Lead a business-education partnership to develop the leadership skills of Cedar Valley students.


Our students will be prepared to contribute to the success of the Cedar Valley community and its employers.

Leader Valley Staff

Nicole Hackman
Nicole HackmanDirector of Fundraising & Communication
Dr. Melissa Reade
Dr. Melissa ReadeDirector
Gina Weekley
Gina WeekleyCoach/Facilitator

Leader Valley Executive Committee

Matt Myers
John Deere Waterloo Works

Katie Hillyer
University of Northern Iowa College of Business

Bryan Earnest
AMPERAGE Fundraising & Marketing

Past Chair
Tom Penaluna
CBE Companies, Inc.

Gretchen Ogden
US Bank

At Large
Kendra Richman
Unity Point Health

Leader Valley Council

Liz DeJoode
PDCM Insurance

Kelsey Burke
VGM Group

Kendra Richman
UnityPoint Health

Selvedina Nuhanovic
Vine Valley Real Estate

Gwen Timmerman
Tyson Fresh Meats

Catharine Freeman
Hawkeye Community College

Shanlee McNally
RJ McElroy Trust

De’Carlos Anderson
UNI Talent Search

Robert Wright
Waterloo Community Schools

Dr. Jane Lindaman
Waterloo Community Schools

Tom Novotney
Cedar Valley Catholic School System

Dr. Andy Pattee
Cedar Falls Community Schools

Will Frost
Top Rank Talent Solutions

Cary Darrah
Grow Cedar Valley

Aaron Jarnagin
Pixel Labs

Gina Weekley
Leader Valley Staff

Nicole Hackman
Leader Valley Staff