posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Healthiest State Initiative welcomes new leadership

Nicole Crain of ABI, Matt Evans of TrueNorth join Board of Directors

The Healthiest State Initiative is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors:

  • Nicole Crain – Iowa Association of Business and Industry
  • Matt Evans – TrueNorth Companies

Nicole Crain is the Executive Vice President for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Nicole previously served as Senior Vice President, Public Policy and also as Director, Government Relations. Before returning to ABI in 2012, Nicole was President of the Iowa Taxpayers Association and Director of Government Affairs for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa. Nicole is a magna cum laude graduate of Simpson College, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees.

Matt Evans is the Principal, Practice Leader at TrueNorth Companies. Matt has been a professional liability specialist with TrueNorth since 2008 and currently leads the Professional Liability Resource Group within Risk Management. Matt graduated from Luther College with a BA in Accounting and Economics and received his MBA from the University of Denver, Daniels School of Business. He is also serves on the board of Young Parents Network and United Way Young Leaders Society.

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“We are excited to add Nicole and Matt to the Board of Directors,” said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative.  “With ABI having statewide membership and TrueNorth headquartered in eastern Iowa, Nicole and Matt’s networks and experience will be critical to our efforts to engage Iowans statewide in our efforts to become the healthiest state in the nation.”

Other members of the Healthiest State Initiative Board of Directors include:

  • Jeff Russell, Board President – Delta Dental of Iowa
  • Laura Jackson, Board Vice President – Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Doug Jeske, Board Treasurer – Meyocks
  • Jami Haberl, Board Secretary ­– Executive Director, Healthiest State Initiative
  • Jay Byers – Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Elizabeth Matney, Ex-Officio – Iowa Governor’s Office
  • Jeff Pomeranz – City of Cedar Rapids 
  • David Williams, MD – UnityPoint Health 
  • Kristin Williams, PharmD – Hy-Vee, Inc