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Release: July 11, 2002
New members, officers elected to UIAA Board of Directors
New leadership will bring fresh perspective and expertise to the University
of Iowa Alumni Associations (UIAA) Board of Directors in 2002-03.
During a spring teleconference, a nominating committee selected candidates
to serve as the boards new officers and members. On June 1, the nominations
were approved. Association officers for 2002-2003 are:
-Eva Dahl, of Onalaska, Wisc., chair. Dahl, who represents the College of
Dentistry, has several degrees from the University of Iowa. She received her
bachelor's degree from the UI in 1973; a doctor of dental surgery in 1976;
a master's degree in education in 1979; and a master of science in oral pathology
and her Endodontics Specialization Certificate in 1982. Dahl, an adjunct professor
in the department of oral pathology, was first elected to the board in 1997.
-Peter Jeffries, of McLean, Va., chair-elect. Jeffries earned his bachelor
of science in journalism and mass communication from the UI in 1986. Currently
director of communications for Rep. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Jeffries also was first elected to the board in 1997. He
is active with the Capital Area Iowa Club and the Big Ten Council in Washington,
D.C. Jeffries is an at-large representative on the board.
-Jan Rigotti, of Marion, secretary. Rigotti joined the UIAA staff in April
as an executive assistant. Prior to joining the UIAA, she worked six years
at McLeodUSA, originally hired as an executive assistant to the chief financial
officer but serving her last two years as an investor relations/corporate
-Chris Bavolack, Iowa City, treasurer. Bavolack earned his master of business
administration degree from the UI in 1997. He is the associate executive director
overseeing finance, marketing, and operations for the UIAA. Bavolacks
responsibilities include preparing and monitoring the association budget,
facilitating strategic planning efforts, overseeing general operations and
administration of the accounting system, and assisting in planning membership
and marketing efforts.
-Tom Gelman, Iowa City, past-chair. Gelman, a partner in the Iowa City law
firm Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Bright & Walker, received his undergraduate
degree from Harvard University in 1975 and his juris doctorate from the UI
in 1978. Gelman is an at-large board representative.
Three new members will join the board:
-Thomas Lowenberg, Pine Springs, Minn., representing the College of Engineering.
Lowenberg is retired director of facilities engineering and real estate for
the Engineering Quality and Manufacturing Services organization of the 3M
Company in Saint Paul. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering
in 1962 and a master of science in 1963 from the UI. Lowenberg has worked
in a variety of management positions at 3M, serving as a liaison between the
company and the UI College of Engineering for many years. He is a former member
of the College of Engineering Advisory Board, and he currently serves on the
colleges building campaign steering committee.
-Kathleen Dore, New York, N.Y., at-large representative. Dore is president
of The Bravo Networks and responsible for the consolidated operation of six
businesses under the companys umbrella, including Bravo, The Independent
Film Channel, and Bravo International. Among her accomplishments in this role,
Dore continued the expansion of the popular cable network by developing original
specials and series such as "Inside the Actors Studio" and managing
strong growth of The Independent Film Channel. She earned a bachelor's dehree
in 1972 and a master's of business administration degree in 1984 from the
UI. From 1977 to 1981, Dore was associate director of the UIAA. She is a member
of the Board of Visitors for the UI Tippie College of Business.
-Jeffrey Kueter, Alexandria, Va., at-large representative. As director of
research for the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing, Kueter is
responsible for designing and executing research and public policy education
and outreach strategies. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science
from the UI in 1993 and both his master's degree in 1995 and doctorate in
2002 from George Washington University. He has held positions as a research
analyst and director of policy research for several other companies in his
career. Kueter has been president of the Capital Area Iowa Club since 1999.
Four board members who completed their first three-year term have agreed
to serve a second term. They are:
-Rosalyn Beecham-Green, Chicago, Ill., representing the College of Liberal
Arts. Beecham-Green graduated with three degrees from the UI: a bachelor's
degree in 1974, a master's degree in social work in 1975, and a doctorate
in 1982. She is associate provost and executive director of the Urban Health
Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
-Elaine Greene-McCone, Greensboro, N.C., at-large representative. Greene-McCone
earned her master of business administration degree in 1993 and her juris
doctorate the following year from the UI. She is a teacher at the Guilford
County Schools in Greensboro.
-Ted Habte-Gabr, Los Angeles, Calif., at-large representative. Habte-Gabr
graduated from the UI in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in engineering. Leader
of the Los Angeles Iowa Club, Habte-Gabr recently earned the UIAA, a prestigious
Seal of Excellence from the national Council for Advancement and Support of
Education. The award recognizes the Los Angeles premiere of "The Nazi
Drawings" an acclaimed documentary based on the work of UI emeritus
professor Mauricio Lasansky that Habte-Gabr organized.
-Robert Shreck, Des Moines, representing the College of Medicine. Shreck,
founder and senior member of Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates in
Des Moines, earned his bachelor's degree in 1971 and his medical degree in
1974 from the UI.