WDM Chamber welcomes 2021 Board of Directors Slate

WEST DES MONES, IA (Friday, January 22, 2021) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) added nine new members and representatives to its Board of Directors (BOD) for 2021. The BOD is composed of 25 individuals, including 13 Board Members who are elected by WDM Chamber membership, eight representatives and four appointees.

Elected Board Members beginning their two-year term in 2021 includes: Dave Baccile, CIO of NCMIC; Sally Cooper Smith, President of Cooper Smith & Co.; Mark Peiffer, Senior Vice President and CFO of Des Moines University; and Terrance Thames, CEO and Creative Director of Cocoa Creative Agency. New Representatives include Renee Hardman, Representative for the City of West Des Moines, West Des Moines City Councilwoman and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa; Shane Kennedy, Representative for WDM Leads and Real Estate Specialist at Jacobs Real Estate Partners; Jason Van Engen, WDM Chamber Ambassadors Representative, Sales and Account Manager for Brilar; and Alec Wilcox, WDM Chamber West YP Representative and Commercial Real Estate Representative for R&R Realty Group. The newest appointee is Jackie Johansen, Principal of Shattered Glass Development.
The 2021 Executive Board includes Board Chair Therese Wielage, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Merchants Bonding Company; Vice Chair Angela Jackson, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Athene; Treasurer Jon Hummel, Vice President of Commercial Banking at West Bank; Secretary Paul Schut, Technology Advisor at Marco; and Past Chair Chris Nelson, Building Team Leader at Shive-Hattery.

“We as a chamber and as a community are incredibly fortunate to be welcoming our board for 2021,” said Katherine Harrington, President and CEO of the WDM Chamber. “Our board represents the smartest, most passionate, forward thinkers in our region, and we are looking forward to a successful year helping to support our community during these critical times.”
You can view the full 2021 Board of Directors slate on the WDM Chamber’s website.

About the WDM Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce is to champion all things West Des Moines by strengthening our area companies, providing personalized resources and attracting a top workforce to position WDM as the best suburban city in America. With 700+ members, we provide something for everyone. Learn more about the chamber and how to get involved at