Freedom for Youth Ministries, founded in Des Moines in 2003, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to reach Iowa's youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our role is to unite and empower Christian communities to reach young people from kindergarten through 22-years-old with programs that help them stay in school, learn life skills, prepare for the workplace, and develop healthy relationships. Our programs include tutoring, after-school activities, meals, job training, and residential services for post-high school studentsâ€”all centered on the message of Jesus Christ's saving grace.
The Westfield Campus is Des Moines’ premier office property. The 180,000 square foot building includes two, 4-story office wings and Westfield Commons, a 20,000 square foot next generation collaboration center. Featuring a rooftop patio, underground parking, a food truck court, and outdoor amphitheater, Westfield Campus sets a new standard in professional office space.
With over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in nonprofits and business development, Leisa joined the dedicated team to achieve YESS’ vision of building an Iowa where all children thrive in a safe home. YESS’ mission to change lives by protecting children and empowering families is a universal cause that impacts every individual in our community. She is excited to provide leadership, vision, and oversight for the daily operations of their wraparound services while building and nurturing community relationships. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to interact with the wonderful kids and families who turn to YESS for care and support every day.
Brian Waller is President of the Technology Association of Iowa, the statewide voice for Iowa’s Technology Industry. Waller, is a graduate of Colorado State University and prior to becoming President of TAI, Waller held such positions as Executive Director for the Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce, and Manager of Business Development for the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
Steve is a graduate of Hoover High School in Des Moines. A three sport standout in high school, he took his passion for basketball to Central College, playing four years and serving as captain his senior year while earning his degree in business management and systems management. After college, he joined the Wetiz Corporation as a programmer and then IT Operations Manager. Steve was founder, Chief Operating Officer and President of Alliance Technologies from 1994 to 2016 when he sold the computer IT firm. Steve served as board chairman for FCA for several years. Steve and his wife Penny live in Des Moines where they are active at Meredith Drive Reformed Church. They have 2 grown kids.
Presently there are 180 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, 80 completed rubberized fields, and 100 fields under construction. The Miracle League is proud to serve over 25,000 children and young adults with disabilities. The Kiwanis Miracle League at Principal Park will be the first field in Iowa–with hopefully more to follow!