New Leadership Named at Proteus


Hoffman-Zinnel Named CEO

Beste Named CFO


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 Community College.


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.

Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel

Chief Executive Officer

Carla Beste

Carla Beste

Chief Financial Officer



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