PRESIDENT: Katherine M. Murphy | Retired VP Community Affairs, Wells Fargo & Co.
Kathy Murphy retired from an active career as Vice President of Community Affairs for Wells Fargo in Iowa. Her responsibilities included managing charitable giving, volunteerism, board placement and the company’s annual community support campaign. She studied at Connecticut College on the southern New England coast and earned her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Iowa.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 1998, she managed Percival Galleries in Des Moines for two years, and was a senior manager for Younkers chain of retail stores. Her support and governance of non-profits has included service on the board of directors of Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation, a historic cultural center in Des Moines. Currently, she serves on the United Way of Central Iowa Income Cabinet and Des Moines Water Works campaign executive committee, as well as the board of directors of Mainframe Studios (originally DesMoinesArts), a workspace for artists.
VICE-PRESIDENT: Tim R. Hickman AIA, LEED® AP | Principal | substance, ARCHITECTURE INTERIORS DESIGN
Tim R. Hickman is a graduate of Iowa State University (BA 1985) and Yale University (March 2000). Prior to forming substance in 2005, Hickman worked with Des Moines’ firms Shiffler and Associates, Baldwin White, and Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture where he was named an Associate in 2002.
Hickman has significant experience working with higher education clients including leading roles in multiple projects for the Iowa Board of Regents. Included are the Multimodal Transportation Center at the University of Northern Iowa and a number of award-winning projects at the University of Iowa including the Blank Honors Center, the Melrose Avenue Parking Facility, and the Newton Road Parking Facility, winner of a National 2002 Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. In addition, Hickman led the design of the John and Mary Pappajohn Higher Education Center in Des Moines.
He is a frequent Lecturer at the Iowa State University’s Department of Architecture, where he has taught a range of architectural design studios. His architectural work is complimented by service to the community, with volunteer work for many cultural and non-profit groups including the Des Moines Art Center, the Playhouse, and the AIDS Project of Central Iowa.
SECRETARY / TREASURER: Ted M. Stuart | President, Architectural Arts, Inc.
Ted Stuart is the President of Architectural Arts, one of the Midwest’s preeminent commercial millwork companies, that he helped found in 1998. The company does high-end architectural millwork for major construction projects across the country such as the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, Disney’s Grand California Hotel in Anaheim, and Stanford Law School, Stanford University in Palo Alto.
A native of Des Moines, Stuart is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He has worked for the 3M Company and The Des Moines Register, and was President of the Des Moines Heritage Cable Television system prior to its sale in 1990. He is a graduate of the Des Moines Leadership Institute and has been active on numerous civic organization boards, including The Des Moines Development Commission, the BBB, the Metro Opera, the Des Moines Community Playhouse, Orchard Place, and the Science Center of Iowa. He is also a very amateur artist.
Pamela Bass-Bookey | Owner, Temple for Performing Arts
A Chicago native, Pamela Bass-Bookey is interested in the arts and the impact they can have on society. Through her work as a philanthropist, former co-chair of the Des Moines Arts Festival, and countless other initiatives, she is a recognized leader in the broader Des Moines community.
In 2001 she and her husband, Harry Bookey, purchased a 98 year-old Masonic Temple, restored the historic building, and turned it into the Temple for Performing Arts — a catalyst for widespread downtown revitalization and development. The Temple is now home to several local businesses, as well as a theater. She is involved with Des Moines’ urban revitalization and development as well as the creation and design of four restaurants.
As the founding President of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, she has led the charge in shaping the aesthetics of Des Moines residents’ surroundings, bringing art by world renowned artists to the city.
Lauren M.G. Burt | Manager of Corporate Communication, Meredith Corporation
As manager of corporate communications at Meredith Corporation , Lauren Burt’s primary responsibilities include employee communications for Meredith’s more than 3,500 employees located in over 20 locations across the U.S. She manage s and executes communications for human resources, health and wellness programs and for Meredith’s Local Media Group, which consists of more than a dozen local television stations in 10 markets.
Previously, Burt held the position of Director of Media and Marketing at the Greater Des Moines Partnership and also served in Governor Chet Culver’s administration. She was President of Junior League of Des Moines and a former State Commissioner for the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.
Burt is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, a member of “Forty Under 40 ” and received the Lt. Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2013, Burt was named Young Professional of the Year by The Des Moines Register and Juice. She also serves on Bravo Greater Des Moines Board of Directors as the Corporate Representative of Meredith Corporation.
Paula J. Feltner | Lawyer/Lobbyist, Feltner & Heller, Attorneys at Law
A native of Wyoming, Paula Feltner practices law and is a lobbyist specializing in public affairs (legislative and administrative) law. Feltner graduated from the University of Wyoming earning a B.A. and M.A. in political science, economics and international relations. Her education continued at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she pursued a doctorate in political science and legislative studies. After completing graduate work, Feltner was a Professor of Political Science at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While teaching, she was recruited by the House leadership in the Iowa Legislature to organize a House legislative caucus research staff where she worked as Director for seven years. In 1986, Feltner graduated with Honors from Drake University Law School and practiced from 1987-2002 in the Des Moines law firm of Beving, Swanson and Forrest. She joined colleague Mike Heller in private practice in 1996 to represent national and Iowa businesses and associations.
Her impressive service record on governing bodies for community and civic organizations includes: Planing & Zoning Commission of West Des Moines; Downtown Neighborhood Association of Des Moines Board (officer); City of Des Moines Park and Recreation Board; Civic Music Association; Iowa Parks Foundation; and Downtown Community Alliance of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
Susan M. Fitzsimmons | Vice President and General Counsel, Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc.
Susan Fitzsimmons has served as Vice President and General Counsel of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc. since 2009. Ruan is a Des Moines based transportation company with 230 locations nationwide and over 5000 associates. In her role at Ruan, Fitzsimmons provides legal oversight to the compliance, risk management, insurance procurement, environmental, contracts and real estate functions of Ruan’s transportation-related family of companies. She also provides legal support to the World Food Prize Foundation.
Throughout her career, Fitzsimmons has been an active volunteer and has served on a number of non-profit boards. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Red Cross and has served on the Red Cross Board of Directors since 2010. In 2014 Fitzsimmons served on the United Way of Central Iowa’s Campaign Cabinet as Co-Chair of the Industrial Segment and has been a volunteer with the United Way campaign since 2012. She is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. Fitzsimmons earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa and her Juris Doctorate from Drake Law School.
Jeff Fleming | Director, Des Moines Art Center
Director of the Des Moines Art Center, Jeff Fleming also has served as its acting director, deputy director, senior curator, and curator. He was chief curator of exhibitions at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fleming studied at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and holds a master of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
His exhibition projects have focused on presenting the first one-person museum shows for younger, international artists. These artists include the American artists Tom Sachs, John Currin, Ellen Gallagher, Maya Lin, and Tom Friedman, as well as the British artist Cecily Brown, the German artists Christian Jankowski and Anselm Reyle, and the Chinese artist Yan Pei Ming. Group exhibition projects have included Magic Markers: Objects of Transformation; Aisle 5; and My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation. In 2011, Art and Living magazine named him one of eleven innovative directors of American museums.
Martha J. Gross | Community Leader | Retired Investment Advisor
Martha “Marty “Gross retired from a career in the financial service industry, earning the Certified Investment Management Advisor designation.
She is one of the early preservationists in the Sherman Hill Historic District, Des Moines’ oldest neighborhood and the city’s first historical district. As a practitioner of historic preservation and conservation, she reclaimed and restored a Victorian home and has the distinction of rescuing a number of historical properties from demolition.
Marty Gross’ fascination with the world and curiosity about indigenous peoples and their way of life has been a steadfast passion. She has explored tribal and ethnic cultures through her travels in remote areas of Africa and Asia. Her support of numerous nonprofit organizations, includes the Des Moines Art Center, Drake University, and Iowa Pride Network. As a volunteer, she serves the Life Serve Blood Center of Iowa and is active in the docent program of the Des Moines Art Center.
Darren Jirsa | Community Leader | Iowa Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, P.C.
Darren Jirsa, an Iowa native, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Iowa, and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1995 and was honored for scholastic achievement by induction into the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He began private practice at Iowa Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, P.C. in July of 2000.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Jirsa holds staff privileges at Iowa Methodist, Blank Children’s, Iowa Lutheran, and Methodist West hospitals. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Iowa Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as well as being a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Jirsa is an avid supporter of many civic and community organizations. He is an advocate for arts and culture in the metro as well as the revitalization of downtown Des Moines. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Des Moines Art Center, as well as the Board of Directors of the Des Moines Social Club.
Randall H. Hamilton, MD | Neurologist, Mercy Ruan Neurology Clinic and Research Center
A native of Newton, Iowa, Randall Hamilton is a neurologist at Mercy Clinics, Inc., Iowa, where he has practiced in the Greater Des Moines area since 1996. Following his studies in microbiology and medicine at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, he joined the Mercy family to focus his interest in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Hamilton travels from Des Moines to Winterset, IA where he directs a general neurology outreach practice.
In 2004, he took a leave of absence from medicine to pursue a lifelong interest in architecture, earning his Masters in Architecture at Iowa State University, Ames in 2007. During his studies at ISU he produced an award-winning film and discovered a passion for producing multimedia art. He often serves as a juror for architecture student critiques at ISU.
He is active member of the Des Moines Art Center Print Club, as well as effective volunteer who has served the museum on several committees. He co-chaired with Dr. Bruce Hughes of the Mercy Foundation’s 2011 Art of Life auction, benefiting Mercy Hospice.
Dr. Hamilton has been playing piano since age seven and is an avid supporter of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra; he currently serves on its Board of Trustees.
The Honorable Christine L. Hensley | Des Moines City Council
Councilwoman Christine Hensley was elected to the Des Moines City Council in January 1994 and serves Ward III (downtown, west, and southwest areas) of Des Moines. She was re-elected to a fifth four-year term in November 2009.
She is committed to public service and community enrichment, and is a member of numerous boards, including Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation, BRAVO, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART), Rebuilding Together, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Arts Festival, Iowa Bankers Association Board, Des Moines Symphony, Polk County Housing Trust Fund, Metro Advisory Council, Neighborhood Finance Corporation and Pappajohn Higher Education Foundation, to name a few.
In her professional career, she was the VP, Regional Community and Government Affairs Officer for Bank of the West, covering eight Midwestern states. Councilwoman Hensley was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa and attended St. Joseph’s Academy and Drake University.
Khalid Khan, Assoc. AIA | Principal | Neumann Monson Architects
Khalid Khan joined Neumann Monson Architects in 2011 and has been a firm Principal since 2012. Prior to Neumann Monson he was a lead designer with Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture. He has more than 20 years of experience and has worked on projects ranging from small residential projects, parking structures, to corporate and institutional projects.
Khan is a graduate of Iowa State University, and has received numerous design awards in Iowa and the Central States region, as well as National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects. He continues to serves as a visiting critic in the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University.
Projects he has been involved in the Des Moines area includes 350 East Locust and 219 East Grand mixed use projects, Meredith Corporate Headquarters, Wells Fargo Financial Headquarters, and Helmick Commons at Drake University. His extensive higher education work includes multiple projects with the University of Iowa, including Melrose Avenue Parking Ramp Extension, Newton Road Parking Facility, the Visitor Center and Hall of Fame building, Park at 201 mixed use project in Iowa City, as well as projects at Cornell College. He has also worked on projects in Kansas and Arkansas, along with residential projects in South Dakota.
He is a member of the Des Moines Art Center and the Print Club, the Prairie Club of Iowa, and is on the Editorial board of Iowa Architect magazine.
Kimberly Chauncey Shadur | Palliative Care and Hospice Nurse and Art Collector
Kimberly Shadur is a Palliative Care and Hospice Nurse with Unity Care at Home. She has been managing the care of patients with newly diagnosed chronic or terminal illnesses since 2006, also she provides education of disease processes, facilitates health care decisions, and manages symptoms. Her work focuses on quality of life for patients and family members interested in living life to the fullest, as well as those preparing for the end of their life.
While earning a Master of Public Health (1981) at Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, Shadur worked as Project Director for the Yale University School of Medicine. From 1982-89, she worked as the Senior Management Consultant for American Practice Management, Inc. in New York, New York and Walnut Creek, California. She was Director of Surgical and Anesthesia Services (1989-93) in Mason City, Iowa, and Vice President of Nursing and Operations (1993-94) at Universal Pediatric Services, Inc, in Urbandale, Iowa.
From 1994-2000, she was Director of Organizational Innovation for Quorum Health Resources, L.L.C. in Brentwood, Tennessee, where she partnered with medical center board, executive leadership, middle management and medical staff to re-engineering business processes. In 2000, she became Principal of Shadur & Shadur Simple Solutions, L.L.C., Des Moines, Iowa, and for five years, helped organizations define and achieve a new level of performance through benchmarking and process redesign.
In addition, Shadur was president (2004-06) of the Project Elijah Foundation where she directed development of the organization to raise funds for child victims of domestic abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Shadur is active in community organizations and has served on governing boards of Orchard Place, a child guidance center, Des Moines Metro Opera, Temple B’nai Jeshuran, Project Elijah Foundation, and Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. She and her husband are private collectors of contemporary art.
Anastasia Polydoran | Art Collector
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Anastasia “Stacy” Polydoran earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science at Drake University in Des Moines. She is a devoted art advocate and collector of contemporary art. With her late husband, she established the Paul and Anastasia Polydoran Collection at the Des Moines Art Center, and regularly gifts contemporary works of art to the museum. She joined the Des Moines Art Center Board of Directors and has been a long standing member of the museum’s Acquisition Committee.
An active member of numerous nonprofit boards and committees throughout Greater Des Moines for many years, Polydoran has served on the Des Moines Symphony Foundation Board of Trustees and as board president for both The Des Moines Community Playhouse and Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa.
Kim J. Walker | Of Counsel | The Law Firm of Faegre Baker Daniels
Kim Walker joined The Law Firm of Faegre Baker Daniels as one of the co-founders of the Iowa office in 1990. Over the years he assumed a variety of leadership roles, and served as the firm’s leader of its national food and agriculture team until mid-2015.
In 2016, Walker became of counsel to devote his time to several national strategic matters for the firm.
Over the years, his practice has been in the food, agribusiness litigation and antitrust areas. He also was a leader in the firm’s food litigation and regulatory practice, which has been nationally ranked in Chambers USA since 2012.
Walker is well-known in the food and agriculture industry. He has published numerous articles on industry topics, is looked to by the media for comment on industry developments and speaks nationally and internationally.
A litigator for more than 30 years, Walker divided his time between the firm’s Minneapolis, Palo Alto and Des Moines offices. He represented national and regional clients in commercial and antitrust litigation on a wide range of matters. Walker represented and managed the firm’s relationships for firm clients such as Cargill, Hormel Foods Corporation, Wells Enterprises (Blue Bunny), Musco Sports Lighting, Inc. and the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.
He has served on the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and was past member of its Marketing Committee, as well as the Des Moines Playhouse Board of Directors and Co- Chair the Playhouse Capital Campaign.
Lois Fingerman | Art Collector | Independent Civic & Social Organization Professional
A Boston native who moved to Des Moines in 1967, Lois Fingerman worked for a number of years as Counseling Manager of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, Program Supervisor of The Family Violence Center, and Director of Mentor Iowa. As a community activist and volunteer she as served of numerous boards and commissions, including 16 years as a member of the Child Death Review Team of Iowa. Among numerous honors, she was recognized as a Women of Achievement in 2001. Currently, Fingerman is volunteering as a docent at the Des Moines Art Center, as well as a board member of the Art Center and acting chair of the museum’s Acquisition Committee.
G. David Hurd (1929-2016)
David Hurd served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation from 2006 through 2014. In January 2015, a Commendation of Distinguish Service conferred to him Emeritus Status on the Board of Directors, a position which he held until his death on 6 February 2016.
A native of Chicago, Hurd was Emeritus Chairman of the Principal Financial Group, the leading global financial provider and U.S. leader in 401(k) plans. He was one of the founding directors of the Iowa Environmental Council and Co-Convenor of Business for Peace. His distinguished career included numerous awards: Honorary Doctor of Public Service – Drake University; Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame; Des Moines Register’s Iowa Business Leader of the Year; Greater Des Moines Committee Iowa Business Hall of Fame; Community Commitment Award – Greater Des Moines Partnership, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – National Society of Fundraising Executives; the Lilywhite Award – Employee Benefit Research Institute, to name only a few.
Kristi Lund Lozier | Artist
Former media director, account executive, and vice president of Gerdes Advertising, Inc., Lozier is a community leader and artist/painter. She was awarded a full scholarship to study at The University of Nevada, Reno, where she earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in art and journalism. She has been a regular participant in Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Institute in Colorado, which brings together leaders from the U.S. and abroad. Lozier was co-founder and president of Greenwood Historic Neighborhood Association, a sponsor of the “Lost Boys from Sudan,” and has been active in numerous organizations, including Ballet Iowa, Best Buddies, Central Presbyterian Church, Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines Symphony Alliance, Orchard Place, and Junior League of Des Moines. She was appointed to the Greater Des Moines Public Art Commission in 2001, and has served on the Foundation Board since 2004.
Paul Mankins, FAIA LEED® AP | Principal, substance, ARCHITECTURE INTERIORS DESIGN
Paul Mankins began his career in the office of Charles Herbert & Associates – Iowa’s most celebrated design practice. Following graduate studies at Yale University and professional stints with Smith Miller + Hawkinson in New York City and Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz in San Francisco, he returned to Iowa working with Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture where he was named a Principal in 1999. In 2004, he and his partners formed substance – a nationally recognized collaborative design practice engaged in architecture, interior architecture, and design. Also in 2004, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects – an honor reserved for just 3% of AIA members. Mankins has directed the design of projects recognized with over 35 Honor and Merit Awards for design from the Central States Region, Iowa, and San Francisco Chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Since 1998 he has served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching Architectural Design in the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University, Ames. His work has been published widely and he is a frequent speaker and design awards juror.
LEGAL ADVISOR | Carol J. Moser | Deputy City Attorney, City of Des Moines
Carol J. Moser is a graduate of Drake University Law School, Iowa. She is a member of the Des Moines City Attorney’s Office where she has held a number of positions—initially as a prosecutor, then as the police legal advisor in the Des Moines Police Department and more recently, she represents management in the various employee matters that arise given there are approximately 2,000 employees and eight unions within the city’s organization. Ms. Moser has served as president of the Iowa Municipal Attorney’s Association, president of Polk County Women Attorneys, Chair of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, president of the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, President of the Civic Music Association, a Governor of the Iowa State Bar Association and she was a recipient of the Polk County Bar Association’s Award of Merit in 2004.
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