The Executive Leadership Committee and Steering Committee are two groups of area professionals and volunteers who support the mission of LLS through fundraising initiatives, expanding corporate partnerships and planning special events. They are leaders and advocates for the Light The Night Walk.
Central Iowa Executive Leadership Committee
Corporate Walk Chair:
Christian Comito -- Christian Comito is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Capital City Fruit, Inc. He is the 3rd generation CEO and assumed the title in January 2004. He joined Capital City Fruit full-time in June 1994 and has held several positions in the company in Sales, Purchasing and Information Technology. Prior to joining the family-owned and operated produce business located in Norwalk, IA, Christian worked at Boys Hope, Girls Hope in St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago, an organization that helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full-potential, as a volunteer house parent.
He attended Boston College before receiving his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Montessori Children’s House and recently accepted the opportunity to serve on the board again. He has also held positions on the NationFresh LLC Board of Directors, a supply chain partner of fresh fruits and vegetables.
In 2006, Christian was nominated and awarded the Produce Business 40 Under Forty honor, which recognizes the produce industry’s top young leaders.
Tami Becker -- State of Iowa
Denny Bole -- Principal, Retired HR Manager
Abby Bottenfield -- Trillix Group, Communications Manager
Doug Eckhart -- S & C Automotive, Owner
Mark Kilian -- Community Business Leaders, CEO
David Lettween -- PDS, CEO
Jamie Myers -- Premier Commercial Services, Partner
John O'Halloran -- Quality Service Corp., CEO
Matt Pertzborn -- Hy-Vee, Store Director
Chad Stevens -- City State Bank, SVP Investment Manager
Troy Strawhecker -- Premier Companies, Partner
Mark Zimmerman -- Baker Group, VP of Finance
Eastern Iowa Executive Leadership Committee
Corporate Walk Chair
Jan Nichols -- Jan Nichols is the Store Director at the brand new Crosspark Road Hy-Vee in Coralville, IA. Jan’s store opened in October 2018. Her energy and commitment to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission, as well as Hy-Vee’s, are sure to do incredible things for Eastern Iowa Light The Night. Welcome, Jan!
Patrick Magallanes -- Steindler Orthopedic PLC, President and CEO
Erin Pottebaum -- Director of Operations, Iowa City Area Development Group
Chuck Yagla -- Kirk Gross Co., Director of Marketing & PR