Young Leaders Society

YLS logo


United Way of Story County created the Young Leaders Society (YLS) in 2011 to engage and educate professionals under the age of 40. YLS's threshold of $250 helps young professionals grow in philanthropy.
YLS contributions further the mission of United Way of Story County and impact 30,000 people in Story County by supporting more than 90 core programs, three community impact areas, and a grants program for emergencies and emerging needs.


Join Young Leaders Society (YLS) and participate in year-round engagement opportunities including educational sessions and volunteer activities. 

Required to join:

  • Open for ages 40 and younger
  • $250 annually to sustain your membership in YLS


YLS Co-Chairs

Tillie Good, ISU Office of Extension and Outreach

Akelo Harris, ISU Office of the Sr Vice President and Provost

Committee Members

Chelsey Aisenbrey, Ames Lab 

Rachel Behrens, Workiva

Josh Carper, ISU Athletics

Nick Johnson, Ames Ford Lincoln

Grace Larkey, Renewable Energy Group

Michael McCool, Mary Greeley Medical Center

Jessica Mortvedt, Haverkamp Properties

Lisa Oxley, State Bank and Trust

AJ Pollard, Renewable Energy Group

Craig Welter, Hertz Farm Management

Kristin Pates, United Way of Story County




Kristin Pates

Resource Development Director




YLS Day of Caring
The YLS 2019 Day of Caring team, working hard!


YLS members sorting donations at Overflow Thrift Store

Painting at Mainstream Living

April 10, 2024 at 3:00pm

Mainstream Living provides Supported Community Living (SCL) for persons in the Intellectual Disabilities waiver (HCBS/ID) and persons in the Brain Injury Waiver (HCBS/BI) under the Home and Community Based Services program. We’ll be adding a fresh coat of paint to their living spaces!