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.

Mary Daily Lange, Development Director

Mary Daily Lange has a varied background in multiple careers and positions.  Most recently, she has been Education Coordinator of United Way of Central Iowa and prior to that,  Loaned Executive with United Way. Not only have these experiences provided a thorough knowledge of various entities in the central Iowa community, but also gave Lange a background for fund raising in the non-profit sector. As a former classroom teacher, she has the experience and expertise to serve as an advocate for the work that is being done by ASAP with students of varied ages and backgrounds. In addition to technical and academic knowledge, Lange also has a background in the arts, having majored in theater at both The Ohio State University and the University of Iowa.  Music is her avocation as a pianist and choir member. As an educator and proponent of the arts, she is distinctly aware of the diversity of learning styles that exists in any population and the necessity of providing for that complexity by introducing experiences in all of the arts.  Even for those students who are not “artistic” learners, youth profits in developing critical thinking, self-confidence and creative self-expression. Passion for representing ASAP and its potential impact to all of the central Iowa community will be the driving force in Lange’s work.

DeAnna MacDonald, Program Coordinator

DeAnna MacDonald is a graduate of Grand View University in Des Moines and has dedicated her entire career to arts education. She specializes in drama/theater arts, and has taught all ages of students, from high school in Des Moines Public Schools to preschool and elementary, through another organization she helped found, Drama Tykes. MacDonald sees the benefits of arts education every day in her role as ASAP Program Coordinator.

Board of Directors

Matthew McIver, President
Invision Planning Architecture and Interiors

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

Judi Langholz, Vice President
community volunteer

Paige Peterson, Treasurer

Kristi Petersen, Secretary, Red Boots Consulting

Mirium Alshouse, Des Moines Public Schools

Elizabeth Ferreira, Principal

Shane Hefty, Morgan Stanley

Jill Jensen-Welch, Dickinson Law Firm

Erin Moran, Young Women’s Resource Center

Theresa Swaim,  Farm Bureau Financial

Julanda Taylor, Des Moines Public Schools

Michelle Bolton King, Ex Officio, Executive Director of ASAP