Taylor Lubben - President
Hometown - Delhi, IA
Process Pro Engineer - John Deere
Originally from Delhi, I grew up on a small farm an hour east of Waterloo. I attended the University of Northern Iowa where I graduated with dual majors in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. I started at the John Deere Product Engineering Center in November 2011. My responsibilities have included working with customers and improving inefficiencies and processes. I enjoy spending time on the lake and in the company of good friends and family. Volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club and with STEM initiatives around the Cedar Valley is a huge passion of mine. Being a part of the Cedar Valley Young Professionals has given me the opportunity to learn more about the Cedar Valley while meeting a lot of great people!
Taylor Calhoun - Director of Networking and Outreach
Hometown - Colo, IA
Quality Engineer- John Deere
I grew up on a small farm about 70 miles southwest of Cedar Falls in central Iowa where we raised primarily cattle and hogs. I attended the University of Northern Iowa, majored in Construction Management and graduated in May of 2013. During that time, I began working for John Deere in March of 2010. I have held various roles in the organization since then including advanced virtual reality visualization and quality control, planning, and execution. I enjoy spending time with family and friends as much as I can. I volunteer at the Cedar Bend Humane Society and spend a lot of time helping out with STEM activities at local schools in the Cedar Valley. Being a part of the Cedar Valley Young Professionals has broadened my horizon about the Cedar Valley and allowed myself to network with other professionals from different companies and backgrounds while having a lot of fun doing so!
Whitney Jackley - Past-President, Director of Community Involvement
Hometown - Beaman, IA
Senior District Executive - Boy Scouts of America
I grew up on a farm about 45 minutes southwest of the Cedar Valley near the small town of Beaman before coming to UNI to graduate with a BA in Public Relations. I started out at the Boy Scouts of America as an intern and have held a number of different positions throughout almost 7 years of being employed. I have been active in CVYP for 4 years and am a chartering member of the Rotary Club of the Cedar Valley where I am an active as President. In my spare time I love to golf, cook, go for bike rides, garden, and quilt. My favorite program in CVYP is Appointment Exchange which is a one-on-one meeting on your own time—you can sign up here.
Regional Director - Congressman Rod Blum
Ryan Patchett - Director of Finance
Hometown - Steamwood, IL
Tax Senior - BerganKDV
I am a licensed CPA who lives and works in Waterloo .I grew up in a small suburb of 40,000 about 45 miles northwest of the city of Chicago. I started my college at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. I went there for 2 years before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa. I graduated from UNI with both my bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting. I started working at BerganKDV (then Bergan Paulsen) in October 2013. I perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to tax, audit, and helping clients with their bookkeeping. My main area of focus is business taxation specifically in the Construction and Manufacturing industries. In addition to my work as Director of Finance at CVYP, I am also a member of Waterloo’s Sunrise Exchange Club, and the Treasurer of Karsyn’s Krusaders.
Cody Stoppel - Past President, Director of Membership
Hometown - Independence, IA
Insurance Representative - BankIowa Insurance
I have been part of CVYP for three years. Since joining CVYP, I have served in the following positions, marketing director, vice president and president. I have lived in the Cedar Valley since 2002 and now reside in Cedar Falls with my wife Ashley, daughter Braelyn, and son Conner. My role at BANKIOWA Insurance is to help clients with their home, auto and commercial insurance needs.
Sara Acuff - Director of Marketing & Events
Hometown - Cedar Falls, IA
I grew up in Cedar Falls and feel like the Leslie Knope of Cedar Falls. I've been all around the world but love the Cedar Valley so much and can't dream of living anywhere else. I attended Kirkwood College for Vocal Performance and then transferred to the University of Northern Iowa where I completed my degrees in Elementary Education and Literacy Education. I am a K-5 Reading Interventionist for the Waterloo Community School District and have been teaching since 2009. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my son, Houston, and 2 chihuahuas, along with family and friends. I love painting, traveling, and organizing social events. Beyond CVYP, I run and organize a couple of social events organizations within the Cedar Valley. My passion is bringing people together in fun and engaging ways. I look forward to helping bring young professionals in the Cedar Valley together and being more actively involved with CVYP.
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