Cindy Elsbernd, Vice Chair

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659 46th Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 771-1140
cindy.elsbernd@dmschools.org

Cindy Elsbernd was born in Decorah, Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. She has lived in Des Moines since 1993.

Cindy and her husband Ryan have two sons: Sam, Roosevelt High School Class of 2015 and Lars, Roosevelt High School Class of 2018.

Cindy is the director a non-profit organization in Des Moines called Iowa Kidstrong, Inc. which she founded in February, 2005 with a mission to promote healthy, active lifestyles to youth. Over the last decade, a variety of Des Moines Public elementary schools as well as other schools in surrounding areas have participated in Iowa Kidstrong’s KidStriders program. She has also developed and launched several other programs through the organization to encourage students to get and stay active, including a marathon training program for high school youth called See-Us Run Des Moines and the KidStriders 5Ks Club.

Cindy also works as the Well Kids of Central Iowa Program Manager for the United Way of Central Iowa.

In September 2010, Cindy was awarded the 2010 Healthy Iowa Visionary Award presented by the Academy for a Healthy Iowa – a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Public Health, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Nutrition, and Wellness Council of Iowa. She was designated as an American Red Cross of Central Iowa Hero of the Heartland in 2012.

Member Since: 2011
Term Expires: 2019