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Drake University Parent Advisory Council

Parent Advisory Board Photo Sept. 2015

Welcome! At Drake, we encourage parents to get involved in their students' education and invite you to make the most of your automatic membership in the Drake University Parent Advisory Council.

Parent Advisory Council members and University staff are ready and willing to answer your questions and listen to your ideas about your student’s education. As we look forward to your student joining us on campus, we also look forward to you joining our extended campus community.

The Drake Parent Advisory Council engages in a variety of activities that benefit Drake students and parents, including Parents and Family Weekend events, student bus trips to and from the Chicagoland and Twin Cities areas over academic breaks, and other activities designed to introduce you the Drake faculty and administration.

Student Recruitment Programs: Drake Parent Advisory Council members are actively involved in assisting with student recruitment by hosting and attending home receptions and serving on panel presentations.

The Drake Fund: Each year, the Drake Parent Advisory Council encourages all Drake parents to contribute to The Drake Fund, which provides important support for all the aspects of Drake that most benefit students – from exceptional faculty and academic programs to scholarships and learning materials.

If you are interested in participating in the Drake University Parent Advisory Council, would like to speak to a Parent Advisory Council member or have questions please email Marina Verlengia, Director of New Student Programs. Marina is involved with all the the programming for new students including Orientation and Welcome Weekend and in an advocacy role for all Drake parents.

Here are your Parent Advisory Council members for 2017-2018:

  • Lisa & Kelly Bennett, Ankeny, Iowa
  • Tim & Stacia Carroll, Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Lisa & Tom Cirks, Grinnell, Iowa
  • Trent & Mickolyn Clapper, Rhodes, Iowa
  • Diana Crosswait, Ames, Iowa
  • Alma & Victor Diaz, Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Lisa & Charles Friedman, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Michelle & Les Hamilton, Maple Grove, Iowa
  • Steve & Cathy Haney, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Barbara (Barb) & Ben Hildebrandt, Des Moines, Iowa
  • JoAnn & Mike Klocke, Coon Rapids, Iowa
  • Debbie Landehoff, Van Meter, Iowa
  • Jean & Tim LeMunyon, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Nancy & Kirk Matchey, Lake Elmo, Minnesota
  • Barb & Mark Matusik, Lake Villa, Illinois
  • Marty & Paige O'Keefe, Chaska, Minnesota
  • Kelly & Marty Radi, Sartell, Minnesota
  • Leanne & Bill Rezac, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Jan & Joseph Starcevic, Albia, Iowa
  • Natalie & David Steenson, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Mark & Patricia Summers, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Phil & Mary Ellen Trbovic, Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Jayna Walden, Lee's Summit, Missouri
  • Tom & Traci Zander, Woodbury, Minnesota

Interested in serving on the Drake Parent Advisory Council but want more information on the responsibilities expected of you? Contact the council at


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August 17, 2018
Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, gave a special lecture to approximately 350 Drake Law students, faculty, and staff on Aug. 16.