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DBR Staff

 About DBR Staff

Let our DBR staff help you with the right training for your organization.

Executive Director:

Kim Didier 

Kim Didier
Executive Director
515-256-4917
kmdidier@dmacc.edu

Kim joined DMACC Business Resources as Executive Director in December 2010. 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. Prior to joining DBR, Kim was the Executive Director for the Iowa Innovation Gateway, a seven county economic development organization formed after Whirlpool closed its Newton operation.

 

DBR Consultants:

Emily Betz

Emily Betz
Process Improvement & Technology Coordinator

515-256-4914
ejbetz@dmacc.edu

Emily joined DMACC Business Resources in 2013. She is in charge of process improvement and technology in the department. Emily holds a B.A. from Central College and an M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook. Emily is a certified workplacelean® trainer. She is also trained in Microsoft SharePoint® providing training and consulting services to departments wanting to transition to an electronic document management system. Emily’s past experience includes teaching art and English in Germany and
France, and specific work experience in translation, web design, International Sales, payroll, hiring, and student services.

Jacki Boldt 

Jacki Boldt
Business Solutions Consultant
515-256-4915
jlboldt@dmacc.edu

Jacki joined DMACC Business Resources as a Business Consultant in October 2012. She works with clients in Polk county. Jacki earned her BA in Business and Finance from Waldorf College and her BA in Secondary Education from Buena Vista University. Prior to joining DBR, Jacki worked in the DMACC Career Center where she facilitated the connection between area employers and current students and alumni.

Melissa Chavas 

Melissa Chavas-Miller
Business Solutions Consultant
515-256-4916
mkchavas@dmacc.edu

Melissa has been a Business Consultant with DMACC Business Resources in September 2007. She works with clients in Polk, Dallas and Adair counties. Melissa earned her BA in Theatre/Communication/Education from Simpson College and a M.Ed. in Organizational Learning & Human Resources Development 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.

Aaron Chittenden 

Aaron Chittenden
Business Solutions Consultant
515-256-4921
ajchittenden1@dmacc.edu

Aaron joined DMACC Business Resources as a Business Consultant 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.

Dennis Hayworth 

Dennis Hayworth
Projects Officer
515-256-4925
dahayworth@dmacc.edu

Dennis has been with DMACC Business Resources since February 1999. 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. His responsibilities include marketing and special projects coordination with Water and Wastewater training.

Craig Hennager 

Craig Hennager
Water Environmental Technology Training Coordinator
515-256-4919
cjhennager@dmacc.edu

Craign joined DMACC Business Resources as the WET Training Coordinator in January 2016. Craig coordinates non-credit CEU training for water/wastewater operations. Craig manages the WET program which offers career paths for water professionals to obtain and retain their professional certifications. In addition to the WET program, Craig also handles the On-Site Wastewater Training Center of Iowa which provides on-site training for county environmental health specialists, septic system installers, Time of Transfer Inspectors, pumpers and design professionals. Craig has a B.A. in Business Management, a Grade III in Wastewater Treatment, Grade II in Water Treatment and a Grade II in Distribution Systems.

Jeff Janes

Jeff Janes
Business Solutions Consultant
515-663-6717
jrjanes@dmacc.edu

Jeff has been a Business Consultant for DMACC Business Resources since January of 2002. He covers Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Polk, and Story counties. His office is located in Ames at the DMACC Career Academy Hunziker Center. Jeff earned his Bachelor's degree from Simpson College and his Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University. Prior to coming to DBR, Jeff worked for Pella Windows and Doors in Chicago, IL and Pella Corporation in Pella, Iowa.

Kelly Mitchell 

Kelly Mitchell
Business Solutions Coordinator
515-256-4922
kjmitchell4@dmacc.edu

Kelly Mitchell joined DMACC as a Business Consultant in November 2012 and serves clients in the Marion, Jasper and Warren county region. 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) and holds an Organizational Development certification through DePaul University. Prior to DBR, she spent over 14 years with Vermeer Corporation in sales, marketing and human resources. Kelly is on the board of the Marion County Development Commission (MCDC), Project IOWA and the Central Iowa WORKS Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (CIW). Contact Kelly to learn more about the services DBR offers their clients.

Machelle Sabin 

Machelle Sabin
Lean Facilitator
515-201-4609
mmsabin@dmacc.edu

Machelle is currently a Lean Facilitator for Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny, Iowa. Machelle is responsible for facilitating Lean initiatives throughout DMACC’s six campuses and providing training and consulting services to external manufacturing, service, government and education clients. She holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Hastings College. Prior to DMACC Machelle worked as a Learning and Development Consultant for 17 years.

Bonnie Slyhuis 

Bonnie Slykhuis
Lean Consultant
515-238-3485
blslykhuis@dmacc.edu

Bonnie is currently a Lean Consultant for Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Bonnie is responsible for implementing Lean initiatives throughout DMACC. In addition, she provides training and consulting services to external manufacturing, service, government and education clients. She is a certified Master Trainer for workplacelean® and a certified trainer for NIST/MEP Lean. Bonnie is also a certified instructor for leadership and soft skills programs such as MBTI, DDI, Achieve Global and Logic Opera. She holds a B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education from Central College and a M.A. in Training & Development from Drake University. Prior to DMACC, Bonnie was employed as a K-12 educator by such companies as Pella Corporation, 3M Company and Maytag Corporation.

Cathy Spenceri 

Cathy Spenceri
Business Solutions Consultant
515-256-4923
caspenceri@dmacc.edu

Cathy has been with DMACC Business Resources since October 1999. Cathy is responsible 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).


Support Staff:

Pam Akers 

Pam Akers
Administrative Assistant
515-256-4913
pjakers@dmacc.edu

Pam has been an Administrative Assistant with 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 Hollinrake 

Caylene Hollinrake
Administrative Assistant
515-256-4920
cjhollinrake@dmacc.edu 

Caylene joined DMACC Business Resources as an Administrative Assistant in November 2013. Caylene earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from AIB College of Business. She provides administrative support to DBR's Training Coordinator, Training Consultants, and Instructors. She is responsible for processing Onsite 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 10 years of experience in the Business Administration field.