Meet The Council

The Homecoming Executive Council comprises of 24 student leaders & the amazing Homecoming Advisor-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 the advisor for the 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 Assistant Director 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 fourth 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!

  • Angie Benda

    Angie Benda

    Executive Director

    Angie is a Senior studying Psychology and Political Science and will be graduating this December. Her time on Homecoming began during her freshman year, where she served as the Community Service Director for Homecoming 2017. She continued her role within Homecoming as the Director of Operations for 2018. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for The University of Iowa by serving as the Executive Director for Homecoming 2019. Aside from her involvement in Homecoming, she is involved in On Iowa!, Students to Assist Recruitment, is a research assistant in the Psychology COLLAB and the National Advanced Driving Simulator. Angie is very excited to help lead Homecoming 2019 and make it a full week
    of excitement for ALL Hawkeyes!

  • Abbie Logan

    Abbie Logan

    Director of Operations

    Abbie is a junior from Bettendorf, IA. She is a Social Work major and is working on a Leadership Studies Certificate. This is her second year on Homecoming Council, her first year on council was as Community Spirit Director and this year as the Operations Director. She is a Team Leader for Orientation Services, President for the Hawkeye Optimist Chapter, Co-Executive Director for the Social Work Student Association, and she just loves being a part of the Hawkeye family. On Iowa...GO HAWKS!


  • James Hughes

    James Hughes

    Director of Marketing

    James is a rising senior from Madison, Wisconsin majoring in Marketing Management and obtaining a Leadership Studies Certificate. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning to help our cities become less reliant on cars and make a positive impact on climate change. 2019 is his second year on council, serving as Assistant Parade Director in 2018. You can catch him in his free time behind the wheel of a Cambus, or hammocking on the Pentacrest. James is very excited to make Homecoming another fabulous success in 2019!


  • Alexandra Skores

    Alexandra Skores

    Director of Finance

    Alexandra is a junior from Pingree Grove, IL studying Journalism and Mass Communications and Political Science on a Pre-Law track. This is her first year serving on Homecoming Admin Council. She currently works at the Daily Iowan as the News Editor, serves as the Recruitment 365 Director for Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and loves the Hawkeyes! When Alexandra isn’t busy with school work or other activities, she likes to read the New York Times and get sushi with her friends. Serving as Finance Director with only a small finance background will be a challenge, she has to admit. Though after hearing one of her most admired UI admin, Melissa Shivers speak on applying for opportunities you might not think you are qualified for, she has used that rule to persevere and hope to serve her fellow Hawkeyes this year.


  • Sabrinna Hegelheimer

    Sabrinna Hegelheimer

    Director of Diversity & Inclusion

    Sabrinna is a rising Junior studying Sports and Recreation Management looking to obtain a certificate in Activities and Athletics Administration. She is from Ames, Iowa and enjoys swimming, reading, and listening to music. She is involved with the Campus Activities Board and Hawkeyes for Humanity. She enjoys both of these student organizations on campus and also worked as a Hawkeye Guide for Orientation Services last summer. When she isn’t in class, you can find Sabrinna coaching swimming for IFLY, playing board games, or watching Youtube. She is excited to be a part of this year’s Homecoming team and is looking forward to a great semester! Go Hawks!


  • Lauren Ralls

    Lauren Ralls

    Campus Relations Director-Student Organizations

    Lauren is a rising senior majoring in Ethics & Public Policy with a minor in Spanish on the Pre-Law track. This is her first year on Homecoming Council, and she is super excited to serve as Campus Relations Director for student organizations! Aside from her involvement in Homecoming, Lauren is also involved in Phi Alpha Delta, OnIowa!, and serves as one of the Administrative Directors for Campus Activities Board. Lauren is overjoyed to work with the Homecoming Executive Council and can’t wait to make Homecoming 2019 the best one yet! Go Hawks!! 

  • Joseph Haggerty

    Joseph Haggerty

    Campus Relations Director-Residence Halls

    Joseph is a rising sophomore from Johnston, IA, and originally from Boise, ID. He is majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning and International Relations with minors in Geography and Environmental Science with a certificate in Sustainability. This is his first year on Homecoming Council and he couldn't be more excited to make Homecoming the best it can possibly be! He additionally serves as President of Spectrum UI, Vice-President of Fair Trade at Iowa, Sustainability Committee Chair for UISG, and is involved with Hawkeye Caucus, Walk It Out, Active Minds, STAR, and Dance Marathon. He can't wait to celebrate all Hawkeyes this Homecoming season!  G’Hawks!


  • Lillie Ahlgren

    Lillie Ahlgren

    Campus Relations Director-Fraternity and Sorority Life

    Lillie is a sophomore studying Ethics & Public Policy and Economics from Omaha, Nebraska. Outside of Homecoming Council, she is involved in Campus Activities Board and serves as the Comedy Director. Last year, she had the opportunity to serve as a representative for Campus Activities Board at Homecoming, and she is so excited to serve as the FSL Campus Relations Director for Homecoming 2019!


  • Elizabeth Jackson

    Elizabeth Jackson

    Parade Director

    Elizabeth is a rising junior from Story City, Iowa. She is a Journalism & Mass Communication major pursuing a certificate in Public Health. This is her first year on Homecoming Council. Elizabeth also serves as a Chair for Dance Marathon, Marketing Director for Clothing Closet at Iowa, and an Orientation Leader through Orientation Services. She is so excited to work with the rest of Homecoming Council and celebrate with the entire Hawkeye community during Homecoming Week. Go Hawks! 


  • Joseph Verry

    Joseph Verry

    Assistant Parade Director

    Joseph is a first-year Biomedical Engineering student on the Pre-Med track who calls Iowa City, Iowa his home. From the beginning of his first semester, he joined the University of Iowa Student Government and there his passion for advocating for students and getting involved on campus was amplified. He remembers growing up going to the Homecoming parade with his friends and families and he wants to share those memories with the Iowa City community during Homecoming 2019.

  • Kyleigh Davis

    Kyleigh Davis

    Assistant Campus Events Director

    Kyleigh is a third-year student from Sioux City, IA. She is a double-major in Cinema and Communications Studies with a minor in Social Justice. When she isn’t spending time planning super cool homecoming events with her director Kayla Cleland, she serves as the Executive Director of Film on Campus Activities Board and as a Cinematic Arts Student Ambassador! She looks forward to putting on inclusive and diverse events for the University of Iowa student body during 2019’s homecoming week!


  • Kayla Cleland

    Kayla Cleland

    Campus Events Director

    Kayla is a first year from Huntington Beach, California, majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies. This is her first year on Homecoming Council serving as the Campus Events Director. When she isn’t planning super fun Homecoming events, she’s planning events for the Campus Activities Board or pretending she knows how to do yoga on the Pentacrest. She’s also an orientation leader for summer 2019, so she knows some killer icebreakers if you need them!


  • Courtney Nelson

    Courtney Nelson

    Volunteer Director

    Courtney is a third year student studying Social Work, pursuing a minor in Criminology and is in the Critical Cultural Competency certificate program. This is her first year on Homecoming Council and she is super excited to serve as the Volunteer Director! In addition to Homecoming Council, Courtney is involved in Orientation Services as a Team Leader and spends her extra time volunteering or working. Courtney can’t wait to begin working with volunteers and see what Homecoming has in store for her!


  • Ashlei Cashen

    Ashlei Cashen

    Assistant Volunteer Director

    Ashlei is a senior from Independence, Iowa studying Enterprise Leadership with a minor in Business Administration. This is her first year serving Homecoming Executive Council but has helped out in the past as a Volunteer Leader for two years. Her volunteer experiences have led her to become this year’s Assistant Volunteer Director. Aside from Homecoming Council, Ashlei also has served as an OnIowa! Leader for 3 years. She looks forward to keeping the Hawkeye tradition alive through Homecoming 2019!

  • Katie Boonyong

    Katie Boonyong

    Sales and Merchandise Director

    Katie is a senior from Naperville, Illinois, majoring in Marketing with a focus on Retail Management. This is her first year on Homecoming council serving as Sales and Merchandising Director. Apart from being on council, Katie is involved with Women in Business and National Retail Federation. She also was on the University of Iowa Dance Team for two years and got the chance to study abroad in London this past winter break and is excited to plan activities for the many Hawkeyes she’s met through this. She is thrilled to be working on Homecoming Council to spread Hawkeye Pride!


  • Verona Victoria

    Verona Victoria

    Digital Media Director

    Verona is a second year student from West Des Moines, Iowa studying Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. Along with being the Digital Marketing Director for Homecoming, she is a member of the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Medicus, a Hawkeye Guide under Orientation Services, and a Resident Assistant in Hillcrest. In her free time, she can be found taking pictures of her friends, thrifting, or listening to music. She can’t wait to start planning and make Homecoming 2019 a success!


  • Jess Hawkins

    Jess Hawkins

    Public Relations Director

    Jess is a senior from London, England and is double majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication and Graphic Design. In addition to Homecoming Council, Jess is the Internal Social Chair for Chi Omega Fraternity and the Social Media Director for Iowa HawksNest. She is also in the Honors Program and works as a student teaching assistant, and a spinning instructor at the CRWC. This is her first year on Homecoming Council and she is very excited to be working with the other members of Homecoming Council to make this special event one to remember. Go Hawks!


  • Ashika Sudheesh

    Ashika Sudheesh

    Spirit Director-Campus

    Ashika is a rising sophomore studying Industrial Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. She has moved 12 times in her life, so she currently calls Iowa City her home! This is her first year on Homecoming. She is also a part Society of Women Engineers, Indian Student Alliance, and Women in Science and Engineering. Fun fact: Ashika didn't have a name until she was 1 year old! Ashika is thrilled to be a part of Homecoming council and can't wait to help make Homecoming 2019 amazing! Go Hawks! 


  • Ashley Johnson

    Ashley Johnson

    Spirit Director-Community

    Ashley is a junior from Davenport, Iowa. Ashley is studying psychology on an occupational therapy track with certificates in public health and disability studies. This is her first year serving on the Homecoming Council. Apart from being on the council, she is involved with Alpha Phi Omega, STAR, Dance Marathon operations committee, squad leader for OnIowa!, and associate director for the food pantry at Iowa. In her free time, she is either studying with her friends or making lattes at her work on campus, EMRB Café. She is honored to get the opportunity to serve as Spirit Director for the Community. Ashley is thrilled to be a part of the largest traditions on campus and hopes to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for everyone during the week of Homecoming 2019. Go Hawks! 


  • Amna Haider

    Amna Haider

    Faculty and Staff Initiatives Director

    Amna is a rising sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska. She is studying Philosophy with an International Relations minor and Human Rights certificate on the Pre-Law track. This is her first year serving on Homecoming Executive Council, as the Faculty and Staff Initiatives Director. In addition to Homecoming Council, Amna is involved in Walk it Out, Iowa Students for Refugees, Arab Students Association, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council. She also serves as a Resident Assistant. In her free time, you can find Amna sitting outside soaking in the sun and attending guest lectures on campus. Amna is super excited to help make Homecoming 2019 an unforgettable week for students and staff alike at the University of Iowa! Go Hawks!


  • Katie Rasmuson

    Katie Rasmuson

    Honors Director

    Katie is a fourth year student from Garner, Iowa. She is studying Public Health and Nursing. In addition to Homecoming Council, Katie is also involved in Campus Activities Board, Iowa Orientation, the Health Equity Advancement Lab, and is a teaching assistant. In her first year on Homecoming Council, Katie is serving as the Honors Director, and she could not be more excited to celebrate the amazing Hawkeyes on campus and in the community! Go Hawks!