Board Leadership

Franklin Codel


Susan Fitzsimmons

Vice Chair/Treasurer

Gerry Neugent


Kristi Knous, MPA, CAPĀ®, FCEP


Kristi provides the vision and leadership for shaping the Community Foundation's role as a civic leader, grantmaker, philanthropic partner and charitable giving vehicle. She identifies and addresses issues key to the quality of life in the community and oversees the Community Foundation's daily operations. Kristi is an Iowa native and graduate of Iowa State University. She received her Masters of Public Administration and Certificate of Business Management from Drake University. Kristi is also a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy and a Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning.

What is one of your favorite things to do in Greater Des Moines?

I LOVE to have a nice dinner downtown and then roam the streets exploring ALL of the wonderful things happening in DSM. I can't possibly pick one! Des Moines: the S's are silent, our city is booming!


Andrea Abel

Community Volunteer

Teree Caldwell-Johnson

Oakridge Neighborhood

Joyce Chapman

West Bank, Retired

Marta Codina

Wells Fargo Bank

Mary Coffin

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Retired

Peter Cownie

Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation

Suzanna de Baca

Business Publications

Kathy Fehrman

Community Philanthropist

Allison Fleming

Community & Child Advocate

George Hiller

Hiller & Associates

Dan Houston

Principal Financial Group

Debbie Hubbell

Community Volunteer

Fred Hubbell

Engaged Citizen

Joseph Jones

Community Advocate

Dan Keough

Holmes Murphy & Associates, LLC

Izaah Knox

Urban Dreams

Steve Lacy

Meredith Corporation, Retired

Marty Martin

Drake University

Sheldon Ohringer

Caleris, Retired

Jill Oman

Community Volunteer

Darren Rebelez

Casey's General Stores

Sunnie Richer


Robert G. Riley, Jr.

Riley Resource Group

John Ruan IV

Bankers Trust Company

Mark Rupprecht

R&R Realty Group

Brad Schoenfelder

Ryan Companies

Cynthia S. Thorland

Life Care Services, Retired

Emeritus Board Member

Charles H. Betts

Robert Burnett*

Monroe Colston*

Ann Cownie*

James S. Cownie

Johnny Danos*

Robert Dee*

William Friedman, Jr.

J. Barry Griswell*

H. Lynn Horak

James W. Hubbell, Jr.*

G. David Hurd*

Ted M. Hutchison

William C. Knapp

Linda Koehn

Donald F. Lamberti

Maddie Levitt*

James E. Luhrs*

Robert Mannheimer*

Amos Pearsall, Jr.*

Marvin Pomerantz*

J. Edward Power

Janis Ruan

Fred Weitz