Cedar Valley Leadership Institute

The Cedar Valley Leadership Institute (CVLI) is a professional development series designed to foster community awareness while developing individual leadership skills. The program gives leaders a broader view of civic leadership responsibilities and opportunities through direct contact with people who shape the Cedar Valley.

Participants in CVLI will listen to presentations, discuss issues, participate in class activities, visit with Cedar Valley business leaders, and tour facilities. Class members will also complete a service project of their choosing.
For an additional questions email Cary Darrah or call 319-232-1156.

Previous Cedar Valley Leadership Institute Classes



Nick Aarsen
Hogan-Hansen P.C.
Kelsey Hinton
Heather Reicherts
CUNA Mutual
Angie Baish
Jacob Hlas
Advanced Systems
Jennifer Reuther
Goodwill Industries
Collin Brecher
John Huff
Samantha Roder
Kyle Baker
Community Bank & Trust
Kirsten Jegsen
Chris.Bro Hospitality
April Schrage
CUNA Mutual
Kyle Brown
VGM Group
Brandon Kammeyer
John Deere Power Systems
Abby Sears
Farmers State Bank
Lisa Chamberlin
InVision Architecture
Heather Labonte
Wells Fargo Bank
Jennifer Smith
Wells Fargo Bank
Laura Chapin
Covenant Clinic
Jeffrey Lappe
John Deere
Lanie Spence
Denver Savings Bank
Chase Felchle
Financial Decisions Group
Eric Lewis
John Deere
David Steege
CUNA Mutual
Josh Gates
Kryton Engineering
Steve Lewis
Western Home Communities
Jordan Talsma
Beecher, Field, Walker, Morris, Hoffman & Johnson P.C.
Shane Graham
City of Cedar Falls
Stephanie Mangrich
Crystal Thiele
Advanced Systems
Torie Greenwood
Lincoln Savings Bank
Jeffrey McGill
John Deere Engine Works
Sarah Thompson
Lincoln Savings Bank
Ben Griffen
Peters Construction
Cassie Means
Adam Vargason
Emily Hacker
Amel Muhamedagic
John Deere
Ethan Wiechmann
Cedar Falls Schools
Katie Hillyer
UNI - College of Business
Nick Podhaski
Kryton Engineering



Lisa Balzaretti
Kaplan University
Matthew Matthias
CBE Companies
Erich Priebe
Dutton, Braun, Staack, Hellman
Joe Benter
Bergan KDV
Anna McGee
UNI Career Services
Lisa Reilly
CUNA Mutual Group
Gabe Berger
Peters Construction
Rhonda McRina
Hawkeye Community College
Jessie Schunk
Lincoln Savings Bank
Katie Corson
Western Home Communities
Diane Meggers
MidWestOne Bank
Sandi Sommerfelt
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber
Alexander Demkiw
Community Bank & Trust
Nathan Miller
Beecher Law Firm
Bruce Swanson
John Deere
Nicole Dietz
CUNA Mutual Group
Shane Moreland
Kenton Swartley
Cedar Falls Community Schools
Kyle Durant
Aaron Morris
CUNA Mutual Group
Gokhan Tazegul
John Deere
Marina Henriksen
Matt Nolte
CUNA Mutual Group
Amy Timmins
CUNA Mutual Group
Heidi Larson
Tera O’Hare
VGM Homelink
Roberto Verastegui
John Deere
Lane LeBahn
Advanced Systems
Brandon Paine
John Deere
Jason Walters
Lincoln Savings Bank
Barb Leistad
Jessica Parker
Eric Webb
John Deere
Amanda Lynch
Western Home Communities
Katelyn Pedersen
Junior Achievement
Laura Yeats
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa

The leadership aspects of the course were definitely relevant and transferable to my role as a claim manager. Just as important, however, was the community awareness gained.  The course strengthened my knowledge of the diversity and economic topics impacting our great Cedar Valley… my eyes were open to a whole new world.  Thank you, CVLI!

                       - Amy Derifield, CUNA Mutual Group, CVLI 2016


Emsad BegicRochelle KaneJay Schmitz
Nathan BehrendsenMatthew KluesnerBrandon Schoborg
Bruce BockenstedtJesse KnightTara Seible
Kindra ChristensenIris LehmannLaura Sires
Amy DerifieldPatrick LuensmannKyle Soldwisch
Staci DuffyJesse MeehanErica St. John
Grant GubbrudJake MuszynskiMena Tazegul
Scott HamptonBrian O’HairJoseph Tripp-Rieks
Carl HartsonRyan PautschKay Wenzel
Tim HillBillie PayneChris Wildeboer
Chris HurleyMegan Redmond 
Joey JonesDebbie Roth 


"For someone who has worked in the Cedar Valley for several years but commutes in, the Cedar Valley Leadership Institute was a great way for me to learn about the history of the Cedar Valley as well as the inner workings of projects and organizations that I wasn't familiar with. It was also a terrific opportunity to meet people outside my industry and help me connect with them to expand my leadership potential. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to further their knowledge of the civic and economic sectors of the Cedar Valley while having the opportunity to meet many of the Cedar Valley's top leaders. "

    - Jeff Dow, CUNA Mutual Group, CVLI 2015


Hillary AnnissBethany HeiterDan Rohrs
Edita BegicJennifer HellerGrant Rothweiler
Shawna BuckleyStephanie Houk SheetzSharina Sallis
Adis CejvanovicJanine KnappKim Schilling
Janelle DarstJennifer LakinMorgan Schmitt
Jeffrey DowMichael ManginNathan Schroeder
Sarah EisenmanJason MehmenMichael Soppe
Nicole EricsonLisa MeierAaron Steinmann
Adam GallmeyerJim MillerBrandon Taylor
Joshua GravesPhillip NashMark VanCleave
Melissa GriffinPaige NiemanSerena Zwanziger
Shawn HarringtonKimberly Recker