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Release: Nov. 11, 2002

Des Moines physician, N.Y. executive elected to UI Foundation board

An oncologist and medical leader from Des Moines, and a motivational author and managing director of an executive search firm from New York City -- both University of Iowa graduates—were recently elected as new members of the University of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors.

UI Foundation board chair Carroll Reasoner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also announced that the board re-elected seven directors at its recent fall meeting and named three lifetime honorary directors. Reasoner was re-elected chair of the board.

"With the university now in the public phase of its comprehensive fund-raising campaign, this is an especially exciting time to champion the UI's cause and help garner the private support crucial to its ability to achieve its mission," said Reasoner, who received a B.A. degree in psychology in 1973 and a J.D. degree in 1976 from the UI. "The UI Foundation board and staff, its energetic volunteers and especially its generous contributors are working together with great enthusiasm to provide these essential resources."

The new directors elected to three-year terms on the UI Foundation board are Thomas R. Buroker, a physician with Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates in Des Moines, and Janice Reals Ellig, managing director for the executive search firm Gould, McCoy & Chadick, based in New York City.

Thomas R. Buroker received his B.S. degree in science education from the UI in 1964 and a doctor of osteopathy degree in 1968 from what is now Des Moines University–Osteopathic Medical Center. A member of the Presidents Club of the UI and of the Kinnick Society, Buroker is a long-standing supporter of many areas of the UI. He and his wife Patricia have established the Patty and Tom Buroker Football Scholarship in the UI athletics program. The Buroker Conference Room in the UI's Medical Education and Research Facility is named in recognition of their generosity.

In addition, Buroker has served on the Iowa Scholarship Fund Board of Directors and the national campaign steering committee for the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. He has served as a trustee of the Des Moines University–Osteopathic Medical Center and of the Polk County Medical Society.

Janice Reals Ellig graduated from the UI in 1968 with a B.B.A. degree in marketing. She also holds a master's degree in organizational development from Rider University. Ellig has held executive positions with Heidrick & Struggles, Ambac Financial Group, Citibank and Pfizer. She is the co-author of "What Every Successful Woman Knows: 12 Breakthrough Strategies to Get the Power and Ignite Your Career," published in 2001 by McGraw Hill.

Ellig is a member of the Presidents Club of the UI and of the UI College of Public Health Dean's Club. At the UI's Tippie College of Business she is a member of the advisory council for the department of management and organizations. In addition, she established a scholarship fund in the College of Public Health graduate program in Health Management and Policy in memory of her sister, Adrienne Astolfi Eddins, also a UI graduate. In addition to her service to the UI, Ellig volunteers with several organizations in the New York area and is a director the National Executive Service Corps.

Re-elected incumbent foundation board members who will serve additional three-year terms are: Ross D. Christensen of Waterloo, Iowa; Charles M. Kierscht of Hinsdale, Ill.; Dan C. Roberts of London, England; Gary F. Seamans of St. Charles, Ill.; Mary Joy Stead of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Henry B. Tippie of Austin, Texas; and Catherine Zaharis of Urbandale, Iowa.

The board also elected three of its members to serve as honorary lifetime directors, in recognition of their years of service to the foundation board. They are Jill N. McLaughlin of Moline, Ill.; Lloyd J. Palmer of Burr Ridge, Ill.; and Clifford V. Smith Jr. of Corvallis, Ore.

The UI Foundation Board of Directors now has 25 elected members. In addition to Reasoner as chair, co-vice chairs are UI College of Law graduate Charles M. Kierscht of Hinsdale, Ill., and UI business graduate Robert W. Verhille of Solon, Iowa.

The UI Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for governance of the UI Foundation and provides oversight to ensure that gifts are used in accordance with contributors' wishes and that the confidentiality of donor records is maintained.

Incorporated in 1956, the UI Foundation is acknowledged by the UI as a preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visit its web site at