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National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council (NAC) for the College of Arts and Sciences provides a way to engage alumni across the globe and broaden communication among the College, its alumni, and other friends.

The NAC meets twice each year, and provides counsel to the College regarding objectives, strategies, goals, problems, and opportunities; develops recommendations on the priority needs of the College as requested by the Dean; and assists with the recruitment of students and alumni and development efforts.

Current members

Patricia Rizzoli Aguglia, Chair
Speech Communications 1975
Associate Director, Leadership Development
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL

Johan Aerts
Biology 1999
Transplant Surgeon
Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA

Kristi Bowman
Political Science, Individualized Major 1998
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI

Darren Fife
Environmental Science 2006
Barker Lemar Engineering, West Des Moines, IA

Danielle Foster-Smith
English 1997
Litigation Specialist
Ruan, Des Moines, IA

James Holsapple
Physics 1980
Chief, Department of Neurosurgery and Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Mark Jarrett
Physics 1984
Six Sigma specialist in engineering - aerospace division
Honeywell, Minneapolis, MN

Sasha Muir Kamper
Mathematics 1991
Sr. Securities Analyst—Private Placements
Principal Global Investors, Des Moines, IA

Wilson (Wil) Lewis II
Sociology 1996
Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
Bank of America, Chicago, IL

Pete Lovell

Environmental Science, Biology 2002
Project Scientist/GIS Specialist
HR Green, Inc., Des Moines, IA 

Tami Byram Mahl
Political Science, Music 1986
Davenport, IA

Julie Mulholland
Biology 1995
Senior Manager
Oracle, Westminster, CO

Robert Palmer
LPS 2010, JD 2014
Director of Government Affairs and General Counsel
Iowa League of Cities, Des Moines, IA

Andy Poppen, Friends of Drake Arts Chair
Des Moines, IA

Drake Staff

Gesine Gerhard
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences 

Maria Bohorquez
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, College of Arts & Sciences

Natalie Bayer
Associate Dean of Student Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences

Doug Lampe
Major Gift Officer

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