staff & board of directors

Staff

Michelle Bolton King, Executive Director

Michelle Bolton King is a native of Des Moines, with more than 25 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 art museums and organizations, independent curators, and 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.

Stacie Couvillon, Program Coordinator (incoming August 2019)

Stacie Couvillon has lived in Des Moines since 2006 with her husband and children. Stacie joins ASAP coming from the YMCA of Greater Des Moines where she was a Mind and Body Program Coordinator and where she continues to teach yoga classes. She has been teaching yoga for 16 years and loves to help people find enjoyment in the practice of yoga. Prior to working for the YMCA, Stacie was a preschool teaching assistant at Westside Early Education. Stacie holds bachelors and masters degrees in Biology and spent the first part of her career teaching biology at a community college in Dallas, Texas. Stacie is looking forward to bringing together her love of sharing knowledge, and her belief that everyone is an artist in her work with ASAP.

Monica Cohen Lenoff, Program Coordinator (outgoing)

Monica Cohen Lenoff came to ASAP via New York City and Washington, DC, where she worked as an art instructor and studio artist for more than ten years. Monica shares her 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.

 

Board of Directors

Paige Peterson, President, Basin Holdings

Shane Hefty, Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Dwayne Krpan, Treasurer, MidAmerican Energy

Theresa Swaim, Secretary, Farm Bureau Financial

Dr. Michael Elsbernd, St. John’s Lutheran Church

Elizabeth Ferreira, Principal

Benjamin Heinen, Des Moines Public Schools

Kristina Huntsman, ChildServe

Emily Kessinger, Weitz Construction

Judi Langholz, Iowa Network Services (retired)

Kristi Petersen, Red Boots Consulting

Julanda Taylor, Dream Builder Nation

Emily Webb, BusinessSolver

 

Michelle Bolton King, Ex Officio, Executive Director of ASAP