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, Chief Administrative 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

  • How's Iowa Doing?

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  • Investors

    Our investors don't just invest in the Healthiest State Initiative, they fundamentally understand and support that improving the well-being in Iowa would mean Iowans living happier, healthier lives.

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  • Career and Internship Opportunities

    As a non-profit professional association, the Healthiest State Initiative seeks to share career opportunities within Iowa's health and well-being community.

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