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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.

Christina Trombley, Ph.D.

Christina Trombley, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Online Programming, Drake Online and Continuing Education

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.  Christina's Full Bio

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Kara Wendelin Carnahan

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.

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Dianna Gray

Dianna Gray

Director, Online Admission & Engagement

Dianna oversees online recruiting and admission processes for domestic and international students. She partners with University Communications and Marketing teams to build the Drake Online brand awareness and integrated marketing strategy. She also works with organizations to strengthen external engagement through corporate and academic recruiting events.  

She holds an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Capella University and B.A. in Psychology from Augustana University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from the Drake University School of Education

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Sarah Ramsey

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.  Sarah's Full Bio

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Pamela Moore

Pamela Moore

Program Assistant

Pam transitioned to Drake Online and Continuing Education in 2022 after having worked as a Program Manager for the ABA graduate program.  In her Drake Online and Continuing Ed role, she will assist with the Professional Development programs along with administrative duties for Drake Online and Continuing Ed.  Pam has worked in many different industries including, sales, law, science, and academia. She particularly enjoys academia and watching individuals grow and develop as they go through Drake University’s various programs. She holds a B.S. in Biology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MBA from Drake University.

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Shannon Hilscher

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.  Shannon's Full Bio

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Nichole Stabile

Nichole Stabile

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.  Stabile Extended Bio

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William Klein

William Klein

Instructional Technology Specialist

Bill works closely with instructional designers, faculty, and adjunct instructors to develop, implement, and maintain high-quality technology integration for online courses. He provides technical, creative, and visual design support. View Bill's LinkedIn profile.

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Bret Sikkink

Bret Sikkink

Instructional Technology Specialist

Bret works closely with instructional designers, faculty, and adjunct instructors to develop, implement, and maintain high-quality technology integration for online courses. He provides technical, creative, and visual design support.  Bret's Full Bio

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Suzanne Wisslead

Suzanne Wisslead

CRM Specialist

As CRM Specialist, Suzanne manages DOCE’s use of Drake’s admission CRM (Slate) for online program applications, including – but not limited to – data imports, reporting, and communications. As a member of Drake’s Slate Graduate User Group, she also serves as a resource for graduate Slate users across campus.  Suzanne's Full Bio

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