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

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

Chair
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

David Beall, BN'81
CEO of Serious Social Media
Orange, CA

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

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

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

Norah Carroll, JO'11, AS'11
Social Media Advisor at Two Rivers Marketing
Des Moines, IA

Timothy Coonan, AS'96, LW'02
Government Relations Special Counsel at Davis Brown Law Firm
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 at Northern Trust
Mount Prospect, IL

Brian Harms, AS'89
Owner of 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 of Out & About Communications
San Diego, CA

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

Chris McDonnell, JO'05
Principal and Owner of McDonnell Wealth Management, LLC
Orland Park, IL

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

Crystal (Nance) Everett, JO'10, AS'10
Co-Owner of Q's Carts, LLC
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
Sr. Director, Field Development at Chick-Fil-A, Inc.
Smyna, GA

Dennis Olden, LA'61
President of 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 of Castle Bay Digital
Bluffton, SC

Susan Stocum, JO'92
Communications Manager at Principal Financial Group
West Des Moines, IA

Nikki (Coffman) Syverson, JO'03
Director of Development at Des Moines Community Playhouse
Clive, IA

Tiffany (Abell) Tauscheck, JO'01
Chief Communications Officer at Greater Des Moines Partnership
Clive, IA

Sherry (Clark) Wilkinson, ED'68, GR'75
Student Teacher Supervisor at Upper Iowa University
Urbandale, IA