MUSCATINE, Iowa — After graduating from Muscatine High School in 2005, Lindsey Phillips earned a bachelors degree in social work from the University of Iowa. Following college, Phillips and her husband moved back to Muscatine where they now have two sons.
Phillips put her degree in social work to use by taking a job as an advocate at Family Resources’ domestic violence shelter. She held several additional roles there, including a care coordinator and social worker focused on family permanency and a behavioral health interventionist. Phillips now works as the Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County.
A proponent for volunteering, Phillips sits on the board of the Trinity Muscatine Foundation, belongs to Rotary Club, and serves as a Chamber Ambassador. She also helps out at her boys’ school by belonging to the McKinley Muskies PTO, serving on the Muscatine Community School District buildings and facilities committee, and helps out with the Little Muskies Wrestling Club. Naturally, Phillips also serves as a big for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In the spirit of volunteering for causes she cares about, Phillips decided to run for school board this fall: “I try to be involved where I am passionate, and I really believe in our education system and the value that it has. Public education is essential and requires a whole community,” she stated.
Along with the short term need to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, Phillips would like to focus on resolving facilities concerns throughout the district and responding lower enrollment. She would also work to keep attention on promoting student success. While working towards these goals, Phillips would solicit community input. “Every voice should be heard and individuals should feel comfortable doing so–I hope parents and teachers truly feel they have a voice and I can advocate for their needs.”