Managing the Public’s Educational Resources


Des Moines Public Schools is proud to be a recipient of the Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award and the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement.

The Office of Business & Finance oversees a budget of more than $500 million — the largest school district budget in Iowa and the second largest local government budget in the state.

The department routinely earns national distinctions in financial management from both the Association of School Business Officials and the Government Finance Officers Association.

In addition to managing the school district’s budget, the department also coordinates its development. An important component in that process is public input, including both citizen and employee advisory committees that share ideas about how the district can make the best use of public funds. To learn more about the budget and the budget development process, please visit the links in the menu to the right.

Please visit the links in the right-hand menu for additional information related to the work of the district’s business and finance office.

Organigramme with Current Employees


 DSC2826 copy

DMPS Office of Business & Finance (Spring 2023) Front Row (LtoR): Kevin Oleson, Chuong Vo, Shashank Aurora, Erica Armstrong, Hunter Dettler, Ben Lubkeman, Ray Serrano, Middle Row (LtoR): Chance Ekstrand, Rosie Rios, Sharron Fuller, JoAnne Khounlo Philavanh, Janet Stonerock, Rhonda Wagoner, Kim Johnson, Mina Couch, Claire Cancino, Melinda Lawrence, Pam Gomez Back Row (LtoR): Ashley Williams, Jamie Shannon, Gwen Abington, Elizabeth Castillo, Casaundra Christensen, Dorcey Cavil, Emma Knapp, Emily Truitt, Lori Brenno, Sherri Weatherly, Megan Fouche, Cathy McKay, Deb Meyer Not Pictured: Amy Fritz, Amy McKee, Debbie Hill, Sarah Holland, David Niemi, Brett Perman, Michael Schneider

Chief Financial Officer

Shashank Aurora
Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines 50321