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President’s Society

Presidents Society Established in 2003, the Des Moines University President’s Society honors generous individuals, private and family foundations, public corporations and corporate foundations who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more to any DMU college, program or fund. Members of the President’s Society provide the components that make the University innovative and exceptional. President’s Society members who contribute lifelong gifts cumulating $100,000 or more become lifetime members of the University’s Founders Society.

Annual Recognition Levels

Founders Society $100,000 and above
Francium $25,000 and above
Platinum $10,000-$24,000
Gold $5,000-$9,999
Silver $2,500-$4,999
Member $1,000-$2,499


  • Total gifts to Des Moines University received during each academic fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
  • Contributions must meet or exceed $1,000 by June 30 in order for a donor to be recognized as a member.
  • Gifts can be made in support of any Des Moines University college, program, fund or university event.
  • Public corporations and corporate foundations are eligible for membership
  • Annual pledge support amounts determine recognition levels

Eligible Gift Types

  • Cash
  • Securities
  • In-Kind (with documentation)
  • Real estate
  • Corporate matching gifts (provided recognition isn’t prohibited by company’s matching gifts policy)
  • Soft credit for current spouse (with documentation)
  • Any type of planned gift is eligible
  • Annual pledge based support 

Donor Recognition and Opportunities for Engagement

  • Donor name(s) listed in the annual Des Moines University Honor Roll of Donors
  • Special invitations to donor and campus events including the prestigious President’s Society Holiday Reception
  • Des Moines University Magazine
  • Holiday card from President Franklin
  • Special communications and recognition from Des Moines University senior leadership

President’s Society Members

Current fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) President’s Society Members

Charlie Day Leonard Fronton, D.O. ’66
Dr. & Mrs. Donald Janower
Allen S. Birrer, D.O. ’64 Dr. & Mrs. Stanley C. Gallagher, ’76
Murray Goldstein, D.O. Kruidenier Charitable Foundation Inc.
Roger D. Monsour, D.O. & Barbara Harken Monsour Chidozie J. Ononuju, D.O. ’96, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation
Thomas E. Benzoni, D.O. ’83 & Noreen E. O’Shea, D.O. ’84 Jeffrey J. Bulson, D.O. ’85
Captain John R. Cusack, MC, USN (Ret.) ’76 Bernard M. Feldman, D.O. ’80 & Ava R. Feldman, D.O. ’83
McAninch Corporation McGladrey, LLP
Meredith Corporation NCMIC Group, Inc. / Professional Solutions
R.W. & Mary A. Nelson James S. Teague
Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers AT&T Services, Inc.
Allen Auerbach & Terry Masel-Auerbach BCDG, LP dba McDonalds
Belin McCormick, P.C. CenturyLink
Daniel R. Deavers, Ph.D. Thomas R. DeGregory, D.O. & April DeGregory
First American Bank James A. Grekin, D.O.
Gary & Marcia Hammers Iowa Medical Society
Iowa Realty Iowa State Bank
Gerald M. & Joan Kirke / Wild Rose Entertainment MidAmerican Energy Company
Steve & Erna Morain PiperJaffray
Sammons Financial Group Venture Management & Realty LLC
Sue and Art Wittmack
Johan Aerts, D.O., FACOS AIB College of Business
Dr. William G. Anderson, ’56 Kenneth S. Bayles, D.O. ’75 & Shirley L. Bayles
Brian J. Beck, D.O. ’69 Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery
Ronald W. Blair, D.O. BMO Harris Bank
Governor Terry Branstad & Chris Branstad K. Linda Bratkiewicz, D.P.M. ’91
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Dr. Phil & Becky Bryant
Thomas R. Buroker, D.O. ’68 & Patricia G. Buroker Ms. Linda M. Carter-Lewis
Gage M. Caudell Ellen Chaffee
Naresh C. Chandan, D.O. ’92 & Ritu Chandan, D.O. ’95 Jay W. Christensen, M.H.A. ’01
Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Hockenberg & Scalise, PC Patricia A. Cottrille, D.O., FACOP
Patty and Jim Cownie Charitable Fund Zane G. Craig, D.O. ’78
Raymond M. Depa, D.O. ’97 Des Moines Area Community College
Drake University Dr. Ted Edwards & Dr. Belinda Savage-Edwards
John P. Eichorst, D.O. ’61 Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance
Bill & Kathy Fehrman Financial Plus Credit Union
Charles Finch, D.O. Michelle F. Fiorillo, D.O. ’88
Tom & Kris Flynn Flynn Wright
Jill & Darin Frerichs Michael & Barbara Gartner
W. Stevenson Glanton, J.D. Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau
GTG Construction Roberta J. Guibord, D.O. ’92
Dr. & Mrs. Henry Hagenstein, ’77 William J. Hamilton, D.O. ’72
Renee Hardman Dr. James K. Harley
Burr C. Hartman, D.O. ’79 Margaret & Leo Hough
Gordon H. Hsieh, D.O. ’85 IMT Insurance Company
The Iowa Clinic, P.C. Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association
John Ruan Foundation Trust Chuck & Jaina Johnson
Daniel C. Jones (D.O. ’93) and Carolee A. Jones Ric & Carol Jurgens
Bill & Char Kimball Jeff & Shannon Lamberti
Allan M. Lans, D.O. Ralph Levy, D.O.
Mercer Robert F. Naples, D.O. ’83
NAACP-Des Moines Robert Orenstein, D.O. & Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, D.O.
Beth Orlowski Otis Elevator Company
Outreach, Inc. Dr. Edward H. & Mrs. Carol Papish
Per Mar Security Services Claudia Peterson, D.O. ’86
Andrea C. Plagge, D.O. ’98 Polk County Board of Supervisors
J. Douglas & Debbie Reichardt Marcia A. Rellihan, D.O. ’83
Harvey V. Ring, D.O. ’60 Brian L. Risavi, D.O., MS, FACEP
Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, LLC Ronald D. Sanzone, D.O. ’68
Alfred D. Savage, D.O. ’72 Robert C. Schwert, D.O. ’73
Shive-Hattery, Inc. Stanley Skopit, D.O.
Michael J. Stein, D.O. ’66 Triangle Solutions
John Utrie Waldinger Corporation
Mr. & Mrs. H.W. Walker Jr. West Bank
Thomas M. White, D.O. ’89 Ray & Carla Wifler
Willis Auto Campus Connie Wimer
Charles L. Woods, D.O. ’66 Walter J Yee and Carol K Denbesten Yee
Sanford D. Zelnick, D.O. ’80 Alan Zuckert

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