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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 2020 Board and Committee Members

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

2020 Greater Des Moines Partnership Board: Executive Committee
Name Representing
Tom Mahoney, Chair ITA Group, Inc.
Frank Buie, Vice Chair Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Co.
Rowena Crosbie, Vice Chair Tero International, Inc.
Mike McCoy, Secretary/Treasurer NCMIC
Kathryn Kunert, Past Chair MidAmerican Energy Company
Doug Beech Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Hon. Robert Brownell Polk County
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jake Christensen Christensen Development
Jeff Chungath Telligen
Marta Codina Wells Fargo & Co.
Hon. Frank Cownie City of Des Moines
Christy Gooding GuideOne Insurance
Cory Harris Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Mike Helak U.S. Bank
Dan Houston Principal
Steve Lacy Meredith Corporation
Hon. Gary Lorenz City of Ankeny
Gene Meyer Greater Des Moines Partnership
Beth Nigut EMC Insurance Companies
Judd O'Connor Corteva Agriscience™
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Dan Pitcher FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Darren Rebelez Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Betty Ridout Bankers Trust
Bob Ritz MercyOne
Jeff Rommel Nationwide
John Ruan IV Ruan Companies
Eric Simon Norwalk Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Snyder GuideOne Insurance
David Stark UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Hallie Still-Caris Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Scott Sundstrom Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Andrew Traeger John Deere
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Greater Des Moines Partnership Board: Directors
Name Representing
Tom Mahoney, Chair ITA Group, Inc.
Frank Buie, Vice Chair Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Co.
Rowena Crosbie, Vice Chair Tero International, Inc.
Mike McCoy, Secretary/Treasurer NCMIC
Kathryn Kunert, Past Chair MidAmerican Energy Company
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Gene Meyer Greater Des Moines Partnership
Doug Beech Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Beth Nigut EMC Insurance Companies
Jake Christensen Christensen Development
Hallie Still-Caris Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Betty Ridout Bankers Trust
Eric Simon Norwalk Chamber of Commerce
Mike Helak U.S. Bank
Scott Sundstrom Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Christy Gooding GuideOne Insurance
Miriam Erickson Brown Anderson Erickson Dairy
Jeff Chungath Telligen
Judd O'Connor Corteva Agriscience™
Joe Gatto City of Des Moines
Sean Pelletier EMC Insurance Companies
Dan Pitcher FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Jessica Snyder GuideOne Insurance
Georgia Van Gundy Hy-Vee, Inc.
Rosalind Fox John Deere
Karl Keeler MercyOne
Tom Harty Meredith Corporation
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Jeff Rommel Nationwide
Robert Brownell Polk County
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Amy Friedrich Principal
Don Coffin Ruan Companies/Bankers Trust
Allen Jones Register Media
David Stark UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Kay Kemp Voya Financial
Cory Harris Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Tod Moriarty Wells Fargo & Co.
Frank Cownie City of Des Moines
Steve Van Oort Polk County
Gary Lorenz City of Ankeny
Robert Andeweg City of Urbandale
Steve Gaer City of West Des Moines
Ted Corrigan Des Moines Water Works
Kim Augspurger Des Moines Public Schools
Kim Augspurger Saxon, Inc.
Tim Coonan Davis Brown Law Firm
Tessie Johnson PricewaterhouseCoopers
Kyle Krause Kum & Go
Brian Laurenzo Brick Gentry, P.C.
Tim Coonan Davis Brown Law Firm
Jeff Russell Delta Dental of Iowa
Rick Tollakson Hubbell Realty Company
Mike Tousley The Weitz Company
Teri Wahlig ChildServe
Steve Zumbach Belin McCormick, P.C.
Tom Leners Madison County Development Group
Sarah Gomez Midwest Partnership Development Corporation
Rachel Gocken Warren County Economic Development Corporation
Chris Nelson West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Maldonado Clive Chamber of Commerce
Rebecca Hillmer Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Patti Hood Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
Sid Juwarker Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
Greg Edwards Catch Des Moines
Kristi Knous Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Rob Denson Des Moines Area Community College
Tom Ahart Des Moines Public Schools
Angela Walker Franklin Des Moines University
Marty Martin Drake University
Wendy Wintersteen Iowa State University
Elisabeth Buck United Way of Central Iowa
Brad Buck Waukee Community School District
Jessie Cruise Young Professionals Connection
Darren Rebelez Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Billi Hunt Cultivation Corridor
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Affiliate Presidents' Council
Name Representing
Eric Simon, Chair Affiliate Presidents' Council
Julia Johnson, Past Chair Affiliate Presidents' Council
Rebecca Hillmer Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce
Steve Olsen Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce
Patti Hood Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
Crystal Trunnel Bondurant Chamber of Commerce
Matt Monson Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Maldonado Clive Chamber of Commerce
Sid Juwarker Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
Randy Sackett FuseDSM
Joel Mills Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce
Ben Butzke Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
Mark Kolpin Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce
Heather Hulen Indianola Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie Van Veldhuizen Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Kevin Stittsworth Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
Jerry Parkin Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Travis Stanley Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark Putnam Pella Area Community & Economic Development (PACE)
Hon. Curt Gause Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce
Jon Johnson Polk City Chamber and Economic Development Corp.
Michele Reeves Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Bob Baumgart Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Chris Nelson West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Shelby Bobbett Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce
Louisa Dykstra Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Economic Development Board
Name Representing
Todd Ashby Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Doug Beech Casey's General Stores, Inc.
Tony Braida Bankers Trust
Brian Buethe Grimes Chamber and Economic Development
Kristi Christensen John Deere Des Moines Works
Ted Corrigan Des Moines Water 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
Jim Gelina Andersen Windows
Greg Halford Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Michael Helak U.S. Bank
Craig Ibsen NextLevel Ventures
Michael Kulik Davis Brown Law Firm
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Jay Larsen Nationwide
Jeff Lorenzen American Equity Investment
Alex Lynch East Polk Innovation Collaboration
Jim Masterson LightEdge Solutions, Inc.
Brent Mathiesen FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Matt McCoy Polk County Board of Supervisors
Ginger Miller Corteva Agriscience™
Lucas Nelson MedPharm Iowa
Gary Palmer Prairie Meadows
Steve Shupp Alliant Energy
Ross Wendell CenturyLink
Ben Woline EFCO
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Talent Development
Name Representing
Beth Nigut, Chair EMC Insurance Companies
Annette Adams Nationwide
Naki Allen Des Moines Public Schools
Lori Chesser Davis Brown Law Firm
Marci Chickering Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Lonnette Dafney Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Rob Denson Des Moines Area Community College
Rachel Falahpour Iowa WORKS/Iowa Workforce Development
Justin Haas Young Professionals Connection
Chick Herbert NCMIC
Kate Hightshoe Hubbell Realty Company
MD Isley Des Moines Area Community College
Damon Jackson Wells Fargo & Co.
Dave Leto Palmer Group
Sheena Mahan NCMIC
Renee Miller United Way of Central Iowa
Melissa Ness Aureon
Greg Nichols Iowa Student Loan
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
Mondale Smith EMC Insurance Companies
Maureen Taylor Des Moines Public Schools
Georgia Van Gundy Hy-Vee, Inc.
Scott Venerable Businesssolver
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Business Resources and Community Development Board
Name Representing
Betty Ridout, Chair Bankers Trust
Brad Botos Great Western Bank
Elaine Castelline Prairie Meadows
Justin Brown Downing Construction
Howard Eaton AFLAC
Craig Erickson Shive-Hattery
Jenica Johnson Mid Iowa SBDC
Karen Kuhn Nationwide
Sara Larson West Bank
Kevin Lentz Performance Marketing
Joe Nguyen Anytime Fitness
Mark Roth BrownWinick Law Firm
Mike Vaughn BDI Signs
Troy Vincent Navigate Wellbeing
Eric White Estes Construction
Geoff Wood Gravitate
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Downtown 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 Baker Daniels
Nate Barber Belin McCormick, P.C.
Alex Briggs Nationwide
David Brown Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Jay Byers Greater Des Moines Partnership
Steve Carlson Wells Fargo & Co.
Jeff Chelesvig Des Moines Performing Arts
Frank Cownie City of Des Moines
Chris Curran R&R Realty Group
Lorin Ditzler Downtown Chamber
Bob Douglas Davis Brown Law Firm
Kevin Farley Principal
Kyle Gamble Hubbell Realty Company
Ryan Grant Iowa Wolves
Sharon Krause Kum & Go
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Austin Lewis Downtown Neighborhood Association
Bob Link EMC Insurance Companies
Josh Mandelbaum City of Des Moines
Jenny McCoy Meredith Corporation
Matt McCoy Polk County Board of Supervisors
Gene Meyer Greater Des Moines Partnership
Andrea Morse ARAG
Jonathan Napier BrownWinick Law Firm
Gunnar Olson Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Sid Ramsey UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
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
Brad Schoenfelder Ryan Companies
Julie Stewart Downtown Events Group
Sandy Swanson MercyOne
Greg Wattier Slingshot Architecture
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Communications Board
Name Representing
Christy Gooding, Chair GuideOne Insurance
Emily Abbas Bankers Trust
Sarah Boese Polk County Board of Supervisors
Sara Bonney Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Annette Bravard Pella Corporation
Sarah Buckley EMC Insurance Companies
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
Kate Gibson Overby Kum & Go
Scott Gojkovich NCMIC
Tina Hoffman MidAmerican Energy Company
Lydia Hornung John Deere Des Moines Works
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™
Kevin Stittsworth Knoxville Hospital
Joey Taylor-Moon Hubbell Realty Company
Andy TeBockhorst United Way of Central Iowa
Laura Vanden Bosch MercyOne
Amanda Wanke Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Nancy Wiles FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Jen Schulte City of Des Moines
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Marketing and Public Relations Committees
Marketing Committee
Jordan Beynon Lessing-Flynn
Ryan Bratvold BrownWinick Law Firm
Sara Brown Des Moines Business Record
Kim Connors McGill Junge Wealth Management
Carly Flaws Goodwill of Central Iowa
Katie Forst Exec1 Aviation
Erin Hockman Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Cindy Hughes Anliker UnitedHealthcare
Kendra Kelly Meyocks
Renee Murphy CJM Financial
Mark Nichols Wells Fargo & Co.
Alex Rich Trilix Marketing Group
Laura Sarcone Des Moines Water Works
Rachel Wegmann Blackbird Investments
Public Relations Committee
Jolene Bopp American Heart Association
Chris Conetzkey Des Moines Business Record
Carly Flaws Goodwill of Central Iowa
Tom Flynn Lessing-Flynn
Kristin Hurd Hurd Real Estate
Kayla Kovarna Des Moines International Airport
Jon Miller Trilix Marketing Group
Jordan Rose ChildServe
Laura Sarcone Des Moines Water Works
Elizabeth Sporrer Vermeer Corporation
Sarah Todd MercyOne
Amy Varcoe Waukee Community School District
Nancy Wiles FBL Financial Group, Inc.
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Operation Downtown
Name Representing
Carissa Schmidt, Chair Principal
Michael Anderson Principal
Joe Baughman Nationwide
Lisa Coate Nationwide
Chris Coleman Des Moines City Council
Mike Crowley Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Chris Della Vedova Confluence
Niki DePhillips Kum & Go
John Egan Principal
Sam Gelb The Graham Group, Inc.
James M. Grant Jr. Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Rachel Holst Wells Fargo & Co.
TJ Jacobs Blackbird Investments
Karen Karr BrownWinick Law Firm
Kent Mauck Encore Properties
David Mazzarella Real Capital Solutions/Ryan Companies
Cindy McCauley EMC Insurance Companies
Brad Meister Ruan 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 Rowen Polk County
Tim Rypma RE Properties
John Schwechel Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Steve Stupka Lawmark Capital, Inc.
Sandra Swanson MercyOne
Chris Terhark Deloitte
Greg Wattier Slingshot Architecture
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 Inclusion Council
Name Representing
Kate Hightshoe, Chair Hubbell Realty Company
Micah Kiel, Vice Chair Wells Fargo & Co.
Vicki Comegys, Past Chair Catch Des Moines
Amanda Banks BirdDogHR
Kristi Burma Athene
Becky Campbell John Deere Financial
Becky Coady ABI Foundation
Lisa Coate Nationwide
Jacob Cummings Des Moines Public Schools
Mark Danes Des Moines University
Marvin DeJear Des Moines Area Community College/Evelyn K. Davis Center
Samantha Digmann Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Sharon Fife Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Whitney Ford Bankers Trust
Joe Gonzalez Latino Festival / DMPD
Sherry Gupta CultureAll
Heather Hooks Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Nu Huynh Iowa Asian Alliance
Negus S. Imhotep Urban Dreams
Robin Jenkins EMC Insurance Companies
Jesse Jordan Iowa National Guard
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 Iowa
Jackie Norris Goodwill of Central Iowa
Tim Perkins Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs
Amanda Porter Corteva Agriscience™
Courtney Reyes One Iowa
Claudia Schabel Schabel Solutions
Amber Smith Catch Des Moines
Pat Steele Central Iowa Works
Sailu Timbo Hy-Vee, Inc.
Kim Vasquez Aerotek
Amy Vokoun Palmer Group
Angela Weekley Veridian Credit Union
Nicholas Wuertz Lutheran Services in Iowa
  Updated Jan. 2020
2020 International Trade Council
Name Representing
Jayne Armstrong U.S. Small Business Administration
Daryl Bouwkamp Vermeer Corporation
Tony Braida Bankers Trust Company
Kavilash Chawla Baton Global, LLC
Steve Dickinson Cozen O'Connor
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 Bankers Trust
CJ Morton Des Moines/Crossroads Cold Storage
Tom Murphy Accumold
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. 2020
2020 Young Professionals Connection
Name Representing
Jessie Cruise, President Principal
Ryan Bruner, Past President Dwolla
Justin Haas, President-Elect American Red Cross
Phil Kreznor, Secretary and Treasurer Value Wealth Management
Abigail Weatherwax, Community Engagement Director Intoxalock
Peter Myers, Professional Development Chair Graduate Student in Education
Steve Mulligan, Volunteer Chair Clean Harbors Environmental
Taylor Larson, Civic Chair LS2group
Greg Lin, Diversity and Culture Chair Drake University
Karter Smith, Marketing Chair Baton Global
Brandon Bock, Membership Chair Midwest Heritage Bank
Matt McGuire, Impact Downtown Chair Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Ryan Rohlf, Social Chair Keller Williams Greater Des Moines
Mason Sander, Athletics Coordinator Denman & Company, LLP
Ashley Randel, Social Media Coordinator Customer Experience Consultants (CEC)
Jared Lanning, Webmaster Farm Bureau Financial Services
  Updated Jan. 2020