School Community Network

The WDMCS is dedicated to involving our parents in what we do. Made up of parents, teachers and administrators from across the district, this group provides an opportunity for a face-to-face exchange of ideas and information. Its members also help us share information about district with the community.

Meetings of the School Community Network are typically the third Tuesday of the month starting at 9:15 a.m. at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa.


The  membership is outlined in district administrative rules. Membership includes:

  • two representatives from each K-12 parent organization board
  • two building staff members
  • one elementary and one secondary administrator
  • one administrative representative specifically from Valley High School
  • the Director of Community Education or designee
  • one representative from the school board
  • the superintendent or designee
  • members of the superintendency or designees
  • School/Community Relations Director

2019-20 Members

Building Representatives

  • Clive Learning Academy – Kim Jerdee and Jamie Lackey, parent group representatives
  • Crestview School of Inquiry –  Janne Kapfer and Tammy Skinner, parent group representatives
  • Crossroads Park Elementary – Emily Bartekoske and Greg Westerburg-Miller, parent group representatives
  • Fairmeadows Elementary – Stephenie Falcone and Amy Johnson, parent group representatives
  • Hillside Elementary – Graham Jones elementary administration representative and Breanna Owen,  parent group representative
  • Jordan Creek Elementary –  Heidi Fahler and Lauren Gill,  parent group representatives
  • Western Hills Elementary – Suzie Bean and Kelly Grimm, parent group representatives
    Westridge Elementary –  Elizabeth Larson and Becky Reid Eschete,  parent group representatives
  • Indian Hills Junior High – Missy Ringgenberg and Katie Rose, parent group representatives
  • Stilwell Junior High – Erica Whittle Secondary Administrator representative; Erica Weeklund and Lisa Wyatt,  parent group representatives
  • Valley Southwoods –  Haley Hockensmith Henry,  secondary staff member representative; Alicia Emanuel and Andi Lipman, parent group representatives
  • Valley High School – David Maxwell, secondary administration representative; Brooke Acheson, Sue Fisher, and Stephanie Horak,  parent group representatives
  • Walnut Creek Campus – Kim Grove, secondary staff member representative

District/Other Members

  • Board of Education – Melinda Dunnwald, school board member
  • Superintendency
    • Dr. Lisa Remy, superintendent
    • Paul Bobek,  chief financial officer
    • Michelle Lettington, associate superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services
    • Carol Seid, associate superintendent of Human Resources
  • Community Education –  Shahna Janssen, director of Community Education
  • Learning Supports/Family Engagement – Bea Songer,  resource
  • School/Community Relations – Laine Mendenhall-Buck, director of School/Community Relations
  • WDMCS Foundation – Tina Mowry-Hadden, Foundation president