New employees (1st qtr report)

May 21, 2009 —

(Des Moines, Iowa) — The following are new Des Moines University employees. The list is information compiled for the first quarter:

Jordan Bahnsen of Des Moines joined Des Moines University as the AHEC data and information coordinator.

Michelle Burkhart of Urbandale joined Des Moines University as an academic secretary. She was previously an executive assistant at Vision Fuels in Urbandale.

M.J. Caswell of Des Moines joined Des Moines University as an academic secretary in microbiology. She previously worked at Meredith.

Keri Davis of Ankeny joined Des Moines University as a research assistant.

Sheila Garner of Booneville joined the Des Moines University Clinic as a physician assistant. She is a 1997 Des Moines University graduate.

Kelly Krogh of Johnston joined Des Moines University as a research assistant.

Lindsey MacAllister of Des Moines joined Des Moines University as a library archivist. She previously was an archivist at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Janice K. Mallberg of Adel is the new associate director for the Iowa Simulation Center for Patient Safety and Clinical Skills at Des Moines University. She previously worked for Iowa Kidney Physicians in Des Moines.

Stacey Meardon of Des Moines joined Des Moines University as an instructor in the Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Jonathan Ollinger of Pleasant Hill is the new help desk manager at Des Moines University. He was previously a technical support supervisor at Westec in West Des Moines.

Terri Plundo, D.O., of Johnston joined Des Moines University as an assistant professor in family medicine. She is a 1992 graduate of Des Moines University.

Rachel Reimer of Ankeny is a new public health program faculty member at Des Moines University. She previously worked at Iowa State University.

Nick Schmit of West Des Moines is the new manager of annual giving at Des Moines University.

Chris Simonis of West Des Moines recently joined Des Moines University as a programmer specialist in the registrar’s office. He was previously with CDS Global.

Elizabeth Smith of West Des Moines joined Des Moines University as an animal caretaker. She was previously a veterinary assistant.

Elizabeth Kappmeyer Trausch, D.P.T., of Des Moines joined Des Moines University Clinic. She is a 2008 Des Moines University graduate.

Jeri Tripp of Des Moines joined Des Moines University as a CMA. She was previously a CMA at Broadlawns Medical Center.

Eric D. Wahlstrom of Des Moines joined Des Moines University as a senior accountant. He was previously at Wells Fargo in Des Moines.

Julie Watts of Johnston joined the Des Moines University Clinic as a CMA. She previously worked at Mercy Medical Center.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.


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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