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Board Members


Homeward's Board of Directors is a diverse, passionate group of individuals united in the work to ensure that one day, everyone in Polk County will have a safe place to call home. Their leadership guides Homeward in creating a coordinated approach to ending homelessness by distributing funding, best practices, data, and training. 

Dr. Ahmed Agyeman- Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Katie Albrecht-Snell- Nationwide

Brett Burk- EMBARC

Lisa Crabbs- City of Des Moines

Angela Dethlefs-Trettin, Secretary- Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Rebecca Foster- Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

Reverend Frederick Gaddy- St. Paul AME Church

Lorna Garcia- Des Moines Police Department

Jenny Goulden- Des Moines Public Library

Charles Hill- Iowa Civil Rights Commission 

Lyn Marchant- Des Moines Public Schools

Renée Miller- United Way of Central Iowa

Jennifer Miner- VA Central Iowa

Tony Montgomery- HOME, Inc.


Tami Nielsen- Food Bank of Iowa

Jill Padgett, Chair- Iowa Department of Human Rights

Manisha Paudel- Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission  

Catherine Reaman-Gerdes- Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services

Nathan Simpson, Treasurer- Primary Health Care

Ehren Stover Wright- Institute for Community Alliances 

Annie Uetz, Vice Chair- Polk County Behavioral Health and Disability Services

Amanda Wanke- Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

Whitni Warnke- UnityPoint Health

Homeward Board of Directors Materials

November 2022

October 2022

September 2022 Special Meeting

September 2022

August 2022

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