Lisa Rhatigan

Lisa Rhatigan ImOn Communications Lisa Rhatigan is vice president of marketing for ImOn Communications. She stands out as a leader at her company and in the community, being the voice of response and recovery throughout the derecho storm and as services re-connect throughout the storm-impacted areas. A demonstrated hands-on community champion, Lisa currently serves on […]

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Laurie Hamen

Laurie Hamen Mount Mercy University Laurie Hamen was the first laywoman to serve as president of Mount Mercy University. During her tenure, she worked to expand offerings for non-traditional and graduate students and to build community connections before moving on to serve as interim president of College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in […]

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Robin Mixdorf

Robin Mixdorf Meth-Wick Community    As president and chief executive officer of the Meth-Wick Community, Robin Mixdorf is a leading local voice for continuing care and retirement communities. In addition, she volunteers for several professional organizations including the Iowa Aging Services Network Board. In the community, she serves on the board of UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital, […]

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Shannon Hanson

Shannon Hanson United Way of East Central Iowa Put Shannon Hanson in any room or any group, stand back, and watch the magic happen.  She is vice president of marketing and communications at United Way of East Central Iowa, serving as a critical source for communication to human service agencies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

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Keesha Burke Henderson

Keesha Burke Henderson Mount Mercy University The arts, social mobility for historically excluded groups and personal wholeness/wellness and education are just a few passion points for Keesha Burke Henderson, the director of diversity and international student success at Mount Mercy University. Leading several community conversations focused on social justice, she also founded One Woman Central, […]

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Kathy Kaiden

Kathy Kaiden YPN Local nonprofit fundraising professionals often strive to accomplish what Kathy Kaiden did during her time at YPN, before retiring in April. Her journey in the organization helped her gained knowledge of every aspect of the nonprofit organization, building towards her donor-centered philosophy. “My greatest passion has been working in a leadership role […]

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Barbara Thomas

Barbara Thomas University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Barbara Thomas leads by example in service to community with exceptional skills in communication strategy. She is the executive director of communications, alumni, and external relations at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. She also is the current president of the Iowa City Noon […]

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Karmin McShane

Karmin McShane Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency As executive director of the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Karmin McShane has seen first-hand the impact a natural disaster can have on our community. While not immersed in derecho recovery, Karmin serves on numerous local and state committees focused on environmental protection, resource […]

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Heather Wagner

Heather Wagner Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Heather Wagner fell in love with studio arts back in college and has worked as an artist ever since, both in advertising and through her own studio. She joined the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy in 2014 as an art teacher and became the music and arts studios director in […]

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Debbie Takes

Debbie Takes Dan & Debbie’s Creamery Debbie Takes and her husband, Dan, have dedicated their lives to building a sustainable farm and modern-day dairy processing facility. After running their dairy farm for more than 20 years, they added the creamery several years ago and have established the Ely storefront as a go-to destination for ice […]

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