Melanie Menken Booster Pak West Des Moines, Iowa

Melanie Menken founded Booster Pak in 2010.  As President, she is responsible for raising public awareness about hunger in our community, fundraising and marketing and promotion.  She also supervises and trains many of the volunteers that are needed each week to keep Booster Pak going.

A Davenport native, she is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in accounting.  She is a CPA and has worked in public accounting, banking and insurance.  Melanie lives in Clive with her husband, Dennis and has two grown sons, John and Jacob.


Lisa Philipps Booster Pak West Des Moines, Iowa Lisa Philipps became involved with Booster Pak in 2011 as a parent volunteer driver for Crossroads Park Elementary. The next year she joined the Board of Directors and became the coordinator for the K-6 program. She participates in the weekly packing for the district’s eight elementary schools along with volunteers from the Stilwell I-Care program, orders food from and prepares reports for the Food Bank of Iowa, and communicates with school staff and parent and community volunteers.

Originally from Clear Lake, Lisa received her BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Buena Vista University. She and her husband, Mike, have two children. Katie is a 2014 graduate of Valley High School and is a student at Oklahoma State University. Jacob attends Indian Hills Junior High. Whenever time allows, Lisa likes to travel, relax with family and friends, watch sports, and read.


Josh Ehlen Booster Pak West Des Moines, Iowa

Josh Ehlen works at Reynolds and Reynolds as an Account Executive and is charged with growing the Property & Casualty division by creating new business opportunities across the State of Iowa.  He is a 2004 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Finance.

Josh and his wife Leslie have 2 daughters and have another daughter due in December.  He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family, friends and neighbors.

Josh has many passions outside of work including: running, biking, hunting, fishing and golf.  Another passion of Josh’s is helping children.  He has/does serve on the Board of Directors for Variety the Children’s Charity and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, as well as, volunteering at Hope Lutheran Church teaching KQ to 5/6 year olds.


Shahna Janssen Booster Pak West Des Moines, Iowa Shahna Janssen serves as the Director of Community Education for the West Des Moines Community School District. The Community Education department was established in 1974 and serves the needs of the community by connecting people, ideas and resources.

Shahna is an active member of her community.  She currently serves on the Board of Booster Pak, chairs the Substance Abuse Prevention Community Coalition, and serves on the advisory committee for the Youth Justice Initiative.  Shahna previously served on the Board of Directors of Iowa Senior Olympics, the Iowa Community Education Association, and the Iowa Board of Substance Abuse Certification.

Shahna graduated for the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Family Life Education.  She spent 10 years working in the field of substance abuse prevention before joining the West Des Moines Community School District in 2007.


Claudia Miranda Booster Pak West Des Moines, Iowa

Claudia Miranda is a native of Des Moines and a graduate of Drake University and Cannon Trust School. She has  25 years experience in trust services,  with the last 9 years as Vice President and Trust Officer for West Bank, which has been her dream job. She has a son Michael, daughter Megan, and 6 grandchildren and enjoys reading, flower gardening, spending time with my grandchildren.




John Myers Booster Pak West Des Moines, Iowa

John Myers is a marketing and communications professional in Des Moines, Iowa. He enjoys being active in the community and has served as a volunteer and board member for Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines and the ALS Association. He learned about Booster Pak through his wife, Mindi, who is a teacher in the West Des Moines school district.




Claire Celsi Photo

Claire is the owner of a Marketing and Public Relations firm called the Public Relations Project. She is an active member of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and an active community volunteer. In addition to serving on the Booster Pak board, she also serves on the board of Central Iowa Shelter and Services (the state’s largest homeless shelter) and is on the West Des Moines Board of Adjustment.

Claire is married to Jim Walczyk and has two children – Chelsey and Bailey – and two stepchildren, Deb and Marcus. Bailey is married to Nick and is expecting her first child.

Celsi graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines and Drake University. She has served on the Clegg Park PTO (Clegg Park is now Hillside Elementary), the Dowling Board of Education and currently serves on the National School of Journalism Advisory Board at Drake. She has also served as an adjunct professor and is an active volunteer at Drake.

Claire Celsi is the 2016 Democratic candidate for House District 42, which covers most of the City of West Des Moines in Polk County and the City of Cumming, Iowa and some unincorporated area in Warren County. She hopes to advocate for a bigger commitment to education and is especially interested in revisiting the formula that the State of Iowa uses to allocate funds to schools districts, which was made in the 1960s has not been modernized in recent years.


A Note From The President

Covid-19 Response


When school abruptly ended in March, many kids lost access to daily food.  Many groups and organizations, including Booster Pak, have stepped up to help.  Booster Pak is currently partnering with the West Des Moines Community School District to provide fresh and frozen foods to the most needy in our community through the District’s Home Delivery program.  We sponsor 1-2 family packs per week at a cost of $6 per pack.  These packs include a family style meal that might include things like a casserole, fresh fruit and fresh or frozen vegetable.

The cost of these packs is beyond our normal budget.  If you’d like to help us with these costs, please click here to DONATE.

We appreciate your support.

Melanie Menken, President