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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 2019 Board and Committee Members

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

2019 Greater Des Moines Partnership Board: Executive Committee
Name Representing
Kathryn Kunert, Chair MidAmerican Energy Company
Randy Edeker, Vice Chair Hy-Vee, Inc.
Tom Mahoney, Vice Chair ITA Group, Inc.
Gerard Neugent, Secretary/Treasurer Knapp Properties, Inc.
Dan Houston, Past Chair Principal
Robert Andeweg City of Urbandale
Robert Brownell Polk County
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jake Christensen Christensen Development
Jeff Chungath Telligen
Marta Codina Wells Fargo & Co.
Frank Cownie City of Des Moines
Rowena Crosbie Tero International, Inc.
Christy Gooding GuideOne Insurance
Greg Halford Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Mike Helak U.S. Bank
Laura Jackson Wellmark
Julia Johnson Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce
Bruce Kelley EMC Insurance Companies
Steve Lacy Meredith Corporation
Eugene Meyer Greater Des Moines Partnership
Greg Nichols Iowa Student Loan
Judd O'Connor Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Stacey Pellett John Deere Company
Suku Radia
Betty Ridout Bankers Trust Company
Bob Ritz MercyOne
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.
Andrew Traeger John Deere Financial
  Updated Jan. 2019
2019 Greater Des Moines Partnership Board: Directors
Name Representing
Tom Ahart Des Moines Public Schools
Kim Augspurger Saxon, Inc.
Jim Brannen FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Elisabeth Buck United Way of Central Iowa
Marta Codina Wells Fargo & Co.
Don Coffin Bankers Trust Company
Tim Coonan Davis Brown Law Firm
Ted Corrigan Des Moines Water Works
Jessie Cruise Young Professionals Connection
Tom Deimerly Marshalltown Regional Partnership
Rob Denson Des Moines Area Community College
Louisa Dykstra Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
Greg Edwards Catch Des Moines
Nora Everett Principal
Rosalind Fox John Deere Des Moines Works
Angela Franklin Des Moines University
Steve Gaer City of West Des Moines
Joe Gatto City of Des Moines
Billi Hunt Cultivation Corridor
Tessie Johnson PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Allen Jones Register Media/LOCALiQ
Karl Keeler MercyOne
Kristi Knous Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Brian Laurenzo Brick Gentry P.C.
Frank Liebl Newton Development Corporation
Gary Lorenz City of Ankeny
Laura Manatt Poweshiek Iowa
Marty Martin Drake University
Mike McCoy NCMIC Group, Inc.
Matt McKinney West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Sean Pelletier EMC Insurance Companies
Laurie Rasanen Voya Financial
Aaron Rector Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Remy West Des Moines Community Schools
Jeff Russell Delta Dental of Iowa
Scott Seeliger Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
Rick Tollakson Hubbell Realty Company
Mike Tousley The Weitz Company, LLC
Sheila Treu Clive Chamber of Commerce
Steve Van Oort Polk County
Teri Wahlig ChildServe
Wendy Wintersteen Iowa State University
Steve Zumbach Belin McCormick, P.C.
  Updated Jan. 2019
2019 Affiliate Presidents' Council
Name Representing
Julia Johnson, Chair Affiliate Presidents' Council
Jonathan Koester, Past Chair Affiliate Presidents' Council
Alicia Hadfield Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Peggy Harmeyer Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce
Michele Starkenburg Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
Crystal Trunnel Bondurant Chamber of Commerce
Lynn Schattner Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce
Sheila Treu Clive Chamber of Commerce
Scott Seeliger Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
Ryan Anderson FuseDSM
Jeff Holschuh Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce
Andrea Sabus Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
Shane Hart Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce
Andy English Indianola Chamber of Commerce
Aaron Rector Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Megan McKay Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
Jerry Parkin Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Eric Simon Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark Putnam Pella Area Community & Economic Development (PACE)
Joe Shepherd Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce
Jon Johnson Polk City Chamber and Economic Development Corp.
Pat Pithan Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Ray Meister Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Matt McKinney West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
David Pargulski Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce
Louisa Dykstra Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
  Updated Jan. 2019
2019 Economic Development Board
Name Representing
Todd Ashby Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Doug Beech Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Tony Braida Bankers Trust Company
Brian Buethe Grimes Chamber and Economic Development
Kristi Christensen John Deere Des Moines Works
Chris Costa Knapp Properties, Inc.
Rob Denson Des Moines Area Community College
Steve Dickinson Cozen O'Connor
Kevin Foley Des Moines International Airport
Amy Friedrich Principal
Grant Friesth Wells Fargo Bank
Steven Gaer R&R Realty Group
Greg Halford Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Michael Helak U.S. Bank
Craig Ibsen NextLevel Ventures
Michael Kulik Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Jay Larsen Nationwide
Jeff Lorenzen American Equity Investment
Alex Lynch East Polk Innovation Collaboration
Jim Masterson LightEdge Solutions, Inc.
Ginger Miller DuPont Pioneer
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Joe Pauley Andersen Windows, Storm Door Division
Steve Shupp Alliant Energy
Roger Soener FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Bill Stowe Des Moines Water Works
Matt McCoy Polk County Board of Supervisors
Scott Venerable Mercer
Ross Wendell CenturyLink
Ben Woline EFCO
  Updated Feb. 2019
2019 Talent Development
Name Representing
Greg Nichols, Chair Iowa Student Loan
Tom Ahart Des Moines Public Schools
Michael Anderson Principal
Sara Bath Iowa Workforce Development
Lori Chesser Davis Brown Law Firm
Marci Chickering Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Vicki Comegys Catch Des Moines
Lonnette Dafney Federal Home Loan Bank - Des Moines
Rob Denson Des Moines Area Community College
Justin Haas Young Professionals Connection
Staci Harper-Bennett Youth Leadership Initiative
Chick Herbert NCMIC Professional Services
Craig Jackman Paragon IT
Damon Jackson Wells Fargo & Co.
Kelsey Knowles Belin McCormick, P.C.
Melody Maxted Nationwide
Renee Miller United Way of Central Iowa
Melissa Ness Aureon
Beth Nigut EMC Insurance Companies
Lisa Remy West Des Moines School District
Karen Rieck FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Jackie Rolow SHAZAM, Inc.
Matt Romkey Mercy College of Health Sciences
Mondale Smith Berkley Agribusiness
Georgia Van Gundy Iowa Business Council
  Updated Jan. 2019
2019 Business Resources and Community Development Board
Name Representing
Betty Ridout, Chair Bankers Trust Company
Elaine Castelline, Past Chair Prairie Meadows
Matt Connolly Iowa Realty
Brad Botos Great Western Bank
Justin Brown Downing Construction
Howard Eaton AFLAC
Craig Erickson Shive-Hattery
Jenica Johnson SBDC
Karen Kuhn Nationwide
Sara Larson American Trust and Savings Bank
Kevin Lentz Performance Marketing
Joe Nguyen Anytime Fitness
Betty Ridout Bankers Trust Company
Mark Roth BrownWinick Law Firm
Lynn Schattner Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce
Mike Vaughn BDI Signs
Troy Vincent Navigate Wellbeing
Eric White Estes Construction
Geoff Wood Gravitate
  Updated Jan. 2019
2019 Downtown Board
Name Representing
Jake Christensen, Co-Chair Christensen Development
Hallie Still-Caris, Co-Chair Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Emily Abbas Bankers Trust Company
Mike Abbott Faegre Baker Daniels
Nate Barber Belin McCormick, P.C.
David Brown Wellmark
Teri Button Principal
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Steve Carlson Wells Fargo & Co.
Jeff Chelesvig Des Moines Performing Arts
Frank Cownie Mayor, City of Des Moines
Lorin Ditzler Downtown Chamber
Bob Douglas Davis Brown Law Firm
Justin Doyle Blackbird Investments
Kyle Gamble Hubbell Realty Company
Michael Gartner Jr. Iowa Cubs
Ryan Grant Iowa Wolves
Sharon Krause Kum & Go
Katheryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Austin Lewis Downtown Neighborhood Association
Bob Link EMC Insurance Companies
Josh Mandelbaum City of Des Moines
Jenny McCoy Meredith
Matt McCoy Polk County Board of Supervisors
Gene Meyer Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jonathan Napier BrownWinick Law Firm
Gunnar Olson Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Sid Ramsey UnityPoint Health
Dave Remund Drake University
Paul Rottenberg Orchestrate Hospitality
John Ruan IV Ruan Companies
Kris Saddoris Economic Development Chair
Scott Sanders City of Des Moines
Carissa Schmidt Operation Downtown Chair
Julie Stewart Downtown Events Group
Brian Tessau Nationwide
Greg Wattier Slingshot Architecture
Mike Wegner MercyOne
  Updated Feb. 2019
2019 Communications Board
Name Representing
Christy Gooding, Chair GuideOne Insurance
Emily Abbas Bankers Trust Company
Kristie Bell Athene
Sarah Boese Polk County
Sara Bonney Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Annette Bravard Pella Corporation
Steve Carlson Wells Fargo & Co.
Sally Dix Bravo Greater Des Moines
Angie Fagervik-Chia UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Mike Gerrish Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Scott Gojkovich NCMIC
Lydia Hornung John Deere Des Moines Works
Lisa Hamilton EMC Insurance Companies
Ben Handfelt Catch Des Moines
Tina Hoffman MidAmerican Energy Company
Mike Moore Nationwide
Gunnar Olson Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Dean Kathleen Richardson Drake University
Sharyl Sauer Corteva Agriscience
Eva Sweet Principal
Joey Taylor-Moon Hubbell Realty Company
Andy TeBockhorst United Way of Central Iowa
Laura Vanden Bosch MercyOne
Amanda Wanke DART
Nancy Wiles Farm Bureau Financial Services
Jen Schulte City of Des Moines
  Updated Jan. 2019
2019 Marketing and Public Relations Committees
Marketing Committee
Jordan Beynon Lessing-Flynn
Chris Conetzkey Des Moines Business Record
Erin Hockman DART
Cindy Hughes-Anliker UnitedHealthcare
Angela Jiskoot Lessing-Flynn
Kendra Kelly Meyocks
Mark Nichols Wells Fargo & Co.
Nicole Rasmussen First National Bank
Alex Rich Trilix
Rachel Wegmann Blackbird Investments
Public Relations Committee
Katie Bonner UnitedHealthcare
Jolene Bopp American Heart Association
Alison Cate Goodwill of Central Iowa
Chris Conetzkey Des Moines Business Record
Tom Flynn Lessing-Flynn
Kristin Hurd Hurd Real Estate
Kayla Kovarna American Heart Association
Lauren Vallas McGill Junge Wealth Management
Jon Miller Trilix
Elizabeth Sporrer Vermeer Corporation
Sarah Todd MercyOne
Amy Varcoe Waukee Community School District
Sarah Welch United Way of Central Iowa
Nancy Wiles FBL Financial Services, Inc.
  Updated Jan. 2019
2019 Operation Downtown
Name Representing
Carissa Schmidt, Chair Principal
Karen Karr, Vice Chair BrownWinick Law Firm
Michael Anderson Principal
Joe Baughman Nationwide
Lisa Coate Nationwide
Chris Coleman Des Moines City Council
Mike Crowley Wellmark
Chris Della Vedova Confluence
Niki DePhillips Kum & Go
John Egan Principal
Sam Gelb The Graham Group
James M. Grant Jr. Wellmark
Briget Grindatti Ryan Companies
Rachel Holst Wells Fargo & Co.
TJ Jacobs Blackbird Investments
Kent Mauck Encore Properties
David Mazzarella Cap Square/Real Capital Solutions
Cindy McCauley EMC Insurance Companies
Brad Meister Ruan Center Corporation
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
Kevin Redig Meredith Corporation
John Rowen Polk County
Tim Rypma RE Properties
John Schwechel Federal Home Loan Bank
Steve Stupka Lawmark
Sandra Swanson MercyOne
Chris Terhark Deloitte
Greg Wattier Slingshot Architecture
  Updated Feb. 2019
2019 Inclusion Council
Name Representing
Vicki Comegys, Chair Catch Des Moines
Kate Hightshoe, Vice Chair Hubbell Realty
Amanda Banks, Past Chair BirdDogHR
Kristi Burma Athene
Becky Campbell John Deere Financial
Becky Coady ABI
Lisa Coate Nationwide
Mark Danes Des Moines University
Marvin DeJear Des Moines Area Community College/Evelyn K. Davis Center
Samantha Digmann Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Whitney Ford Bankers Trust Company
Joe Gonzalez Latino Festival
Sherry Gupta CultureAll
Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel One Iowa
Heather Hooks Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Nu Huynh Iowa Asian Alliance
Robin Jenkins State of Iowa
Annette Jorden-Williams GuideOne Insurance
Micah Kiel Wells Fargo & Co.
Michelle Krefft Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Dr. Erin Lane Drake University
Greg Lin Young Professionals Connection
Tiffany Menke Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Sherri Nielsen Easter Seals
Jackie Norris Goodwill Industries
Maureen Norris Des Moines Public Schools
Tim Perkins Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs
John Redlin UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Clair Rudison Urban Dreams
Claudia Schabel Schabel Solutions
Heather Schott Principal
Kayla Smith Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Angela Stewart Pioneer
Sailu Timbo Hy-Vee, Inc.
Kim Vasquez Aerotek
Colleen Walters MercyOne
Angela Weekley Veridian Credit Union
Amanda Wicker Iowa National Guard
Nicholas Wuertz Lutheran Services in Iowa
  Updated Jan. 2019
2019 Youth Leadership Initiative Executive Council
Name Representing
Staci Harper Bennett, Chair Living History Farms
Zachary Walker, Youth Leadership Initiative Director Greater Des Moines Partnership
Christopher White Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Haley Babcock Des Moines Art Center
Katie Michalski Student, Johnston High School
Shaun Boyle Wells Fargo & Co.
Tyler Jufernbruch Student, Indianola High School
Will Keck Student, Waukee High School
Alia Smith Student, Ankeny Centennial
Amanda Martin Drake University
Alex Jones MidAmerican Energy Company
Jaclyn Overton SHIFT Interactive
Bobbi Sullivan Simpson College
Chelsea Moore Grand View University (AmeriCorps)
Justin Anderson Wells Fargo & Co.
Bethany Crouch Wells Fargo & Co.
Stephanie Oppel Robert Ray Center - Drake University
Megan Eischeide Iowa State University
Lily Quade Norwalk High School
Alex Tiengkham East High School
Claire Kelly Waukee High School
Zach Halter Dowling High School
Jenna Lee-Johnson Indianola High School
Jessica Cruz Hernandez Hoover High School
Chandler Schrock Southeast Polk High School
Shelby McCasland Martinsdale St. Marys
  Updated Jan. 2019
2019 International Trade Council
Name Representing
Jayne Armstrong U.S. Small Business Administration
David Basler Kemin Industries, Inc.
Daryl Bouwkamp Vermeer Corporation
Tony Braida Bankers Trust Company
Kavilash Chawla Baton Global, LLC
Steve Dickinson Cozen O'Connor
Phil Harrington Kuder
Brandon Hess Cemen Tech
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 Bankers Trust Company
CJ Morton Des Moines/Crossroads Cold Storage
Tom Murphy Accumold
Kraig Paulsen Iowa State University
Doug Roozeboom RSM
Jason Ross Davis Brown Law Firm
Chris Sackett BrownWinick Law Firm
Alyson Schroer Scarbrough International
Tim Woods International Traders of Iowa
  Updated Jan. 2019
2018 Young Professionals Connection
Name Representing
Ryan Bruner, President CO-OP Financial Services
Abby Rodewald, Past President Heart of Iowa Market Place
Jessie Cruise, President-Elect Principal
Phil Kreznor, Secretary and Treasurer Value Wealth Management
Kendra Simmons, Community Engagement Director Fredrikson & Byron
Jessica Campbell, Volunteer Chair Bankers Trust Company
Jonathan von Arb, Civic Chair Mercer Market Place
Thalia Sutton, Diversity and Culture Chair Yen Press
Brenton Marcum, Marketing Chair Two Rivers Marketing
Brandon Bock, Membership Chair Midwest Heritage Bank
Patrick Binning, Professional Development Chair Softpath LLC / State of Iowa
Paul Maxheimer, Social Chair UnityPoint Health
Kayla Flores, Athletics Coordinator Tarbell & Co. PLC
Eric Fischer, Impact Downtown Coordinator Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Jared Lanning, Webmaster Farm Bureau Financial Services
  Updated Jan. 2019