Meet Our New Board Leadership

PCHTF Board welcomes new faces to the table

Meet Our New Board Leadership

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund welcomes six new faces to the Board table after its annual elections held on February 3. The Board also elected new Executive Committee leadership and thanked five retiring Directors for their service. Continue reading below to meet our new leadership!

The PCHTF Board re-elected Steve Patterson (MetaBank) as Chair of the Board for the second year, with Elizabeth Presutti serving as the new Vice Chair. Beverly Evans was re-elected as Treasurer for her second year. New to the Executive Committee this year is Kathy Gray of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, who will serve as Secretary in 2017 and who was also re-elected to a second three-year term on the Board. We thank retiring Vice Chair Sean Pelletier of EMC Insurance for his service last year, and our past Secretary Troy Thompson of Bankers Trust. We are glad to continue working with Troy as his service on our Board continues.

Unfortunately, the Board also had to say goodbye to five retiring members. In addition to Sean Pelletier, we thank Debbie Fisher (Newbury Living), Lance Henning (Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity), Rocio Hermosillo (Simpson College), and Izaah Knox (Wellmark/Urban Dreams) for their service on the PCHTF Board, and for their dedication to our mission. We couldn’t do our work without committed and engaged leaders like these five. We’re pleased to report that Debbie Fisher will remain active on our Executive Committee as our Past Chair, and Lance Henning plans to stay engaged with our Policy Committee.

Though we hate to see longtime leaders leave the Board, we’re also excited to welcome six new members to the table. Read their bios below and help us welcome them to the Board:

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. 

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.

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.

During Brad’s 30+-year insurance 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 also 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.

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’sForty under 40and was a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.

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.

To see a full list of PCHTF Board members, click here.