United Way of Central Iowa’s board of directors has approved the addition of six members who joined on July 1, 2017, for a two-year term. Tom Mahoney, chairman and CEO of ITA Group, was named board chair, and Nora Everett, president of retirement and income solutions at Principal, became chair-elect.

“We are honored to welcome this group of talented leaders who are dedicated to improving the lives of central Iowans,” said Elisabeth Buck, president of United Way of Central Iowa. “Their diverse perspectives and wealth of experiences will be invaluable to ensuring United Way meets its community Goals for 2020 and maximizes the generosity of the thousands of central Iowans who give, advocate, and volunteer with us each year.”

The following board members were elected to the board:

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Don Coffin, President, Bankers Trust

Coffin was named president of Bankers Trust in March 2016 after serving in various leadership roles since he joined the bank in 2008. Most recently, he managed an experienced team of lenders with a total loan portfolio exceeding $3 billion. Coffin is an active volunteer for a number of organizations, including Easter Seals of Iowa. He was awarded the Individual Governor’s Volunteer Award for his 20 years of service to the organization.

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Billi Hunt, Government Affairs Manager, DuPont Pioneer        

Hunt leads state government affairs for DuPont in the U.S. Central Region, where she supports DuPont’s global businesses through state-level advocacy, public policy initiatives, and government-related business collaborations. She actively supports the Des Moines Christian School Foundation, Iowa State University, and Lutheran Church of Hope.

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Grant Kvalheim, CEO & President, Athene USA

Kvalheim oversees Athene’s U.S. operating companies with a focus on the retail annuity channel, including growth initiative and new product development. He has served in several leadership roles at Athene and has held senior executive positions at Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, and Merrill Lynch.

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Tim McCulloh, Account Executive/Shareholder, Holmes Murphy

McCulloh is responsible for soliciting and servicing new property casualty insurance for the commercial line of business, as well as securing new contract surety business for contractors around the Midwest. Tim is a member of several industry groups and a community leader active with several organizations including the West Des Moines School Foundation Board, Junior Achievement, and West Des Moines Waterworks.

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Dan Pitcher, Chief Operating Officer – Property Casualty Companies, FBL Financial Group, Inc.

Pitcher served as vice president of property/casualty companies from 2007 to 2011 before assuming his current role. He joined FBL in 1998 and held various information system roles, including information systems vice president in 2002. Prior to joining FBL, Pitcher spent 15 years with Nationwide/Allied Insurance.

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Bob Weiss, Regional President - Central Iowa, U.S. Bank

Weiss has been employed with U.S. Bank since 1989 and has held several leadership and commercial relationship management positions in Iowa and Minnesota. He mentors at-risk youth through the TeamMates program at Edmunds Elementary School and has served in board capacities with various education and economic development organizations.

At its June 29 board meeting, United Way of Central Iowa also honored several board members whose term on the board had expired, including Chris Littlefield, President and CEO of Fidelity and Guaranty Life, who has served as board chair for the past two years.

The 2017 Book of Lists ranked United Way second for most influential boards in central Iowa.

About United Way of Central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa fights for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. For over 100 years, United Way of Central Iowa has brought together nonprofits, businesses, government, community leaders, volunteers, and more to identify and tackle central Iowa’s toughest challenges. Focusing on issues such as early grade reading, poverty, mental and social health, high school graduation, and career training, United Way of Central Iowa inspires central Iowans to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve lives and empower all in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Iowa, visit www.unitedwaydm.org.

About The Author: Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch is a communications contractor for the Thriving Workforce initiative and is the former Strategic Communications Officer at United Way of Central Iowa.