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Steven Angell

Professor, Mortuary Science
Ankeny Campus
Building/Room: 17-10B
515-964-6330

​Steve Angell grew up in Eagle Grove, Iowa,  and graduated from Eagle Grove High School.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Upper Iowa University.  After graduation from college, he began teaching and coaching in the Des Moines School District.  He also taught and coached in Decorah before returning to Des Moines.

In 2011, Steve decided to change careers, and went through the DMACC Mortuary Science program.  He began working at Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, and his adventures in funeral service took him to the Chicago area, where he worked for Wenban Funeral Home in Lake Forest, IL.  When he became a Papa to two beautiful granddaughters, he decided he needed to be closer to family and moved to Cedar Rapids where he worked for Cedar Memorial. Steve then seized the opportunity to combine his passion for teaching and his passion for funeral service and became an instructor for the program that taught him about funeral service.

Outside of work, Steve enjoys the St Louis Cardinals, and his bucket list includes visiting every major league park in the country.  As a former coach, he enjoys women’s basketball in particular, claiming to be the biggest Tennessee Volunteer fan in the area.  He also enjoys spending time with his daughter Katie and her husband Kyle and his two granddaughters Charlotte and Claire.  Steve is also a HUGE University of Northern Iowa Panther fan.

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Lisa Ash

Ankeny Campus

Fall 2021

Spring 2022


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Travis Carrico

Professor, Mortuary Science
Ankeny Campus
Building/Room: 17-10D
515-964-6499
A native of Roseville, IL, Travis began his career in funeral service in 1991 as a college student in Oskaloosa, IA. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from William Penn University in Oskaloosa and attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He worked for funeral homes in Ottumwa, IA, Marshalltown, IA, and New Sharon, IA until 2007 when joined the faculty at the DMACC Mortuary Science Program. 

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Spring 2022


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Dixie Evans

Professor, Mortuary Science
Ankeny Campus
Building/Room: 17-10C
515-964-6889

A lifelong resident of Iowa, Dixie was raised in Mt. Pleasant, earned a BA from Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, a Mortuary Science Advanced Standing Diploma from DMACC, and a MA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. As a licensed funeral director, Dixie served families in the greater Des Moines area for many years before returning to DMACC as a Mortuary Science faculty member in the fall of 2014.

Time outside of teaching is spent with her husband, Aaron, two daughters, Maggie and Lucy, and their dog, Winston.

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Spring 2022


Allison Hall

Ankeny Campus

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Spring 2022


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Kevin Patterson

Program Chair, Mortuary Science; Professor
Ankeny Campus
Building/Room: 17-10A
515-964-6244

From Vienna, Missouri, I began working part-time at a funeral home in my hometown.  I worked at that funeral home part-time through high school and college.  Following my Master's degree in Math and Statistics, I attended and graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service where I earned an Associate degree.

In January 1997, I began teaching Funeral Service courses at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. I taught there until moving to DMACC in August 2004 to begin the Mortuary Science program.

Outside of work, I spend time with my son and daughter and our golden doodle.

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Spring 2022