Our Leadership

The YSS leadership team represents a diverse array of specialties and expertise, with an overarching commitment to our mission of creating hope and opportunity by putting kids first.

Andrew Allen
President & CEO

Belinda Meis
Chief Operating Officer

Mark VanderLinden
Chief Financial Officer

Kara Warme
Chief Development Officer

Lisa Behrends
Director, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

Andrea Dickerson
Director of Behavioral Health

Jennifer Schmit
Director, Community Youth & Family Development

Terri Johanson
Associate VP of Child Welfare

David Hicks
Director, YSS of Marshall County

Dan King
Director of Information Technology

Anna Andrews
Director of People Development

Reggie St Romain
VP of Programs

Our Boards

Nahla Atroon

Youth Representative
Iowa State University

Jim Black

James R. Black & Associates
Iowa State University (Retired)

Jeff Brinkley

Police Chief, Mason City Police Department, YSS of North Iowa Advisory Board Member

James Bucher, Chair

Todd & Sargent


Tim Day, Past Chair

Iowa State University

Christy Krause

Community Rep.


Hilary Seo

Dean Library Services
Iowa State University


Laura Jolly, Vice Chair

Human Sciences Dean
Iowa State University

Erin Baldwin

Iowa State University

Randi Peters


Mike Phillips

TS Bank

Monica Porter

ISU Foundation (Retired)
Co-Chair Personnel Practices

Joseph Barrett, Treasurer

IHYC Advisory Board
John Deere Financial

Dr. Toyia Younger

Senior Vice President of Student Affairs,
Iowa State University


Lindsey Long

Iowa State Athletics Development

Stacey McDonald

Hubbell Homes

William Underwood

Ascension Ag

David Lee

Youth Representative
Ames High School

Sam Byriel

Edward Jones
Boone County Advisory Board


Meri Edel

School Counselor, Marshalltown High School