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We recognize the transformational impact incremental changes can make on a student’s life. Partnering with entire schools, we work to increase high school graduation and  postsecondary readiness rates while engaging community partnerships to uplift students, families, and whole neighborhoods.

515.271.1976

mailing: 2507 UNIVERSITY AVE

DES MOINES, IA 50311

physical: 3206 UNIVERSITY AVE #212

DES MOINES, IA 50311

info@bydegreesfoundation.org

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© 2019 By Degrees Foundation

THE

BY DEGREES TEAM

Staff

Emily Westergaard

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CEO

Amanda Shetler

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DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Heather Isaacson

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DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Billy Kirby

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FINDLEY ELEMENTARY PROGRAM MANAGER

Cari Long

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HARDING MIDDLE 

PROGRAM MANAGER

Carol Sames

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PROJECT COORDINATOR and OFFICE MANAGER

Board Members

Angela Gallagher - Chair

John Deere Financial

Alison Cate - Vice Chair

Goodwill of Central Iowa

Greg Nichols - Secretary

Iowa Student Loan

Terry Gallagher - Treasurer

Community Volunteer

Pernell Cezar, Jr.

BLK & Bold

Deidre DeJear

Caleo Enterprises

Kellie Gottner

Telligen

Pam Haston

Community Volunteer

Ken McCullum

Principal Financial Group

Joan Middleton

Community Volunteer

Peri Montufar

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Natalie Nguyen

Holmes Murphy

Bryan O'Neill

Dickinson Law Firm

Nikki Syverson

​Capital Crossroads

Michelle Wilkie

Central College