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
Andrew’s Story: Meet our CEO

Belinda Meis
Chief Operating Officer

Mark VanderLinden
Chief Financial Officer

Kara Warme
Chief Development Officer

Mike Rodriguez
Facilities Director

Andrea Dickerson
VP of Programs

Jennifer Schmit
Director, Community Youth
& Family Development

Terri Johanson
VP of Programs

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

Lisa Hoffman
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Jeannette Flynn
Community Engagement Director,
YSS of Boone County

Brittany Behr
Campus Director,
YSS of North Iowa


Our Boards

Nahla Atroon

Youth Representative
Principal Financial Group

Joe Barrett, Treasurer

John Deere Financial
IHYC Advisory Board Member

Jim Black

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

Mariah Bolton

Youth Representative
Boone High School Student
YSS of Boone County Advisory Board Member

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


Meri Edel

School counselor
Marshalltown High School
YSS of Marshall County Advisory Board Member


Keith Halleland

Attorney (Retired)
YSS of Hamilton County Advisory Board Member

Laura Jolly, Vice Chair

Human Sciences Dean
Iowa State University

Todd Klindt

Sympraxis Consulting

Christy Krause

Community Rep.

Dr. Julious Lawson

Ames Community School District

David Lee

Youth Representative

Lindsey Long, Secretary

Senior Director of Donor Relations,
Iowa State University Foundation


Stacey McDonald

Stacey McDonald
Design & Consulting

Allison Ostendorf

Youth Representative

Randi Peters


Hilary Seo

Library Services Dean
Iowa State University

William Underwood

Ascension Ag