Spirit of Pella’s Story

The Spirit of Pella was born out of discussions and visions by several caring and committed community members during the fall of 2020. The Spirit of Pella is a group of passionate individuals, businesses, and organizations dedicated to enhancing Pella’s cultural wellbeing through:

  • inspired local gathering spaces
  • interactive public art
  • placemaking
  • live music
  • a magical holiday season
  • curated experiences



Connecting people through collaborative community-based projects centered around art, public gathering spaces, special events, and recreation to strengthen Pella’s unique public life, assets, economy, and culture.



An enriched community full of amenities, traditions, and experiences.


Steering Committee & Board of Directors

Steering Committee

Dick Redman – Chair/Lights
Dave Sutphen– Fundraising
Jason Bandstra– Lights
Kim Mulch – Logistics
Ryan Vos– Art & Murals
Mary Mansfield Public Relations
Eric SicklerMarketing
Karen Eischen– Advisor
Christi Vander Voort– Advisor

Board of Directors 

The Spirit of Pella is governed by the PACE Alliance Board of Directors.

PresidentMark Putnam, Central College
Vice President/President ElectCharlie Daugherty, Precision, Inc.
TreasurerJamie Wisse, US Bank
Kevin Bolt, Marion County Bank
Don De Waard, City of Pella
Nick Hunsberger, Pella Corporation
Micah Vermeer, Pella Family Dentistry
Mary Mansfield, Home Realty
Lesli Nelson, Pella Hosting & Website Solutions
Elise Pederson, Community 1st Credit Union
Wendy Sims, Welgaard CPA’s & Advisors
Doug Stewart, Pella Cooperative Electric
Robert Vermeer, Chair Emeritus Vermeer Corporation
David Vollmar, Alliant Energy
Teri Vos, WorkSMART Connector
Bob Zylstra, Grassroots member
Wes Chaplin, Kreykes & Chaplin PLC


Catch the Spirit and Join US!