Staff

Matt Unger

Chief Executive Officer

munger@dmarcunited.org

Matt Unger
Matt Unger recently completed a 6+ year stretch at the Food Bank of Iowa. Starting as Program Manager and finishing as Chief Operating Officer, Unger led the Food Bank to record distribution including an overall increase of more than 45% and record one month distribution of 1.5 million pounds. His leadership at the Food Bank also included the implementation of three new programs, a merger with the Food Bank of Southern Iowa, and oversight of the Food Bank’s warehouse remodel.

Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Matt spent more than a dozen years working in the world of political campaigns and management of state government. His political career spanned multiple Iowa Caucus campaigns, Iowa Gubernatorial campaigns, and a four year stint as Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Patty Judge. Judge and Unger then partnered in a consulting firm, PJJ Solutions, where they would focus not just on political campaigns, but business and organizational strategy as well as public policy.

Originally from Wisconsin, Matt, a Drake grad, has called Des Moines home for over twenty years, and lives with his wife, Anita, in Beaverdale.


Leslie L. Garman, CFRE

Director of Development and Outreach

lgarman@dmarcunited.org

Leslie Garman
Leslie Garman joined DMARC as the Director of Development and Outreach in May 2017 and brings a wealth of nonprofit, fund development, special event, volunteer organization and communications experience to the post.

Her experience has focused on nonprofit organizations and working in several different roles, including mostly recently as Community Engagement Director for Employee & Family Resources (EFR). She has also worked with such organizations as the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Chrysalis Foundation, and House of Mercy which is a part of the Mercy Foundation. While there she was instrumental in the re-forming of the House of Mercy board of directors and in the creation of the organization’s FIRST signature event: Helping Lives Bloom.

As a heart survivor herself, Leslie spent the majority of her career (nearly two decades) with the American Heart Association, leaving in 2005, as Metro Executive Director. While at Heart she visited nearly every school in Iowa for Jump Rope for Heart, trained staff statewide, and in Des Moines, conducted hundreds of events, and organized communities to hold educational events. Her more recognizable accomplishments in Des Moines include the creation of the Des Moines Heart Ball and Nurturing Women’s Hearts (the predecessor of Go Red For Women).

Leslie attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and received her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation in 2013. Today she is active with several organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association for Women in Communications, MOIsson Women’s Breakfast Club, the Affinity Breakfast Club and the Des Moines Downtown Chamber.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing tennis, thrifting and restoring antique furniture. She has two adult children (Vanessa and Adam) one granddaughter named Devyn (age 2) and currently resides in Urbandale.


Rebecca Whitlow

Food Pantry Network Director

rwhitlow@dmarcunited.org

RebeccaWhitlow
DMARC Food Pantry Network Director since 2012, Ms. Whitlow has over 20 years experience in product merchandising, warehouse operations and distribution of hard goods. She brings substantial skills in inventory and quality controls and expedited transportation and staffing methods that result in cost containment. An expert in building community collaborations and customer relationships, Becky has experience managing $500,000-$1.5 million in product inventory, purchasing, and redistribution operations, and has been instrumental in the design of the new warehouse facility.

With a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Marketing and a Sociology minor, she oversees the daily operations of a 12-site food pantry network distribution system serving 34,000 consumers annually, and will be invaluable to the growth of the system. Becky is a gifted speaker and regularly presents to faith, civic and student groups about food access needs in Greater Des Moines, and the work of the food pantry network.


Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott

Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement

stronegarriott@dmarcunited.org

The Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott joined DMARC in August 2017 as the Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement. Sarah works with the diverse faith communities of the greater Des Moines area to support the mission of DMARC, while also creating resources and opportunities to support faith communities in their work. Sarah also partners with The Comparison Project at Drake University in their efforts for interfaith awareness, dialogue, and scholarship.

As an AmeriCorps VISTA working for Northern New Mexico Legal Aid in Gallup, New Mexico, Sarah engaged community and faith leaders around the issue of Domestic Violence. As a hospital chaplain in Philadelphia and Chicago, Sarah supported patients and staff of all religious backgrounds. In parish ministry, first in rural Virginia and later in suburban Des Moines, it was her priority to build relationships beyond the church building and work together with interfaith partners.

Sarah holds a BA in History from the College of St. Scholastica, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and ordination through Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).


Daniel Beck

Food Pantry Data Manager

dbeck@dmarcunited.org

Daniel Beck

Joe Dolack

Operations Manager

jdolack@dmarcunited.org

JoeDolack
Joe joined the DMARC team in April 2013, and as Operations Manager he oversees different programs within the DMARC Food Pantry Network. Joe helped build the Mobile Food Pantry Program from its infancy. The Mobile Food Pantry Program has more than double in size since 2016. Joe enjoys helping lead DMARC’s frontline programs.

Joe attended Westwood College and Lewis University studying Criminal Justice. Joe relocated to Des Moines in 2012. While never seeing himself as an Iowan in the past Joe is now a proud transplant, with deep roots in Iowa.

Joe enjoys being outside, wandering around the metro thrifting in his time off, along with cooking and watching documentary films.


Luke Elzinga

Communications and Advocacy Manager

lelzinga@dmarcunited.org

LukeElzinga

Luke Elzinga joined DMARC in April of 2014. As Communications and Advocacy Manager, he writes, edits and designs The Voice, creates and distributes the eVoice, designs and maintains dmarcunited.org, takes photos at events, produces videos, manages social media, designs print pieces and graphics, manages advocacy efforts, and other communications tasks.

Luke attended Iowa State University, where he earned his BA in Advertising. After graduating, he served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Montana Legal Services Association in Helena, Montana. Luke is a 2017 fellow of the New Leaders Council Des Moines Chapter. He is a board member of dsmHack and the Iowa Hunger Coalition, and a former board member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Des Moines.

In his free time, Luke enjoys cooking, reading, documentary films, board games, and spending time with his partner Piper and their two cats, Gladley and Sibyl.


John McPhee

Warehouse Manager

jmcphee@dmarcunited.org


John joined DMARC full-time in February 2018. His responsibilities include managing warehouse inventory, operations and directing volunteer groups.

John graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Technical Education- Adult Learning. In John’s free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, traveling to state parks and watching sports.


Shoshana Salowitz

Community Outreach and Volunteer Manager

ssalowitz@dmarcunited.org

Shoshana Salowitz
Shoshana joined DMARC in February 2018 as the Community Outreach and Volunteer Manager, and is responsible for coordinating and overseeing volunteer interactions and all community and corporate outreach activities. She brings experience in nonprofit programming, fund development, and client services to this new role, along with an ethos of lifelong learning. As part of our vibrant team, Shoshana looks forward to elevating DMARC’s mission and impact by leveraging the talents and resources of our community.

In her personal life, Shoshana is mostly focused on the joyful experience of raising her son, Rufus, but indulges her passions for reading, thrifting, and weaving when time allows. She is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago.


Linda Vander Hart

Office Administrator

lvanderhart@dmarcunited.org

LindaVanderHart
Linda Vander Hart has always lived in Iowa and studied business and accounting at DMACC and Iowa State. She started with DMARC in July of 2013. Linda has worked in accounting and office management in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years, and enjoys using her skills and experience to help our organization grow and fulfill its mission.

Linda and her husband, Dan, have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Linda’s leisure time is spent reading, going to grandchildren’s sport events and movies, and spending time with family and friends.


Monica Curl

Development & Outreach Associate

mcurl@dmarcunited.org


Craig Estes

Driver/Warehouse Associate

cestes@dmarcunited.org


Andrew Firestine

Mobile Food Pantry Associate

afirestine@dmarcunited.org


Patrick Minor

Mobile Food Pantry Associate

pminor@dmarcunited.org



David Moore

Driver/Warehouse Associate

dmoore@dmarcunited.org


Mandy Noethe

Mobile Food Pantry Associate

mnoethe@dmarcunited.org

Mandy joined the DMARC crew in September 2019. As a Mobile Food Pantry Associate, she runs the Boys and Girls Club Refuel Station locations across several Des Moines area elementary and middle schools. Originally from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, she is a proud Des Moines transplant.

Mandy graduated from Iowa State University in May, 2019 with a degree in Sociology and Environmental Studies. She has spent much of her time working for non-profits in previous years, such as Planned Parenthood, Environment Minnesota, Iowa Public Radio, and Trees Forever. She will currently be serving one year in Green Iowa Americorps in addition to her time at DMARC, where she will be working on river & prairie preservation, running community energy audits, and educating the public about sustainability and the environment.

Outside of work, she is an avid boxer, and loves to play the drums, guitar, & trumpet. She loves being outdoors, and enjoys identifying edible plants and mushrooms.


Michael Sirois

Inventory/Warehouse Associate

msirois@dmarcunited.org