Andrew Allen, CEO
Andrew Allen is Chief Executive Officer of YSS, a child welfare agency celebrating 40 years of providing hope and opportunity to children, youth and families through prevention, treatment and transition programs.
A native Iowan, Allen spent 14 years at Principal where he rose to the position of Director of Community Relations and President of the Principal Foundation, with global responsibilities over charitable giving and corporate citizenship.
Allen credits YSS with providing services that saved his life in 1995, after which he became the charter youth member on the YSS Board of Directors, and later served on the YSS Foundation Board. He has dedicated the past 20 years to serving YSS as a volunteer, advocate and fundraiser, leading two successful YSS capital campaigns and creating Reggie’s Sleepout, an annual fundraiser benefitting Iowa Homeless Youth Centers.
His commitment to the community extends well beyond YSS, including currently serving on boards for Variety – the Children’s Charity, The Partnership for a Drug Free Iowa, The Des Moines Arts Festival and the state’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. Allen has previously served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice where he advised the president and congress on matters of juvenile justice.
Allen has been recognized with the Fortune 500 HERO Award from Fortune Magazine, was named the Inaugural Young Professional of the Year by Juice Magazine and the Des Moines Register, is part of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40, has received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Iowa State University, and was inducted into the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame by the State of Iowa.
YSS Administrative Leadership
Chief Executive Officer – Andrew Allen
Associate Chief Executive Officer – Roberta Milinsky
Chief Financial Officer – Tim Carson
Human Resources Director – Anna Andrews
Quality Improvement and Innovation Director – Belinda Meis
Division Director, Prevention & Treatment – Jason Haglund
Division Director, Child Welfare & Transitional Services – Terri Johanson
Community, Youth & Family Development Director – Gerri Bugg
Marketing & Communications Director – Rhonda Clark
Development Director – Sarah Mowery
Information Services Director – Richard Stephenson
Asset Manager – Renee Davlin
Leadership of YSS Community-Based Centers
YSS of Boone County – Tina Palmer
YSS of Eastern Story County – Laura Bell
YSS of Hamilton County – Jane Adams
Iowa Homeless Youth Center – Toby O'Berry
Francis Lauer Youth Services – Jean McAleer