Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel has
been named chief executive officer of Proteus, Inc., a nonprofit
organization serving immigrant, underserved and low income
populations in Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. Hoffman-Zinnel has more than a decade of nonprofit
experience and worked at Proteus from 2007 to 2014 as a career
development coordinator and regional director. He begins his duties
August 15 and replaces Terry Irlmeier who has been serving as interim
CEO since April.
Carla Beste was named chief financial officer in June
after serving in a variety of roles at Proteus since 1991.
“Both executives bring a wealth of experience and a
genuine desire to improve the lives of farmworkers and their
families,” said Jessica Taylor Erwin, Proteus board chair.
“The need for our services never stops and clients
struggle to find these services in other places,” Taylor Erwin said.
“Daniel and Carla will bring the new ideas, enthusiasm and strength
needed to help Proteus to expand access to quality health care and
job training to those in need."
Prior to joining Proteus, Inc., Hoffman-Zinnel served as executive director of One Iowa
and director of education and leadership at Planned Parenthood of the
Heartland. He currently serves as a respite provider at Lutheran
Services in Iowa. He received his doctorate of education in
leadership from Creighton University. He also holds a master's degree
in health studies from the University of Alabama, a bachelor's degree
from Grand View University, and an associate degree from Iowa Central
Hoffman-Zinnel was named the
2018 Influencer of the Year at the Young Professionals Connection and
Des Moines Register Young Professional of the Year Awards. In 2017,
he completed the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community
Leadership Program. He received one of the Des Moines Business
Record’s Forty Under 40 awards in 2015, and in 2012 he received the
Karen Packer Spirit of Collaboration Award at the Iowa Cancer Summit.
Beste has worked at Proteus since 1991 in a variety of
roles including accounting manager and director of the National
Farmworker Jobs Program. She currently serves on the Rocky
Mountain/Hawaii Coalition and the Association of Farmworker
Opportunity Program boards and received her bachelor's degree from
Iowa State University.
Proteus, Inc. is an Iowa-based private, 501(c)3
nonprofit organization that has been serving migrant and seasonal
farmworkers, immigrants and others since 1979. Proteus has been serving
the Hispanic and Latino communities in Iowa for more than 30 years
through grant-related funding.