WATERLOO — The winners have been named for The Courier’s Class of 2017 20 Under 40 awards.

Twenty men and women who live and work in the Cedar Valley were selected by a committee, which sorted through nearly 80 nominations in the 16-year-old award program.

In July, The Courier began seeking nominations for the award, which honors outstanding young leaders in the Cedar Valley who are making a difference in their work and personal lives to make the area a better place.

The individuals will be featured in Cedar Valley Business Monthly magazine in November and then featured on a daily basis in The Courier beginning in December.

A reception for the winners is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Hawkeye Community College’s Tama Hall, 1501 E. Orange Road.

This year’s winners are:

Brian Aronson, 33, assurance manager, BerganKDV, Waterloo.

Pastor Quovadis “Q” Marshall, 37, pastor of Hope City Church, Waterloo.

Gabe Berger, 38, operations manager, Peters Construction Co., Waterloo.

Lindy Zars, 37, director of sales and marketing, CBE Companies, Cedar Falls.

Rep. Ras Smith, 29, state representative and with Communities in Schools.

Dustin Whitehead, 38, director of sales and leasing-Midwest, Lockard Companies, Cedar Falls.

Danielle Morris, 28, real estate agent with Cedar Valley Real Estate Solutions, Cedar Falls.

Jim Atty, 35, CEO of Waverly Health Center, Waverly.

Gina Weekley, 34, director of youth development, Black Hawk County YMCA.

Tara Estep, 38, principal of Hansen Elementary School, Cedar Falls.

Pastor Amy Wiles, 37, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo.

Adam Bolander, 25, group circulation director, Waterloo Courier and multiple publications in the Mason City area, Waterloo.

Dema Kazkaz, 37, president of the Masjid Alnoor Islamic Center, Waterloo.

Nate Clapham, 33, assistant vice president for outreach and annual giving programs, University of Northern Iowa Advancement Division, Cedar Falls.

Joy Briscoe, 39, marketing director, YWCA, Waterloo.

Megan Hannam, 32, self-employed interior designer.

Karin Rowe, 37, executive director, House of Hope, Waterloo.

Dr. Jennifer Stevenson, 35, owner of All Smiles Family Dentistry, Cedar Falls.

Nick Betts, 36, information technology, UnityPoint Health-Iowa, Grundy Center.

Keyah Levy, 30 (31 on Sept. 5), former community health coordinator-public relations, Wheaton Franciscan Health Care, and recently named assistant director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Northern Iowa.

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