Assistant Director of Admission
Educational Background: B.A. and M.P.A., Drake University
Three interesting things about Lilianna:
- My middle name is Happy.
- I own a historic house (circa 1900) in the Drake neighborhood and love to work on projects on it.
- I met my husband in an airport.
Why do you love Drake?
I initially fell in love with the University as a prospective high school student. Back then, I loved Drake because of its size, personal attention, and the beautiful campus; As a Drake student, I continued to love Drake because it offered me so many opportunities, friendships, and experiences. As an alum, I still love Drake for all the same reasons I have in the past, but my perspective now is that I can reflect and say, "Wow, look at much Drake changed my life!"
What is your favorite thing to do in Des Moines?
The downtown Farmer's Market in the Court Avenue District (Saturdays from 7AM-noon; May-October). I grew up in Chicago and found that Des Moines has pretty much everything to do that Chicago has, but the Downtown Farmers Market is truly a uniquely Des Moines experience.
Advice for prospective students:
The best way to know if Drake is the right fit for you is to experience a day here! Visit and tour the campus, meet a faculty member, explore Des Moines and talk to current students!