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Anna Bruno

Anna Bruno
Assistant to the Director

matt petterson

Mark Petterson
Assistant Director

Peer tutors

Kyle Apple is a third-year student from Eldridge, Iowa, majoring in economics and political science. In addition to working at the Frank Center, he also tutors economics for the Tippie Learning Coaches. After graduating, Kyle hopes to attend law school and move to Washington, DC to pursue a career in government economics. Outside of class, Kyle is an avid sports fan and closely follows college football, college basketball, and the Chicago Cubs.

Riley Callahan

Jiyun Chong is a junior from Dubuque, Iowa who is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Music. She hopes to pursue the Masters in Accountancy program at the Tippie College of Business next year. Within Tippie, Jiyun is involved in Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, a Business Student Ambassador and a Peer Mentor for the Direct Admit Seminar. 

Megan Donahoe is a senior Finance and Accounting major from Coralville, Iowa. She hopes to someday work in a Big 4 accounting firm or an investment banking firm. Outside of tutoring, Megan is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and enjoys biking, playing guitar, and watching Iowa football.

Alex Duff is in his fourth year at the university, where he is studying Accounting and Chinese.  He enjoys reading, running, and traveling in his free time.

Ethan Eiler is a junior from West Des Moines, Iowa who is studying Finance at the University of Iowa. In his free time he enjoys traveling, reading history, and cooking. Ethan joined the Frank Center because he wanted to give back to the Tippie community and help his peers. 

Sarah Francisco is a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa. She is majoring in Marketing and History and minoring in French. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Marketing. In addition to being a tutor, Sarah is involved with the BizEdge Mentoring Program, GESAB, and Salt Company.

Michael Gerot is a junior from West Des Moines, Iowa majoring in Accounting and Finance. In addition to tutoring in the Frank Center, Michael is the Vice President of Chapter Operations for Delta Sigma Pi, an undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Finance department, and a Resident Assistant in Burge Hall. After graduating, Michael plans on pursuing a career in Capital Markets.

Adam Goedken is a junior from Independence, Iowa studying finance and economics and earning a writing certificate. Adam is also a Tippie Peer Mentor, and he enjoys staying involved in service and professional student organizations on campus. In his spare time, he likes trying new restaurants, reading, and cheering on the Hawkeyes.

Abby Haynes is a senior from Brookfield, WI. She is majoring in Economics and Marketing with a minor in Rhetoric and Persuasion. In addition to tutoring in the Frank Center, Abby is the VP of Marketing for BSAO, a tutor for Tippie Learning Coaches, and an undergraduate TA for Financial Management. Abby hopes to one day become a professor after graduation. Outside of the classroom, Abby enjoys baking, writing, hiking, and doing Pilates.

Emma Keefe is a senior Business Analytics major from Marion, Iowa. She is also getting a Risk Management and Insurance certificate through the Vaughan Institute. She chose to be a Frank Center tutor because she has always enjoyed language and teaching - previous roles include Supplemental Instruction Leader and Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. In her free time, she enjoys singing in choir and reading. 

Chase Koschmeder is a senior from Clive, Iowa majoring in Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems. He serves as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Financial Management and as a sustainability chairman for Tippie Senate. Chase plans to study international finance in Florence, Italy next semester through the University of Iowa’s study abroad program. After studying abroad, Chase will spend the summer of 2018 as an intern at an investment bank in San Francisco, California. In his free time, Chase enjoys running outside, snow skiing, and learning about technology.

Sarah Langholz is a senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, majoring in Finance and pursuing a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. Outside of the Frank Center, Sarah works part time at a local real estate brokerage, is a member of the Tippie Real Estate Club and is actively involved in Chi Omega, serving on the marketing committee. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with friends, meeting new people, and spending time outdoors.

Alex Palensky is a junior studying Accounting and Information Systems. On campus he is actively involved in Moneythink, Alpha Kappa Psi, and the Tippie Real Estate Club. After graduating college, Alex hopes to spend time in both public accounting and in real estate development.

Sydney Ruggless is an Accounting and Business Analytics double major at Tippie. Originally from Ankeny, Iowa, she grew up loving music and performing. Here she participates in a university choir in order to continue pursuing this passion, as well as get a little break away from PBB. Outside of school, she spend her time working at The Mill and enjoying Iowa City!

Katie Wang is a junior from Waukee, Iowa studying Marketing and Journalism. She serves as the Vice President of Marketing for Tippie Senate and an executive board member within Alpha Kappa Psi. Additionally, Katie works as a social media intern for Tippie, creating content for the college's social channels. In her free time, she enjoys spending her time with her friends.

Graduate tutors

Chloe Livaudais

Brad Sandor

Matt Strand

Stephanie Tsank

BCaP instructors

Our instructors bring a first-hand knowledge of business communication to the classroom. All of our instructors are either business professionals or have have had prior business experience.

Barb Baker has, for the past 25 years, worked full-time at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. She has served for 12 years as its director of advertising and community relations, managing corporate advertising in 12 states. Barb enjoys how closely the BCaP material mirrors the work she does at Grinnell Mutual—from writing and editing internal and external communications to giving presentations to colleagues and community members. 

Anna Bruno earned her Master of Fine Arts from the fiction program of the Iowa Writers' 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.

Patrick Highland has spent over 30 years connecting education and employment. He currently serves as the supervisor of career and technical education for the Iowa City Community Schools. In addition to BCaP, he also teaches two courses for the Iowa MBA Program: Effective Managerial Communications (MGMT:7900/06J:205) and Influence and Persuasion (MGMT:9090/06J:230). When not teaching or working, his favorite business read is Forbes magazine. 

Saul Mekies has been an educator for over 30 years, having taught at Western Connecticut State University, Marist College, Quinnipac College, University of Alaska-Sitka, and Kirkwood Community College, where he currently serves as a professor of economics. In addition to his teaching, Saul has also held a variety of administrative and leadership positions.

Deborah Neyens is an attorney with more than 20 years of corporate experience. She currently serves as part-time general counsel and corporate secretary for Guaranty Bank and Trust Company in Cedar Rapids while managing a home-based freelance writing business. Her written work has appeared in several print and online publications, including "The Ground Floor," a Cedar Rapids Gazette weekly feature profiling new local businesses and their owners.

Renee Schlueter has, for the past 10 years, been the lead faculty member for a study abroad course in Rome, Italy. She has served as a technical writer/communications consultant for hospital staff and taught engineering students effective written and communication skills. Renee regularly presents at professional conferences, has published work, and has written successful NEH grants. She received a Humanities Education and Research Association award for her teaching and research.

Jessica Wilson holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, and has professional experience as a copywriter, editor, speaker's agent, and project manager. She has taught BCaP since 2012 and worked for four years as the BCaP curriculum coordinator. Jess also has extensive experience teaching and tutoring writing—both creative and professional—to undergraduates and high school students.