The Drake University National Alumni Association Board has selected seven accomplished alumni whose career success and strong ties to the Drake community deserve special recognition. We are very excited to honor and recognize these incredibly talented and dedicated alumni." The following National Alumni Award Winners will be honored April 28 at a reception on campus:
PEGGY FISHER, FA '70
, will receive the Distinguished Service Award for 2011.
Fisher imparts her exemplary passion for Drake as co-chair of the distinctlyDrake campaign, and currently serves as a member on the Board of Trustees. She has previously served on the Greater Drake Committee and Presidents Circle Board. In 2008, she and her husband, Larry Stelter, established an endowed faculty chair in magazine journalism. Peggy is a leader in furthering the vision of Drake University.
JEFF JONTZ, LA '66
, is this year's Alumni Loyalty Award recipient. A member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the former chair of the Central Florida Alumni Chapter, Jontz lives in Orlando and works as an attorney. Jontz returns to Iowa each year with classmates for "JAGBRAI," a trek to see how many Drake basketball games they can attend during their trip. Jeff previously served on the National Alumni Board of Directors and the President's Circle Board.
JUDGE WILLIAM S. DUFFEY JR, LA'73
and MICHAEL EMERSON, FA '76
will both be receiving the Alumni Achievement Award.
Duffey was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia in 2004. His book, "A Life in Law: Advice for Young Lawyers," was published in 2009.
Emerson is a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his role as Benjamin Linus on the TV show "Lost" and serial killer William Hinks on "The Practice." Michael has continues his work on TV and stage and lives in New York with his wife, Carrie Preston.
PAUL DOUCETTE, BN '97
, earned the Young Alumni Loyalty Award for his work on the National Alumni Board of Directors and as a member of the Donald V Adams Leadership Institute Steering Committee. Paul has been instrumental in the DC area as well as planning his 2006 class reunion and the Drake 125th birthday celebration in Washington, D.C. He works as the Director of Congressional Affairs for Science & Technology Programs for Battelle.
CHRISTOPHER GOODE, BN '98
, and JILL NICKOLS HAUG, PH, MBA, '99
, will both be recognized with the Young Alumni Achievement Award.
Goode, a Drake letterwinner in football, now serves his country as a member of the U.S. Secret Service presidential protective division in service to the President of the United States and first family.
Haug also works in the D.C.-area, as director of the New Practitioners Forum for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, where she helps advance the organization's long history of improving prescription medicine issues and enhancing patient safety.