Notable Alumni

​​​​​​​Congratulations to our 2019 Alumni Award Recipients!

L to R - Row 1: DMACC President Rob Denson, Betty Baker, Brandy Lueders, Mike Whitsell, Ahmed Gesalla for Taha Gesalla

Row 2: John McManus, Amy Boeckmann, Terry Stark, and Eric and Marcus Brans​tad for Christine Branstad


Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor given to DMACC alumni by the Alumni Association. This award honors and recognizes alumni who provide service to their community, country, and/or fellow citizen; have had great professional or personal achievement since graduation; and continue to be involved in the life and work of DMACC.

  • Betty Baker
    Retired Program Chair, Surgical Technology, DMACC​
    Story City, IA

  • Amy Boeckmann
    Director Clinical Education, Respiratory Therapy, DMACC
    Johnston, IA

  • Christine Branstad
    Former First Lady of the State of Iowa​
    Bejing, China

  • Brandy Lueders
    Owner, The Grateful Chef
    Ankeny, IA​

  • John McManus
    Director of Operations, Sticks Design Studio
    Des Moines, IA

  • Terry D. Stark
    Owner, Chocolaterie Stam
    Nevada, IA

  • Mike Whitsell
    Fire Marshall, West Des Moines Fire Department
    West Des Moines, IA

​DMACC Alumni Early Achievement Award

The DMACC Alumni Early Achievement Award was created to recognize alumni who have graduated from DMACC within the last ten years and have displayed exemplary personal or professional achievement or volunteer service to their community.

  • Taha Gesalla
    Undergraduate MAPS President/SHEPE Ambassador, University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA​​


The DMACC Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations for the Outstanding Alumni Award, DMACC Alumni Early Achievement Award and the DMACC Impact Award. For more information and to learn of the criteria for each award, click on the award name above. The deadline to submit nominations for all three awards is January 24, 2020​.

Past Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients