health Center first opened its doors in October of 2006. Crescent was founded by a group of dedicated board members made up of community stakeholders who identified the need for primary medical and dental care for underserved populations. Since then, Crescent has been providing high-quality primary and preventive medical, dental, and brain healthcare to members of the community.