The leaders in the West Des Moines Chamber’s Leadership Academy are announced.

WEST DES MONES, IA (JULY 28) – The West Des Moines Leadership Academy (WDMLA), a program of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, has announced its 2021 – 2022 class. This nine-month program will guide emerging leaders on a path to leadership effectiveness through experiential learning, critical thinking and a community impact project. WDMLA is presented by Carrier Access and supported by Renzo.

In addition to the class listed below, there will also be two additional scholarships provided to leaders yet to be announced. One scholarship is sponsored by the West Des Moines Chamber, and the other is sponsored by American Equity through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workplace Excellence Awards to be held on September 1.

The selected leaders for the West Des Moines Leadership Academy Class of 2021-2022 include:      
Josh Benge
Carrier Access
Shelby Boyd
Merchants Bonding Company
Beth Brewer
West Des Moines School District
Marcus Christensen
Northwest Bank
Pat Desenberg
NCMIC Group, Inc.
Katie Dietz
Holmes Murphy
Jeremy Dyvig
Valley Church

Amy Ganoe
Farmers State Bank
Cassidy Gomez
The ALS Association
Josh Gummert
First National Bank
Kristi Hill
Sammons Financial Group
Shannon Holmberg
Dentons Davis Brown
Nathan Inman
Estes Construction
Kristen Johnson
Jacob Kirpes
TPG Companies
Justin Kitzinger
Bankers Trust
Shelby Klooster
RDG Planning & Design
Kristen Koenig
Merkle Retirement Planning
Anthony Kottke
Anna Mallen
Whitfield & Eddy Law
Carson Messenger
McGowen Hurst Clark Smith
Ben Ogbulu
IMT Insurance
Mikayla Parks
Universal Pediatrics
Matt Pick
West Bank
Amanda Rhone
American Equity
Alyssa Saunders
Kelsey Scallon
Madelyn Schmidt
CO-OP Financial Services
Zachary Schneider
Iowa Realty
Jill Sedlacek
GuideOne Insurance
Rachel Wacker
City of West Des Moines
Brian Warthen
Neumann Monson Architects
Alec Wilcox
R&R Realty

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