Meet the Staff

Chrystal Stanley


Chrystal Stanley
Academic Achievement Coordinator

  Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Iowa State University
  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.

Contact Chrystal:
Phone: 515-271-3752

 Michelle Laughlin

Michelle Laughlin
Student Disability Services Coordinator

  M.S., Secondary School Counseling, Drake University
  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.

Contact Michelle:
Phone: 515-271-1835
Fax: 515-271-2376

 Stephanie Viola  

Stephanie Sledge
Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services

  M.S., Higher and Postsecondary Education, Arizona
     State University
  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!

Contact Stephanie:
Phone: 515-271-2074


Bryan Thomas
Coordinator for Student Success Programs


Advice to students:  

Contact Bryan:
Phone: 515-271-2029



Photos Courtesy of Cameron Johnson, Drake University student

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University News
July 15, 2014
Three Drake alumnae were honored in the Des Moines Business Record’s 2014 Women of Influence awards. The awards celebrate women who have made a difference in their community.