The Results Are In!

Board elections bring new faces, new leadership

The Results Are In!

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund held its Annual Meeting on February 7, 2014, when the Board of Directors elected two new members, elected new leadership, and thanked three retiring members for their service.  We’d like to introduce you to a new face on the board, Kathy Gray, Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (pictured at bottom left), and offer a special welcome back for a familiar face, Lt. Joe Gonzalez (pictured at bottom right).  Continue reading below to get to know our two new Board members.

The Board also re-elected Debbie Fisher (Newbury Living, pictured at top left) and Lance Henning (Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity) to their second three-year terms.  New officers were also elected as recommended by the Nominating Committee.  Debbie Fisher will serve as the PCHTF’s new Board Chair, with Steve Patterson (Meta Financial Group, pictured at top right) serving as Vice Chair.  Sean Pelletier (EMC Insurance) will serve as our new Secretary, and Troy Thompson (Bankers Trust) will serve as Treasurer.

The election of new Board members means that we must say goodbye to others.  We thank our three retiring Board members for their dedication to the PCHTF: Immediate Past Chair Larry Goodell (Wells Fargo), Vice Chair Rob Sherwood (Nationwide Advantage Mortgage), and Christine Pardee (Pardee and Associates).  The hard work of these retiring members has truly enriched our organization, and we are grateful for their service.

Read full bios for our two new Board members below:

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.


Joe Gonzalez

Lieutenant, Des Moines Police Department

Lt. Joe Gonzalez is the commander in charge of the Neighborhood-Based Service Delivery Unit for Des Moines. The Unit visits with residents where they live — in their neighborhoods, homes and apartments. This most personal interaction provides valuable insight into the progress and impact of providing safe, stable and affordable housing as well as areas of greatest need.

Gonzalez’s appointment to this leadership position and strategic neighborhood initiative in 2009 followed more than 35 years of law enforcement roles in a variety of special initiatives such as the Mobile Crisis Unit, PAL (Police Activities League) Boxing Club, Gang Unit, interim Public Information Officer, Hispanic Outreach Neighborhood Resource Advocate (H.O.N.R.A.), Asian Outreach Program and other key safety and quality of life initiatives. His finger is on the pulse of our entire community with expert and caring insights ensuring we are investing resources where they will have the most powerful and positive impact.

Gonzalez has been recognized by many organizations for his service to the community including the Law Enforcement Victim Service Awardby the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Iowa and was named Officer of the Year by the Des Moines Rotary Club.  In January of 2014 Gonzalez received Des Moines Police Department’s highest honor, the Exemplary Service Award.

Lt. Gonzalez attended Des Moines Area Community College and the Des Moines Regional Police Academy.