It’s a new calendar year, and that means new changes to CultureALL’s Board of Directors. Please join us in welcoming our new 2018 Board Members and Officers:
New 2018 Board Members
Paul Brown is a retired executive from The Principal Financial Group. In a career spanning four decades he worked his way up through the company in Global Markets analysis and Retirement Services and served on the corporate boards of the Principal Trust Company and Investment Services Company.
“Des Moines’ diversity is increasing by leaps and bounds,” says Paul. “There is such a need to make sure that all of these cultures are understood and appreciated so that people will be able to live and work together as a community. That’s what CultureALL does, and I’m happy to be able to help forward that mission.”
Tina Johnson is a Director of Accounting for the Principal Financial Group, where sje responsible for the financial reporting and accounting project teams for Principal’s U.S. Insurance Solutions business segment. She previously served on CultureALL’s Board in 2013-14. Not only is Tina happy to return this year, she is jumping in with both feet by serving as our Board Treasurer.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work again with CultureALL in furthering awareness of the diverse individuals and cultures in our community,” says Tina. “I like to travel and experience other cultures, but I know that not everyone has that luxury. I love that CultureALL is educating children so so they won’t grow up to be afraid of – or hostile to – people who may seem different. That’s going to help them in the future. They may never travel the world, but with Iowa’s growing diversity, they’re going to have to interact with people from other cultures. CultureALL is giving them a great start by providing experiences that are both meaningful and fun, and I’m happy to be a part of that.”
2018 Board Officers
In addition to Tina Johnson stepping into the role of Treasurer, other Board Members have stepped up to take leadership roles this year:
- Chuck Montgomery – last year’s Vice President (and head of our fund development committee) is our new Board President.
- Marsha Wanamaker – one of the chairs of our Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner initiative is our new Vice President
- Renee Hardman – another Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner chair, as well as a newly elected City Council Member for West Des Moines, is our new Secretary.
We are thankful for the leadership and guidance of our new officers, along with our other continuing board members:
- Ryan Bhattacharyya (last year’s Board President)
- Kavilash Chalwa
- Carol Grant
- Richard Murphy
- Lonnetta Ragland
- Qingyuan Zhang (last year’s Board Secretary).
Departing Board Members
We are sad to see some wonderful people leaving the board this year:
- Marsha Bro
- Andrew Choquette
- Rebecca Leung
- Jay Polson
- Jackie Pullen
- Hanna Wolle
These individuals have all contributed their time, dollars, expertise, energy, and passion to our organization, and we are grateful for their service.
Would You Like To Join Our Board?
CultureALL is working to build an inclusive community where people from every culture feel welcome and appreciated. If you want to be a part of this important work and have time and/or expertise to contribute as a member of our Board, we want to hear from you! If you believe in the power of diversity and want to help create change in our community, we have some exciting projects coming up this year where you can make a difference. Contact us to find out more.