Threase is Passionate about Windsor Heights.
Threase Harms has lived in Iowa her entire life and considers herself a born and raised farm-fed Iowa girl. She is proud of our state and loves Windsor Heights, the community she chose to live in to start her family. Threase firmly believes we need strong leaders with new ideas and an eye for business to address the diverse needs of our community. She pledges to do all she can to contribute to preserving all that’s great about Windsor Heights, and to making it an even better place to live, work and raise a family for generations to come.
Threase, 44, has four children. Christopher, a Freshman at Iowa State; Mikail, a Junior in high school; and twin daughters Mariah and Nevaeh, who are in First Grade. She is married to Rick Wagaman, marketing and sales professional in Urbandale.
Threase is an Advocate.
Threase is a small business owner in the heart of Windsor Heights. She is proud to advocate on behalf of others who can’t advocate for themselves. She has worked in both the public and private sectors working on behalf of businesses to non-profit organizations and associations.
Threase is Involved.
Outside of her work and family, Threase has wide-ranging volunteer responsibilities and is actively engaged in the community. She is a 2008 Leadership Iowa graduate and was the 2011 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year Runner-up.
Currently she serves on the Health Advisory Council for Iowa Legal Aid, Board of Directors for Easter Seals Iowa, the Des Moines Panther Scholarship fund committee, the Central Iowa UNI Alumni Club Board, and the UNI Women’s Rugby Foundation Board. She is a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, as well as a member of the Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce, Greater Des Moines Partnership and the VeloRosa Cycling Team. Her volunteer involvement includes the Iowa Girls High School Rugby Program, Wildwood Hills Ranch, and the Children’s Cancer Connection. Threase also successfully started the UNI and Des Moines Women’s Rugby programs.
Threase has Experience.
Harms is a very proud Iowa farm girl, she was born and raised in the small town of Alden, Iowa before attending the University of Northern Iowa where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies. She began her public service career early in life when she served as both the Northern Iowa Student Body President and Vice President in addition to playing on the nationally recognized UNI Women's Rugby team. While at UNI, she worked with the administration and the student body to implement a multi-million dollar legislative campaign to restore the oldest building on campus, Lang Hall. After starting her business, she went on to earn her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University in May of 2011.
Upon graduating from UNI, Threase worked in the Iowa Senate on education issues before her employment with the American Cancer Society (ACS) as their first Director of Government Relations. In the five years as director, she succeeded in passing a number of important patient advocacy issues. From ACS, she went on to continue her passion on cancer control issues as the Director of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Division within the Iowa Department of Public Health. While there she used her leadership skills to work collaboratively with other state agencies and departments, to protect the health of Iowans. With multiple successes in the non-profit sector, she was recruited to be part of the Worldwide Alliance Development team for Pfizer, Inc. she spent nearly two years heading up the strategic development and implementation of policies across the improving patient access issues.
The relationships and the years of experience she has in shaping policy through her advocacy work in fields such as health care, education, environmental issues, economic development, local government, and the judicial system made her realize she has the drive, passion and resourcefulness makes her a good candidate for the Windsor Heights City Council.