About me:

In November 2015, I rejoined the Business Record team on a freelance basis as contributing editor of Lift IOWA, the Business Record's e-newsletter focusing on connecting, educating and empowering Iowa's female leaders and business owners. I've had the privilege of helping to oversee the production of Lift since it launched in March 2014.

I called Greater Des Moines home for more than four years. Two of those years I worked for the Business Record, covering culture, retail, and sales and marketing. However, I left the role in September 2015 after accepting an offer to become the communications specialist for Opportunity Village, a nonprofit based in Clear Lake, Iowa, that supports more than 600 individuals with disabilities in 30 communities across North Iowa.

The opportunity also allowed me to move closer to my family, including my two young stepdaughters, who live in Mason City, where my husband and I just purchased our first home.

Before working at the Business Record, I worked as an editor for Patch.com, where I launched and managed the company’s Ankeny website. I graduated from Nora Springs-Rock Falls High School, just east of Mason City, and attended North Iowa Area Community College before transferring to University of Iowa. After receiving my degree, I started my career at the Jackson County Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper in Black River Falls, Wis. Eventually I returned to Iowa and spent two years as editor of the Britt News-Tribune, a small weekly newspaper in North Iowa. 

In my free time, I love listening to music and writing fiction. I also have a feeling that, as a new homeowner, I'm about to become a Pinterest addict.

For story ideas, news releases, guest opinion submission inquiries, and other content pertaining to Lift IOWA, I can be reached at meganverhelst@bpcdm.com or liftIOWA@bpcdm.