RaySociety Leadership & Governance

The RaySociety is led by various members of the Drake Campus and community. Current leadership and governance are listed below. Click here to read the RaySociety's By-Laws.

2019-20 RaySociety Council

The RaySociety Council provides leadership and direction to ensure that the purpose of the RaySociety is fulfilled. Council members provide oversight for program creation, financial management, community outreach, membership recruitment and retention, all in compliance with Drake policies and procedures. The 2018-19 RaySociety Council Members are listed below.

  • Gloria Morris
  • Bob Haskins
  • Craig Shives
  • Mary Doidge
  • Carl Johnson
  • Judy Conlin
  • David Boyd
  • Dennis Davis
  • Allan Demorest
  • Judy Blank
  • Sue Wright
  • Jan Hetzel
  • Bill Meek
  • June Johnson
  • Bill Shackelford
  • John Perkins
  • Dave Hansen
  • Paul Horvath
  • John Smith
  • Tracy Beck


Executive Committee

The executive committee is formed and is comprised of the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the chairs of the standing committees. The society manager and the university liaison will serve as ex-officio, non-voting members. The committee shall conduct the business of the society as necessary between meetings of the council.

  • President - Gloria Morris
  • Vice President - Bob Haskins
  • Secretary - Craig Shives
  • Treasurer - Mary Doidge
  • Programming Committee Chair - Carl Johnson
  • Events & Socials Committee Chair - Jan Hetzel
  • Marketing & Membership Committee Chair - June Johnson
  • Nominating Committee Chair - Dennis Davis

Committee Chairs and Members

The chair of each standing committee is charged with carrying out the duties of the committee as defined below.

Events & Socials Committee Chair - Jan Hetzel
The Events & Socials Committee will identify opportunities for on-campus and community activities to present in conjunction with the RaySociety classes, and will coordinate with the RaySociety staff to implement and oversee activities.

Nominating Committee Chair - Dennis Davis
The Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees to fill vacant positions on the council. Committee membership shall consist of the RaySociety Manager, two current Council members and at least two additional society members.

Programming Committee Chair - Carl Johnson
The Programming Committee will identify topics and develop classes to be offered by the RaySociety in the Fall and Spring semesters. The committee will work in coordination with the RaySociety staff to implement and oversee classes offered.

Marketing & Membership Committee Chair - June Johnson
The Marketing & Membership Committee will devise and implement strategies for membership recruitment and retention. The committee will work in coordination with the RaySociety staff to implement and oversee promotional activities.

Committee Members:

Events and Socials Committee

Jan Hetzel
Bob Henderson
Sue Jensen
Linda Henson
Janel Tyler
Karen Diltz
Mary Keck
Craig Shives

Nominating Committee

Denny Davis
Bob Haskins
Mary Doidge
Margie Davidson
Lois Fingerman
Deb Hansen

Membership and Marketing Committee

June Johnson
Bill Shackelford
Judy Conlin
Martha James
Jo Berry
Liz Myers

Programming Committee

Carl Johnson
Gloria Morris
Bob Haskins
John Perkins
Jan Hetzel
June Johnson
Dennis Davis
Alan Demorest
Bill Shackelford
Judy Conlin
Ken Popken
Ronni Begleiter
Linda Appelgate
John Mandelbaum
Steve Larson
Paul Morris
Margie Davidson
Bob Henderson
Phillip Latessa
Geoffrey Abelson
Sue Jensen
Karen Diltz
Granville Williams
Beverly Ellis
Marshall Grabau
Paul Woodard
Peggy Urtz
Dennis Groenenboom
Liz Myers
Brena Corona
Rod Henshaw

Ex Officio

The University liaison to the society is the Vice President of University Advancement or his/her designee and serves as ex-officio on the council, functioning as the representative of the University to the society with the responsibilities of providing counsel and direction as necessary to maintain a strong and positive working relationship.

  • Billie Ray
  • John Smith, Vice President for Advancement, Drake University

RaySociety Staff

  • Tracy Beck, Manager
  • Lisa Cooper, Program Coordinator 
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