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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

  • Amber Raveling
    Student Representative
  • Chris Blair
    Chief Administrative Officer
    Iowa Health Des Moines
  • Jodi Cahalan
    Dean of the College of Health Sciences
    Des Moines University
  • Kevin DeRonde
    Corporate Administrator
    Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Matthew Dor√©
    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
  • Samantha Brower
    Student Representative
  • Stephanie Hultman
    Iowa Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Kevin Kincaid
    Chief Executive Officer
    Knoxville Hospital & Clinic
  • Dane Pelfrey
    Optimity Advisors
  • Jennifer Richards
    Assistant Vice President
    Performance Improvement/Risk Management
    Acute Care, Inc.
  • Deann Sheppard
    Administrative Director
    The Iowa Clinic, P.C.
  • Steve Simonin
    Chief Executive Officer
    Wright Medical Center
  • Mikki Stier
    Senior Vice President of Government and External Relations
    Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Carla Stebbins
    Assistant Professor and Director,
    Graduate Program in Health Care Administration
    Des Moines University
  • Shannon Strickler
    Vice President, Federal & State Relations
    Iowa Hospital Association
  • Dave Vellinga
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Mercy Medical Center
  • Tray Wade
    Vice President of Patient and Family Care
    Hospice of Central Iowa