Yvonne Kinzler will serve as the campaign chair for the 2016 United Way of Story County (UWSC) LIVE UNITED annual campaign. She joins John Kinley, 2014 campaign chair, and Jonathan Wickert, 2015 campaign chair, in the leadership succession. Campaign chairs serve as the primary campaign spokesperson throughout the county and assist with campaign planning, goal setting and volunteer recruitment.
"We’re thrilled to have Yvonne join our active leadership roster," said Kristin Pates, UWSC campaign director. "As always, I’m looking forward to working with campaign leadership and so many other wonderful volunteers to execute a successful campaign to further improve lives in our county."
John Kinley concluded his 36-year career in Iowa public schools when he retired as superintendent of the Gilbert Community Schools in June 2011. He is currently serving as the director of the Story County Consortium in its partnership with DMACC to provide career/vocational programming for high school students. He also teaches an undergraduate class to future secondary teachers at Iowa State University. Kinley has been actively involved in UWSC for many years, including six years of service on the board of directors, and he most recently served as the leadership campaign chair in 2013. He has also been active with the Golf Fore Kids planning committee.
Jonathan Wickert joined the university in 2007, serving as a department chair and dean of engineering before being named to his current position of senior vice president and provost in 2012. As provost, Wickert leads Iowa State’s academic programs, as well as its research, extension and outreach, and information technology programs. Wickert has been involved with the UWSC leadership committee since 2010 and served as chair of the ISU campaign in 2011. He is also active on the Science Center of Iowa board of directors, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association board of trustees, and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
Yvonne Kinzler is co-owner of Kinzler Construction Services. Along with her husband, Kevin, the Kinzlers established an insulation business in 1995. In addition to the seven Kinzler Construction locations operated today, the Kinzlers own all or part of eight other companies that own commercial rentals, do land and property development or are building supply companies. Kinzler is active in the community. She has been a UWSC Women with Initiative member and mentor since 2009. She is also a Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation board member and past president, and she and Kevin received the 2013 Ames Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award. The Kinzlers were instrumental in creating the Mainstream Living Aspen House and were part of a group of parents who began what is now ChildServe in Ames.