LBNA Board

Meet the board members of your Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association (LBNA).

Jeremy Geerdes, President

Biography:
Jeremy Geerdes was raised in a rural northeast Iowa community. He and his wife Nicole were high school sweethearts. They have two children, Rebekah (6) and Andrew (4), who attend schools in the neighborhood (Samuelson and Woodlawn, respectively), and they live at 4019 Lower Beaver.

Jeremy graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2002, and he and Nicole moved in June of that year to Des Moines to become the pastor of Debra Heights Wesleyan Church (4025 Lower Beaver). Since then, Jeremy has been passionate about serving, teaching, and learning. His hobbies include web development, hunting, and avoiding his wife's honey-do list.

Janet Herrold, Vice President

Biography:
I joined the LBNA before I had actually moved into my home on Bel-Aire Road. I bought my home in August of 2000 and before I moved in, I went to the National Night Out picnic in Woodlawn Park as a way to meet some of my neighbors. One of the people working the registration table was Sophie Vlassis (Pargas) who had been my teacher in middle school. She told me I needed to join the LBNA and become active and I did.

Since that time I have served on the Board as Secretary, and an At Large Member and now as Vice-President. I am currently co-chair (along with Lynn Cutshall) of the Special Events Committee and I am willing to continue this endeavor.

My passion is children (I truly believe that it takes a village to raise a child) and over the years have kept several children that were/are being raised by single parents as well as a host of children through children’s activities at my church.

I enjoy gardening, traveling, reading and a good glass of wine.

I worked for 15 years as a Probation/Parole Office for Adults and for the last 21 years as an Investigator for Principal Financial Group.

Tina Simpson, Secretary

Hello, I am Tina Simpson. I was born and raised in Colorado. Leaving home after graduation to join the Marine Corps.  Spending four years active duty and currently I am a reservist in the Army National Guard.  I followed a man to Iowa and fell in love with the people, terrain, and discovered a great place to establish my life.  I have lived in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, Elk Horn/Kimballton area, and moved to Des Moines in 2014 after many years of commuting 78 miles one way for work as an emergency room nurse with Methodist West Hospital in West Des Moines, Iowa.  I have a beautiful and smart daughter that has blessed me with a granddaughter that currently lives in Waterloo.  I spend my free time helping the community, enjoying the beautiful trail system on my bicycle or any kind of exercise, and love to get out and explore.  I usually am on the go and love to help.  I have spent over 16 years as a volunteer EMT/Fire Fighter.  I am the person you tell something cannot be done and I will figure out how to do it.  I love being a part this wonder neighborhood and look forward to meeting all the great people in this area.

Lynn Cutshall, Treasurer

Lynn Cutshall
Committees:
Infrastructure (Chair)
Special Events (Co-Chair)

Biography:
I am a Hippo Engineer at Flying Hippo Web Technologies; I don’t know what it means either.

I have been the chair of the Traffic Committee since committees were formed over 10 years ago. I was president for almost 5 years, a board member at large for a few months, and I’ve been Treasurer for 4 years. I’ve also been co-chair of the Special Events committee with Janet for as long as she’s been co-chair with me. I also help Allan with the Communications Committee. And I help out with whatever other committees need help.

Kevin Hewus, Member-at-Large

Contact:
515-279-1693
kbhewus@gmail.com

Biography:
I first moved into the area with my parents in 1978. I later had a chance to buy a house  one block away, and did. I love the area and the people in it.

I have been a LBNA member for several years, and was on the LBNA Revitalization Committee. I have also helped the Beautification Committee by spreading mulch, lending a hand to plant flowers, or pulling weeds at our planting areas. I also help the Public Works Department by keeping an eye on the M L King levee for any maintenance concerns that might need attention.

Since 1988, I have worked for DeCarlo Demolition. I currently have the position as Head Equipment Operator and Project Supervisor.

For fun my hobby is collecting 35m.m. motion pictures and its equipment.

Lori Millard, Member-at-Large

Bio coming soon...

Brian O'Leary, Member-at-Large

Brian O'Leary
Committees:
Parks (Chair)
Business (Chair)
Communications
Revitalization

Contact:
515-418-7651 (mobile)
boleary@gmail.com

Biography:
Brian O'Leary has lived in Des Moines most of his life and loves it here.  He grew up in a Beaverdale brick ranch and recently returned to the area when he purchased a home in the Sawyer's Landing development of the Lower Beaver Neighborhood.  He has a master's degree in computer engineering and works as a project manager at the agricultural insurance company, Rain and Hail, in Johnston.  Brian's wife, Jorie, teaches singing lessons and directs the high school show choir Rhythm 'n Red at Dallas Center Grimes.  Brian and Jorie have two young children: one daughter and one son.  In his free time Brian loves spending time playing with his kids and competing in various triathlons and running races.  Brian considers our neighborhood a hub of the trail system - he can go just about anywhere from here, riding his bike for hours on scenic trails!

Alan Olney, Member-at-Large

Committees:
Communications

Biography:
I was born and raised in the Lower Beaver Neighborhood, growing up on Seneca Avenue, and attending Woodlawn Elementary, Meredith Junior High (which became a "Middle School" with the addition of 6th grade in my last year there), and Hoover High School.  I later graduated from Grand View College (now University), and in 1995 moved only two blocks from my boyhood home to our house on Vilura Parkway, where my wife, Rhonda, and two sons, Alex and Nicholas, reside.  I have been a member of the LBNA since its founding, and have served on the Communications Committee, which is responsible for the newsletter and website, since that time.  I have also served since 2007 as a Member-at-Large on the LBNA Board.  One of my proudest achievements with the LBNA is having served as a member of the Woodlawn Site Committee, which was tasked with the decision whether to remodel Woodlawn, or remodel the Samuelson building and move our elementary there (which proved a very worthwhile investment!)  Outside of my time with the LBNA, I am a Procurement Specialist with the State of Iowa, and in my spare time I enjoy working on old cars and traveling with my family.


Comments