Scott C. Cirksena
Mayor Cirksena was first elected to the Clive City Council in 2003 and was re-elected to a second four- year term in 2007. He was subsequently elected to the position of Mayor in 2010 and re-elected to a third four-year term in 2017. He serves on the board of directors for Bravo Greater Des Moines and on the boards of the Metro Advisory Council, Dallas County Mayors, the Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments, the Central Iowa Regional Drinking Water Commission, serves as Development Director for the Dallas County Foundation and is President of the Clive Community Foundation. Mayor Cirksena also served on the Governor’s Transportation 2020 Advisory Committee in 2011, the State of Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council/Transportation Land Use Committee in 2007 and the Des Moines International Airport Master Plan Review Committee in 2007. He is a member of the Iowa Motor Truck Association, has served as President of the Clive Lions Club and currently serves as Immediate Past President. He was also selected as Clive Citizen of the Year in 2007 and a Des Moines Business Record
Forty Under 40 award recipient in 2003.
Mayor Cirksena obtained a BA degree in Pre-Law from Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa in 1988 and an MA degree in Management from Webster University, Kansas City, MO Campus, in 2001.
Scott and his wife Julie have a daughter, Mackenzie and son, Benjamin.
As a high school student at the age of 16, Dylan DeClerck spent the summer creating a baseball league, called Opportunity on Deck, to allow underserved and underprivileged elementary aged girls and boys to participate in a free sports experience. Since 2012 Dylan has served as the executive director of the organization and has helped grow the organization to serve thousands of participants, expand throughout central Iowa and offer a variety of youth development programs all without charging a single family. When Dylan isn’t focused on growing and improving Opportunity on Deck, he enjoys playing professional ultimate frisbee for the Minnesota Wind Chill.
Delphine is interested in promoting wellness in our community. She is especially supportive of initiatives that encourage intergenerational connections and mental health among our residents. Holding a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa and a MS in Gerontology from Minnesota State University-Mankato, currently she works as a mental health therapist. Delphine has volunteer experiences with Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, and the Red Cross. She is trained in Stephen Ministry and has experience facilitating grief support groups.
Delphine enjoys cycling and hiking, and is especially fond of the Clive Greenbelt. Delphine and her husband Bob have lived in Clive since 2016. They have three grown sons and a loyal cockapoo named Cleo.
Vernon serves as the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for Valley Church in West Des Moines, Iowa, and has worked with Valley Church since 2016. He also provides financial development consulting for small non-profit organizations both locally and nationally.
Prior to 2016, he fulfilled a 38-year career with the YMCA including fourteen years (2002-2015) serving as President/CEO of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. Previous YMCA experience includes serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the Toledo, Ohio YMCA (1996-2002), National Field Consultant for YMCA of the USA (1992-1996), and various positions with the YMCA of Greater Houston (1976-1991).
Vernon lives in West Des Moines, is married and has two adult children. He is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in Health and Physical Education. He serves on several local boards including Des Moines University’s Advisory Committee for Masters of Public Health, Simpson College’s Advisory Committee for Health Care Administration, Above and Beyond Cancer, and CHPcommunity.
The success of our organization depends on how well we are able to engage our community. Jim Adams is a community stakeholder that provides valuable input to ensure we are responding to local needs and builds community support. Jim is a health and wellness coach and hydration specialist. He believes in a holistic approach to health balanced in the areas of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Jim’s work experience includes marketing director for one of Iowa’s largest festivals and museums, daily newspaper reporter and photographer, associate editor for a national magazine, and website and reservations customer service agent for an airline. For 10 years, he also coordinated and facilitated a large career support ministry for a mega church in central Iowa. His hobbies include photography and YouTube. Jim’s life long passion is creating a retreat and conference center providing a myriad of experiential teaching and learning platforms for better health and well-being.
Dr. Jennifer Groos
Dr. Groos is a board-certified pediatrician with 16 years of experience. She earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed a pediatrics residency at University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI.
While at Blank Children’s Hospital, she founded the Healthy Kids Program before joining Primary Health Care at the BEC clinic this summer. Dr. Groos is active in community and legislative advocacy about topics related to healthy eating and active living. She currently serves as Lead Faculty for the National Childhood Obesity in Primary Care (COPC) Quality Improvement project led by the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute on Healthy Childhood Weight (IHCW). Dr. Groos also leads the 5-2-1-0 Health Care Program in Iowa. She serves as the co-chair for the COACH network (childhood obesity advisor) for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity. She is a past-president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, chair of the chapter committee on legislation, and founder and chair of the chapter committee on obesity. In 2018, she received the Iowa Medical Society Physician Community Service Award for her statewide child health promotion work.