JCI Iowa 2019 Board of Directors

Parker Thirnbeck - 91st President

Parker has been a member of the Mason City Jaycees since 2013. He began his career with the Mason City Jaycees as Vice President of Individual Development in 2015 from JCI Iowa. After the local President had to step down, he stepped up and finished the year as Local President.  During that year, he won the Kenneth E. Behrens Memorial Award (Top Local President) from the JCI Iowa. The Mason City Jaycees also won Top Local Chapter in 2015. The following year, he served as Chairmen of the Board.  He served on the State Board as Red Region Director (2016), State Vice President (2017), Membership Director (2018), and is currently serving as the 91st State President for 2019.

Parker grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and works as a Assistant Public Defender in Mason City, Iowa. He represents indigent defendants in criminal cases from simple misdemeanor to class “A” felonies. He also represents juveniles in juvenile delinquency cases as well. 

Ciara Ladroma - Vice President

Ciara has been a member of JCI Des Moines since 2014.  She loves that Des Moines is a constantly growing, opportunity-filled community while it maintains its small-town vibes. She was born in Cebu, Philippines and has been raised throughout the Midwest.  Her time away from work is spent traveling, volunteering, supporting local businesses, photography, art, and spending time with friends & family. She has served on the Des Moines JCI Board for 4 years and is honored to be serving on the Iowa JCI Board in 2019. 

Ciara currently works as a Career Coach at the DMACC Urban Campus for the HiSET Program.  This role allows her to support adults in attaining their High School Equivalency Diplomas and future goals.  Being a Career Coach has strengthened my knowledge of resources and opportunities available in her community.  Ciara believes that people are priority and continues to volunteer and involve herself on varying platforms by serving on multiple executive boards. She would love to get together to learn more about you, what drives you, and your goals.  Let's connect!   

VP Area of Emphasis: Membership

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Chapter Assignments: Des Moines (cross assigned)

Email: VPCiara@iowajaycees.org

MaeLee Rahm - Vice President

MaeLee has been a member of JCI Des Moines since 2014. She has served the Des Moines Jaycees as 2015 Vice President of Community Impact, 2016 President, and  2017 Chairwoman of the Board along with serving JCI Iowa as the 2017 State Treasurer.


MaeLee works at Baker Electric in their Accounting Department as a Billing Specialist. She loves to cook and explore new restaurants in the Des Moines area. When she's not eating you can find her hanging out with family and friends, crafting, or attending concerts. 

VP Area of Emphasis: Internal Programs

Contact Information

Chapter Assignments: Des Moines (cross assigned)

Email: VPMaelee@iowajaycees.org 

Devin Lawson - Vice President

Devin has been a member of the Mason City Jaycees since 2015. He served as chapter Membership VP in 2016, Chapter President in 2017 and Chairman of the Board in 2018.

Devin currently has been working for The Sherwin-Williams Paint Company for 13 years. He's currently the sales rep for architectural products in North Central/Northeast Iowa area. He serves as an ambassador for the North Iowa Chamber of Commerce as well. In his free time Devin enjoys skiing the Rockies in Colorado and cheering on the Hawkeyes!

VP Area of Emphasis: External Programs

Contact Information

Chapter Assignments:  Mason City (cross assigned)

Email: VPDevin@iowajaycees.org

Breanna Wetzler - Vice President

Breanna has been a member of the Ames Jaycees since 2011. She has chaired key projects such as the Holiday Food Baskets, served as Management Vice President and was Local Chapter President in 2014.  She served as Communications Director (2015), and Secretary (2016 & 2017) for JCI Iowa.

VP Area of Emphasis: Marketing & Communications

Contact Information

Chapter Assignments:  Ames (cross assigned)

Email: VPBreanna@iowajaycees.org 

April Schoonover - Treasurer

April has been a member of the Des Moines Jaycees Chapter since 2018. She was a member of the Cedar Rapids Jaycees since 2016 before transferring to the Des Moines chapter she has previously served as Media & Communications Director (2016), Casinos Director (2016), Chairperson for Run, Punt Pass (2016), Uptown Friday Nights Director (2017) for JCI Cedar Rapids and currently serves as Vice President of JCI Des Moines.  April was the JCI Iowa Black Region Director (2017) and State Treasurer (2018 & 2019). She was also Top New Member for the Cedar Rapids Chapter & one of the Top New Members for the State of Iowa in 2016. 

April is employed at Capital City Fruit in Norwalk has worked there as an Accounts Receivable Specialist since January 2018. In her free time, she likes to volunteer, spend time with family and friends, play golf and cheer on her stepdaughter’s softball team with Iowa Elite Force.

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Jenna Heiar - Secretary

Jenna has been a member of the Mason City Jaycees since 2014. She has previously served as the Individual Development Vice President (2015), Administrative VP (2016) and State Director (2018) at the local level. She was Top New Member for the Mason City Chapter & honored as one of the Top New Members in the Nation in 2015.

Jenna works at the Cerro Gordo County Health Department as a the Healthy Homes Program Coordinator. She enjoys spending time with her family and is avid dog lover.  

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Chris Demmer - Chairman of the Board

Chris has been a member of the Cedar Rapids Jaycees since 2014. He has previously served as Vice President (2015), President (2016), and Chairman of the Board (2017) for Cedar Rapids Jaycees. He served on the JCI Iowa Board of Directors as Black Region Director (2015), Membership Director (2016), Vice President (2017), 90th President for JCI Iowa in 2018. Chris also serves as JCI USA National Vice President for 2019. 

Chris was a recipient of the 2015 R. Bradley Trafton Award by JCI USA. The R. Bradley Trafton Award is awarded to the top 10 state officers from across the country. Chris has also received the Presidential Medallion of Honor by JCI USA for making a difference and his outstanding commitment in our organization for 2016.  He has received the Top Local Vice President (2015), Top Region Director (2015), and the Top Local Chapter President (2016) Awards from JCI Iowa.  

Chris is originally from Dyersville, IA and works for Rheem Manufacturing in the Water Heater Division as a Sales Support Specialist assigned to the Menard's account based in Roswell, Georgia. Working with over 30 stores in Menards, the third largest hardware and home center in the country Chris works closely with store team members and plumbers by using hands-on retail knowledge and experience to help both the team members and plumbers feel more comfortable in selling water heaters as well as conducting training's at their monthly department meetings and corporate training's at Menards General Office.  Chris also consults with C&D Construction & Solutions based in New Vienna, IA.

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Program Directors

Andrea Wright - Internal Programs Director

Andrea has been a member since 2014 and has been in several chapters throughout the state and is a current member of JCI Des Moines.  Andrea brings a unique perspective to All-States from her years in local chapters as well as skills and qualities from her professional life.

Jordan Shanks - State Membership Director

Jordan joined the Cedar Valley Jaycees in 2015.  Since then he has served as Membership Director in 2016 and President in 2017 and now serves as Membership Director for JCI Iowa and Nothing But Nets Program Manager for JCI USA in 2019

Justin Rickman - Internal Communications Director

Justin joined the Dubuque Jaycees in 2010. Justin is responsible for any of JCI Iowa internal publications that would be sent to our members and is excited to step up to a state level role this year.

Angie Miller - External Programs Director

Angie has been a member since 2008 and has been part of the Hampton, Ames and Nevada chapters.

Dr. Ryan Anderson - Sponsorships & Fundraising Co- Director

Dr. Anderson has been a member of JCI Des Moines since 2009 and has served as past chapter President and past Vice President of JCI Iowa.

Rob Morrison - Sponsorships & Fundraising Co-Director

Rob has been a member of JCI Des Moines since 2017.  Rob is a huge networker in the Des Moines area and brings a fresh perspective to sponsorships and fundraising.