Drake University Parent Advisory Council: Your Representatives!


As a parent of a Drake student, you are a member of the Drake University Parent Advisory Council--and the Parent Advisory Council Board members are your representatives and resources! Staffed and supported by the Office of the Provost; Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Student Success, Melissa Sturm-Smith; the Parent Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to Drake administrators and faculty, and in an advocacy role for all Drake parents.

The Drake Parent Advisory Council also engages in a variety of activities that benefit Drake students and parents, including Parents and Family Weekend events, student bus trips to and from the Chicagoland and Twin Cities areas over academic breaks, and the Parents Handbook.

Here are your Parent Advisory Council members for 2014-2015. Are you interested in serving on the Drake Parent Advisory Council but want more information on the responsibilities expected of you? ‌‌  OR contact us at parents@drake.edu.


Kim & Steve Acheson
New Berlin, Wisconsin

Greg & Camille Brodek
Hampden, Maine

Bonietha (Bonnie) Collins
Oak Park, Illinois

Todd & Susan Dublin
Kirksville, Missouri

Derrick & La' Shawn Hill
Chicago, Illinois

Roger & Julie Lanning
Creston, Iowa

Barry & Lisa Lipin
Skokie, Illinois

Nathalie Mackie
Clayton, Missouri

Curtis Peterson
Decorah, Iowa

Terry (T.J.) & Deborah (Deb) Ruskell
Burnsville, Minnesota

Jeffrey (Jeff) & Lynnette Shawd
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Derrell & Bernadette Turner
Woodbury, Minnesota

JC & Marci Van Ginkel
Atlantic, Iowa

Steve & Crystal Wenzel
Ottowa, Illinois

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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.