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Board of Directors

The YPC Board is made up of 16 board members that are elected annually. To contact any member of our board, click the link below.

President - Ryan Bruner

Ryan Bruner

President

president@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Carroll, IA

Alma Mater:

University of Iowa

Employer:

CO-OP Financial Services

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Outside of work I enjoy taking in live music at Hoyt Sherman Place, Vaudeville Mews, DSM Social Club, or Wooly's. This city has afforded me the opportunity to see amazing artists and it is something that brings so much value to my life. I love seeing plays and musicals at the Civic Center and I am excited for Hamilton in 2018! I enjoy Sunday bike rides around Des Moines while stopping along the way to eat at new restaurants and try local craft brews. This city keeps surprising me. Talk to me in 6 months and my passions may change because the opportunities in Des Moines are endless.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

Des Moines is a city that challenges young people to be involved in shaping the future of this city. Community leaders listen to the opinions of young people because they value the contributions we bring to the city. This attitude cannot be expressed on any top ten list published showcasing Des Moines.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

A Better Iowa Writing Series, CityRide, YP of the Year Awards, Board Restructuring, Sips Samples and Sights

What role has mentorship played in your career?

Mentorship has played an important role in my career. I have received great mentorship from current and past board members of YPC. My mentors have pushed me to take on roles that made me uncomfortable. That stress allowed me grow personally and gain confidence in my ability to take leadership roles in my community. Having this outside perspective has helped me be more reflective and learn more about myself.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

Des Moines needs to utilize the river to our advantage. It needs to be a focal point of the city and give us the ability to attract visitors. I don't quite know how this can be done but it needs to be on the table for discussion in the coming years.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

Cell Phone

What are your words to live by?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

                                                                                    -Winston S. Churchill

President Elect - Jessie Cruise

Jessie Cruise

President Elect

presidentelect@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Bentonville, AR

Alma Mater:

University of Northern Iowa

Employer:

Principal

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Hanging with my hubby, exploring Des Moines, spending time with friends and drinking coffee or craft beer!

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

Des Moines is a true testament to what it means to live in a vibrant, growing town. It has a big city atmosphere and entertainment space, but a small town feel. Des Moines is home.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

One Des Moines, YPC Gala Planning, NEXT Events, Board Goals and planning...and love all of our committee events - my favorite is Sips, Samples, and Sights!

What role has mentorship played in your career?

Mentorship has been a key factor to everything that I have ever engaged in over the course of my career. There are informal mentors that provide advice without even knowing it - I just had to slow down and listen! Mentorship is the base of any great decision I've ever made and I will be forever grateful of that.

What are your words to live by?

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

                                                -Theodore Roosevelt

Past President - Abby Rodewald

Abby Rodewald

Past President

pastpresident@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Hudson, WI

Alma Mater:

Iowa State University

Employer:

Heart of Iowa Market Place

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

I love being active and outdoors. I love biking, running, hiking and spending time with my polar white lab, Emma.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

I enjoy exploring new things in Des Moines. Whether it be trying a restaurant to checking out a new neighborhood or community park.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

Over the past 5 years, I've been involved with just about every YPC project. From my time as Ambassador Coordinator and Athletics Coordinator to President and now Past President.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

My calendar. I'd be lost without it.

Secretary and Treasurer - Philip Kreznor

Philip Kreznor

Secretary and Treasurer

treasurer@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Woodstock, IL

Alma Mater:

Drake University

Employer:

Value Wealth Management

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Recently a first-time homeowner, I enjoy doing the little things around the house and volunteering as part of my neighborhood association (Woodland Heights). I enjoy listening to live music around Des Moines. I have a volunteer role as an alumnus for Delta Sigma Pi (professional business fraternity).

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

It's big enough to have a multitude of opportunities and things going on, but small enough that all those things are easily accessible and doable.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

membership surveys in past years, ambassador program in past years

What role has mentorship played in your career?

It has aided in professional development and decisions with continuing education.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

I would like to see the low head dams (drowning machines) removed from downtown Des Moines.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

AM/FM radio

What are your words to live by?

Decisions are made by those who show up.

Community Engagement Director - Kendra Simmons

Kendra Simmons

Community Engagement Director

commengage@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Salina, KS

Alma Mater:

Baker University
Washburn University
School of Law

Employer:

Attorney at
Fredrikson & Byron

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Nothing beats a great country music concert. Des Moines brings in a wide variety of acts from up-and-comers to major headliners performing at smaller venues (like Wooly's or Nitefall on the River) to Wells Fargo Arena. I also enjoy biking on the trail systems in the greater Des Moines area. Participating in events like the Bacoon Ride or riding on trails and stopping at places like Mullet's are a great way to stay active and have fun while also enjoying the community. In addition, I love reading a variety of books and spending time with friends while exploring local restaurants, breweries, and wineries.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

In addition to the ease and number of opportunities for young professionals to get involved in the community, my single favorite thing would be the Iowa State Fair. I look forward to it every single year!

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

In addition to being on the Impact Downtown and Civic Committees and their events, I helped to plan and coordinate last year's YPC Day at the Ballpark (our annual I-Cubs game event).

What role has mentorship played in your career?

Mentorship has allowed me to learn from the experiences of others in developing my own style of practice. It's also shown me the importance of mentoring younger attorneys and sharing learning opportunities with them.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

I would love to see YPC develop more of a face within the business community and for business leaders outside of YPC to recognize the value YPC brings to Des Moines. I look forward to working toward this goal as Community Engagement Director.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

Email and Twitter

What are your words to live by?

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

                                                                                                      - John Wesley

Professional Development Chair - Peter Myers

Peter Myers

Professional Development Chair

prodevelopment@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Houston, TX

Alma Mater:

Iowa State University
Drake University

Employer:

Graduate Student in Education

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Outside of working with students and grad classes, I spend a lot of my time socializing with fellow YPC members and volunteering with organizations such as Junior Achievement and DECA. I also love to travel the world and explore the Midwest too.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

I truly love the "Iowa Nice" atmosphere in Des Moines. Everyone is very friendly and down-to-earth in Des Moines and across the Midwest. There are social and professional groups for everyone and there is always something to do in Des Moines with friends. In the summer you'll find me at the Farmer's Market and in the fall you'll find me tailgating at ISU football games. I also love kayaking at Gray's Lake.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

(Sadly) I am way too connected to my iPhone. Usually I am fairly prompt in replying to text messages and emails. Now that I turned off social media notifications, I am getting better at being less dependent on my phone. I still firmly believe that face-to-face communication is more effective and personable than "hiding" behind a phone.

What are your words to live by?

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined."
-Thoreau

Volunteer Chair - Jessica Campbell

Jessica Campbell

Volunteer Chair

volunteer@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Des Moines, IA

Alma Mater:

Drake University

Employer:

Bankers Trust

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Running, volunteering, rock climbing, traveling, hanging with my puppy, Maya

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

The people! Everyone is so giving and welcoming- I love how connected everyone is and how people of Des Moines are committed to making our city a better place.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

Next: Your Neighbor, Sips, Samples, and Sights, Monthly happy hours, Marketing committee, previously served as the Student Coordinator

What role has mentorship played in your career?

It has really helped me to better understand the opportunities that I am presented as a YP. It has also opened so many connections for me, and allowed me to get a better idea of what I can accomplish in Des Moines.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

Better public transportation!

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

iPhone

What are your words to live by?

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

                                                                        - The King, Michael Jordan

Civic Chair - Jonathon von Arb

Jonathon von Arb

Civic Chair

civic@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Urbandale, IA

Alma Mater:

Urbandale High School

Employer:

Mercer

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

You will find me out at events around Des Moines or building things at home.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

I love the community feel and the access to local politics for anyone.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

Civics 101 events, City Council forum, Coffee and Civics, and attend almost all events. They are always fun!

What role has mentorship played in your career?

My commanders and sergeants within the Army are where I was impacted the most. Through deployments and life challenges there were leaders there who were close and ready to assist. I learned about good and bad leadership and learned who I wanted to be in life.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

I would like to see more civic engagement, I there can never be enough of it and it's how our society is set up to make lasting changes in the world.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

My calendar and podcasts for sure.

What are your words to live by?

Take action. Take risks. Complacency doesn't inspire growth and decisions are made by those who show up.

Social Chair - Paul Maxheimer

Paul Maxheimer

Social Chair

social@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Clarion, IA

Alma Mater:

Iowa State University

Employer:

UnityPoint Health

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Writing fantasy novels! I also travel, cosplay, and write academic articles.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

It's safe, easy to get around, and politicians are fairly easy to reach. The trees are lovely. My favorite place to go is Gong Fu Tea Shop.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

Civic and Impact Downtown committees

What role has mentorship played in your career?

I've never had a mentor but I would love one.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

The city government needs to be more transparent. This includes, first and foremost, making the public hearings on its planned changes readily listed in a central online place far in advance. Also, I would love to see Merle Hay Mall's outlots developed into a small, mixed use town center including park space.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

Phone, laptop

What are your words to live by?

1) The biggest problem in the world is that there are not enough people who truly believe in goodness, and not enough believers who lift their hands to create more.
2) All of human motivation comes down to one of three things: The search for meaning, the accumulation of basic necessities, or the quest for love.

Diversity and Culture Chair - Gregory Lin

Gregory Lin

Diversity and Culture Chair

diversity@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Denton, TX

Alma Mater:

University of North Texas

Employer:

Drake University

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

You can find me usually partaking in the great bar and restaurants that Des Moines has to offer or catching a show downtown.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

I have two! I love the general creative vibe that Des Moines has. I tell this story a lot, but when I first came to Des Moines for my interview, the street art and the Sculpture Park convinced me to move to Iowa from Texas. Now that I'm here, I'm always surprised by the amount of art and culture that is just buzzing around you. Even running downtown, you might catch an impromptu concert from a brass band. My other favorite thing is the access that Des Moines offers to its young professionals. This is truly unique and you won't find it anywhere else, or at least I didn't find it back in Texas. Nowhere else could I accidentally find my picture blown up on an elevator for a DART ad campaign. haha. As a young person in Des Moines, the barriers and obstacles that separate you from people and positions of power and authority are surprisingly few, and we should all take advantage of our opportunities when they arise.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

I've been a YPC Ambassador as well as a member of the Impact Downtown, Professional Development, Volunteer, and Civics Committee. For 2017 and 2018, I helped to plan the YPC Downtown Scavenger Hunt that helps get young professionals to engage with and learn about the downtown area in a different way.

What role has mentorship played in your career?

The most important part in anyone's career is when you realize that you don't know anything. A good mentor helps you put all the pieces back together after you've been broken down.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

I'd like to see less of a divide between the “professional” and the “creative” factions of Des Moines. And this is even before I talk about the divide between people of color in Des Moines. Sometimes when I talk about YPC with creative people, they laugh when I call them young professionals. It's important that as Des Moines grows that we also allow ourselves to grow and listen to and communicate with people who are different than us.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

Instagram

What are your words to live by?

Just keep swimming.

Marketing Chair - Brenton Marcum

Brenton Marcum

Marketing Chair

marketing@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Clive, IA

Alma Mater:

Iowa State University

Employer:

Two Rivers Marketing

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Playing drums, enjoying craft beer, cheering on Cyclone sports and the Seahawks, and going to the movies.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

The super nice humans.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

I was the 2017 Social Media Coordinator.

What role has mentorship played in your career?

Mentorship has given me a guide on how to reach success in my career path when I didn't know how to take the next step.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

More dog parks, microbreweries, and large- scale events to help put Des Moines on the map.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

I rely on multiple apps and technologies every day for work, entertainment, and education on laptops and phone.

What are your words to live by?

Life shrinks and expands on the proportion of your willingness to take risks and try new things.

Membership Chair - Brandon Bock

Brandon Bock

Membership Chair

membership@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Mason City, IA

Alma Mater:

Northwestern University

Employer:

Midwest Heritage Bank

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

I love exploring the city. Des Moines has a great food and craft beer scene as well as shows and festivals. I also go to trivia at various places around town. It is really hard to be bored here. There is always something going on!

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

Des Moines has all the big city amenities, but still feels like a small town. This creates an access to our community leaders. Our leaders really want to hear the voice YPs have in the community, and that isn't something you get in other places.

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

I have been involved as an ambassador in the past, and I served as the 2017 ambassador coordinator. I also attend various committee meetings and events to be an active presence among our membership. Through committees, I have seen the planning and organization it takes to make YPC successful.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

I really want to see our transportation networks grow and connect downtown to other areas in the city. I think the city is very aware of this need and is working hard to grow the transit networks. Des Moines has a huge bike plan for downtown which includes removal of one way streets and the addition of more protected bike lanes. I'm excited to see where this plan goes.

What are your words to live by?

“Growth and comfort do not coexist.”

                       -Ginni Rometty

Impact Downtown Chair - Eric Fischer

Eric Fischer

Impact Downtown Chair

impactdowntown@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

West Des Moines, IA

Alma Mater:

Creighton University

Employer:

Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Playing with my dog Frank

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

Creamy Parmesan Salad Dressing

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

Sips, Samples and Sights, Scavenger Hunt, City Ride

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

I would like to see the city continue to focus on increasing the density of the city.

Athletics Coordinator - Kayla Flores

Kayla Flores

Athletics Coordinator

athletics@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Martensdale, IA

Alma Mater:

AIB College of Business

Employer:

Tarbell & Co. PLC

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

Volleyball, hanging with friends

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

The environment

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

Volleyball league

What role has mentorship played in your career?

I wouldn't say I have one mentor. Just help from more experienced coworkers.

What is something you would like to see changed in Des Moines?

More dog friendly

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

I use social media to stay connected and give myself a break

What are your words to live by?

Jesus is my Savior

Social Media Coordinator - Erin Fry

Erin Fry

Social Media Coordinator

socialmedia@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

West Des Moines, IA

Alma Mater:

Iowa State University
University of Missouri

Employer:

Two Rivers Marketing

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

I can be found testing new recipes, watching Big 12 sports (Go Cyclones!), reading, playing the piano or hanging with friends.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

I love the food scene, including farmers markets. The amount of restaurants have really expanded since I was younger. I love supporting local restaurants and I'm currently working my way through the A-Z restaurant challenge!

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

Social and Marketing committees, 2017 Gala, cleaning up downtown, networking happy hours and iCubs game

What role has mentorship played in your career?

My mentors have helped me grow and excel in my career, and they've guided me through new or unfamiliar situations.

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

social media

What are your words to live by?

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."
      -Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)

Webmaster - Jared Lanning

Jared Lanning

Webmaster

webmaster@ypcDSM.com

Hometown:

Valders, WI

Alma Mater:

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Employer:

Farm Bureau Financial Services

What are your passions outside of work? When you're not at work, what will we find you doing?

I enjoy following the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. I like to travel, play video games, and a good trivia night.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

The Iowa State Fair

What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

Ambassador, Des Moines Arts Festival; Sips, Samples, Sights

What app or technology do you rely on every day?

My cellphone

What are your words to live by?

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

                                                                                     -Ferris Bueller