Alumni and Development

Central Iowa Alumni

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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 Liz Tesar at 515-271-3378 or

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Let's DU Lunch 2014: Donna Tweeten, VP of Communication and Brand Management for Hy-Vee
Des Moines:   Donna Tweeten, JO’85, is the assistant vice president of communication and brand management for Hy-Vee. She will shed light on the marketing strategy behind Hy-Vee’s branding and community partnerships and on the impact these programs have had. Previously president and chief creative officer ofThe Meyocks Group, Tweeten has been counseling companies on how to improve and evolve their brand for most of her 20-plus-year career. 

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Francis Marion Drake Society Dinner
Des Moines: This event is by invitation only. 

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Let's DU Lunch 2014: Luncheon Honoring Gov. Robert D Ray
Des Moines:   Gov. Robert Ray served as the governor of Iowa (1969-1983), interim mayor of the City of Des Moines, and president of Drake University (1998). As governor he was instrumental in the resettlement of southeast Asian refugees to the state and helped launch the Institute for Character Development at the University. A panel of speakers will discuss Gov. Ray’s impact nationally and locally—as a state leader, philanthropist, and humanitarian. 

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