Our Organization & People

Historic Valley Junction Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, with an emphasis on historic preservation, economic development and business growth. HVJF offers cooperative advertising, training, technical assistance, design services and trash collection for Valley Junction merchants.

Our mission is to inspire and enhance the evolution of the original Historic Valley Junction district by:

  • Preserving and sharing our history.
  • Attracting and supporting small businesses.
  • Engaging and connecting the community.

Our organization was incorporated in 1987, shortly after being accepted as  a Main Street Iowa community.

For more information about the history of Historic Valley Junction Foundation, our organization and Main Street Iowa, please click here.

For our most recent 990 tax return, please click HERE


Historic Valley Junction Foundation Board of Directors

Our current board of directors includes entrepreneurs, business owners, property owners, city representation and core committee chairs. Some board directors are elected and some are appointed to serve their board term.


Debbie Westphal SwanderDebbie Westphal Swander, Board President, has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Northern Iowa; has a permanent professional teaching certificate in the State of Iowa for secondary English and business; and has a Master’s Degree and full fellowship in Business Administration from Drake University during which she conducted two research studies on Valley Junction. Debbie has taught in the public schools for 8 years, has taught marketing and retailing in the College of Business at Drake University for 6 years, and has operated and owned Betty Hill Dance for 35 years. She owns 21 properties (15 Valley Junction properties), and owns 5 retail businesses (Theatrical Shop, Dressmakers, and Roses in Valley Junction).


Mark GoodrichMark Goodrich, Board Vice President, is the framing manager at Olson-Larsen Galleries and the owner of Just Hanging. A native of Lucas, IA, Mark graduated from Simpson College. He now lives in Des Moines with his wife, Dierdre, and their four beautiful children. In his free time, Mark enjoys buying and selling antique toys.


Lynnae

Lynnae Hentzen, Board Treasurer, Born and raised in Le Mars, Iowa, Lynnae attended college in Denver and the Philippines before finishing her B.A. in Sociology at Iowa State University. She earned her M.B.A. at Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago and spent ten years there as an educator & business analyst. Lynnae co-founded the non-profit Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) and served as its initial Executive Director from 2005 – 2011 and assisted in developing a partnership with Iowa State University Extension who has now taken over the statewide programs. As host of the weekly radio show, Green City, for the past six years on local favorite KFMG, Lynnae continues to promote local eco heroes within the sustainability realm. Now that all their kids (Stijn, Grisham & Sasha) are off to college and beyond, Lynnae and her husband, Rob, look forward to having a bit more time to relax and explore while still spending time with family.


Sally Ortgies, Board Secretary / City Liaison, grew up in Elk Horn, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture. In 1989, she started her career with the City of West Des Moines as an intern for the Parks and Recreation Department where she quickly developed a passion for being a public servant. Sally currently serves as Director of Parks & Recreation. She and her husband, Tony, raised their daughter in Valley Junction. Sally loves long, off-the-beaten-path road trips with her family, eating out and listening to live music with friends, and shopping local.


Kay SchillerKay Schiller, Design Committee Chair. Kay grew up Yankton, South Dakota and has a BA in Mass Communication/Advertising from the University of South Dakota. Her professional experience encompasses museum marketing and public relations, museum retail operations, museum retail consulting; educational fund raising; and corporate advertising. Kay and her daughter, Meredith Wells, created their business, MōMere, in 2009 and opened their storefront in Historic Valley Junction in November 2013. Their business has since expanded and relocated to 138 5th Street. Kay also has a son and a granddaughter. She loves sewing, designing and product development, and spending time with family.


Paris

Paris Boehm, Economic Vitality Chair, is an advocate for sustainable local economic development. A proud Historic Valley Junction resident since 2011, Principal of Mindful Matters, LLC and a licensed NAR GREEN® REALTOR®since 2007; she found simpatico with Keller Williams Realty GDSM in 2012. During 18 years in public education; with a focus on ESL, Dual Language, Service Learning and Communities in Schools, she found her heart was in Middle School. Her alma maters include Minot State University 1988, B.S. Elementary Ed., K-8 and the University of New Mexico 1999, M.A. Ed. Admin. K-12. She serves on the Center On Sustainable Communities Builder Advisory Council, the collaborative Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines initiative and is an AARP Life Reimagined® Guide. Paris’ grandson Ryker is the love of her life!


Brian Fox, Community Representative, grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Valley High School. He received degrees in History and Radio/TV/Film in 2009 from TCU. Between his studies he also found a passion for craft beer. Brian started as a beer drinker, became a homebrewer, and began his real career in beer as a brewer at Court Avenue Restaurant and Brewing Company. After two and a half years learning the business of beer from fantastic mentors he left Court Avenue in September 2015 to start Fox Brewing in Valley Junction, where he and his fiancée live. Brian loves bad action movies, trying new restaurants, and spending time drinking top-notch craft beers with good friends.


Kevin Trevillyan

Kevin Trevillyan, City Council Representative, is a Construction Engineering Technician with H. R. Green, Inc. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Valley High School. He received a degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Hamilton Business College. Kevin is a member of Gnemeth Masonic Lodge in West Des Moines and Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Altoona. Kevin served six years with the United States Marine Corps Reserves and also 10 years with West Des Moines Emergency Medical Services.  Kevin is married to Cindi, and has two sons Justin and Jack.


Historic Valley Junction Foundation Staff


Jamie Lamb, Project Manager, Kansas native, she moved to the Des Moines Metro in 1995 and is a Project Manager for the Historic Valley Junction Foundation. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and English. Jamie served previously on the Board of Directors for NAMI- Greater Des Moines and is an advocate for mental health awareness. Jamie has a great appreciation of literature, art and architecture and has recently written a children’s book entitled “Alfonso Goes Home.”


Tim Clark, Project Manager, grew up in Harlan, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s in Horticulture and Master’s in Agricultural Education.  From Iowa State University, he traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad finding passion in the wine industry as well as various conservation-based programs.  Enjoying the growth and vitality of Des Moines, Tim moved to West Des Moines in 2011 as the General Manager for Tallgrass Grocery Cooperative in Historic Valley Junction.  He enjoys being on the bike, live music of any kind and road trips to anywhere and nowhere.


Jon Bouma, Venue Coordinator, is a Historic Valley Junction native, attended Valley High School and was a volunteer firefighter for West Des Moines for three years while learning how to become a brick mason. Jon now owns his own business, Bones Masonry Construction. Jon was a volunteer for Historic Valley Junction for 11 years before accepting a part-time position as Venue Manager in 2014.


Jamie Loggins-Evans, Marketing Coordinator,  the part-time Marketing Coordinator at the Historic Valley Junction Foundation since 2018. She is responsible for developing communication and marketing strategies that advance the foundation’s efforts to promote the district and its events. Jamie is a communications professional with over 15 years of experience in public relations, internal and external communications, branding, marketing, community outreach, strategic planning, and website management. Her professional work experience includes ten years as WDMCS Community Education Department’s Communications Specialist, and eight years as the West Des Moines Community Schools District Webmaster. She has also held positions in development (fundraising) at the Blank Park Zoo and Lyric Opera of Chicago. When she is not working for the foundation, Jamie is the Executive Director of the nonprofit, Center for Social Ministry. The Center for Social Ministry offers poverty awareness and social justice education programs throughout greater Des Moines.

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