Renee Hardman – Chief Executive Officer
rhardman@bbbsia.org (515) 288-9025 x228
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.




Shayna Bell, Community-Based Volunteer Mentoring & Recruitment Coordinator
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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
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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.




Natalie Caldwell, Community-Based Match Support Specialist/Child Enrollment Coordinator
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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
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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!




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.



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.