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 Liz Tesar at 515-271-3378 or 

Wednesday, May 6 2015
Let's DU Lunch: Entrepreneur and E-Company Start-Up Panel featuring Brian Hemeseth, Mike Colwell, and John Jackovin 
Hungry for inspiration? Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to join us for the 14th season of Let's DU Lunch, a speaker series that lets you hear firsthand from Drake and community leaders who make Des Moines great.

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

Thursday, August 6, 2015
CIRAB Summer Series: Back to School Party
Des Moines: 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! More details to come.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015
DU Good Day
Nationwide: Connect with fellow Bulldogs and make your community a better place on DU Good Day. We will gather alumni groups in sites across the country to serve those in need. Don't miss the chance to spend some quality time with other alumni in your area while making a difference in the world one Bulldog at a time. 

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