Guest contributor Ryan J. Waller is currently the City Manager of Indianola, a full service community in Central Iowa and home to Simpson College, a private liberal arts college. Indianola additionally offers several major tourist attractions, including the world-renowned and critically acclaimed Des Moines Metro Opera and The National Balloon Classic, one of the Nation’s longest running premier hot air ballooning events. Waller, an 18 year local government professional, is also a passionate philanthropist who has volunteered countless hours. One he is especially proud of is his service on the Board of Directors for The Sommer Foundation, a not-for-profit that provides college or university scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have experienced the death of a parent, and despite the resulting emotional trauma, have performed in an exemplary manner. Waller received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Iowa and his Masters Degree from Northern Illinois University.