Notable Alumni

Congratulations to our 2023 Alumni Award Recipients!

This year's class of award recipients have gone above and beyond - in their professions, in their communities, and in support of others. They epitomize all that is great about this institution, and we are proud to count them among our esteemed alumni.

Honorees were recognized at a dinner and ceremony held on October 17, 2023.

​Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor given to Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) alumni by the Alumni Association. This award honors and recognizes DMACC graduates who:

  • provide service to their community, country, and/or fellow citizen,
  • have had great professional or personal achievement since graduation, and/or
  • continue to be involved in the life and work of DMACC.

David J. Abram

David J. Abram II
Vice President Commercial Lending, Dupaco Community Credit Union
Carlisle, IA
AS Liberal Arts 1994

Petra Amstad

Petra Amstad
Senior Strategist, Brand & Identity, Swiss Post​
Biel-Benken, Switzerland
AAS Commercial Art 1996


Greg Piklapp

Greg Piklapp
Director, Economic Development Outreach & Government Relations, Ames Chamber of Commerce
Boone, IA
AA Liberal Arts 2001

Kevin Schneider

Kevin Schneider
Sheriff, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Urbandale, IA
AA Criminal Justice 1990

Alumni Early Achievement Award

The DMACC Alumni Association created the Alumni Early Achievement Award in 2011 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. Nominees shall not be currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning.

Mackenzie Carlson

Mackenzie Carlson
Nurse Practitioner, Humboldt Memorial Hospital
Humboldt, IA
Diploma Practical Nursing 2011; AAS Nursing 2016

Anil Mallik

Anil Mallik
Senior Account Associate, MetLife, Inc.
West Des Moines, IA
AAS Accounting 2021; Diploma in Accounting and Bookkeeping 2021; Certificates of Specialization in Accounting, Accounting for Entrepreneurs and Payroll 2020


Belange Mu​tunda

Belange Mu​tunda
Founder/CEO/Fashion Designer, Belange Handmade LLC
Ankeny, IA
AAS Fashion 2018


Impact Award

The DMACC Alumni Association created the DMACC Impact Award in 2011 to recognize DMACC alumni attendees of at least 12 credit hours who make an impact within their community, profession and/or DMACC.

Ako Abdul-Samad

Ako Abdul-Samad
Founder/CEO, Creative Visions and Iowa State Representative, 34th District
Des Moines, IA
Attended from 1973 to 1996



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 April 15, 2024.

View Past Alumni Award Recipients