Greater Des Moines Board of Directors

The volunteers who serve on the American Heart Association Des Moines Board of Directors include local healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who guide our mission and activities to improve the cardiovascular health of the Des Moines community – from health legislation to fundraising initiatives that expand and improve systems of care, research grants and education programs.

Board Leadership

Board President
Lena Rydberg, D.O.
Physician – Internal Medicine
The Iowa Clinic

Board President - Elect
Robert Gallegos, M.D., Ph.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
The Iowa Clinic

Board Chair - Elect
David Stark
President & CEO
UnityPoint Health

Board Chair
Jamie Carlson
Chief Human Resources Officer
The Iowa Clinic

Jenna Kimberley
Leadership Development Chair

Vice President
Kimberley Development Corporation

Board Members

Leisha Barcus
President/CEO
YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Thomas Brown, MD
Cardiologist
Iowa Heart Center

Josh Cook
President & CEO
Community Choice Credit Union

Douglas Fiore, PhD 
President 
Mercy College of Health Sciences 

Linda Goodwin 
Chief Operations Officer / Chief Nursing Executive
MercyOne Medical Center Des Moines

David Hockmuth, M.D.
Cardiac Surgeon
Iowa Heart Center

Tim Jameson
Territory Manager for Iowa & Nebraska
Lamar Outdoor Advertising


Nicole Johnson

Principal
Waukee Elementary School 

Matt Meendering
Principal
Dowling Catholic High School

Casey Port
Vice President, Construction
Hubbell Realty Company

Brian Sather
President & General Manager
KCCI

Kristin Williams
Chief Health Officer
Hy-Vee, Inc.