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Board of Counselors

The Board of Counselors seeks to advance the cause of legal education and promote the interests of Drake Law School.

The Drake Law School Board of Counselors is an association of distinguished alumni and attorneys who meet three times during the academic year to discuss issues related to the Law School and serve as advisers to the dean.

2023-24 Drake Law School Board of Counselors


Emily Anderson, 
AS'04, LW'07
Partner, RSH Legal
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Tom Bernau, BN'85, LW'88
President, Bernau Capital
West Des Moines, Iowa

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Maria Brownell,
Shareholder Attorney
Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.
Des Moines, Iowa

Richard M. Calkins,
Mediator/Arbitrator, Calkins Mediation Services
Urbandale, Iowa

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Craig Claussen, LW'73
Napa, California


Elizabeth Coonan,
Shareholder Attorney, Dentons Davis Brown Law Firm
Des Moines, Iowa

Barbara Quijano Decker,
 LA'72, GR'73, LW'00
Executive Director, Catholic Charities
West Des Moines, Iowa

Katlyn Downs 
Past President, Student Bar Association 2022-2023 
Associate Attorney
Laird Law Firm
Mason City, Iowa

Denny Drake,
 LA'73, LW'77
Grimes, Iowa

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The Honorable Michael R. Fitzpatrick, LA'80, LW'84 
Judge, Wisconsin Court of Appeals 
Janesville, Wisconsin 

Danielle Foster-Smith, AS'97, LW'00
Vice President, Legal Services, and General Counsel
Ruan Transportation Management Systems
Des Moines, Iowa

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Steven K. Gaer, LW'86 
President and General Counsel, Recoop Disaster Insurance Company 
West Des Moines, Iowa 

Amy Gandhi,
AS'06, LW'12
Corporate Counsel, Wright Service Corp.
West Des Moines, Iowa

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Lori Geadelmann, LW’93 
Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant General Counsel 
Farm Bureau Financial Services 
West Des Moines, Iowa 

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Katie Graham
, LW'11
Partner, Nyemaster Goode PC
Des Moines, Iowa

Patrick Grant, LW'76
Chair Emeritus and former President and CEO
Western Stock Show Association
Denver, Colorado

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The Honorable Henry Hamilton
, JO'88, LW'92
Federal Administrative Law Judge
Des Moines, Iowa


Kristin Hays, 
SVP, Global Communications, Sabre Corporation
Irving, Texas

Thomas Henderson,
LA'77, LW'80
Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy PLC
Des Moines, Iowa


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William Hoye,
Executive Vice President, Chief
Operating Officer & General Counsel
IES Abroad
Chicago, Illinois


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Sarah Karlgaard,
General Counsel and Secretary
FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation
Chanhassen, Minnesota

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Janice J. Kerkove, LW’99 
Shareholder, Bradley & Riley PC 
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa

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Peter Kitundu,
Vice President, Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Des Moines, Iowa

Dionna Lewis, LW'11
Managing Attorney, District Legal Group, PLLC
Washington, DC

The Honorable David May,
Justice, Iowa Supreme Court
Polk City, Iowa

Cory McAnelly, LW’11 
Assistant Vice President - Strategy and Innovation 
Principal Financial Group 
Des Moines, Iowa 

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Joan McKown
, LW'83
Of Counsel
Jones Day
Washington, DC

Bill Miller, LW'02
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Des Moines, Iowa

Charles J. Monterio, Jr., LW’04 
Partner, Venable LLP 
Washington, DC 


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Chantry Noel, Graduate 2024
President, Student Bar Association
Drake Law School

West Branch, Iowa

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Michael Norton,
General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Jerry Patterson, LW'92
President, Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company
Fidelity Investments
Boston, Massachusetts


The Honorable David Porter,
District Court Judge, Iowa District 5C
Des Moines, Iowa

Timothy Pratt,
Former Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
and General Counsel, Boston Scientific Corp
Kansas City, Missouri

Jennifer Richter,
LW'91, JO'91
Partner, Chair of Telecommunications, Media & Technology Practice
Washington, DC

The Honorable Joseph Rubenstein, LW’75 
Plymouth, Minnesota 

William Scales,
Associate, Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin, PLLC
Nashville, Tennessee

Miranda Lundeen Soto,
Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
Miami, Florida

Michael Staab,
Co-CEO, Innovative Rx Strategies, LLC
Deerfield, Illinois

Brooke Timmer, LW’06 
Partner, Timmer & Judkins PLLC 
West Des Moines, Iowa 

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The Honorable Mark Wernick
, LW'75
Senior District Court Judge
Minnesota Fourth Judicial District
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Maggie White,
AS'06, LW'13
Associate General Counsel, EMC Insurance Companies
Des Moines, Iowa

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Andrew Wilcox, LW’08 
Shareholder, Polsinelli PC 
Kansas City, Missouri 

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Gillian R. Wilcox, LW’07 
Deputy Director for Litigation, ACLU of Missouri 
Kansas City, Missouri


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