Jan Hill, President, is the mother of a skateboarder and a member of A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS.) Her son Drew Daumueller, now a senior in college, began skateboarding in elementary school. Jan and Drew, with other skateboarding youth, have visited over 30 skateparks in 16 states since 2004. According to Jan, “The Des Moines Regional Skatepark will have the best of those parks and provide an unparalleled experience for skateboarders! It will be a skatepark for beginners and professionals, suited for competitions, exhibitions, and just fun.” Jan’s profession is clinical social work, and she maintains a private therapy practice in the Des Moines area.
Heath Kirchart, Vice President, is a partner in Subsect Skateshop. Heath retired from professional skateboarding in 2010 at the age of 32. Kirchart’s career spanned almost 15 years and included parts in some of the most influential skate films ever made including The End, Sight Unseen and, most recently, Stay Gold. His fellow skateboarders describe him as being one of the most talented, dedicated, influential and even more, praiseworthy skateboarders of all time. Heath is based in California. According to Heath, “Building the Des Moines Regional Skatepark will bring professional skateboarders and their sponsors to the venue for demonstrations, exhibitions, and competitions. California Skateparks has done unparalleled work on this project.”
Kevin Jones, Secretary, is the manager of Subsect Skateshop. Kevin has been involved since the beginning to build a world-class skatepark in Des Moines. Born and raised in Des Moines, he has been skateboarding since age 10. Kevin was involved as a young man in lobbying the Iowa General Assembly in passage of legislation to protect municipalities from liability for skateboarding on city property and attended the bill signing with Governor Branstad in 1998. According to Kevin, “I want Des Moines to have the skatepark that it deserves!”
zach-mZachary Mannheimer, Funding Advisor. After a road-trip from NYC to 22 cities around the country, Zachary chose and settled in Des Moines in fall 2007 to found the Des Moines Social Club, an arts and educational non-profit. Focused on the retention and recruitment of young people, DMSC uses the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement. Since opening its doors in 2009, DMSC has hosted over 5000 arts related events and seen over 1,000,000 patrons. Founding the non-profit from scratch, Zachary has raised over $14,000,000 in his short time in Des Moines towards the downtown project, where he served as Executive Director from 2008 – 2015. Zachary has taught and/or lectured at Central College and Wagner College and has articles and essays published in: The New York Theater Review and American Theater Magazine, and his theatrical work and DMSC has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, Politico, The Village Voice, The National Journal and The Des Moines Register. Zachary has directed and/or produced over 25 pieces of professional theater and outdoor festivals. He has been awarded the 2011 Des Moines Citizen of the Year Award, 40 under 40 in Des Moines’ Business Record, 40 under 40 for the national New Leaders Council, The Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award, and the DSM Young Professional of the Year Award in 2009. In 2016, Zachary began a new position at Iowa Business Growth as the Vice President of Creative Place Making. Zachary serves on the boards of Iowa Public Radio and the Iowa Rural Development Council.

In addition to his non-profit work, Zachary co-owns Proof Restaurant, a Mediterranean dinner spot in downtown’s Gateway District. He holds a dual BA in Theater Arts and Philosophy from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and shares his home with his loving wife Sarah, daughters Mira and Fiona and son Benjamin. Zach is the Vice President of Creative Place Making, Iowa Business Growth Company.

Zach Wormhoudt, Skate Park Designer and ProjectManager, has over 20 years of skate park development experience for over 250 municipal zachwormhoudtskate parks that include many of the largest and most highly regarded skate parks in the world. As project manager Zach has unparalleled expertise in design supervision, budget analysis, schedule development, construction documentation and construction management.

Zach’s passion for skating and professional commitment to the projects he works on is clearly evidenced by the success of the projects he manages and the lasting relationships developed with each project’s stakeholders.

 

Liz Hall is the Lead Organizer of AMOS, a non-partisan, broad-based, political liz-hall-photoorganization that believes that ordinary people, working together, can accomplish great things in a democratic republic. AMOS is comprised of 33 congregations and non-profits across Central Iowa, in the communities of Ames, Ankeny, and the Des Moines metro area. AMOS is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest leadership development and broad-based organizing network. Liz hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was an organizer with the Bay Area Organizing Committee (BAOC), a sister organization of AMOS in the IAF network.

Prior to becoming an organizer, Liz was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization working with undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at the University of California to advocate for increased access to higher education. During her tenure there, the organization worked to improve graduate student healthcare, expand college eligibility and admissions, and pass the California DREAM Act. Liz holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of California Berkeley and grew up in Long Beach, California.

Paul Turner, Treasurer, is the community organizer for A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS) and has worked as a community organizer for 21 years in cities across the United States. In his current role, he has been instrumental in guiding and encouraging the community to come together to build this world-class skatepark.  Paul is the Executive Director of The Institute of Public Life, Leadership Training Center and the father of a skateboarder who has done his own tour of the large venue skateparks in the US. According to Paul, “The grassroots effort to build this park has provided many great lessons in civics for the young people involved in the project!”

Steering Committee

Janice Hill, President
Heath Kirchart, Vice President
Kevin Jones, Secretary
Paul Turner, Treasurer

Committee Members

Dan Rogers
Gabe Kinser
Drew Daumueller
Drew Paul
Scott Cleland
Gabe Kauffman
Carl Cumings
Kyle Kunert
Jack Randleman (Graphic Designer)
Susan Arland
Jim Pemble
Bill Cotton
Ross Schick
Kyle Jordan
Chris Pilkington
John Demoranville
Rob Braun
Chris Schnell