ArtForceIowa is a 501c3 non-profit governed by a board of directors. The organization is managed by Christine Her, Yvette Zaród Hermann, Emma Parker, and Michelle Jackson. Professional artists serve as Artist Mentors. These artists lead workshops and develop positive relationships with youth.
Christine is a human rights activist. After graduating from Drake University with degrees in Creative Writing, Political Science and Philosophy, she began working at DHS where she helped provide free legal assistance to hundreds of refugees. She has experience with content curation, consumer marketing, event planning, positive youth development and programming.
Yvette Zaród Hermann
Program Director Yvette@artforceiowa.org
Yvette is a passionate advocate for the rights of young people. As a New York City Teaching Fellow, Yvette earned her Master's of Science in Education from CUNY Lehman College while working in a public high school in the Bronx. She has 13 years of arts-integrated teaching experience. She has taught widely in Des Moines Public Schools, at the YMCA, Des Moines Performing Arts, Grand View University and DMACC Urban Campus.
DSM Heroes Program Manager
Emma is a visual artist with a talent for envisioning collaborative projects. She graduated from Iowa State University with a BFA in Studio Art.
StreetCred Studios Production Manager
Michelle is our StreetCred Studios Production Manager. She's passionate about working with troubled youth and believes in second chances.
Current Artist-Mentors Include:
Juan Lorido, Deb Smith, Jordan Olson, Johnathan Fusco, Dan Nutt, Kathryn E. Sutton, Cody Sherman, Emma Parker, Jackson Meister, Austin Broach
Christine Her, Micah Smith
Filmmaking and Photography
Kristian Day, Dan Jacquez
Theater and Creative Writing
Yvette Hermann, Sarah Welch, Jami DeVries, Rachel Vogel Quinn
Carl Vieregger, Professor of Management & International Business, Drake University
Kimberly Graham, Attorney (specialist in Family Law)
James Bell, Motivational Speaker
Sharon Wegner, Attorney (specialist in Juvenile Courts)
Hoang Tran, Design Architect, RDG Dahlquist Studios
Michael A. Gilmer, Attorney, Davis Brown Law (specialist in Taxation)
Anna Tran, Internal Auditor, Fidelity & Guaranty Life