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.
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).
Jane Fogg, Vice Chair
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.
Peter Diliberti, Secretary
Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Lending
Peter Diliberti serves as the head of Wells Fargo Home Lending Capital Markets which includes leading a team of nearly 2,500 home lending professionals and providing oversight for the Mortgage Portfolio.
Housing is at the heart of his team’s work as they provide support for Loan Delivery and Post Closing activities related to the Company’s first mortgage production. Peter also provides strategic oversight for Investor Loan Quality management and Correspondent activities which include working with approximately 900 residential mortgage lenders throughout the country.
Before joining Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in 2003, he was Chief Financial Officer for the Bank One Retail Lending Group. Peter attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University.
In addition to serving on the PCHTF Board, Peter is also a board member for United Way of Central Iowa, is Past Board President of Rebuilding Together, and is co-chair of the Home Base Iowa program, a non-profit, private-public partnership to recruit veterans and transitioning service members and help them find careers in Iowa.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Planning & Development Manager, Dart
Luis Montoya is the Planning and Development Manager at the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART). Before moving to Iowa, Luis worked for the City of San Francisco as the Director of Livable Streets, overseeing projects to improve safety and promote alternative transportation. Luis has also worked on zoning and neighborhood planning for the City of Boston.
With the interdependence of housing and transportation - helping people navigate from where they live to jobs, shopping and schools, and the fact that housing and transportation account for the two biggest expenses in most people’s lives, planning is best served when they are addressed together. Luis brings a unique and valuable set of experiences to the PCHTF Board having worked in planning for essential services in other cities who have challenging transit, housing and other essential services needs.
Luis received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He and his wife have two sons.
Darcy Valline, Vice President
Hubbell Apartment Living
Darcy Valline has 20+ years of experience managing multifamily properties and joined Hubbell Realty Company in 2007 as general manager of the multifamily division and in 2013 was promoted to vice president. Darcy has been part of growing Hubbell’s apartment portfolio from 1,600+ units to approximately 6,500 in Iowa and South Dakota. Approximately 900 units are part of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit or Community Development Block Grant Programs.
It is said that “property management is a career of chance, not of choice” and that was certainly the case with Darcy who did some part-time management of properties in Ames while working a full-time sales job at Heuss Printing. One Sunday she attended an Open House where the realtor talked her into applying for a property management job and just like that, she was set on her career path in multi-family property management. Today her days are filled with everything from finance and accounting, to marketing and resident retention, to construction and legal, and helping her team members do their best work.
She is a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor®, has her Iowa Real Estate License, and is a member of the Greater Iowa Apartment Alliance South Dakota Multi-Housing Association and the National Apartment Association. Darcy attended Morningside College and has her A.A.S. Degree in Marketing Management from Northwest Iowa Community College.
President And Ceo, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation
Suzanne Mineck has served as the leader of the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation since 2010. Mid-Iowa Health Foundation is private grant-making foundation dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people in the greater Des Moines area - and in recent years has been part of leading efforts to demonstrate the link between health and housing. In 2015 Suzanne was part of a triumvirate that established a unique and successful partnership called Healthy Homes Des Moines which bridges the healthcare and housing communities to provide health education, supplies and home repairs where caregivers are struggling to help manage asthma symptoms of the children.
With 20 years of experience in the field of philanthropy, Suzanne brings to the PCHTF Board her extensive knowledge in nonprofit leadership, fund development, grant-making, board management, collective impact strategy, project facilitation, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Suzanne was a consultant with The Stelter Company and she also held positions with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Memphis, the University of Iowa and the American Cancer Society.
Suzanne is a graduate of Luther College. She and her husband Corey have two daughters.
Cole A. Mcclelland, Relationship Manager/commercial Real Estate
Cole McClelland is a Relationship Manager in the Commercial Real Estate Department of Bankers Trust where he has worked since 2015. He has also served as a Credit Analyst and Portfolio Manager for the bank.
From the Bar Association to baseball, Cole brings an interesting range of educational and professional experiences to the board. Prior to Bankers Trust, he worked for Relativity Baseball, a player representation firm in Northbrook, Illinois, as a legal assistant. Before his time at Relativity, Cole held positions and internships with a number of sports-related entities, including the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office, and the Iowa Cubs.
Cole graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 2014. Cole has been a member of the Missouri Bar Association since 2014.
In addition to serving PCHTF, Cole also participates in local initiatives and charitable organizations, including United Way of Central Iowa’s Read to Save Program, Junior Achievement, and Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.