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.


John V Miller, BN’82, President
National Sales and Underwriting Manager,
Piper Jaffrey 

Lenexa, KS

Emily (Reis) Abbas, JO’97, GR’09, Chair
Chief Marketing Officer, Bankers Trust
Des Moines, IA

Erica (Aronsen) Axiotis, GR’06
Director of Advancement, ChildServe
Des Moines, IA

David Beall, BN’81
President, Bizability Group
Orange, CA

Steve Berry, LA’83, LW’86
President and CFO, SB Enterprises
Des Moines, IA

Rachel (Dykstra) Boon, ED’99, GR’02
Chief Academic Officer, Board of Regents
Des Moines, IA

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

Martha Capps, JO’78 
VP of Client Services,
Hanley Wood Marketing

Eden Prairie, MN

Norah Carroll, JO’11, AS’11
Social Media Supervisor,
Two Rivers Marketing 
Des Moines, IA 

Timothy Coonan, AS’96, LW’02
Government Relations Special Counsel,
Davis Brown Law Firm

Des Moines, IA

Kristopher Covi, AS’95
Shareholder, McGrath North
Omaha, NE

John Farmer, AS’92
VP of Litigation, Charter Communications
St. Louis, MO

Drew Gulley, AS’05
Program Manager of Diversity and Inclusion,
Bloomberg LB

Astoria, NY

Mike Hall, BN'98  
Senior VP, Senior Credit Officer,
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
Retired
Pleasant Hill, IA

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

Geoffrey Lawton, PH’92
VP of Strategy, Centura Health
Englewood, CO

Ken-Matt Martin, JO’12
Executive Director,
Pyramid Theatre Company
Providence, RI

Chris McDonnell, JO’05
Principal, McDonnell Wealth Management
Orland Park, IL

Pamela (Neubauer) Nelson, AS’10
Development Manager,
Des Moines Symphony
Des Moines, IA

Zachary Nunn, AS’02
State Representative
Des Moines, IA

Amy (Thompson) Ohde, BN’98
Sr. Director of Field Development,
Chick-Fil-A

Smyna, GA

Dennis R. Olden, LA’61
Certified Senior Advisor, 
Voluntary Employee Benefits Associates
Tampa, FL

Brian Reisetter, PH’85, GR’87
President, Reistetter Health Services
Oxford, MS


Laurel Rundle, JO’91
Founder, Aha! Marketing
Chicago, IL

Jeff Seaman, BN’03
Senior VP, CBRE, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ


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

Susan Stocum, JO’92
Sr. Communications Consultant,
Principal Financial Group
West Des Moines, IA 

Nikki (Coffman) Syverson, JO’03
Director, Capital Crossroads
Clive, IA

Annelise Tarnowski, JO’15
Manager,
Collaborative Education Institute 
Des Moines, IA 

Tiffany (Abell) Tauscheck, JO’01
Chief Communications Officer,
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Clive, IA

Jennifer Tran-Johnson AS’06
Interim Registrar, Drake University
Des Moines, IA

Ben Weinberg, AS‘17
Regional Director,
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Clive, IA

Sharon (Clark) Wilkinson ED’68, GR’75
Student Teacher Supervisor,
Upper Iowa University

Urbandale, IA