Community Leadership Program Class of 2022

Participants | Class Projects


        • Johnny Alcivar, Proteus, Inc.
        • Britney Appelgate, SPPG
        • Erika Bauer, Belin McCormick, P.C.
        • David Chapman, BTC Capital Management
        • Creighton Cox, Turner
        • Jason DeVries, INVISION Architecture
        • Meredith Dohmen, Bright Foundation
        • Goizane Esain Mullin, Goizane Design
        • Jonathan Gano, City of Des Moines
        • Elise Goodmann, Pigott
        • Katherine Hallenbeck, Renewable Energy Group
        • Stephanie Hemberger, HNTB
        • Maggie Hibbs, Principal Financial Group
        • Ebony Johnson, Corteva Agriscience
        • Thomas Lashier, Lashier Graphics & Signs
        • Ashley Mataloni, Holmes Murphy
        • 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.

        • Cassie Nemmers, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

        • Claire Orlando, Des Moines Public Schools
        • Danielle Propst, ISG
        • 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, Dotdash Meredith 
        • Tamir Talmon, UKG
        • Michelle Temeyer, BCC Advisers
        • Ryan Tousley, The Weitz Company
        • 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.
        • Kiran Yarlagadda, NorthSouth Foundation

          Class Projects

          The Community Leadership Program prepares leaders from across Greater Des Moines to be effective stewards for our community’s future. Class members increased their awareness of local issues and developed leadership skills. They applied design thinking to develop solutions for their class project, which was increasing the impact of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, ensuring all leaders have the skills needed to support our community for the next 40 years.

          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.


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