Meet the Board

Jim Beal

Jim Beal

President
Partner, Tax Services
RSM US LLP
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Jim Beal

Partner, Tax Services RSM US LLP
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Jim coordinates a wide range of services to businesses and their owners in a variety of industries. Jim has been with the firm since 1992. He provides consulting expertise to clients in income and estate tax planning. He also provides consulting services in business planning, business purchase/sale, and all manner of real estate transactions.

Jim serves as the local and is part of national leadership in the Construction/Real Estate Services Group. This group provides professional services to contractors and real estate owners, developers, and investor entities. Jim also provides expertise to clients involved in subsidized development projects utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Rehabilitation Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, and various state and local tax credits and incentives.

Professional Affiliations and Credentials

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Housing Credit Certified Professional
  • Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • National Council of State Housing Agencies
  • National Association of Home Builders

Jim served as Board Chair of ANAWIM Housing, Inc. (a not-for-profit affordable housing and service organization), Riverfront YMCA in Des Moines, IA and Treasurer of both Cross Trainer Ministries and Amanda Cares, Inc. He is an instrument rated private pilot.

Brooke Cook

Brooke Cook

Community Impact Advisor
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Brooke Cook

Community Impact Advisor
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Dedicated to connecting, motivating, and engaging people to positively impact others and the community is what drives Brooke Cook. She is passionate about people and the community that she lives, works and plays in. She thrives when she is at the table strategically advising how to drive impact through engagement and memorable moments.

Most recently Brooke spent seven years at ITA Group in a leadership role. Brooke and her direct team were focused on designing strategic solutions to realize results through assessment, engagement, motivation, and experiences for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. During her time at ITA Group, Brooke was also the Committee Chair for Ignite. Ignite is ITA Group’s committee for all things give back, volunteer time off, 501c3 partnerships, and overall community impact.

No matter the objective, Brooke begins with the end in mind. She can visualize the results and foster an impactful experience. She prides herself on keeping people aligned, energized, and involved, all while having fun and calling it like it is along the way.

Giving back has always been in Brooke’s veins. Her ITA Group Ignite work, pared with her meaningful time in sales for Sigler Companies (where she focused on traditional agency relationships as well as countless 501c3 partnerships), and this zest for doing good is what prompted Brooke to step away from “earning a paycheck” in her leadership role at ITA Group. Brooke now focuses her time making an impact with and for organizations she is passionate about.

Brooke and her husband Josh, reside in Ankeny. Together, they have five children and two dogs.

Mark Phillips

Mark K. Phillips

Treasurer
Vice President Treasury Management Services,
Bank Iowa
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Mark K. Phillips

Vice President, Treasury Management Services
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Mark Phillips learned early in his career that he could make a big world seem small by finding and establishing a community of people all working together to achieve something great; a belief and philosophy that he continues to put into practice today.  As Vice President Treasury Management for Bank Iowa, Iowa’s second-largest family-owned financial institution, Mark is responsible for the direction, sales, and support of treasury management services for the entire bank’s business clients.

Before joining Bank Iowa, Mark was the Executive Director of the Polk County Continuum of Care Board where he led a co-sponsored city and county homeless initiative. Through that opportunity, Mark learned about the value of partnerships, diverse voices, and a large group moving towards a common goal. Mark has also spent time serving clients at Bankers Trust in Des Moines and First Western Trust in Colorado.

Mark lives in Urbandale and is married to Jen, a teacher and coach, and has four sons. Mark enjoys his relationship with God, playing and coaching sports, and being active through performance fitness and triathlons.

Doug Shiplett

Doug Shiplett

Antioch Investments, LLC and Vine Capital Partners
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Doug Shiplett

Antioch Investments, LLC and Vine Capital Partners
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Doug Shiplett has been involved in the Des Moines business community since 2005, initially in investment real estate through his company Antioch Investments and additionally now with his son and daughter-in-law at Eden & Gray Design Build, Inc, a custom home/remodeling company. He is a real estate broker and a partner in Vine Capital Partners where he heads capital acquisition.

Doug’s faith-based work has been extensive as he serves currently as visionary leader of Kaleo Church Network, a church planting network based in Iowa and California as well as Executive Director of Hope for India, a non-profit working with leadership groups throughout India. Prior to that focus, Doug served as Executive Vice President and Director of International Partnerships at BILD International through 2012, after serving as the senior pastor of Crossroads Bible Church in San Jose, California, for nine years.

International faith-based work and partnerships have been at the center of Doug’s work for decades and he serves currently on two international mission boards as well as serving on the board of the Des Moines YMCA Supportive Housing Campus for several years. He has traveled in 32 countries to facilitate training and ministry over the last 20 years. Doug has been married to Marilyn for 44 years, and they have three children and 12 grandchildren all living in the Des Moines metro area.

Thomas Slaughter

Thomas Slaughter

Secretary
Attorney,
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
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Thomas Slaughter

Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
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Tom Slaughter is an experienced attorney and business leader with a passion for community service. Tom served as General Counsel of three Des Moines-based companies including Meredith Corporation and the Mittera Group and also led business units at both companies. He was in private legal practice with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (now Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP) and currently is with Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. Tom helps clients with corporate governance, securities, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, data security, intellectual property, and other business matters. His industry experience includes data services, media and marketing, financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, and technology companies. Among the community organizations Tom has provided legal services, board and other volunteer support are the Plymouth Congregational Church Homeless Assistance Team, Balance Autism, ChildServe Network, Blank Park Zoo, Oakridge Neighborhood, Science Center of Iowa, Iowa Legal Aid Society, Iowa Asian Alliance, The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Hoyt Sherman Place. Tom is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and the Advanced Executive Program of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Seth Stevenson

Seth Stevenson

Director of Digital Marketing,
Des Moines University
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Seth Stevenson

Director of Digital Marketing, Des Moines University
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Seth Stevenson, MCL is the Director of Digital Marketing at Des Moines University. Seth has 14 years of experience in optimizing digital communications through websites, online advertising, email marketing, and social media. He is passionate about helping those in need and previously served as a Board Member for the YMCA Supportive Housing campus. He is inspired daily by his wife, Katie, and his two sons. In his free time, Seth enjoys board games, local beer, and playing with his boys.

Twyla
Impact Story

She struggled in a cycle of physical abuse, gaslighting, and mental abuse

Twyla was a homemaker, living with the love of her life until love turned into years of loneliness, pain, and fear. She and her partner struggled in a cycle of physical abuse, gaslighting, and mental abuse. She began to sustain injuries that were becoming increasingly horrific and she knew she had a life-or-death decision to make. But where…
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