Who: Terry Snyder
Her history in Waukee: Snyder was born in Georgia, raised mostly in Memphis, and lived in Arkansas before moving to Iowa in 1987. She lived in Clive until 1992, when she and her husband chose to move their family to Waukee for the smaller school size.
Her commitment to Waukee community life: A photographer by trade, Snyder has put those skills to use in the community by taking pictures at school sporting events, though she does all sorts of photography, from family portraits to weddings.
Her commitment to volunteerism in Waukee is remarkable. She is currently the ambassador of the month for the Waukee Chamber of Commerce and has been on the board of the Chamber since the late 1990s.
Snyder goes to ribbon cuttings in Waukee, encourages businesses to join the Chamber, and attends luncheons and other events the Chamber hosts. She is a former president of the Lions Club in Waukee; while she was a member they held fundraisers for eyeglasses and hearing aids. She just finished a six-year tenure as a board member of the YMCA in Waukee, and is division leader for the YMCA’s Partners with Youth program. She also donates photos to Relay for Life and is the photographer for the Greater Des Moines YMCA.
What she loves about living in Waukee: Snyder said “I love the small-town atmosphere and I like the safety aspect. Waukee is a very safe town.” She felt Waukee was a good choice for her family because her son could attend a smaller high school than the ones in neighboring communities.
What makes her notable: “I just try to do what I can for anybody, no matter what," Snyder said. "I take care of my neighbors.”
Why should you get to know her: “I bend over backwards to help people and I’m honest,” Snyder said. She lives with her husband, Rick. They have one son, Richie, and three grandkids.