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

LynnaeLynnae Hentzen, Secretary 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.

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 GoodrichMark 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.


Linda Schemmel.

Kevin Trevillyan

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.


Vince Valdez.

Historic Valley Junction Foundation Staff

Matt Hauge Head ShotMatt Hauge, Executive Director, originally from Grimes, Iowa, was most recently the marketing and communications director for Community Housing Initiatives, a statewide nonprofit provider of affordable housing that manages properties across the state, including Crestview Terrace, Valley Station, and Phenix School, in or near Valley Junction. Prior to that, he managed outreach and communications for the Iowa Environmental Council. Matt serves on the Des Moines board of New Leaders Council, an organization that trains and supports emerging professionals in the community and has served with dsmHack, an organization that helps local nonprofits solve technology problems. Matt earned an MPA with an emphasis in nonprofit management from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a BA in Journalism and American Studies from the University of Iowa. He lives in West Des Moines.

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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