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Board Members

Tim Waddell


Chair (member since 2017)


Former Division Administrator, Iowa Economic Development Authority


Tim has served in various capacities in state government working with many programs including CDBG, LIHTC, NSP, Workforce housing tax credits, state historic tax credits and many others.

Term ends 2025

Derek Lord


Director (member since 2017)


Economic Development Director, city of Ankeny


Derek has experience in both city and state economic and community development programs. He understands how to layer financing and how to structure development deals from both the development side and the program side.

Term ends 2024

Pat Meiners


Secretary (member since 2017)


Volunteer activist, Member Des Moines Historical Society


Pat is known to the Des Moines media as the “go to” person for all things historic in the city of Des Moines. Pat has made it her life’s work to research and understand the history of Des Moines.

Term ends 2025

Jeff Geerts


Director (member since 2017)


Project Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Jeff is the project manager for IEDA that focuses on the sustainability of our projects. He wrote and manages the “Green Streets” criteria for all projects utilizing IEDA funding. Jeff is also talented at bringing people and programs together.

Term ends 2025

Connie Boesen


Director (member since 2019)


Mayor of the City of Des Moines


Connie was elected as Mayor of the City of Des Moines in 2023 and was previously a long-time member of the Des Moines Community School Board. Connie is a business owner and community activist.

Term ends 2025

Al Tokheim


Treasurer  (member since 2017)

Al is a retired John Deere Manager with both IT and financial backgrounds.  He actively serves within multiple non-profit organizations bringing technology and financial insights where needed.  As a long-term Johnston resident, he is committed to  helping preserve community values and iconic structures that make Des Moines such a great place to live and raise a family.

Term ends 2025

Tim Hielkema


Director (member since 2017)




Tim has been practicing architect for many years in the Des Moines metro. He is an avid historic preservationist and brings his knowledge and expertise to the board.

Term ends 2024

John Brown


Vice-Chair (member since 2017)

Former Attorney, John Deere Financial

John was an attorney with John Deere Financial for many years and brings legal expertise to the table for the board to rely on. John is also an amateur historian with an interest in all things historic. He also recently served as the President of the Iowa State Historical Society and remains on that board as a member.

Term ends 2024

Connor Delaney


Director (member since 2023)


Born and raised in Des Moines, Conner is a Rosevelt High School graduate. After some years serving in the Air Force. Conor began restoring homes and buildings around Des Moines. He had since become more involved in renovating and retaining historic commercial properties. Some of the properties he owns include the Ingersoll Theater, French Way Cleaners and the Wherry Building on the 6th. Conor enjoys the redevelopment process. He enjoys working with the former owners of buildings, his development team, and enjoys developing tenant relationships.


Term ends 2024

Steve Frevert


Director (member since 2024)


Steve is the Executive Director of the Historic Valley Junction Foundation. He previously worked as the Main Street director in Burlington IA for 12 years, chaired the city’s preservation commission, and was involved with Burlington’s Heritage Trust and its Preservation Station salvage program. He has also worked at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park IL and chaired the preservation commission in Beloit WI.

Term ends 2026

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