Matt Unger

Chief Executive Officer

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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

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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. Organizations with whom she has worked have included nonprofits healthcare, arts and culture, and human service sectors. Locally these have included, Employee & Family Resources (EFR), Junior League of Greater Des Moines, Spina Bifida Association of Iowa, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Chrysalis Foundation, House of Mercy, and the American Heart Association.

As a heart survivor herself, Leslie spent the majority of her career (nearly two decades) with the American Heart Association. While there, she conducted hundreds of special events, assisting communities as they worked to hold educational and advocacy events. Her most recognizable accomplishment in Des Moines include the creation and founding of the greater Des Moines Heart Ball and Go Red for Women (previously known as Nurturing Women’s Hearts).

Leslie is a graduate of Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa and received her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation in 2013. Today she is active with several organizations, including the Central Iowa chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council, the Windsor Heights Foundation, MOIsson , and the Affinity Breakfast Club.

Rebecca Whitlow

Food Pantry Network Director

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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 14-site food pantry network distribution system serving 54,000 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

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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

Data, Analytics, and Program Coordinator

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Daniel Beck
Daniel Beck is the Data, Analytics, and Program Coordinator at DMARC. Daniel joined DMARC during the spring/summer of 2010, initially as a volunteer assisting with some construction in the former warehouse, and was hired as staff later in the summer that same year. Daniel’s role within DMARC has been ever-evolving as the organization itself evolves and expands its reach and impact on the community.

Daniel has an educational background in nutrition and exercise science, and worked in this field as a nutrition advisor and personal trainer while attending Northwest Mississippi Community College and University of Mississippi. He began work with DMARC shortly after moving back to Iowa, leaving his position as a nutritionist soon after. Daniel is a passionate advocate for communities in need, particularly in the areas of nutrition equity, and medical/mental health access.

In his time away from work Daniel loves cooking (decently), reading, listening to podcasts, playing quite a few sports, exercising, storm watching/chasing, stargazing, and listening to music.

Joe Dolack

Operations Manager

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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

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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, takes photos at events, produces videos, manages social media, designs print pieces and graphics, manages advocacy efforts, and other communications tasks.

Luke earned his BA in Advertising from Iowa State University. He previously served 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 currently serves on the board of the Iowa Hunger Coalition, and has previously served on the boards of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Des Moines and dsmHack.

In his free time, Luke enjoys cooking, reading, documentary films, board games, and spending time with his wife, daughter, two cats, and dog.

Nisha Kishor

Volunteer & Outreach Manager

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Nisha Kishor
Nisha grew up in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Kentucky in high school. She attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a BA in Political Science and International Studies. After school she taught English in South Korea for one year.

Nisha just moved to Des Moines in August 2020 and is looking forward to meeting new people and getting to know her new home. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and spending time at home with her husband Ashish.

John McPhee

Warehouse Manager

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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.

Cindy West

Grant Writing and Storytelling Manager

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Cindy West joined the DMARC team in January 2022, and serves as the grant writing and storytelling manager. Cindy has more than 20 years of experience in grant writing, corporate fundraising, project management, nonprofit management, and board development, having worked at various nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education in central Iowa.

Cindy attended college at Iowa State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in community health education and sociology, as well as a master’s degree in business administration. She has always had a passion for helping others, and she actively volunteers to help underserved populations and those experiencing homelessness, trauma, alcoholism, and addiction.

In her spare time, Cindy enjoys organizing anything and everything, and spending time with her husband, John, while laughing, cooking, listening to music, reading, volunteering, and being outside. She is an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Cyclones fan and she enjoys spending time with her adult daughter, Peyton, as well as her bonus children and three bonus grandchildren.

Pamphile (Phil) Kiwayiele

Accounting/Office Administrator

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Monica Curl

Development & Outreach Associate

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Jeffrey Czerwiec

Development Specialist

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Jeffrey, who grew up in the Des Moines Area, earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa. Previously, Jeffrey has spent many years in the service industry, organized college students around public interest issues, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Drake University. Concern about the climate crisis has been a thread throughout a majority of his life, and in 2014 Jeffrey walked across the country from LA to DC with a group of activists to bring attention to the issue.

In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys cycling, deep dives into genealogy research, eating at new vegan restaurants, and hanging out with his cat, Phoebe. During the summer you might find him hiking to 14,000 feet in Colorado as he has a new goal to hike as many “14ers” as his legs can manage.

Andrew Firestine

Mobile Food Pantry Associate

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Chris Haugen

Warehouse Associate/Driver

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Patrick Minor

Mobile Food Pantry Associate

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Michael Sirois

Warehouse Associate

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