Board of Directors

The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is governed by a volunteer board of directors that elects our officers and appoints our leadership.

Learn more about our newest members, Victor M. Alvarez and Jeffrey A. Chapman.

* An asterisk denotes Executive Committee members
Victor M. Alvarez
Coral Gables, Florida
Dale E. Baker
Golden, Colorado
* P. Sue Beckwith, MD
(80BS, 84MD, 15MBA)
Waukee, Iowa
Stephen H. Belyn
Chicago, Illinois
James W. Carney
Des Moines, Iowa
Jeffrey A. Chapman
Dallas, Texas
* Andrew W. Code (Chair)
(80BBA, 81MBA)
Hinsdale, Illinois
Frederick J. Crawford
Columbus, Georgia
Chris D. DeWolf
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Lois A. Eichacker
Chicago, Illinois
* Janice Ellig (Vice Chair)
New York, New York
* Cassandra S. Foens, MD
(83BS, 87MD, 92R)
Waterloo, Iowa
Perry A. Glassgow
Eldridge, Iowa
Kevin R. Gruneich
Park City, Utah
Thomas R. Hanson
Hinsdale, Illinois
Miekeleen Hart
Akron, Ohio
* Carol Havemann-Lynch
(69BBA, 72JD)
Houston, Texas
Mark A. Kaufman
Oak Brook, Illinois
Casey D. Mahon
(73BA, 76JD)
Iowa City, Iowa
* Barbara A. McKenzie
Des Moines, Iowa
Bruce E. Ringdahl
(89DDS, 94MS)
Columbia, Missouri
John Ruan IV
Des Moines, Iowa
Soumyo Sarkar
New York, New York
Dyan Smith
(72BA, 76MA)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mary Joy Stead
Scottsdale, Arizona
Carl W. Stuart
Austin, Texas
* Gregs G. Thomopulos
Iowa City, Iowa
Nathan R. Tross
Highland Park, Illinois
* Thomas J. Veale
Palos Verdes Estates, California
* Barbara J. Wilson, PhD
Ex officio
Iowa City, Iowa
Suzanne S. Yoon
Chicago, Illinois
Catherine Zaharis
Iowa City, Iowa

Lifetime Honorary Directors

Dennis L. Boatman, MD
(62BA, 64MS, 66MD)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Susan K. Boyd
Iowa City, Iowa
Sue W. Cannon
Marana, Arizona
Ralph H. Congdon, MD
(61BA, 65MD, 72R)
Davenport, Iowa
Kathleen A. Dore
(72BA, 84MBA)
Dana Point, California
Nolden Gentry
(60BA, 64JD)
Des Moines, Iowa
Leonard A. Hadley
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Donald W. Heineking
Iowa City, Iowa
Curtis K. Lane
Omaha, Nebraska
Katherine A. (KAP) Petersen Linder
Manson, Iowa
Jill N. McLaughlin
Moline, Illinois
Mary Louise Petersen
Fort Dodge, Iowa
Mark W. Putney
(51BA, 57JD)
Carefree, Arizona
Carroll J. Reasoner
(73BA, 76JD)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dan C. Roberts
(76BBA, 83PhD)
Cordillera, Colorado
Gary F. Seamans
Tucson, Arizona
Wallace J. Sulentic
Waterloo, Iowa
John E. Tyrrell, MD
(47BA, 50MD)
Manchester, Iowa
Nancy B. Willis
(77BA, 80JD)
Iowa City, Iowa


Andrew W. Code
Janice Ellig
Vice Chair
Lynette L. Marshall
Sheila J. F. Baldwin
Vice President and Assistant Secretary
Sherri P. Furman
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Diane K. Brownlee

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A UI film studies graduate reignites a fund to honor the late James McLaughlin. Photos courtesy of Kim Kerbis and Shari Zeck Kim and her husband Clark Bender (a 1989 MA in film studies) visiting the UI campus in November. Some of Kim Kerbis' (89MA) most profound family memories stem from the movie theater. She remembers learning about racism alongside her father and sister at the Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues and experiencing the family drama depicted in The Godfather Part II while seated next to her mother and sister. Cinema also rekindles memories of one of her great friends, James McLaughlin, a fellow UI film student who affected the lives of many during his decade on campus before succumbing to an illness on March 11, 1995. The Staten Island, New York, native became well-known at Iowa for his insightful commentary, big laugh, and large Sunday bagel breakfast gatherings he hosted at his 11 North Dodge Street apartment. McLaughlin made such an impression on Kerbis?and so many more of his UI colleagues?that she recently made a generous donation to the University of Iowa in his name. Her gift revived a memorial scholarship fund she and other classmates created after McLaughlin's death. Now, thanks to Kerbis' generosity, the James McLaughlin Memorial Fund will provide annual awards to graduate students in the UI's Department of Cinematic Arts. From left, Dana Benelli, Ana Lopez, and James McLaughlin at McLaughlin?s 11 North Dodge Street apartment. "Everyone knew who Jim was, even if you weren't in the film department or the communication studies building," says Kerbis. "He was an iconic member of the Iowa City community and personified a high level of academic scholarship." Kerbis jumpstarted the fund with a $100,000 contribution and will match the first $25,000 in gifts made to the fund, which will assist graduate students with professional development opportunities, such as funding for travel and seminars. Kerbis, a Chicago native, first met McLaughlin in a small graduate seminar covering Italian cinema and chatted him up outside Prairie Lights bookstore. A Sunday edition of The New York Times tucked under McLaughlin's arm served as an icebreaker as the two connected over their big city backgrounds and love for film. "He was very smart, opinionated, and a little different from your average Iowa City bear," says Kerbis. "He kind of gave me permission to be me and not be afraid of being different." Shari Zeck with James McLaughlin McLaughlin inspired that mindset by being himself?a unique New Yorker and true intellectual who attracted others anytime he stepped into a room. He never owned a driver's license, walked most everywhere, and would strike up a conversation with just about anyone. Pursuing a PhD in film studies, McLaughlin also taught many film courses during his time at Iowa and made an impression on various cohorts of students, including Shari Zeck (84MA, 06PhD), who became one of his best friends. "Jim cared so deeply about the serious study of culture," says Zeck. "Kim's gift to honor his memory and help others travel and further their own studies of cinema is a terrific testament to the legacy he left all of us who knew him." To learn more about the James McLaughlin Memorial Fund, please contact Lindsay Hora at or 319-467-3801.

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