2015-2016 Nominees for DNA Board

The following individuals are asking for your support for the 4 open spots for 2015-2016.

Returning Board Member

Jon Thompson

  • Jon Thompson
  • Jon Thompson has served on the Downtown Neighborhood Association board for the past four years. At Gateway Lofts, and formerly of Hallett Flats, he and his wife Sandra and daughter Sydney(age seven) has been a resident of Downtown Des Moines for over nine years. He also has two businesses downtown- Evolve and StickShift. He enjoys bicycling and serving the downtown community.

New Board Members

Peggy Dandy

  • Peggy Dandy
  • Peggy Dandy lives in the Hallett Apartment Building on Locust. Peggy moved to Des Moines in 2003 and learned more about the Des Moines area through volunteer work and learning the community and decided downtown is where she wanted to be. Employed at John Deere, she supervises a staff of technicians that work in the US and Brazil. She serves on the City of Des Moines Human Rights Commission as a Commissioner, is a graduate of the Des Moines Citizens Police and FBI Academy, and volunteers with many organizations. Her passion is downtown and is looking to promote, enhance and develop Downtown Des Moines. Peggy holds a BS in Marketing and an MBA in Global Business.

April Hessenius Myers

  • April Myers
  • April Hessenius Myers is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Communications and Real Estate and is originally from Spencer/Okoboji, Iowa area. After leaving Iowa for the Washington DC in 2007 for an internship with a highly-esteemed lobbying firm, she worked in the marketing and real estate industry for six years on the East Coast. She and her husband Colin relocated back to central Iowa in April of 2013 to be closer to family and take advantage of all growing Des Moines has to offer.

    “We happily make downtown Des Moines our home, and work place. When I am not involved in residential real estate at RE/MAX Precision in Clive, I enjoy spending weekends with my family on the lake, traveling, biking, trying Des Moines restaurants, going to classes at Power Life Yoga, driving to Iowa attractions, and taking walks around the Science Center with our cockapoo, Pearl. I have a passion for community growth, social events, organization, volunteering, and am social committee co-chair of my condominium association. I would love the opportunity to be involved in the Downtown Neighborhood Association.”

Paul Bockewitz

  • Paul Bockewitz
  • Paul Bockewitz is an IT Consultant with John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group in Urbandale. He lives at 111 City Lofts with his wife and 2 dogs. Paul has an Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a BA in Organizational Management, and years of volunteer leadership experience with many organizations including the United Way, Jaycees, Optimist Club, and AMBUCS.

    Paul and his wife Mindy moved to the Des Moines area from Illinois in 2011 and have lived downtown for about 5 months. He enjoys biking, traveling, and scuba diving.