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 ReadeLeader Valley Director
Teri Trask
Teri TraskLeader Valley Facilitator & Coach
Nicole Hackman
Nicole HackmanLeader Valley Fundraising & Communication Director

Leader Valley Council

Jim Denholm
CUNA Mutual Group

Bryan Earnest
AMPERAGE Marketing and Fundraising

Matt Myers
John Deere Waterloo Works

Past Chair
Tom Penaluna
CBE Companies, Inc.

Kara Van Wert
Veridian Credit Union

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

Liz DeJoode
PDCM Insurance

Brandi White
Kryton Engineered Metals

Steph Paxton
Amy Wienands Real Estate

Kelsey Burke
VGM Group

Kendra Richman
UnityPoint Health

Katie Hillyer
University of Northern Iowa College of Business

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

Deacon Smith
Expo Alternative Learning Center/Waterloo Career Center

Reagan Lindsay
Columbus High School

Will Frost
Grow Cedar Valley

Cary Darrah
Grow Cedar Valley

Teri Trask
Leader Valley Staff