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Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Recognizes 2015 Community Leadership Program Graduates

May 21, 2015

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute announces the graduation of 49 leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors who participated in the Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program.  The nine-month course raises awareness of the needs and challenges that affect the region and builds leadership skills to help participants become better community stewards. 

Each year, the Community Leadership Program class members select four civic engagement projects that benefit local non-profits and facilitate meaningful leadership experiences. The Class of 2015 made a lasting impact on the community through their work with the following organizations:

Beacon of Life
Beacon of Life has helped over 5,000 women become productive, self-sufficient members of the community by providing the tools and resources needed to break the cycle of homelessness. The project team raised cash and in-kind donations to renovate eight bathrooms throughout the home, helping 32 women in crisis feel proud of their spaces and confident as they build better lives.

Youth Emergency Shelter Services
Since 1973, YESS has served as a child-welfare agency, providing emergency shelter, crisis care, and counseling services for 1,200 children each year, from newborn to age 17. The project team coordinated the collection and purchase of all items needed to complete 32 bedrooms in the building’s new wing, providing a safe, at-home environment for kids.

Central Iowa Shelter and Services
The mission of CISS is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults, regardless of physical or emotional conditions, to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency. The project team served as consultants, using their experience and expertise, to identify ways to generate sustainable, unrestricted revenue to support CISS programs and services. Their efforts lead to the installation of a new irrigation system for microgreen garden beds and the development of a community advocacy circle.

Community Youth Concepts
Since 2008, CYC has promoted the use of positive youth development principles to assist students in skill development and community engagement. Operating seven during and after-school programs, working with more than 19 schools, CYC has impacted over 12,000 students with mentoring, philanthropy and educational opportunities. The project team created a Youth Enrichment Center that included reading areas, a computer lab and storage areas, providing kids a supportive place to interact and learn.

The following individuals will be recognized at the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Honors luncheon today, May 21st, for their successful completion of the Community Leadership Program:

Sophia Ahmad, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra & Academy

Aubrey Alvarez, Eat Greater Des Moines

Lauren August, ITA Group

Charley Campbell, Kum & Go, L.C.

Jamie Campos, Des Moines Embassy Club

Carrie Clogg, Kum & Go, L.C.

Dan Corron, Denny Elwell Company

Brian Damman, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Ashley Danielson, Trilix

Michael Dayton, Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Chris Deal, MODUS Engineering

Brenna Finnerty, UnityPoint Health Foundation

Trina Flack, Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tara Hall, Davis Brown Law Firm

Becky Hansel, INVISION planning | architecture | interiors

Scott Hedderich, Renewable Energy Group

Rocio Hermosillo, Bankers Trust

Brad Hershberger, McGladrey

Kara Hogue, McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C.

Ashley Holter, Business Publications Corporation, Inc.

Tim Hoskins, Quester

Michelle Huggins, Shive-Hattery, Inc.

Jill Johnson, Simpson College

Melissa Jurgens, Charles Saul Engineering, Inc.

Karen Karr, BrownWinick Law Firm

Carrie Kruse, City of Des Monies

Jason Kurth, Diocese of Des Moines

Eugenia Kutsch-Stanton, DuPont Pioneer

Sara Lehan, American Enterprise Group, Inc.

Jeff Liggett, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Colleen MacRae, Dickinson Law Firm

Traci McBee, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Matt McKinney, BrownWinick Law Firm

Mandi McReynolds, Drake University

David Nelmark, Belin McCormick, PC

Ashleigh O'Connell, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.

Emily Osweiler, YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Liz Proctor, Dwolla

Cassandra Pudenz, TMG Financial Services

Lonnetta Ragland, DuPont Pioneer

Sarah Ramsey, United Way of Central Iowa

David Seybert, City of Des Moines Police Department

Sean Simonis, Meredith Corporation

Travis Simpson, Northwest Bank

Jerit Tripp, Gilbert & Cook, Inc.

Cheryl Tuttle, Des Moines Art Center

Matt Unger, Food Bank of Iowa

Lori Vande Krol, Life Made Simple, LLC

Jeremy Weiss, Sogeti USA

About Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is Central Iowa’s premier community leadership development organization.  Through community-wide education and service projects, the Leadership Institute develops, connects, inspires, and challenges community leaders to greater public awareness, commitment, and involvement to improve the overall quality of life in our community.  Since 1982, more than 1,800 leaders have graduated from the Leadership Institute’s programs.  Learn about the Leadership Institute by visiting gdmli.com.