The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute has graduated 29 participants from its Community Connect program. The program matched enrollees in the five-session program with community leaders to explore purpose, values and motivations,and  participants set goals for community involvement. The graduates are: Kimberly Broderick, Jamie Burch Elliott, Tess Cody, Jeffrey Czerwiec, Austin Fisher, Brenna Fujimoto, Nadilia Gomez, Brenna Gordon, LaVerne Greenfield, Kale Halder, Kim Hanken, Jenna Herr, Donya Jenkins-Harvey, Allissa Johnson, Bradie Kuehne, Amanda Laverman, Becca Lee, Dara Madigan, Micheal Malone, Ryan Martin, Michelle Mueller, Jennifer Nelson, Collin Nelson, Emily Nichols, Marie Procyk, Tony Raymer, Will Signs, Emmanuel Smith, and Erin Sunde. Mentors were: Emily Abbas, Bankers Trust; Kim Butler, The PrivateBank; Blake Campbell, Best Buddies; Angela Gallagher, John Deere Financial; Nolden Gentry, Brick Gentry; Nick Gerhart, Farm Bureau Financial Services; Joe Gonzalez, Latino Resources and Heritage Festival; Eric Idehen, Wells Fargo; Joseph Jones, the Harkin Institute; Tina Mowry Hadden, Mowry Strategies; Barb Preuss, Des Moines Performing Arts; Elizabeth Presutti, DART; Dana Ramundt, The Dana Company; Katie Roth, Aureon Staffing; Teri Wood TeBockhorst, Iowa Lottery; and Mee Yang-Lee, Kum & Go.