Alumni and Development


Central Iowa Alumni

Join our Facebook group to connect with other central Iowa alumni, learn about events in the community, and share your own news!

Des Moines is the obvious place to find Bulldog spirit, but not everything happens right on Drake’s campus.

There are plenty of ways for central Iowa alumni to get involved and celebrate their love for Drake.

For more information on events in Central Iowa, contact Jennifer Woodley, GR'07, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at 515-271-1947 or 

Thursday, June 11, 2015 
Central Iowa Summer Series: Drake Night at the Des Moines Community Playhouse
Join Central Iowa alumni at the Des Moines Playhouse June 11 to catch a performance of The Addams Family—special discounted tickets available! An Alumni Reception will be held held in the West Lobby at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers and 1 drink ticket per guest will be provided.   

Thursday, July 16, 2015 
Central Iowa Summer Series: Drake Me Out to the Ballgame
Join the Central Iowa Regional Advisory Board to enjoy the Summer temperatures and cheer on the Iowa Cubs.  Game starts at 7:05 p.m.  Join alumni ahead of time at El Bait Shop for free appetizers and a free drink ticket to the first 40 attendees. More details available here

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Central Iowa Summer Series: Back-to-School Happy Hour at Peggy's
Help the Central Iowa Regional Advisory Board kick off the back-to school season with a happy hour at Peggy's Tavern from 5-7 p.m.  Paul Revere's breadsticks will be provided of course!

Saturday, September 26, 2015
DU Good Day
Connect with fellow Bulldogs and make your community a better place on DU Good Day. Alumni groups will gather across the country to serve those in need. Spend quality time with alumni in your area while making a difference in the world, one Bulldog at a time. 

More details to come, check back soon!


Central Iowa Regional Advisory Board

Claire Celsi, AS'01

Member at large

Megan Grandgeorge, JO'01

Special events co-chair 

Oliver Housman, JO'12

Social media chair

Laurie Miller, AS'96

National programming co-chair

Pamela Neubauer, AS'10

Community engagement committee

Denise Rathman, AS'88

Professional development co-chair

Tisleen Singh, JO'10

Professional development co-chair

Nikki Syverson, JO'03

Special events co-chair 

Jennifer Tran-Johnson, AS'06

Campus cngagment co-chair

Julie Koch, AS'99

Member at large

Peg Mattison, AS'89, GR'01

Member at large

Zach Lukasiewicz, BN'13

Member at large


National Alumni Board

Emily Abbas, JO'97, GR'09

National programming liaison
Drake Me Out to the Ball Game chair

Erica Axiotis, GR'06 

National programming liaison 

Steve Berry, AS'83, LW'86 

Special events liaison 

Norah Carroll, JO'11, AS'11 

Social marketing liaison

Janelle Holmes, BN'90

Campus engagement liaison

Susan Stocum, JO'92 

Professional development liaison 

Loretta Sieman, AS'66, GR'72

Community engagement liaison 

Tiffany Tauscheck, JO'01 

Community engagement liaison 

Sherry Wilkinson, ED'68, GR'75 

Campus engagement liaison