Meet Our Alumni

Jill Morehead

Samantha Thomas

Courtney Rickert McCaffrey


‌Jill Morehead, 2000

Major in International Relations

After graduating from Drake, Jill received an M.A. in Sustainable Development from the school for International Training.‌

She currently works for Mercy Corps as Team Leader for a Strategic Responses and Global Emergencies Team.  Previously, she served in the Peace Corps and has worked for The Services Corps, Crisis Corps, AmeriCares, and the United Nations Development Program.  Her work has taken her to disaster and crisis areas around the world.

Of her Drake education, Jill says: "Studying International Relations at Drake University set me up for a successful international career from the start. I focused on Latin American history and politics and then volunteered for Peace Corps in Nicaragua and Crisis Corps four years later in El Salvador. I also met my best friend at Drake nearly 20 years ago; some of the best experiences of my life happened at Drake."


Samantha Thomas, 2011

Samantha Thomas graduated from Drake with a degree in International Relations in 2011. She spent two years in South Korea developing an arts curriculum for a private school to help students become more confident in their English speaking and writing abilities. Thomas is the founder and CEO of Global Arts Therapy, which promotes arts and development programs for children and young people in Iowa, Nepal and West Africa.

"The education I received at Drake offered me an opportunity to apply my knowledge of global issues outside of the classroom in countries such as Nepal and Ghana. Drake University also helped my vision for Global Arts Therapy become a reality, the personal and professional opportunities to network and expand ones horizons are exceptional."


Courtney Rickert McCaffrey, 2004

Majors in both Politics and IR (minors in Economics and Spanish)

 After her graduation from Drake, Courtney received an MA in 2008 in International Relations and International Economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

She currently works at A.T. Kearney as an Associate in their Global Business Policy Council (GBPC) (http://www.atkearney.com/gbpc/about), an applied think tank that produces thought leadership on global trends as they relate to the business environment. Her work includes analysis of political risk issues as well as a broader range of social and economic issues.

Of her Drake education, Courtney says: I appreciate the high quality of the education that I received at Drake and all of the great people that I met while I was a student there. In particular, I was able to really get to know my professors and they were able to get to know me as well, providing the basis for valuable relationships that have lasted long past graduation. In addition, Drake's attention to teaching practical knowledge and skills that translate well into a professional setting, rather than focusing exclusively on a more theoretical understanding of concepts, has helped me immensely in my career."


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