Des Moines Symphony announces new 2015-2016 Association Board members

September 10, 2015


Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309

Date: September 10, 2015

Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ●


DES MOINES – The Des Moines Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Association Board trustees for the 2015-16 season: Janice Lane and Jochen Scheel, Ph.D.

Janice Lane, LMSW, IADC: Janice Lane is CEO of the nonprofit organization Children & Families of Iowa where she oversees more than 300 employees statewide and a $16.8 million operating budget to serve at-risk Iowans, helping them create brighter futures by becoming self-sufficient. Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Janice served as CFI’s Chief Operations Officer and Program Supervisor for Cornerstone Recovery, a substance abuse and mental health program for teens. Janice has also served as Project Director for Broadlawns Medical Center.

Janice has more than 25 years experience in the human services field and hold licenses for Licensed Master Social Worker and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She serves on a number of community and state committees including the National Association of Social Workers’ Iowa Chapter Diversity Committee, Polk County Community Partnership for the Protection of Children, and the Cultural Alliance Committee of Department of Human Services. Janice holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Rehabilitative Counseling from the University of Iowa.

Jochen Scheel, Ph.D.: Jochen Scheel is Information Management Director of Trait Informatics with DuPont Pioneer where he works with colleagues to manage data, enable workflow process efficiency, process and analyze data and support decision-making that contributes to DuPont’s agriculture research and product development lifecycle. Prior to Pioneer, Jochen held positions at XDx, Inc., Excelixis, Inc. and Artemis Pharmaceuticals in the fields of molecular diagnostics and biopharmaceuticals.

Jochen holds a master’s degree from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München and a Ph.D. from Heidelberg University in the fields of cell biology, biochemistry, informatics and genetics. He was also awarded a post-doctorate in genetics at Johns Hopkins University.

The Des Moines Symphony Association Board of Trustees provides strategic direction and ensures fiscal soundness, financial viability and sustainability of the Symphony. 2015-2016 officers are as follows:

Eugene T. Meyer, President (The Greater Des Moines Partnership)

Rebecca D. Shaw, M.D., Vice President/President-Elect (Des Moines University)

Steven M. Nadel, Immediate Past President (Ahlers & Cooney PC)

Sharon Goldford, Secretary (Career Resources Group)

Michael R. Hamilton, Treasurer (Community Leader & Volunteer)

View the complete 2015-2016 Des Moines Symphony Association Board roster here.

For more information, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at or at 515.280.4000, ext. 4011.
The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and inspire the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual budget of more than $3.2 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including four youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, a Pops series including the traditional New Year’s Eve Pops, education, outreach and family concerts, and other special events in its home at the Des Moines Civic Center. The organization also produces and performs the Des Moines Symphony’s annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which attracts more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.