Board of Directors
WW VP Sales Strategy and Training, Kemin Industries
Chairman, Past Vice Chairman
I’ve lived in Grimes for 30 years and have enjoyed watching us grow from a small bedroom community to a bustling city. Grimes has always been a community where neighbor helps neighbor, and today, this is even more important than ever.
Over the last 40 years, I’ve assisted Kemin with growing their business from $50 million to a $1 billion. My desire is to use the talents I’ve learned in business to give back to our families in Grimes by helping to establish our community food pantry to be independent and financially stable. This stability will allow us to expand our services and fulfill additional community needs. In addition to becoming financially independent and stable, my dream for the Storehouse is to offer a clothing closet, free medical clinic and education classes on personal finances for the clients we serve.
Brian W. Buethe, IOM
Grimes Chamber & Economic Development, President | CEO
Brian, through Grimes Chamber & Economic Development, is a member of the Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI), the American Planners Association (APA), the Central Iowa Tourism Region (CITR) and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).
Brian is also a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the Grimes Lions Club, and the Rotary Club of West Polk County. A proud graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, he now resides in Grimes with his wife Michelle, daughter Grace, and son Henry. #LoveGrimes
Lu Anne Gafford
University of Northwestern-St Paul/Life 107.1-Underwriting Director
I have lived in Grimes for 37 years with my husband, Bradley and our three children. I worked for Bankers Trust for almost 30 years before I made a career change to the University of Northwestern-St Paul at Life 107.1 as the Underwriting Director.
I have seen the amazing growth of this community and now opportunity. I wanted to get involved with the Grimes Storehouse because I helped get the concept of a community food pantry started in Grimes Back in 1999. I was working for a bank in town when one of my customers who was on Social Security needed help to cover a check. She was ill and needed medicine. Her dilemma was to either pay her prescription bill or buy food. The day before we had our food pantry Sunday at church and the back of my van was full of food for DMARC. She had a need, so I brought her in several bags of food to get her by and sent her home with one less worry. I called my pastor and said if there was one in need, there were more and the food was returning to our church to set up a community food pantry. This brings us to where The Grimes Storehouse is today. No one should go hungry. If we all do a little, we can do much to help our fellow neighbor. Food insecurity is a growing issue and I want to help do my part in my own community.
President, Charter Bank
I have been volunteering as the Treasurer of the Grimes Storehouse since August of 2019. As Treasurer it is my job to help track the donations received, help establish a budget and pay the monthly expenses for the Storehouse.
I find it very rewarding to see the Grimes community show such overwhelming support to help reduce food insecurity in our community. This has been amplified over the past year. While our services unfortunately have been in higher demand, individuals and businesses have provide great support through their monetary and supply donations. This is one of the most important missions in our community, that is 100% supported by donations. All of the Board members are great at inspiring us all to continue the mission to not only reduce those who are hungry, but hopefully eliminate hunger.
Gwyneth (Gwyn) Heston
Former Lead Teacher AMS Elementary Education
I have been volunteering at the new location since the Storehouse relocated and have been on the board beginning the Summer of 2020. As a volunteer board member for the Storehouse, I mostly assist with reception. My faith is central to my identity and I greatly enjoy serving our community. It's my personal goal for every client to leave with a smile.
Dennis (Denny) Knudtson
Hewlett Packard Project Manager – Retired
Board Member, Past Board Secretary
I worked for Hewlett Packard for 35 years before retiring in 2012. The last several years with Hewlett Packard I was the senior project manager overseeing several large datacenter construction projects throughout the United States.
I have been volunteering at the Grimes Storehouse since it was moved to its current location from the Grimes United Methodist Church. Prior to that I volunteered at the church pantry for 6 years. I currently assist the Grimes Storehouse Executive Directors with the daily operations. My passion is to help those in need especially our clients with food insecurity and the elderly. I am a people person and enjoy getting to talk to all our clients. One of the most rewarding jobs working at the pantry is carrying out the groceries to the client’s vehicle where I can interact with them.
Operational Risk Consultant, Wells Fargo
Board Member, Outreach Committee Chair, Past Board Treasurer
I joined the Grimes Storehouse project in 2018 as a member of the Physical Space committee leading the search to find a new location where we could expand the food pantry and better serve our community. Once we moved into our present site, I joined the outreach committee and currently serve as the chairperson.
I maintain the Storehouse Facebook page and handle communications received through the page’s Messenger. I also get to attend local events and share information about our mission to feed the community. I love telling our story and talking with people about utilizing the Storehouse’s services or getting involved with volunteering or donating. I volunteer at the Storehouse as often as I can, and have enjoyed visiting with our clients and hearing their stories.
Along with serving on the Storehouse board, I’m also a member of the Grimes Lions Club, a volunteer coach for several of my two sons’ youth sports teams, and I’m a member of the Youth Ministry team at Grimes United Methodist Church.
Craig A. Thompson
VP of Construction, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Board Member, Past Board Chairman
As a founding member and initial Board Chair, it is truly a blessing to witness the fruits that have become The Grimes Storehouse. We knew there was a growing need within the community as we planned and faithfully used Malachi 3:10 as our guiding verse and prayer.
My personal and professional passion is centered around people growth and development. This cannot occur unless the basic necessities of life are being met. At the Storehouse, we strive to meet our clients where they are, with no judgement and an abundance of love, and then “feed” the whole person.
On a personal note, my wife Julie and I are empty nesters with three married children who have blessed us with three grandchildren. The Storehouse has become a family affair as Julie volunteers weekly. More than anything else, our collective experience has taught us that God has a plan. We just need to be faithful and receptive to follow His “nudges”.
Pastor, Grimes UMC
The Grimes Storehouse and its mission to feed the whole person is one that I can definitely get behind! As a pastor and as a Christian, I believe our words and actions go together to communicate and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. I love what is happening through this food pantry and I love how it is bringing our community together in creative and collaborative ways.
It is a joy to have been a part of the inception of this vision and to continue to be involved in its work in our city.