Board of Trustees
Graham Gillette was appointed by Mayor Frank Cownie to the Board of Water Works Trustees on February 14, 2011, for a four-year term. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Gillette served on the staff of Florida Governor Bob Martinez, as deputy chief of staff of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and in other political and governmental positions. Gillette came home to his wife’s native Iowa in 1993. Since 1995, he has managed Gillette Strategic Resources, a public affairs consulting firm focused on improving the way businesses and other entities communicate. He was appointed by Mayor Arthur Davis and reappointed by Mayor Preston Daniels to the Metro Transit Authority (now Des Moines Area Regional Transit). Gillette served on the Des Moines School Board from 2001-2004 and has been a member of numerous community and not-for-profit boards and committees. Gillette is married to Katie Gillette. They have three children. Term expires: April 1, 2027.
Andrea Boulton was appointed to the Des Moines Board of Water Works Trustees on January 14, 2019 to fill a two-month vacancy on the Board and subsequently was reappointed to an additional six-year term commencing April 1, 2019. Boulton has a B.A. in Environmental Policy and an MPA from Drake University. Her role as Statewide Trails and Greenways Director for Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has enabled her to partner with cities and counties across the state to coordinate the purchase and development of corridors for quality of life enhancements. Boulton is a 2013 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, a board member of the ACCENT Neighborhood Association, vice chair of EveryStep’s Amanda the Panda Advisory Board, and active in many other community organizations. Outside her professional and community work, Andrea spends her free time enjoying the outdoors by visiting National Parks, kayaking, cycling, and backyard beekeeping. She and her husband, Nate, live on the eastside of Des Moines. Term expires: April 1, 2025.
Joel Aschbrenner was appointed to the Board of Water Works Trustees on February 10, 2020, to serve the remaining year of a vacant board position. Aschbrenner earned a B.A. in journalism from Kansas State University and subsequently worked as a newspaper reporter in Oregon and Iowa, writing about business, local government, and environmental issues. Aschbrenner went on to earn his law degree from Drake Law School, graduating with highest honors in May 2020. During law school, Aschbrenner interned at the Iowa Supreme Court, was a member of the Drake Law Review, and managed a local political campaign. Aschbrenner joined the Davis Brown Law Firm in late 2020. Prior to joining the Board of Water Works Trustees, Aschbrenner served on the Des Moines Historic Preservation Commission. He and his wife Annah live in Des Moines' Waveland Park neighborhood. Term expires: April 1, 2027.
Susan R. Huppert
Susan Huppert was appointed to the Board of Water Works Trustees on January 24, 2005, for a two-year term to fill a vacancy on the Board and subsequently was reappointed for an additional six-year term commencing April 1, 2013. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1978, she worked for Xerox Corporation for 30 years. In 2008, Huppert joined Des Moines University and is currently the Chief of External and Governmental Affairs. Huppert served as the chair of the Gray's Lake Planning and Design Committee and continues to work on the project through her involvement on the Meredith Trail and Gray's Lake Advisory Committee. Term expires: April 1, 2025.
Diane Munns was appointed to the Des Moines Board of Water Works Trustees on November 20, 2017, for a six-year term. Munns has a B.A. from the University of Iowa, and a law degree from Drake University. She served at the Iowa Utilities Board as its general counsel and was appointed to the Board in 1999, by Governor Vilsack. She served first as a member and later as its chair. While serving as a member of the Utilities Board, Munns was elected to two terms as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. She worked at the Edison Electric Institute in Washington D.C. and returned to Des Moines in 2008, to work for MidAmerican Energy Company. In 2014, she joined the Environmental Defense Fund working on clean energy issues. Munns has served on the Des Moines Civil Service Commission. She and her husband, Roger, reside in Des Moines and have three children and five grandchildren. Term expires: April 1, 2023.