Meet the Leadership Team


Learn more about Team YESS and why we love what we do - All day. Every day.


 Chris Andersen, Director of Philanthropy and Community Partnerships (2020)

Chris Andersen's career spans more than 20 years with non-profit organizations in human services, performing arts, medical and mental health advocacy, and higher education. Over that time, he honed his philosophy of philanthropy that he passionately describes as the reinvention of donor and corporate partner relationships. Chris comes to YESS from the Des Moines Community Playhouse where he served as Director of Philanthropy since 2017. During his time there, he revamped the spirit of philanthropy by creating new programs and revitalizing donor favorites.

Favorite day: Enjoying time outdoors with his family - going camping in their RV, hiking, fishing, boating, playing golf and tennis, woodturning, geocaching, and wildlife watching. 




Chad Van Hauen, Human Resources Director (2019)

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College in Pella in Exercise Science.  I bring more than 11 years of HR experience to the YESS team. I received SHRM-CP certification in 2018 and I’m also a local and national member of the Society for Human Resource Management. I am excited to partner with YESS leadership and staff to continue to build upon our mission of changing lives by protecting children and empowering families.   

Favorite day:   Every Saturday in the fall cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Central Dutch.


Susan Johnson, Chief Operations Officer (2016)

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College in Pella with an Accounting major and took and passed the CPA exam a few years later. I've spent my entire career in the healthcare industry, and I have a passion for process improvement and efficiency. I am thrilled to join Team YESS and look forward to being part of the wonderful work of the agency every day. 

Favorite Day: My favorite day is Christmas. It’s just our immediate family for the entire day with no planned agenda.





Reggie St. Romain, Executive Director of Shelter (2020)

Reggie comes to YESS with more than 25 years of experience in the human services field. He has provided leadership, vision, training, and knowledge at a variety of residential treatment programs during his career. After growing an Arizona all-girls residential treatment program from 30 beds to 115, he returned to Iowa to lead one of the largest residential programs for boys and girls. Throughout his career, he has focused on creating a culture of empowerment and accountability for both students and employees. 

Favorite Day: Any day spent with my family. 



Angie Weis, Hope Hall Connections Director (2020)

Angie comes to YESS with 19 years of experience in the human service field. She has received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa followed by her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. She has led and built organizations across the state and served as a foster parent for the State of Iowa for 10 years. In 2018, she was honored by being appointed to CARF Surveyor. She has expertise in program development, workforce and strategic planning, risk management, financial and billing practices, and quality assurance. 

Favorite day: Monday because she loves waking up to the possibilities of the week to come.



Lela Scott, Residential Services Director (2012)

I received my Bachelor's in Psychology at Creighton University. I believe in YESS’ mission and our responsibility to our community. I ensure our kids are safe, our staff are safe and clients are receiving quality care and services. I love engaging clients and families in support services that will improve their quality of life. I have been serving children and working with families for over 10 years. I joined Team YESS in June of 2012.

Favorite day: I would have to say my birthday and my loved one’s birthdays. I love seeing people being celebrated and seeing them celebrate themselves. We are all so important and our birthdays are a reminder of that.