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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

Gina Smith

Gina Smith

Director of Admissions and Recruitment,
MHA/MPH/PPDPT admissions

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
  • Jason Harrington
    President and CEO
    Lakes Regional Healthcare
  • 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
    Optimity Advisors
  • Amber Raveling
    Student Representative
  • Jennifer Richards
    Case Manager
    Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Valerie Rivera
     Director, Marketing
  • 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
    LeadingAge Iowa
  • Mark Teigland
    Calvin Community
  • Dave Vellinga
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Mercy Medical Center
  • Tray Wade
    Vice President of Patient and Family Care
    Hospice of Central Iowa