DMACC's 2019 Alumni Award Recipients Announced

Posted 2/25/2019

Honorees to be recognized in Special Ceremony in April

Eight former DMACC students will be honored at a special dinner and recognition ceremony on Tuesday, April 23. Seven DMACC alumnus will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award. They include:

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
Beijing, China

Brandy Lueders
Owner, The Grateful Chef
Des Moines, 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

Outstanding Alumni Award

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

In addition, the DMACC Alumni Early Achievement Award will be given to the following recent DMACC graduate:

Taha Gesalla
Undergraduate MAPS President/SHEPE Ambassador, University of Iowa
Iowa City, 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.

​For more information on the awardees or recognition events, please contact the Alumni Association at 515-965-7331 or at


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