our team

Terry Hernandez, Executive Director

Joining Chrysalis in 1997, Terry Hernandez was the first Executive Director, helping establish the foundation's longterm work and growth. A Des Moine native, her career included positions with the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines.

Brooke Findley, Director of Community Initiatives and Investments

Brooke Findley joined Chrysalis in 2010 to oversee the foundation's grant making programs including Chrysalis After-School and Community Partner programs.  She previously held positions at State Public Policy Group and at the State of Iowa Treasurer's Office.

Lynn Knudsen, Director of Mission Advancement

In 2014, Lynn Knudsen became a member of the Chrysalis staff, leading community awareness and involvement activities. Prior to Chrysalis, she was a business owner, and she has held positions with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Cook County Department of Public Health.

Tess Nissen, Executive Assistant

Tess Nissen became executive assistant for Chrysalis in 2018 after graduating cum laude from Drake University with a dual degree in public relations and law, politics, and society. During her college career she served as the first intern in the Office of the University President and on the Provost's Student Advisory Board. 

2018-19 board members

executive officers

  • San Wong, Iowa Department of Human Rights
  • Erika Linden, Des Moines University
    Vice President
  • Lisa Cushatt, LMC Social Impact Consulting
  • Lauren Burgeson, Iowa State Bank

board of directors

  • Jodi Beller, Community Volunteer 
  • Angelica Cardenas-Chaisson, Child & Family Policy Center
  • Cynde Cronin, Aureon HR
  • Preston Daniels, YMCA of Greater Des Moines
  • Stephanie Fleckenstein, HDR
  • Amy Friedrich, Principal Financial Group
  • Jennifer Furler, National Blue Zones Project
  • Lindsay Havig, Federal Home Loan Bank
  • Karin Johnson, Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Eugenia Kutsch-Stanton, Corteva Agriscience
  • Liz Lee, Community Volunteer
  • Frank Maher, Frank Maher Industries
  • Sue Mattison, Drake University
  • Reo Menning, Petroleum Marketers of Iowa
  • Christine Riccelli, DSM Magazine
  • Lauren Vallas, Community Volunteer