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.

Officers

  • Angela Connolly, Chair

    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).

  • 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.

  • Beverly Evans, Secretary

    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.

  • Jeff Damman, Treasurer

    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.

Board Members

  • Connie Boesen

    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.

  • Teree Caldwell-Johnson

    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.

  • Frank Cownie

    Mayor, City of Des Moines

    Frank Cownie was elected to an at-large Des Moines City Council seat in 2002, elected as the mayor of Des Moines in 2004, and re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Prior to these elected positions he was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and served as chair from 1996-2002.

    Mayor Cownie has spent time in leadership roles, nationally and internationally, representing issues that he is passionate about: local control, green initiatives, jobs, and the economy. He also serves on local boards including the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority Executive Committee, Des Moines Performing Arts, Greater Des Moines Partnership Executive Committee, Metropolitan Advisory Council, and the Wastewater Reclamation Authority Management Agency. His focus is on “sustainable resilient growth that will have long-term benefits for all, while advocating for improvements in the quality of development in both residential and commercial sectors.”

  • Jane Fogg

    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.

  • Rachel Geilenfeld

    Government and External Relations, Sukup Manufacturing Co.

    Rachel Geilenfeld manages government and external relations for Sukup Manufacturing Co., as well as Safe T Home® Project which was created in response to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. The company designed a home, based on one of its iconic grain bins, to provide a shelter capable of withstanding termites, moisture, earthquakes and hurricanes. In 2016 when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti with winds more than 145 mph, all 200 of these homes prevailed with just minor damage.

    Prior to joining Sukup Manufacturing, Rachel worked in the Division of Medicaid Services for the State of Wisconsin and also served as public policy counsel for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

    Rachel serves on the board of directors for GoServ Global, which is an organization that provides humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable communities around the world, as well as the Operating Board for Iowa AgriTech Accelerator. She is also an advisor for Alpha Gamma Delta Rho Chapter at Iowa State.

    A native of Clear Lake, Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Iowa State University, and her Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

  • Kathy Gray

    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.

  • Renee Hardman

    Hardman Consulting, Principal Owner

    Renee brings 25+ years of Executive level human resources experience and a passion for diversity, inclusion and supporting efforts to provide housing that is affordable to all who wish to work and live in central Iowa. In 2017 Renee made history when elected as the first African American woman to the West Des Moines City Council.

    Before founding Hardman Consulting in 2014, she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Bankers Trust, also as a member of the Executive Committee.

    Renee has a lengthy list of community service and honors. A select few include Trustee for Des Moines University, Advisory Board member for the Governor and Billie D. Ray Center, Board Member of the Latina Leadership Initiative, 5th Judicial Nomination Commission – Governor Appointee, and past Board Member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Des Moines.

    In 2014, she was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame and also received Distinguished Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Alumni Volunteer Award, Connie Wimer Spirit Award, President Obama’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major of Service Award, Women of Influence Award, Best Minority Business Leader Award, and YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award.

    Renee attended Drake University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and later obtained a Master in Business Administration.

  • Joelyn Jensen‐Marren

    Federal Home Loan Bank, Senior V.P., Director of Portfolio Strategy

    Joelyn brings over 25 years of banking finance, risk management and capital markets experience to the board. At Federal Home Loan Bank, she oversees mortgage loan pricing, balance sheet and capital management.

    Before joining the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines in 1999, she served as Manager of Portfolio Investments for RBC‐Centrua Bank in North Carolina, and Investment Portfolio Manager at CoBank, a member of the Farm Credit System, in Colorado.

    Joelyn received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and her Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Colorado.

  • Chelsea Lepley

    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.

  • Mandi McReynolds

    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.

  • Tina Mowry Hadden

    Mowry Strategies, Owner and Principal

    Tina Mowry Hadden is a marketing and public relations professional specializing in strategic planning, public awareness campaigns, media relations and crisis communications. In addition to founding Mowry Strategies in 2003, she has served as Director of Marketing for Hubbell Realty Company, Executive Director of the Transportation Management Association, and Public Affairs Manager for Metro Waste Authority.

    Tina has worked on various projects within Central Iowa, including master trails planning, commuting to work by bike and curbside recycling. She has also implemented marketing efforts for attainable housing and the need for youth to consider construction trades as a career choice.

    While at Hubbell Realty Tina helped with a program encouraging volunteerism among employees and leads by example by serving her community. She is currently on the boards of directors for the Brenton Arboretum, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and the West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation. She is also an active volunteer in the classroom for Westridge Elementary.

    Tina graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science. She has also received national certification and licensing to deliver Polarity Thinking™ processes and apply advanced group facilitation with Polarity Assessment™.

  • Steve Niebuhr

    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.

  • Troy Thompson

    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.