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. Michelle 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.

Monica Cohen Lenoff, Program Coordinator

Monica Cohen Lenoff comes to ASAP via New York City and Washington, DC, where she worked as an art instructor and studio artist for more than ten years. ASAP will benefit from Monica’s experience teaching in special education, behavioral, and general education schools, using diversified instructional methods to address all types of learners. Monica’s philosophy on art education is that the arts can play a vital role in students’ lives by allowing them to explore for inspiration, solve problems, improve academics, and make connections to other endeavors in their lives. As such, a positive arts educational experience can be empowering for many students. Monica holds degrees from City University of New York, Queens College; City University of New York, Hunter College; and Touro College of New York; with additional studies at Neve Yerushalayim University in Jerusalem, Israel. ASAP is pleased to welcome Monica to the team during her time in Des Moines.


Board of Directors

Judi Langholz, President, Iowa Network Services (retired)

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

Shane Hefty, Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Paige Peterson, Treasurer

Theresa Swaim, Secretary, Corteva Agriscience

Mirium Alshouse, Des Moines Public Schools (retired)

Elizabeth Ferreira, Principal

Emily Kessinger, Weitz Construction

Erin Moran, Young Women’s Resource Center

Kristi Petersen, Red Boots Consulting

Julanda Taylor, Des Moines Public Schools

Emily Webb, BusinessSolver

Michelle Bolton King, Ex Officio, Executive Director of ASAP