People to Watch in 2015 nominees
The following are among the more than 60 people nominated as a Person to Watch in 2015 by Des Moines Register readers. The list includes the nominee's hometown and why the person was nominated. (The list does not include the people the Register wrote about.)
Read the profiles atDesMoinesRegister.com/PeopletoWatch.
James Anthony Bearden, Des Moines. He is an abstract artist who has sold his work to collectors in Brazil, Japan and London.
Cosette Boone, Des Moines. The executive director and one of two midwives at Willowsong Midwifery Care in Des Moines is working to expand a two-suite accredited freestanding birth center that is slated to open in 2015.
Dory Briles, Des Moines. The executive director of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation is leading the effort to help Des Moines residents gain access to computer resources.
Heath Bullock, West Des Moines. He launched the Iowa Markets Brokerage division of Jones Lang LaSalle in 2014, and this group will make development announcements in 2015.
Meredith Burkhall, Urbandale. The 6-foot-3 Roosevelt High School senior recently signed to play basketball at Iowa State University.
Rod Copple, Ames. The executive of the Green Hills Resident Association has worked to make the Green Hills retirement community a premier continuing care retirement community for the past 14 years.
Vivian Doelue, Des Moines. The editor-in-chief of the Urban Vibe, the student publication of the Urban Campus of Des Moines Area Community College, is working to build the publication's readership of students, especially those in the campus' minority population.
Tyler Eason, Grimes. The director of the Office of Substitute Decision Maker within the Iowa Department of Aging is traveling around Iowa to talk about his office and guardianship and substitute decision making.
Adam Geneser, West Des Moines. He has opened four Power Life Yoga studios in the Des Moines area, and has built a sense of community among his 100 yoga instructors and thousands of students.
Jan Glendening, Pleasant Hill. The state director of the Nature Conservancy in Iowa will work to get the Nature Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund funded by the state Legislature in 2015.
Daniel Gorchals, West Des Moines. He recently became the director of operations for Paws and Effect, a nonprofit that places service dogs with disabled veterans and children.
Daniel Grimes, Des Moines. He is the owner of RM Food and Beverage LLC, a company that offers event consulting, catering and boutique beverage services.
Emily Hamilton, Des Moines. The director of the Des Moines "I Have a Dream" Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that aims to help end the cycle of poverty through education, is helping the organization expand its Dreamer Academy, which aims to help children graduate from high school.
Dave Handsaker, Winterset. An executive for Agrigold Seed and the owner of the Pumpkin Ranch in Winterset is now also working with fitness centers and athletic clubs to offer XStreaming Fitness, video workouts.
Drew Harden, Waukee. He is the president and co-founder of Blue Compass Interactive, a Web development and marketing company, that helps businesses locally and nationwide.
Dr. Tim Ihrig, Des Moines. He is an expert on palliative care, which is given to patients who have serious or life-threatening diseases, and has talked at TedxDesMoines and on National Public Radio.
Adam Kaduce, Urbandale. He is a 2014 graduate of the Des Moines Leadership Institute's Community Leadership Program who is helping bring organizations to the Des Moines area.
Jon E. Kallen, Johnston. The senior vice president and general counsel at Energy Independence Partners is active in the Johnston community as a former city council member and past president of the local Rotary club.
Wes Keith, Des Moines. A personal trainer who formed 22nd Street Barbell, a competitive powerlifting team, and recently opened up a gym at Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines.
Dennis Kelly, Johnston. The creator of Yoga in the Park and Meditation Around Town is making yoga and meditation accessible to Des Moines residents.
Dr. Fred Klingbeil, Des Moines. He is the director of pediatric rehabilitation medicine at ChildServe and at both Blank Children's Hospital and Mercy Children's Hospital and Clinics.
Rob Kretzinger, Urbandale. The chief executive officer of WesleyLife has helped build a network of services for older adults, and he has been involved in legislation on both state and federal levels.
Kirk Leeds, Boone. The chief executive officer at the Iowa Soybean Association and his team will have to manage many issues, like helping Iowa maintain its relations with China, in 2015.
Jeremy Lewis, Des Mones. The executive director of the Des Moines Bike Collective is overseeing an expansion of the B-cycle bike share program, increasing fundraising and hiring a full-time programs coordinator.
Joe McGovern, Huxley. The president of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation will continue to work to work with the legislature to get funding for the Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.
Christina Moffat, Des Moines. She is the owner of Crème Cupcake + Dessert in Des Moines, and will work with entrepreneurs in Dallas, Jasper, Marion, Polk and Warren counties as the mid-Iowa regional director for the Iowa Small Business Development Center.
Corey Moss, Sioux City. He launched the digital division at Principato-Young Entertainment, where he produced more than 30 web series, and is now with Heart's new digital studios team.
JoAnn Muldoon, Des Moines. The president of the King Irving Neighborhood Association and co-president of the Jane Foundation, a program assisting youth groups and schools in Des Moines, is co-managing a grant designed to make residents feel more safe walking in the city.
Matt Ostanik, Dallas Center. He launched FunnelWise, a marketing and sales alignment software set to hit the market in 2015.
Dr. April J. Oxendale, Des Moines. She moved back to Iowa to start her own chiropractic clinic in November after having a successful career in Nebraska.
Rita Perea, Des Moines. The author, speaker and leadership coach is spearheading the Contemplative Garden Association, a new movement in garden design and purpose.
Ian Planchon, West Des Moines. He created a Super Bowl commercial for Fareway that received an Emmy nomination, and went to a Hollywood premiere of a documentary for which he was a primary cinematographer.
Brittney Marie Reed, Iowa City. The pre-law student started the college chapter of the NAACP at the University of Iowa and was recently appointed to the Johnson County Youth Justice Board.
M. Jessica Rowe, Des Moines. The executive director of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is leading the charge for large-scale projects that will be announced in 2015.
Nicole Shumate, Urbandale. She is the founder of Paws and Effect, a non-profit that places service dogs with disabled veterans and children, and is involved in legislative initiatives that will be up for debate in 2015.
Annie Starr, West Des Moines. The chief executive officer of Orchard Place is working to establish the "Sanctuary Mode, a blueprint for clinical and organizational change that creates a trauma-informed community.
Simeon Talley, Iowa City. He created a T-shirt line called Guns x Butter in 2014, and plans to launch in Iowa cities in 2015.
Chris Uglum, Urbandale. He is the co-founder of Pivot Wealth Strategies, a wealth management firm that will move into a 3,000 square-foot space in the 134-year-old building at 210 Court Ave. in early 2015.
Micole Van Walbeek, Des Moines. A single mother who earned her real estate license through the Iowa Realty Veterans to Realtors Program and is now a realtor helping first-time home buyers and seasoned buyers.
David VanCleave, Des Moines. The artistic director for the Des Moines Young Artists Theater has brought diverse stage opportunities, like "Annie" and "Fame, Jr.", to Des Moines' youth in 2014, and will direct "Little Women" and "Rent" in 2015.
Brian Waller, West Des Moines. As the newly hired executive director of the Iowa Technology Association, he is spearheading initiatives to expand Iowa's technology sector.
Stacey N. Warren, Altoona. She is an attorney who helped transform the Babich Goldman Family Law Group into a boutique law firm that advises and represents clients of all types.
Jeff Weld, Cedar Falls. The executive director of the governor's STEM advisory council is working to bring awareness and interest in science, technology, engineering and math among Iowans.
Justin Wise, Des Moines. He is the founder of Think Digital, a social media marketing agency and online education platform, and is committed to encouraging startups to set up shop in Des Moines.