Tag Archives: spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Ariane Sundean

This month we’re delighted to highlight a supporter who has been involved as a volunteer with the YWRC for more than four years, Ariane Sundean! Currently, Ariane is the Vice President of the new Ambassadors committee.  Ariane first became involved with the YWRC after planning a fundraising event benefiting the YWRC. “I’m the president of […]

Supporter Spotlight: Kayla O’Connor

This month we’re pleased to introduce you to Kayla O’Connor, a member of the YWRC community who focuses on cultivating student engagement at Hiatt Middle School! Over the past few years, Kayla has been a key partner in ensuring Empowerment Groups have continued running smoothly at Hiatt. “I am the Student Engagement Coordinator at Hiatt, […]

Staff Spotlight: Christine Tucker

This month, we are excited to spotlight one of the newest YWRC staff members, Christine Tucker! Christine joined the team in April of 2021 as part of our Young Moms Program. While she hasn’t been here long, Christine has already made a meaningful impact in the lives of many participants. “I am the Young Moms […]

Supporter Spotlight: Sara Triplett

This month we are excited to celebrate a member of the YWRC community who is empowering youth to recognize the power of their voices, Sara Triplett! Sara started working at Goodrell Middle School as a Behavior Coach three years ago, and is currently a Behavior Strategist. She is also a co-facilitator for our Chrysalis Girls […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Frank Vaia

Volunteers play a critical role in the success of our organization. This month, we are excited to feature one of our most steadfast, dedicated and genuinely kind volunteers, Frank Vaia. When asked what his favorite volunteer role has been, Frank said, “Co-chairing Celebrity Servers Night with wonderful partners and the YWRC staff support. We clicked.” […]

Board Spotlight: Lora McCollom

As we round out the calendar year, we are taking a moment to spotlight our current Board of Directors President, Lora McCollom. Lora had been a supporter of the YWRC for a long time when former board member Bruce Buchanan asked about her interest to join during the 2016 gala event. Her very strong belief […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Celebrity Servers

This month we are honoring the 28 community members who made up our 2020 Celebrity Servers Night: Home Edition team. These individuals volunteered to rally their networks in support of our participants and virtually host guests as part of our online celebration. Special shout out goes to our event co-chairs, Diane Rasmussen and Frank Vaia, […]

Supporter Spotlight: Rachael Jackson

This month we are spotlighting a supporter who has been involved with the YWRC in a variety of ways for the past four years: Rachael Jackson! Rachael is the Community Access Education Manager at the Des Moines Art Center and has helped connect our participants with truly unique experiences. One example was a create-your-own-superhero activity […]

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Kincaid

This month, we are excited to feature staff member Jessica Kincaid in our spotlight! Jessica has been with the YWRC full time for three years, but her time with us began earlier with internships in the summer of 2015 and winter of 2016.   “The opportunity to intern here was sent to me by a […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Alyssa Zipperer

“I have always enjoyed spending time with kids — and volunteering at the YWRC during their Young Mom’s program allows me to do that. It’s great getting to know the amazing kids, moms and fellow volunteers that are involved in the YWRC. My favorite thing to do as a volunteer is caring for the babies. […]