Siouxland GO's Board works diligently throughout the year to provide opportunities for current members, recruit new members, and partner with Siouxland businesses for professional development as well as volunteer opportunities. The Siouxland GO board is made up of nine members; President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and the following committee chairs; Connect, Community Engagement, Innovation Market, Marketing, and Special Events. It is because of the hard work of the nine board members that Siouxland GO remains a strong, stable, and vibrant organization.
Sydney McManamy-Hermann, President
Realtor®, United Real Estate Solutions
Sydney McManamy Hermann is a Siouxland native and a graduate of Sioux City East High School. She briefly left Siouxland to earn a degree in business management and minors in accounting, marketing, and sales from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sydney has since returned to Sioux City and works as a residential real estate agent at United Real Estate Solutions. When she isn’t popping in and out of Siouxland homes, Sydney likes to spend her time with her husband Tommy, family, and friends. She also enjoys giving back to her hometown through her involvement in Siouxland Growth Organization, River-Cade, United Way of Siouxland, and the Events Facilities and Tourism Advisory Board.
If you see Sydney out and about be sure to say hello! If you then want to avoid being trapped for hours in conversation, make sure to avoid discussing why Diet Coke is superior to Diet Pepsi or why everyone should know their top CliftonStrengths.
Grace Nordquist, Outgoing President
Community Engagement Coordinator, Siouxland Youth For Christ
Grace Nordquist, originally from Panora, Iowa, is excited to have served as President and transition to Outgoing President of such a fun and involved group of young professionals that are dedicated to making an impact on the Siouxland community. After completing her Associate's Degree at Iowa Central Community College in 2018, Grace moved to Sioux City to attend Morningside College (now University) where she had an active presence on campus and was involved in various activities like the Women's Swim Team (2020 Morningside Women's Athlete of the Year), Student Ambassadors, ODK Honor's Society, and was an Athletic Communications Intern, participated in Campus Ministry and the school's Mental Health Awareness Group. Grace graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mass Communication; Corporate Communication Emphasis.
Grace is now the Community Engagement Coordinator for Siouxland Youth For Christ (YFC), an organization dedicated to reaching lost youth in the community to share the story of Christ. In addition to Siouxland YFC, Grace is an Assistant Coach for the Men and Women's Swim Team at Morningside University and an active member at her church. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, swimming and working out, decorating her house and trying new foods and restaurants.
Angela Rogers VICE PRESIDENT
Manager of Membership Retention, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce
Angela Rogers is thrilled to be elected Vice president of Siouxland GO. Angela loves meeting new people and helping them find a supportive network in the Siouxland area. Angela joined Siouxland GO in 2021 and has previously served as Siouxland GO’s Special Events chair. Angela is the Manager of Membership Retention at the Siouxland Chamber of commerce. In her role, Rogers quickly realized joining Siouxland GO was a key way to get involved with young leaders in the area and couldn’t wait to join.Angela is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended Drake University in Des Moines where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in Broadcast News and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Her professional background includes television journalism, public relations, and marketing. You’re likely to catch Angela at either a coffee shop or shopping at Target outside office hours. She enjoys being a “foodie” and cooking, playing with her dog Cooper, and going on adventures.
Nick Drenth, TREASURER
Attorney, Rawlings Law
Nick is excited to serve on the Siouxland Growth Organization Board as the Treasurer. Nick’s goal is to continue to promote the benefits of the Siouxland area to local students in order to retain the talented workforce. Working closely with the high schools and universities, Nick plans to continue to provide opportunities and develop local students to grow our existing local industries and encourage new businesses and innovation. Nick was raised in Hartley, Iowa. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science from Morningside College, class of ‘15. Nick stayed in the area to attend the University of South Dakota for law school before continuing for his Master’s Degree at Northwestern University in Chicago. Nick started his professional career in Chicago as a tax staff at Crowe LLP representing buyers in mergers and acquisition deals, but moved back to Sioux City because he always considered Siouxland his true home. He is now working as an associate attorney at Rawlings Law, where he practices business, real estate, probate, and family law. In his free time, Nick enjoys travelling, reading, competing, training for his next marathon, and spending time with his wife, friends, and family.
Makaelyn Glienke, SECRETARY
Sales/Marketing Specialist, American Family Insurance
Makaelyn Glienke, originally from Cherokee, IA, made her way to the Siouxland area to continue her studies at Morningside College (now University). Over the 4 years, she began to explore new opportunities in the Business and Arts Department; Business Honors Society, ODK Honors Society, Photo & Art Club and having her art pieces displayed in shows/competitions. She graduated with the class of 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Photography. Makaelyn is currently working at American Family Insurance: Stilwell & Associates Agency. There you can find her servicing current customers, quoting new policies and marketing the agency at events and on social media. Outside of work, you can find her being a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters, taking photographs, traveling to new locations, working out and spending time with friends and family.
Rob Valdovinos, Marketing
REALTOR® & Certified Residential Specialist, CENTURY 21 ProLink
Rob Valdovinos is excited to serve on the Siouxland Growth Organization Board as the Marketing Chair. Rob’s goal is to promote awareness of the Siouxland Growth Organization and it’s purpose in this great community it serves, as well as to bring attention to and highlight the Siouxland area.
Rob grew up not too far from Sioux City in the small town of Salix, going to high school and graduating from Westwood Community School. Rob has always had lots of connections in the Siouxland area and it has only grown larger since moving to Sioux City 4 years ago. Shortly after moving to Sioux City Rob decided to pursue his dream career of becoming a Real Estate Agent and has now been a licensed Realtor® for the states of Iowa & Nebraska and is a Certified Residential Specialist at CENTURY 21 ProLink for 3 years. Rob considers his Real Estate career more than just a career, it’s a great way for him to help people and his clients in achieving their big goals of homeownership. Whether it’s their first home, next home or forever home Rob is always happy to help. When Rob is not working in real estate you can usually find him with a camera shooting weddings or elopements alongside his husband. Taking photos has given him opportunity to travel to numerous places in the US like California, Oregon and Colorado but also abroad like recently traveling to France, Mexico and Iceland.
When Rob is looking for relaxation or for a slower paced day, he loves spending time with his husband and their dog (Coco) by either going to the dog park or a nice long walk at one of the many parks here in Sioux City. He also enjoys having having Saturday brunch or a cocktail night with friends.
Rob loves meeting and talking to new so if you see him while you are out don’t hesitate on stopping him to saying hello.
Tommy Hermann, Special Events
Project Manager - Automation & Robotics, Thompson Solution Group
Tom Hermann is a Siouxland native and graduated from Sioux City East High School. He earned his degree in Industrial Technology from Iowa State University. After college he returned to Siouxland and works as an Automation & Robotics Project Manager at Thompson Solutions Group. In his free time Tom enjoys having friends and family over for board game or movie nights. Tom enjoys giving back to his community through his board positions on the Siouxland Growth Organization and Community Action Agency of Siouxland.
Sidney Marks, Community Engagement
Development Associate, Food Bank of Siouxland
Sidney Marks joined Siouxland GO in May of 2022, becoming the Community Engagement Chair starting January 2023. Originally from Omaha, Sidney came to Sioux City following in the footsteps of her father in attending Briar Cliff University (Go Chargers!) After graduating in 2018, she worked for her alma mater’s marketing department for 4 years until closing the yearbook and going to work for the Food Bank of Siouxland as the Development Associate, assisting in promoting the services the Food Bank provides to the community. Sidney has grown to love Sioux City as her home, finding some of her favorite people out here. If you’re looking, you can probably spot her eating some truffle fries at Diving Elk, playing sand volleyball/intramurals at the Ickey Nickel and Long Lines, attending shows at the Hard Rock, throwing some axes at Axe to Grind, or just taking a walk at Bacon Creek. Her motto on living here: “Sioux City is a trap in the best way possible. Once you find your people here, you’ll never want to leave.”
Ashley Vande Brake, INNOVATION MARKET
Personal Banker, Northwest Bank
Ashley is eager to serve on the Siouxland Growth Organization Board as the Innovation Market leader. Ashley’s goal is to help Siouxland find the needs to make it an even better place to plant your roots and grow! She looks forward to meeting new people around the area and know what’s currently happening in Siouxland.
Ashley Vande Brake was born and raised here in the Siouxland area. Graduate of East High School in 2014. She furthered her education at Western Iowa Tech community college studying Photography with a degree in Applied Science & Minor in Professional Photography. During her time in college, she started her Banking Career with Wells Fargo back in 2015 as a Bank Teller and then at Northwest Bank as a Personal Banker in 2018 to(current). In Banking she strives to build relationships and help customers reach their financial goals. When Ashley isn’t in the office, she enjoys supporting local businesses and attending events in the community. She even finds time to use her photography skills with her own small business and helping other well-known photographers in Siouxland. Also enjoys traveling to breweries with her fiancé, Sam and when finally at home, snuggling up with their dog, Barnabas. Her family and friends are a huge support in her life and motivate her main goal- To make a difference in Siouxland!
Brooke Daane, CONNECT
Special Events Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland
Brooke Daane is a 5th generation Siouxlander. She graduated from East High School and went on to get her bachelor’s in Philosophy and Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota (USD). At USD, she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and was involved in Dakotathon, a dance marathon organization that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network. After graduation, she moved back to Sioux City and worked as an Admissions Counselor at Morningside University for 3 years. Her last year and a half at Morningside, she spent working remotely in Fort Collins, CO where she loved getting the chance to get outside, rock climb, hike, and hammock. However, she missed her nieces and nephews, so she moved back home and now works as the Director of Special Events and Community Partnerships at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland.
Brooke’s grandfather served on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors for 34 years, the longest in Iowa history so she has grown up with a strong sense of pride in this community. She loves being a part of Siouxland GO to help share that pride with the rest of Siouxland and remind people of what we have to be thankful for. She wants to continue to build on our growth and encourage other young professionals to invest in the community.
In her spare time, you can find her playing board games, spending time with her nieces and nephews, doing puzzles, or being a Big Sister to Janiyah through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland.