Young Leaders Society

Donors aged 40 years or younger who give $250 or more

The Young Leaders Society (YLS) recognizes individuals and couples 40 years or younger, and offers networking opportunities for new and emerging community leaders. YLS designates 10% of all gifts to the RED Ahead program, which helps low-income children develop the skills they need to succeed before entering kindergarten. Members also participate and organize several events during the year, including Time for Art and LightUnited, a family-friendly cycling event.

Kari Cooling Young Leaders Society 2014

Kari Cooling

2015 Chair
Kari Cooling, Homes Murphy & Associates, Inc.


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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