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!

  • Devin Francis

    Devin Francis

    Executive Director

    Devin Francis is a Junior majoring in African American Studies on the Pre-Law track along with pursuing a minor in American Sign Language. This is her third year on the Homecoming Executive Council, following her position as the 2016 Faculty and Staff Initiatives Director and the 2017 Multicultural Initiatives Director. In addition to Homecoming, Devin is involved with the Order of Omega, the National Pan-Hellenic Executive Board and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Devin can't wait to see how great Homecoming 2018 will turn out with help from all of the amazing people on Council. Go Hawks, amirite?!

  • Francis Hart

    Francis Hart

    Director of Marketing

    Francis Hart is a sophomore from Waterloo, Iowa, majoring in Civil Engineering. This is his second year on the Homecoming Council, serving as the Student Organization Sweepstakes Director for 2017. Francis serves as the Operations Chair for the University of Iowa Dance Marathon, and he is involved in the Sales Engineering Club along with the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is excited to be part of the Homecoming Council again and is eager to help make Homecoming 2018 a success!

  • Angie Benda

    Angie Benda

    Director of Operations

    Angie is currently a sophomore studying Psychology and Political Science. Last year she served as the Community Service Director, she is just as excited this year to be involved in the planning of Homecoming 2018. Aside from her involvement in Homecoming, Angie is also involved in Campus Activities Board, Students to Assist Recruitment, and On Iowa!. She is ready to showcase her passion for the Hawkeyes and work with members of the council to show everyone why it is so great to be a Hawkeye!

  • Shelby Vroman

    Shelby Vroman

    Director of Finance

    Shelby Vroman is a junior from Ankeny, IA studying Business Analytics and Management. This is her third year on Homecoming Council as she served as the Alumni Events Director and Assistant Parade Director in the two years beforehand. These positions have given her a strong interest in finances where she hopes to help serve the other members of council as well as the community in building new relationships. In addition to Homecoming, she is also a member of Women in Business, Students to Assist Recruitment, Delta Zeta sorority, and serves as a Captain for the On Iowa! Program. She can't wait to start planning this year's Homecoming with new ideas and ways for everyone to get involved!

  • Heather Campbell

    Heather Campbell

    Director of Diversity & Inclusion

    Heather Campbell is a Junior from Chicago studying Anthropology and Microbiology. This is her second year on the Homecoming Council, last year she was the Faculty and Staff Initiatives Director for Homecoming 2017. In addition to Homecoming Council, she is a member of CHAARG, Club Cheer, Dance Club - Pom, and participates in the On Iowa! program. She is thrilled to be working on the Homecoming Council again and spreading Hawkeye Spirit to everyone on campus! Go Hawks!

  • Alexia Sanchez

    Alexia Sanchez

    Parade Director

    Alexia is a second year student studying Political Science, Ethics & Public Policy, and Sociology. She has a passion for advocating and supporting students on campus and she is able to do so by being a senator in the University of Iowa Student Government and by being a Resident Assistant in Stanley Hall. She is also an active member in Campus Activities Board and Association of Latinos Moving Ahead. From her first semester on campus, Alexia has had amazing experiences with UI Homecoming week. As a first year student, she walked the parade representing CAB and her second year, she was selected as one of the UI Homecoming Scholarship recipients. Now, she is excited to continue this great connection by serving as 2018’s Homecoming Parade Director. Other fun facts about Alexia: she is a huge dog lover. Alexia loves talking about social justice topics and food. 

  • James Hughes

    James Hughes

    Assistant Parade Director

    Hello there! James is a current sophomore and calls Madison, Wisconsin home. He is studying Marketing Analytics with a certificate in Leadership, and minor in Political Science. Besides academics, you can find him behind the wheel of a Cambus, so make sure you look out for him and say hello when you can! James hopes to share his passion for attention to detail, thoughtfulness, and love for the Hawkeyes to make Homecoming 2018 a fabulous success!

  • Hailee Talbot

    Hailee Talbot

    Student Organization Sweepstakes Director

    Hailee Talbot is a 2nd-year student studying Human Physiology on the Pre-Medicine track with a minor in Psychology. In addition to Homecoming Council, Hailee is involved in Dance Marathon, Medicus, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity, The Passport Project, STAR, and her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. In her free time, she loves to read Harry Potter, drink coffee, and fill out her planner. Hailee is SO excited to work with the Student Orgs and the two other Sweepstakes Directors to light up the friendly competition during Homecoming week!

  • Pearl Tate

    Pearl Tate

    Multicultural Initiatives Director

    Pearl Tate is a junior here at Iowa, she is currently enrolled in the School of Social Work and pursuing minors in English, and Sociology as well as a certificate in Critical Cultural Competency. She serves as Resident Assistant on campus and acts as the Co-Director of Social Work Students' Association, and Campus Activity Board's Variety Director. This is her first year working as an exec member for Homecoming, and is very excited to work with other various student orgs to increase the amount of involvement on campus in the great tradition that is a Hawkeye Homecoming!

  • Madhuri Belkale

    Madhuri Belkale

    Assistant Multicultural Initiatives Director

    Madhuri Belkale is a second-year student studying Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Spanish. This is her first year on the Homecoming Executive Council, following her involvement as a 2017 Volunteer Leader. In addition to Homecoming Council, she is involved in the Indian Student Alliance, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, the Honors Program, and as a Captain for the On Iowa! Program. In her free time, Madhuri can be found catching up with friends over a cup of tea. Madhuri is very excited to work with the Homecoming Executive Council and can't wait to help make Homecoming 2018 one to remember! Go Hawks!

  • Cheyenne Hebner

    Cheyenne Hebner

    Faculty and Staff Initiatives Director

    Cheyenne Hebner is a freshman from Maxwell, Iowa majoring in Speech & Hearing Science. This is her first year on Homecoming Council serving as the Faculty and Staff Initiatives Director. Apart from being on council, Cheyenne is involved with ARH (Associated Residence Halls) as a Senator on Rienow Hall’s Executive Board. Cheyenne is very excited to be apart of Homecoming Council after being a Volunteer Leader for Homecoming 2017 and can’t wait to make Homecoming 2018 amazing!

  • Lily Brown

    Lily Brown

    Volunteer Director

    Lily Brown is a junior from Waukee, IA. She is studying Leadership Management and Management Marketing, as well as pursuing a Non-Profit Management certificate. This is her first year on Homecoming Council. In addition to Homecoming Council, she is also involved in Women in Business and spends much of her time working at Hancher Auditorium. She is looking forward to getting people involved with the University of Iowa's biggest celebration!

  • Anna Turnquist

    Anna Turnquist

    Assistant Volunteer Director

    Anna is a sophomore from Iowa City, Iowa studying Business with minors in Sociology and History. This is her first year on Homecoming Council as Assistant Volunteer Director. Along with Homecoming Council, Anna is involved with Dance Marathon, Fraternity and Sorority Life, STAR (Students to Assist Recruitment), and Orientation Services as a Hawkeye Guide. She can't wait to help make Homecoming Week a success for the students and the community. Go Hawks!

  • Devonte Chism

    Devonte Chism

    Honors Director

    Hello Hello! Devonte Chism is from Waukee, Iowa. He is a 2nd year studying Global Health Studies with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship business. In addition to Homecoming, he is also a Captain in the On Iowa! program, and is a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. He is extremely excited to serve as the Honors Director for the 2018 Homecoming year!

  • Allie Martinez

    Allie Martinez

    Residence Hall Sweepstakes Director

    Allie Martinez is a sophomore from Texas studying Civil Engineering. This is her first year on the Homecoming Council and she is very excited to get involved with Homecoming Week. She holds the Student Life Director position within Associated Residence Halls, she participates as a dancer with Dance Marathon, and she is also looking forward to becoming an Resident Assistant in Burge next year. On Iowa! Go Hawks!

  • Emily McGrover

    Emily McGrover

    FSL Sweepstakes Director

    Emily McGrover is a junior from Dublin, Ohio studying Accounting with a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance. Along with Homecoming Council, Emily is involved in STAR - Students to Assist Recruitment, Business Student Ambassador Organization, and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She's excited to work with the rest of the Council and the FSL Representatives to continue the tradition of Homecoming!

  • Jordan Miller

    Jordan Miller

    Campus Events Director

    Jordan Miller is currently a sophomore at the University of Iowa, studying political science, philosophy, and is on a pre-law track. This is Jordan's first year of involvement in homecoming and he could not be more excited to help lead the way. Besides being apart of the 2018 U of I Homecoming Executive Council, Jordan is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, Dance Marathon, and Under Your Wing (students combating homelessness). When not studying for midterms, you can find him either driving CAMBUS or volunteering at Shelter House. Jordan is very eager to work with the campus community to make homecoming 2018 an event for all! On Iowa, Go Hawks!

  • Hannah Ogren

    Hannah Ogren

    Assistant Campus Events Director

    Hannah Ogren is a 2nd-year from Plymouth, Minnesota. She is majoring in Sociology and Communication Studies, hoping to go into Human Resources in the future. In addition to being on Homecoming Council, she is also a dedicated member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Women in Business. Hannah is very excited to work with the Campus Events Director, Jordan, to plan fun events for students and organizations during Homecoming Week 2018. As a 3rd- Generation University of Iowa student, she is looking forward to celebrating the Hawkeye Tradition!

  • Kei Demand

    Kei Demand

    Outreach Director

    Kei Demand is a Sophomore from Des Moines studying sociology. On campus she is a resident assistant, is involved in the Campus Activities Board (CAB), and of course Homecoming. This is her first year on the council and she can't wait to work with the Hawkeye community and see the big week come to life! Go Hawks!

  • Paige Palonis

    Paige Palonis

    Spirit Director

    Paige is a junior from Geneva, IL. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Human Relations and a certificate in Disability Studies. This is her first year on homecoming council and she is very excited to be serving as Campus Spirit Director. Along with being on the homecoming council, Paige holds a leadership position in her sorority Zeta Tau Alpha and has been an OnIowa! Leader for two years.

  • Abbie Logan

    Abbie Logan

    Spirit Director

    Abbie Logan is a sophomore from Bettendorf, IA. She is interested in the social work field and is working towards earning a certificate in leadership studies. This is her first year on Homecoming Council. She is a Captain for the On Iowa! Program, President-Elect for the Hawkeye Optimist Chapter, and she just loves being a part of the Hawkeye family. She can’t wait to bring extra spirit into the Hawkeye community! GO HAWKS!

  • Danny O'Halloran

    Danny O'Halloran

    Sustainability Director

    Danny is a second year Environmental Policy and Spanish double major. He is the Sustainability Director for Homecoming this year, as well as involved in the UI Environmental Coalition, Hawkeye Service Teams, and the UI Gardening club. His goal with his position is to create better understanding of sustainability in the context of a students' daily life, and also to draw a line between social justice and sustainability efforts. He's passionate about the potential for intersection with every major study field, and is always open to new ideas, so feel free to reach out!

  • Bella Volfson

    Bella Volfson

    Digital Marketing Director

    Hi! Bella is the Digital Marketing Director. She is a sophomore from Davenport, Iowa. She is majoring in Marketing, getting the International Business Certificate, and double-minoring in Russian and Spanish. She is involved in KRUI, Women in Business, Phi Sigma Pi, American Marketing Association, and Multicultural Business Student Association. She's so excited to be on Homecoming Council and she can't wait to make it a success!

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