Board Members

Leslie Schmalzried- Member at Large


Leslie’s career has spanned several years serving Iowa’s citizens in a variety of government and nonprofit community development projects including program development, strategic planning and building partnerships that meet both rural and small urban community needs.  Leslie has a Master’s Degree in organizational development and over 20 years of government and nonprofit executive management experience.  Leslie and her husband, Steve, have been married for over 40 years, have two adult sons and enjoy spending time with their granddaughter, Tori.





Gayla Moore- Board Vice Chair and Treasurer/ President-CEO


Gayla Moore is a dental hygienist and is currently practicing in the public health sector. Gayla’s position involves promotion of children’s dental health in Central Iowa. Through partnerships with local dental offices, medical providers, public schools, other non-profit agencies, and the community she has served the children in four Central Iowa counties. Gayla has experience with grant writing, public health fairs, and development of dental health educational opportunities. Gayla experienced her husband’s, battle with cancer that lasted twenty-eight years. As a founding member of Thongs for Him, she is looking forward to continued support of the war against cancer.






Alyssa Willis- Secretary


Alyssa Willis is pleased to be involved with Thongs for Him and have the opportunity to see the immediate impact of helping to provide working men with cancer and their families with support. Alyssa has been involved with a variety of fundraising and event planning activities through her work with Ruffalo Cody and with her current position at Bearence Management Group. Alyssa graduated from Columbia Southern University with a degree in Human Resource Management / Organizational Leadership. Alyssa is the daughter of Randy Moore and witnessed firsthand, his battle with cancer. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog as well as family and friends and getting involved in the West Des Moines community.





Julie Baker- Member at Large

Julie Baker

Julie’s career involves over 15 years in human services, 10 of which were involved in public health, empowering vulnerable and underserved individuals to advocate for themselves and their loved ones. Julie has experience with outreach, grant writing, program development and management, leadership, and fundraising. She is excited to join Thongs for Him to promote unity and support for men undergoing cancer and the women that love them. Julie has a daughter, McKenna, and soon-to-be grandson, Jaiden. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading and cooking.






Dallas J. Moore- Board Vice Chair

Dallas J. Moore is self employed as a consultant of brand management, marketing, and social media. Throughout college Dallas served as President of the Management/ Marketing Chapter and was actively involved in fundraising events for The Heart Connection whose focus is children and their families affected with cancer. He currently organizes a local Zombie Walk in Des Moines, IA raising assistance for a nonprofit homeless shelter. Dallas is the son of Randy Moore; Dallas is committed to raising awareness of Thongs for Him in order to support men with cancer.