Rita Perea Named DMACC Foundation Board President

Posted 3/22/2021

The professional speaker, author and executive coach has served on the DMACC Foundation Board for the past five years

  • Perea said the Foundation's Annual CEO Golf Outing has been a tremendous success in raising money used to fund student scholarships.

  • ​The Foundation is establishing a new Development Committee.

  • ​​“I wake up every morning and ask myself, 'what can I do to support the DMACC Foundation today?'" Perea said.

Professional speaker, author and executive coach Rita Perea has been named the new President of the DMACC Foundation Board of Directors. She replaces Mike Grandgeorge as president. She has served on the Foundation Board for the past five years.

“We're thrilled to welcome Rita into her new position with the DMACC Foundation," said Tara Connolly, Executive Director of the DMACC Foundation. “Rita has the energy, dedication and passion to lead our board to achieve new heights. We're looking forward to her leadership and initiatives for 2021."

One of the integral roles of the DMACC Foundation is to raise scholarship funds to support the academic success of DMACC students.

The Foundation's CEO Golf Outing has enjoyed tremendous success in raising more than $3.2 million since it began in 2008, with all of the money used to fund student scholarships.

“Our 'secret sauce' for this overwhelmingly successful annual event is the group of dedicated sponsors, players, volunteers and, of course, the Foundation staff, who support this as the premier fundraiser to attend," Perea said. “We are very fortunate to enjoy the continued support of Dennis Albaugh, who hosts the CEO Golf Outing at his private Talons of Tuscany golf course, and Curt VanVeldhuizen, event chair."

Under her leadership, the Foundation is establishing a Development Committee.

“This innovative team will be designed to create higher-level engagement opportunities for Foundation Board members by aligning our fundraising strategies and leveraging our collective network of potential giving partners."

Perea describes her leadership style as both visionary and collaborative.

“I have a vision of the next level of success that the Foundation can reach centered around the financial needs of DMACC students," Perea said. “I'm working collaboratively with President Rob Denson, Foundation Executive Director Tara Connolly, our Foundation Executive Committee, Board Member colleagues and funding partners to keep gifts to the DMACC Foundation on the forefront of everyone's mind. I wake up every morning and ask myself, 'what can I do to support the DMACC Foundation today?' It's noble work."

Perea is celebrating her 20th year as the President and CEO of the Rita Perea Leadership Consulting Group. In addition to serving as President of the DMACC Foundation Board, she is into her third Senate-approved term on the State Engineering and Land Surveying Licensing Board, and also the Des Moines Embassy Club Board. 

She is also a proud DMACC parent of a son who has two associate degrees from DMACC.

“I've seen first-hand how the outstanding instructors at DMACC can influence and transform a student's life," Perea said. “I whole-heartedly believe in and strive to support the vision and mission of DMACC."​

For more information, conact: Tara Connolly,​ tkconnolly@dmacc.edu​

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