LEADERSHIP

Eric Heininger, CFRE – Interim Chief Executive Officer
eheininger@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x234
Eric recently joined the BBBSCI team bringing over a decade of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit strategy. Eric is a graduate of the University of Michigan and pursuing an MBA at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa in Des Moines. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and has managed fundraising campaigns throughout the country and across all sectors. Eric is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M. 

 

Tony Leo, Director of Programs and Operations
tleo@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x226
Tony joined BBBSCI in 2005 as a Match Support Specialist and in 2017 became Program Director. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Master’s in Social Work. Tony has lived in Des Moines most of his life with his wife, Kate, 3 sons – Jake, Alex, and Luke, and dog Lucky. In his free time, Tony coaches basketball and Odyssey of the Mind and enjoys doing yard work and watching sports – especially the Iowa Hawkeyes.

 

 

Kyn Hedrick, Director of Donor Relations
khedrick@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x224
Kyn has been with BBBSCI as Director of Donor Relations for over a year. Kyn graduated from Drake University with his MPA, emphasis in non-profit management in August of 2016. He is a proud bulldog alum. Kyn is an Iowa native, however Kyn has ventured out and lived in Orlando, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. He loves to travel all around the U.S., and beyond. His dream vacation will be to go to the Greek Island of Mykonos. Kyn is passionate about the non-profit industry and serving his community, and that is what lead him to this career with BBBSCI.

 

 

TEAM

Shayna Bell, Community-Based Volunteer Mentoring & Recruitment Coordinator
sbell@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x227
Shayna has been with BBBSCI since July of 2015 and has filled many roles, with her current role focusing on Volunteer Enrollment and Recruitment. She graduated from Simpson College with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Human Resources and will soon be attending Drake University to obtain her M.S. in Counseling. Shayna was raised in Norwalk, where she currently resides with her husband Spencer. In her free time Shayna enjoys being involved as a Big Duo with Spencer, spending time with family and friends, reading, going for walks, watching movies, and participating in all the events Des Moines has to offer. Shayna also loves spending time with her pets and cheering on the Chicago Bears!

 

Sara Bishop, Communications Specialist
sbishop@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x238
Sara has been with BBBSCI since October 2011. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and art & design.  Originally from northeast Iowa, Sara now calls Des Moines home and enjoys exploring the city’s local shops and cafes. Sara also volunteers as a Big Sister.

 

 

 

Natalie Caldwell, Community-Based Match Support Specialist/Child Enrollment Coordinator
ncaldwell@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x230
Natalie attended the University of Iowa and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Education. Natalie has lived in the Des Moines area since 2004. Natalie enjoys running, hiking with her two dogs, Quinn and Rogue, hanging out with her family, watching baseball (go A’s), and traveling as much as possible.

 

 

 

Kayli David, School-Based Program Manager
kdavid@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x236
Kayli has been with BBBSCI since June of 2015.  She graduated from theUniversity of Northern Iowa in Youth and Non-Profit. Her and her husband are a Big Duo that love taking their Little on outdoor adventures. They also celebrated the arrival of their first born in September of 2017 keeping them very busy and entertained!

 

 

 

Jacqueline Gibson, Events and Marketing Manager
jgibson@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x235
Jacqueline recently joined the BBBSCI team as the Events and Marketing Manager. She completed 4 years of college courses covering Communications and Journalism. She has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management which includes Market Research and Analysis, Event Planning, Communications, Marketing and Fundraising. She is a loving mom of 3 young adults. Enjoys volunteering, golfing, cycling and reading.

 

 

 

Mike Hemmer, Community-Based Match Support Specialist
mhemmer@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x223
Mike has been with BBBSCI Iowa since March 24, 1980. Mike loves the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa and has served in various positions over the years. He graduated from Wayne State in Nebraska. Mike grew up in Nebraska and is a big football fan who follows the Indianapolis Colts and Nebraska Cornhuskers. He enjoys spending free time with his two Miniature Yorkshire Terriers as well as gardening, traveling, sightseeing and going to football games.   

 

 

Silas Jensen, School-Based Mentoring Coordinator
sjensen@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x231
Silas graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services.  After graduating, Silas has been helping families in the greater Des Moines area. Silas grew up in North Central Iowa in a small farming community. In his free time Silas enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching baseball, and being outside.

 

 

 

Lauryn Kappel, Grants Manager
lkappel@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x240
Lauryn has been with BBBSCI as a Grants Manager since March 2018. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Leisure, Youth & Human Services. Lauryn also obtained a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. Lauryn was born and raised in Ackley, IA. In her free time, Lauryn enjoys spending time outdoors, baking, and attending festivals and the farmers market with friends.

 

 

Taylar Neighbour, Community-Based Match Support Specialist/Child Enrollment Coordinator
tneighbour@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x237
Taylar has been with BBBSCI as a Community-Based Match Support Specialist and Child Enrollment Coordinator for over a year. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services and has also obtained provisional certification as a Family Life Educator through the NCFR. Currently, she is a graduate student at the University of Iowa obtaining a Master’s in Social Work. Taylar was born and raised in Ankeny and returned there shortly after graduating college. In her free time, Taylar enjoys spending time with family and friends, being a cat-mom to her kitten, Mazey, going for walks, baking, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones and New York Yankees.

 

Chad Randleman, School-Based Mentoring Coordinator
crandleman@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x239
Chad graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Human Services. After graduation, he did a one year AmeriCorps stint at Hiatt Middle School. He has worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa since August of 2015 as a School-Based Coordinator. In his free time he likes to hang out with his wife and two kids!  They enjoy camping, boating, and spending time with friends and family.  Go Hawks!

 

 

Robin Wahlert, Finance Manager
rwahlert@bbbsia.org  (515) 288-9025 x222
Robin obtained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Iowa State University and has over 20 years of accounting experience. She joined BBBSCI as the Finance Manager in July of 2017. Robin has also obtained professional certification as an Accredited Financial Counselor through AFCPE allowing her to volunteer as a financial educator to Des Moines’s underserved population. In her free time Robin loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, and their families.