Civic Music Association Announces New Board Members

Civic Music Association is very pleased to announce the appointment of new Board of Directors for the 2012-13 season:  Dr. Judith Conlin, Kathryn Dickel, Kristen Hall, LouLou Kane, Karen Jackson and Devin van Holsteijn.  Board Members serve three-year terms and were sworn in at the Civic Music Association Annual Meeting on June 7, 2012.
Dr. Judith Conlin began her professional career teaching in the English Department at Iowa State University and chairing the first Multi-cultural Advisory Board for the Ames school district.  For almost three decades, she has assumed a variety of leadership roles in the nonprofit arena, including organizations that champion the rights and well being of women, the disabled, and the elderly.  In March of 2008, Dr. Conlin became Executive Director of the Iowa Council for International Understanding (ICIU).  Conlin’s personal and professional commitment is to connect Iowa to the world through initiatives focusing on the needs of immigrants, refugees, and international visitors coming to Iowa.
Kathryn Dickel and her business partner Heather Hansen have been a part of growing the creative communities for nearly 12 years and started Swaelu Media, a marketing and web development company in 2000.  They also applied their creative and technological resources to found IowaTIX, now known as MIDWESTIX.  As part of their mission they produce the annual Crossroads Entertainment Conference and Showcase in Des Moines during the fall.  Since 2006, the purpose of the Crossroads Entertainment Conference and Showcase has been to strengthen the foundation of the cultural and entertainment communities by providing professional development, connection and showcase opportunities across genres so that we may collectively expand our economic and cultural impact.
Kristen Hall, a Des Moines native, graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Communications and received her law degree from Drake University.  Kristen has been a member of the Junior League of Des Moines since 2001 and served in a variety of leadership positions over the years including 3 years on their Board of Directors.  She has also chaired the Children’s Choir Guild, the Choir Council and served on the Board of Music and Fine Arts at Plymouth Church.  Kristen has served as the volunteer coordinator for Hanawalt’s PTA for the last 2 years and will be the PTA co-president next year.
Devin van Holsteijn is a music business major and business management major at Drake University. Devin serves as the current Belin Quartet Manager for Civic Music Association, and will manage their 2012 summer performance season. Devin has also worked at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center and at the Turner Jazz Center at Drake University as student manager.  He studies saxophone under Dr. James Romain at Drake University, and plays in Drake Jazz One, Wind Symphony, and a saxophone quartet.  Devin is one of the founding members of the Common Men Quartet and has also played with the Des Moines Big Band, the Des Moines Community Orchestra, and the Des Moines Community Playhouse.
LouLou Kane has been engaged in numerous facets of the Fine Arts field for over thirty years, including six years as an art instructor, eight years of curatorial duties at university art galleries and at The Saint Louise Museum of Art, as well as eight years of art journalism, reviewing the American art market, among other topics.  She was director of Drake University’s Anderson Gallery from 1997-2001.  She received her Art History degree at Barnard College and her Masters at Washington University, also in Art History.
Karen Jackson is the Managing Counsel at Wells Fargo and Company, specializing in mortgage banking law.  Karen received her BS from Valparaiso University in Accounting and Spanish, and JD from the Detroit College of Law (k/n/a Michigan State College of Law).  Karen and her husband Warner moved to Des Moines in 2001 when she joined Wells Fargo.

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