Leadership Team


Leadership Team

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.

Kevin Shannon

Kevin Shannon – President

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.

Alex Karei

Alex Karei – Vice President & Communications Chair

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.

chuckheadshotChuck Rolek – Treasurer & IT Problem Solver

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 make 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.

Kerri Sorrell

Kerri Sorrell – Nonprofit Chair

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.

Kim WallKim Wall –  At Large & Past President (2013-2018)

Kim is a Senior Technical Account Manager at Atlassian, a 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 and past President of dsmHack. Kim grew up in Nebraska, received her BS in Computer Science from Northwest Missouri State University and her MBA from Drake University.