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Women’s Leadership Connection


UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL IOWA Women’s Leadership Connection:

Women’s Leadership Connection:

Influential, caring women United to improve school readiness for children in our community

United Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Connection helps our community make progress toward a bold EDUCATION goal: By 2020, to cut by half the number of high school students who do not graduate on time.

Taking action. Achieving results.

Women like you know the quality of a child’s early learning forms a foundation for later success in school and life.

Research shows that children from lower-income neighborhoods start school at least two years behind their peers in pre-reading skills and social development. For every 50 children struggling to read in kindergarten, 44 of them will be struggling to read in third grade. And reading scores in third grade are a strong predictor of high school graduation.

That’s why United Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Connection members give, advocate and volunteer to improve the quality of early learning and school readiness for vulnerable children.

Since 2002, Women’s Leadership Connection, now over 500 members strong, has raised and invested over $9.6 million to strengthen our community’s network of early learning for young children. Your WLC investments: • Support 17 early learning centers and over 200 in-home care providers, giving over 2,000 children a nurturing, safe and enriching environment in which to learn and grow each year. • Improve children’s health and literacy through mobile reading programs, nurse consultants and dental health outreach. • Provide facility improvements and help early learning teachers through curriculum enhancements and professional development.

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WLC members are our community’s leading advocates in early childhood and family issues on state and federal levels.

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Women’s Leadership Connection: Your peers in leadership WLC Lead Women These women committed $2,500 or more to strengthen the community-wide network of care and support that lead to success in a child’s early education. Lead Members ($2,500 +) Andrea Abel Helen Adams Debbie Albertson Marsha Aldridge Linda Alleman Christine Anderson Kelly Anderson Susan Aschenbrenner Jane Augspurger Jean Austen Jennie Balcom Lisa Banker Kathy Bauer Bergetta Beardsley Laura Beebe Jean Bell Chris Bening Carrie Bening Barbara Bennett Janet Betts Kathryn Beyer Courtney Biscoe Margo Blumenthal Breanne Bolin Mary Bontrager Pamela Bass Bookey Marcia Borel Margaret Borgen Inez Boyken Liz Bredeson 4

Angie Brick Diane Bridgewater Ivy Brown Susan Bunz Colleen Burgeson Gloria Burnett Stephanie Burrows Suzie Glazer Burt Mary Bussone Gayle Butler Teresa Button Judi Buxo Lori Calhoun Cindy Campbell Hallie Still-Caris LaNae Ceryanec Jennifer Holliday Chatman Lori Chesser Susan Chisolm Barrie Christman Joane Clark Julie Zierke Clark Desiree Clausen Maureen Drummond Closson Sandy Hatfield Clubb Pam Coffey Mary Coffin Shannon Cofield Kim Colletti Eileen Conroy

Linda Lundstrom Cook Patty Cownie Martha Crist Beth Cross Brenda Currier Brenda Cushing Melinda Dabney Lonnette Dafney Cheryl Dahlquist Melissa Dammeier Teresa Danos Tonya Dardis Darcy Darrah Christina Davis Susan Davis Judy McCoy Davis Joyce DeVito Holly Dierks Susan Dodge Janet Donnelly Beth Dorweiler Lisa Dreyer Jean Duffy Jean Durant Patricia Dyar Rhonda Elming Nora Everett Kathy Fehrman Lori Fenton Peggy Fisher Allison Fleming

Kimberly Foltz Rita Forsyth Mell Meredith Frazier Ann Fredericks Jann Freed Monica Friedman Dr. Corrine Ganske Barbara Gartner Ellen Gaucher Marlis Gilbert Kim Gillespie Cheryl Giudicessi Lisa Godlasky Sharon Louis-Goldford Michelle Book Gowdy Sally Graf Linda Graff Lynn Graves Kathy Gray Lynn Greenwood Janet Griffin Michele Irwin Griswell Joy Grosser Carrie Hall Susan Halterman Susan Hanke Melinda Hanrahan Jill Hansen Anne Happel Renee Hardman Siobhan Harman Cynthia Hatten Ginny Haviland Katherine Hedrick Diane Heid Cara Heiden Susan Hellickson Carolyn Helmlinger Jeri Le Henry Christine Hensley

Jacki Hinrichs Joyce Hoffman Laura Hollingsworth Joanie Houston Cheryl Howard Charlotte Hubbell Debbie Hubbell Ellen Hubbell Helen Hubbell Rusty Hubbell Beth Hummels Candence Bidler Hurley Deb Israel Doreen Jennrich Jaina Johnson Joan Johnson Teresa Johnson Teree Caldwell-Johnson Julia Lawler-Johnson Martha Miller Johnson Winifred Kelley Kendra Kelly Mary Kelly Sheila Kelly Elizabeth Gregg Kennedy Sue Kenny Nicolette Keough Charlotte Kimball Carrie King Monica Kirgan Ann Klein Patricia Kliegl Nancy Knapp Susan Knapp Michelle Koehler Linda Koehn Nancy Krause Sharon Krause Danielle Kuhn Sharon Kurns

Sandy Kvamme Cathy Lacy Jane LaMair Linda LaMair Ellen Lamale Debra Ledesma Jeanne Levitt Linda Carter-Lewis Joyce Lillis Kathleen Lillis Barb Linde Brenda Lindgren Peggy Littlefield Holly Logan Georgette Longnecker Karen Lynn Celia Mahoney Nancy Main Robbie Malm Heidi Mason LaDonna Matthes Madeleine Maxwell Tonya Maxwell Laurie McClure Deb McConnell Heather McDermott Pat McFarland Dr. Andrea McGuire Barbara McKenzie Jeanie McPhail Katie Meredith Barbara Merrill Loree Miles Kristi Miller Debra Milligan Amy Mills Michele Minard Rose Mitchell Diane Morain Lisa Mullan 5


Lisa Nelson Liz Nelson Mary Nelson Mary Lou Neugent Liz Neumann Elizabeth Nigut Diane Norman Annette Norris Shelley Noyce Joni Oestreich Deborah Gore Ohrn Mary O’Keefe Jo Oldson Heather Olson Jill Oman Jennifer Lock Oman Lynsey Oster Natali Justiniano Pahl Ginger Palmer Mary Pappajohn Lisa Foxworthy Parker Cheryl Pathman Eve Patterson Susan Pegg Joyce Pingel Monica Newbanks-Pingel Janell Pittman Dawn Plimmer Shirley Poertner Leesa Whitt-Potter Judy Price Kathleen Prien Eva Quinn Jackie Quinn Lucinda Raabe Dr. Mary Radia Lynette Rasmussen 6

Debbie Reichardt Gail Richards Sunnie Richer Kay Riley Stephanie Riva Susan Roozeboom Juliane Ross Beth Roy Janis Ruan Phyllis Rupprecht Angela Sanders Angela Sass Patrice Sayre Jane Deming Scanlon Renee Schaaf Beth Schelske Donna Schindel Elizabeth Cotter Schlax Pat Schneider Mindy Scholten Theresa Schrettenbrunner Jamie Schug Nancy Sebring Helen Seibel Mary Seidler Karen Shaff Loretta Sieman Kathleen Simmons Laurie Sloterdyk Nell Slusark Denise Smithson Deanna Strable-Soethout Lore McManus Solo Kim Steinberg Penny Sullivan Janice Swanson Mathilde Brown Swanson Dawn Taylor Deborah Tharnish Susie Thomann

Dotty Thurston Sheila Tipton Nan Tollakson Toni Urban Leanne Valentine Georgia Van Gundy Margaret Van Houten Terri Vaughan Audrey Vaughn Michelle Vedder Carole Villeneuve Shannon Vilmain Judith Vogel Maria Volante Jean Walker Mary Ann Wallace Kathy Weatherwax Stacie Webster Janice Welp Jane Whalen Michele Whitty Melissa Wiechman Debora Wiley Ellen Willadsen Deb Wille Martha Willits Connie Wimer Kelly Wirt Karen Worth Rhea Zembower Adele Zieser Kathi Zimpleman Kathy Zumbach

When caring women LIVE UNITED, children’s lives improve.

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Lead Members ($2,500 +) Continued

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WLC Members These women committed $1,000 to ensure quality early learning for young children in central Iowa. Members ($1,000 - $2,499) Emily Abbas Pamela Ackelson Cheryl Adams Mechile Adams Marsha Aldridge Laura Allen Angela Arthur Tracy Aukes Jodi Baldner Lisa Banker Laurie Barrick Angela Baughman Cammy Beason Joey Beech Allison Behrens Nona Bennett Brooke Benschoter Sarah Bergamo Jill Blosser Debra Blume Connie Boesen Geri Wolfe Boesen Mary Borchers Sara Bowe Nancy Bower Lauren Bramble Jonette Brandsgard Jem Gong-Browne Coda Bruce Elisabeth Buck Lauren Burgeson Kristi Burma Barbara Cappaert Crista Carlile 8

Heidi Chico Kristi Christensen Rhea Frost-Clewell Michelle Cook April Coulter Ann Cownie Teresa Cox Stacy Cunning Kay Curtis Kathie Danielson Deborah Debruin Tammera Denton Leslie Dewey Chris Diana Nancy Doll Ruth Doxon Mary Draayer Jennifer Drake Shannon Duval Amy Ellerbach Angela Ellis Lisa Elming Suzanne Engman Debra Svoboda Epp Beth Eslinger Denise Essman Lynn Ewing Jennifer Fegter Tanya Feldman Debra Fisk Rhonda Flanery Laura Fliehler Bonnie Forburger Oma Ford Nanette Freerksen Vicki Freese

Tracy Frette Janelle Friedman Lisa Fritz Mary Funk Angela Gallagher Amy Gates Rebecca Gibson Christina Goodrich Tina Gordinier Dianna Gorsche Addy Gould Natalie Green Karen Grode Laure Guisinger Cindy Gustafson Kristin Gustafson Sharon Gaddy-Hanna Elizabeth Happe Cheryl Harding Jamie Hart Lori Hawbaker Carol Healy Suzanne Heckenlaible Carol Hendrick Kimberly Herren Jill Hittner Roberta Holmes Nancy Hopkins Laurie Hoskins Karman Hotchkiss Cara Hulick Kim Huynh Jennifer Igou Melissa Inman Laura Jacobsen Martha James

Karla Jeffries Beth Jensen Beverly Jensen Stacey Johnson Mary Johnson Connie Johnston Lisa Karabinus Jennifer Keltner Jacqueline Kiple Andrea Kloberdanz Kelsey Knowles Becky Knutson Audrey Kobus Karen Kovacevich Brenda LaPorte Janette Larkin Leigh Larson Elizabeth Lay Christy Light Caren Linderman Jeanne Low Regina Lowery Pamela Lund Sarah Lundt Jacklyn Marino Sharon Marlow Sherry Mathany Angie McCombs Meagan McCullough Julie McLean Kathleen Melde Lisa Mentzer Patricia Meyer Carol Meyer Julie Middleswart Joan Middleton Kimberly Milliken Rene’e Montgomery Jennifer Morgan Jessica Morrison Susan Morrison Barbara Morrow

Mindy Moss Leah Moyer Katherine Murphy Catherine Murray Jaime Naig Bridget Cravens-Neely Sondra Newkirk Angela Newton Nora Nurre Rose Nutting Terese Patterson Karen Pearston Joan Perinelli Leslie Petersen Kimberly Pfiffner Emily Pontius Sheila Prine Barbara Putney Roselind Rabinowitz Marsha Raisch Jennifer Ramundt Mary Reeves Janice Reinicke Elise Reiser Jennifer Rhoads Krista Richmond Gina Rickert Theresa Ridout Lynda Riley Holly Roland Maura Rombalski Tamara Rood Raylene Rospond TeAnna Rupprecht Wendy Rus Jennifer Samuels Leanne Samuelson Dayle Sanders Nancy Sandor Sheila Sargent Lauren Sartwell Mary Schaefer

Amy Schlicher Theresa Schmidt Julie Schreurs Elizabeth Sedrel Kelly Sharp Kristal Shimon Patricia Shoff Joyce Siebert Mary Simon Alynn Smith Danielle Foster-Smith Dawn Stoppelmoor Meghanne Svatos Christine Terhark Deborah Tezak Christina Thompson Sarah Thorn Janet Tiffin Kathleen TillStange Eileen Tyler Beth Vaage Jennifer Weldon Van Wyk Lisa Veach Terra Vellema Karee Vernon Erin Wallace Jill Jensen-Welch Sheree Wheeler Judy White Kathryn Whitver Lori Wiederin Denise Wieland Christine Williams Erika Williams Julie Williams Annette Jorden Williams Tracy Willits Kelli Winchester Renee Wood Carol Woodruff Penny Woods 9


INVEST IN WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONNECTION

RECOGNIZED LEADERS

Here’s how:

United Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Connection presents many opportunities to connect, serve and be recognized for your commitment:

• Invest $2,500 to join WLC Lead Women, and help United Way create lasting, positive change in the lives of young children.

• At unique WLC events where you meet, learn from and network with peers.

• Invest $1,000 or more to join WLC at the member level.

• In community-wide events like the annual “Stuff the Bus” book drive.

• Consider increasing your contribution through the Step-up program, described below.

• In volunteer activities, including WLC committees, if desired. • Via timely communications about the results of your investments and service.

Step-up program

• In annual Des Moines Business Record and Des Moines Register photo recognitions.

Receive full Women’s Leadership Connection recognition and benefits in year one when committing to a three-year progression in contributions:

• In social media and the United Way of Central Iowa website.

Your United Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Connection contact:

WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONNECTION STEP-UP PROGRAM WLC MEMBER ($1,000 LEVEL)

WLC LEAD WOMAN

Bergetta Beardsley Director, Investor Relations and Women’s Leadership Connection United Way of Central Iowa 1111 Ninth Street, Suite 100 Des Moines, Iowa 50314

($2,500 LEVEL)

YEAR ONE

$ 500

$1,500

YEAR TWO

$ 750

$2,000

YEAR THREE

$1,000

$2,500

515-246-2510 bbeardsley@unitedwaydm.org

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Please visit us at www.unitedwaydm.org/WLC

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