MaeLee has been a member of JCI Des Moines since 2014. She has served the Des Moines Jaycees as Vice President of Community Impact (2015), President (2016), Chair of the Board (2017) and Fuse DSM Chamber Liaison (2019/2020) for JCI Des Moines. MaeLee has served as the State Treasurer (2017) and State Vice President (2018 & 2019) for JCI Iowa. She now serves as the 92nd JCI Iowa State President for 2020.
MaeLee works as the Technologies Administrator/Project Coordinator for BE Technologies, a division of Baker Electric. She gets way too excited if there are ever dogs or cats around. She loves to cook and explore new restaurants in the Des Moines area. When she's not exploring, you can find her hanging out with family and friends, crafting, or attending all different types of concerts.
Legacy Statement: I want my legacy to be known for having fun while taking care of business.
Bethany Waltersdorf has been a member of the Ames Jaycees since 2016 and was a member of the Nevada Jaycees for 2 years prior to that time. Since being at Ames she has served in various roles to include Treasurer in 2017, Secretary/Treasurer and Membership Director in 2018, President in 2019 and will be Chairman of the Board for 2020. Bethany has also enjoyed being a part of all of the projects that Ames does, dealing with the good, the bad and the ugly. Attending All-State conventions has also been important to get more involved, meet new Jaycees and to make connections from all around the state. She is in the last year and a half of her membership opportunity and looking forward to going out with a bang!
Bethany works for the Iowa Department of Transportation as an Engineering Operations Technician out of Council Bluffs and travels southwest Iowa. She enjoys dealing with contractors, farmers and Utility companies on a daily basis, cause that always goes smoothly! She loves traveling (the warmer, the better), spending time with family and friends, Silversmithing (making jewelry out of Silver), Kickboxing and trying to grow her new side hustle as a Color Street Stylist. She is also very active in her church. She is excited for this next year and what it holds and she looks forward to meeting even more of you and making new connections!
VP Area of Emphasis: Communications
Legacy Statement: I want my legacy to be a better Ames Jaycees, a better Ames community and a better Iowa. If I can have a little fun and love thrown in, that's not a bad thing either.
Assigned Chapters: Clinton, Des Moines, and Nevada
Melinda has been a member of the Primghar Jaycees since 2016. She has served the Primghar Jaycees as Secretary(2017), Vice President (2017 & 2018), and President(2019).
Melinda works at South O’Brien Insurance in Paullina. She is a mom to 3 boys, Jordan(14), Jaxtan(7), and Asher(4). In her free time she loves to go camping, kayaking, crochet and hang out with family and friends.
VP Area of Emphasis: Events
Legacy Statement: I strive to ensure the long term sustainability of my home JCI Chapter, Primghar Jaycees
Assigned Chapters: Cedar Rapids, Schaller, and Spencer
Matt O'Brien has been an active member of JCI since January 2014. During his time in the organization, he has served as the Mason City Jaycees' Membership Vice President and twice as President and Chairman of the Board. Within JCI Iowa, he has served as a regional director and program director.
Matt grew up in Dubuque, Iowa and is currently employed as a regional/community development planner for the North Iowa Area Council of Governments (NIACOG). At NIACOG, he represents 67 city and 8 county member governments through comprehensive land use development, long-range transportation and transit planning, public health and recreation administration, hazard mitigation planning, mapping, and various other projects.
VP Area of Emphasis: Membership
Legacy Statements: I strongly desire to leave a legacy that empowers future generations to energetically expand positive change in their communities through continuous curiosity, creativity, and optimism. I want others to be inspired to bring joy to the lives of both themselves and their neighbors.
Assigned Chapters: Ames, Clear Lake, Greene, and Primghar
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), Secretary (2016 & 2017) and Vice President (2018, 2019 & 2020) for JCI Iowa.
VP Area of Emphasis: Leadership
Assigned Chapters: Cedar Valley, Dubuque, Mason City, and Quad Cities
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, was Vice President (2019) for JCI Des Moines & is currently serving as Chapter President of JCI Des Moines. April was the JCI Iowa Black Region Director (2017) and State Treasurer (2018, 2019 & 2020). 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 Accounting Payroll 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.
Legacy Statement: I want my legacy to be that I conquered my fears and became an amazing public speaker.
Nicki has been a lifelong Quad Citizen and has been volunteering since she was a Freshman in High School when she caught “the bug” volunteering with Key Club and her Student Government Body. She currently lives in Davenport Iowa with her husband Tim, teenage son Dayton, and two cats Midnight and Addison. She has been a member of the Jaycees of the Quad Cities Chapter for 4 years and was her chapters Rookie of the Year. She has since served in several board and committee positions including Brew Ha Ha Event Chair, VP of PR and Marketing, VP of Membership, and President. In 2020, she is excited to play a dual role as State Director and Chairwoman for Jaycees of the Quad Cities while she takes the next step in her JCI career serving as the JCI Iowa State Board Secretary. Nicki is employed with Visit Quad Cities, a Destination Marketing and Management Organization, where she works with visitors, meeting planners, tour operators and international clients to bring business and economic development into her community. When she is not serving her community she loves to volunteer with her son’s Varsity Show Choir, attend her son’s high school sporting events, read, dance, travel, camp, kayak, listen to live music, and spend time with her family and friends.
Legacy Statement: I believe wholeheartedly in the life motto of treat others as you wish to be treated. Therefore, I have a life goal of treating and leaving my world better than I found it.
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 served as the 91st State President in 2019.
Parker grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and works as an 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.
Legacy Statement: I want to be a zealous advocate.
Amanda joined the Jaycees in 2004. She has been a member of Greater Muscatine (04-2013), Johnson County (13-19) and currently with Jaycees of the Quad Cities since 2014. Throughout her Jaycees career Amanda has held numerous chapter position including Chapter President in 2009. On the state level Amanda has held positions of Black Region District Director (‘10), Black Region Director (‘11), Region Black’s Secretary/ Treasurer (‘12-’15), State Events Director (‘15-’17) and 2019 JCI Iowa Jaycees Laiason to JCI Iowa Senate. Amanda has won 2010 M. Keith Upson Memorial Award from JCI USA. M Keith Upson Memorial Award is presented to 30 Outstanding District Directors in the Nation. From JCI Iowa Amanda won Top Local Member of 2006, Top Managment VP of 2008, Top Chapter President of 2009, 2010 David Tetmeyer Memorial Award for District Director of the Year, 2011 Scott Brettmann Memorial Award for Regional Director of the Year. Amanda is hoping to bring her experience and helpfulness to the 2020 JCI Iowa Board of Directors.
Legacy Statement: I want to be remembered by always being ready to help out anywhere with anything and for my compassion!
Andrea has been a member since 2009 and has been in several chapters throughout Iowa and Minnesota and is currently a 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 working in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years. Andrea lives in Norwalk with her husband, Curtis, and daughter, Lucy.
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.
Legacy Statement: I want to be known for thinking of creative ways to solve problems, and leave the organization a better place than I found it.
Tessa Bratrud has been an active member of the Mason City Jaycees since September 2017. She quickly joined the Jaycee board shortly after becoming a member of the organization in January 2018 as the marketing and IT director. In 2019 Tessa become the local president for the Mason City Jaycees and in 2020 she will serve as the co-chair of her local organization. Bratrud favorite times, so far, with the Jaycees are the events - such as: Bingo, the bags tournament and the annual dog wash.
Tessa grew up in Kensett Iowa and is currently employed with MercyOne North Iowa as a marketing specialist. She enjoys working with the different services lines of the hospital and working in the healthcare industry.
Legacy Statement: I want to be known for a coffee lovin’ dog mom who can market anything
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.
Kellie Einck grew up in Primghar, currently lives in Paullina, and has remained active with the Jaycees since she joined. She joined in 2014 at 18 as an unofficial member and since then has served as Chapter President and Treasurer. Kellie works at Agrivision Equipment as their Service Manager. She went to school for diesel technology, started as a tech in the shop and has grown and stepped up in the business. Kellie would like to add CPA to her name someday but loves her current job and customer interaction. She has a 1 year old goldendoodle child, Lola. Hobbies include flying planes, running, family, traveling and trying new things.