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Volunteer Coordinator
Des Moines Arts Festival is looking for an action-oriented individual to join our team as Volunteer Coordinator. This contracted position will recruit and manage all volunteers for this year's Festival.  If you are interested in being an important part of one of the world’s best festivals, contact us today! 

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Des Moines Arts Festival has a terrific internship program designed for students who want to make a difference in their community. If you are interested in helping build one of the world’s best festivals, contact us today! 

Marketing & Graphic Design Intern:  assists staff in the preparation and execution of the Festival’s collateral materials, including signage, print ads, electronic ads, marketing materials, sponsorship materials, credentials, etc.  This internship begins in the SPRING semester (January - May) and continues a full time member of the team through the three day event in June.

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Stephen King, CFEE, Executive Director

James Bruton, Production Manager

Liz Adelman, Adelman PR, Marketing and Communications

Kristian Day, Guest Producer, Interrobang Film Festival    

Morgan Dowdall, Volunteer Coordinator

Madeleine Pals, Intern



Board of Directors

Natalie Tomaras, Chair, Athene*

E.J. Giovannetti, Immediate Past Chair, Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.*

Andrew Allen, The Principal Financial Group

Sarah Buckley, GuideOne Insurance*

Chris Connolly, Iowa Events Center/Global Spectrum

Christopher Diebel, LPCA Public Strategies

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

Larassa Kabel, Artist*

Stephen King, CFEE, Executive Director*

Barbara Kirk, Chair, Artist Home Hosts, Community Leader

Robert Larson, Treasurer, John Deere*

Jenny McCoy, Secretary, Meredith Corporation*

Laura Palmer, xo-lp

Susan Patterson Plank, Customized Newspaper Advertising*

Lynn Swanson, Nationwide

Tom Whitney, Whitney Law Office*

 *Executive Committee

Past Chairs

Pamela Bass-Bookey

Kirk Blunck

E.J. Giovannetti

Robert Josten

Tracy Lewis

Kent Mauck

Pat McFarland

Jim Quilty


Event Management Team

Denika Almburg, Beverage Sales

Jill ApplegateOffice Manager

Kimberly Bilstad, Bravo DSM!

Molly Bochanyin, Merchandise Assistant/Designer

Ryan Carlson, Beverage Relations

Micah ChaplinOffice Manager

Melissa Coffman, Nurturing a Student's Vision

Amy Croll, Beverage Sales

Kristian Day, Interrobang Film Festival

Seth Dobrin, Beverage Relations

Brian Dreesman, Artist Relations

Matt Fisher, Volunteer Relations

Mollie Giller, Food Vendor Relations

Sarah Haley, Entertainment

Chaden Halfhill, Sustainability

Tom Helbig, Production

Lynnae Hentzen, Beverage Sales 

Kristina HuntsmanVolunteer Relations

Renae Irvin, Merchandise Manager

Micheal Lane, Nuturing a Student's Vision

Katie Lovan, Artist Relations

Kent Maahs, Sponsor Relations

Jaclynne Maranell, Artist Relations

Sean Masters, Artist Relations

Laurie Miller, Entertainment

Katie Minks, Merchandise

Stacy Nay, Sculpture Garden

Alan Nguyen, Beverage Sales

Tammy Nguyen, Beverage Sales

Nicole Peckumn, Entertainment

Jermi Porter, Food Vendor Relations

Alex Randell, Entertainment

Ryan Rohlf, Sponsor Relations

Angie Schmitt, Sustainability

Michele Slawson, Interrobang Film Festival

Jodi Tomlonovic, Sculpture Garden

Brad Van Eaton, Sponsor Relations

Jennifer Voorhees, Beverage Sales Sales

Kurt Weakland, Beverage Relations

Jeremy Weiss, Entertainment

Joleen Weller, Bravo DSM!

Avana Wheeler, Sponsor Relations 

Nicole Winebrenner, Volunteer Relations

Melissa Winters, Beverage Sales

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