Meet the Advisory Board Members in their own words

Dick Erickson
I have been a member of the Valley View Village Advisory Board for 2 years. I retired in January 2005 from American Republic Insurance Company as an Assistant Vice President in the Information Systems area. I worked with Financial Systems most of my 39 years.

I have been an East sider my entire life, and a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church (on Hubbell Avenue across from Valley View Village). My father and step-mother moved into a cottage here at Valley View in 2005. They have been happy there as they have moved from independent living, to catered living and to the health center. My father passed away in 2008 at age 100. My step-mother is still in the health center. I had 2 aunts in the assisted living building, one aunt recently passed away.

I hope to provide input on the board with a family perspective, and to assist where possible with fundraising. It has been exciting to see the improvements and expansion of services that have taken place over the last few years, and to see the future plans for continually improving the level of care at all need levels.

Birdie May Stocker
My name is Birdie May Stocker and I have been on the Board for about a year. I’m retired, but I volunteer at Mercy Medical Center, and I work at the Ambassador Desk at 411 Laurel. I just help where I’m needed.

I feel honored to be asked on the Board as I enjoy helping people. I’ve had a connection with Valley View Village for many years as both my husband’s parents were here until they went to heaven. My folks have been here since January 2005.

Dick Jensen
My name is Richard (Dick) Jensen and I have served on the board for two years. I graduated from Drake University College of Pharmacy in 1962 and I have worked on the East side my entire career. I ran Valley View’s pharmacy part-time for several years in the mid 60′s until it was closed. Then I served Valley View from DrugMart Pharmacy on E. 28th and Hubbell. I currently am employed part time at Hy Vee Pharmacy on E. 25th.

My role on the Board is to share information about Valley View Village with the community and give feedback to Valley View from the community. I also give suggestions and evaluations when appropriate.

I have enjoyed making new friends with the Board and staff and seeing the great progress that has been made as Valley View Village has worked to update and expand the presence on the East side of Des Moines. It is also enjoyable to maintain relationships with staff and residents that I have gotten to know during the years I have been coming to Valley View Village.

Tim Hummel
My name is Tim Hummel and I have served three years on the board. I was with Hy Vee Food Stores for 30 years, 20 years as a Store Director. I have been with Valley Bank for 5 years in Business Development.

My role on the Board is to assist in fundraising efforts. I also assist in the visibility of Valley View Village in the community and securing the future of Valley View Village. I have enjoyed meeting with others to help with the future of Valley View Village, both community people and residents and staff.

Jim Grant
My name is Jim Grant, and I have been on the Board for six years. I retired from the City of Des Moines after 41 years in the City Planning Department. The last 21 years was as the Community Development Director. After retirement, I work part time for an engineering/planning firm and as an Adjunct Professor in planning at Iowa State University.

I served as the Capital Campaign Chairman during the Capital Campaign for the new Village Assisted Living building. I enjoy serving on the Board since I have lived in the area all my life and I love the way that Valley View Village provides a great service to the community and its residents. It is faith based to serve God by serving people and showing the character of true Christianity.

Carol Wilson
My name is Carol Wilson and I have been on the board since 2005. I grew up in Des Moines and Altoona. I taught for 3 years at South East Polk as a P.E. teacher. In 1967 I went to France as a missionary with The Evangelical Alliance Mission where I served for 36 years. Upon re-entry to the U.S., I worked part-time as Children’s Director at my church – Evangelical Covenant Church. My church was instrumental in starting Valley View Village.

I attempt to advertise Valley View Village to people with whom I come in contact. My main role would be regarding the spiritual atmosphere of the Village. I listen to the residents–to both their comments and complaints.

I am thrilled at where Valley View Village has come since I first became a part of the board. Elim Care has made a great difference and I look forward to the day, God willing, that I will be a resident of this fine retirement community.

Chris Christiansen
I’ve lived at Valley View Village for 15 years and became a member of the Advisory Board at its inception. I’m retired from Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. In my professional career I have worked as a Management Accountant and as a Computer Software Engineer. Except for a 3 year US Army enlistment served in Japan, I’ve lived in Des Moines since emigrating here in 1955 from Copenhagen, Denmark.

As a resident of Valley View Village, I have the opportunity to give the Board a sense of the mood of the residents as I’ve noticed them during many planned activities and impromptu conversations over a cup of coffee and a cookie. It is gratifying to see community leader’s concerns for and commitments to the welfare of Valley View Village and its residents.

Bill Eisenlauer
I joined the Valley View Village board in 2007, and have a family lineage that has called the Des Moines metro home for more than 150 years. I graduated from Des Moines East High School in 1971, earned an associate’s degree in business administration from Grand View College, and studied restaurant management at Iowa State University. This entrepreneurial quest led me to opening Mugsy’s Corner Cafe in what is now Des Moines’ historic East Village.

In 1979, I embarked on a professional career in real estate that has now surpassed 30 years helping people buy and sell homes. Today, I own Eisenlauer Team employed through RE/MAX Real Estate Group in Pleasant Hill.

My community service activities include memberships in the Pleasant Hill, East Des Moines, and Altoona Area Chambers of Commerce. I am also a member of the East Des Moines Lion’s Club, having also previously served as that organization’s past president. I have been the parade director of Pleasant Hill Summerfest for the past seven years. I am currently a member of the Pleasant Hill Lion’s Club and a volunteer chaplain at the Polk County Jail. I am married with three children, and one grandchild.

My role on the advisory board is to share information about Valley View Village and their amenities with the community through all my community involvement especially in Eastern Polk County. The things I have enjoyed most about my experience on the board included getting to know many wonderful people and develop relationships as well as helping with the celebration of the East High graduates put on by Valley View Village in June 2011.

Scott Brunscheen
I was honored to be asked to serve on the Advisory Board in 2013, but my involvement began two years prior in coordinating the capital campaign for the new Health Center at Valley View.  My 30+ year career of choice has been working with non-profits, often involving fund raising, with recent years primarily Christian organizations.

Through the capital campaign, I had the chance to get to know many of the residents and staff well. I was impacted by Valley View and Elim Care staff who truly live their mission every day of “providing senior housing and healthcare in the spirit of Christ’s love.”  The love given to Valley View residents is like what you or I would have for our Mom or Dad, and that compassionate care motivates me to help. I hope to assist by being an advocate for Valley View in the community, and offer support with fund raising and non-profit structure or management.

Priorities in life are my faith in God, who is the Giver of all, and my family. I grew up on a farm in Eastern Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University. Karen and I live in West Des Moines, and we have six children and five grandchildren. I have served on a number of Boards over the years, and hope to have an impact by continuing my involvement at Valley View.

Shawn Barr
I have been privileged to serve on the board since 2014. I am the pastor of Grace Fellowship Church at East 25th Street and Capitol Avenue; just a short mile or so south of Valley View Village. I am originally from Monroe, IA. I am a graduate from Iowa State University and have attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have worked and ministered in Des Moines, Kansas City, and Southern Iowa.

My wife Delana and I have been married for 28 years.  We have four children who are college age and above.  One of our sons is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

I’m very new to the board and look forward to serving in any way I can.  During our time in Des Moines, I have heard great things about Valley View.  I look forward to promoting Valley View and serving in any way possible.

Valley View is a great asset to the East side of Des Moines and a great community for our residents!