Healthiest State


The Healthiest State Initiative is supported by dedicated members of the community serving on the board of directors, as well as a team of dedicated and passionate staff.

Meet the Healthiest State Initiative’s staff and Board of Directors:


  • Jami Haberl
    Jami Haberl

    Executive Director

  • Aron McLaren
    Aryn McLaren

    Director of Programs

  • Sarah Reichardt
    Sarah Reichardt

    Director of Events


  • Laura Jackson
    Laura Jackson

    Board President
    Executive Vice President, Wellmark, Inc.    

  • Ric Jurgens
    Ric Jurgens

    Board Vice President/Treasurer
    Retired Chairman and CEO, Hy-Vee, Inc.

  • Jami Haberl
    Jami Haberl

    Board Secretary
    Executive Director, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

  • Jay Byers
    Jay Byers

    Chief Executive Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership

  • Doug Jeske
    Doug Jeske

    President, Meyocks

  • Sheila Laing
    Sheila Laing

    Executive Vice President, Health, Wellness, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hy-Vee, Inc.

  • Jeff Russell
    Jeff Russell

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Delta Dental of Iowa

  • Kevin Vermeer
    Kevin Vermeer

    President and Chief Executive Officer, UnityPoint Health