Meet Our Team
Frank Business Communication Center Peer Tutors
Lauren Aguilar is a senior Finance major with minors in Spanish and Music. Although she is from the small town of Solon, Iowa, she dreams big and is an international traveler. Lauren studied abroad in Alcala de Henares, Spain during the summer of 2012 and recently returned from an internship in Hong Kong, China. Lauren enjoys cooking, listening to music, and playing trumpet in the Hawkeye Marching band.
Mark Dorfman is a senior marketing major and Spanish minor from Lake Zurich, Ill. In addition to working at the Frank Center, Mark is currently a peer mentor for Direct Admit students in the Tippie College of Business. 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 junior from Racine, Wisconsin majoring in marketing and management with a minor in psychology. In addition to tutoring in the Frank Center, she is involved on campus as a member of Tippie Senate and a resident assistant for the BizHawks Living Learning Community. During her free time, she enjoys taking dance classes and watching her favorite sports teams.
Connor Frischmeyer is a sophomore finance and economics major from Fort Dodge, Iowa. He is a member of the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance and president of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. After graduation Connor hopes to work in investment banking or asset management. Outside of class Connor is interested in basketball intramurals, snowboarding and scuba diving, and is studying for his private pilot certificate.
Renee Guo is a senior accounting major and statistics minor from Ames, Iowa. She is a member of the Student Philanthropy Group and a tutor for Tutor Iowa. Renee plans to go to graduate school and get her CPA. In her free time, she likes to swim, read, travel, bake, watch movies, and listen to music.
Joe Henderson is a junior 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.
Michael Korobov is a senior 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.
Nan Li is a senior accounting major from China. In addition to tutoring in the Frank Center, Nan also works as the director of the public relations committee in the University of Iowa Organization for the Active Support of International Students (OASIS). During her free time, Nan is dedicated to multi-cultural events and cultivates many friends. Nan enjoys traveling and cooking during her vacations and participates in volunteer activities.
Lucas McCarthy is a senior finance major from Oak Park, Illinois. Lucas also works part time at the University hospital in the hospital storeroom. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, listening to music, and watching sports.
Emily Roberts is a senior 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.
Kim Ruth is a junior management and psychology major from Bettendorf, Iowa. In addition to tutoring in the Frank Center, Kim works and volunteers at UIHC and holds a second job at the University's Fleet Services. After graduating, she plans to go on to grad school to receive her MHA and work in the health administration field. During her free time, she enjoys reading, playing sports, and hanging out with her family and friends.
Elizabeth Sturms is a sophomore from Muscatine, Iowa, majoring in BAIS and Economics with a minor in Spanish. Elizabeth also holds a part-time job in the Tippie College of Business and is a member of both the Tippie Judicial Board and Alpha Xi Delta. Outside of school and work, Elizabeth enjoys reading, painting, and practicing yoga.
Billy Sullivan is a junior pursuing a degree in economics with a minor in history. Billy's hometown is Buffalo Grove, IL. After graduation he is planning on attending law school. Billy is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society at the University of Iowa. He studied abroad in Germany, his third time traveling in Europe. Billy enjoys volunteering at the River Run 5K/10K, playing sports, swimming, and watching movies.
Zudi Tan is a junior accounting major from China. Zudi is an active volunteer and loves to travel. She recently spent the summer in Italy.
Eric Welter is a senior 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 Communication Center Graduate Tutors
Anna Bruno is a second-year student in the fiction program of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She writes corporate dramas, focusing on ethical issues and interpersonal relationships in the C-Suite. Prior to the Writers' Workshop, Anna managed public relations and marketing for technology and financial services companies in Silicon Valley. She has an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from Stanford University.
Laura Ferris is a second-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.
Carl Follmer is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature in the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. His research centers on the fascist children's literature of Hitler's Germany and Franco's Spain. Carl has a B.A. in American History, and an M.A. in German Literature, both from the University of Iowa. He teaches elementary and intermediate German, and has extensive experience in crafting essays through assisting students of Third Reich and Literature classes since 2009. Carl lives in Iowa City with his wife and three boys.
Justin Jannise is a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Currently the Provost Visiting Writer-in-Residence and a creative writing instructor at the University of Iowa, Justin is an experienced teacher, tutor, editor and journalist. His work has appeared in numerous publications including North American Review.
Davy Knittle is a second-year graduate student in poetry in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught grammar, rhetoric, and creative writing to high school and college students. He tutors at Tate High School and co-curates the Human Body Reading Series with Sophia Dahlin. His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Caketrain, elimae, and in other places.
Stephen Markley is a second-year student in the fiction program of the Iowa Writers' 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.
Kate Nesbit is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English. She received her B.A. in English and women's studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Her research interests include Victorian literature, 19th-century sentimentalism, and the women's elocution movement. Kate worked as an ELL (English Language Learners) instructor and writing tutor at St. Olaf College and currently teaches rhetoric.
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.