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

Deric Gourd
Business Systems Consultant, Wells Fargo

Vice President
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 Davis
Senior Technology Engineer, KCL Engineering

Chris Hensley
Community Volunteer

Mike Hildebrand
Network Engineer, Principal Financial Group

Amelia Klatt
Assistant Director of Regional Alumni Engagement, Drake University

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

Paul Koester
President, Koester Construction

Xan McNelly
CEO/President, ZLR Ignition

Brent Schipper
Principal, ASK Studio

Bill Thompson
Community Volunteer


Pam Carmichael
Executive Director
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 36 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 nearly 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, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program’s class of 2020. 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

Winell Black, Accounting Director

Tia Hebert, Homeless Prevention Case Manager

Angela Duarte, Office Manager

Lynn Lamb, Homeownership Coordinator

Pam Logsdon, Housing Counselor

Glenn Phillips, Housing Counselor

Dale Baldwin, Construction Manager

Dan Caffrey, Property Manager

Diana Rezac, Home Buyer Educator