BREAKING NEWS: Des Moines Arts Festival wins coveted Gold Grand Pinnacle Award for third consecutive year!
Des Moines Arts Festival
Western Gateway Park June 23 - 25, 2017 Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM

Our People


Stephen King, CFEE, Executive Director

James Bruton, Operations Manager

Colleen Murphy, Sponsorship Manager

Liz Adelman, Adelman PR, Marketing and Communications

Kristian Day, Producer, Interrobang Film Festival    

Morgan Dowdall, Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Directors

Tom Whitney, Chair, Whitney Law Office*

Natalie Tomaras, Immediate Past Chair, Athene*

Beth Brady, The Principal Financial Group

Sarah Buckley*

Vicki Comegys, Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau

Chris Connolly, Iowa Events Center/Global Spectrum

Christopher Diebel, LPCA Public Strategies

Jeff Fleming, Ex-Officio, Des Moines Art Center*

Rachel Flint, Hubbell Realty

Joe Gatto, Des Moines City Council

Larassa Kabel, Artist*

Stephen King, CFEE, Executive Director*

Robert Larson, Treasurer, John Deere*

Laura Palmer, xo-lp

Susan Patterson Plank, Secretary, Customized Newspaper Advertising*

Lynn Swanson, Nationwide


 *Executive Committee

Past Chairs

Pamela Bass-Bookey

Kirk Blunck

E.J. Giovannetti

Robert Josten

Tracy Lewis

Kent Mauck

Pat McFarland

Jim Quilty

Natalie Tomaras

Event Management Team

If you are interested in joining our Event Management Team, click here.

Lindsey Allen, Sponsor Relations

Denika Almburg, Beverage Sales

Molly Bochanyin, Merchandise Assistant/Designer

Micah Chaplin, Office Manager 

Melissa Coffman, Student Art Exhibition

Amy Croll, Beverage Sales

Benjamin Day, Entertainment

Kristian Day, Interrobang Film Festival

Chris Dean, Artist Relations

Seth Dobrin, Beverage Relations

Brian Dreesman, Artist Relations

Tracy Duran, Student Art Exhibition

Tiffany Espelund, Volunteer Relations

Chaden Halfhill,Sustainability

Mackenzie Hawk, Sustainability

Kristina HuntsmanVolunteer Relations

Renae Irvin, Merchandise Manager

Andrea Jansen, Volunteer Relations

Christine Josephson, Volunteer Relations

Micheal Lane, Activations Coordinator 

Kent Maahs,Sponsor Relations

Jaclynne Maranell, Artist Relations

Sean Masters, Artist Relations

Laurie Miller, Entertainment

Katie Minks, Merchandise

Stacy Nay, Student Art Exhibition

Kristine Pederson, Office Manager

Keaton Pulver, Social Media

Vanessa Reed, Office Manager

Ryan Rohlf, Sponsor Relations

Alisa Sheldon, Sculpture Garden

Taylor Soule, Volunteer Relations

Kate Steffen, Food Vendors

Monica Stone, Sustainability

Aaron Sunderman, Interrobang Film Festival

Jodi Tomlonovic, Sculpture Garden

Kurt Weakland, Beverage Relations

Jeremy Weiss, Entertainment

Avana Wheeler, Sponsor Relations 

Nicole Winebrenner, Volunteer Relations

Melissa Winters, Beverage Sales