Young Leaders Society

Kari Cooling Young Leaders Society 2014

“I support United Way because I want to make a lasting community impact with my contribution. I know my donation supports needed organizations and programs that make our community a better place. ” – Kari Cooling

2014 Young Leaders Society Committee 

Kari Cooling, (2014/2015 Chair) Holmes Murphy
Mike Butterfield, (2015 Vice Chair) HDR Engineering, Inc.
Shelby Braden, United Fire Group
Jenn Bleil, Van Meter
Amber Doyle, International Paper
Sam Hammes, TrueNorth
Shannon Hanson, United Way of East Central Iowa
Benjamin Hoover, United Way of East Central Iowa
Anthony Jensen, Kirkwood Community College
Beth Lehman, The Gazette Company
Abby McMahon, United Fire
Curtis Nelson, Transamerica
Wendy Nielsen, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Alisha Pedersen, Rockwell Collins
Charlie Schimberg, The Schimberg Co.
Brande Ulrich, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Charisma Wickham, Alliant Energy
Nate Klein, Mount Mercy University

Young Leaders Society members are 40 years old and younger with an annual contribution of $250 or more.  This leadership program is designed to recognize and offer tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to begin serving the community through their financial gifts.  A portion of the annual campaign dollars raised by Young Leaders support initiatives that target early childhood.

What opportunities can the Young Leaders Society offer me?

1. Social Networking
2. Professional growth & networking
3. Volunteering

If you would like more information on becoming a member in the Young Leader Society, please contact us here.


Prior Young Leaders Society Chairs

2000-2002 – Rob Kane
2003 – Jason Hellickon/Sue Lowder
2004 – Jason Hellickon/Sue Lowder
Sue Lowder/Seth Miller
Sue Lowder/Seth Miller
2008 – Craig Vander Leest, Melanie Richert
2009 – Melanie Richert, Brett Papendick
2010 – Brett Papendick, Brandi Mueller
2011 – Brandi Mueller, Wendy Nielsen,
2012 – Wendy Nielsen, Shilo Knapp
2013 –  Shilo Knapp, Kari Cooling,
2014 – Kari Cooling, Charlie Schimberg
2015 – Kari Cooling, Mike Butterfield

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