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
Meredith Wells, President
Ryan Cooper, Vice President
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.
Jason Keigley, Treasurer, grew up on a small farm outside of Ames and graduated from Boone High School. He started his banking career as a teller while going to school at DMACC. After moving to West Des Moines, he left the banking industry and managed several retail locations. He returned back to banking in 2017 by accepting the Branch Manager position at First National Bank in Valley Junction. He frequently volunteers in the community and graduated from the West Des Moines Leadership Academy in 2019. In his free time, Jason enjoys the outdoors, camping, and wrenching on his car collection.
Brian Fox grew up in West Des Moines 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.
Mark Goodrich 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.
Kevin Trevillyan represents Valley Junction (and all of Ward 1) on the West Des Moines City Council. 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
Steve Frevert, Executive Director, grew up in the Chicago suburbs in decidedly non-historic surroundings. He attended college in Beloit, WI and lived there for a number of years afterwards, getting involved in several historic preservation groups while working as a retail manager and newspaper correspondent. Moving to Chicago, he worked at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio and wrote for the Chicago Tribune before becoming a stay at home dad of twins. In Burlington, IA, he volunteered with the Main Street program for 5 years, then served 12 years as director. During that time, he was also active in several other nonprofit organizations and chaired the city’s preservation commission. He and his wife Rhonda have adult children Aleksandr and Katie. His passions include music, reading, photography, gardening, and anything having to do with old buildings.
Larry Kaster, Events Coordinator, grew up in Ames and graduated from Ames High School. After high school, Larry lived in Nashville, TN and Tulsa, OK before returning to central Iowa in 2010. He worked in events all over the country before attending Iowa State, graduating with an Events Management degree in 2019. He currently lives in East Des Moines with his wife and two boys. His passions are music, food, comics, hiking, and biking.
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.
Bobbie Bishop, Office Assistant, grew up in Norwalk and attended Iowa State University. Having a passion for the work of non-profit organizations, she had communications positions at Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s Iowa Community Betterment Program, the American Heart Association, and most recently with the American Red Cross, where her career spanned over 36 years. She currently is a member of the West Des Moines Community Education Advisory Council and volunteers for other causes within the community. Bobbie has lived in the Valley Junction area since the mid 90s and is a proud Valley Junction homeowner.