Kim Richmond, President
I have been part of the market since its beginning, as a volunteer, board member and former farm vendor. I lived in Des Moines for more than 20 years and I am still amazed how much the community collectively does with our limited resources.
For me, the market is the intersection of farm and community, both near and dear to my heart.
When not volunteering my time for the market, I am a full-time financial services professional in Seattle.
Travis De Nevers, Vice President
For the past decade, I’ve build my skills around human relationships and organizational growth. I love diving into a problem and finding solutions. I’ve been an HR Generalist, HR Manager, HR Director, and now consult for various organizations who are looking to improve their employee experience.
I help things grow. If there is a desire to grow the market, I can help. I’m also excited to bring some awareness of the market and it fantastic vendors. We have a beautiful location, wonderful vendors, amazing produce and need to share it with the world.
I'm most excited for market event days and the sense of community they create.
Kathy Russell, Treasurer
As treasurer of the board, I keep all the financial and legal portions of the market straight and in order.
I have been a long time volunteer and board member so I've been a part of many of the ebbs and flows that the market has gone through and I am always looking forward to the upcoming season to see what it will bring.
What is the best thing about being part of the DMWFM market?
It is being a part of a team who works hard to bring a fun, health focused, and successful event to the community each Summer Saturday!
When not volunteering for the market, I am a business owner of an CPA firm.
Kris Van Gasken
Coming down to the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market, you get to be in the mix of a thriving community of residents and support farmers and vendors that are passionate about their craft. It is always exciting to speak and learn from the individuals who are sharing their creations, how they started, and what their goals are for their work. Oh, and the feeling and aromas of the market are intoxicating. Who doesn't love the breeze off the Puget Sound, while the aroma of caramel corn washes over you?
Yoshiko Grace Matsui
Yoshiko Grace Matsui has lived in the North Hill neighborhood of Des Moines for nearly 15 years. She joined the Market Board in 2021 and is currently Board Secretary. She has worked in municipal government with the City of Seattle for 10 years as a Recruiter and supporting entry/promotional testing for the Police & Fire Departments. Yoshiko lives with her wife, Sile Grace Matsui, her father Earl, and three rescue chiweenies.