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Meet our Staff

Here are the faces who help design, coordinate and implement Drake University’s online and continuing education programs.

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Christina Trombley
Executive Director, Online Programming

Christina leads Drake University’s Online and Continuing Education, building online programming and new professional development opportunities for the Des Moines area metro and beyond. Through strong collaboration, Drake’s Online and Continuing Education can develop strong opportunities to better serve the 21st-century student.

Email: christina.trombley@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-2506

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Kara Wendelin Carnahan
Director, Online Student Services

Kara leads our online student support services, advising our online students to help them be successful in their educational journeys. She works with students at every point – from orientation to graduation, ensuring students have a strong mentor at Drake University.

Email: kara.wendelin@drake.edu 
Phone: 515-271-2674

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Mary Jane Blystone
Instructional Designer

The instructional design team works with faculty to support new online courses development. Throughout the process, the instructional designers provide expertise and insight on the effectiveness of online learning resources.

Email: maryjane.blystone@drake.edu 
Phone: 515-271-2616

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Shannon Hilscher
Instructional Designer

The instructional design team works with faculty to support new online courses development. Throughout the process, the instructional designers provide expertise and insight on the effectiveness of online learning resources.

Email: shannon.hilscher@drake.edu 
Phone: 515-271-2615

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Nicole Stabile
Instructional Technology Specialist

Nichole works closely with instructional designers, faculty, and adjunct instructors to develop, implement, and maintain high-quality technology integration for online courses. She provides technical, creative, and visual design support.

Email: nichole.stabile@drake.edu 
Phone: 515-271-1872

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Sarah Ramsey
Director, Business Professionals Programs

Sarah leads our signature Leading Others program, which builds executives’ leadership capacity and readiness. She also works with organizations and businesses to provide customized professional development programs and oversees additional training opportunities.

Email: sarah.ramsey@drake.edu 
Phone: 515-271-2147

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Nicki Kimm
Administrative Assistant & Budget Manager

Nicki provides administrative support to the executive director and the office. She organizes and maintains the department budget while ensuring team members have what they need to effectively serve the campus and our online and continuing education students.

Email: nicki.kimm@drake.edu 
Phone: 515-271-1829

 

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