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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 easily be 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.

If you have any questions about the ambassador program, please contact the Membership Chair

Get to know our current YPC ambassadors below.

Danny Rothschild  |  Ross Friedman  |  Amanda Olp  |  Paul Maxheimer  |  John Redlin  |  Jared Lanning  |  Gregory Lin  |  Sarah Mowery  |  Andre McKay  |  Kyle Hurst  |  Cecily Scovin  |  Jessie Tobin 

Danny Rothschild  


dfrothschild@yahoo.com


Hometown: Ames, IA

Where do you work? Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

How long have you lived in DSM? 11 years

Describe your YPC involvement. I am a member of the Social, Membership and Athletic 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's 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.

Ross Friedman  


rossfriedman@alumni.iastate.edu


Hometown: Carroll, IA

Where do you work?  MidAmerican Energy Company

How long have you lived in DSM? 1.5 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’s 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.

Amanda Olp  


amandakolp@gmail.com


Hometown: West Allis, WI

Where do you work? Easter Seals of Iowa

How long have you lived in DSM? 4 years

Describe your YPC involvement. I am actively involved in the Volunteer Committee, and generally attend Culture and Diversity Committee events as well. I love the monthly happy hours and attend other events as my schedule allows.

What is your favorite YPC event? I'm a big fan of the Volunteer Committee's annual Volunteer/Nonprofit Fair. It's a great way to learn about many nonprofits in the area and how to get involved with them.

What’s your favorite way to do more in DSM ? I really enjoy food and food-related events, as well as things that are free/cheap and outdoors! One of my favorites is the World Food and Music Festival held in September.

Paul Maxheimer  


maxheimer.paul@gmail.com


Hometown: Clarion, IA

Where do you work? RN at Methodist West Emergency Department

How long have you lived in DSM? 3.5 years

Describe your YPC involvement: I am still fairly new to YPC, but currently I am involved with the YPC Ambassadors. I also try to get to as many YPC events that I can.

What is your favorite YPC event? My favorite YPC event is the New Member Meetings and the YPC socials. It's a way to meet new people who are interested in YPC, as well as lets me catch up with other members and see what's new in their lives.

What’s your favorite way to do more in DSM? I love to support local businesses as much as I can. In addition, a couple of my favorite things to do in DSM are attend Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market, as well as the Valley Junction Farmer's Market. During the summer days, you can usually find me somewhere out on the many bike trails that the city has to offer, or over at Gray's Lake!

John Redlin  


jredlin5@hotmail.com


Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Where do you work? Spanish Interpreter with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines hospitals

How long have you lived in DSM? About 1.5 years

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

What is your favorite YPC event? My favorite YPC events are the Dinners Around Des Moines and events like the annual Sips, Samples and Sites Architecture Tour. During these events, I enjoy the opportunity to celebrate DSM’s diversity through culture and food while networking with other like-minded young professionals in DSM.

What’s your favorite way to do more in DSM? I enjoy exploring the many neighborhoods throughout DSM and support local restaurants and businesses. 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 Art 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.

Jared Lanning  


jaredlanning@yahoo.com


Hometown: Valders, WI

Where do you work?  QCI

How long have you lived in DSM? About 1.5 years

Describe your YPC involvement. I became an Ambassador in 2016. I have also been involved with the Impact Downtown Committee.

What is your favorite YPC event? I like the Dinner Around Des Moines events. They are a great opportunity to experience great restaurants and learn about diversity in Des Moines.

What’s your favorite way to do more in DSM? I enjoy being outside. My favorite places include the Blank Park Zoo, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and the Iowa State Fair.

Gregory Lin  


glin0036@gmail.com
 


Hometown: Denton, TX

Where do you work? Drake University, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

How long have you lived in DSM? 1 year

Describe your YPC involvement. I am a member of the Professional Development, Impact Downtown and Civic Committees, and I try to attend YPC’s social events.

What is your favorite YPC event? I enjoy the monthly Happy Hours because they’re a great opportunity to catch up with friends and meet new people. The local sporting events (Iowa Wild, etc.) are also a great time in a chill (sometimes literally) environment.

What’s your favorite way to do more in DSM? Honestly part of the reason I moved to DSM was the Sculpture Park and the street art, but I also love Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market and the local music scene.

Sarah Mowery  


sarah.amowery@gmail.com


Hometown: Grinnell, IA

Where do you work? Youth & Shelter Services

How long have you lived in DSM? 4 years

Describe your YPC involvement. I have served on the Volunteer and Marketing Committees. I have also participated in athletics and served on the YPC board last year as Ambassador Coordinator. I enjoy attending events and helping people get connected to all YPC has to offer.

What is your favorite YPC event? I love the kick-off event! I also really enjoy the Next events.

What’s your favorite way to do more in DSM? I love how DSM has so many ways for people to get active! I personally enjoy yoga and am a regular at Power Life Yoga, but there are also so many pop-up yoga events. DSM also has awesome bike trails and a lot of ways to connect to the community through exercise. And, of course, I love DSM’s yummy restaurants and the variety of places to eat!

Andre Mckay  


amckay@ft.newyorklife.com


Hometown: Johnston, IA

Where do you work? New York Life Insurance Company

How long have you lived in DSM? 23 years

Describe your YPC involvement. I am heavily involved in YPC by being part of the Professional Development and Volunteer Committees and as an Ambassador.

What is your favorite YPC event? I would have to say my favorite YPC event was the Wells Fargo Museum event because of the focus on personal branding.

What’s your favorite way to do more in DSM? My favorite way to do more in DSM is to give back to my community by volunteering at Children and Family Urban Movement and at Iowa Homeless Youth Center. Being an ambassador for the Des Moines Jaycees allows me to support local businesses.

Kyle Hurst  


glasnoct@gmail.com


Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Where do you work? Power Engineers, Inc.

How long have you lived in DSM? 18 years

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 Sites 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’s your favorite way to do more in DSM? I keep an eye out for social events around the region 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 like 80/35, the Iowa State Fair and the Des Moines Arts Festival®.

Cecily Scovin  


cascovin@gmail.com


Hometown: Bridgewater, CT

Where do you work? Proliant Biologicals (Part of The Lauridsen Group)

How long have you lived in DSM? 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’s 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.

Jessie Tobin  


jessicahtobin@gmail.com


Hometown: Des Moines

Where do you work? Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

How long have you lived in DSM? Since I was 10...with a couple years abroad here and there and four years in Iowa City.

Describe your YPC involvement. I started right off the bat by attending Social Committee meetings. Attending committee meetings made me feel involved in YPC immediately.

What is your favorite YPC event? Any happy hours.

What’s your favorite way to do more in DSM? Eating local! I try my hardest to avoid chain restaurants. We have so many fabulous, unique restaurants in DSM.