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

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

Leader Valley Council

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

Director (Ex-Officio)
Dr. Melissa Reade, Director

Liz DeJoode
PDCM Insurance

Brandi White
Kryton Engineered Metals

Kelsey Burke
VGM Group

Kendra Richman
UnityPoint Health

Aaron Sauerbrei
Hawkeye Community College

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

Gina Weekley
Leader Valley Staff

Nicole Hackman
Leader Valley Staff