our Team


Teva Dawson

Teva Dawson began her career path of invention by designing her own major in Environmental Education from Drake University which led to the creation of Des Moines’s first Community Garden Program. Recently she spearheaded Greater Des Moines’ first Water Trails and Greenways Plan. Teva invested 15 years in central Iowa implementing civic engagement and integrated planning with cities and through regional government collaboration around the themes of parks and recreation, transportation systems, resiliency planning and heath in all policies.


Mat Greiner

Mat Greiner is a curator, arts advocate and assistant professor at Grand View University. He has a MFA with an emphasis on cross-sector engagement and community assessments. Mat directed Chicken Tractor, an arts nonprofit offering professional supports to artists and staging pop-up art experiences.


Wade Scherrer
Program Assistant

Wade Scherrer has a lifetime’s experience in design and coordination, working with multinational corporations. Wade is a program assistant, making sure Group’s projects go smoothly.


julia Franklin

Julia Franklin uses her art to tell the stories of what we leave behind. Julia has exhibited nationally, is a 2018 Iowa Arts Council Fellow, a professor of art at Graceland University, and an exciting addition to our team.



rachel Buse
Program Assistant

Rachel Buse is an artist in Des Moines and is a program assistant for Group. Rachel is an Iowa Arts Council Fellow, and the recipient of numerous state grants. She enjoys making interactive and community projects where the audience can play and engage. She is the co-owner of Portrait Studio and manages a volunteer arts calendar for central Iowa called Art Beacon.