WDM Leadership Academy Alumni

The purpose of the WDMLA alumni group is to support the overall program’s vision of building strong leaders and positively influencing the community.

Strong leaders have strong networks, and the relationships of this program continue to grow past the 9-months of curriculum. The alumni committee creates fun, engaging opportunities each quarter for alumni to re-connect and expand their network through the 400+ alumni base.

Alumni also help with recruitment efforts and provide guidance to the current class for their class project.

Let's all

Want to reconnect with your class and meet other leaders who have been through this same experience? Join us for the next quarterly event: 


Food, drinks, bowling, tour of the new facility, and a chance to (re)connect with fellow alumni. Proceeds from the event also go to support this year’s class project! 

Presented by Security National Bank

West Des Moines Day of Kindness

The WDM Leadership Academy Alumni also created the WDM Day of Kindness. During 2020 when community morale and hope was low as a result of the pandemic, the Alumni focused on one of the WDMLA pillars: making a positive impact on the community.

The alumni recognize the importance of kindness and how small acts can truly make the biggest difference in someone’s life. Each January, the Mayor of West Des Moines proclaims a “Day of Kindness” where community members are challenged to be intentional with random acts of kindness. 

You can pay it forward in line for coffee, show appreciation for our frontline workers, shovel a neighbor’s driveway, or send a thoughtful text to someone who might need some encouraging words. 

Big or small, monetary or action-oriented, anonymous or direct…let’s make a difference this upcoming January. #WDMstrong #WDMkind

Alumni: 14 years of building 400+ leaders since 2009.

Meet the Alumni Committee

Jordan Bouslog, Chair
Class of ’21

Cushman & Wakefield Iowa Commercial Advisors

Mark Mills
Class of ’20

R&R Realty Group

Maggie McClelland
Class of ’19

Great Outdoors Foundation

Carly Pearson
Class of ’18

Remax Precision

Miche Crise
Class of ’17

Wells Fargo

Lori Bratrud
Class of ’16

Business Record

Christy Gooding
Class of ’15

F&G Life

Jeremy Bielski
Class of ’14

ITA Group

Debby Hudson
Class of ’13

Genesis Health Clubs

Tori Glade
Class of ’12

S&S Employment Partners

Ted Brackett
Class of ’11

Neumann Brothers, Inc.

Maria Davis
Class of ’10

R&R Realty Group

Mike Schneider
Class of ’09