Dorian, her husband Seth, and two children Ellie and Robbie live in Durant, IA. Dorian has spent her career in education as a teacher, grant manager, administrator, and researcher. She received her BA in Elementary Education/Early Childhood, MA in Early Childhood/Family Support, and Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership Studies with a cognate in Nonprofit Organizations all from the University of Iowa.
Dorian understands as a parent what it is like to have children who need medicine every day to stay alive, as she has two teenagers with Type 1 Diabetes. Her daughter was diagnosed 9 years ago, and her son was diagnosed 4 years ago. During the journey of having two children with a chronic illness, Dorian has become aware of families with children who have a chronic illness, who struggle to pay for the medicine their child needs to stay alive, or receive the medical care necessary to help their child live a healthy and productive life. Her lifelong passion for helping others, especially children, led her to form RoEll Inc., named after her children Robbie and Ellie. Unfortunately, the rising costs of healthcare, insurance, and of these lifesaving medicines in our country have put many families in situations where they have to decide to put food on the table or pay for the medicine that their child/children must have in order to stay alive. While the rising cost of healthcare and these lifesaving drugs are not something she can change, her hope is that this organization can help provide temporary support to families who are struggling to pay for medicine their child needs in order to live and give them hope for a better future.
Dr. DeLong received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Saint Ambrose University. She then attended the University of Iowa where she earned her Medical Doctor degree from the Roy J. & Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. She performed her Anesthesiology Residency training at the University of Iowa Department of Anesthesiology.
Since the conclusion of her medical training in Iowa City, Rebecca has been practicing anesthesiology in the Iowa Quad Cities area for the past 11 years. She practices general operating room anesthesiology with a special interest in orthopedic anesthesia and acute pain management.
"As a physician, I have been witness to many families who cannot afford medical care for their children. It is tough to know that some families must choose between putting food on the table and purchasing necessary medications. As a mom myself, my hope is that through my role in RoEll I can lessen the burden of these decisions on struggling families. Even helping just one family afford medication for a single child is a victory, and I'm excited to watch this organization grow into something that can help many!"
Todd received his bachelors of science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Northern Illinois University and completed his dietetic internship at the University of Iowa to become a registered dietitian in 1996.
He has worked as a food service manager in colleges and healthcare for 20 years. He currently works in process improvement as part of the lean department at Genesis Health System.
“I am excited to be part of the RoEll team. The guiding mission of RoEll is based out of filling a need for a fellow neighbor. As a Christian, it is one very tangible way I can live out my faith and serve.”
Heather has been a Registered Nurse for 18 years. She is currently the nurse for the Wilton Community School District. She also serves on the Wilton Parents for youth board.
I am honored to be a part of RoEll. Having worked in a family practice clinic and now at the school I know first-hand how families struggle with the expected and unexpected costs of health care. It is great to be part of such a wonderful organization founded by a true inspiration. Managing a family with two children affected by type 1 diabetes while working, maintaining a household, and founding a nonprofit organization to help other children in need is amazing. I’m glad to call her my friend for over 35 years.
Brian and Andrea received their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. They have worked as inpatient pharmacists for 14 years and currently work for UnityPoint Health - Trinity.
They have seen first-hand how prescription costs can affect medication adherence and negatively impact a child’s health. They are excited to be part of an organization that assists families struggling to afford life-saving medications. With three children of their own, they know how stressful it can be for parents trying to keep their children well.