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Ambassadors

Ambassadors help new members get acquainted with YPC and welcome them into the organization. YPC aims to have ambassadors attend nearly all YPC events throughout Greater Des Moines (DSM). Ambassadors can be easily identified at our events by their lanyard name tags. If you see any of them at our events, feel free to reach out and talk to them. YPC’s goal is to make all members feel comfortable.

Questions about the ambassador program? Please contact the Membership Chair

Meet our current YPC ambassadors below.

Danny Rothschild

Danny Rothschild

dfrothschild@yahoo.com

Hometown:

Ames, IA

Employer:

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

14 years

Describe your YPC involvement.

I am a member of the Social, Membership and Athletics Committees. You will see me at a variety of events because I am the YPC photographer.

What is your favorite YPC event?

The Kickoff party.

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in DSM?

I like to give back to the community by volunteering and taking pictures at a variety of events in DSM.

Cecily Scovin

Cecily Scovin

cascovin@gmail.com

Hometown:

Bridgewater, CT

Employer:

Proliant Biologicals
(Part of The Lauridsen Group)

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

1 year

Describe your YPC involvement.

I am a member of the Social Committee and try to go to as many social events as possible. I had planned on joining an athletic team this summer, but had to put that off due to a knee injury.

What is your favorite YPC event?

I love all of the Happy Hours! However, I’ve found that joining a committee is a great way to meet people since it’s a much smaller group and makes it easier to get to know someone.

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in DSM?

Since I’m still fairly new to DSM, I love having any excuse to go out and explore the city. Restaurants, bars, and Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market have all been great ways to get to know DSM while supporting local businesses.

Tiffany Garvin

Tiffany Garvin

tdgarvin@gmail.com

Hometown:

West Union, IA

Employer:

Methodist West PACU
(post-anesthesia care unit)

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

Since March 2017

When did you join YPC? What was your first event?

I went to the new member meeting and happy hour in June 2017.

Why did you join?

I did not know very many people when I first moved here and needed to find a way to socialize outside of work. YPC members have been very welcoming and provided me with a way to meet a variety of people about my age in similar situations at a variety of events on a regular basis.

Describe your YPC involvement.

So far I have been to some happy hours, a few committee meetings, and enjoy going to certain events to discover new areas of Des Moines such as the YPC bike ride tour, Western Gateway scavenger hunt, and Civics 101 tours. I plan to be involved in more volunteering events.

What is your favorite YPC event?

I am really looking forward to the Sips, Samples, and Sights Tour.

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in DSM?

I enjoy exploring the cultural, art, and music events DSM has to offer. I love trying new ethnic food.

Ross Friedman

Ross Friedman

rossfriedman@alumni.iastate.edu

Hometown:

Carroll, IA

Employer:

MidAmerican Energy

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

About 1 ½ years

Describe your YPC involvement.

I enjoy many of the social and networking events. I also participate in several athletic events like sand volleyball and bowling.

What is your favorite YPC event?

Sand Volleyball for sure! It has been a blast being outside, playing volleyball and meeting new people.

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in DSM?

I like to participate in new events or activities I haven't done before. Trying a new restaurant ethnicity, going to a new event or playing a new sport.

John Redlin

John Redlin

jredlin5@hotmail.com

Hometown:

Raleigh, NC

Employer:

Spanish Interpreter
UnityPoint Health-Des Moines Hospitals

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

About 1 ½ years

When did you join YPC? What was your first event?

I joined YPC in the spring of 2016 and my first event was the “NEXT: Your Environment” tour of the Metro Waste Authority Landfill. It was a very informative event and I highly recommend participating in the NEXT Series as there is a topic of interest for everyone!

Why did you join?

I joined YPC to meet new people and to become involved in my community through local events, volunteering and diversity initiatives.

Describe your YPC involvement.

I participate in many different YPC events throughout the year, especially those organized by the Volunteer and Diversity and Culture Committees.

What is your favorite YPC event?

My favorite YPC events are the Dinners Around Des Moines and events such as the annual Sips, Samples, and Sights Architecture Tour. During these events, I enjoy the opportunity to celebrate Des Moines’ diversity through culture and food while networking with other like-minded young professionals in the area.

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in DSM?

I enjoy exploring the many neighborhoods throughout Des Moines and support local restaurants and businesses throughout the metro area. There are so many ways to give back to the community and during the summer and fall, you can find me volunteering at several festivals including the Des Moines Arts Festival, the Latino Heritage Festival and CelebrAsian. I also enjoy our city’s live music scene and supporting arts and entertainment venues such as the Des Moines Social Club and the Des Moines Art Center.

Kyle Hurst

Kyle Hurst

glasnoct@gmail.com

Hometown:

West Des Moines, IA

Employer:

Power Engineers, Inc.

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

18 years

When did you join YPC? What was your first event?

Spring of 2016, first event was the Sips, Samples, and Sights tour

Why did you join?

Looking to socialize with people my age and general demographic that wasn’t tied to a specific hobby/niche

Describe your YPC involvement.

My biggest interest has been in the social events. I haven’t been to as many of the “engagement” events usually due to scheduling conflicts.

What is your favorite YPC event?

Sips, Samples, and Sights set the bar pretty high; I haven’t been to anything as fun as that since--though that’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed myself at more recent events!

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in DSM?

That’s a bit of an open-ended question; what does “Do More” entail? I keep an eye out for social events around the metro and try to attend those to meet new people and build a social network in which I can help those I socialize with meet others. As the weather warms up I'm looking forward to what's on the menu for outdoor events. 80/35, the Iowa State Fair, and the Des Moines Arts Festival.

John Kimball

John Kimball

jck015@gmail.com

Hometown:

Johnston, IA

Employer:

American Equity

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

2 years in West Des Moines; 4 ½ years in Des Moines (Drake)

When did you join YPC? What was your first event?

September 2016. It was a New Member Meeting.

Why did you join?

To meet new people and it's a great networking opportunity

Describe your YPC involvement.

I have attended some committee meetings for Impact Downtown, multiple happy hours with YPC, and many other events. This year I joined the volleyball league.

What is your favorite YPC event?

The scavenger hunt, although I couldn't attend the Sips, Samples, and Sights event last year, because of work.

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in DSM?

Meals from the Heartland and Habitat for Humanity.

Drew Iannone

Drew Iannone

daiannone@gmail.com

Hometown:

Bettendorf, IA

Employer:

Kemin Industries

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

5 years

When did you join YPC? What was your first event?

April 2018. Civics debate at the Wonks.

Why did you join?

To meet new people and work on communication skills for both personal and professional development. Also, to engage the community and network with various professionals in the greater Des Moines Area

Describe your YPC involvement.

I go to many of the social events as well as try out the different committees. Civics and Professional Development are the committees I'm most involved in, but I enjoy trying out different committees or thinking of new ideas to engage YPC members and affiliates.

What is your favorite YPC event?

The new member meet-up or the happy hours. Looking forward to the Diversity and Culture events to go out to eat and learn about the different cultures.

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in DSM?

Join committees and get involved with other people to help bring in new ideas.

Dallas Downey

Dallas Downey

downey02@gmail.com

Hometown:

Des Moines, IA

Employer:

 

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

All of my life. I'm a native.

When did you join YPC? What was your first event?

I went to the new member meeting and happy hour in June 2017.

Why did you join?

I joined to meet more people, and grow my professional network.

Describe your YPC involvement.

Thus far, I've been involved with the Social committee a fair amount. I'm a talker, and love to meet new people and hear their passions.

What is your favorite YPC event?

The happy hours! To me, getting to know new people over a beverage is a great way to start friendships. You find out you may have more in common than you initially think.

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in DSM?

Volunteering with the numerous non-profits can really help to give back to the community, as well as participating in all of the events Des Moines hosts, like the Farmer's market and the Arts Festival.

Peter Myers

Peter Myers

pdmyers1013@gmail.com

Hometown:

Houston, TX

Employer:

AmeriCorps/
Des Moines Public Schools

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

My undergraduate degree is from Iowa State University and I had a co-op with Principal; I have only officially lived in downtown Des Moines since March 2018.

When and why did you join YPC?

Upon moving back to Des Moines (previously worked in upstate NY in finance), I immediately joined YPC to meet new people. I wanted to expand my friend group and professional network. At my first “New Member Meet-up,” everyone was very welcoming and friendly...YPC members were even offering their assistance in helping me find a job in Des Moines. I have continued to meet great friends and we even hang out outside of official YPC events.

Describe your YPC involvement.

YPC is what you make it: I chose to jump in head first and get involved in my community and meet new people. I have been active with the Social, Athletics, Civic, and Impact Downtown Committees. I have really enjoyed the YPC at the Wonks event where we listened to a podcast taping on millennials in politics. I also enjoyed the Teacher Appreciation Trivia Night at 515 Brewery and Remix Happy Hour at the Des Moines Symphony…it was a cool behind-the-scenes experience that I probably would not have done outside of YPC. I also play in the YPC sand volleyball league which is a great way to meet other young professionals and unwind after a long day of work and grad classes.

What are your passions outside of work?

Outside of work and grad classes, I enjoy exploring Des Moines with friends. I enjoy being outdoors (especially tailgating at ISU football games in the fall), volunteering with Junior Achievement, traveling the world, day drinking on the patio and at wineries around Iowa, and cooking.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

There is truly something for everyone in this city and it’s a great place for young professionals. I love meeting up with other YP’s at the Farmer’s Market, Arts Fest, and Mixology, for example. Des Moines has so many festivals and outdoor activities. I love the “Iowa nice” atmosphere within YPC and the community too.

Jacob Repp

Jacob Repp

reppjacob@gmail.com

Hometown:

Newton, IA

Employer:

New York Life

How long have you lived in Des Moines?

10 years

When did you join YPC?

November 2017

What was your first event?

New Member Social

Why did you join?

I wanted to meet like minded people in my age group that wanted to make a difference in the city we live in. YPC has done nothing but succeed my expectations.

Describe your YPC involvement.

I'm at most socials. I'm a part of the social committee, even though I have another engagement when they meet. I'm an advocate about YPC, and am currently trying to get other young professional groups to partner with YPC.

What is your favorite YPC event?

New Member Socials and the monthly happy hour. That's where I started, and I can always find someone with a great backstory at these events.

What is your favorite way to “Do More” in Des Moines?

Get involved. I'm pretty active in various organizations in the area, and I enjoy sharing those passions with others, because otherwise they usually won't know about ways to get involved. This city has so much to offer, sometimes we just need a little bit of direction in order to uncover all of its opportunties.