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 2023

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

Martha Capps

Martha Capps, JO'78

Capps Marketing

Eden Prairie, MN

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Nikki Syverson

Nikki (Coffman) Syverson, JO'03

Isaacson-Syverson Consulting

Des Moines, IA


Tammi Blackstone, AS'00

Iowa Criminal Justice Information System

Des Moines, IA

Ashley Blazek

Ashley Blazek, JO’19

Community Manager
High Impact Institute

Fargo, ND

Shawn Burke

Shawn Burke, LW’87

Senior Account Executive
Thomson Reuters

Des Moines, IA

Kelly Caldbeck

Kelly Caldbeck, PH'01

Senior Resource Specialist
LivWell Seniors

Des Moines, IA

Hijinio Carreon

Hijinio Carreon, AS’99

Chief Medical Officer

Des Moines, IA


JT Cattle, BN'13

Senior Development Director
Parkinson's Foundation

Overland Park, KS

Dana Clark

Dana Clark, JO'90

Sales Enablement Manager
Motorola Solutions Inc.

Chicago, IL


Bonnie Collins, LA'83


Broadview, IL

Kristopher Covi

Kristopher Covi, AS'95

McGrath North

Omaha, NE


Adam Emmenecker, BN'08

Director of Market Strategy & Intelligence
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Des Moines, IA

Drew Engebrecht

Drew Engebrecht, BN'02

Account Executive/Shareholder
Holmes Murphy

Waukee, IA

John Farmer

John Farmer, AS'92

VP of Litigation
Charter Communications

St. Louis, MO

Sally Holmberg

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


Pleasant Hill, IA

Darby Holroyd

Darby Holroyd, AS’22

Rapid Rehousing Case Manager
Family Tree

Englewood, CO

Paul LeFort

Paul LeFort, JO’91

Director, Sales Development
The Nielsen Company

Los Angeles, CA

Ken-Matt Martin

Ken-Matt Martin, JO'12

Artistic Director
Victory Gardens Theater

Chicago, IL

Tyson Moore

Tyson Moore, BN’03

Managing Director
J.P. Morgan

Atlanta, GA

Jenny Tran Johnson

Jennifer Tran-Johnson, AS'06

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Seejo Valacheril

Seejo Valacheril, BN’12

Client Account Executive

Chicago, IL

Jim Verlengia

Jim Verlengia, GR'90, GR'95


Johnston, IA


Bill Wells, LA'69

W. Wells & Associates, LLC

Eden Prarie, MN


Molly Wilensky, AS'13

Manager, Law School Analytics and Reporting
American Bar Association

Chicago, IL



Ex-Officio Members

If you need to contact someone specifically you can reach out to them via their contact information below.

Lynn Bolinger

Lynn Bolinger, AS'93

Consumer Marketing Manager, Dotdash Meredith

LGBTQ+ Alumni Association Co-Chair

Alexis Davis

Alexis Davis, JO'12, GR'17

Strategic Communications Project Manager
United Way of Central Iowa

Black Alumni Association Chair 

Tom Florian

Tom Florian, BN’14, GR’16

Director, Membership and Growth
West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce



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