2018 Connectors

Linda Franker
2018 Chair
OPTAVIA, Independent Coach
I am a health transformation agent, an Optavia Independent Coach. Certified through the Villanova School of Nursing. My professional career of 30 years in corporate America has well prepared me to serve as a leader. My experience in various leadership positions has allowed me to focus my efforts on supporting and guiding others to reach to that next level of personal and team development which results in success. I am passionate about supporting the success of others to reach their goals, creating hope that leads to action. Action allows my clients to improve their health, both physical and mental as well as improve their finances, well beyond their initial expectations. The ?giggle? moment of seeing others have hope is a blessing knowing how it positively affects them and their families as well, as they arrive at the ?Sweet Spot? in their lives with their health. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, working out, and hiking in CO.
Lisa Hanrahan
2018 Co-Chair
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites DM Northwest
Sales Manager

Lisa has been the Corporate Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn & Suites on Merle Hay Rd. in Urbandale since August 2016. She was a Graphic Designer at Image360 (formerly Signs Now) for 6 years. She graduated with honors from Grand View University in 2009 with a B.A. in Graphic Design/Journalism. Before school, she had 9 years experience in Sales & Marketing in the hotel industry. She is married to Timothy Hanrahan and share two children, Cailin (age 15) and Adilia (age 4) and resides in Des Moines. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, exercising, traveling, photography and designing. To keep her creative juices flowing, she does freelance design and photography on the side. 

Jay Mathes
2018 Trainer Chair
Iowa Living Magazines
Advertising Account Exec
I grew up in Shell Rock, Iowa and attended Waverly-Shell Rock HS. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Health Promotion in 2000.
I started out as a young grocery clerk at Fareway in Waverly and later opened the new Cedar Falls store in 1997. My career took a shift in 2002 when I moved to the Des Moines metro and took a sales job with Kraft Foods and Nabisco. I later managed a sales and marketing company contracted by the Des Moines Register which brings me to today where I proudly work for Big Green Umbrella Media and sell for The Iowa Living Magazines.
I enjoy playing and watching baseball. I recently retired from the Mid-Iowa Baseball League after five seasons (2015 All-Star) due to injuries but still the biggest Atlanta Braves fan on this side of the Mississippi.
I am married to my wife, Heidi who is a dietitian at Mercy Medical Center, and we have one son, Emerson who attends first grade. 
Michele Reeves
2018 Social Chair
Vision Park Family Eye Care
Office Manager
Michele has been actively involved with the Urbandale Chamber since 2013, she served as the Connector Chair in 2016, and began serving on the Chamber Board in 2017.  She is still active with the Connectors, the Total Resource Campaign and other events and activities.
Alan Bernard
Beyond - Alan Bernard
Division Sales Director
Beyond is an electronic payments processing company (Credit Cards, Employee Management/Payroll, Small Business Lending and Point-of-Sale Systems) that strives to simplify operations, reduce costs and streamline payments for owners of small and mid-size businesses across the country. We are committed to the highest levels of technological innovation, contract terms and customer service—earning our customers’ business every day.

Alan has a diversified background in business development and management, politics, law and sales that make him a unique member of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce.
Brian Bolton
Bolton Financial Group - Bolton Insurance Group
Independent Agent
Actively serving members of the Urbandale Chamber as a Connector. Protecting Personal and Business Assets as an Insurance and Financial Representative of over fifty top rated companies. Passionate about improving the lives of the people whom I associate in preparing them for Life Events. www.boltonfinancialgroup.com
Amy Wise
Wells Fargo - Douglas
Home Mortgage Consultant
With over 50+ years of experience backing me up, I have the knowledge, confidence and professionalism to help customers from start to finish with the greatest of ease. My focus is on providing excellent customer service and make the mortgage process as smooth as possible. Helping people achieve their financial goals is why I love what I do. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, running, and trying new local restaurants. I am a huge Iowa State fan. Will be getting married in September of 2018!
Andrew Cooper
MidWest Security Patrol Inc.
Director of Training and Public Relations
I work for MidWest Security Patrol and Investigations wearing many hats for my organization. It seems that during the winter months I am always working since I cannot get outside. Once summer hits I am either out swimming, biking, running or riding on the Harley. I love to workout downtown and I am guilty of grabbing a beer after a hard workout to reward myself. The chamber for me is truly just a great way to meet people and explain my products. I also enjoy being able to provide people that sense of safety and security that they crave.
Mark Courter
State Farm Insurance - Mark Courter
Mark has owned and operated his State Farm Agency in Urbandale since 1985 and moved into his current office location at 6773 Hickman Rd in November, 2009. Shortly after starting his State Farm career, Mark joined the Urbandale Chamber and has been a member ever since. Mark has been involved in the chamber in many capacities and has served on the Board of Directors, has been the Chair of the Connector committee during two different tenures as well as serving on the government affairs committee, the communications committee and the advocacy committee. Mark has been named the Connector of the month numerous times, Mark Courter Insurance was the 2005 Urbandale Chamber Business of the Year and in 2008 Mark was honored as the Urbandale Citizen of the Year.
Susan Dunn
Orangetheory Fitness
I have been with the Urbandale Connectors since 2008!  I am also proud to say I was selected as Connector of the Year 2 times!  My upbeat attitude and never ending energy can be seen at Chamber Events year round.  Working for Orange Theory Fitness finds me in a perfect spot to promote the healthy lifestyle I cherish and share my passion for a great fitness routine with others. I am married to my best friend of 37 years; we have 2 sons and a grand daughter.  I have served on various Chamber Boards along with other Associations – never saying no to an opportunity to volunteer and make positive changes along the way.   Born and raised a Jersey girl; we have lived in NJ, CT, MI, IL and own a beach retreat in South Carolina where we go to unwind!
Ruth Ebke
H.A. Gross
Joel Hall
Ann Huffman
The Reserve on Walnut Creek
Marketing Director
I'm the Marketing Director for The Reserve, a 60+ independent senior community.  I love to laugh and connect with people. I like to balance my life with an appreciation of nature, camping, fishing, star-gazing, reading, arts,  music, classic cars and more! 
Rhonda Marx
Titus Morrow
Midwest Heritage Bank
Bank Manager

I grew up in Dayton Ohio, went to college in Wisconsin, and moved to Des Moines in 2011. I have a 3 year old son named Jaxson and 5 year old daughter named Kaitlyn. In my spare time I love spending time with my kids or riding my Harley everywhere. I have worked a lot of jobs including landscaping, library, maintenance, industrial food batching, road construction, as well as overseas volunteer work. Before banking I was a salesman for 6 years. I've sold residential HVAC, life insurance, and furniture. Now I manage the retail side of the bank inside the Urbandale Hy-Vee. I spend a good portion of my time developing relationships with local business in order to be an asset to their financial needs; whether its deposits, LOCs, merchant capture, ACH, or any other business banking need, I love to help direct in any way I can.

James Patten
AVI Systems
Account Manager
James is an Account Manager with AVI Systems where he works with clients to connect audio/video technology with digital communication strategies.  Solutions include video conferencing, video/audio distribution, Digital Signage, interactive displays, Video walls, and Streaming made easy.  James spends his time away from work with his Wife and Daughter, various volunteering, and hobbies including Kite building & flying, bicycling, and zymurgy. 
Jennifer Paulsen
REMAX Concepts - Jennifer Paulsen

I thrive on providing exceptional customer service, an outstanding level of professionalism, and ethical practices. I deliver on my promises, promptly return messages, and put my Clients' best interests first, always. My dedication and passion for this industry have resulted in achieving business success and the development of many lifelong friendships and relationships within our community and surrounding areas. I offer a no-pressure, no-obligation approach in my consulting & sales. I look forward to the opportunity to help you, or a loved one, get moving in the right direction!

Randy Pelham
APICS Central Iowa Chapter
Director of Finance
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Operations from Iowa State University. I have many years' experience working on senior management teams of companies to help make them more profitable and stronger companies. This is my passion and I will use it to serve you as a connector & Total Resouce Campaign 
*  Urbandale Chamber of Commerce: Ambassador of the year (2011)-Ambassador from 2005 to Present
Holly Poort
Manpower of Central Iowa
Regional Business Development Manager
Holly Poort, Regional Business Development Manager, has been with Manpower since February 2015. Manpower has been a part of the Greater Des Moines community for over 65 years. As a permanent placement and temp-to-hire staffing agency, Manpower is known for assisting job seekers and employers in meeting their employment and hiring needs. As the Regional Business Development Manager, Holly is responsible for identifying, prospecting and securing business opportunities to support new revenue growth. She focuses on building client relationships through marketing campaigns and on-site appointments while creating a professional relationship through community-based organizations.
Debra Prentice
Choice Genetics USA
Sales and Marketing Administrator
Kirsten Radke
Core Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
I am formerly from Ottumwa, IA and a graduate of Eddyville-Blakesburg High School. I traveled to Storm Lake, IA to attend Buena Vista University where I received my BS while majoring in Biology. I was 4-yr member of the BVU volleyball team and graduated Cum Laude from BVU in 2012. In 2015 I graduated from Des Moines University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I have worked at Core Physical Therapy, in our West Des Moines location, since 2015. As an Osteopathic trained DPT I specialize in 1:1 treatment, using manual techniques, to treat a wide variety of diagnoses from common orthopedic conditions to chronic pain, headaches, migraines, and women's health. I have advanced specialty training in treatment interventions of Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization, and Pelvic Rehabilitation.
Andy Richardson
Electronic Engineering
Communication & Security Consultant

Andy Richardson has been a member of the Urbandale Chamber since 2012.  During the time Andy has been with the Urbandale Chamber he has been a Connector, served on the Gen YP Board leading the Professional Development Committee and began serving on the Urbandale Chamber board in 2017. Andy is employed with Electronic Engineering where he consults with his clients to develop two-way radio communication, video security, access control, GPS telematics and other wireless solutions.  Outside of work Andy serves on the City of Urbandale Parks and Recreation commission and enjoys golfing and bowling. Andy and his wife Nicole live in Urbandale with their two daughters.

Megan Ries
Keystone Chiropractic
Owner/NeuroStructural Chiropractor

Megan is a co-owner of Keystone Chiropractic in West Des Moines. Her clinic's unique focus, NeuroStructural Correction aims to identify core issues that may be affecting a person's body in ways they notice or feel, but more importantly, in ways they have no idea about. Dr. Megan also assists people in making changes to their lifestyle both in the office and in the Des Moines community through her Onsite Health Education. This improves the likelihood that people can make lasting improvements to their health.

Megan joined the chamber in 2016 and is currently involved with the chamber Connectors and serves on the Leadership Committee for genYP. When she's not in the office or out in the community, she enjoys running, trying new workout classes or recipes, volunteering at church, and reading.

David Russell
Abendroth Russell Barnett Law Firm
Of Counsel
Dave is "Of Counsel" with his Law Firm Abendroth and Russell and is still available for referrals and assistance. He splits his time between the Law Firm with his duties as an Urbandale City Councilman, Deacon on the Church DEACON Board, Missions Board , Church Treasurer and Adult Bible Study Teacher at Des Moines First Assembly of God .Dave also serves on the Board of Directors of Adult and Teen Challenge of the Midlands of Colfax Iowa..
Robert Sayer, CFP®, MBA
Waddell & Reed
Financial Advisor
Robert Sayer, CFP®, MBA is a financial advisor at Waddell & Reed located in West Des Moines, IA.  Mr. Sayer has been at his current position since he and his family moved to Iowa in 2014 from Las Vegas, NV.  He specializes in comprehensive financial planning, retirement planning, insurance planning, education planning, investment planning, and estate planning.  Previously, Mr. Sayer worked as a Registered Representative with World Group Securities in Rockville, MD.  He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Nuclear Medicine and furthered his education by graduating from the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. with an MBA in Finance and Global Information Technology.  He enjoys golf, sports, spending time with his wife and kids and staying active within the community.
Roger Stalheim
I have an advanced certification as a business coach and consultant.and a member of the top 12 Business coaches in the USA and Canada for T.A.B. international business coaches.  
I have owned 4 start up companies and grew them and sold them.
?T.A.B. Iowa is made up of Roger Stalheim, President, Lori Day 20 year business consultant and Coach and Paul Koenequer, Advanced Sales trainer and teacher.
?Our 20 business expertises are; Succession Planning, S.C.O.R.E. , Executive Coaching and training managers to be managers, Building leadership and managerial skills in managers, 17 personality and personal assessments, One on one coaching and consulting, Strategic Planner, E.OS. Model and implementor and trainer, H.R. Expertise, Advanced Sales Training, Operations,Bbusiness plans, Accountability Coach, Employee development, P & L and balance sheet teacher. Public speaking.      
Bernie Stone
Strategic Scouts Consulting LLC
Executive Director
Military retiree and combat veteran that is passionate about helping others.  I work with small businesses to generate income, and individuals to create wealth.

As a side gig...an International Political Strategy professional that provided unequaled time-sensitive situational awareness to executive decision-makers; expert in developing and managing programs to support policy objectives on a global scale and responding swiftly in emerging crises; high-level experience in foreign affairs and national security policy; extensive overseas experience in Europe, Central Asia, and East Asia; experienced, comfortable, and eager in multi-cultural and multi-lingual working environments; served in five U.S. Embassies. Awarded the Medal of Merit from the Republic of Lithuania.
Norm Trentmann
Trentmann, Norm
Retired Engineer
Norm Trentmann, a Registered Professional Engineer, retired from MidAmerican Energy in 2015 after 43 years of service.  He graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla with BSEE (Electrical Engineering),  has served on the Midland Credit Union Board of Directors, and the Engineering Club of Des Moines.  Norm has served on the Urbandale Chamber Board of Directors and is active as a Chamber Connector.  HIs current interests include volunteer work, travel, cars, gardening. He and his lovely wife, Janet, live in Urbandale and have two adult children: Jonay (Houston TX) and Andrew (Denver, CO).
Thomas Wheeler
Casee Woodley
RE/MAX Precision - Woodley Real Estate

I was born and raised in central Iowa, but moved away long enough to appreciate the midwestern values.

I am a Grand View University graduate, and small business owner in several Des Moines suburbs, so I have a vested interest in seeing the community prosper.

My husband, Andy, and I reside in Johnston. We have four children: Drew (15), Alyx (8), Ryah (6) & JJ (2). We spend a lot of time in the fall & winter cheering on the Grand View Vikings football and Iowa Energy basketball programs.

Tiffany Menke
Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Since 2004, Tiffany Menke, IOM, has been the President of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the boards of and is a Past President/Past Chair of ICCE, CITR, and IMA.  She currently represents Iowa on the MACE Board of Directors and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Council through the Greater Des Moines Partnership as well as participates in a pilot program through the Evelyn K Davis center to mentor exoffenders.

In 2017, Tiffany was honored as a Woman of Influence through the Des Moines Business Record. Other honors include 40 under 40, and Ovation award from the Iowa Women's Foundation. She grew up in Newton and went on to Grand View University in Des Moines where she earned a degree in Mass Communications, Journalism and a minor in Photography.
Ryan Moon
Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Membership Director
Ryan Moon began working for the Urbandale Chamber in 2017. Previously, he worked in Washington, D.C. for 270 Strategies and various projects for the United States Global Leadership Coalition and Union of Concerned Scientists. He also worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Iowa House of Representatives. He is responsible for membership recruitment, development, and retention for the organization. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Political Science. He enjoys spending time with friends, family, and his dogs Hilton and Stark. 
Mary Knueven
Michelle Paterson
Reonna Snyder
Hotel Renovo
Sales Executive
Some say, I do deals in heels!  Hi, I’m Reonna – a business professional that has been in the hospitality, event planning industry my entire life.  I graduated with honors at AIB College of Business with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Travel and Tourism.  Following graduation, I accepted a job at AIB as the Alumni Relations Coordinator then moved up to Director a couple years later.  Throughout the years, I’ve been in sales and management positions at hotels and restaurants.  A year ago, I started working for Heart of America Group in their sales office.  A flourishing company!
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family plus friends, volunteering and venturing out to any community event. 
Nicole Berger
Samantha Winebrenner
Dream Street Realty

I am an Iowa native who was born and raised in Des Moines and a proud graduate of East High School! Real estate has always been a dream of mine so I earned my license in 2011 and enjoyed serving clients until 2014. Since then I have been on the mortgage/finance side of the business and received my loan originator license in the fall of 2017. I have learned so much about the financing and what goes on behind the scenes during a real estate transaction. I am so excited to be back at real estate and know that the knowledge I have gained will be a great asset to serve my clients and make sure their transaction is as worry free as possible! I look forward to teaming up with you and helping make your dreams come true! I currently reside in Urbandale with my two daughters, Lucy and Gwen. If I am not working, I am with them doing things around town, going to the movies, spending time with family and baking yummy desserts!

Luke Xiong-Howser
Account Executive
I am the Account Executive for Concentra medical center. I help employers set up their accounts to receive treatment for job-related injuries. We also provide employment services like drug screens, physicals, vaccines etc. My goal is to provide a program that minimizes cost and has quality medical outcomes for employers. 
Lydia Saggau
Laser Resources
New Business Development
I am an Iowa native, University of Kansas Alumni and a lover of people. I am a new addition to the Laser Resources team and am responsible for cultivating relationships with business and the people who make them great. I love mornings, running, music, eating, coffee, and drawing. I am always willing to listen and am passionate about helping people. 
Matt Shaw
Keller Williams Greater Des Moines
Commercial Real Estate Broker
I've been  in the Real Estate industry since 2001.  KW Commercial is a full service commercial brokerage specializing in the marketing of retail, office, multi-family, industrial and agricultrial property
Apryl Young
Keller Williams Greater Des Moines
Hi I'm a Florida Native and moved to Urbandale in 2004...love the midwest and Iowa.  I have three daughters ages 28 and 25 (twins) and a four year old grandson.  I've been in the real estate industry for over five years helping my "people" achieve one of their greatest dreams in life of home ownership while incorporating my passion for real estate, interior design and photography.
Jason Parkin
Compass Financial Services
Business Development
I am the business development representative for Compass Financial Services, located in West Des Moines. Compass is local, independent, and has no minimum account size balance. We help people match their dollars to their dreams. 
Chelsea Walter
Midwest Family Lending
Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator

Hello! My name is Chelsea and I live in Des Moines. I was born in Wisconsin (go Packers!) and moved to Iowa when I was the early age of 6. I have lived in the Des Moines metro since. I am a licensed mortgage originator for residential loans at Midwest Family Lending. Prior to being an originator, I worked in the mortgage industry on the originator side – closing, processing and underwriting. Outside of work, I love to spend time with family/friends, enjoy a cocktail, network with other people, and pretty much anything outdoors. Fun fact – I am a vegetarian! 

Are you or someone you know looking to purchase a home? I would love the opportunity to help you through the lending process. Honesty, communication and commitment are 3 fundamentals I truly value in every transaction. 

John Cannon
Wintrust Mortgage
Mortgage Consultant
An 18-year veteran of the mortgage industry but a relative newcomer to Des Moines, I'm eager to establish mysef as the person you want your friends or family to go to for mortgage advice. My emphasis is on counseling and helping clients understand the many options, and guide them through what, unfortunately, is not an easy process. Please keep me in mind when you come across someone looking to buy, sell, or refinance a house.
Meredith Young