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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 2022 Board and Committee Members

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

2022 Greater Des Moines Partnership Board: Executive Committee
Name Representing
Rowena Crosbie, Chair Tero International
Mike McCoy, Vice Chair NCMIC Group, Inc.
David Stark, Vice Chair UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Fred Buie, Past Chair
Mike Helak, Secretary/Treasurer U.S. Bank
Robert Andeweg City of Urbandale
Lane Arthur John Deere
Anant Bhalla American Equity
Annette Bravard Pella Corporation
Robert Brownell Polk County
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jake Christensen Christensen Development
Chris Costa Knapp Properties
Frank Cownie City of Des Moines
Marta Codina Wells Fargo
Clint Dudley Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Onnalee Gettler MidAmerican Energy
Cory Harris Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Dan Houston Principal Financial
Scott Jean EMC Insurance Companies
Erica Jensen Dotdash Meredith
Karen Kuhn Nationwide
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Beth Nigut EMC Insurance Companies
Andy Noga GuideOne Insurance
Judd O'Connor Corteva Agriscience
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Dan Pitcher FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Jeff Rommel Nationwide
John Ruan IV Ruan Companies
Hallie Still-Caris Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Tiffany Tauscheck Greater Des Moines Partnership
Sailu Timbo Hy-Vee, Inc.
Rick Tiwald Deloitte
Georgia Van Gundy Hy-Vee, Inc.
Mike Wegner MercyOne
  Updated Jan. 2022
2022 Greater Des Moines Partnership Board: Directors
Name Representing
Rowena Crosbie, Chair Tero International
Mike McCoy, Vice Chair NCMIC Group, Inc.
David Stark, Vice Chair UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Fred Buie, Past Chair
Mike Helak, Secretary/Treasurer U.S. Bank
Robert Andeweg City of Urbandale
Lane Arthur John Deere
Anant Bhalla American Equity
Annette Bravard Pella Corporation
Robert Brownell Polk County
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
Suzanna de Baca Business Publications Corporation
Brad Deets City of Waukee
Rob Denson Des Moines Area Community College
Paul Dorsey Wells Fargo
Mike Downing Athene
Clint Dudley Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Greg Edwards Catch Des Moines
Rosalind Fox John Deere
Amy Friedrich Principal
Rob Gavora MercyOne
Onnalee Gettler MidAmerican Energy
Allan Graham Johnston Chamber of Commerce
John Hall Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce
Cory Harris Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Mark Holm City of Ankeny
Billi Hunt Cultivation Corridor
Ngozi Igbokwe Young Professionals Connection
Scott Jean EMC Insurance Companies
Erica Jensen Dotdash Meredith
Kristi Knous Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Kyle Krause Kum & Go
Karen Kuhn Nationwide
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Josh Mandelbaum City of Des Moines
Julie Mangels Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
Marty Martin Drake University
Beth Nigut EMC Insurance Companies
Andy Noga GuideOne Insurance
Judd O'Connor Corteva Agriscience
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Dan Pitcher FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Pete Randol Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
Darren Rebelez Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Dr. Lisa Remy West Des Moines Schools
Jeff Rommel Nationwide
Mark Rupprecht R&R Realty
Jeff Russell Delta Dental of Iowa
Mary Sellers United Way of Central Iowa
Matt Smith Des Moines Public Schools
DJ Soults Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Hallie Still-Caris Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Tiffany Tauscheck Greater Des Moines Partnership
Sailu Timbo Hy-Vee, Inc.
Rick Tiwald Deloitte
Rick Tollakson Hubbell Realty Company
Russ Trimble City of West Des Moines
Georgia Van Gundy Hy-Vee, Inc.
Steve Van Oort Polk County
Paul Waltz SHAZAM, Inc.
Dr. Angela Walker Franklin Des Moines University
Paul Waltz Shazam
Shannon Welch LOCALiQ & Des Moines Register
Wendy Wintersteen Iowa State University
Hollie Zajicek City of Norwalk
In Transition Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce
  Updated Jun. 2022
2022 Affiliate Presidents' Council
Name Representing
Clint Dudley, Chair Affiliate Presidents' Council
Ben Butzke, Past Chair Affiliate Presidents' Council
Thomas Book Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Josh Dunwoody Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce
Julie Mangels Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Leslie Brandt Bondurant Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Dix Bondurant Chamber of Commerce
Mathew Wanderscheid Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce
Staci Fjelland Clive Chamber of Commerce
Jaclyn Taylor Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
Cheryl Tuttle Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
Jason Stuyvesant Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce
Carolyn Jenison FuseDSM
Daniel Willrich FuseDSM
Clinton Webster Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce
Ryleah Cross Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
Lauren Augustin Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce
Mimi Kelly Indianola Chamber of Commerce
Allan Graham Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Chris Gordon Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
Mark Baudler Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Lindsey Aaron Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark Putnam Pella Area Community & Economic Development (PACE)
Austin Bittner Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce
Brandon Converse Polk City Chamber and Economic Development Corp.
Christy Jones Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
DJ Soults Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Angela Jackson West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Pete Randol Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
  Updated Feb. 2022
2022 Economic Development Board
Name Representing
Chris Costa, Chair Knapp Properties, Inc.
Todd Ashby Des Moines Area MPO
Doug Beech Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Jim Bowman Alliant Energy
Charley Campbell Kum & Go
Kristi Christensen John Deere
Ted Corrigan Des Moines Water Works
Rob Denson Des Moines Area Community College
Steve Dickinson Cozen O'Connor
Carla Eysink Marion County
Kevin Foley Des Moines International Airport
Grant Friesth Wells Fargo
Jim Gelina Andersen Windows, Storm Door Division
Nick Gerhart Homesteaders Life Company
Michael Helak U.S. Bank
Dr. Nick Honkamp DMOS Orthopaedic Centers
Craig Ibsen NextLevel Ventures
John Irving Tri-City Electric Co.
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Ryan Loecher EFCO Corp
Jeff Lorenzen American Equity Group
Jim Masterson LightEdge Solutions
Brent Mathisen FBL Financial Group
Ron Matthews Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Ginger Miller Corteva Agriscience
Lucas Nelson MedPharm Iowa
Hon. John Norris Polk County
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Joel Pitz Principal
Adam Plagge City of Johnston
Jason Stone Dentons Davis Brown
Ray Warner Aureon
  Updated Feb. 2022
2022 Talent Development Board
Name Representing
Beth Nigut, Chair EMC Insurance Companies
Annette Adams Nationwide
Ahmed Agyeman Des Moines Area Community College
Naki Allen Des Moines Public Schools
Michael Anderson Principal
Tom Bosch Shive Hattery
Kristi Burma Athene
Nick Callison BKD CPA's & Advisors LP
Lori Chesser Dentons Davis Brown
Marci Chickering Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Mike Cisney U.S. Bank
Beth Coonan Dentons Davis Brown
Rebecca Day Amazon
Chick Herbert NCMIC Group, Inc.
MD Isley Des Moines Area Community College
Micah Kiel Wells Fargo
Dave Leto Palmer Group
Sheena Mahan NCMIC Group, Inc.
Dan McElroy Corteva Agriscience
Charles Mercer Des Moines Public Schools
Renee Miller United Way of Central Iowa
Melissa Ness Aureon
Greg Nichols Iowa Student Loan
Jon Noll CDS Global
Dannie Patrick Young Professionals Connection
Mark Phillips Bank Iowa
Karen Reick FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Lisa Remy West Des Moines Community Schools
Nick Roach Paragon IT
Jackie Rolow SHAZAM, Inc.
Matt Romkey Mercy College of Health Sciences
Matt Ruehling Des Moines Golf & Country
Arturo Sanchez Iowa Workforce Development
Ben Vallier The Iowa Clinic
Georgia Van Gundy Hy-Vee, Inc.
Scott Venerable USI Consulting Group
Tray Wade EveryStep
  Updated Feb. 2022
2022 Business Resources and Community Development Board
Name Representing
Karen Kuhn, Chair Nationwide
Betty Ridout, Past Chair Bankers Trust
Joe Benesh Downtown Chamber / Ingenuity Group
Brad Botos Great Western Bank
Annie Brandt Bank of America
Justin Brown Downing Construction
Elaine Castelline Prairie Meadows
Deidre DeJear Financial Empowerment Center
Howard Eaton Aflac
Craig Erickson Shive Hattery
Leslie Foley Brand Bondurant Physical Therapy
Jenica Johnson Mid Iowa SBDC
Christy Jones Urbandale Chamber of Commerce / Accelerate Action Coach
Sara Larson West Bank
Kevin Lentz Performance Marketing
Joe Nguyen Anytime Fitness
Benjamin Pearson Edward Jones / Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce
Betty Ridout Bankers Trust
Eric Simon Shyft Collective
Mike Vaughn BDI Signs
Troy Vincent Navigate Wellbeing
Eric White Estes Construction
Geoff Wood Gravitate
  Updated Jan. 2022
2022 Downtown DSM Board
Name Representing
Jake Christensen, Co-Chair Christensen Development
Hallie Still-Caris, Co-Chair Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Emily Abbas Bankers Trust
Michael Abbott Faegre Drinker
Matt Anderson City of Des Moines
Alex Briggs Nationwide
Brandon Brown Downtown Neighborhood Association
David Brown Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Chris Curran R&R Realty Group
Dan Drendel Slingshot Architecture
Kyle Gamble Hubbell Realty Group
Rob Gavora MercyOne
Becky Gibson Wells Fargo
Ryan Grant Iowa Wolves
Yannick Habimana Young Professionals Connection Impact Downtown Chair
Kate Hightshoe QCR Holdings, Inc. / CSB
Derek Johnson ISG
Karen Karr BrownWinick Law Firm
Ardis Kelley Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Josh Mandelbaum City of Des Moines
Farnaz Maters Principal
Tom Mathews UnityPoint - Des Moines
Kent Mauck Operation Downtown Representative
Jenny McCoy Dotdash Meredith
Andrea Morse ARAG Group
John Norris Polk County Board of Supervisors
Terry Rosendahl Excell Brands
Kris Saddoris Hubbell Realty Company
Eric Schaffer Young Professionals Connection Impact Downtown Chair
Brad Schoenfelder Ryan Companies
James Smith EMC Insurance Companies
Tiffany Tauscheck Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jaclyn Taylor Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
Amanda Weathers The Lauridsen Group
  Updated Feb. 2022
2022 Downtown Economic Development Council
Name Representing
Matt Anderson City of Des Moines
Amber Battani CORE Construction
Staci Bennett Downtown Des Moines Chamber
Chad Bentzinger Nationwide Corporate Security
Sam Bernabe Iowa Cubs
Spencer Bowers CLMC Insurance
Tim Bratvold Estes Construction
Aaron Chittenden DMACC
Jake Christensen Christensen Development
Brian Clark Ryan Companies
Matt Coen RDG
Chris Costa Knapp Properties, Inc.
Spencer Cox UBS
Dan Drendel Slingshot Architecture
Brian Elliott Olsson
Brandon Foldes SHYFT Collective
Jeff Hatfield The Graham Group, Inc.
Vanessa Howell Des Moines Public Schools
Aaron Hyde JLL
John Irving Tri-City Electric Co.
Thomas Johnson BrownWinick Law Firm
Katherine Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Ron Maahs Trilix
Michael Malone Capital City Investors
Erin Olsen-Douglas City of Des Moines
Jonathan Ramsey BNIM
Chad Rasmussen Christensen Development
John Ruan IV Ruan Companies/Bankers Trust
Kris Saddoris Hubbell Realty
Carissa Schmidt Principal
James Smith EMC Insurance Companies
Julie Stewart Prairie Meadows
Christopher Trosper Hubbell Realty
  Updated Feb. 2022
2022 Downtown Events Committee
Name Representing
Kate Hightshoe, Chair QCR Holidings, Inc./Community State Bank
Emily Abbas Ruan Companies/Bankers Trust
Sarah Boese Polk County Board of Supervisors
Chris Bofinger Principal
Kara Kelly Dotdash Meredith
Joey Taylor-Moon Hubbell Realty Company
  Updated Feb. 2022
2022 DSM Book Festival Committee
Name Representing
Courtney Crowder Des Moines Register
Jan Danielson Kaiser Beaverdale Books
Kay Fenton Smith Des Moines Writers Workshop
Hunter Gillum Beaverdale Books
Kara Kelly Dotdash Meredith
Alice Meyer Beaverdale Books
Tim Paulch Des Moines Public Library
Abby Paxton Storyhouse Bookpub
Emily Schultz Business Publications
Nicole Shalla Community Volunteer
Joey Taylor-Moon Hubbell Realty Company
  Updated Jan. 2022
2022 Downtown Farmers' Market Advisory Committee
Name Representing
Shanen Ebersole Ebersole Cattle Co.
Gary Hoard Kat's Garden
Sarah McCoy The Permanent Collection
Mike Penick Penick's Sweet Corn
Ben Saunders Wabi Sabi Farm
Taufeek Shah Lola's Fine Hot Sauce
Sarah Underberg Agri-Cultured
Jake Whipple Say Cheese Des Moines
  Updated Jan. 2022
2022 Communications Board
Name Representing
Annette Bravard, Chair Pella Corporation
Sarah Boese Polk County
Sara Bonney Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Kari Bricker Principal
Sarah Buckley EMC Insurance Companies
Steve Carlson Wells Fargo
Amanda Carstens Steward Athene
Lori Chappell GuideOne Insurance
Abby Delaney Bankers Trust
Sally Dix Bravo Greater Des Moines
Angie Fagervik-Chia UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Cyndi Harmeyer Fisher Prairie Meadows
Scott Gojkovich NCMIC Group, Inc
Christy Gooding Fidelity & Guaranty Life
Tina Hadden American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
Erin Hockman Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Tina Hoffman MidAmerican Energy Company
Kassi Hoxmeier MercyOne
Erica Jensen Dotdash Meredith
Brock Konrad Catch Des Moines
Mike Moore Nationwide
Gunnar Olson Des Moines Area MPO
Katie Petru Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Tina Pottoff Hy-Vee, Inc.
Teresa Roof Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Sharyl Sauer Corteva Agriscience
Jen Schulte City of Des Moines
Marti Skow John Deere Des Moines Works
Dr. Catherine Staub Drake University
Kevin Stittsworth Affiliate Representative: Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
Joey Taylor-Moon Hubbell Realty Company
Andy TeBockhorst United Way of Central Iowa
Kevin Waetke Sammons Financial Group
Nancy Wiles Farm Bureau Financial Services
  Updated Sept. 2022
2022 Marketing and Public Relations Committees
Marketing Committee
Name Representing
Mallory Armstrong Des Moines Area Community College
Rona Berinobis Athene
Ryan Bratvold BrownWinick Law Firm
Jessica Brown Des Moines Christian School
Sara Brown Des Moines Business Record
Katy Clark F & G
Kim Connors McGill Junge Wealth Management
Megan Grandgeorge Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Cindy Hughes Anliker UnitedHealthcare
Karyn Johnson Midwest Heritage Bank
Kendra Kelly Meyocks
Melissa Lawrence Facebook
Kristi Loeffelholz-Edwards Eide Bailly
Lydia Nevins Delta Dental of Iowa
Cayla Nord Young Professionals Connection (YPC) Board
Alex Rich Trilix
Rachel Rolfes Goodwill of Central Iowa
Cara Shindler Gilbert & Cook
Spencer Shireman R & R Realty
Sarah Stewart Lessing-Flynn


Public Relations Committee
Name Representing
Chris Conetzkey Des Moines Business Record
Tom Flynn Lessing-Flynn
Jodi Gifford NCMIC Group, Inc.
Kristin Hurd Hurd Real Estate
Angela Jiskoot F & G
Jordan Juhl ChildServe
Marcia Kent Athene
Kayla Kovarna Des Moines International Airport
Kristi Loeffelholz-Edwards Eide Bailly
Jon Miller Trilix
Elizabeth Sporrer Vermeer Corporation
Amy Varcoe Waukee Community School District
Ray Warner Aureon
Jeff White Flynn Wright
Nancy Wiles FBL Financial Group, Inc.
  Updated Jan. 2022
2022 Operation Downtown
Name Representing
Karen Karr, Chair BrownWinick Law Firm
Chris Della Vedova, Vice Chair Confluence
Michael Anderson Principal
Joe Baughman Nationwide
Jesse Bunney Lawmark Capital, Inc.
Lisa Coate Nationwide
Amy Cose Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Chris Della Vedova Confluence
Rob Gavora MercyOne
Jim Grant Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Kim Hagedorn Principal
Jeff Hatfield The Graham Group, Inc.
TJ Jacobs CBRE/Hubbell Commercial & 200 10th Street
Jon Kurth Wells Fargo
Niki Mason Kum & Go
Tricia Matthies Ryan Companies
Kent Mauck Encore Properties
David Mazzarella Real Capital Solutions
Randy Minear Terrus Real Estate Group
Cheryl Moore Hubbell Realty Company
Erin Olson-Douglas City of Des Moines
Angie Pfannkuch Sidekick Development
Joe Price R&R Realty Group
Sid Ramsey UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Chad Rasmussen Christensen Development
Carissa Schmidt Principal
John Schwechel Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
James Smith EMC Insurance Companies
Chris Terhark Deloitte
John Tyler Polk County
  Updated Jan. 2022
2022 Inclusion Council
Name Representing
Sailu Timbo, Chair Hy-Vee, Inc.
Annette Jordan, Vice Chair LCS
Erica Acosta State of Iowa
Dr. Ahmed Agyeman Evelyn K. Davis Center
Sophia S. Ahmad MercyOne
Amanda Banks BirdDogHR
Michelle Beacom Amazon
Annie Brandt Bank of America
Lori Chesser Dentons Davis Brown
Felicia Chumley UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Becky Coady Iowa Association of Business and Industry
Lisa Coate Nationwide
Lonnie Dafney EMC Insurance Companies
Molli Davis Greater Des Moines Partnership
Marvin DeJear Greater Des Moines Partnership
Mark Deterding Corteva Agriscience
Whitney Ford Bankers Trust Company
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 Capital Crossroads
Mary Hunter Goodwill of Central Iowa
Angela Jackson Athene
Micah Kiel Wells Fargo
Michelle Krefft Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Eugenia Kutsch Stanton
Dr. Erin Lane Drake University
Tiffany Menke Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Gilmara Mitchell IMT Insurance
Sherri Nielsen Easter Seals
Dannie Patrick Young Professionals Connection
Manisha Paudel City of Des Moines
Tim Perkins Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs
Missy Quaid Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Amber Ramirez Central Iowa Works
Courtney Reyes One Iowa
Jessica Richter BKD CPA's & Advisors LLP
Negus S. Imhotep Urban Dreams
Amber Smith Catch Des Moines
Amy Vokoun Palmer Group
Angela Weekley Veridian Credit Union
  Updated Feb. 2022
2022 Attraction and Retention Council
Name Representing
Ahmed Agyeman DMACC
Michael Anderson Principal
Kimberly Bustamante Goodwill
Beth Coonan Dentons Davis Brown
Anne Cooper Sammons Financial Group
Margaret Hanson Dentons Davis Brown
Zachary Harper Easter Seals
Mary Hunter Goodwill
Alison Luecht Mercy DSM
Marina McCain Farm Bureau Financial Services
Matt McDonald Athene
Becky Metcalf Wellmark
Deidra Meyer Palmer Group
Ahmed Obayes Central Iowa Works
Julie Oswalt GCommerce Inc.
Kristin Percival Sammons Financial Group
Cecily Robinson Young Professionals Connection
Scott Venerable USI Consulting Group
Liza Veren Athene
  Updated Sept. 2022
2022 Global DSM International Council
Name Representing
Tony Braida, Co-Chair Bankers Trust Company
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 Accu-mold
Peggy Kerr Iowa Economic Development Authority
Albert Liu U.S. Department of Commerce / Commercial Service
Julie Masimore Bankers Trust Company
CJ Morton Des Moines Cold Storage / Crossroads Cold Storage
Tom Murphy Accumold
Mark Phillips Bank Iowa
Doug Roozeboom RSM McGladrey
Jason Ross Dentons Davis Brown
Chris Sackett BrownWinick Law
Alyson Schroer Scarbrough International
Tim Woods International Traders of Iowa
Li Zhao Mandelbaum China Iowa Group
  Updated Feb. 2022
2022 Young Professionals Connection
Name
Ngozi Igbokwe, President
Dannie Patrick, President Elect
Greg Linn, Past President
Yolanda Wei, Treasurer / Secretary
Devin Sweeney, Community Engagement Director
Haley Meissen, Professional Development Chair
McKenzie Kerry, Professional Development Chair
Cecily Robinson, Membership Chair
Eric Schaffer, Impact Downtown Chair
Yannick Habimana, Impact Downtown Chair
Samuel Marlkasian, Marketing Chair
Sam Plank, Social Chair
Keith Welch, Volunteer Chair
Jefferson Fink, Civic Chair
Michael Ciabatti, Athletics Coordinator
Cayla Nord, Social Media Coordinator
Sam Schwartz, Webmaster
Updated Nov. 2022