Community Center Staff


Director of Community Bridges



AJ was excited to move back to Des Moines in 2017, which she wholeheartedly believes to be the greatest city on earth. As interim director, AJ oversees the community engagement strategies of Valley Church and the Valley Community Center, including local compassion efforts, partnerships, and community programming. Prior to her current role, AJ spent time in in both the non-profit and business sectors. AJ and her husband Daniel are guardians to a house full of a teenagers and stay busy cheering at various kids’ sporting events. Email AJ


Gabe Carlson

Sports & Wellness


Gabe heads up all things related to sports and wellness at the Valley Community Center. He strives to make Upwards Sports a safe, fun, and Christ-centered opportunity for children and families. Prior to joining our staff, he spent 12 years with West Des Moines Schools as the Staff Wellness/Student Sports Coordinator. Gabe and his wife Kendra have two girls. Contact Gabe with your questions about Upward Sports or other sports and wellness activities at Valley Community Center. Email Gabe


Christina DelliQuadri

Cafe & Events


Christina loves serving Him by serving others. She joined our staff as a leader of the coffee ministry at Valley Church since 2008 and came on full-time as the Hospitality Coordinator upon opening the Valley Community Center. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Christina and her husband Matt have been married since 2005 and have two amazing boys. In her spare time, Christina loves being with family and friends and watching Steelers Football! Come to Christina to schedule an event at the Valley Community Center and to learn about volunteering at the Maplenol Café. Email Christina


Steve Pugh

Community Bridges


Email Steve