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Michelle Laughlin Michelle Laughlin
Access and Success Director
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

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

Laura Shell
Access and Success, Coordinator

PhD, Higher Education, Penn State University  

MA, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

BS, Management, Iowa State University 

Laura worked with student well-being, suicide prevention, and in campus residence halls before coming to Drake University. She's excited to help students find the resources they need to thrive. Laura loves reading and going on new adventures in her free time. 

Advice to students:  Ask for help. That's why we're here! 

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