Human Resources


W-2 and Payroll Calendar

Happy New Year! As we welcome the new year, I wanted to send out the 2018 payroll schedule and calendar and give a short update on W-2 forms and Personal time. 

Payroll Calendar
Attached you will find the 2018 payroll schedule and calendar.  Please let me know if you have any questions. 

W-2 Forms
W-2s will be processed after the final payroll of the year.  An email will be sent as soon as they are available, but definitely by January 31st, 2018.  If your home mailing address has changed, please let me know ASAP, so we can be sure your W-2 is mailed to the correct place.  

Personal time
If you are a full time employee, you have earned 24 hours of Personal time on January 1st. This time may not show up correctly in your totals until after the 2nd payroll in January as it is a very manual process. This time can be used for time off in 2018. It can NOT be used for time off in 2017.

Have a great 2018!! Let me know if you have any questions about anything payroll related.

Sue Schantz
Four Oaks - Payroll Manager
T# 319-784-2022

Free Identity Theft Protection Services

Wellmark is offering free Identity Theft Protection Services for healthcare participants! If you are on our plan and want to know more, you can review the attached documents.

Equifax, in recent weeks, has been in the news for 143 million consumers’ information being breached. Equifax is one of the top three credit reporting agencies.  Please see attached items on how to enroll in free credit monitoring.    

Identity Protection Services Member Q&A
ID Experts Flyer 

Read more about Equifax Data Breach:

Four Oaks Staff Chat Follow up

For the past two months, we have conducted 24 Staff Chats at sites across Four Oaks, Jane Boyd, the Affordable Housing Network and Family Resources. We had an estimated 500 staff attend these events, that featured the CARE Team’s work – with team and supervisor kits, along with popcorn. Our thanks to Anne for taking the time to personally attend all of these chats which provided an opportunity for her to visit our Davenport, Muscatine and Moline sites. 

Anne used the Staff Chats as an opportunity to share what we can expect in the year we just started: 1) we can expect change to continue, and we are good at adapting to change; 2) our purpose will not change – helping children and families achieve stability in the short and long-run (TotalChild); and 3) we are a team at a program/department, site, agency and enterprise level - and our teams will grow stronger this next year.  

2017 Staff Chat Q&A

University Partnerships with the Four Oaks Enterprise

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” –Benjamin Franklin

The Four Oaks’ enterprise lives out its mission by helping our employees meet all their educational needs through its work with community partners.  Throughout this fiscal year, we have been meeting with local universities to offer you the ability to further your education at an affordable rate. Please see the below details regarding partnerships we have forged with Kaplan University, Mount Mercy University and the University of Dubuque. We are continuing to work with other colleges and universities across the state to benefit all employees. Please contact George Ramsey at or 319-784-2067 if you have any questions. 

Kaplan University offers “A Different School of Thought” for Four Oaks employees. Flexible online learning for more than 180 programs, including associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs in business, information technology, criminal justice, health sciences. For more information, please call Rachel Holland at 319-363-0481 or by email at
Mount Mercy University offers a 10% tuition discount for any full-time Four Oaks employee who is enrolled in our accelerated, graduate and online programs. The 5 and 10 week course schedules along with evening classes allow for you to maintain a job, spend time with family and friends, and still pursue your degree all while completing the program. Please contact Graduate and Accelerated Admissions Recruiter, Tyler Poldervaart  at 319-640-3895 or  for more information.
The University of Dubuque invites the staff of Four Oaks to consider the University of Dubuque’s Cedar Rapids LIFE campus to complete, or pursue, a bachelors or masters degree through their five-week, face to face program. For adult learners, ages 23 and over, enroll now to receive a 50% tuition discount per credit hour on courses offered on weekday evenings at their location at the Cedar Rapids LIFE Center. Visit their website at, or contact Angie Etscheidt, Director of LIFE Admission-Cedar Rapids at 319-775-0204 or for more information.

HR Mission Statement

Our mission is to earn the trust and respect of our most valuable asset, our employees, to continually strengthen them in their work and to help them achieve success in their careers, in order to achieve our goal of hiring and retaining the best work force in the industry and of being a preferred social services employer.

HR Team

Karen Bruess, HR Director

Danielle Graham, SR. Human Resources Manager

Sue Schantz, Payroll Manager

Ronda Welper, Benefit’s Manager

Mindy Foltz, HR Generalist
(563) 468-2348

Tom Blankenheim, Recruiter

Kim Corkery, HR Assistant

Richalle Nash

Matthew Lechtenberg, Records Technician


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Contact: Sue Schantz
Phone: (319) 784-2022

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