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DMACC Business Resources Staff

About DBR Staff

Executive Director:

Kim DidierKim Didier
Executive Director

Kim joined DMACC Business Resources as Executive Director in December 2010. Prior to joining DBR, Kim was the Executive Director for the Iowa Innovation Gateway, a new seven county economic development organization formed after Whirlpool closed its Newton operation. Initially funded by a regional innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the program is now being supported by the seven counties. Her office was in the Iowa Association of Business and Industry in downtown Des Moines. Prior to this economic development role, she served as the Executive Director of Newton Development Corporation, responsible for helping local businesses prosper and attracting new companies to the community. A native of Iowa, Kim holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.P.A. from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Contact Kim to learn how DBR can help your company meet its training needs.

DBR Consultants:

Emily BetzEmily Betz
Process Improvement & Technology Coordinator

Emily joined DBR in September 2011. Her responsibilities include facilitating lean activities and conducting lean classes for manufacturers, service businesses and in educational organizations. Emily has a passion for how technology can support process improvement and has built SharePoint sites and conducts SharePoint training for clients. Prior to joining DBR, Emily was an adjunct art history instructor at DMACC. She has also taught art and English in Germany and France and has developed web sites for biotech companies. Contact Emily to learn how technology can help your business become more efficient and successful.

Jacki BoldtJacki Boldt
Business Solutions Consultant
Jacki has been a Training Consultant for DMACC Business Resources since October of 2012 and works with clients in Polk County. Prior to joining DBR, Jacki worked in the DMACC Career Center where she facilitated the connection between area employers and current students and alumni. Her background is in education, career development, adult education and program development. Jacki earned her BA in Business and Finance from Waldorf College and her BA in Secondary Education from Buena Vista University. Contact Jacki to learn more about how DMACC Business Resources can help your organization.

Melissa ChavasMelissa Chavas-Miller
Business Solutions Consultant
Melissa began in DMACC Business Resources as a Business Solutions Consultant in September of 2007. She works with clients in Polk, Dallas, Madison, Warren and Adair counties. In addition to administering 260E & F programs, Melissa designs, develops and facilitates experiential management development training programs for DBR. Her background includes over 17 years experience in the Human Resource Development field working with all different types of companies in varied industries. Melissa earned her BA in Theatre/Communication/Education from Simpson College and a M.Ed. in Organizational Learning & Human Resources Development (OLHRD) from Iowa State University. Prior to joining DBR, Melissa owned her own consulting business, Chavas Consulting, for 8 years where she focused on training, consulting and instructional design. Melissa also spent 9 years working at American Media Incorporated as the Director of Training and Employee Development and as a Senior Instructional Designer in Research and Development. Contact Melissa to learn more about how DMACC Business Resources can help your organization.

Aaron ChittendenAaron Chittenden

Business Solutions Consultant

Aaron joined DBR in March 2014. He works with organizations in Polk and Dallas counties. Aaron has an excellent background in economic development in Iowa. His experience includes Executive Director of Jones County Economic Development Commission, Executive Director of Grimes Chamber of Commerce, City of West Des Moines City Planner, Assistant to the City Manager and interim Development, Planning and Inspection Manager. Contact Aaron to learn how DBR can help your organization.

Jeff JanesJeff Janes
Business Solutions Consultant
Jeff has been a Training Consultant for DMACC Business Resources since January of 2002 and covers Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Polk, and Story counties. His office is located in Ames at the DMACC Career Academy Hunziker Center. Prior to coming to DMACC, Jeff worked for Pella Windows and Doors in Chicago, IL and Pella Corporation in Pella, Iowa. His background is in manufacturing, marketing, training, customer service, and continuous improvement. Jeff earned his bachelor's degree from Simpson College and his Masters in Business Administration from Drake University. Contact Jeff to learn more about how DMACC Business Resources can help your organization.

Kelly MitchellKelly Mitchell
Business Solutions Coordinator
Kelly Mitchell joined DMACC as a Business Resources Consultant in November 2012 and serves clients in the Marion, Jasper and Warren county region. She spent over 14 years with Vermeer Corporation in sales, marketing and human resources. Kelly has experience with organizational development in areas of succession planning, systems thinking, employee assessment and employee development. Kelly earned her Master's in Business Leadership at William Penn University, Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Organizational Development certification through DePaul University, and is a Certified Professional Behavioral and Values Analyst (CPBA/CPVA). Contact Kelly to learn more about the services DBR offers their clients. 

Cathy SpenceriCathy Spenceri
Business Solutions Consultant
Cathy has been with DMACC Business Resources since October 1999. Cathy has responsibilities for clients in Polk county where she recommends and implements a wide variety of educational needs to corporations. Cathy holds a B.A in Speech Communications and a M.Ed. in Organizational Learning & Human Resources Development (OLHRD) from Iowa State University. She has 20 years of facilitation experience in business and industry including working for Physician's Mutual (insurance), Frigidaire - Electrolux and DMU (Des Moines University). Cathy is a certified facilitator in Wilson Learning, DDI (Developmental Dimensions International), Achieve Global, and MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). Contact Cathy to learn more about how DMACC Business Resources can help your organization.

Dennis HayworthDennis Hayworth
Lean Training Coordinator/Projects Officer
Dennis has been with DMACC Business Resources since February 1999. His responsibilities include scheduling and coordinating Lean, workplace leanĀ®, Management / Supervisory Skills, Water and Wastewater training and other DBR training events. He has a B.A. in Business Administration and over 30 years of experience in business as sales, Operations Manager, District Manager and Branch Manager. Call Dennis to learn more about scheduling a class for your organization or to learn more about how to enroll in upcoming classes offered by DMACC Business Resources.

Support Staff:

Pam AkersPam Akers
Administrative Assistant

Pam joined DMACC Business Resources in 2006. She is responsible for processing the 260E and 260F projects, Supervisory/Management Skills and Wastewater Training. Pam provides administrative support to DBR's Executive Director, Training Consultants, instructors and company contacts. Prior to joining DBR, Pam was employed in the fields of education and manufacturing.

Caylene HollinrakeCaylene Hollinrake
Administrative Assistant
Caylene joined DMACC Business Resources in November 2013.  Caylene provides administrative support to DBR's Training Coordinator, Training Consultants, and Instructors.  She is responsible for processing Wastewater Training classes and acting as the contact for class registration for many of the other training classes DBR provides.  Caylene comes to DBR with over 8 years of experience in the Business Administration field.  Caylene earned her Associate's Degree in Business Administration from AIB College of Business.  Contact Caylene to enroll in upcoming classes offered by DMACC Business Resources.