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Board of Directors

Robert E. Larson, Chair
Retired, John Deere
Bill Burma,
Chair-Elect
Grand View University
Vicki Comegys, Immediate Past Chair
Retired, Catch Des Moines
Natalie Tomaras, Treasurer
American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company®
Marsha Aldridge, Secretary
Nationwide
Mary Chapman
Executive Committee
Community Activist/Art Lover
Angela Connolly
Polk County Board of Supervisors
Barbara Decker
Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines
Chaden Halfhill
Silent Rivers Design+Build
Angela Jackson
The Great Frame-Up
Stephen King, CFEE
Executive Director
Chris Kramer
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
Brian Laurenzo,
Executive Committee
Brick Gentry P.C.
Kent Maahs
Event Management Team Representative
Scott Sundstrom
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ann Priftis
Krause Group
Carl Voss
Des Moines City Council

staff

DAPHNE DICKENS, CFEE, Director of Guest Engagement

DAPHNE DICKENS, CFEE, Director of Guest Engagement

Programming, Talent, Logistics, Production 
STEPHEN KING, CFEE, Executive Director

STEPHEN KING, CFEE, Executive Director

Visual Arts, Sponsorships, Vision 
COLLEEN MURPHY, Director of Community Relations

COLLEEN MURPHY, Director of Community Relations

Sponsorship, Patron Support, Marketing & PR, Special Events 
STACEY NAY, Volunteer Coordinator

STACEY NAY, Volunteer Coordinator

All things volunteer related 

Interns

Past Board Chairs

Pamela Bass-Bookey

Kirk Blunck*

Vicki Comegys

E.J. Giovannetti

*Deceased

Robert Josten*

Tracy Lewis

Kent Mauck

Pat McFarland

Susan Patterson Plank

Jim Quilty

Natalie Tomaras

Tom Whitney

2022 Event Management Team

Artist Relations Team
Jennifer Johnson
Jaclynne Maranell
Sean Masters
Ann Rolow
Andrew Tincher
Katelyn Brockmeyer

Banner Queen
Sage Halfhill-Boone

Beverage Team
Alec Davis
Andrea Lowe
Betsy Mitchell
Johnathan Preston
Kurt Weakland
Melissa Winters

Food Vendor Relations Team
Caitlin Clement
Sidney Pezley
Kate Steffen
Molly Vriezelaar

Interrobang Film Festival
David Derong

IT/Technical Support
Dierdre Large
Ryan Rohlf

Merchandise Sales Team
Renae Irvin
Erika Menke
Emma Pantini
Jeremy Weiss

On-Site Office Manager Team
Carrie Blackburn
Katie Dale
Amanda Joseph
Stephanie Pearl
Chris Slack

Production Team
Tony Behnke
Seth Conn
Megan Hanson
Kristina Huntsman
Katherine King
Raegan Nervig
Kayla Wagener


Sponsor Relations Team
Tiffany Espelund
Kent Maahs
Emily Lyon
Kate Mohr
Lynn Swanson
Julia Verhoef

Stage Team
Natalia Espinosa
Laurie Miller
Stephanie Reynolds

Student Art Exhibition Team
Alicia Lynch
Peggy Cokeley

Sustainability Team
Jessie McBroom
Farrah Phillips
Sam Christianson

Volunteer Relations
Sally Corcoran
Jessica Perez
Angeline Powers
Madalyne Rutledge

Interested in joining the Event Management Team? Find out more HERE.
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