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.

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

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

Judi Langholz, Vice President
community volunteer

Heather Quandt, Treasurer
American Equity

Matthew McIver, Secretary
Invision Architecture

Mirium Alshouse, Des Moines Public Schools

Jill Jensen-Welch, Dickinson Law

Erin Moran, Young Women’s Resource Center

Kristi Petersen, Iowa Network Services

Julanda Taylor, Des Moines Public Schools