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Faculty and Staff

Sarah Pavelka

Sarah Pavelka

M.H.A., OTR/L, CPHQ, FNAHQ

Carla Stebbins

Carla Stebbins

Ph.D.

Director and Associate Professor
Master of Health Care Administration
Ann York

Ann York

PT, Ph.D., FACHE

Admission Staff

The admission staff is here to assist you! Please contact us if you have any questions about the admission process by calling 515-271-1538 or email mhaadmit@dmu.edu.

Gina Smith

Gina Smith

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
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Advisory Board Members

  • Becky Anthony
    Senior Vice President
    Iowa Hospital Association
  • Chris Blair
    Chief Administrative Officer
    Iowa Health Des Moines
  • Samantha Brower, MHA
    Physician HR Generalist
    Mercy Medical Center
    Administrative Fellow, MHA Program
    Des Moines University
  • Jodi Cahalan
    Dean of the College of Health Sciences
    Des Moines University
  • Jason Cooper
    Vice President, Business Analytics
    Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield
  • Kevin DeRonde
    Corporate Administrator
    Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Matthew Doré
    Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor
    Drake University Law School
  • James Foreman
    Chief Financial Officer
    On With Life
  • Deanna Gray
    Revenue Cycle Sales Director-Midwest
    RelayHealth
    HFMA-Iowa Chapter
    Secretary
  • Kevin Kincaid
    Chief Executive Officer
    Knoxville Hospital & Clinic
  • Jessica Meisner
     Vice President, Human Resources & Education
    Unity Point Clinic & Unity Point at Home
  • Shannon Minshall
     Director of Health Services
    Deerfield Retirement Community
  • Dane Pelfrey
    Manager
    Optimity Advisors
  • Amber Raveling
    Student Representative
  • Jennifer Richards
    Case Manager
    Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Valerie Rivera
     Director, Marketing
    Wellmark
  • Deann Sheppard (Chair)
    Administrative Director
    The Iowa Clinic, P.C.
  • Carla Stebbins
    Assistant Professor and Director,
    Graduate Program in Health Care Administration
    Des Moines University
  • Mikki Stier
    Senior Vice President of Government and External Relations
    Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Shannon Strickler
    President/CEO
    LeadingAge Iowa
  • Mark Teigland
    President/CEO
    Calvin Community
  • Dave Vellinga
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Mercy Medical Center
  • Tray Wade
    Vice President of Patient and Family Care
    Hospice of Central Iowa