The History Center Adds Three New Board Members

At The History Center’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 22, three new members were elected to the History Center’s Board of Directors. Our full board list can be viewed here.


Patrick Allen is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Rockwell Collins. Additionally, he is an executive officer of Rockwell Collins. Previously, Patrick held the position of vice president and controller of the company’s Commercial Systems business. Patrick joined Rockwell Collins in 2001 as vice president of Finance and treasurer. Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, he served in various roles at Rockwell International, including vice president and treasurer, vice president of Financial Planning and assistant controller. He also worked six years as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and is a certified public accountant.

Patrick is a member of the board of directors for Alliant Energy. He also serves on the board for Waypoint Services, a local Cedar Rapids charity; the Alzheimers Association of East Central Iowa and the Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation. He is also a member of the Financial Executives International and the MAPI CFO Council.


Shannon Hanson is the current Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way of East Central Iowa.  Before being promoted to this position, she worked as the Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications.

Shannon has been working in marketing and communications since 2003, including positions at Greater Peoria Family YMCA, YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area, and TrueNorth Companies. While working at TrueNorth, Shannon won the 2014 Corridor Business Journal Woman of Influence award. She is currently a member of the NewBo City Market Board and worked on the NewBo City Market Grand Opening committee. She has been involved with several other organizations, including Cedar Rapids Metro North Rotary, Murals and More, Junior League of Cedar Rapids, and ImpactCR.

Shannon received her BBA in Marketing and BS in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Iowa. She also holds certificates in Graphic Design and Event Management from Kirkwood Community College.


Brian Scott owns and operates ThnkItThru, LLC, a business assistance consultancy for small and medium sized businesses. He has extensive professional experience in the Banking, Insurance, Information Services, and Mutual Fund lines of business. Before establishing ThnkItThru, LLC, Brian held positions at NXT Bank, AEGON/Transamerica, The Brian Scott Organization, BICS Banking System, Banks of Iowa Computer Services, Inc., Burroughs Corporation, Triple ES Ltd, and The Turner Company.

Brian just retired from the board of Unity Point Health Care in Cedar Rapids, and currently is on the Boards of Four Oaks, Go Cedar Rapids, Abbe Health, the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center, and Physicians Plus Insurance Company of Madison, Wisconsin, a Unity Point Affiliate.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Truman University, plus several graduate hours towards an MA in the fields of History and Economics.