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Amedeo is a Des Moines native and the son of Italian immigrants. He graduated from Grand View University with a degree in Business Administration where he played soccer. After over 10 years working in Human Resources for larger corporations, Amedeo opened The LiFT with a college mate, which led to the opening of Vaudeville Mews, both of which he is the managing partner. Amedeo helped form the DMMC serving on its first three Board of Directors as Treasurer and joined as the Project Manager in 2007 with the primary task of implementing 80/35. Amedeo is also co-owner of SA Presents, which produces the Nitefall on the River Series at Simon Estes Amphitheatre. Amedeo grew up following bands like the Police, U2, and R.E.M. Currently his music interests vary, but you can often hear local favorites coming out of his ear buds.
Margi Weiss, Development Consultant
Lindsay Keast, Outreach Coordinator
Lindsay started with the DMMC in May of 2015 managing DMMC events and festivals including Gross Domestic Product, Little BIG Fest, and Music University. She also facilitates various community outreach projects to support local musicians and to help foster creative and diverse music experiences in Des Moines. Lindsay has an M.A. in Art History and a graduate certificate in arts administration and graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 2008 with a B.A. in Art Education. Lindsay currently performs in the bands Honeycreeper, Tree branch Twig, and Big.Digital and plays a variety of instruments including mandolin, piano, vocals, drums, flute, and guitar. Photograph by Janelle Ketcher
Molly Brandt is a senior Music Business Major at Drake University. Her school activities include involvement in Drake Choir, her Drake Jazz Combo, and with alumni relations in Drake’s Student Alumni Association. She has previously interned with the Des Moines Social Club and now enjoys volunteering around Des Moines music/arts organizations. Along with singing, piano, and teaching music privately, she feels passionately about the greater Des Moines community and its potential. This past summer, Molly participated in a student volunteer program in Aldeburgh, England at the world-class Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts. She’s excited to work with an organization dedicated to the arts in Des Moines, specifically our local music! She serves on the Board of Directors for the Civic Music Association. Photograph by Daniela Buvat
Board of Directors
Adam Bartelt is a Des Moines-area native who has worked as a songwriter and musician for over 15 years. He has performed locally and regionally in acts including Adam Bruce, the New Bodies, and Stuck with Arthur. Adam also works as Marketing Director for Orchestrate Hospitality, where he represents a roster of acclaimed Des Moines restaurants, hotels and markets. A Central College (Pella, IA) graduate, Adam briefly studied in London, UK where he worked with a small graphic design firm. He is currently restoring a 1901 Colonial Revival home in Des Moines’ historic River Bend neighborhood.
Katie Graham, Vice President
Brady is a longtime resident of Des Moines, including 15 years living in the heart of downtown. He is an officer with EMC Insurance Companies where he works as their Claims Information Manager. Brady brings an extensive network of contacts and knowledge of downtown Des Moines to DMMC. A self-proclaimed musicophile, Brady has a great passion for live music (attending 50+ live shows a year) and wants to help make Des Moines a nationally recognized music city.
Matt is a Senior Financial Analyst at BCC Advisers, where he is focused on business valuation. Matt graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Finance and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. He joined the DMMC finance council in 2012 has been a member of the DMMC Board of Directors since 2017. Matt is also actively involved in Rotary and is on the Finance Council at his church.
Mike Thibodeau, Past President
Mike grew up in Omaha, NE, where he attended Creighton University, graduating in 2001 with a B.A. in English. He then attended Drake University in Des Moines where he received his J.D. in 2007. Mike is a Shareholder at the law firm of Simpson, Jensen, Abels, Fischer & Bouslog, P.C. in Des Moines, practicing extensively in the areas of corporate law, business law, and real estate law, handling both transactions and litigation. Mike has been a member of the DMMC Board of Directors since 2009. Mike is glad he has seen Pavement perform live multiple times, but is disappointed that he will only ever hear recordings of The Velvet Underground.
Marquas (MarKaus) is a Des Moines hip-hop artist who owns and runs his own record label called Media Fresh. When Media Fresh took the stage at Wooly’s at the DMMC’s 2014 Gross Domestic Product music festival, they made serious waves. With an under-represented hip-hop scene in Des Moines, the young hip-hop collective stood out, but none more so than its founder MarKaus. MarKaus’ 2015 album “White Man’s Burden” became the most streamed and downloaded hip-hop project in Iowa. He also started Freshen Up, a monthly hip-hop showcase featuring local and regional artists. MarKaus currently performs with his band Negative Space.
Kevin Brownell, Development Committee
Kevin graduated from Bradley University with a B.S. in Political Science and Business and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Creighton University. Kevin is an Assistant County Attorney for the Polk County Attorney’s Office where he handles criminal and civil cases. Kevin was born and raised in the Greater Des Moines area and attended Dowling High School. He has been a member of the DMMC Board of Directors since 2010.
Lindy is a Senior Financial Analyst at BCC Advisers, a Des Moines based consulting firm where her practice is focused on business valuation and analysis of both tangible and intangible business assets. With a twenty-year history in public accounting and financial services, she joined the DMMC finance committee in 2010 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2011. Lindy is an alumnus of Stevens College in Massachusetts and Texas A&M University and also actively involved with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and the American Red Cross. She enthusiastically supports live music ranging from indie to opera!
Angela was born and raised in Iowa and has lived in Des Moines for 25 years. She graduated from Upper Iowa University and works as director of group operations at The Principal Financial Group, Inc.
Mic Jurgens, Finance Committee
Mic graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. in Accounting and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Mic is Assistant General Counsel for Hy-Vee, Inc., where he handles a wide range of legal matters for the company. Mic also serves on the Board of Directors for Orchard Place. He has been a member of the DMMC Board of Directors since 2010.
Loyd received his bachelor’s degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids and a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law. He serves on the executive committee of the Parks and Recreation board with the City of Des Moines. He has been active in the live music industry for more than 15 years in such roles as promoter, booking, and band management. Loyd is the principal of Ogle Law Firm located in the historic East Village of Des Moines.
Justin is a founding board member and past President of the DMMC. He helps coordinate sponsorship and outreach activities for the organization. Justin owns a marketing and growth consulting firm, Emerge LLC, and is a partner in Mars Cafe and Goquets. He also serves on a number of other non-profit Boards, including current Board Chair of Central Iowa Shelter & Services. He plays guitar, worked several years in concert promotions, and managed a touring act in college.
A DMMC Board member since 2009, Nickelle Stevens handles PR/content marketing at ZLRIGNITION, a branding and marketing communications agency. An avid live music fan obsessed with Cold War Kids, Courtney Barnett, and anything late 60s/70s rock, Nickelle joined the 80/35 planning committee in 2008 managing volunteers for several years. As an “80/35 old-timer,” she now does anything Amedeo asks of her. Passionate about DMMC’s mission to grow Central Iowa’s music economy, Nickelle currently assists with DMMC strategic planning and general marketing/promotion. A graduate of Drake University, Nickelle keeps busy playing with and dancing to STS9 and Taylor Swift with her “wild me” (20 mos., 4 yrs., and almost 40 yrs.).