DMU staff honored for supporting employee’s military obligations

March 11, 2008 —

Mark Peiffer, CPA, chief financial officer at Des Moines University (DMU), and Beth Brosnahan, CPA, controller at DMU, were recently surprised with a Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Peiffer and Brosnahan were nominated by Technical Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson, staff accountant. Johnson is a member of the Air National Guard, 132 Fighter Wing unit.

In his nomination letter, Johnson wrote, “I have 100% support from Beth and Mark. They understand the important role the Air National Guard plays, not only for the state of Iowa, but for the entire country. Without the support of my supervisors and my fellow workers, going (on a temporary duty assignment) would be much more difficult.”


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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