Graciela “Tita” Coffman

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Ms. Coffman is the former Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Iowa Alumni Association, where she oversaw the strategic coordination and integration of the association’s four departments: communications, membership and marketing, alumni travel, and programs. She also provided the direction and leadership to continually improve efficiency and effectiveness to strengthen the organization’s financial viability.

Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Ms. Coffman worked for Bandag in Muscatine, Iowa, where she held various positions including director of marketing and director of sales in the company’s international division, which covered operations in Sub-Sahara Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Previously she was vice president of tire retread operations at NRM Steelastic in California. 

Ms. Coffman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management, with honors, from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Ms. Coffman is very active in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Corridor community, volunteering her time for various causes. Amongst other things, she promotes political gender equity in the Iowa legislature as a board member of the 50-50 in 2020 nonprofit organization and children’s health in Central America through her work in Rotary International. She is also a board member of the Community Foundation of Johnson County and a member of the Grants Committee. Last year she was chair of the team evaluating grants for Health and Human Services projects in Johnson County.

In 2013, Ms. Coffman received a Corridor Business Journal Women of Influence Award. These awards are given to women who have made a difference in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Corridor and who are representative role models as leaders in their fields and communities.

Ms. Coffman has also been involved in the following boards and/or voluntary associations with nonprofit agencies, organizations, etc.

  • Iowa City Noon Rotary Club
    • Chair of the World Community Service Committee
  • IWLC (Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference).
    • Steering Committee and co-chair of Student Track Committee (2014 and 2015, not in 2016)
  • 50-50 in 2020
    • Board Member
  • Community Foundation of Johnson County
    • Board Member
      • Member of the Grants Committee


Jannette Taylor, MOL, MSNDR

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Jannette Taylor is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. Ms. Taylor currently serves as the Director of Programs at NorthStar Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the former Executive Director of United Action for Youth (UAY) in Iowa City. Prior to accepting the leadership position at United Action for Youth, she founded a community based nonprofit, Impact One Community Connection in Omaha, Nebraska and served as its Executive Director for four years. This small nonprofit grew from a $500,000 annual budget to a budget of $2 million in the first year of operations. Jannette is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She attended undergraduate and graduate school at the College of Saint Mary, earning a Masters in Organizational Leadership (MBA). She went on to earn a Masters in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University School of Law, while also working on a Juris Doctor Degree.

She has a passion for social justice and has been actively involved in community revitalization projects. She focused her efforts on the Bridge to Success Program, an early entry college program for disadvantaged youth in Omaha Public School serving on the African-American Achievement Council and volunteering for their events. Through this program she and others helped many high school students get a jump start on college, taking courses at Metro Community College and University of Nebraska Omaha. She created Impact One Community Connection in 2009 and began focusing her energy on the marginalized youth and young adults in North Omaha. Working with the Empowerment Network of Omaha, Impact One began managing the Great Summer Jobs Program that has provided over 1,200 employment opportunities for high-at-risk youth and gang members in Omaha. Impact One provides gang intervention and prevention to young people on the street, in addition to providing intervention services at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University Medical Center. Jannette’s personal life experiences has aided her in working with at risk youth in the city and has positioned her to be the perfect advocate for the marginalized people in the community.  Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle acknowledged all of her hard work and dedication to the community by deeming December 5th Jannette Taylor Day in Omaha, Nebraska. While this is an impressive accomplishment, Jannette is more proud of her daughter Erika, who is a Junior at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Educational Background:

Undergrad/Grad School at College of Saint Mary (Masters Business Administration/Organizational Leadership)

  • Grad/Law School at Creighton University (Masters Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (International Law and Public Policy) (Also pursued JD- 1.5 years remaining)
  • Certified Nebraska Mediator through the Werner Institute at Creighton University School of Law and the Concord Center through the State of Nebraska


Kimberly Painter, Johnson County Recorder

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Kim Painter was elected as Johnson County Recorder in 1998.  Her win marked the first time any openly gay candidate in Iowa had won election to public office on an initial attempt.

Ms. Painter came to the Recorder’s position from the University of Iowa, where she had served as Assistant Registrar.  Prior to that, she was an academic advisor in the UI’s College of Business Administration. 

Since election, Ms. Painter has served as president of the Iowa State Association of Counties, chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, and chair of the Region 10 Iowa Workforce Development CEO Board.  In 2015 and 2016, she was president of the Iowa County Recorders’ Association.

Ms. Painter has been honored by the Johnson County Democrats as their Outstanding Elected Official (2003); by Dawn’s List as Local Elected Official of the year (2011); and in 2013 by Iowa’s 2nd District Democrats, who inducted her into their Hall of Fame.

Ms. Painter was named a “Harvey Milk Champion of Change” by the White House in 2013 – one of 10 LGBT elected officials in the country so honored.

Kim is married to Jessica Kardon, with whom she has lived for 20 years.  They have a son, Tim.  The trio counts as family their beloved dilute Calico, Camille.  Off-hours passions include days in the yard and garden in spring and summer, feeding and watching hummingbirds and other avian life.  Literature and literary criticism, writing, music, and the arts in all manifestations also form the center of the household.  





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