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.
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.
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.
David Lam-Lu is a senior from Iowa City, pursuing a BBA in marketing and human resources, and certificates in entrepreneurship, leadership, and cultural competency. David serves as the V.P. of Marketing for UI Students for Human Rights, is on the Public Relations Board of the Organization for the Active Support of International Students, and is a Marketing Institute scholar. David enjoys event planning, line dancing, and feeding ducks by the Iowa River.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
Fan Yuan is from Chongqing, China, which is famous for hot pot. Fan is a senior with a double major in accounting and finance. She loves playing badminton, hip-pop dancing, and doing calligraphy. Fan thinks the key to doing a great presentation is just to show yourself with confidence.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Shaffer is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English, and he teaches for the Rhetoric Department. In 2006, he received a B.A. in comparative literature (emphasis in literatures of the Americas) from San Francisco State University. His research seeks to incorporate ethics into an examination of sites of intersection between "American" and Mexican cultures, discussing contact zones as locations in which cultural expression by dominant and subordinate groups are visible and complex networks of cultural, national, social, and political affiliation are created.
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.
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).