Get to know Newton’s rising stars. These community members are making a difference in Newton!

Featured rising stars…

Nathan Unsworth
Nathan UnsworthAdministrative Parks Superintendent, City of Newton
Nathan Unsworth is the Administrative Parks Superintendent for the City of Newton. He recently won the Amy Jennings YP Impact Award at the 2016 YP of the Year Awards. Nathan actively volunteers in a wide variety of roles throughout the community.
Jessica Lowe
Jessica LoweExecutive Director, United Way of Jasper County
Jessica Lowe serves as the Executive Director of the United Way of Jasper County in Newton and recently won the YPC Ashley Okland YP Community Service Award. Jessica spends countless hours working to make the Newton community stronger.

Meet more of Newton’s rising stars…

Rob Burdess
Rob BurdessChief of Police, City of Newton
Rob has worked in law enforcement since 1997 and has been with the Newton Police Department since 1999, serving as a patrol officer, detective, and patrol Lieutenant. He was a recipient of the Newton Daily News’ 2016 Twenty Under Forty award.
Miranda Kulis
Miranda KulisProduction Supervisor, Thombert Inc.
Miranda started her first term on Newton City Council in January 2016 and is a Production Supervisor at Thombert, Inc. in Newton. In addition to Newton City Council, she serves on several community boards.
Natalie Umsted
Natalie UmstedSenior Analyst, City of Newton
Natalie and her husband, Zach, moved to Newton in 2013. She recently completed the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and was a 2015 finalist for the Central Iowa YP of the Year Amy Jennings Impact Award.
Erin Chambers
Erin ChambersDirector of Planning & Zoning, City of Newton
Erin Chambers has worked for the City of Newton for the past 10 years, first as the City Planner, then as the Director of Planning and Zoning. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Jeff Price
Jeff PriceBranch Manager, Great Western Bank
Jeff Price was born and raised in Newton. After leaving Newton to go to college at the University of Northern Iowa he returned to Newton in 2004, and now lives here with his wife, Amanda, and two children. He was a recipient of the Newton Daily News’ 2016 Twenty Under Forty award.
Noreen Otto
Noreen OttoVice President of Government Relations, Hy-Vee, Inc.
Noreen Otto is the Vice President of Government Relations for Hy-Vee, Inc. and served on City Council from 2012-2015. She was recently awarded the Iowa Business Record’s 2016 Forty Under Forty award.