Shekinah Young
Interim Chief Communications Officer
City of Des Moines
Drake University, BSBA 08′
University of Iowa, M.A. 15′
La-Tica Watson
MidIowa Notary, LLC
Grandview University
Quintin Smith
Drake University ‘07

Kisha Barnes
Principal, King Elementary
Master and Bachelors of Science





Jonathan R. Douglas
Co-Coordinator REACH Grant, Evelyn K Davis Center





Frank Lee III
Teacher, Lincoln High School
Masters of Education, Bachelor Arts Health Science Minor Biology





Angela Lewis






Canesha Funderburke
Financial Education Associate, Evelyn K. Davis
Drake University








June Owens
Self-Employed Consultant & Volunteer Minister
Drake University









Class of 2015




Alexis Andrews
Teach for America
Central College
BA in Sociology




Dionna Langford
Children and Families of Iowa
University of Iowa
BA in Social Work






Tinika Roland
Advisor, Des Moines Area Community College
Iowa State University
Bachelors of Science in Apparel Design, Masters in Business Leadership with an emphasis in Human Resource Management





Vanessa Howell






LaToya Lewis






Jovan Johnson
Adjunct Professor, Drake University
Master’s of Science in Mass Communications, Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication





Heston Clark
Technical Lead, Athene
B.S. Accounting, Finance – Iowa State 2006; A.S. MIS – DMACC 2012; (in progress) B.S. – Computer Science – University of Illinois 2015






Class of 2014


Ramon Christopher
iSupply Marketing- Business owner
B.A. B.S. Truman State University
Indiana University MBA

Creative, Catalyst, Lefty, Awesome. I am Des Moines!



Lonnie Dafney

Human Resources Business Partner-Wells Fargo Home Lending

Faith, Family, and Advocate…“i Am Des Moines!”



Kenice Frank

3rd year Podiatric Medical Student, Des Moines University

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2011

Northeastern University, 2007

Eclectic, Compassionate, and Ambitious… I am Des Moines




Thenus Franklin

Adjunct Academic Advisor, DMACC Urban Campus

Case Monitor, West Des Moines PD Youth Justice Initiative Program

Virginia Tech 03’ & 07’

Curious, Caring, Strategic… “i Am Des Moines!”


Troy Green

Job Readiness and Placement Coordinator at Oakridge Neighborhood

Self-starter, Go-getter, Life-learner…  I am Des Moines!


Kraig Jackson

Information Technology

 I am Des Moines!


Renee Nichols

Relationship Banker, Bankers Trust Company

University of Memphis / Upper Iowa University 1997

Family, Faith, Witty….. I AM Des Moines


Tionna Pooler

Independent Public Advisors- owner

B A Psychology, Yale University,MPA Drake University

Dedication, Persistence, Integrity… I Am Des Moines


Quintin Smith, 34

Financial Education Associate

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Drake University ‘07

Supportive Motivator, Listener, AdvocateI Am Des Moines


La-Tica Watson, 40

AALA 2013-‘14

DMACC/Grandview University

Faith, Family & Community Service….’I AM Des Moines’


Shekinah Young 28

Communications Specialist, City of Des Moines

Drake University, BSBA 08′

University of Iowa, M.A. 15′

Educated, Service, Focused  … I Am Des Moines