WDM Chamber Welcomes 2022 Board of Directors Slate

WEST DES MONES, IA (Wednesday, January 19, 2022) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) added seven new members and representatives to its Board of Directors (BOD) for 2022. 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 2022 includes:

  • Thomas Bosch, Vice President and Director of Des Moines Operations for Shive-Hattery
  • Maria Davis, Commercial Real Estate Director for R&R Realty Group
  • Kristin Hurd, Vice President of Public Relations and Business Development for Hurd Real Estate Services
  • Tom Mulrooney, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Unity Point Health – Des Moines
Appointees include:
  • Jeff Neumann, National Account Director of UCB
  • Heather Schott, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager at Krause Group
  • Jennifer Smith, Partner of S&S Employment Partners
  • Josh Terrell, President and Chief Operating Officer of Benefits Plus
Representatives include:
  • City of West Des Moines – Renee Hardman, West Des Moines City Councilwoman
  • WDM Leadership Academy – Tiffiny Gaskill, Senior Property Manager for R&R Realty Group
  • West YP – Adam Ries, NeuroStructural Chiropractor for Keystone Chiropractic
  • WDM Chamber Ambassadors – Lu Anne Gafford, Underwriting Director for Life 107.1
  • WDM Leads – Shane Kennedy, Real Estate Specialist at eXp Realty/Jacobs Real Estate Partners
  • WDM Community Schools – Dr. Lisa Remy, Superintendent
  • Waukee Community Schools – Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent
  • DMACC West Campus – Dr. Tony Paustian, Provost
The 2022 Executive Board includes:
  • Board Chair Angela Jackson, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Athene
  • Vice Chair Jon Hummel, Vice President of Commercial Banking at West Bank
  • Treasurer Paul Schut, Technology Advisor at Marco
  • Secretary Terrence Thames, Owner and Creative Director of Cocoa Creative Agency                  
  • Past Chair Therese Wielage, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Merchants Bonding Company
“We could not be more thrilled about working closely with our West Des Moines Chamber Board of Directors for 2022,” said Board Chair Angela Jackson.
Returning Board Members who will be serving in the second year of their term include:
  • David Baccile, Chief Investment Officer for NCMIC
  • Kristi Burma, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Athene
  • Sally Cooper Smith, President and Creative Director of Cooper Smith and Company
  • Mark Peiffer, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Des Moines University
“We are proud of all that we have accomplished together in 2021 and we have aggressive growth goals for the future as we continue to position West Des Moines as the best place in America to live, work, and play,” said Katherine Harrington, president and CEO of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. “Our board will continue to play a meaningful role in helping keep our community strong and we are grateful for their support of our programming.”
You can view the full 2022 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. Learn more about the chamber and how to get involved at wdmchamber.org.

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