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Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Announces 2019 Community Connect Program Graduates

April 10, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 8th, 2019) – The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is proud to announce the graduation of 29 participants from the Community Connect program.

As a result of building relationships with experienced community leaders and engaging in a curriculum that encouraged discovery of individual purpose, values, and motivations, participants set goals for community involvement. The five-session program started in February and included classroom and small group learning.

“The 29 Community Connect graduates are ready to make a difference in Central Iowa,” says Amy Jennings, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute executive director. “They will be engaged leaders as a result of better understanding themselves, embracing their potential, and leveraging what they learned from the program mentors.”

Graduating participants include: Caryline Clark, Nick Crosse, Raul Cunarro, Catlin Curry, Dan Fitzgerald, Lee Hollatz, Rachelle Hunt Russian, Sarah Jaschen, Mike Jefferson, Lauren Johnson, Jacob Kuperman, Ka’Meka Lowery, Shannon McKinney, Kim McMains, Laura Miller, Robin Mohrfeld, Edward Ngugi, Addie Rasmusson, David Reid, Nicole Schrader, Nathan Scott, Lisa Severino, Ellie Skowronek, Nathan Sniezek, Saranya Subramanian, Rafaela Vidal, Iris Villegas, Brittany Wiederin and Alec Wilcox.

Program mentors include: Doug Bickford, Alzheimer’s Association; Kim Butler, Community State Bank; Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Oakridge Neighborhood Services; Blake Campbell, Best Buddies International; Mary Chapman, Retired, DMACC; Jann Freed, The Genysys Group; Joe Gonzalez, Latino Resources and Heritage Festival; Eric Idehen, Wells Fargo; Natali Justiniano Pahl; Judy McCoy Davis, JMD Consulting; Nader Nasseh, Wells Fargo; Vinh Nguyen, Des Moines Public Schools; Elizabeth Presutti, DART; Barb Preuss, Des Moines Performing Arts; San Wong, Iowa Department of Human Rights; and Mee Yang-Lee, Principal Financial Group.

Participants publicly affirmed their purpose statements and goals for community involvement at a commencement ceremony held on Monday, April 8th, at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. See the participant and mentor lists, and learn more about the Community Connect program at gdmli.com. The program was graciously supported by NCMIC Professional Solutions.

About the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute motivates participants to a higher level of community awareness and involvement to ensure that Central Iowa has a strong flow of leadership well into the future. Its mission is to develop, connect, inspire and challenge community champions through life-changing leadership experiences. Its vision is to cultivate a thriving community for all, served by an endless source of civic stewards. Learn more at gdmli.com.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,400 Regional Business Members and more than 340 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.