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 Chair) Holmes Murphy
Charlie Schimberg, (2014 Vice Chair)The Schimberg Co.
Emily Baculik, Rockwell Collins
Erica Bergfeld, United Way
Jenn Bleil, Van Meter
Mike Butterfield, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Amber Doyle, International Paper
Sam Hammes, TrueNorth
Benjamin Hoover, United Way
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
Fred Rose, BetterDebt
Brande Ulrich, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Charisma Wickham, Alliant Energy

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, The Overture Group; Wendy Nielsen, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
2012 - Wendy Nielsen, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust; Shilo Knapp, Rockwell Collins
2013 -  Shilo Knapp, Rockwell Collins; Kari Cooling, Holmes Murphy
2014 (current) – Kari Cooling, Holmes Murphy; Charlie Schimberg, The Schimberg Co.


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