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Aug. 20, 2003

New Members, Officers Named To UIAA's Board Of Directors

Several new members elected to the University of Iowa Alumni Association's Board of Directors will bring fresh viewpoints and energy to the organization in 2003-04.

The board recently approved the following candidates to serve as officers and members.

Association officers for 2003-04 are:

Pete Jeffries of McLean, Va., chair. Jeffries earned his bachelor of science degree in journalism and mass communication from the UI in 1986. Currently Jeffries is director of communications for U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Jeffries 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.

Dale Baker of Golden, Colo., chair-elect. Baker graduated from the UI in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. From his home in the foothills of the Rockies, Baker serves as president of Baker Healthcare Consulting, an Indianapolis-based firm that assists U.S. hospitals and hospital associations with Medicare payment issues.

Jan Rigotti of Marion, Iowa, secretary. Rigotti joined the UIAA staff in April 2002 as an executive assistant. Prior to joining the UIAA, she worked five 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 communications associate.

Chris Bavolack of Iowa City, Iowa, treasurer. Bavolack earned his master's degree in business administration from the UI in 1997. He is the associate executive director overseeing finance, marketing and operations for the UI Alumni Association. Bavolack's responsibilities include preparing and monitoring the association budget, facilitating strategic planning efforts and assisting with membership and marketing efforts.

Eva Dahl of Onalaska, Wis., past-chair. An adjunct professor in the UI Department of Oral Pathology, Dahl first joined the board in 1997. She's earned several degrees from the UI: a bachelor of arts in 1973; a doctor of dental surgery in 1976; a master of arts in education in 1979; and a master of science in oral pathology in 1982. Dahl is president of Endodontic Specialists of La Crosse.

Eight new members will join the board for a three-year term:

Mary Ellen Becker of Oskaloosa, Iowa, representing the UI College of Education. A member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Becker has two degrees from the UI, a master of arts in speech pathology and audiology (1971) and a doctorate in educational administration (1987). She is director of special education for Southern Prairie Area Education Agency and has 33 years experience as an educator at multiple levels in Iowa and Michigan.

Jeffry R. Jontz of Winter Park, Fla., representing the College of Law. Jontz received his juris doctorate from the UI in 1969. An attorney with the Carlton Fields law firm in Orlando, his practice centers on commercial litigation, banking, bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues. Jontz is a former assistant U.S. attorney and law clerk for the U.S. Firth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mary E.B. Iverson, of Oakland, Calif., representing the College of Nursing. A member of the last class to live in Westlawn Dormitory, Iverson earned her UI bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1964. Among many healthcare positions, she has served as head nurse in the UI Hospitals and Clinics' post-operative unit, as a medical surgical nurse on the USS Hope and as an instructor.

Bernard J. Cremers of Iowa City, Iowa, representing the College of Pharmacy. Cremers earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy from the UI in 1964. Currently co-owner and pharmacist at Towncrest Pharmacy, Cremers is also a former clinical pharmacy instructor for the UI College of Pharmacy, from which he received the Preceptor of the Year Award in 1990.

Patricia Dunn Boe of Springfield, Mo., at-large representative. Boe holds a UI bachelor of arts degree in political science (1963). As director of donor recruitment for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, she's building on almost two decades of blood banking experience marked by significant collection growth. Boe is a former field representative, district manager and development director for the Red Cross.

Scott T. Guenthner of Avon, Ind., at-large representative. Guenthner received his bachelor of science degree from the UI in 1994, followed by his medical degree in 1998. He recently completed a dermatology residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis and opened his own dermatology practice. Guenthner is a past UIAA "National Volunteer of the Year."

Thomas R. Pospisil of West Des Moines, Iowa, at-large representative. Pospisil earned his bachelor of arts degree in American History from the UI in 1982, later receiving a master of science in education and a juris doctorate from Drake University. Currently counsel and senior officer for the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Pospisil is a former secondary school teacher and remains involved in organizations that support youth.

Stephen H. Wolken of Iowa City, Iowa, at-large representative. Wolken holds a bachelor of science degree in education (1965) and a medical degree (1968) from the UI and also completed an ophthalmology residency there in 1975. A partner with Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Wolken is a clinical faculty member in the UI ophthalmology and visual sciences department.

Two board members who completed their first three-year term have agreed to serve a second term. They are:

Kevin Flatt of Chesterfield, Mo., at-large representative. Flatt received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the UI in 1970. As head of fixed income capital markets for Edward Jones, he directs the development and application of programs that support the company's more than 9,000 branches. Flatt serves on the UI finance department's advisory council.

David Ramirez of Denver, Colo., at-large representative. A 1978 graduate of the UI College of Law, Ramirez served 15 years as a judge with the Colorado State Judiciary and is now a senior judge. Active in various UI activities, he taught at the law school as a visiting professor, and in 1991 he received the UI Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award in the Young Alumnus category.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, Program: Kathyn Howe, UI Alumni Association, 319-335-3275