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Young Professionals Connection Announces 2016 Board Of Directors

February 29, 2016

Young Professionals Connection (YPC), an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, has announced its 2016 board of directors. Board members began their term on Jan. 1.

The 2016 Board

President: Cory W. Sharp, FEH Design

President-Elect: Abby Rodewald, Genus Landscape Architects

Past President: Emilee Richardson, Science Center of Iowa

Treasurer/Secretary: Mackenzie Hawk, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

At Large: Alyssa Nicolai, KDSM Fox 17

Charitable Chair*: Nick Peterson, National Kidney Foundation

Civic & Culture Chair: Josh Strief, Elverson, Vasey & Abbott, LLP

Community Relations Chair: Mandy McWherter, Conference Event Management

Diversity Chair**: Brandon Pollard, Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps

Marketing Chair: Becky Sidles, Big Green Umbrella Media

Membership Chair: Jarret Sheets, Lone Wolf Financial

Professional Development Chair: Alex Duong, Mediacom Communications

Social Chair: Abby Belvin, West Financial Advisors

Ambassador Coordinator: Sarah Mowery, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

Athletics Coordinator: Chris Ajluni, Northwestern Mutual

Business Relations Coordinator: Chelsea Ochylski, Drake University

Impact Downtown Coordinator: Ryan Bruner, The Members Group

Social Media Coordinator: Lindsay Moeller, Hanser & Associates

Student Relations Coordinator: Jessie Nemesi, Storey Kenworthy

Webmaster: Kate Rutledge, RDG Planning and Design

“We are thrilled to lead this organization, which is now 600-members strong, into its next chapter,” said YPC President Cory W. Sharp. “If you are a young professional looking to build your network or looking to shape our community, we hope that you will be involved in the organization. YPC has always been fortunate to have the support of the business community, and we look forward to working even more closely with business leaders this year.”

For more information about YPC, please visit YPCDSM.com.


About Young Professionals Connection

YPC's mission is to promote an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in Greater Des Moines. Our efforts focus on connecting young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable and professional development endeavors. YPC is a program of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa for more than 125 years. Together with 21 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and 5,700 business members, The Partnership drives economic growth and careers through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration. We foster an environment where residents are empowered to live their passions and shape our community, making Greater Des Moines the best place in the world to build a business and life.

 * (Note: The Charitable Committee has since changed to the Volunteer Committee)

**(Note: The Diversity Committee has since changed to the Diversity and Culture Committee)