Founder: Tricia Rivas
Tricia Rivas, owner of Trixie’s Salon on E 14th, is a Des Moines Southsider native. After studying at La James International College and many hours of Aveda training, Rivas opened up shop in June 2010. She decided that she wouldn’t stop there but would share her talents with the community. Rivas started volunteering for Hospice of Central Iowa and her staff had the honor of cutting hair for local Veterans as well as the local women’s shelter. Seeing the impact it had as well as the need, she knew she could do more. And that’s how Dream Catchers was born.
In her spare time, Tricia loves to camp with her husband, three children and her Camp Happy family. She also loves to travel, do makeup photoshoots, and shop at local boutiques.
Executive Director: Sadie Trytten
An experienced, educated, and motivated individual, Sadie strives on success through accomplishments, challenges, and learning something new every day. She was taught by former employers, peers, and mentors to never stop at what has been asked of you; go above and beyond the call of duty. As a business woman in the non-profit sector, local artist, wife, and mother of four, she finds herself doing whatever it takes to makes our community a better place. Networking through organizations and volunteer opportunities are strengths of hers, allowing her to grow her physical and social network on a daily basis.
President: Cheri Bass-Greiner
Cheri is a native to Iowa, growing up in Johnston. She attended Iowa School of Beauty with a degree in cosmetology. She comes to us with 25+ years of experience in the beauty industry. With affiliations to Aveda, she has completed many hours of Aveda training, and has also been a freelance makeup artist for Aveda. When Cheri isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and rescuing dogs. She also enjoys giving back to the community. She is excited and blessed to be part of such a great organization which will remind our clients that they are beautiful inside and out.
Secretary: Haley Vermie
Haley is an Underwriting Supervisor American Enterprises. She started with American Enterprise in 1999 where she began her career in claims and quickly moved on to being the MGA agent advisor. After that she filled the role of Reformation and Rescission specialist before moving on to the underwriting department.
Haley is a current member and past president of Iowa Home Office Underwriters Association and holds the Fellowship of Life Management Institute (FLMI) designation.
After seeing a family member on the receiving end of Tricia’s generosity, and knowing first hand of how a long term illness and hospitalization can affect an individual and their family, Haley jumped at the opportunity to be a part of Dream Catchers. Lifting a patient’s spirits, if even only for a day, is an amazing gift.
In her spare time, Haley enjoys reading, entertaining, and working on home improvement and landscaping projects. She is an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and has travelled to most of the Big 10 stadiums.
Treasurer: Abra Johnson
Abra Johnson is a strong leader with a passion for developing strong, lasting professional relationships built on trust and confidence. She graduated from Grand View University and resides in Des Moines. Abra leads an Operations Team at Principal Financial Group and is active member of Christ the King Parish. She works best with and through others to accomplish a common goal, enjoys magnifying the good in others, and is passionate for helping others achieve their goals and dreams. Being a part of Dream Catchers affords the opportunity to align her God-given talents to work closely with the community, and to help others feel great about themselves because everyone deserves that.
Marketing: Abby Slife
Abby Slife grew up on the Southside of Des Moines and later graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Political Science and Communication Studies. The Slifes are very happy living in Ankeny. Abby is substitute teaching in the Ankeny School District, as well as volunteering in her children’s classrooms. She feels that each day, each moment, we have an opportunity to live our lives to our highest self. Working with Dream Catchers is one of many ways I hope to bring light and love to those around me. Abby is grateful to be part of this organization and this beautiful group of women!
Marketing/Photographer: Jamie Ickowitz
Jamie Jo Ickowitz, is a married mother of two beautiful girls, Brooklyn and Nora and owner of a chocolate lab, Sevenna. She attended Lincoln High School and Des Moines Area Community College. Her and her husband Joshua are lifelong residents of the Southside of Des Moines and are raising their family in the same great neighborhood where they grew up. Her career for the past ten plus years has been with the Principal Financial Group as an Administrative Assistant. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, volunteering at charitable events in the community and pursuing her love of art through her business – Bird Nest Photography. She’s honored to be a member of the Dream Catchers board and eager to capture the pure innocence and sincere essence of Dream Catchers through a photograph.
Ambassador: Tiffany Tokarz
Tiffany Tokarz, CPBA, CPMA, & MS in Leadership Development Psychology, is the founder & owner of Modern Muse Consulting. Modern Muse works with sales professionals to create intentional growth by working with them “on” their business so they can be more productive and profitable “in” their business. The Modern Muse difference is the Intentional Growth System. Tiffany incorporates this into in all of Modern Muse services and events. The Intentional Growth System connects the dots between strategic planning, prosperity and practicing extreme self-care. Her reason to get involved with Dream Catchers is because it aligns with Modern Muse’s guiding principles. After hearing about the vision and the mission of Dream Catchers, it was a no-brainer! She can’t wait to “dream the world beautiful” by spreading the word about the important initiative that Dream Catchers is embarking upon. What a gift to share with the world! She is honored to be a part of this endeavor.
Event Planner: Tony Zika
Tony Zika is honored to be part of the Dream Catchers Foundation. He enjoys giving back to the community and has had the opportunity to help organize fundraising events for other central Iowa organizations. So naturally, when asked to serve as a board member, he jumped on board!
A Southside Des Moines native, Tony attended Lincoln High School, where his love for the arts drove him to obtain a Bachelor of Arts, with emphases in both acting and theatrical costume/makeup design, at the University of Iowa. Currently, he is a Designer and Floor Stager at West End Architectural Salvage, where he enjoys creating a positive and beautiful experience for all that venture through the four story warehouse in downtown Des Moines.
Laughter is key in his relationship with his soon to be husband, Cy, and in their spare time they enjoy entertaining friends and family at their home in Des Moines. Making others feel good through positive, genuine interaction is contagious, and keeps Tony passionate about life!