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​​​​​​​​Director

Ahmed Aagyeman
Ahmed A​​​gyeman, Ph.D.
515.360.2541​
akagyeman@dmacc.edu

Assistant Director

Joy Esposito
Joy Esposito
515.697.7736
jnesposito@dmacc.edu


Administrative

Lisa Saffell
Lisa Saffell
Administrative Assistant III

Melody Riley
Melody Riley
Administrative Assistant II

Helen Bothwell
Helen Bothwell
Front Desk


Small Business Solutions

Curtis Baugh
Curtis Baugh
Business Consultant
Schedule an Appointment​

Kris Marham
Kris Markham
Small Business Financial Coach
Schedule an Appointment​

Nadia Ahissou
Nadia Ahissou
Small Business Consultant


​​Career Coaches

Maria Tonui
Maria Tonui
Lead Career Coach
Schedule an Appointment

Michelle Brown
Michele Brown
Employability Services Specialist
Schedule Southside Library Appointment /
Schedule EKD Appointment

Charles Zanders
Charles Zanders
Career Coach

Mercedes Morton
Mercedes Morton
Bilingual Career Coach
Schedule an Appointment​

Seygbai Kai Seygbai Kai
Career Coach
Schedule an Appointment​


Financial Empowerment Center

Oakley
Rachelle Scott Oakley
Site Coordinator
ryscottoakley
@dmacc.edu​

Kent Johnson
Kent Johnson
Financial Coach
Schedule an Appointment​

T.J. Dopheide
T.J. Dopheide
Financial Coach
Schedule an Appointment​

Graney
Jeff Graney
Bilingual Spanish Financial Coach
Schedule an Appointment

Hicks
Corenne Hicks
Financial Coach
Schedule an Appointment

Fisher
Rachel Fisher
Financial Coach
Schedule an Appointment

Tasha Oakley
Tasha Oakley
FEC Clerical Specialist



Digital Skills

Christian Dokun
Christian Dokun
Technology Specialist​

Joshua Johnson
Chima Smith
Technology Coordinator

Opportunity Passport​

Robert Bibens
Robert Bibens
Opportunity Passport Program Coach
Schedule an Appointment (phone)
Schedule an Appointment (in person)​​

Y-EXCL​

Jason Vang
Jason Vang
Youth Program Coordinator
Schedule an Appointment​

Men On The Move

Joshua Johnson
Joshua Johnson
Men on the Move
Schedule an Appointment​

Marketing 

Demir Alford
Demir Alford
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

​At the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, we're helping families and individuals improve their financial position and connecting them with their work and career goals.

From its location in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa, the state's capital city, the Evelyn K. Davis Center is helping many Central Iowans build their educational and job dreams. This first-of-its-kind center is a beacon for those looking for educational, job training and career opportunities by delivering these workforce services. We're preparing many Central Iowans to find their life's calling as successful, working Iowans. View our annual Community Report

The Center is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, The Directors Council and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). T​he partnership is providing solutions to three crucial needs identified by local residents: workforce training, employment opportunities and grocery and retail services.​

>> Directions to the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families


Who Was Evelyn K. Davis?

Evelyn Davis supported working families in Des Moines by providing affordable childcare for 23 years. She was an advocate for families, connecting with city and political leaders to encourage access to jobs and education. It is our hope that the Evelyn K. Davis Center embodies her spirit, as well as her action.​

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Our Services

Education and Employment

Job research, resume writing, hiring days, employment readiness programs such as WTA, YouthBuild, and PREP

Income and work supportsIncome and Work Supports

Social services, connection to housing and transportation, substance abuse referrals, reentry support

Financial services and asset buildingFinancial Services and Asset Building

One-on-one financial coaching, financial education workshops, credit counseling, home buying