Nelson Honored as Recipient of 9 Who Care

Team Epiphany

Marion, Iowa – Epiphany, a Corridor public relations and marketing firm, announced today that their spark team leader, Christa Nelson, has been nominated and chosen for KCRG’s 9 Who Care Award

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“Christa dedicates a substantial amount of time and talent to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Beyond offering a low hourly rate to nonprofit organizations, her firm selects several nonprofits to routinely receive donated services. She also is very passionate about personally serving in her community.” Says Dr. Mollie Marti, CEO of the National Resilience Institute, and the nominator for Nelson.

The 9 Who Care Award recieves candidate nominations through the entire month of November, but is only given to nine winners, who are then featured on a KCRG broadcast. Of those nine original winners, a finalist will be chosen by a panel of judges to go on a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Eastern Iowa in a national race for a Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award.

I am humbled and honored to be nominated and so thankful for my thoughtful clients like Mollie. It is the work they do that inspires me each day.” says Nelson. “I am literally living the dream, waking up everyday doing work that I love for organizations that I am passionate about with people I enjoy! What more could a girl ask for?

Her nominator shared that Christa has always been an advocate for nonprofits, passionate about giving back to her community through the donation of her time, creative talents, and treasures. To accentuate this, for her fiftieth birthday she decided to launch the 50 weeks campaign – dedicating each week to giving back, acts of kindness and helping one of five nonprofits up until her fiftieth. This campaign is all about helping out and giving back, shows the welcoming and caring spirit that allowed for her nomination for the 9 Who Care.  

As one of the chosen 9 Who Care, Nelson and the other recipients will be honored at a reception on February 15th, at the Hotel Kirkwood. The honorees are also awarded a monetary prize that can be designated to a nonprofit of the recipients choosing. Nelson announced last week that the National Resilience Institute would be her organization of choice to receive the funds. Stating the work that NRI is doing to build resilience is invaluable and much deserving of the donation.  


Photo cred: Naomi Hulteng of Rockadot

Christa Nelson, MBA is the owner of Epiphany, a women-owned business that provides a full-range of services, including strategic planning and fundraising, brand identity and storytelling, digital marketing and web design, social media and media relations. Christa holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, and graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Business Administration. She is an adjunct instructor at Mount Mercy University and a LIFE instructor at the University of Dubuque. Christa serves as a Marion Chamber Ambassador (Red Coat) and on the boards of the Friends of Czech Village and Marion Cares. She volunteers regularly for Linn-Mar Foundation, Attachment & Trauma Network, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Antioch Christian Church. Christa and her husband, Carlos, reside in Marion and are the proud parents of three young men, a godson and a grandson. Visit for more information.

Epiphany, a women-owned business, provides strategic tactical marketing services to businesses and non-profits, including strategic planning, brand identity and storytelling, digital marketing and web design, social media and media relations. The company’s brand promise is to be the creative spark you need to ignite your legacy. The growing agency offices out of Marion, Iowa and MERGE in Iowa City. The power packed team led by Christa Nelson, a gifted encourager and natural brand influencer helping firms of all sizes grow big dreams. Visit for more information.

KCRG – is an ABC/My network TV affiliate television station servicing Cedar Rapids communities and the Eastern Iowa market.  The station is owned by Gray Television and is very active in the community it serves. For more information visit

National Resilience Institute (NRI) – is a nonprofit organization that envisions a nation where every person feels connected to community and supported to thrive. Simply put, NRI helps the helpers. In order to build a more resilient nation, they guide those working in their own communities to help others thrive and support people impacted by trauma. Their evidence-informed programs translate the language of science into practical tools that grow human resilience. Through vibrant collaboration and innovation, they create powerful solutions that strengthen our youth, military families, crisis responders, and organizations, both locally and across the country. For more information about NRI, their leadership and their belief that we all have a right to thrive visit