Community Leadership Program Class of 2022

Participants | Class Projects


        • Johnny Alcivar, Proteus, Inc.
        • Erika Bauer, Belin McCormick, P.C.
        • David Chapman, BTC Capital Management
        • Creighton Cox, Turner
        • Jason DeVries, INVISION Architecture
        • Meredith Dohmen, Bright Foundation
        • Jonathan Gano, City of Des Moines
        • Elise Goodmann, Pigott
        • Katherine Hallenbeck, Renewable Energy Group
        • Stephanie Hemberger, HNTB
        • Maggie Hibbs, Brown, Winick, Graves, Gross and Baskerville, P.L.C.
        • Ebony Johnson, Corteva Agriscience
        • Thomas Lashier, Lashier Graphics & Signs
        • Gretchen McMahon, Wellmark
        • Shane McQuillan, City of Des Moines
        • Christi McWilliams, Bankers Trust
        • Krystal Mikkilineni, Brandshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C.
        • Heather Morrison, FBL Financial Group, Inc.
        • Goizane Mullin, Goizane Design
        • Cassie Nemmers, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity
        • Ashley Mataloni, Holmes Murphy
        • Claire Orlando, Des Moines Public Schools
        • Danielle Propst, ISG
        • Britney Samuelson, SPPG
        • Nicole Schleif Sinn, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
        • Megan Schneider, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity
        • Jen Schwartz, Principal Financial Group
        • Brian Shadle, Renewable Energy Group
        • Katy Stovall, Meredith Corporation
        • Tamir Talmon, UKG
        • MIchelle Temeyer, BCC Advisors
        • Ryan Tousley, Weitz
        • Zack Valigosky, SystemWorks
        • Matt Van Loon, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
        • Estela Villanueva-Whitman, The Stelter Company
        • Joe Wallace, OPN Architects
        • Toshia Walters, The Department of Veterans Affairs
        • Abigail Weatherwax, CST Holding Co.
        • Clair Williams-Vavra, Source Allies
        • Kiran Yarlagadda, NorthSouth Foundation

          Class Projects

          The primary objective of the class project is to provide class members with opportunities to develop meaningful leadership skills in real-world settings, while impacting a community issue and ultimately preparing class members to effectively lead change in Greater Des Moines. 

          Design thinking is a problem-solving framework that facilitates innovation by keeping humans at the center. The five, non-linear phases of design thinking are empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. The first three phases involved the class project teams using experiences shared by living experts and stakeholders to inform the direction of their possible solutions. They then developed prototypes to test with those individuals, using input to refine, or sometimes reimagine, their possible solutions.

          The Community Leadership Program Class of 2022 Project will be announced later this year.


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