Board of Directors
The PCHTF is managed by an independent Board of Directors of community members who are passionate about housing. It is their responsibility to have the wide and long-range vision to meet existing needs and anticipate new ones. Setting policy for this organization requires commitment and leadership. It requires dedication to learning and understanding all aspects of housing and making decisions that move the community to a better place.
Steve Patterson, Chair
Meta Financial Group, President Central Iowa Market
Steve Patterson brings over 30 years of banking experience and community insight to the Board. His depth of experience in banking is matched by the breadth of service he provides to nonprofits and service organizations.
Steve received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1972; attended National Commercial Lending Graduate School in Norman, Oklahoma; American Management Association's School for Instructors in San Francisco, California; and the Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado.
Elizabeth Presutti, Vice Chair
General Manager, DART
Elizabeth Presutti has served since July 2011 as the general manager for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) after serving as DART's chief development officer. Before moving to Iowa, she was the service planning manager and bus operations project manager for the Charlotte Area Transit System in Charlotte, N.C.
Elizabeth is a member of the Des Moines Neighborhood Revitalization Board. Transportation and housing have long had a shared focus and are natural partners in developing well-planned neighborhoods that include public transit routes.
Elizabeth is a certified planning professional with the American Institute of Certified Planners and has a master's degree in geography from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in geography from the State University of New York College.
Kathy Gray, Secretary
Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Kathy Gray has 25+ years of financial and mortgage industry experience. Prior to joining Wells Fargo she worked at Prudential Home Mortgage and Norwest Mortgage where she managed nonconforming securitization work, led an acquisition transition team and had responsibilities related to marketing, product development and budgeting.
At Wells Fargo she provides oversight of the Technology Roadmap, Imaging Platform, Data Program and project management support for compliance and product initiatives. She is a Certified Public Accountant and worked at KPMG for six years early in her career before moving into the mortgage industry.
Gray is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Beverly Evans, Treasurer
Senior Shareholder, Davis Brown Law Firm
Bev Evans is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm in the Business Division and is a member of its management board. Her general practice areas include business organizations, mergers & acquisitions and securities.
Bev assists a variety of business and non-profit organizations with governance issues as well as transactional and transitional matters.
Bev served as president of the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity Board 2009–2011. She is also active in Lex Mundi, an international association of independent law firms and she served as president of Lincoln Inne, from 2009–2010. She also belongs to the Iowa State Bar Association and the Nebraska State Bar Association.
Bev earned her undergraduate degree from Creighton University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law.
Polk County staff, and owner of Applishus, Inc.
Connie Boesen works for Polk County and also is the owner of Applishus, Inc., a concession business.
Her extensive involvement with Des Moines Public Schools includes serving as president/chair of the School Board for three years, past-president of the Council of Des Moines PTAs, past-president of the East High School PTA, Co-Chair and treasurer of the Schools First Local Option Sales Tax campaign. She has served on the boards of Des Moines Public Library, Blank Park Zoo, United Way of Central Iowa and Early Childhood Iowa. Connie is currently on the United Way of Central Iowa Education Committee.
Connie graduated from East High School and attended DMACC and Grand View College. She is married to Ted Boesen, Jr. and has two daughters who graduated from East High as well as four stepchildren.
CEO, Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services
Teree Caldwell-Johnson has spent her entire career in public service and adds a dimension of expertise around community infrastructure, housing, and public education to the Housing Trust Fund Board.
In 1988 Teree was appointed Executive Director of the Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines, then Polk County Manager in 1996, and in 2004 to her current position as CEO of Oakridge Neighborhood, whose campus has 339 housing units for more than 1,000 people, and provides services for some of our community”s most vulnerable residents.
Teree is Chair of the Des Moines School Board and has been elected to three, four-year terms beginning in 2006. She also serves on the board of directors of Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and The Director”s Council.
Born in Salina, Kansas, Teree has a B.A. in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and a M.P.A. from the University of Kansas.
Polk County District Five Supervisor
Angela Connolly was first elected as a Polk County Supervisor in 1998. She currently represents the 2nd District which includes the northwestern area of the City of Des Moines, a portion of unincorporated Polk County as well as the suburb of West Des Moines. She has served as Chairperson of the Board of Supervisors in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, and is currently serving as Vice-Chairperson. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors, Connolly spent 19 years working at Polk County Public Works and was an active member of AFSCME Local 1868.
She has been active in many civic and community activities, including the Metropolitan Advisory Council and Neighborhood Organizations. Connolly currently serves as the Chair of The Tomorrow Plan and Tri-Chair for Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines and Central Iowa.
In addition, she represents the Board of Supervisors on the boards of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Rebuilding Together, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority – DART, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Polk County Health Services, Riverfront Development Authority, Polk County Housing Trust Fund, Homeless Coordinating Council, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Des Moines Social Club and has served as past President of the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC).
Vice President/Commercial Lender, MetaBank
Jeff Damman has served the financial industry 30+ years and is the Vice President/Commercial Lender at MetaBank. He began his banking career with Farm Credit Services in his home town of Newton in 1986 has been with Community State Bank, Valley Bank, and Two Rivers Bank & Trust. Prior to banking, just out of college, he worked for DuPont Chemical and then Farm Credit Services where he jumped on the banking career track as an ag loan officer.
As a bank executive and lender Jeff has worked with many home builders, developers and business owners in Ankeny and surrounding communities.
Jeff has served on several committees for the Iowa Bankers Association and is very involved in serving his community of Ankeny through the Ankeny Rotary, Ankeny Chamber of Commerce, Ankeny Economic Development Corporation, the Ankeny Community Band, an organization he co-founded in 2004, and also serves as the President for the Ankeny Instrumental Music Foundation.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Ag Education from Iowa State University and degree from Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Owner, JBF Consulting
Jane Fogg is an experienced nonprofit and community leader currently managing her own consultancy, JBF Consulting. In that role, she supports systemic solutions to address barriers for high-risk populations through facilitation, strategic planning, and project management. Jane previously worked at United Way of Central Iowa, where she initiated the Income impact area, and at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she led the selection and implementation of the Making Connections initiative which focused on building strong families and community in thirteen low-come neighborhoods in Des Moines.
Jane serves on advisory committees for Iowa Community Development LLC, Grand View University and the Polk County Continuum of Care Board. Past board service includes the West Des Moines Schools, Chrysalis Foundation and the state policy committee for the Iowa School Board Association.
A native of Des Moines, Jane holds a both a bachelors degree from Stephens College and a masters in education from the University of Missouri. She participated in the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.
City Councilwoman, Des Moines
Christine Hensley was first elected to the Des Moines City Council in January 1994 and serves the city's third ward. She was re-elected to a fifth four-year term in November 2009.
Councilwoman Hensley is a member of numerous boards, including Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation, BRAVO, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Des Moines Area Regional Transit, Rebuilding Together, Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Arts Festival, Iowa Bankers Association Board, Des Moines Symphony, Polk County Housing Trust Fund, Metro Advisory Council, Neighborhood Finance Corporation and Pappajohn Higher Education Foundation.
In her professional career, Hensley is the regional community and government affairs officer for Bank of the West. She attended Drake University.
Technical Writer at Accenture
Chelsea Lepley lives and works in Des Moines. After working in Healthcare Information Technology and healthcare policy, Chelsea moved into consulting. She now works for Accenture, writing proposals and other technical work for their electronic healthcare records strategic services team.
Chelsea has been active in the community for over 20 years. She currently chairs the Capitol Park Neighborhood Association, is a member of the Viva East Bank Neighborhood Leadership Council, and serves on Des Moines’ Parks & Recreation Board. She holds a Master of Public Administration (Public Policy), which she earned during the years she worked in the Iowa Legislature.
President, Nationwide Agribusiness
Brad Liggett is the President of Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance, based in Des Moines, with an executive and employer perspective on the importance of housing.
Previously, and as part of Brad”s 30-year Nationwide career, he was the Independent Channel Regional Vice President for operations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington and served as the Regional Vice President for Nationwide”s South Central states. Other positions included Vice President of Underwriting with Nationwide Agribusiness and Underwriting Officer for Allied Insurance.
Brad currently serves on the Combined Chairs Cabinet for the United Way of Central Iowa. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for California”s Capital Region United Way where he chaired the Campaign Cabinet. He was also a board member for the Center for Fathers and Families, a Sacramento-based organization committed to family growth, enrichment, and improvement with an emphasis on the role of the father. When Brad previously lived in Des Moines, he served on the ChildServe Board.
Brad holds a bachelor”s degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska and grew up on his family”s ranch in western Nebraska.
Michael Lipsman, Ph.D
Economist, Planner and Partner, Strategic Economics Group
Mike Lipsman”s education and professional endeavors have centered on the impact of public policies and projects – including housing – on communities and the people who live in them.
He is a partner with Strategic Economics Group where he has participated in 14 major studies including serving as lead researcher for the Upper Story Housing Feasibility Study for the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Other high-profile work includes the Socioeconomic Impact of Gambling on Iowans for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, the economic and fiscal impact analysis for the Dakota Access Pipeline, and retail market and redevelopment studies of projects located in Ft. Dodge and Bettendorf as a subcontractor for Snyder & Associates. Other positions he has held include: Research Manager for the Iowa Department of Revenue, Senior Fiscal Analyst for the Iowa General Assembly, and transportation planner with the Iowa Department of Transportation.
Mike has a Doctorate in economics and a Masters in community and regional planning from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College.
Global Community Relations Manager, Principal Financial Group
Mandi McReynolds is an author, educator, and community relations practitioner-scholar. She is employed by Principal Financial Group as the Global Community Relations Manager and is also owner of Mandi McReynolds Consulting.
Mandi has a passion for teaching, supporting and advocating for system wide change that can impact the lives of individuals on the pathway to financial self-sufficiency – which includes access to affordable housing.
She has spent her career building community relations and leadership programs at three different educational institutions – Drake University, Coe College, and Cornell College – and now serves a fortune 250 global company, Principal Financial in Des Moines.
Mandi received her B.A. in Organizational Communications from Cedarville University and M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Speech Communication, Higher Education, and Women Studies from Iowa State University.
Mandi was honored with the 2011 Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Staff Award, 2012 Iowa Student Personnel Association Outstanding Service Award, and 2012 Upper Midwest Region ACU-HO Social Justice in Action Award. She was named in 2015 to the Des Moines Business Record”s Forty under 40 and was a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.
Member at-large, City Council of the City of West Des Moines
Rick Messerschmidt currently serves on the City Council of the City of West Des Moines, where he was elected to an at-large seat in 2013. Rick retired from First Bank in West Des Moines, where he worked for 35 years in various positions including President & CEO as well as Chairman of the Board.
Rick is active in his community, serving on various committees for the City of West Des Moines and the West Des Moines School District. He has also volunteered at the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the West Des Moines Historical Society, the American Heart Association, and Saint Boniface Catholic Church. He was honored as West Des Moines” Citizen of the Year in 2002.
Rick and his wife Anita live in West Des Moines. Rick is a graduate of Valley High and the University of South Dakota.
Senior Vice President, Hubbell Realty Company
Steve Niebuhr is a real estate and development executive with Hubbell Realty for almost 30 years. While currently the leader in charge of acquisitions and dispositions, he has had a variety of responsibilities since joining the company in 1988, such as overseeing construction, development and property management.
Steve brings a unique and valuable perspective to the PCHTF Board for navigating the complexities of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and regional planning for housing options.
He is part of a Hubbell planning team for special housing initiatives that included working with the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to build a home for a family in Tama County who lost theirs to fire shortly before Christmas. His Hubbell team also constructed seven homes in seven days on Forest Avenue in Des Moines for Anawim Housing, and most recently they constructed two 7,000-square foot “Cabins for Campers” in just seven days at Easter Seals where Steve serves on the Foundation Board and previously served as president of the Easter Seals Board.
Steve is also affiliated with the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association (ICREA), Master Builders of Iowa and Young Businessmen”s Breakfast Club and holds Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University.
Assistant Project Manager at Icon Construction
Nate Stevenson is an Assistant Project Manager at Icon Construction, where he has worked since 2014. In that role, he provides onsite management for development projects, assists with preconstruction services, and bids and manages projects. He has five years of experience as a construction engineer in both the mechanical and general engineering fields, previously working at Ball Team in Urbandale and Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Nate is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he studied Construction Engineering. He is a member of the Young Professionals Connection (YPC) and currently lives in Johnston. Nate was appointed to serve on the PCHTF Board by Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell.
Vice President—Senior Commercial Portfolio Manager, Bankers Trust Company
Troy Thompson has served as a vice president in commercial banking at Bankers Trust since 2009. He first started his banking career in 1997 as a bank regulator and had various banking positions within commercial banking in Iowa City and Dubuque.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the Central Iowa Chapter of the Risk Management Association. While in eastern Iowa, he served on the board of directors for the Corridor Kiwanis Club in Iowa City and as board chair of the Mayor's Youth Empowerment Program in Iowa City.
Troy graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City with Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration (finance emphasis) and economics. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Steve Van Oort
Polk County Supervisor
Steven Van Oort became a Polk County Supervisor after serving seven years as mayor of Ankeny. In addition to the PCHTF Board, Steve serves as a Polk County representative on the boards of Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments, Mid-Iowa Development Fund, Neighborhood Finance Corporation, Metro Advisory Council and Eastern Polk Regional Economic Development Corporation. He also serves as commissioner and chair of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority and is a member and past president of Rotary Club of Ankeny and member of the board of directors of the Partnership for a Drug Free Iowa.
He attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.