Romaine (Ro) Foege was born in George, Iowa on September 1, 1938. At the time of his birth, is parents, Reverend Henry and Frieda
Foege, had just returned to Northwest Iowa following their service as pioneer Lutheran missionaries in Papua New Guinea.
After the second grade, Ro attended Pocahontas Community school where he graduated from high school in 1956. He attended Wartburg College in Waverly, earning a BA degree with a Social Work major in 1960. His part-time college job at a residential treatment center for children sparked his life-long interest in working with children and families.
Subsequently, Ro obtained a Master's of Social Work degree at the University of Iowa in 1963. He received additional training and certification in Psychotherapy from the Alfred Adler Institute of Minnesota.
Since 1963, Ro has been involved in a wide variety of professional and voluntary human service and community activities. While with the Linn County Dept. of Human Services, he developed their foster family program. Later, while working as a consultant with the Linn County Juvenile Court as administrator of Catholic Charities in Cedar Rapids, Ro was a founding board member of both Four Oaks and Alternative Services. He also served on the Marion Independent School Board.
Since 1978, Ro has been a School Social Worker with Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids. In 1992, he was named Iowas School Social Worker of the Year. Ro has been recognized with awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Coalition for Family and Childrens Services in Iowa, and Alternative Services for Youth and Families, commending his work as an advocate for children and families in Iowa.
Ro was first elected to the Iowa House in 1996, campaigning primarily on educational, environmental, and health issues. During the past two years, Ro has been the ranking Democrat on the Human Resources Committee. In that role, he continues to help shape policies that effect the health and well-being of Iowans of all ages.
Ro is married to Susan Salter. They have lived in Mt. Vernon since 1979. Susan works as a Partnership Consultant with Grant Wood AEA and is the Regional Coordinator for Early ACCESS, Iowas system of early childhood intervention services. Ro and Susan are the parents of 5 adult children and seven grandchildren.
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