Mainstream Living

Board of Directors

Kathy Schnable - Chair

Kathy Schnable has a teaching endorsement in the area of learning and behavioral disabilities and experience working in a variety of special education settings. She is very interested in policy issues for persons with disabilities and is eager to learn more through serving on the Mainstream Living Board. Her husband, Patrick, is a distinguished professor at Iowa State University. He and one of their sons, James, have started a small seed company, and Kathy currently helps manage the paperwork for that enterprise. Their other son, Ben, works at the West Ames Hy-Vee, and he and his roommates share a home in Ames assisted by Mainstream Living staff.

David Tucker, Great Western Bank - Vice Chair

David has lived in Ames 28 years, working as a Vice President in commercial loans for Great Western bank. He has been married 37 years, has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. David is a very active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ames, fund raiser for United Way and the Boys and Girls Club. He is a graduate of Ames Leadership and serves as an ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce. David’s interest include sports, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Amy Schafer, Keller Williams - Board Secretary

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.


Alison Goldsmith

Alison Goldsmith 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, gardening and caring for her husband, children, family, and home. 

Sara Henderson, BOGO Bowl

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.

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 role of "grandpa" with five granddaughters.  He and Kathy attend Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.

Alissa McKinney, UnityPoint Health Foundation - Nominations Committee Chair

Alissa McKinney has over 20 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 14 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, a graduate of Loyola University who is currently working in Washington DC and Isabel who attends University of Denver, 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.

Nathan Thompson, Story County Medical Center

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.

Dr. David Williams, MD, Unity Point Clinic

Dr. Williams is President and CEO of UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home.  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 most recently received his 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, Reiman Gardens - (Program Development Chair)

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 - (Finance Committee Chair)

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 lived at one of Mainstream's residential sites in Ames for 28 years.  He now resides at an Intermediary Care Facility in Indianola. 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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