Our Staff

​​Let our DBR staff help you with the right training for your organization.

Executive Director:​

Kim Didier

Kim Didier

515-256-4917
kmdidier@dmacc.edu
Kim joined DMACC Business Resources as Executive Director in December 2010. Kim holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.P.A. from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Prior to joining DBR, Kim was the Executive Director for the Iowa Innovation Gateway, a seven county economic development organization formed after Whirlpool closed its Newton operation.

DBR Consultants:

Emily Betz

Emily Betz

Process Improvement & Technology Coordinator
515-256-4914
ejbetz@dmacc.edu
Emily joined DMACC Business Resources in 2013. She is in charge of process improvement and technology in the department. Emily holds a B.A. from Central College and an M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook. Emily is a certified workplacelean® trainer. She is also trained in Microsoft SharePoint® providing training and consulting services to departments wanting to transition to an electronic document management system. Emily’s past experience includes teaching art and English in Germany and France, and specific work experience in translation, web design, International Sales, payroll, hiring, and student services.​
Jacki Boldt

Jacki Boldt

Business Solutions Consultant
515-256-4915
jlboldt@dmacc.edu
Jacki joined DMACC Business Resources as a Business Consultant in October 2012. She works with clients in Polk county. Jacki earned her BA in Business and Finance from Waldorf College and her BA in Secondary Education from Buena Vista University. Prior to joining DBR, Jacki worked in the DMACC Career Center where she facilitated the connection between area employers and current students and alumni.
Melissa Chavas

Melissa Chavas-Miller

Business Solutions Consultant
515-256-4916
mkchavas@dmacc.edu
Melissa has been a Business Consultant with DMACC Business Resources in September 2007. She works with clients in Polk, Dallas and Adair counties. Melissa earned her BA in Theatre/Communication/Education from Simpson College and a M.Ed. in Organizational Learning & Human Resources Development from Iowa State University. Prior to joining DBR, Melissa owned her own consulting business, Chavas Consulting, for 8 years where she focused on training, consulting and instructional design.
Aaron Chittenden

Aaron Chittenden

Business Solutions Consultant
515-256-4921
ajchittenden1@dmacc.edu
Aaron joined DMACC Business Resources as a Business Consultant in March 2014. He works with organizations in Polk and Dallas counties. Aaron has an excellent background in economic development in Iowa. His experience includes Executive Director of Jones County Economic Development Commission, Executive Director of Grimes Chamber of Commerce, City of West Des Moines City Planner, Assistant to the City Manager and interim Development, Planning and Inspection Manager.
Dennis Hayworth

Dennis Hayworth

Projects Officer
515-256-4925
dahayworth@dmacc.edu
Dennis has been with DMACC Business Resources since February 1999. He has a B.A. in Business Administration and over 30 years of experience in business as Sales & Operations Manager, District Manager and Branch Manager. His responsibilities include marketing and special projects coordination with Water and Wastewater training.
Craig Hennager

Craig Hennager

Water Environmental Technology Training Coordinator
515-256-4919
cjhennager@dmacc.edu
Craig joined DMACC Business Resources as the WET Training Coordinator in January 2016. Craig coordinates non-credit CEU training for water/wastewater operations. Craig manages the WET program which offers career paths for water professionals to obtain and retain their professional certifications. In addition to the WET program, Craig also handles the On-Site Wastewater Training Center of Iowa which provides on-site training for county environmental health specialists, septic system installers, Time of Transfer Inspectors, pumpers and design professionals. Craig has a B.A. in Business Management, a Grade III in Wastewater Treatment, Grade II in Water Treatment and a Grade II in Distribution​ Systems.
Jeff Janes

Jeff Janes

Business Solutions Consultant
515-663-6717
jrjanes@dmacc.edu
Jeff has been a Business Consultant for DMACC Business Resources since January of 2002. He covers Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Polk, and Story counties. His office is located in Ames at the DMACC Career Academy Hunziker Center. Jeff earned his Bachelor's degree from Simpson College and his Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University. Prior to coming to DBR, Jeff worked for Pella Windows and Doors in Chicago, IL and Pella Corporation in Pella, Iowa.
Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell

Business Solutions Coordinator
515-256-4922
kjmitchell4@dmacc.edu
Kelly Mitchell joined DMACC as a Business Consultant in November 2012 and serves clients in the Marion, Jasper and Warren county region. Kelly earned her Master's in Business Leadership at William Penn University, Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and holds an Organizational Development certification through DePaul University. Prior to DBR, she spent over 14 years with Vermeer Corporation in sales, marketing and human resources. Kelly is on the board of the Marion County Development Commission (MCDC), Project IOWA and the Central Iowa WORKS Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (CIW). Contact Kelly to learn more about the services DBR offers their clients.
Machelle Sabin

Machelle Sabin

Lean Facilitator
515-201-4609
mmsabin@dmacc.edu
Machelle is currently a Lean Facilitator for Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Machelle is responsible for facilitating Lean initiatives throughout DMACC’s six campuses and providing training and consulting services to external manufacturing, service, government and education clients. She holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Hastings College. Prior to DMACC Machelle worked as a Learning and Development Consultant for 17 years.
Bonnie Slyhuis

Bonnie Slykhuis

Lean Consultant
515-238-3485
blslykhuis@dmacc.edu
Bonnie is currently a Lean Consultant for Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Bonnie is responsible for implementing Lean initiatives throughout DMACC. In addition, she provides training and consulting services to external manufacturing, service, government and education clients. She is a certified Master Trainer for workplacelean® and a certified trainer for NIST/MEP Lean. Bonnie is also a certified instructor for leadership and soft skills programs such as MBTI, DDI, Achieve Global and Logic Opera. She holds a B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education ​from Central College and a M.A. in Training & Development from Drake University. Prior to DMACC, Bonnie was employed as a K-12 educator by such companies as Pella Corporation, 3M Company and Maytag Corporation.
Cathy Spenceri

Cathy Spenceri

Business Solutions Consultant
515-256-4923
caspenceri@dmacc.edu
Cathy has been with DMACC Business Resources since October 1999. Cathy is responsible for clients in Polk County where she recommends and implements a wide variety of educational needs to corporations. Cathy holds a B.A in Speech Communications and a M.Ed. in Organizational Learning & Human Resources Development (OLHRD) from Iowa State University. She has 20 years of facilitation experience in business and industry including working for Physician's Mutual (insurance), Frigidaire - Electrolux and DMU (Des Moines University). Cathy is a certified facilitator in Wilson Learning, DDI (Developmental Dimensions International), Achieve Global, and MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).

Support Staff:

Pam Akers

Pam Akers

Administrative Assistant
515-256-4913
pjakers@dmacc.edu
Pam has been an Administrative Assistant with DMACC Business Resources in 2006. She is responsible for processing the 260E and 260F projects, supervisory/Management Skills and Wastewater Training. Pam provides administrative support to DBR's Executive Director, Training Consultants, instructors and company contacts. Prior to joining DBR, Pam was employed in the fields of education and manufacturing.
Caylene Hollinrake

Caylene Hollinrake

Administrative Assistant
515-256-4920
cjhollinrake@dmacc.edu
Caylene joined DMACC Business Resources as an Administrative Assistant in November 2013. Caylene earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from AIB College of Business. She provides administrative support to DBR's Training Coordinator, Training Consultants, and Instructors. She is responsible for processing Onsite Wastewater Training classes and acting as the contact for class registration for many of the other training classes DBR provides. Caylene comes to DBR with over 10 years of experience in the Business Administration field.