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, Jr.  

Bryan Thomas, Jr.
Coordinator for Student Success Programs

M.S., Higher Education Administration, Florida International University
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.

Contact Bryan:
Phone: 515-271-2029



Photos Courtesy of Cameron Johnson, Drake University student

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University News
June 23, 2016
Joseph Jones, a Drake alumnus and former legislative assistant to retired U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, has been hired as executive director of The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement.