Age 39 | sales and marketing director, Deerfield Retirement

Angela Hilbert wasn’t sure exactly what type of work she would be doing after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, but she knew that it would involve working with and influencing people.

It wasn’t long before her talents and interests drew her to work for nonprofit organizations. In the past decade, she has served in development roles with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, YMCA of Greater Des Moines, the Des Moines Community Playhouse, Dowling Catholic High School and Easter Seals Iowa.

“My attraction to nonprofits has always been to make a difference to a person,” Hilbert said. “Someone is always important, and the opportunity to change a life has driven me to be a part of that.”

Fundraising has been a consistent thread through both Hilbert’s professional and volunteer roles. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive, and served on the board and executive committee of Association of Fundraising Professionals from 2003 to 2009 and joined the Community Health Charities board of directors in 2008.

Hilbert married her high school sweetheart, Rob, who is the major gift officer for the Iowa Public Television Foundation.

Having grown up as a 4-H participant, she enjoys volunteering for 4-H, and she has been an Iowa State Fair volunteer for the past eight years.

One indication of the value Hilbert places on people and relationships are the numerous scrapbooks that she has created for her family and friends.

“The ones I love are the ones that capture the special moments of every day,” she said. “It’s addictive,” she said with a laugh, guessing that she has created more than 70. She’s already gotten both her daughters, 10-year-old, Samantha and 4-year-old Emerson, into scrapbooking.

Five reasons she’s a 40:

• Successful for 15 years representing several Central Iowa nonprofit organizations.

• Played a significant role in the success and advancement of Easter Seals Iowa as its chief development officer.

• Actively volunteers for many organizations, among them St. Pius X School, Dress for Success and Iowa State Fair.

• Effective fundraiser for organizations in which she was worked and volunteered.

• People who know her say she’s an effective leader and a vocal advocate for Greater Des Moines.

Sandi Tuttle, a fundraiser with Orchard Place

Fun fact: She’s an avid scrapbooker.

Presenting the 2013 winners:

Desmund Adams, Principal, AdamsDouglas
Lindsay Alderman, Client operations manager, LightEdge Solutions Inc.
Erica Axiotis, Director of development, Mercy Foundation
Kate Banasiak, President and CEO, Diversified Management Services Inc.
Erin Beamis, Senior vice president of logistics and operations, IronWorks
Jonathan Brendemuehl, Marketing events coordinator, Bankers Trust Co.
Curtis Brown, Economic development director, city of Ankeny
Matt Connolly, President, Generation Green Builders Co.
Lawrence Cunningham, Director of business development, Catchfire Media LLC
Angela Dethlefs-Trettin, Director of community investment and initiatives, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Josh Fleming, Digital strategy director, Lessing-Flynn Advertising Co.
Felix Gallagher, Principal, PharmServ Solutions
Lori Gelhaar, Director of career services/ corporate relations, Kaplan University
Tina Gray Carstensen, Marketing coordinator, Shive-Hattery Inc.
Shane Greenleaf, Vice president/commercial banker, First American Bank
Danielle Haindfield, Shareholder attorney, Ahlers & Cooney P.C.
Emily Harris, Patent attorney and shareholder at Davis Brown Law Firm
Matthew Harris, Division administrator, Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
Angela Hilbert, Sales and marketing director, Deerfield Retirement Community
Joey Hinke, President, Miller, Fidler & Hinke Insurance Agency Inc.
Hannah Inman, Director of communications, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Keegan Kautzky, Director of national education programs, The World Food Prize Foundationn
John Lozier, Pediatric interventional cardiologist, Pediatric Cardiology P.C.
Dennis McDaniel, Police chief, Windsor Heights
Rachel McLean, Vice president/consultant, Ruan Cos
John Mickelson, Associate managing director, The PrivateBank & Trust Co.
Keith Olson, Commercial associate, NAI Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Co.
Matt Ostanik, President, Submittal Exchange LLC
Benjamin Page, Director, Des Moines park and recreation
Dustin Peterson, Partner, McGladrey LLP
Nick Renkoski, Director of marketing and communications, Des Moines Metro Opera
Rachel Rowley, Partner, BrownWinick PLC
John Ruan IV, Vice president, financial institutions, Bankers Trust Co.
Jennifer Soma, Business lead, IDI Actuarial and Product Development Group, Principal Financial Group Inc.
Heather Starr, Real estate agent, RE/MAX Innovations
Aimee Staudt, Director of development, Knapp Properties Inc.
Courtney Strutt Todd, Shareholder attorney, Davis Brown Law Firm
Nikki Sylverson, Event Director, Des Moines Wine Festival Foundation
Howard Tempero, Experience design strategist, Spindustry Digital
Tony Timm, Executive director, Central Iowa Shelter & Services