Alumni and Development

National Alumni Association

Board of Directors 2015-2016 

The individuals who serve on the Drake University National Alumni Board of Directors are serious about the Alumni Association's mission of providing its alumni with a channel for their "imaginative and meaningful participation in the life and future of the University."

Nominated by a committee of the Alumni Association Board, directors serve three-year terms and meet on campus three times per year, serving on on a variety of committees focused on programming, student recruitment, marketing, and fundraising for the University. Board meetings are open to all alumni.


Executive Committee

Paul Doucette, BN'97
Executive Director of Government Relations for Science and Technology Programs at Battelle
Alexandria, VA 

Emily (Reis) Abbas
, JO'97, GR'09

Chief Marketing Officer, Bankers Trust
Des Moines, IA

Vice President, Alumni Programming
Gary Zimmerman, LA'79
SVP and Chief Underwriting Counsel at Fidelity National Financial
Park Ridge, IL

Vice President, Alumni Networks |Secretary
Martha Capps, JO'78
Vice President, Client Services, Hanley Wood Marketing
Eden Prairie, MN


Vice President, Student/Alumni Relations
John Miller, BN'82
Managing Director and Head of Municipal Sales and Trading at Piper Jaffray
Lenexa, KS

Vice President, Alumni Philanthropy
Chad Hoseth, AS'94
Director of International Initiatives, Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

Vice President, Alumni Recognition
Steve Berry, LA'83, LW'86
Des Moines, IA


At-Large Members

Erica (Aronsen) Axiotis, GR'06
Account Executive at Holmes Murphy
Des Moines, IA

Jonathan Azu, BN'99
General Manager & Executive VP at Red Light Management
Brooklyn, NY

David Beall, BN'81
President of the Bizability Group
Orange, CA

Kevin Bell, LW'11
Assistant Polk County Attorney at the Polk Country Attorney's Office
Des Moines, IA

Kelly Caldbeck, PH'01
Director of Pharmacy, divvyDOSE
Davenport, IA

Norah Carroll, JO'11, AS'11
Digital Marketing Strategist at Veridian Credit Union
West Des Moines, IA

Roxanne Barton Conlin, LA'64, LW'66, GR'79
Roxanne Conlin and Associates PC
Des Moines, IA

Timothy Coonan, AS'96, LW'02
Director of Government Relations at Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
Des Moines, IA

Anne (Anderson) Driscoll, ED'63, GR'68
Des Moines, IA

Marisa (Ellsworth) Gift, AS'02
Training and Development Specialist at Lutz
Omaha, NE

Drew Gulley, AS'05
Program Manager - Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomberg LB
Astoria, NY

Michael Hall, BN'98
Vice President-National Banking Project Manager- Wealth Management, Northern Trust
Mount Prospect, IL

Brian Harms, AS'89
Owner, Bulldog Vending
Sun City, AZ

Sally Holmberg, ED'63, GR'69, GR'83, GR'94
Pleasant Hill, IA

Geoffrey Lawton, PH'92
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, South Denver Group Centura Health
Denver, CO

Michael Mason, LA'68
Investments, Independent
Sarasota, FL

Chris McDonnell, JO'05
Principal at McDonnell Wealth Management, LLC
Orland Park, IL

Toni (Fuller) Merfeld, ED'78, GR
Owner/Director, Metro West Learning Center
Clive, IA

Laura Myers, AS'95
Dermatologist at the McFarland Clinic
Ankeny, IA

Crystal Nance, JO'10, AS'10
Program Director at 20/20 Leadership
Saint Joseph, MO

Zachary Nunn, AS'02
State Representative, Asst. Majority Leader / Cybersecurity Entrepreneur for the US Air Force (Major) / SimSpace Corporation
Bondurant, IA

Amy (Thompson) Ohde, BN'98
Regional Director, Southwest Region at Chick-Fil-A, Inc.
Smyna, GA

Dennis Olden, LA'61
Certified Senior Advisor at Voluntary Employee Benefits Associates Inc
Tampa, FL

Brian Palmer, AS'96
Consultant and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Brian Reisetter, PH'85, GR'87
Founding Partner at Medical Market Economics LLC
Oxford, MS

Loretta (Tursi) Sieman, LA'66, GR'72
Chief Executive Officer at LJS Consulting
West Des Moines, IA

Jeff Shawd, JO'81, GR'83
Vice President, Marketing, Synchrony Financial
Eden Prairie, MN

Susan Stocum, JO'92
Communications Manager at Principal Financial Group
West Des Moines, IA

Nikki (Coffman) Syverson, JO'03
Director of Development, Des Moines Community Playhouse
Clive, IA

Tiffany (Abell) Tauscheck, JO'01
Chief Communications Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Clive, IA

Sherry (Clark) Wilkinson, ED'68, GR'75
Student Teacher Supervisor at Upper Iowa University
Urbandale, IA