Board Members

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Ashley Adams

President

Ashley Adams is the Director of Rehabilitation Services for Optimae, where she provides occupational therapy services for adults with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. She is currently the President of Mindspring. Ashley chooses to dedicate her time and talents to Mindspring to eliminate stigma and to ensure that mental health education, support, and advocacy are priorities in our community.

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Matt Connolly

Vice President

Matt Connolly is a Real Estate Broker doing residential and commercial real estate. Matt plays a role in fundraising and branding efforts. He also serves as a member of the Fundraising Committee. Matt regularly speaks publicly of 'his story'  in order to reduce stigma and give people reasons for believing in recovery. 

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Kristin Kuykendal

Secretary

Kristin works for MercyOne Des Moines as a business development strategist. She also serves on the fundraising committee. Kristin dedicated her time and talents to Mindspring because she grew up with a family member who struggled with severe anxiety and depression; it was an extremely challenging time in her life. Her goal by serving on the board of directors is to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness by providing education, advocacy, support, and awareness.

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Matt Pick

Treasurer

Matt Pick is a branch manager at West Bank and has been in the banking industry for the past 10 years. Matt uses his background in banking to serve as the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Matt decided to get involved with Mindspring because in 2008 he was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and in 2015 was also diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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James Crosby

Board Member

James Is the QMHP and Team Leader for Eyerly Ball Residential where he oversees a residential program for adults with mental illness and has over 10 years of experience working within psychiatric social services. James has an MBA from Drake University and a BS in psychology from Upper Iowa University. James serves Mindspring on both the finance and fundraising committees. James is passionate about mental illness and community services. James also volunteers coaching youth sports within the greater Des Moines Region.

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Allyne Smith

Board Member

Allyne is an Orthodox Preist. At Mindspring, he is Chair of the Governance committee and serves on the Education and Support Services Committee. Allyne dedicates his time and talents to Mindspring because one out of four people suffers from mental health issues.

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Andrea Brown

Board Member

Andrea is a Career Planner at Children and Families of Iowa. In the past, she worked with children with juvenile court involvement and mental health concerns. Andrea was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in September 2018 and utilized the peer support groups hosted by Mindspring. In December 2019, she was placed in recovery and now strives to be an advocate for mental health, sharing her story and fighting the stigma.

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Teresa Bomhoff

Board Member

Teresa is a retired federal employee from USDA Rural Development. Teresa is a member of Advocacy & Outreach and Fundraising committees, newsletter editor, gives presentations, Mental Health First Aid instructor. Teresa wants everyone to know that, Mental illness is a medical illness and deserves the same attention and respect of physical illnesses. It is essential no one feels isolated. Mindspring is a safe place - compassionate, concerned and non-judgmental.

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Ian Fitzsimmons

Board Member

Ian is a personal banker at West Bank and has worked in the banking/finance industry for the past three years. He serves as a member of the Mindspring finance committee in addition to the board. Ian joined Mindspring to help lessen the stigma of mental illness and provide resources to those affected.

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Mike Webster

Board Member

Mike is the Vice President at Webster Electric, Inc- a local electrical contractor. He is also a member of the fundraising committee. Like many of us, mental illness has affected his loved ones and friends. Mike chose to offer his time and talents to Mindspring to help end the stigma of mental illness and raise awareness of the opportunities our community has to get help through education and resources.

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Staci Burr

Board Member

Staci has been a longtime advocate of mental health and raising awareness. Since a young age she has lived with anxiety and depression and has dealt with the struggles of finding the available resources and to meet people who have the same thoughts and feelings. Staci would like to help make a difference in the lives of those that live with some form of mental health struggles as well as to help others understand. So many kids today are dealing with the stresses of social media, family situations, peer relationships and not aware of the resources that can help them to cope with these struggles. She was drawn to the mission of Mindspring because their main priority is to help people; help them to feel accepted, to seek appropriate assistance, educate and much more. More than anything Staci wants to help bring Mindspring’s mission into every home; to know, to understand and to help.

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Brock Milligan

Board Member

Brock is an Employee Benefits Consultant at TrueNorth Insurance & Financial Strategies where he works with employers of all sizes in creating a benefits program that helps attract, retain, and reward its workforce. He serves as a member of Mindspring’s education and advocacy committees and uses his natural network to help with fundraising. Brock is very passionate and proactive when it comes to one’s mental health after ignoring his personal battles with depression and anxiety by self-medicating with alcohol from the ages of 13-32. He has a unique ability to connect and relate to people who are battling their own demons, and proudly shares his story in his quest to inspire others and eliminate stigmas associated with mental health and substance abuse.

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Mitch Smith

Board Member

Mitch Smith is the Director of Partnership Development for eFuneral Solutions, LLC. Prior to joining eFuneral, Mitch spent a decade in financial services and marketing. He has a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Iowa State University and an MBA from Bellevue University. He brings technology, marketing, sales, and event coordination acumen to the position. Mindspring has been such a large part of Mitch’s family journey of understanding mental health. His goal is to ensure that individuals and families seeking assistance know they have found a home with Mindspring. The resources were invaluable and when he had the opportunity, he knew it was his time to serve this organization. Mitch looks forward to helping spread the education tools, raising funds and further driving the organization's mission.

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We welcome additional board/committee members. If you are interested, please contact us at volunteer@mindspringhealth.org or call 515-850-1467.