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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 - Jessie Cruise
President Elect - Justin Haas
Past President - Ryan Bruner
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 - Abigail Weatherwax
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 - Steve Mulligan
Civic Chair - Taylor Larson
Social Chair - Ryan Rohlf
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 - Karter Smith
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 - Matt McGuire
Athletics Coordinator - Mason Sander
Social Media Coordinator - Ashley Randel
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