Young Leader: United Way understands “what resources are needed throughout the community”

Curtis Nelson and family - Young Leaders Spotlight 2013

Curtis Nelson and family.

On occasion we like to highlight some of our Young Leaders Society members. This spotlight is about Curtis Nelson, who sits on the Young Leaders committee.  (To nominate a Young Leader to be highlighted here please contact us here.)

United Way: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you work? What do you do for fun?
Curtis: I work as a Data Security Analyst at Transamerica. I have been with Transamerica for five years.

I enjoy golfing, cooking, and spending time with my growing family.

United Way: Why did you join the Young Leaders Society?
Curtis: I joined the Young Leaders Society to act as a representative for the Transamerica company. The opportunity was presented to me by the departing Transamerica representative. I graciously accepted the opportunity to join the Young Leaders Society in hopes to provide feedback to both the United Way and Transamerica that would help increase participation of young Transamerica employees.

United Way: What are your favorite activities in the community?
Curtis: I enjoy attending live performances by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. I enjoy browsing the local Farmers’ Markets and Newbo Market.

United Way: How did you decide to be involved with United Way?
Curtis: I decided to become involved with United Way during Transamerica’s annual campaign. I believe strongly in giving back to the community. United Way does a great job of providing back to the community and understanding where and what resources are needed throughout the community.

United Way: What’s something unique that people don’t know about you?
Curtis: My wife (Amber), daughter (Adalynn), and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby son/brother in April.

United Way: What is some of the best parenting and /or leadership advice you have received?
Curtis: “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Rick Tate

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2013/14 Committee Members


Shilo Knapp, Rockwell Collins - 2013/2014 chair

Kari Cooling, Holmes Murphy - 2013/14 vice-chair
Jenn Bleil, Van Meter
Mike Butterfield, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Amber Doyle, International Paper
Sam Hammes, TrueNorth (Joined February 2013)
Anthony Jensen Kirkwood Community College
Beth Lehman, The Gazette Company
Curtis Nelson, Transamerica (Joined Summer 2012)
Alisha Pedersen, Rockwell Collins (Joined July 2012)
Wendy Nielsen, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust - immediate past chair
Fred Rose, Morgan Stanley
Charlie Schimberg, Schimberg Co.(Joined November 2012)
Charisma Wickham, Alliant Energy. (Joined Fall 2013)
Committee member job description

Why Give to United Way?

This is a video from our August 2012 Young Leaders Society event. Some longtime donors told the crowd why they give to United Way.