Community Leadership Program Class of 2020 

Participants | Class Projects


        • Ahmed Agyeman, Des Moines Area Community College
        • Nichole Aksamit Purcell, Meredith Corporation
        • Shaimaa Aly, Wells Fargo
        • Bailey Anderson, Principal
        • Kristyn Arnold, Anawim Housing
        • Mike Bechtel, INVISION Architecture
        • Soumya Bhattacharya, Corteva Agriscience
        • Ryan Carroll, Greater Des Moines Partnership
        • Stephanie Cassady, EveryStep
        • Mark Core, Des Moines Public Schools
        • Nora Crosthwaite, Home Sweet Des Moines
        • Kristi Edwards, Business Publications Corporation - Business Record
        • Brooke Findley, Chrysalis Foundation
        • Daniel Fitzgerald, West Bank
        • Emily Frimml, Mediacom Communications
        • Jared Heidemann, MODUS
        • Catherine Hillestad, The Iowa Clinic
        • Erin Hockman, DART
        • Matthew Hoeg, Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Department
        • Christina Jarck, Bankers Trust
        • Heather Jones, Financial Empowerment Center
        • Allison Kerndt, Nyemaster Goode P.C
        • Shivani Kharbanda, John Deere Financial
        • Kourtney Kirkpatrick, HOME, Inc.

        • Emily Kistner, OPN Architects
        • Michael Kremer, American Concrete Pipe Association
        • Tar Macias, Hola Iowa
        • Mandy McWherter, Catch Des Moines
        • Deidra Meyer, Palmer Group
        • Laura Miller, ProDash
        • Shane Parker, Wells Fargo
        • Heidi Pollmann, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
        • Marie Procyk, Wells Fargo
        • R.J. Rademacher, Thrivent Financial
        • Sean Raisch, Davis Brown Law Firm
        • Annette Renaud, McGough Construction
        • Douglas Rooney, Invest DSM
        • Elsie Rotich, United Way of Central Iowa
        • Amanda Shetler, By Degrees Foundation
        • Kendra Simmons, Fredrikson & Byron
        • Ann Smisek, Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.  
        • Phonsavanh Sullins, Businessolver
        • Joy Talmon, United Way of Central Iowa
        • Jessica Terrill, Substance Architecture
        • Dennis Tibben, Iowa Medical Society
        • Brett Turner, Storey Kenworthy
        • Sharon Wegner, Iowa Department of Justice
        • Veronica White, Corteva Agrisciences

          Class Projects

          The primary objective of the class projects is to provide class members with opportunities to develop meaningful leadership skills in real-world settings, while benefiting local non-profit organizations and ultimately preparing class members to effectively lead change in Greater Des Moines.

          2020 Project Partners and Goals

          Children’s Garden – Enhance the cooperative structure to ensure the non-profit childcare center can offer affordable, quality care for children in central Iowa. Check out the team video to learn more!

          Pursuit of Innovation (Pi515)– Develop an easy-to-use communications toolkit to facilitate storytelling and sharing successes with various audiences and stakeholders. Learn More!

          Anawim Housing – Continue momentum gained by the Full Circle program, which helps recently homeless individuals to succeed in a permanent living situation. Check out the team video to learn more!

          Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa – Re-imagined the recruitment and on-boarding of adults to serve as Bigs, to capture their early excitement of serving in this role and make the process of becoming a Big more seamless and fulfilling. Check out the team video to learn more!

          Youth Homes of Mid-America – Create formal strategy for staff retention and development to ensure passionate, talented employees are supported in their service to youth and families. Learn More!


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