Renee Hardman – Chief Executive Officer
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Renee joined BBBSCI as the CEO in July 2018. Renee has more than 25 years of executive level HR experience and has served as board member for nearly 20 nonprofits in the area. Renee graduated from Drake University with a BA in Psychology and later earned an MBA. Most recently, Renee founded Hardman Consulting, LLC, a human resources consulting firm. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and then Senior Vice President of Community Relations at Banker’s Trust. In 2017, Renee was the first African American woman elected to the West Des Moines City Council.
A Big herself, Renee was introduced to BBBSCI in 1983 when she was matched with her Little Sister, who was from Sierra Leone in West Africa. In 1996, she was named Big Sister of the Year. Renee and her Little have remained in contact since her Little’s high school graduation and are life-long friends. Renee’s professional, civic and volunteer experiences are proof of her commitment to youth and our community. Renee has received numerous awards, honors and recognition from Des Moines-area organizations. These include, but are not limited to, being inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame, named to the Des Moines Register’s 2018 People to Watch list, earning the 2018 Women of Impact and the 2013 National Alumni awards from Drake University, Connie Wimer Spirit Award and the Business Record’s Women of Influence Award.
Renee is looking forward to partnering with YOU as we celebrate an important milestone of 50 years of mentorship here in Central Iowa and having a positive and impactful difference in the lives of our most precious assets – our youth.
Tony Leo, Director of Programs and Operations
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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.
Sara Bishop, Communications Specialist
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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.
Nathan Brooks, Match Support and Child Enrollment Specialist
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Nathan comes to BBBSCI with experience in a variety of roles including time spent at Employee and Family Resources, Central Iowa Employment & Training Consortium, Better Business Bureau, and serving on the Polk County Board of Supervisors as an elected official. He also has participated in a number of civic activities including the Bridges Mentoring Program, serving as a board member for six (6) different organizations, and enjoys coaching youth track and football. He is a prior “40 Under 40” recipient from the Business Record and brings a great deal of passion for our mission.
Amy Hall, Events and Volunteer Management Coordinator
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Amy has been with BBBSCI since October 2018 as our Events and Volunteer Management Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Leisure, Youth & Human Services and also obtained a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential through the National Leadership Alliance. She has extensive experience working in non-profits. Amy is originally from the central Iowa area and in her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing guitar and singing, and being outdoors as often as possible.
Mike Hemmer, Community-Based Match Support Specialist
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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
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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
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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.
Danielle Kuhn, Volunteer & Recruitment Coordinator
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Danielle joined BBBSCI as the Volunteer and Recruitment Coordinator in January 2019. She grew up in Des Moines and has spent much of her life volunteering at church and a variety of health and human services organizations while maintaining a career in the finance and insurance industry. Danielle enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking and other outdoor activities when the temps are warm. She is also excited to volunteer at BBBSCI as a Big Sister.
Taylar Neighbour, Community-Based Match Support Specialist/Child Enrollment Coordinator
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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
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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!
Rachel Ukena, Child Enrollment Coordinator
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Rachel played soccer and graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Management and Human Relations and a Master’s Degree of Science in Management. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Iowa obtaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Rachel was born and raised in Kansas, she decided to move to Iowa to be closer to family. In her free time she enjoys being with family and close friends. She enjoys the outdoors, being at the lake, watching sports, and being active. Go Chiefs!