HOME, Inc. depends on our small, dedicated staff to serve the thousands of families that seek our help each year. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Past President
Deric Gourd
Business Systems Consultant, Wells Fargo

Kris Saddoris
Vice President, Development at Hubbell Realty Company

Jeni Cooper
Vice President & Senior Lending Officer, Bankers Trust Company

Kathy Kahoun
Community Volunteer

Ryan Arnold
Director of Community Relations, Drake University

Ben Bellus
Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Dept. of Justice, Consumer Protection Division

Chris Hensley
Community Volunteer

Mike Hildebrand
Network Engineer, Principal Financial Group

Amelia Klatt
Special Events & Projects Manager, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Kathleen Koenig
Partner, Mcgowan, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C. (MHC&S)

Paul Koester
President, Koester Construction

Xan McNelly
CEO/President, ZLR Ignition

Derma Rivera-Aguirre
Program Supervisor, Luthern Services of Iowa

Brent Schipper
Principal, ASK Studio


Tony Montgomery
Executive Director
515-243-1277 ext. 215


Tony Montgomery is the Executive Director of Home Opportunities Made Easy, Inc. (HOME, Inc.), Des Moines’ oldest affordable housing and community development non-profit.  He has worked in the areas of community development, affordable housing, and housing finance for over 25 years. Tony came to HOME, Inc. from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines where he served as a Senior Vice President and Director of Community Investment and led the Bank’s community investment and affordable housing products and strategies.

Before the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Tony was a Vice President with Wells Fargo and Company working in the areas of mortgage servicing and loss mitigation. Prior to Wells Fargo, Tony worked for the City of Des Moines, Iowa as a City Planner and Redevelopment Manager and the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

Tony was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and a Master of Business Administration degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  He currently resides in Urbandale, Iowa with his wife and three daughters.

Pam Carmichael
Executive Director Emeritus
515-243-1277 ext. 216


Pam Carmichael is an Iowa native and has lived in Des Moines for over 50 years. She has dedicated her entire career to affordable housing. While at the University of Iowa she chose to fulfill her Social Work Practicum at a tenants’ rights organization as a housing counselor and volunteered a community organizer. In 1980, Pam was hired by HOME, Inc. as a Housing Counselor. In 1984 she was promoted to Executive Director, a position she has held for the last 37 years. Through Pam’s management, HOME, Inc. has been a leader in creating quality, affordable housing for low-income families.  At the height of the homeless crisis, a community survey listed the need for affordable housing as a major priority. Pam became highly involved in advocacy efforts. Those efforts included legislation to create and pass Iowa’s Shelter Assistance Fund and the funding for local housing trust funds. She worked to build the Des Moines and Iowa Coalitions for the Homeless, the first neighborhood revitalization plan, and the Polk County Housing Trust Fund. During her tenure she has represented the need of low-income people on more than 30 various boards and coalitions. The accomplishment she is most proud of is her work to ensure that HOME, Inc. continued to provide education, counseling, and homeownership opportunities for low-income people.  

Kourtney Kirkpatrick
Fundraising Director
515-243-1277 ext. 212

Kourtney Kirkpatrick has served as HOME, Inc.’s Fundraising Director since October 2018. She brings more than 10 years of experience in fundraising and development to increase HOME, Inc.’s efforts to create more affordable housing opportunities. She works closely with HOME, Inc.’s Board of Directors, donors, and community partners to build the HOME, Inc. brand, grow the donor base, and develop awareness throughout Central Iowa.

Before joining HOME, Inc., Kirkpatrick worked at Drake University in a variety of capacities, including Corporate and Foundation Relations as well as the Annual Fund. She also worked for Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a global fundraising management company, as well as The University of Iowa Foundation.

She is an active member of several community organizations, including Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, United Way of Central Iowa’s LINC, an alum of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program’s class of 2020, and she is a board member for both the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Dental Connections. An Iowa native, Kirkpatrick received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Master of Public Administration from Drake University. She is passionate about affordable housing and believes everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home.


Jan Zeleke, Counseling Program Director

Angela Reiter, Office Manager

Katherine Bennett, Accountant

Tyan Smith, Housing Counselor

Pam Logsdon, Housing Counselor

Glenn Phillips, Housing Counselor

Birch Spick, Housing Counselor

Tya Fisher, Housing Counselor

Dale Baldwin, Construction Manager

Dan Caffrey, Property Manager

Emily Hanna, Fundraising and Marketing Assistant Director