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Member Spotlight

Leah Lint
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Leah Lint

Employer:

Nationwide Insurance

Hometown:

Des Moines, Iowa

Alma mater:

B.S. – Drake University, M.B.A – Ashford University

Words you live by:

"You got this." These were some of the last words said to me by a friend before he passed away. I carry his words with me as motivation to get through life’s ups and downs

 

On May 12th Leah Lint graduated from the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program. The Community Leadership Program prepares leaders from across Central Iowa to be effective stewards for our community's future. One of the objectives of the program is to develop leadership skills in a real-world setting. One way to do that is through a project. Leah worked with a project team and utilized Design Thinking as their problem-solving framework. They used this framework to explore the gap in homeownership between the Black population and the general population in Greater Des Moines. The issue was identified by The Directors Council One Economy Report, Capital Crossroads, and many other community experts. Leah and her teammates connected with members of the Black community and housing stakeholders for the project and found that the initial down payment investment was a significant barrier to Black homeownership. They then explored the down payment assistance programs that Des Moines currently offers. Greater Des Moines has many great programs supporting various income levels and neighborhood revitalization initiatives. However, they noticed that there is a gap in supporting our most historically marginalized populations. This led us to their proposed solution – a targeted down payment assistance program specifically for the BIPOC community. Even though they have completed the Community Leadership Program, they continue to seek ways to fund and implement this solution.

When she is not busy, Leah enjoys trying her hand at new crafts and DIYs, pub trivia and game nights with friends, trying new foods, listening to podcasts, and anything involving animals.

In YPC, Leah is a Diversity & Culture Committee member, and you can find her at socials and Diversity & Culture events.

Social Media Channels:
https://www.facebook.com/tranleah
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leahmtran/
https://www.instagram.com/meowleah71/

Adriana Slaughter
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Adriana Slaughter

Employer:

Crime Victim Assistance Division - Iowa Attorney General's Office

Hometown:

Mitchellville, Iowa

Alma mater:

BS - Iowa State University; MEd - University of North Texas

Words you live by:

"Nothing will work unless you do." -Maya Angelou

 

At the end of 2020, Adriana accepted a new role as a Victim Rights Coordinator. The main duties of Adriana's role are managing all aspects of IowaVINE (statewide victim notification system), overseeing division social media efforts, and helping provide training to educate providers, victims, and the general public about division programming. In her free time, Adriana enjoys reading, trivia, karaoke, thrifting, traveling and watching live music. Adriana also bought a house at the beginning of 2020, so she has been enjoying fun house projects as well! 
 
In YPC, you can find Adriana at many events! 
Yaneth Torres
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Yaneth Torres

Employer:

Coopera Consulting - West Des Moines

Hometown:

Perry, IA

Alma mater:

Grandview University

Words you live by:

“Face challenges, fear, and frustration by seeking out knowledge and opportunities for growth.” Fanny Mairena

 

Yaneth Torres was selected to be part of the 2021 Community Connect Program, led by the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. The program aims to inspire and teach participants that leveraging their purpose improves their lives and our community. The six-session program offers a unique learning environment that encourages interaction. Between sessions, participants meet in small groups to build relationships and to support momentum toward goals. To the Community Connect Program, Yaneth brings a passion for learning and community. Yaneth works as the Operations Support Coordinator for Coopera. In her role, she works closely with the CEO to oversee business development process and maintain to include proposals, pricing model, and project management. She's also a liaison to the internal marketing team, working collaboratively to ensure all company communications adhere to company brand standards, are consistent, and align with strategy. In addition, she works with the Client Relations team to proactively engage with clients, maintain ongoing consulting communication, and track client activities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, hiking, doing DIY’s and reading personal & professional development books. For YPC, you can find Yaneth behind the scenes helping with marketing and design needs.

John Redlin
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John Redlin

Employer:

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Hometown:

Raleigh, NC

Alma mater:

North Carolina State University

Words you live by:

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world"- Mahatma Ghandi

 

John Redlin is a Spanish interpreter for UnityPoint Health – Des Moines (UPHDM). As a frontline worker providing essential communication to Spanish speakers during their hospital visits, John has seen first-hand the impact of COVID-19 both on the Latinx community and on healthcare itself. He exercises all COVID-19 precautions during patient visits, recently received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and now divides his time between in-person hospital visits and telehealth services, where he helps Spanish-speaking patients walk through the process from registration to clinical visit to scheduling a follow-up visit. As an extension of his work interpreting for patients, John has recently developed a course on Cultural Competency in Health Care for the nurse residency program that he will begin teaching in March.

In his downtime, John is a member of the local band Son Peruchos. They play a fusion of Andean and South American folk music utilizing traditional instruments such as the zampona, quena and charango. For YPC, you can find John at Diversity & Culture events and other social events.

Jordan Nickerson
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Jordan Nickerson

Employer:

BrownWinick

Hometown:

Des Moines, IA

Alma mater:

University of Iowa

Words you live by:

You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room. You do have to be the hardest working person in the room.

 

     Jordan Nickerson was selected to UnityPoint Health – Des Moines (UPHDM) Young Advisory Council (YAC) for a three-year term starting in January 2021. The YAC at UnityPoint Health Des Moines is a council of fifteen Central Iowa-based young professionals who engage with UPH-DM Board Members and Senior Leaders to help expand the organization's knowledge and perspective surrounding the growing health care needs of the Des Moines community. To the YAC, Jordan brings a background as a clerk in UPHDM and experience in health law. He also hopes to contribute as much he learns by viewing health care issues in a different light than his background or professional experience. Now more than ever, health disparities and access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the Des Moines community and Jordan is excited to work with the YAC to meet UPHDM's vision of the best outcome for every patient, every time. In YPC, Jordan is a member of the Diversity & Culture Committee and you can find him at socials and Diversity & Culture events.

Neo Thurston
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Neo Thurston

Hometown:

Nassau/Miami

Alma mater:

Minnesota State University

Words you live by:

The true measure of a man is now how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience, but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.

 

  Neo works for Iowa State University in the Department of Residence and is their Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair. As an active member of YPC, Neo brings his passion for people to all the events he attends. He has the talent of bringing a group of strangers together inside and outside of YPC by making those around him feel welcomed and included. He never turns down the opportunity to hear someone else's perspective and actively works towards obtaining a better understanding of the world around him so he can engage his community in a positive manner. He inspires others by living in the moment with conviction, confidence and staying true to himself. Neo's authenticity and willingness to be an outspoken leader on Diversity and Inclusion adds tremendous value to the DSM Community and YPC as an organization.

Noemi Saenz

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Noemi Saenz

Hometown:

Port Isabel, TX

Alma mater:

Upper Iowa University

Words you live by:

"Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love"

 

  As an ambassador, Noemi helps welcome all who come to YPC events, including new and prospective members. She is an active member of the Diversity & Culture committee, who helped plan numerous events, most significantly the Dinner Around Des Moines at Heavenly Asian. She single-handedly planned this event by herself from beginning to end and was a tremendous asset to the growing popularity of the YPC Dinner Around Des Moines series. She continues to be involved with the Volunteer and Diversity and Culture focus areas. In addition to YPC, Noemi is on the Good Vibes Movement board - a charitable organization in the heart of Des Moines that inspires, empowers, and grows the community through movement, yoga, and a positive lifestyle. Noemi's passion and contributions to the Des Moines community through her volunteerism has helped make it a better place.

Lauren Johnson

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Lauren Johnson

Employer:

Polk County Housing Trust Fund

Hometown:

Clive, Iowa

Alma mater:

University of South Carolina 

Words you live by:

"Work hard and be nice to people"

 

  Lauren is on the steering committee for the United Way of Central Iowa's 21-Day Equity Challenge. This self-guided learning program, beginning on October 5, will be a powerful way for central Iowans to "develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community." Lauren has helped expand the reach of the challenge and encourage community partners to sign on, including YPC.

Through her work as Director of Communications and Community Outreach at Polk County Housing Trust, Lauren is helping to produce, write, and edit a series of "Undesign the Redline" video modules to supplement the 21-Day Equity Challenge. These modules will examine discriminatory redlining practices (including in Des Moines) that put services out of reach for neighborhoods based on race or ethnicity. Lauren's community and professional work helps greater Des Moines better understand the systemic inequities that affect many of our neighbors.

What is Member Spotlight?

Recognition exclusively open for our membership. The recognition is designed to highlight members who have a significant life event, personal or professional. A new YPC Member Spotlight will be announced monthly. A person can submit a nomination any time throughout the year. This may be your own accomplishment or one of another member.

What is a Member Spotlight-worthy accomplishment?

A significant life event, personal or professional. It can also be for a member who is doing something noteworthy around the community.

How do you apply or nominate someone?

We have a form online for you to fill out with instructions. You can find this form here

Where will the Monthly YPC Spotlight be communicated?

A dedicated monthly social media post and the website. It will also be posted in the YPC E-Newsletter

Guidelines

The YPC Member Spotlight recognition would not be used to promote a product, paid service or for bulk commercial, public or political affiliations.

Questions about the member spotlight program? Please contact the Marketing Chair