PCHTF Welcomes New Board Leadership
See the results of our annual elections!
The Board of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund is excited to announce the results of its annual election, held on February 5. The Board will welcome five new faces to the table, and Beverly Evans (Davis Brown Law Firm), Sean Pelletier (EMC Insurance), Elizabeth Presutti (DART), and Troy Thompson (Bankers Trust) were elected to their second three-year terms.
Steve Patterson (MetaBank) was elected Chair of the Board, with Sean Pelletier serving as Vice Chair. Troy Thompson moved from Treasurer to Secretary, and Beverly Evans was elected to replace Troy as Treasurer. We thank our Past Chair, Debbie Fisher of Newbury Living, for her leadership and look forward to her continued service on the Board.
PCHTF also thanks two retiring Board members for their service. Creighton Cox (Olsson Associates) and Linda Westergaard (Berkshire Hathaway HomeFirst) have both left the Board. We’re thrilled that both Creighton and Linda plan to stay involved in PCHTF’s work outside of their Board service.
And now, we introduce our new Board members! Read their bios below and help us welcome them to the Board:
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.
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.
Rocio Hermosillo, a first-generation Latina who has called Des Moines, Iowa home since the tender age of two years old, brings first-hand experience as it relates to new Americans encountering adversity in different aspects of their lives, such as: housing; culture; language; education; transportation; poverty; just to name a few.
Her parents came with the hope of providing a better quality of life and education to her and her siblings. They have been able to find it in Des Moines, Iowa and she has committed in paying it forward ever since.
She ran for the Des Moines Public School Board in 2015 for District 3 and is an active member of her community. Rocio volunteers her time with the Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines, Polk County Early Childhood Iowa Board, Young Women’s Resource Center, United Way of Central Iowa, DMPS Citizens Budget Advisory. She is also a 2015 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.
She is currently the Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment with Simpson College. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration/Finance from Grand View University.
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.
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.