Board of Directors

EDGE Board of Directors

The EDGE leadership board is a group of strong, facilitative leaders from the community that share a vital concern for the growth of our community. EDGE’s 24-person board consists of CEO’s from key industry sectors and non-profits, superintendents representing urban and suburban school districts, and directors from key state agencies. The Board provides the glue that holds the collaborative effort, creates and supports an inclusive and constructive process, convinces others that collaboration is necessary, convenes stakeholders, keeps the group focused and engaged and links stakeholders with formal decision-making organizations.

Chris Littlefield
President & CEO
Fidelity & Guaranty Life &
EDGE Co-Chair

Dr. Thomas Ahart
Des Moines Public Schools

David Barajas, Jr.
CEO President
Marshalltown Regional Partnership

Dr. Doug Dorner
Chief Academic Officer
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

Monica Friedman
Vice President Human Resources

Kent Henning
Grandview University

Kristi Knous
Greater Des Moines Community Foundation

Joyce McDanel
Vice President Human Resources
& Education
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

Robert Ritz
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Dean David Spalding
Dean of the College of Business
Iowa State University

Beth Townsend
Iowa Workforce Development

Dr. David Wilkerson
Waukee Public Schools &
EDGE Co-Chair

Mary Bontrager
Executive Vice President
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Dr. Jerry Deegan
Dowling Catholic High School

Rob Denson
Des Moines Area Community College

Paul Gregoire
Vice President Global Human Resources
Emerson/Fisher Controls

Dan Houston
President & CEO
Principal Financial Group

Dr. Tom Lane
Legislative Liaison
Iowa Area Education Agency

Suku Radia
President & CEO
Bankers Trust

Mary Sellers
United Way of Central Iowa

Bret Thomas
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Worldwide Financial Services Division
John Deere

Art Wittmack
Retired Neumann Brothers