Meet Our Team
Jill Griffee Ross
Frank Business Communications Center Peer Tutors
Brad Bleeker is a senior accounting major from West Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to tutoring in the Frank Center, Brad is involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Recreational Services Department. After graduation, Brad plans to move to Chicago to begin his career in public accounting. He enjoys playing sports and watching movies, and he is a country music enthusiast.
Sam Cooley is a senior marketing major from Waterloo, Iowa. In addition to working in the Frank Center, Sam works as a certified pharmacy technician. After graduation, he is planning to find a job in the marketing management and hospital administration fields. During his free time, Sam enjoys playing golf and listening to music.
Eric Cybulski is a junior from River Forest, Ill. He is a management major and is pursuing a certificate in leadership. Apart from tutoring in the Frank Center, Eric is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and an officer candidate in the Marine Corps PLC program. He enjoys outdoor activities, especially running, golfing, and open-water diving.
Mark Dorfman is a junior marketing major and Spanish minor from Lake Zurich, Ill. In addition to working at the Frank Center, Mark is currently in his second year as a resident assistant on campus. After graduation, he is hoping to find a career in sports marketing working for a professional team, preferably in the MLB or the NFL. During his free time, Mark enjoys playing intramural sports, watching movies, and relaxing with his friends and family.
Hayley Driscoll is a sophomore from Racine, Wis. She is planning on majoring in marketing and management with a minor in psychology. In addition to tutoring in the Frank Center, she is involved in the College of Business as the president of Tippie Senate. During her free time, she enjoys taking dance classes and watching her favorite sports teams.
Amanda Finucan is a senior finance and Spanish major. She participated in the 2012 summer International Internship in Madrid as a marketing and fashion intern for Glamour España and studied there again last spring. This summer she was a financial advisor intern for Edward Jones. After graduation, she plans to work in international business as a financial consultant and continue to utilize her Spanish abroad.
Connor Gorrell is a junior marketing major and psychology minor. In addition to working in the Frank Communications Center, he is a Telefund specialist at the University of Iowa Foundation. Connor plans on going into sports marketing upon graduating, and he is a huge Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bulls fan.
Joe Henderson is a sophomore finance and accounting double major from Iowa City. In addition to working in the Frank Center, Joe is involved with the Tippie Optimist Chapter and works as an office assistant in the UI Carver College of Medicine. After graduating, Joe hopes to begin a career in investment management and private equity. Outside of work and school, Joe enjoys traveling with his family, being outdoors, and playing an occasional round of golf.
Sifan Hu is an international student from Hubei, China. She is a senior accounting major with a minor in Japanese. Sifan is planning to go to graduate school and take her CPA exams. After that, she wants to work in a public accounting firm. Sifan enjoys traveling, reading, and watching movies during her free time.
Michael Korobov is a junior majoring in finance from Wilmette, Ill. He is a member of the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance and Tippie Senate. Having been born in Ukraine and immigrated to America, Michael often travels back to Europe to visit his family. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing tennis, running, and reading.
Nick Muntz is a third-year marketing major from LeGrand, Iowa. In addition to working in the Frank Center, Nick works as a statistics tutor for the SWAT program. After graduation, he is planning to travel and eventually find a job in marketing/public relations. During his free time, Nick enjoys watching movies and listening to music.
Kayleigh Norton is a senior majoring in marketing and minoring in English. Additionally, she works in the UI Art Library. After graduation, Kayleigh plans to move back to her hometown of Milwaukee, Wis., and pursue a marketing career at a local company. In her free time, she loves to run, bake, read, and watch movies.
Staci Pump is a senior finance major from Rockford, Iowa. She is obtaining a Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance and is a member of the Vaughan Institute. Staci serves as the Vice President of Social Events for Gamma Iota Sigma business fraternity and also works as a student assistant for the Departments of Accounting and Management & Organizations in the Tippie College of Business. During her free time, Staci enjoys running, reading, and traveling.
Emily Roberts is a junior business management and Spanish major. She hails from the fringes of the Chicago suburbs (Sugar Grove) and loves to travel, especially when it involves camping or kayaking. Emily also works for ITS Classroom Services. She helps organize Party in the Park, an annual fundraiser devoted to raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Recently, her greatest pleasures involve translating a novel from Spanish to English, listening to books on tape while training for her first triathlon, drinking hot tea, and writing haikus to her roommate Megan.
Eric Welter is a junior from Urbandale, Iowa, majoring in finance and pursuing certificates in international business and entrepreneurial management. Having spent a semester abroad in Chile, he also has a second major in Spanish. Eric is a member of both Phi Kappa Psi and Alpha Kappa Psi at the University of Iowa, as well as the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance and the Tippie Judicial Board. In his free time, Eric enjoys playing golf and volleyball, traveling, and playing cards.
Frank Business Communications Center Writing Fellows
Sara Deniz Akant was born and raised in New York City. She received a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, where she worked as an undergraduate writing tutor, and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she taught creative writing as a teaching-writing fellow and the provost's postgraduate visiting writer to the Department of English. Her poems have appeared in CutBank and Lana Turner, among other journals. Sara has been the recipient of the John Logan Prize for Poetry, as well as other awards. Her first chapbook won the Omnidawn Chapbook Contest (selected by Gillian Conoley) and is forthcoming in March 2014.
Raquel Lisette Baker is a Ph.D. candidate in English literary studies at the University of Iowa, specializing in postcolonial studies with an emphasis in African literatures in English. She received a B.A. in psychology from San Francisco State University and an MFA in creative writing from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. She teaches General Education literature courses. Her short stories have been published in The Womanist literary magazine and the anthology Crux. She has also published in Little Villagemagazine, and has an essay forthcoming in the anthology Emerging Perspective on Yvonne Vera by Africa World Press.
Laura Ferris is a first-year student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop MFA program. She has a B.A. in history and creative writing from University of California-Berkeley, past experience in social media and editing, and has worked as a professional tutor.
Miriam Janechek is a graduate student in the Department of English. Her research interests are in 19th-century American and British cultural studies, specifically children's literature and philanthropy. Having grown up in the area, Miriam spends much of her time volunteering with local community organizations and enjoys getting her friends excited about living in Iowa.
Jackie Kleist is a Ph.D. student in the English department. Her areas of interest include early American literature and postcolonial literature. Originally from Milwaukee, Jackie taught writing and speaking classes for three years at Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou, China, before returning to the United States to complete a master's degree in English at Kansas State University. Jackie enjoys traveling, photography, and swimming in her free time.
Elizabeth Lundberg is a Ph.D. candidate in English literary studies. Her dissertation research uses affect theory to examine moments of restricted agency in 20th- and 21st-century American science fiction and literary fiction, with an emphasis on the problems of empathy. She currently teaches Interpretation of Literature and has also taught rhetoric and composition.
Stephen Markley is a first-year student in the fiction program of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and the author of the memoir 'Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book.' He writes a regular column for the Chicago RedEye and is the author of the travel book "Tales of Iceland." His work has appeared in multiple publications including The Chicago Reader, Perceptive Travel, RadarOnline, The Reykjavik Grapevine, and Weber: Studies of the Contemporary West.
Ben Moeller is from Sioux City, Iowa, and is a student in the Master of Accountancy program. After graduation, he will work as a tax accountant for Ernst & Young in Des Moines. He enjoys meeting new people and is looking forward to helping out at the Frank Center. He also loves to talk about sports, politics, video games, or Iowa's crazy weather.
Joseph Steinitz is a Ph.D. candidate in communication studies. His dissertation research focuses on creation and functionality of metaphors during the Holocaust. In addition to his work in the Rhetoric Writing Center, Joseph teaches rhetoric, composition, public speaking, and a variety of communication courses.
Stephanie Tsank is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English. She received her M.A. in liberal studies at the City University of New York and her B.A. in literature/writing at the University of California-San Diego. Her research interests include 19th- and early 20th-century American literature, race/ethnicity, and empire studies. She currently teaches rhetoric, and in her free time enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.