Meet Our Team
Frank Business Communications Center Peer Tutors
Margaret Boos is a senior management and marketing major and is also pursuing a minor in English literature. She has been tutoring at the Frank Center since fall 2011 and is one of two head tutors this year.
Tyler Boring is a senior accounting major from East Peoria, Ill. He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting fraternity on campus, where he volunteers for events such as Tippie Build and VITA. Upon graduation, he plans to move to Atlanta, Ga., to continue doing audit work with the company that he interned with this past summer.
Sam Cooley is a junior 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.
Jenny Frake is a junior from Morton Grove, Ill., and is pursuing degrees in marketing and anthropology as well as the human rights certificate. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity as well as Iowa Wishmakers On Campus, and she plans to study abroad in South Africa before graduation.
David Lam-Lu is a senior from Iowa City, pursuing a BBA in marketing and human resources, as well as certificates in entrepreneurship, leadership, and critical cultural competency. David serves as the marketing director of UI Students for Human Rights, a PR board member of the Organization for the Active Support of International Students, and is a Marketing Institute scholar. David enjoys playing soccer, keyboarding, origami, and feeding ducks by the Iowa River.
Vanessa Ruiz is a senior marketing and mass communications major from Clear Lake, Iowa. She is currently the marketing director at KRUI Radio, the University of Iowa's student-run radio station, and also serves as a marketing intern at both Hancher and the Englert Theatre. She is also one of two head tutors this year. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys hosting a radio show, running, discovering new music, and frequenting coffee shops.
Anthony Russo is a senior finance major with minors in Spanish and economics. Having studied in Spain, Anthony plans to work in international business after graduation. During his free time, Anthony enjoys traveling, playing sports, and listening to music.
Yijiao Wu is a senior accounting major with a minor in French. She is also involved in Beta Alpha Psi and the American Marketing Association. She has been a tutor in financial accounting since spring 2011. She works as an English teacher in China during the summer.
Brayden Zhao is a senior majoring in marketing and management information systems. In addition to working in the Frank Center, he serves on the executive board of Homecoming Council and is an active member of OASIS, SLC, and other student organizations. After graduation, he is planning to find a job in the marketing and technology fields.
Frank Business Communications Center Writing Fellows
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 Village magazine, and has an essay forthcoming in the anthology Emerging Perspective on Yvonne Vera by Africa World Press.
Alicia Bones is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English. Her research interests are in 19th- and 20th-century American cultural studies, specifically food history and urban development. After completing her B.A. in 2010, she worked as an AmeriCorps member, a freelance writer, and an English teacher in China.
Colleen Carroll completed her undergraduate work in English and art history at the University of St. Thomas. She is currently exploring her postgraduate options.
Sarah Fay is a Ph.D. candidate in the UI's Department of English. She has served as a program associate in the General Education Literature Program and currently teaches Interpretation of Literature honors. She is also an editorial associate at The Paris Review and a professional writer. Her work appears regularly in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, and Bookforum, among others.
Carl Follmer is a second-year Ph.D. student in comparative literature. He received an M.A. in German literature and a B.A. in American history from the University of Iowa. His research focuses on fascist children's and youth literature published in Germany and Spain. Carl teaches elementary and intermediate German, and has provided essay writing support for undergraduates taking the course The Third Reich and Literature since 2009.
Gemma Goodale-Sussen is a Ph.D. student in the UI English department. Her research focuses on Cold War-era confessional literature and literature of incarceration. She has been a teaching assistant for Introduction to the English Major and currently teaches Rhetoric.
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.
Katlyn Williams is a first-year English Ph.D. with a B.A. and M.A. in English literature and two years of teaching experience in communications/public speaking at Marietta College and Ball State University. Her research addresses postcolonial studies—in particular, contemporary Britain and Latino/a immigrant politics and culture in contemporary America. She focuses on genre films, literature, and graphic novels (with an emphasis on horror and science fiction narratives).