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YPN executive director dies

Brian Stutzman, 44, led nonprofit that supports young parents for 18 years

(File photo) Brian Stutzman, executive director of YPN, looks over the board’s previous meeting minutes at a board meeting of YPN at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. . (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
(File photo) Brian Stutzman, executive director of YPN, looks over the board’s previous meeting minutes at a board meeting of YPN at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. . (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The executive director of YPN, a Cedar Rapids nonprofit that provides support to young parents, has died.

Brian Stutzman was 44.

In an email, YPN board member Matt Evans described Stutzman’s recent death as an “unexpected passing.” He did not provide additional details Monday.

Stutzman was YPN’s executive director for 18 years.

YPN announced his death on social media “with deep sadness and heavy hearts” on Monday evening.

Stutzman was “an essential leader” for YPN, according to the statement. During his career, he was named one of the Corridor Business Journal’s 2012 Forty Under 40, and he was honored by the United Way of East Central Iowa.

Information about Stutzman’s funeral services is pending, according to the YPN statement.

Since 1985, YPN has provided resources to young parents. The nonprofit rebranded as YPN from Young Parents Network last year.

YPN provides prenatal, parenting, early childhood and youth development services in east central Iowa, according to its 2017 annual report.

The nonprofit served more than 1,800 people last year, including parents, prenatal mothers and children.

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