Board of Directors
Helping today to carry out the Brights’ vision are the Board of Directors of the Bright Foundation, including: Dale Andringa, Beverly Apel, Jerry Deegan, Chuck Haas, Fred Lock, Tom Press, Wes Ritchie, and Stacy Wanderscheid.
Beverly had a career that spanned two continents; in the US as the CEO of a provider of women’s health and education services and owner of an agricultural business in Australia. She is now retired and lives in West Des Moines. Beverly’s passions continue to revolve around helping women and children. Quoting an ancient Bedouin saying, “We plant tamarisks (salt cedar trees) for our grandchildren,” Beverly believes children are 100% of our future and she continues to work and volunteer for their health, education, and safety. She also enjoys her large, loving family, traveling the backroads of forests, mountains, and prairies, as well as capturing people and places in biographies and painted landscapes. As a niece of Lois and Dale Bright, Beverly is committed to keeping their beacon shining through the Bright Foundation programs.
Chuck had a career in manufacturing which brought him to Des Moines from Southeastern Wisconsin in the 1960s. He was the CEO of Cobbs Manufacturing for 28 years, an auto accessories manufacturing company he purchased in 1972. Chuck and his wife Janet live in Des Moines where they keep busy with their five children and (soon-to-be) ten grandchildren. Chuck is an avid woodworker and fisherman. Chuck brings to the Bright Foundation considerable experience in board service, specifically with financial non-profit oversight.
Dale is a retired physician. He held a number of leadership roles in physician organizations, health systems and the health insurance industry. He currently remains active on not-for-profit boards. His interests include activities related to his 6 grandchildren and business and personal travel with his wife Mary. He also has an interest in issues related to the environment, healthcare reform and higher education. His passion for how we meet the challenge of creating a skilled workforce for Iowa is a perfect fit with his participation on the Bright Foundation Board.
Fred is the President of Iowa Appraisal and Research and has over 35 years of experience in real estate appraising, consulting and mortgage and commercial lending services. Fred is a strong advocate of a liberal arts education. He considers the work of the Bright Foundation and Bright Scholars an important and valuable example of paying forward the ideals of a rational and intentional life and the value of helping others.
Jerry worked in Catholic education for 45 years. During his career he was a teacher, counselor, and held various positions in administration before he retired in 2017 as President of Dowling Catholic high School. He has a passion for helping students and families find success through education and personal development. Jerry has served on a variety of national and local nonprofit boards where he helped develop programs and set strategic direction. He sees being a member of the Bright Foundation as an opportunity to be a part of program where education has a powerful, lasting impact on the lives of a special group of students.
Stacy is the owner of Perspective Consulting Partners, an independent, fee-based employee benefits consulting firm located in Urbandale, Iowa. Much of her professional experience has been in the field. She enjoys spending time with her partner, two college-aged sons, friends and her Goldendoodle. Other interests include travel and attending live performances of music, comedy and theater. When it comes to supporting the Bright Foundation mission, she is passionate about linking youth with careers in which they will thrive, recognizing each person’s path may be a little different.
Tom had a 40 year career in executive positions in healthcare and the managing care industry. He focused on leading managed care organizations, resolving conflicts, seizing market opportunities and facilitating strategic relationships among employers, physicians, hospitals, and insurers. Originally certifying to teach secondary education, and teaching as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, Tom has always been interested in education, and especially leadership studies. He loves being a part of continuing the legacy of Lois and Dale Bright and seeing students having the opportunity to grow, and make the world a better place.
Wes spent much of his career in marketing communications, helping companies identify and connect with clients and potential clients in a multitude of ways. Wes has developed other professional interests through service on nonprofit boards such as HCI Care Services and, of course, the Bright Foundation. Now retired, woodworking is a hobby Wes enjoys. His personal interests have revolved around family and travel with three children and their families now living on both coasts. With his wife Karen, Wes traveled six of the seven continents, including Antarctica, their favorite. Wes is particularly pleased to have served on the Bright Foundation Board for over 10 years during which time he was actively involved with envisioning and developing the Bright Scholars of Iowa scholarship program.
In 2016, the Board of Directors hired their first staff member Meredith Dohmen to serve as the Director of Scholarships.
Prior to joining the Bright Foundation, Meredith served as the School Counseling and Student Supports Coordinator for Des Moines Public Schools. She is passionate about advocating for educational opportunities and systems that support youth in reaching their goals. Throughout her career, she has been involved in issues surrounding the career, academic, and social-emotional development of youth leading to her involvement with college and career readiness initiatives at the state and national levels. She loves being a part of the Bright Foundation as her daily job involves connecting with scholars and structuring the Foundation’s programs to support students on their unique journeys through college and into careers.