TAI Announces Graduation of Inaugural Iowa Tech Connect Cohort

DES MOINES, Iowa (December 14, 2023) – The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is proud to announce the graduation of its inaugural Iowa Tech Connect (ITC) cohort.

The interactive, six-month program focused on topics covering relationship building, professional presence, navigating organizational ecosystems and community engagement. The twenty-five cohort graduates represent companies and organizations from a wide range of industries and markets across the state of Iowa.

“These talented professionals have gained not only advanced skills that will support career growth but a unique perspective, enabling them to make significant impacts within their organizations,” said Brian Waller, president of the Technology Association of Iowa. “This program is not just about individual growth; it’s about strengthening Iowa’s entire tech ecosystem through our incredible tech talent that will be prepared to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.”

Congratulations to the Iowa Tech Connect 2023 Cohort:

Alex Boettger

Application Analyst IV, Annuity IT, TruStage

Addelyn Brewer

Business Intelligence Analyst III, Athene

Amanda Calmer

IT Business Relationship Consultant, Farm Bureau Financial Services

Breton Clark

Marketing Coordinator, Technology Association of Iowa

Dobson Douglass

Developer, VGM Fulfillment

Leah Haugh

Staff Software Engineer, John Deere

Kyle Hauswirth

Cyber Security Engineer, Kum & Go

Grant Heckman

IT Systems Engineer, Kum & Go

Emma Langston

Talent Acquisition Lead, Lean TECHniques Inc.

Shifali Malhotra

Professional Software Consultant, Lean TECHniques Inc.

Alec McGlasson

Cloud Platform Engineer, EMC Insurance Companies

Joe McNally

Data Engineer, Principal Financial Group

Teresa Middleton

Research Scientist II, ISU Digital Ag Innovation Lab

Holton Miller

Embedded Software Engineer, John Deere

Tyler Morphew

Systems Technician II, ITA Group, Inc.

Juan Navarro

Retail Systems Analyst II, Fareway Stores, Inc.

Iris Nguyen

Software Developer, The VGM Group, Inc.

Tim Paulson

Senior Data Analyst, Product Owner, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Josh Phillips

IT Team Lead, Pella Corporation

Mariya Ruffcorn

Application Analyst III, TruStage

Gabriel Stackhouse

Software Engineer III, GlobalVetLink

Kayla Tan

Data Scientist, revology

Devan Vander Veen

QA Engineer Automated 1, GlobalVetLink

Colin Ward

Industry Specialist, Kingland

Matthew Wharff

Support Analyst, ITA Group, Inc.

Nominations and applications for the 2024 Iowa Tech Connect Cohort will open in March 2024. Submit your interest here.


Iowa Tech Connect is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:

About the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) 

Founded in 1997, The Technology Association of Iowa is a statewide, member-based organization focused on building and uniting Iowa’s technology community. TAI advances the tech industry through engaging programming, premier events, talent development, driving public policy, and fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion to lead Iowa forward. 

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Media Contact:
Nick Donovan, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Technology Association of Iowa 
Email: nick@technologyiowa.org


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