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Boards & Committees

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is led by business, civic and community leaders and industry experts.

The Partnership's 2021 Board and Committee Members

See below for members of The Partnership's Board of Directors and other boards, committees and councils.

2021 Greater Des Moines Partnership Board: Executive Committee
Name Representing
Fred Buie, Chair Keystone Electrical Manufacturing
Rowena Crosbie, Vice Chair Tero International, Inc.
Mike McCoy, Vice Chair NCMIC Group, Inc.
Sean Vicente, Secretary/Treasurer KPMG LLP
Tom Mahoney, Past Chair ITA Group
Matt Ahmann Principal
Lane Arthur John Deere
Kim Augspurger Saxton Inc.
Annette Bravard Pella Corporation
Robert Brownell Polk County
Ben Butzke Grimes Chamber of Commerce
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jake Christensen Christensen Development
Marta Codina Wells Fargo Bank
Chris Costa Knapp Properties
Hon. Frank Cownie City of Des Moines
Steve Gaer City of West Des Moines
Cory Harris Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Tom Harty Meredith Corporation
Dan Houston Principal
Scott Jean EMC Insurance Companies
Karl Keeler MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
Micah Kiel Wells Fargo Bank
Karen Kuhn Nationwide
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Beth Nigut EMC Insurance Companies
Judd O'Connor Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Dan Pitcher FBL Financial Group
Jeff Rommel Nationwide
John Ruan IV Ruan Companies
Jessica Snyder GuideOne Insurance
David Stark UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Hallie Still-Caris Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Tiffany Tauscheck Greater Des Moines Partnership
Rick Tiwald Deloitte
Georgia Van Gundy Hy-Vee, Inc.
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Greater Des Moines Partnership Board: Directors
Name Representing
Fred Buie, Chair Keystone Electrical Manufacturing
Rowena Crosbie, Vice Chair Tero International, Inc.
Mike McCoy, Vice Chair NCMIC Group, Inc.
Sean Vicente, Secretary/Treasurer KPMG LLP
Tom Mahoney, Past Chair ITA Group
Tom Ahart Des Moines Public Schools
Matt Ahmann Principal
Robert Andeweg City of Urbandale
Lane Arthur John Deere
Kim Augspurger Saxton Inc.
Annette Bravard Pella Corporation
Robert Brownell Polk County
Elisabeth Buck United Way of Central Iowa
Ben Butzke Grimes Chamber of Commerce
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jake Christensen Christensen Development
Jeff Chungath Telligen
Don Coffin Ruan Companies/Bankers Trust
Tim Coonan Davis Brown Law Firm
Ted Corrigan Des Moines Water Works
Chris Costa Knapp Properties
Frank Cownie City of Des Moines
Jeff Davidson Jasper County
Suzanna de Baca Business Publications Corporation
Rob Denson Des Moines Area Community College
Peter Diliberti Wells Fargo Bank
Clint Dudley Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Greg Edwards Catch Des Moines
Carla Eysink Marion County
Rosalind Fox John Deere
Amy Friedrich Principal
Kristi Fuller Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Steve Gaer City of West Des Moines
Justin Haas Young Professionals Connection
Cory Harris Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Tom Harty Meredith Corporation
Billi Hunt Cultivation Corridor
Scott Jean EMC Insurance Companies
Carlos Jeer Marshall County
Karl Keeler MercyOne Des Moines
Kay Kemp Voya Financial
Micah Kiel Wells Fargo Bank
Kristi Knous Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Kyle Krause Kum & Go
Karen Kuhn Nationwide
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Grant Kvalheim Athene
Heather Lilienthal Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
Gary Lorenz City of Ankeny
Josh Mandelbaum City of Des Moines
Marty Martin Drake University
Beth Nigut EMC Insurance Companies
Judd O'Connor Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Dan Pitcher FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Pete Randol Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
Darren Rebelez Casey's
Lisa Remy West Des Moines Schools
Jeff Rommel Nationwide
Mark Rupprecht R&R Realty
Jeff Russell Delta Dental of Iowa
Jessica Snyder GuideOne Insurance
David Stark UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Hallie Still-Caris Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Tiffany Tauscheck Greater Des Moines Partnership
Rick Tiwald Deloitte
Rick Tollakson Hubbell Realty Company
Georgia Van Gundy Hy-Vee, Inc.
Steve Van Oort Polk County
Angela Walker Franklin Des Moines University
Paul Waltz Shazam
Shannon Welch Register Media
Therese Wielage West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Wendy Wintersteen Iowa State University
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Affiliate Presidents' Council
Name Representing
Ben Butzke, Chair Affiliate Presidents' Council
Eric Simon, Past Chair Affiliate Presidents' Council
Kristi Fuller Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Makenzie Moburg-Appleton Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce
Heather Lilienthal Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Leslie Foley Bondurant Chamber of Commerce
Tyler Villiard Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce
Lindsey Ellis Clive Chamber of Commerce
Amanda Wiebers Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
John Kendeigh Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce
Randy Sackett FuseDSM
Daniel Willrich FuseDSM
Clinton Webster Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce
Ben Butzke Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
Darcy Swick Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce
Amanda Ripperger Indianola Chamber of Commerce
Shane Goodman Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Sara Roberts Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Pugh Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Benjamin Pearson Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark Putnam Pella Area Community & Economic Development (PACE)
Curt Gause Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce
Jon Johnson Polk City Chamber and Economic Development Corp.
Clint Dudley Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Travis Gaule Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Therese Wielage West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Pete Randol Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Economic Development Board
Name Representing
Chris Costa, Chair Knapp Properties, Inc.
Todd Ashby Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Doug Beech Casey's
Tony Braida Ruan Companies / Bankers Trust
Ted Corrigan Des Moines Water Works
Rob Denson Des Moines Area Community College
Steven Dickinson Cozen O'Connor
Kevin Foley Des Moines International Airport
Grant Friesth Wells Fargo Bank
Steven Gaer R&R Realty Group
Jim Gelina Andersen Windows
Michael Helak U.S. Bank
Craig Ibsen NextLevel Ventures
Michael Kulik Dentons Davis Brown
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Jay Larsen Nationwide
Jeff Lorenzen American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
Jim Masterson LightEdge Solutions, Inc.
Brent Mathiesen FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Ron Matthews Firestone Agricultural Tire Co.
Matt McCoy Polk County
Ginger Miller Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Brad Pitz Principal
Steve Shupp Alliant Energy
Ross Wendell Lumen Technologies
Ben Woline EFCO Corp
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Talent Development
Name Representing
Beth Nigut, Chair EMC Insurance Companies
Annette Adams Nationwide
Naki Allen Des Moines Public Schools
Michael Anderson Principal
Tom Bosch Shive Hattery
Lori Chesser Dentons Davis Brown
Marci Chickering Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Beth Coonan Brown Winick
Justin Haas Young Professionals Connection
Chick Herbert NCMIC Group, Inc.
Michael Hoffman Des Moines Area Community College
MD Isley Des Moines Area Community College
Damon Jackson Wells Fargo Bank
Micah Kiel Wells Fargo Bank
Dave Leto Palmer Group
Sheena Mahan NCMIC Group, Inc.
Dan McElroy Corteva
Charles Mercer Des Moines Public Schools
Renee Miller United Way of Central Iowa
Melissa Ness Aureon
Greg Nichols Iowa Student Loan
Jon Noll CDS
Lisa Remy West Des Moines Community Schools
Karen Rieck FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Nick Roach Paragon IT
Jackie Rolow SHAZAM, Inc.
Matt Romkey Mercy College of Health Sciences
Matt Ruehling Des Moines Golf & Country
Mondale Smith EMC Insurance Companies
Georgia Van Gundy Hy-Vee, Inc.
Scott Venerable Businesssolver
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Business Resources and Community Development Board
Name Representing
Karen Kuhn, Chair Nationwide
Betty Ridout, Past Chair Bankers Trust
Brad Botos Great Western Bank
Justin Brown Downing Construction
Elaine Castelline Prairie Meadows
Howard Eaton AFLAC
Craig Erickson Shive Hattery
Travis Gaule Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce / Edward Jones
Jenica Johnson SBDC
Johnathan Koester Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce / Koester Development
Sara Larson West Bank
Kevin Lentz Anthologic
Joe Nguyen Anytime Fitness
Mark Roth BrownWinick Attorneys at Law
Mike Vaughn BDI Signs
Troy Vincent Navigate Wellbeing
Eric White Estes Construction
Geoff Wood Gravitate
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Downtown Development Board
Name Representing
Jake Christensen, Co-Chair Christensen Development
Hallie Still-Caris, Co-Chair Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Emily Abbas Bankers Trust
Mike Abbott Faegre Drinker
Matt Anderson City of Des Moines
Alex Briggs Nationwide
David Brown Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jeff Chelesvig Des Moines Performing Arts
Chris Curran R&R Realty Group
Kyle Gamble Hubbell Realty Group
Rob Gavora MercyOne Des Moines
Becky Gibson Wells Fargo Bank
Derek Johnson ISG
Karen Karr Operation Downtown Representative
Ardis Kelly Federal Home Loan Bank
Sharon Krause Kum & Go
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Josh Mandelbaum City of Des Moines
Farnaz Maters Principal
Jenny McCoy Meredith Corporation
Matt McCoy Polk County Board of Supervisors
Andrea Morse ARAG Group
Sid Ramsey UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Terry Rosendahl Excell Brands
Paul Rottenberg Orchestrate Hospitality
John Ruan IV Ruan Companies
Kris Saddoris Hubbell Realty Group / Downtown Economic Development Chair
Brad Schoenfelder Ryan Companies
Julie Stewart Prairie Meadows / Downtown Events Group
Todd Strother EMC Insurance Companies
Tiffany Tauscheck Greater Des Moines Partnership
Greg Wattier Slingshot Architecture
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Communications Board
Name Representing
Annette Bravard, Chair Pella Corporation
Christy Gooding, Past Chair GuideOne Insurance
Sarah Boese Polk County
Sara Bonney Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Sarah Buckley EMC Insurance Companies
Sally Dix Bravo Greater Des Moines
Angie Fagervik-Chia UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Tory Flynn Athene
Kate Gibson Overby Kum & Go
Scott Gojkovich NCMIC Group, Inc.
Erin Hockman Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Tina Hoffman MidAmerican Energy Company
Lydia Hornung John Deere Des Moines Works
Kassi Hoxmeier MercyOne Des Moines
Erica Jensen Principal
Brock Konrad Catch Des Moines
Mike Moore Nationwide
Gunnar Olson Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Dean Kathleen Richardson Drake University
Sharyl Sauer Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Jen Schulte City of Des Moines
Kevin Stittsworth Knoxville Hospital
Joey Taylor-Moon Hubbell Realty Company
Andy TeBockhorst United Way of Central Iowa
Nancy Wiles Farm Bureau Financial Services
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Marketing and Public Relations Committees
Marketing Committee
Jordan Beynon Lessing-Flynn
Ryan Bratvold BrownWinick Law Firm
Sara Brown Des Moines Business Record
Jessica Brown Des Moines Christian
Kim Connors McGill Junge Wealth Management
Carly Flaws Goodwill of Central Iowa
Cindy Hughes Anliker UnitedHealthcare
Kendra Kelly Meyocks
Rick Pallister Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Alex Rich Trilix Marketing Group
Laura Sarcone Des Moines Water Works


Public Relations Committee
Jolene Bopp American Heart Association
Jessica Brown Des Moines Christian
Rhonda Clark MercyOne Des Moines
Chris Conetzkey Des Moines Business Record
Carly Flaws Goodwill of Central Iowa
Tom Flynn Lessing-Flynn
Kristin Hurd Hurd Real Estate
Marcia Kent Athene
Kayla Kovarna Des Moines International Airport
Jon Miller Trilix Marketing Group
Katie Petru Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Laura Sarcone Des Moines Water Works
Elizabeth Sporrer Vermeer Corporation
Amy Varcoe Waukee Community School District
Jeff White Flynn Wright
Nancy Wiles FBL Financial Group, Inc.
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Operation Downtown
Name Representing
Michael Anderson Principal Financial Group
Joe Baughman Nationwide
Lisa Coate Nationwide
Amy Cose Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Chris Della Vedova Confluence
John Egan Principal Financial Group
Jim Grant Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Briget Grindatti Ryan Companies
Jeff Hatfield The Graham Group
Rachel Holst Wells Fargo Bank
TJ Jacobs Blackbird Investments
Karen Karr BrownWinick Law Firm
Niki Mason Kum & Go
Kent Mauck Encore Properties
David Mazzarella Real Capital Solutions
Cindy McCauley EMC Insurance Companies
Randy Minear Terrus Real Estate Group
Cheryl Moore Hubbell Realty Company
Erin Olson-Douglas City of Des Moines
Angie Pfannkuch Christensen Development
Joe Price R&R Realty Group
Sid Ramsey UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Kevin Redig Meredith Corporation
John Ruan IV Ruan Companies
Tim Rypma RE Properties
Carissa Schmidt Principal Financial Group
John Schwechel Federal Home Loan Bank
Steve Stupka Lawmark Capital Inc.
Chris Terhark Deloitte
John Tyler Polk County
Greg Wattier Slingshot Architecture
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Inclusion Council
Name Representing
Micah Kiel, Chair Wells Fargo Bank
Sailu Timbo, Vice Chair Hy-Vee, Inc.
Erica Acosta State of Iowa
Amanda Banks BirdDogHR
Quincy Bland UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Becky Coady Iowa Association of Business and Industry
Lisa Coate Nationwide
Jacob Cummings Des Moines Public Schools
Mark Danes Des Moines University
Sharon Fife Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Whitney Ford Ruan Companies / Bankers Trust
Joe Gonzalez Latino Festival / DMPD
Sherry Gupta CultureAll
Jesse Hall Iowa National Guard
Kate Hightshoe
Ngan Hoang Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel Proteus Inc.
Heather Hooks Federal Home Loan Bank of DSM
Mary Hunter Goodwill of Central Iowa
Angela Jackson Athene
Robin Jenkins EMC Insurance Companies
Annette Jordan LCS
Michelle Krefft Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Dr. Erin Lane Drake University
Tiffany Menke Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Sherri Nielsen Easter Seals
Manisha Paudel City of Des Moines
Tim Perkins Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs
Amanda Porter Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Amber Ramirez Central Iowa Works
Courtney Reyes One Iowa
Claudia Schabel Schabel Solutions
Negus S. Imhotep Urban Dreams
Amber Smith Catch Des Moines
Jade Song Iowa Asian Alliance
Amy Vokoun Palmer Group
Angela Weekley Veridian Credit Union
Megan Winge Young Professionals Connection
Nicholas Wuertz Lutheran Services in Iowa
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 International Trade Council
Name Representing
Tony Braida, Co-Chair Ruan Companies / Bankers Trust
Steve Dickinson, Co-Chair Cozen O'Connor
Jayne Armstrong U.S. Small Business Administration
Daryl Bouwkamp Vermeer Corporation
Kavilash Chawla Baton Global, LLC
Phil Harrington Kuder
Adam Hill Scarbrough International
Billi Hunt Cultivation Corridor
Aaron Johnson Accumold
Peggy Kerr Iowa Economic Development Authority
Li Zhao Mandelbaum China Iowa Group
Julie Masimore Ruan Companies / Bankers Trust
CJ Morton Des Moines Cold Storage Co., Inc.
Tom Murphy Accumold
Catherine Muth U.S. Department of Commerce / Commercial Service
Doug Roozeboom RSM
Jason Ross Dentons Davis Brown
Chris Sackett BrownWinick Law Firm
Alyson Schroer Scarbrough International
Tim Woods International Traders of Iowa
  Updated Jan. 2021
2021 Young Professionals Connection
Name Representing
Justin Haas, President American Red Cross Serving Greater Iowa
Jessie Cruise, Past President Principal
Gregory Lin, President-Elect Drake University
Vish Gajerawala, Treasurer John Deere
Abigail Weatherwax, Community Engagement Director Intoxalock
Ashley Randel, Professional Development Chair TPI Plumbing Contractors/Vibe & Co.
Addison O'Connor, Volunteer Chair Kathleen Stahl Travel
Maddie Wilcox, Civic Chair Advocacy Strategies
Megan Winge, Diversity and Culture Chair NCP Inc.
Ngozi Igbokwe, Marketing Chair Principal
Patrick Kading, Membership Chair Global Atlantic Financial Group/Iowa Army National Guard
Amal Barre, IMPACT Downtown Chair CommonBond Communities
Amy Luong, Social Chair LS2group
Jacob Boyle, Athletics Coordinator Central Health Chiropractic
Kaylea Wilde, Social Media Coordinator Work & People Analytics
  Updated September 2021