Jack Lashier, Director
Jack has been involved with the Iowa Hall of Pride since the very beginning. In October 1995, Bernie Saggau shared his vision for what the Iowa Hall of Pride could become and suggested that Jack join him in making this vision become a reality. He began working on this project in August 1996 and continues as the Director. Jack is a native Iowan and has lived in the state his entire life. He graduated from Jefferson High School and the University of Northern Iowa and began his career as a teacher at Marshalltown High School where he was a Distributive Education Coordinator. His career than took him into sales and fund raising for the next 22 years. For the past 19 years he has worked on making the Iowa Hall of Pride become a reality. Jack has been married to Kathy for 46 years, they have two married sons with six grandchildren.
Teri Diaz, Administrative Assistant
Teri has been with the Iowa Hall of Pride for 11 years and is the only person who has ever held this position. She is the Administrative Assistant to Director, Jack Lashier. Her job involves working with over 400 school and private groups to schedule visits to the Iowa Hall of Pride. Her greatest joy comes from sharing the stories and interviews of the Iowans we showcase here. These outstanding Iowans inspire us all to become better citizens of our great state. Teri works with each school group as they do their scavenger hunts and loves scheduling after hours corporate events and then hosting them as their events come to be. Visiting with the variety of visitors coming through the Iowa Hall of Pride is one of her favorite activities, as she is the first person they meet upon arrival. Teri has lived her entire life in Iowa. She was born in Fairfield and then moved to Indianola, where she graduated from that high school and continued on to Simpson College. She has been married to Joe for 34 years and together they have 3 children and one granddaughter. The Diaz family are true “Southsiders” and enjoy all that Des Moines has to offer.
Austin Jensen, Technology Coordinator
Austin is the Technology Coordinator for the Iowa Hall of Pride since September of 2014. He is also heavily involved with the digital marketing. Austin attended Johnston High School and then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in both Marketing and Management. His favorite part about working at the Iowa Hall of Pride is interacting with all of the field trip groups from around Iowa, because of the energy and enthusiasm they bring each day. Austin currently lives in Johnston, has two younger brothers, and is a huge Green Bay Packers fan.
Margie Bloomcamp, Volunteer Coordinator
Margie is a retired educator, having taught preschool, Kindergarten, and 5th grade in Northwest Iowa for over 30 years. After retirement she moved to West Des Moines and began working at the Hall of Pride in 2011. Her job at the Hall is to notify volunteers of when they should come in and keep them up-to-date as to what is happening there. Margie says that the Hall of Pride volunteers are “The Best” Some of them starting when the Hall opened. Margie has two sons and five grandchildren. When she is not cuddling and spoiling the grandchildren, she enjoys singing in choir, traveling, hanging out with family and friends, and meeting everyone who comes into the Hall of Pride to see the “Best of Iowa”!