Meet The Council

The Homecoming Executive Council comprises of 21 student leaders & the amazing Homecoming Adviser-Amy White that work year round to collaborate with the entire campus and community to prepare for and plan the grand Homecoming Week-a week when our campus and community celebrate being a Hawkeye. All members on Homecoming Council have their own responsibilities to work with different stakeholders to make this tradition such a success.

  • Amy White

    Amy White


    Hi! My name is Amy White and I am one of the advisors for Homecoming Executive Council.  I have worked at the University of Iowa since 2011 in both the Residence Education department as a Hall Coordinator and more recently in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, as the Supervising Coordinator for Student Activities and Programming, BUT I have lived the “Hawkeye Way” every day of my life, growing up a Hawkeye!  I am originally from Sgt. Bluff, Iowa and attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE for my Bachelors and Masters degrees.  It was a pretty amazing experience to have the opportunity to work at my dream school, and here I am today, living life as a Hawkeye!  This is the second year I have been able to help advise the Homecoming Executive Council, and I am very excited to step behind the scenes and see how the Hawkeye spirit comes to life.  On Iowa, and GO HAWKS!



  • Akash Bhalerao

    Akash Bhalerao

    Executive Director

     Hi y'all thanks for reading me, I love the University of Iowa & Homecoming is my favorite time of the year as it is about celebrating being a Hawkeye. I am excited to serve as the Homecoming Executive Director & give back to the University community as I am all about the Hawkeye Spirit & I bleed black & gold. I am from Pune City, India (just on the other side of the planet) and Iowa City is my 2nd home. 

  • Rachel Green

    Rachel Green

    Director of Marketing

    Rachel Green is a junior from Chicago studying Journalism and Mass Communication, with minors in Spanish and Sport and Recreation Management and a certificate in Writing. This is her second year on Council, as she served as the Honors Director for Homecoming 2016. In addition to Homecoming Council, Rachel is also involved in Dance Marathon leadership, the online magazine Her Campus, and in the On Iowa! program. She’s excited to be working on Homecoming Council again, and can’t wait to make Homecoming 2017 the best yet. Go Hawks!

  • Emon Collazo

    Emon Collazo

    Sales and Merchandising Director

    Hey, ya'll I am Emon Collazo, and this year I am the Sales and Merchandising Director. I study Health and Human Physiology: Health Promotion going into my 3rd year. I am excited for Homecoming week and so should you, go hawks!

  • Shelby Vroman

    Shelby Vroman

    Parade Director

    Shelby Vroman is a sophomore from Ankeny, IA studying Business Analytics and Management and Organizations with a certificate in Sustainability. This is her second year on Homecoming Council, as she served as the Alumni Events Director for Homecoming 2016. After working with alumni she has decided to switch over to students as the Parade Director to get more student involvement and participation in the traditions of Homecoming. In addition to Homecoming, she also is a member of the Delta Zeta sorority, Women in Business, and as a Captain for the On Iowa! Program. She can't wait to start planning this year's Homecoming events and hopes to make them bigger and better than ever! 

  • Hira Mustafa

    Hira Mustafa

    Parade Director

    Hira Mustafa is studying Economics and Ethics & Public Policy. In her free time, she enjoys improvising with her team, Paperback Rhino, or making YouTube videos (lookwhoshira). She has had seven cats in her lifetime, her favorite of which is her Ragdoll, Prince Harry. She is a Resident Hall Assistant, and a member of several student organizations including: University of Iowa Student Government, Women in Business, Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct, the Walk-It-Out Multicultural Fashion Show and Homecoming Executive Council. 


  • Francis Hart

    Francis Hart

    Student Organization Sweepstakes Director

    Francis Hart is a freshman from Waterloo, Iowa majoring in Mechanical Engineering. This is his first year on the Homecoming Council, and he is very excited to be a part of this Iowa tradition. He is excited to be a member of the Homecoming Council and is eager to help make Homecoming 2017 a success!

  • Devin Francis

    Devin Francis

    Multicultural Initiatives Director

    Devin Francis is a sophomore majoring in African American Studies on the Pre Law track along with pursuing a minor in American Sign Language. This is her second year on the Homecoming Executive Council, following her position as the 2016 Faculty and Staff Initiatives Director. In addition to Homecoming, Devin is involved with the Iowa Edge Student Organization, the Black Student Union, the OnIOWA! program, and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Devin can't wait see how great Homecoming 2017 will turn out with help from all of the amazing people on Council. Go Hawks! 

  • Kierra Lewis

    Kierra Lewis

    Assistant Multicultural Initiatives Director

    Hey there! My name is Kierra Lewis, and I am the assistant multicultural initiative director for Homecoming Council. I am also a full-time student studying Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in American Studies. In addition to Homecoming Council, I am also a member of Campus Activities Board (CAB). I am very excited to work on Homecoming Council and can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for them this year! Go Hawks!

  • Heather Campbell

    Heather Campbell

    Faculty and Staff Initiatives Director

    Heather Campbell is a Sophomore from Chicago, IL, double majoring in Microbiology and Anthropology. This year will be her first year on the Homecoming Council! She is excited to make Homecoming 2017 the best one yet! On Iowa! Go Hawks!

  • Laura Jamie

    Laura Jamie

    Volunteer Director

    Laura Jaime is a junior from Ottumwa, IA studying Communication Studies and Cinema as well as a certificate in Event Planning. This is her first year on Council. Laura is also involved in CAB, STAR, the On Iowa! Program, and the university’s radio station, KRUI. She is excited to be a part of Homecoming Council and excited to get people involved in this truly wonderful event! 

  • Jenna Heeren

    Jenna Heeren

    Community Events & Outreach Director

    Jenna Heeren is a junior from Jewell, Iowa double majoring in Enterprise Leadership and Dance. This is her first year on council, as she serves as the outreach events director. In addition to her position on council, Jenna is involved on leadership in her sorority, Chi Omega, and a member of the honors entrepreneurial society, Sigma Nu Tau. She is thrilled to be a part of Homecoming Executive Council this year, and she is so excited to work with the community and University of Iowa to make Homecoming 2017 one to remember. Go Hawks! 


  • Madeline Thompson

    Madeline Thompson

    Alumni Events Director

    Madeline Thompson is a sophomore from Sioux City, Iowa studying Chemistry, with a certificate in Disability Studies. This is her first year on Homecoming Council as Alumni Events Director. Along with Homecoming Council, Madeline is involved in STAR (Students to Assist Recruitment) and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She can’t wait to help welcome back all alumni to campus and work with other the other members of the 2017 Homecoming Council. Go Hawks! 

  • Brieanna Lemon

    Brieanna Lemon

    Honors Director

    Brieanna Lemon is a junior from Ankeny, Iowa studying Enterprise Leadership along with a Leadership Studies Certificate. In addition to Homecoming Council, she is involved in Women in Business, the On Iowa! program, STAR, and the Delta Zeta Sorority. This is Brieanna's first year on Homecoming Council serving as the Honors Director. She is incredibly excited to partake in the long-standing tradition of Homecoming and looking forward to making Homecoming 2017 amazing! On Iowa! Go Hawks! 

  • Maria Hall

    Maria Hall

    Residence Hall Sweepstakes Director

    Maria is a freshman from Milwaukee who is majoring in Finance and Management with a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. This is her first year serving on Homecoming Council as the Residence Hall Sweepstakes Director. Along with Homecoming Council, Maria is involved with the Associated Residence Halls as a Senator on Mayflower Hall’s Executive Board. She’s very excited to be a part of Homecoming this year! Go Hawks!


  • Erin Nolan

    Erin Nolan

    FSL Sweepstakes Director

    Erin Nolan is excited to be Homecoming’s FSL Sweepstakes Director. As a Senior she studies Enterprise Leadership with a certificate in Leadership. On top of her studies she is also a part of University of Iowa’s Dance Club and is a CLA representative. Erin is very excited to be a part of Homecoming Executive Council to help the traditions of Homecoming live on! 

  • Caleb Smith

    Caleb Smith

    Iowa Shout Director

    Caleb Smith is a sophomore from Oswego, IL studying Political Science, with a certificate in Leadership Studies and a minor in Human Relations. This is his first year on the Council and he is very excited about it! In addition to Homecoming Council, Caleb is also involved with Orientation Services as a Hawkeye Guide, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and works within Residence Education at Petersen Hall. Caleb is working towards one day becoming a United States Senator and can’t wait for Homecoming 2017. Go Hawks!

  • Payton Long

    Spirit Director

    Hi! My name is Payton Long and I am from Taylor Ridge, Illinois near the Quad Cities. I am a sophomore here at the University of Iowa and my major is Ethics and Public Policy with a minor in Criminology Law and Justice. Currently I am working on my event planning certificate as well. I am involved in Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law fraternity, also I am a member of the Delta Zeta chapter here on campus! This is my first year on the Homecoming Executive Council and I am really excited to make this Homecoming 2017 the best! I hope you are all looking forward to this years fun activities because I know I am. Go Hawks!

  • Katherine Vega

    Katherine Vega

    Spirit Director

    Katherine Vega is from Chicago, Illinois majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication with 2 minors in Spanish and Communication Studies. Apart from being the Spirit Director for Homecoming Council, Katherine is also a member in Her Campus Iowa, S.T.A.R, and PRSSA. She hopes to create a marvelous homecoming atmosphere this year by combining her creativity and Hawkeye pride. 



  • Denise Cheeseman

    Denise Cheeseman

    Sustainability Director

    Denise Cheeseman is a sophomore from Minnetonka, Minnesota studying English and Creative Writing with a Sustainability certificate. This is her first year on Council and she is so excited to serve as the first ever Sustainability Director and to help establish Homecoming's commitment to the environment. On campus, she also works with the University of Iowa Environmental Coalition, the Center for Conferences, and the Honors Fellows Project. When she's not in meetings or doing homework, Denise can be found reading, cooking, or hugging trees.

  • Naomi Arenzon

    Naomi Arenzon

    Director of Campus Events

    Naomi Arenzon is a junior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin studying both Social Work and Spanish. This is her first year on Council and she is both honored and excited to be serving as the Director of Campus Events. In addition to Homecoming Council, Naomi is also involved in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha where she serves as Vice President! She can't wait to make Homecoming 2017 the best yet! 

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