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University of Iowa News Release

July 15, 2004

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New Officers, Members Named To UIAA Board Of Directors

A businessman from the Rocky Mountains and an award-winning program developer from Los Angeles will lead the University of Iowa Alumni Association's board of directors in the coming year.

The association's governing body includes more than 20 alumni representatives who travel from across the country to meet in Iowa City in the fall and spring to help set policy and guide direction for the organization that serves 57,000 dues-paying members. Effective this summer, the following candidates will serve as 2004-05 UIAA officers:

Dale Baker, (left) of Golden, Colo., chair. Baker graduated from the University of Iowa in 1968 with a bachelor of 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. Baker was first elected to the board in 1998.

Ted Habte-Gabr, (right) of Los Angeles, chair-elect. Habte-Gabr graduated from the UI in 1989 with a bachelor of science in engineering and currently works as a business development consultant. Leader of the Los Angeles Iowa Club, Habte-Gabr recently organized two alumni programs that earned the prestigious Seal of Excellence from the national Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. The award recognized the 2002 Los Angeles Celebrates the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the 2001 Los Angeles premiere of The Nazi Drawings, based on the work of Mauricio Lasansky. Habte-Gabr joined the board in 2002.

The board also welcomes two new members:

Kathryn A. Kell, of Davenport, representing the College of Dentistry. Kell earned her bachelor of arts from the UI in 1974 and a doctor of dental surgery in 1979. In private practice since her graduation, she is a state and national leader in dentistry, currently serving as president of the Iowa Dental Association. Kell also holds leadership posts in the American Association of Women Dentists, the FDI World Dental Federation and the American Dental Association, where she is regional trustee for Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Richard C. Breon, of Grand Rapids, Mich., representing the College of Public Health. Breon graduated from the UI in 1980 with a master's degree in hospital and health administration. As president and CEO of Spectrum Health, Breon is responsible for a network of hospitals and healthcare facilities in western Michigan with more than 14,000 employees and more than $2 billion in net revenue. A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, his contributions to the UI College of Public Health include chairing the 50th anniversary fund-raising campaign for the Department of Health Management and Policy and serving on the department's alumni board.

In addition, Jan Rigotti, of Marion, the association's executive assistant, and Chris Bavolack, of Arlington, Va., vice president of the UIAA, will continue in their respective board offices of secretary and treasurer. For a full list of the UI Alumni Association's board of directors, visit

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, Kathryn Howe, University of Iowa Alumni Association, 319-335-3275,