The Dream Team


  • Izaah Knox, Executive Director
  • Clair Rudison, Des Moines Public School Liaison and Workforce Development Coordinator
  • Regina Vaught-Rudich, IADC, Substance Abuse Program Director and OWI School Program Coordinator
  • Stephen Weber, Executive Assistant and Substance Abuse Program Intern
  • Melanie Acklin, LISW, Mental Health Counselor
  • Dennis Henderson, Broadlawns TEACH and TECH Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Earl Kilgore, Broadlawns Partnership Coordinator

If you would like to contact any of our staff or learn about specific programs, please feel free to email the above staff at by clicking on their names or calling them at 515-288-4742.

Board of Directors

  • Rich Wireman, VP Tax, ‎Principal Financial Group, Chair
  • Dennis Zachary, M.D., Family Physician, Vice Chair
  • Michael Lipsman, Ph.D., Economic Consultant, Treasurer
  • Beatriz Mate-Kodjo, Associate Attorney, Newkirk Zwagerman, Secretary
  • Derrick Beechum, District Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Mary Chapman, Ed.D., Retired Provost, DMACC
  • Marlene Doby, Retired Principal, King Elementary
  • Ben Graeber, Principal, North High School
  • Dau Jok, Founder and President, Dut Jok Youth Foundation
  • Heather Jones, Campaign Manager
  • James S. Marcovis, Owner, G&L Clothing
  • Paul Stageberg, Ph.D., Retired, State of Iowa