People

  • Treasurer

    Doug is a confirmed but transplanted Midwesterner, born in Chicago and raised in a suburb of the city.  He pursued his BS degree at Michigan State University (1968) and his MS degree at the University of Oklahoma (1970).  He completed his...

  • Ms. Beck joined the University of Iowa in December 2014. She most recently worked for the Iowa Board of Regents as the State Relations Officer at the University of Northern Iowa. Her work in public higher education followed nearly two decades...

  • Vice Chair

    JoAnn Johnson currently serves as the Director of Commerce and the Superintendent of the Iowa Division of Credit Unions (IDCU) following her appointment by Governor Terry Branstad in 2011. IDCU is charged with protecting the interests of credit...

  • John F. McCarroll currently serves as Executive Director for the Office of University Relations with Iowa State University. McCarroll was appointed to this role in 1997. Previously, he served as Manager, Media Relations/Financial Communications...

  •  Marsha Ternus is a native of Iowa, growing up on a farm in northern Benton County.  She received her bachelor’s degree with honors and high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Iowa in 1972.  She earned her law degree with...

  • Chair

    Mary E. Kramer is a former Republican Iowa State Senator who served from 1990 to 2003. She was elected President of the Senate in 1997, becoming the first independently elected woman to fill the post. In 2003, Ms. Kramer was nominated by...

  • Robert N. Downer, Iowa City, is a member of the Iowa City law firm of Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C., with which he has been associated since receiving a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and being admitted to...

  • Scott Ketelsen is the director of University Relations at the University of Northern Iowa. In this role, Ketelsen leads the development of integrated marketing, public relations and branding efforts, and is the primary contact for university...

  • Secretary

    Steve Firman is the Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacy Marketing Group, Inc., a national marketing and distribution company that works with state pharmacy associations and President of FPCI, an administrative management, government relations...

  • After a road-trip from NYC to 22 cities around the country, Zachary chose and settled in Des Moines in fall 2007 to found the Des Moines Social Club, an arts and educational non-profit. Focused on the retention and recruitment of young people,...