Our Staff


Terry Hernandez

Terry Hernandez joined Chrysalis in 1997 as the first Executive Director, establishing it as a public foundation focused on women and girls in Greater Des Moines area. Prior to Chrysalis ...


Brooke Findley

Brooke Findley joined Chrysalis in 2010 as Director of Policy and Programs, overseeing grant making programs, the Chrysalis After-School program ...


Lynn Knudsen

Lynn Knudsen joined Chrysalis in 2014 as Director of Mission Advancement supporting the strategic implementation of the Chrysalis mission through collaboration...



Our Board Members


Cynde Cronin

Cynde is the Director of Business Development for Merit Resources and works with nonprofit organizations such as the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Living History Farms, and the Boys & Girls ...


Michele Warnock

Michele is a shareholder of the firm’s Litigation Division, with an emphasis in labor and employment and business litigation. In 2015, Michele joined the Board of Directors for the Children and Family ...


Jann Freed

After a 30-year career at Central College, Jann is professor emerita of business management and the former Mark and Kay De Cook Endowed Chair in Leadership & Character Development. She is also a leadership ...


Patrice Sayre

Following 18 years as Finance Director for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Patrice became Chief Business Officer for the Board of Regents for the state of Iowa in August 2007. Patrice Sayre was asked ...

Michele Brott, President
Heather Palmer, Vice President
Becky Andersen, Secretary
Amy Friedrich, Treasurer
Jodi Beller
Angelica Cardenas-Chaisson
Cynde Cronin
Lisa Cushatt
Diane Evans
Danielle Foster-Smith
Joe Gonzalez
Karin Johnson
Dr. Deneese Jones
Erika Linden
Frank Maher
Drew McLellan
Marti Sivi
Lisa West
San Wong