National Alumni Board Directory

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."

National Alumni Board Group 2019

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.


Meet the Board

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Martha Capps

Martha Capps, JO'78

VP of Client Services
Hanley Wood Marketing

Eden Prairie, MN

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John Miller

John V. Miller, BN'82

National Sales & Underwriting Manager
Piper Jaffrey

Lenexa, KS

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David Beall

David Beall, BN'81

Bizability Group

Orange, CA

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Steve Berry

Steve Berry, LA'83, LW'86

President & CFO
SB Enterprises

Des Moines, IA

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Rachel (Dystra) Boon

Rachel (Dykstra) Boon, ED'99, GR'02

Chief Academic Officer
Board of Regents

Des Moines, IA

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Kelly Caldbeck

Kelly Caldbeck, PH'01

Senior Resource Specialist
LivWell Seniors

Des Moines, IA

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Norah Carroll

Norah Carroll, JO'11, AS'11

Social Media Supervisor
Two Rivers Marketing

Des Moines, IA

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Timothy Coonan

Timothy Coonan, AS'96, LW'02

Government Relations Special Counsel
Davis Brown Law Firm

Des Moines, IA

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Kristopher Covi

Kristopher Covi, AS'95

McGrath North

Omaha, NE

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Drew Engebrecht

Drew Engebrecht, BN'02

Account Executive/Shareholder
Holmes Murphy

Waukee, IA

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John Farmer

John Farmer, AS'92

VP of Litigation
Charter Communications

St. Louis, MO

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Drew Gulley

Drew Gulley, AS'05

Business Partner
Piper Sandler

Minneapolis, MN

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Mike Hall

Mike Hall, BN'98

Senior VP, Senior Credit Officer
Northern Trust

Mount Prospect, IL

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Brian Harms, AS'89

Bulldog Vending

Sun City, AZ

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Sally Holmberg

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


Pleasant Hill, IA

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Lauren Hong

Lauren Hong, AS'07

Out & About Communications

San Diego, CA

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Geoffrey Lawton

Geoffrey Lawton, PH'92

Chief Operating Officer
Littleton Adventist Hospital

Englewood, CO

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Ken-Matt Martin

Ken-Matt Martin, JO'12

Executive Director
Pyramid Theatre Company

Providence, RI

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Chris McDonnell

Chris McDonnell, JO'05

McDonnall Wealth Management

Orland Park, IL

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Zachary Nunn

Zachary Nunn, AS'02

State Representative

Des Moines, IA

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Brian Reisetter

Brian Reisetter, PH'85, GR'87

Reisetter Health Services

Oxford, MS

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Laurel Rundle

Laurel Rundle, JO'91

Aha! Marketing

Chicago, IL

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Jeff Seaman

Jeff Seaman, BN'03

Senior VP

Phoenix, AZ

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Jeff Shawd

Jeff Shawd, JO'81, GR'83

Castle Bay Digital

Bluffton, SC

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Nikki Syverson

Nikki (Coffman) Syverson, JO'03

Capital Crossroads

Clive, IA

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Jenny Tran Johnson

Jennifer Tran-Johnson, AS'06

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

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Jim Verlengia

Jim Verlengia, GR'90, GR'95


Johnston, IA

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Ex-Officio Members

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Lori Blachford

Lori Blachford, GR'08


LGBTQ+ Chair

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Alexis Davis

Alexis Davis, JO'12, GR'17

Strategic Communications Project Manager
United Way of Central Iowa

Black Alumni Chair 

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Tom Florian

Tom Florian, BN’14, GR’16

Coordinator of Business Development
Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union


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