© 2020 by Parks Area Foundation

About the Board Officers

President: Ken Boatwright 

Ken incorporated PAF in 1998, serving as a Board Member ever since with several years as President or Vice President. His career was in real estate, primarily in appraising and mortgage lending. Ken retired from the City of Des Moines as City Appraiser. He's also an amateur historian.

Vice President: William W. Thompson

Bill Thompson graduated from North High School as well as the American Savings and Loan Institute and the Graduate Realtors Institute. His work history includes the owner and real estate appraiser of the Des Moines Appraisal Services, working for the Highland Real Estate Services, owner of TW Construction, Condemnation Commissioner of the 5th Judicial District, owner and president of Event Services Incorporated of America, co-owner of Willy & Dave's Deli, Sports Car Club of America National Championships-operations, and the owner of the Wm. Thompson & Associates/SouthPaw Ventures. Bill's public service includes serving as the events manager of the Ruan Grand Prix, the logistics chairman of WineFest, and as the City of Ankeny Housing Advisory Board.

Secretary: Ashley Kennebeck

Treasurer: Emily Jones

Along with her husband Lucas, Emily Jones purchased Highland Park's Chuck’s Restaurant in 2014. She became a board member the following year. Since then Emily and Lucas have had two beautiful children, bringing their total to four -- three girls and one boy, ages 14, 12, 18 months and 10 weeks. They are very family oriented and consider their Chuck's customers and employees to be included. PAF is a group that Emily hopes to continue to grow with for decades to come and feels honored to be a part of.