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Lisa Schaefer, John Maxwell Certified Coach
Lisa Schaefer is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, trainer, and speaker. Lisa is an expert in behavioral coaching, organizational psychology, and customer service success strategies, and has served as a professor, staff development professional, and counselor. Her experiences include working for Walt Disney World, and hosting on-air radio programs, as well as more than 15 years of education, corporate training, and executive coaching experience. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and marketing from the University of Wisconsin.
Her goal is to help participants have fun while learning why we do the things we do. Her biggest passion is asking questions to learn as much as she can from others. Lisa loves to make people laugh and believes if everyone just smiled more, the world would be a better place.
Chelsea Kaller, Health, Fitness, and Life Coach
Chelsea Kaller is the owner and founder of Chelsea Kaller, Inc. A company dedicated to helping women learn to love health and fitness and build routines that actually last. She was tired of seeing women flip their lives upside down for the confusing, quick fix, or all or nothing health and fitness mindset.
In 2018, Chelsea determined her corporate job wasn’t fulfilling her want to help as many women as possible find freedom in their health and fitness journey, so she made the decision to quit and start something of her own. She created what is now called the Damn Happy Damn Healthy Fitness Membership and a business that supports women searching for their happiest, healthiest and most confident selves. Every woman’s version of #damnhappydamnhealthy looks different, it's truly about living life unapologetically on their terms.
Sarika Bhakta, Certified Diversity Executive
A Certified Diversity Executive, visionary leader and entrepreneur, Sarika was born in Gujarat, India and raised in the American Midwest. Adjusting to the American culture was extremely challenging for Sarika, inspiring her life’s mission of helping people identify their authentic self to be successful change agents and leaders in today’s ever-changing global economy. She has over 20 years of experience empowering diverse talent and population groups to maximize their leadership potential while increasing their cultural competency and global perspective.
Prior to launching her consulting firm, Sarika worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors across the US, with several entities who had significant international presence. She is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and trainer due to her high energy and interactive and inspiring style.
Amy Dutton, Director, Small Business Development Center at the University of Northern Iowa
Amy Dutton is a Certified Business Advisor and an Economic Development Finance Professional. In her work with the SBDC, Dutton focuses on helping startups, entrepreneurs and existing small businesses thrive across the center’s nine-county service area. With a background which includes leadership roles in customer service, marketing, operations and general management, she brings a unique perspective to clients facing a myriad of challenges.
A Cedar Valley resident for over 25 years, Dutton has been involved in numerous community groups including many years on the board of the Society for Human Resource Management and over 15 years of work with the Cedar Falls Tourism Bureau. She is an alumna of the Waterloo Courier’s Top 20 Under 40 and has received the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award.
Donna O-Brien, Owner, Bambinos Cookies
Bambinos founder Donna O’Brien was diagnosed at age 45 with Stage 3 Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer on November 17, 2008. During her cancer battle, Donna O’Brien turned to her kitchen to help others. Combining her Italian heritage, her love for baking and her passion for helping other women fighting breast cancer, the cookie stack was born.
From the beginning, Bambinos has gifted a portion of their proceeds to the Beyond Pink Team, a local non-profit organization providing financial support for breast cancer patients and their families in need of assistance.
Twelve years later, Bambinos continues to bring delicious joy to customers while giving back to an organization doing so much for women. Together we are making a difference! Donna also continues in her role as Customer Relations Manager for Martin Bros. Distributing where she has been for 34 years. She is grateful for both opportunities that allow her to help others.
Crystal Blin, Influencer and Owner of 100 Acre Media
Over the past 15 years, Crystal Blin has worked in the marketing and digital selling space for companies ranging from the American Angus Association to Stella & Dot jewelry. She has pursued a combination of corporate and entrepreneurial careers and currently serves as a project manager for Peoples Company, and co-owns Hundred Acre Media and JJB Cattle Co. with her husband Jon. You can find on IG @crystalcattle talking daily about farm life, lipstick, chai tea and her latest online shopping finds.
Susie Hines, Emissions Certification Engineer, John Deere
Susie Hines life journey leading up to her family’s arrival in Iowa in 2006, traversing five states and ten household moves, has provided her the opportunity to accumulate a richly diverse background in advertising, technology, philanthropy, higher education, and now agriculture/engineering. She holds a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s degree in communication/theatre arts from Heidelberg University. Susie is a passionate volunteer for education and community. Currently, she is serving as a two-term elected school board member and booster club president. Susie has also recently joined the Cedar Valley Women United board.
Amber Youngblut, Vice President Human Resources, Geater Machining & Manufacturing
Amber Youngblut is a human resources professional with more than 15 years of experience, her areas of expertise include management; staff development; technology integration; diversity and inclusion; and strategic project management.
She has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Music.
Samantha Hardy, Office Manager, QC|Plastics
Samantha Hardy is the Office Manager for QC|Plastics, in Independence, IA. My husband David bought the company 5 years ago and here we are, with a small force.
I've taken several leadership and management classes to strengthen my skills but nothing quite prepares you for leading a group of Millennial men! Life was much simpler when I was only in charge of my own schedule and work for sure, but being a manager in a men's workforce brings it's own interesting aspects and ways of thinking which make it much more exciting!
Dr. Celina Peerman, Organizational Psychologist
Dr. Celina Peerman serves as an organizational psychologist with over 25 years of experience from front line to senior level positions, in a wide range of industries and organizations. She is passionate about engaging our human resources in innovative ways to achieve even better organizational results.
While she does some traveling for nationally and internationally, Celina is focused on helping Iowa first. Making sure we are well prepared to recruit and keep the best people and companies right here is priority. Celina’s passion is for how people behave at work; the good, the bad and the worst. Her style has been described as dynamic noting the ability to draw in even the most resistant attendees through real life examples and humor.
Celina lives in Waverly with her husband David of 27 years and two teenage daughters, and a really needy dog.