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.


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Christine Her
Executive Director             

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 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.



Emma Parker
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. 

Michelle Jackson
StreetCred Studios Production Manager 

Michelle is our StreetCred Studios Production Manager. She's passionate about working with troubled youth and believes in second chances. 

Artist-Mentor Team 

Current Artist-Mentors Include:

Visual Arts
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

Hip-hop Production
Jason Gorsuch

Filmmaking and Photography
Kristian Day, Dan Jacquez

Theater and Creative Writing
Yvette Hermann, Sarah Welch, Jami DeVries, Rachel Vogel Quinn

Board Members

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