Marty Lester is the Executive Director for Mentor Iowa.  Mr. Lester received his Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University in Leisure Studies.  His previous experience in working with at-risk populations includes several positions within Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  The last position he held was Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Central-Southwest Iowa.

Mr. Lester is a graduate of the 2005-2006 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program class.  In 2008, he was selected by the Des Moines Business Record as a member of the Forty under 40 class.

He also is a certified official through the Iowa High School Athletic Association and is licensed to officiate baseball, football and wrestling.

Mr. Lester lives in Altoona and is the proud father of two children, Dawson (18) and Kinsey (16).  He is originally from Slater, Iowa.


Zannie Thomas-Peckumn is the Volunteer Coordinator for Mentor Iowa.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Child, Adult and Family Services in 2013.  She is going back to school in December to begin working on completing her Master’s degree in Social Work.  She has several years of experience working with children and their families.  Prior to Mentor Iowa, Zannie was an in-home worker through Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic, where she provided family, safety, risk and permanency services for families that had lost custody of their children. The ultimate goal of this position was to reunify the children with their parents.

Ms. Thomas-Peckumn is currently living in West Des Moines where she was also born and raised.