Alpha Award of Merit (2014)
Ruth Ann Gaines is serving 2nd term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She serves on the Education, Environmental Protection, Judiciary, Local Government, Public Safety and Education Appropriations subcommittees. She is a lifelong Democrat.
Ruth Ann has created many initiatives in the educational arena. She has taught diversity courses to teachers since 1979 at the Heartland Area Education Agency in Des Moines and most recently at Viterbo University Iowa Center in West Des Moines. She has also been recognized as a national diversity trainer for colleges and universities, businesses, corporations and churches.
Among the many initiatives she has created for the Des Moines Public Schools is Sisters for Success, a mentorship program for African American middle and high school girls. This program has been used as a model for other like programs in schools throughout the state.