University Advancement

National Alumni Association

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


John Miller, BN'82
National Sales and Underwriting Manager at Piper Jaffray 
Lenexa, KS

Emily (Reis) Abbas, JO'97, GR'09
Chief Marketing Officer, Bankers Trust
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

Steve Berry, LA'83, LW'86
President and BFO at SB Enterprises
Des Moines, IA

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lauren Hong, AS'07
President of Out & About Communications
San Diego, CA

Geoffrey Lawton, PH'92
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Centura Health
Englewood, CO

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

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

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

Crystal Nance, JO'10, AS'10
Program Director at 20/20 Leadership
Kansas City, MO

Zachary Nunn, AS'02
State Representative, Asst. Majority Leader / Cybersecurity Entrepreneur for the US Air Force (Major) / Cybersecurity Consultant
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 Reisetter, PH'85, GR'87
Founding Partner at Medical Market Economics LLC
Oxford, MS

Laurel Rundle, JO'91
Entrepreneur/Business Owner at Wellness Amplified
Chicago, IL

Jeff Shawd, JO'81, GR'83
President, Castle Bay Digital
Bluffton, SC

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

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


Please click on the following links to see the minutes from past Alumni Board meetings:

Spring 2016
Fall 2016
Winter 2016

Spring 2015
Fall 2015
Winter 2015

Spring 2014 
Fall 2014
Winter 2014

Spring 2013 
Fall 2013
Winter 2013

Spring 2012 
Fall 2012
Winter 2012