Meet the Staff
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Iowa State University
Academic Achievement Coordinator
M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, Drake University
B.A., English, Central College
An Iowa native, Chrystal enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and outdoor activities. She relishes helping students find their passion and discover their true potential. In her position, Chrystal oversees the tutoring services and meets one-on-one with students to improve their study skills.
Advice to students: Learning is all about the thinking. When you are studying, be sure that you are actively engaged in thinking.
M.S., Secondary School Counseling, Drake University
Student Disability Services Coordinator
B.A., Psychology, University of Northern Iowa
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Michelle has spent her life encouraging others to achieve to be the best that they can be despite their challenges. With her educational and personal background she helps students make the most of their educational experience.
Advice to Students: Change your way of thinking and it can change your life.
M.S., Higher and Postsecondary Education, Arizona State University
Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services
B.S., Rehabilitation Services, Penn State University
Originally from the small coal mining town of Minersville, Pa., Stephanie was a four-year member of the Nittany Lion softball team and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Stephanie oversees the academic progress of all Bulldog athletic teams and works to ensure student-athletes balance the academic and athletic demands they face
Advice to students: Be proactive and take ownership for your success. Remember that asking for help when needed shows great strength of character and maturity. Never forget to have fun and enjoy your time at Drake!
Bryan Thomas, Jr.
M.S., Higher Education Administration, Florida International University
Coordinator for Student Success Programs
B.A., Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bryan is a New Orleans native who enjoys cooking. His goal is to help students make the most out of their collegiate experience. He prides himself in helping students exceed past their expectations.
Advice to students: Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. If you are willing to do this then your potential is limitless.
Photos Courtesy of Cameron Johnson, Drake University student