Mainstream Living

Board of Directors

Chris Latham, Latham Seeds - Chair

Chris Latham is the co-owner and Chief Financial Officer of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, based in Alexander, Iowa. Chris and his wife, Ann, live in Des Moines with their three children. Will (8), Courtney (6), and Morgan (2). Ann is a clinical psychologist at Compass Clinical Associates in Urbandale and helps children with various needs including autism and ADHD. Chris graduated from Drake University with a degree in finance and later received his MBA from Iowa State University. In addition to spending time with his family, Chris enjoys playing golf, attending Cyclone events, and coaching his kids' various athletic teams. He and his family are all active members at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.

Kathy Schnable - Vice Chair

Kathy Schnable has a teaching endorsement in the area of learning and behavioral disabilities and loves working in a variety of special education settings as a substitute teacher with the Ames Community Schools. She currently serves on the Board of The Arc of Story County and occasionally helps coach the Active Lifestyle swim team. She is very interested in policy issues for persons with disabilities and is eager to serve on the Mainstream Living Board. Her husband, Patrick, is a distinguished professor at Iowa State University. Her son, Ben, works at the West Ames Hy-Vee, and lives in an apartment in Ames with a roommate and Mainstream Living staff, he also participates in the ACE program.

Sara Henderson, BOGO Bowl - Board Secretary

Sara Henderson's interest in Mainstream Living and its mission come from her experience with her mother and maternal grandmother who both suffered from bipolar disorder; her mother succumbed to her illness in 1999. Sara is passionate about helping people cope with this challenging condition and other forms of mental illness. Professionally, Sara is founder and Chief Foodie of BOGO Bowl, LLC, a super-premium pet food with social conscience. She founded and is on the Board of the Pet Project Midwest, an Iowa nonprofit organization, whose mission is keeping loved pets in their homes and out of shelters. Before becoming an Iowan in the late 90's, Sara was a California native, and worked in entertainment, investment banking and commercial real estate. In Iowa she was the grant writer for the Des Moines Art Center and trainer for the largest firm in Iowa. She lives with her three cats and very special dog. Sara loves tequila, wine, travel and shoes.


Alison Goldsmith

Alison Goldsmith is employed by Gilbert Community Schools. She and her husband, Pat, live in Ames and have three children. Her youngest child, Erin, receives services provided by Mainstream Living's Day-habilitation and ACE programs. Alison enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, and gardening.

Daryl Leffler

Daryl has been involved in the lives of individuals with disabilities both personally & professionally since the early 80’s.   He and his wife Kathy live in Urbandale and their family includes two sons, three daughters, two daughters-in-law and four granddaughters.  Their daughter Katie lives at the Knapp House of Hope in West Des Moines.   Daryl has a B.S. in Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University and for many years worked in management positions both in the hospitality & insurance industries.  He chose a new career path ten years ago, when he became professionally invested in serving and advocating for individuals & families in the disability community.  He was a case manager at ChildServe for several years & now considers himself “semi-retired,” currently being employed by Mosaic as a Host Home Provider.  Daryl’s hobbies & interests have always centered around family and church activities.  He wholeheartedly embraces his more recent role of "grandpa".  He and Kathy attend Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.

Allison McKinney, UnityPoint Health Foundation

Alissa McKinney has over 18 years of experience in fundraising and connecting donors with their passion to help others.  She currently serves as the Senior Director of Development for Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa for the UnityPoint Health Foundation, a position she has held for 12 years. Previously, she worked in political and nonprofit fundraising in Iowa and Texas, including the Terrace Hill Foundation, the Vilsack for Governor Campaign, and the SPARK Park Program in Houston, TX.  A farm girl at heart, Alissa is still involved in the family farm.  But what brings her the most happiness are her two daughters Emma, (20) who attends Loyola University Chicago and Isabel who attends Roosevelt High School (16), and spending time with her life partner Matt Gannon.  Alissa has been actively involved with the Plymouth Foundation, Cross Ministries, Rider Club, and as a volunteer for the Story County 4-H.  She also enjoys cooking, gardening, running, traveling and spending time with family.  Alissa and her family have been long-term supporters of Mainstream Living with her uncle receiving services from Mainstream Living for over 40 years.

Richard Reynolds, Iowa State University

Richard Reynolds knows the value of volunteerism and giving back. In his 30 plus years of experience in higher education, he has served as an advisor to student organization. The life experience college students gain while fulfilling volunteer roles, provides them with a maturity and outlook on life that cannot be gained solely in their classroom experience. Richard also spends time volunteering in community organizations. he and his wife, Debra, served as coaches for Special Olympics in San, Antonio, Texas for ten years, prior to moving to central Iowa. He has served locally on the Ames Convention and Visitor Bureau Board and on the Campustown Action Association Board of Directors. He I also involved with the Central Iowa Emergency Services Chaplain program. Richard became aware of Mainstream Living while searching for a day program for his son, Ian. Ian lives with Richard and Debra each summer and Mainstream provides the environment and opportunities that meet Ian's needs. Richard is the Director of the Iowa State University Memorial Union and has served in that capacity since fall 2003. Richard views the opportunity to serve on the Mainstream Living Board as a true honor.

Amy Schafer, Keller Williams

Amy is a REALTOR with Keller Williams Realty and serves as the Director of Education for the Center for Real Estate Excellence.  Amy has a professional passion for training and educating her clients and fellow real estate agents.  Originally from Southeast Iowa, Amy attended Iowa State University and then began her career in sales management.  Amy enjoys traveling with friends, tickets to almost any event and many creative outlets such as pottery, china painting and up-cycling projects.

April Talbot, John Deere

April Talbot is employed at John Deere Financial. April and her husband, Tony, have one son, Xander, who has Down's Syndrome. April is active at her church, Lutheran Church of Hope and serves on the Board for Meals from the Heartland. She has an amazing sense of humor. April enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, scrapbooking, biking and traveling.

Nathan Thompson

Nate serves as CEO of Story County Medical Center in Nevada, a Critical Access Hospital affiliate of UnityPoint Health. Prior to joining Story Medical in 2015, Nate held roles at UnityPoint Health System Services in value-based contracting, growth and strategy. Nate has a business degree from Iowa State University and completed his graduate work at the University of Iowa, earning his Masters of Health Administration and Masters of Business Administration in 2009. Nate and his wife, Ashley, live in Ames with their puppy, Banjo. They enjoy a shared passion for their careers in healthcare, following Cyclone athletics, traveling, playing golf, boating and spending time with friends and family.

David Tucker, Great Western Bank

David has lived in for Ames 25 years, working the last 17 as Assistant Vice President for Commercial Lending for First Federal before been purchased by Great Western Bank three years ago. He has been married for 33 years and has four children and two grandchildren. David has served as the Head Usher for St. Cecilia Catholic Church for the last 15 years and on the liturgy board for the last three. He is an active fund raiser for United Way and has volunteered for the Day of Caring. He is a recent graduate of Leadership Ames through the Ames Chamber of Commerce.  David’s interest include sports, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. 

Dr. David Williams, MD, Unity Point Clinic

Dr. Williams is a Pediatrician and also Senior VP for Clinical Integration and Optimization at UnityPoint Health.  In this role, Williams is responsible for overseeing UnityPoint Health’s system quality, safety, patient experience, process excellence, analytics, and IT.  He is also the medical director for Unity Point Health’s Accountable Care Organization, working on improving quality, value, and patient experience throughout the system.  Dave received his MD from Creighton University and completed his Pediatric training at Oregon Health Sciences University.  He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University.  Dave, his wife Penny, and their three children Maddie, Meghan, and Joe, live in West Des Moines.  He is an active member of Sacred Heart Parish and enjoys spending time with family and friends and golfing.

Jacqueline Venner Senske

Jacqueline has worked in nonprofits for over 10 years, most recently at Reiman Gardens, where she has the pleasure of interacting with Mainstream Living clients as both volunteers and guests. After earning a BS in Horticulture from Iowa State, Jacqueline went on to earn an MS in Public Horticulture Administration from the prestigious Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware, which included academic work and practice in nonprofit management and Museum Studies. Her professional career has been diverse, including specialty food retail, working to build local and sustainable agriculture, helping to manage a community gardening organization, leading a school gardening program, and serving as Director of Education at North Carolina’s Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Jacqueline lives in Roland with her husband, who teaches Architecture at Iowa State, and their two children, Oscar and Helena.

Beth Zavala

Beth Zavala is a West Des Moines native and currently resides in West Des Moines. Beth retired from the Des Moines Public Schools after a 35-year career as a secondary science teacher. She is currently an adjunct science instructor at DMACC Urban Campus. Beth has attended Drake University, University of Iowa, and Iowa State University. She has a MS degree in science education. At the age of 9, Beth’s life was forever changed by the birth of her brother Matthew. Matthew has been a client of Mainstream Living for 27 years. Matthew currently lives at Mainstream’s 16th street group home in Ames and attends Center. Beth has two grown children and five grandchildren. She has been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines for 37 years. Beth’s interests include raising horses, gardening, traveling, hockey, basketball, and reading.

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