Meet the Board of Directors
DR. MARIA JOSEPH-KING, BOARD CHAIR
kimberly wayne, founder and executive director
Kimberly Wayne is a Continuous Improvement (CI) Process Regional Manager for Canada and the United States at Siegwerk Company. Kimberly has been in the CI and quality field for 16 years where she deploys Lean and Six Sigma process improvement methodologies throughout manufacturing facilities. Her career started at 3M Company as a manufacturing engineer for the Personal Care products division. She then worked at Goodrich Corporation as CI Manager for the Engine Components Division. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration from Iowa State University. She is a second year doctoral student at Drake through the Educational Leadership Program.
She currently serves on the South Central Regional STEM Advisory board appointed by the Governor. She is a member of several organizations such as American Business Women Association (ABWA), the Governor’s Board of Commissioners for the Status of African-Americans in Iowa and a member of Cornerstone Family Church in Des Moines, IA. Kimberly started serving in her community 20 years ago as chair of the Youth Advisory Council in Gary, Indiana. She has a personal mission to empower youth through education and self-development.
Kendra Jones, Secretary
Attorney, Julia Ofenbach
Ms. Ofenbakh received her preparatory education at Kean University, Union, New Jersey, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. She received her Juris Doctorate and Master in Business Administration from Drake University.While in law school, she was a member of the Drake Law School Intellectual Property Moot Court Team and was a regional semi-finalist in Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition. Ms. Ofenbakh also worked as a law clerk for the Department of Natural Resources and the Principal Financial Group.
Prior to law school, Ms. Ofenbakh worked in various companies as a system administrator specializing in networking and security, as well as a project manager implementing all aspects of new products for new clients.
Alynn Kruse, youth Advocate
Alynn Kruse is a senior at Urbandale High School. She enjoys volleyball, tennis and playing with her little sister Katy. She was a youth instructor with Jewels Academy in 2015 where her specialty was Chewing Gum, the food science workshop. Alynn lifeguarded at a West Des Moines pool the summer of 2015, and it has kept her on my toes! She has a passion for S.T.E.M and enjoys sharing that passion with young girls. She plans to continue her education to one day become a pediatric physician.