staff & board of directors


Michelle Bolton King, Executive Director

Michelle Bolton King is a native of Des Moines, with twenty-five years professional experience in arts administration and publications management. She holds degrees from the University of Iowa, the University of Paris IV–the Sorbonne, and the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She became executive director of ASAP, the After School Arts Program, in 2009, coinciding with the program becoming an independent not-for-profit organization. Early in her career she worked with the founder of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution; the quarterly journal American Anthropologist; and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Since 2000, she has provided consulting services to a variety of arts clients, including art museums and book publishers in the United States and Europe. King cares deeply about young people and believes that the arts, in particular, are invaluable in developing critical thinking skills, self-confidence, and creative self-expression.

Jacqueline Poole, Program Coordinator

Jacqueline Poole is a graduate of Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, with a degree in Fine Arts, and has a strong background in arts administration and education. She specializes in drawing and painting, and has taught all ages of students, from preschool to high school. She brings several years of experience in program and event management to ASAP, as well. She has been involved in numerous volunteer groups around the Des Moines area, including the Des Moines Art Center’s Art Noir, the Des Moines Social Club, and the Young Professionals Connection’s Charity and Impact Downtown committees. Poole enjoys seeing students’ well being flourish through arts education and finds her role as ASAP Program Coordinator a uniquely good fit for her experience, skills, and passion.

Board of Directors

Judi Langholz, President, Iowa Network Services (retired)

Rachel Thorson Mithelman, Past President, St. John’s Lutheran Church

Kristi Petersen, Vice President, Red Boots Consulting

Paige Peterson, Treasurer

Theresa Swaim, Secretary, Corteva Agriscience

Mirium Alshouse, Des Moines Public Schools (retired)

Elizabeth Ferreira, Principal

Shane Hefty, Morgan Stanley

Emily Kessinger, Weitz Construction

Erin Moran, Young Women’s Resource Center

Julanda Taylor, Des Moines Public Schools

Emily Webb, BusinessSolver

Michelle Bolton King, Ex Officio, Executive Director of ASAP