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Resides: “In the suburbs.” Rural Liscomb to be exact.

Hometown: Marshalltown


Family: I have been married to Chris Fuchsen four years. We have a son, Foster, 1. My parents – Debbie and Steve McCann of Marshalltown – have been married 43 years. I have four siblings, Erin (Gabe Moeller) and Michael (Sylvia) McCann of Marshalltown, Kathleen of Ames and John, deceased.

Pets: We have a pack of rescue dogs consisting of two terrier mixes, a collie, and Labrador retriever.

Hobbies and interests: When the state isn’t experiencing a severe drought, my husband and I love to camp and canoe along the Iowa River. We also enjoy growing thistle, button weeds, and even some vegetables on our little acreage.


Occupations: I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with degrees in psychology, and therapeutic recreation/youth services. Currently, I am working for three different organizations in the human service field. I am employed as a vocational trainer for the Career Development Center in Marshalltown assisting adults with disabilities with a variety of activities such as job training, social/life skills, and community integration. I am the mentor coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I have the opportunity to play ‘match maker’ by connecting adult volunteers with children who need a positive role model. Lastly, I am employed as a caseworker for Lutheran Services of Iowa where I help adults and children with disabilities meet their goals in a one-on-one setting.


Book: “The Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein.

Movie: “The Sandlot,” directed by Sam Weisman.

Food: I love Mexican food.


Best part of living here: Marshalltown has been good to me, but I love living in the country. In the summer, we sit on our front porch with a cold drink and watch the sunset. It is the perfect way to end the day!

Most influential persons: My family has played a major role in shaping my personality and values. They are my support system and my best friends. I have also learned a great deal from the participants at the CDC the last few years. I hope they have benefitted from our relationship as much as I have!

Advice on life: “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” And as an owner of rescue dogs, I’m going to borrow a quote from Bob Barker: “Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered.”

15 Minutes is a Saturday feature about central Iowans involved in their communities. The standard question and answer format lends itself to be answered in approximately 15 minutes. To submit a nomination, or to participate, contact Times-Republican Staff Writer Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com