dsmHack is everyone that helps build this community. However, dsmHack is led by a Board of Directors that organize events and facilitate programming. Here are the people, helping the people, help the people that help people.
Kim is a Technical Account Manager at Atlassian, an Australian software company with a goal to revolutionize the way teams get work done. After spending 15 years on the IT side of financial services, Kim now helps other large organizations maximize their gains in team productivity. From being a mentor for ambitious females in the IT world to assisting with philanthropic events around the Des Moines metro, she thrives on helping people be the best they can be at whatever they’re passionate about. She is the co-founder of dsmHack. Kim grew up in Nebraska, received her BS in Computer Science from Northwest Missouri State University and her MBA from Drake University.
Jodi is an agile software delivery consultant and coach for Source Allies. She enjoys working with software development teams, and focuses on improving delivery using agile techniques. She is a change enthusiast with a passion to make organizations and the community a great place to work for technology professionals. Jodi is active in the technology community having co-founded both dsmHack and the Des Moines Agile conference, and is a leader of the Agile Iowa user group. She is excited and passionate about creating lasting culture change in her community and organizations she works with.
Kevin is a lead software developer at Principal, an insurance and financial services company headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Kevin is part of a team responsible for building applications that help customers do business with the company online. When Kevin is not creating business capabilities and innovating the culture at work, he can be found volunteering at local events. Kevin is the treasurer and a hackathon co-founder for dsmHack. He also enjoys giving back to the community through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and other downtown Des Moines events. Kevin received his BA in Computer Science from the University of Northern Iowa.
Matt is the communications & marketing director for Community Housing Initiatives, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that has delivered affordable housing solutions for more than 30 Iowa communities. Matt knows what it’s like to solve nonprofit technology problems; he has worked on a team at CHI to completely overhaul the organization’s network infrastructure while developing new online services for application, rent payment, and more to CHI’s residents across the state. A native Iowan, Matt received his BA in journalism and American studies from the University of Iowa and a masters degree in public affairs from the Truman School of Public Affairs in Columbia, Missouri.
Kerri is the communications specialist at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, a nationally-accredited land trust working statewide to protect and restore Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. Kerri manages INHF’s digital communication programs to educate Iowans about the value of conservation and public land, and INHF’s over 1,200 protection projects. Kerri is personally familiar with the barriers nonprofit organizations face in fulfilling their missions, and guides Iowa nonprofits through successful technology projects before and during dsmHack programs. Kerri is a life-long Hawkeye, but received BAs in Magazine Journalism and Graphic Design from Drake University. She is an active advocate for bicycling safety, programs and policy statewide through the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Des Moines Bicycle Collective.
Alex is a marketing consultant at Principal. With a background in working with local nonprofit organizations and connecting them with design resources they need, she joined the dsmHack team in 2015 to help further the marketing aspects of the organization and connect even more nonprofits with the technical resources they need. Alex received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Iowa State University in 2011 and is currently pursuing her MBA from the University of Iowa.
Chuck is a software and infrastructure engineer at a software consultancy called Pillar Technology. His primary role is making software teams and companies more efficient. When he’s not working, he’s contributing back to the IT and general communities as a whole. For the first three years of dsmHack he was a very active participant, and now he’s an organizer so he can direct his efforts to making each event that much better. He got his BA in Computer Science and Management Information Systems at Grand View University. Before that he got his AAS from DMACC in Business Information Systems where he also actively teaches.