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Contact the Frank Business Communication Center

Jump ahead to meet our peer tutors, graduate tutors, and BCAP instructors.

Ryan Sheets

Ryan Sheets
Assistant Director and Adjunct Lecturer
319-384-3333
ryan-sheets-1@uiowa.edu

Peer tutors

Maddie Brown is a junior from Boulder, Colorado majoring in Finance. Outside of the Frank Center, she is a Business Student Ambassador, a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity, and a mentor with the Gateway to Tippie Program. She is also involved in the Tippie International buddies Program and the Tippie Young Alumni Board Mentorship Program. In her free time, Maddie enjoys running and spending time with friends.

Adam Dellos is a junior finance major with a minor in French from Coralville, Iowa. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and an ambassador for the Tippie College of Business. After graduation, he hopes to work in investment banking or private equity. During his free time, Adam enjoys traveling, playing tennis, biking, and running.

Austin Greenough& is a junior accounting major with a minor in political science from West Des Moines, Iowa. He is a tutor for financial accounting and statistics for strategy problems. During his free time, Austin loves to work out, play hockey, watch sports, and spend time with friends and family.

Michelle Kannenberg is a junior from Libertyville, Illinois majoring in Marketing with an international business certificate and Italian minor. Outside of the Frank Center, Michelle is the assistant PR and marketing chairman of the Chi Omega sorority on campus, a peer tutor for Tutor UIowa, and a part time office assistant at the Carver Hawkeye Arena. She recently studied and interned abroad in Torino, Italy and now works on marketing strategies for the study abroad program USAC in her spare time. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time at local coffee shops with friends.

Lexi Kaplan is a senior majoring in marketing and human resource management from Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and just got back from studying abroad through Tippie’s CIMBA Italy program. During her free time, she enjoys riding horses, working out and spending quality time with others.

Iain O'Connor is a senior economics and finance major from St. Charles, Illinois. He is a Business Student Ambassador for the Tippie College of Business, an Honors Peer Advisor with the Honors Program, vice president of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, and works part time for Tippie. Iain hopes to one day become a professor after graduating. Outside of class, Iain enjoys playing intramurals, guitar, and following the Chicago Bulls.

Rebecca Paras is a junior majoring in Management and Economics from Naperville, Illinois. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, she is involved in the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, and the co-ed a cappella group Old Gold. In her free time she enjoys swimming, watching Netflix, knitting, and doing yoga.

Matt Strand is a senior accounting and finance major from Cedar Rapids, IA. He is a member of Students Today Alumni Tomorrow Leadership and Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity. He recently interned with an accounting firm in Cedar Rapids doing income tax returns for corporations, individuals, and trusts. After his May 2017 graduation, he hopes to attend law school. In his free time, he enjoys running, golfing, watching sports, and spending time with family.

Elizabeth Sturms is a senior 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.

Wynn Tan is a junior studying accounting from Marshalltown, Iowa. She is involved with Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Global Engagement Student Advisory Board, President's Leadership Society, and Business Student Ambassadors Organization. Outside of school and student organizations, Wynn enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, golfing, hiking, and meeting dogs.

Anthony Yang is a junior finance and math major from Bettendorf, Iowa. Apart from tutoring in the Frank Center, he also serves as a peer mentor for Direct Admit students. He is also involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, Honors Peer Advising, and has conducted research in the Tippie College of Business. He hopes to work in investment banking after graduation. Outside of classes he enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, and watching Netflix.

Graduate tutors

Anna Bruno recently 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.

Akia Jackson is a fourth-year Ph.D candidate in the Department of English. She received her B.A. in English with a minor in History at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Her research interests include 20th- and 21st-century Afro-centered diasporic women's literature, and Critical Race Theory. Akia previously taught rhetoric and currently teaches Interpretation of Literature and works as a Speaking Center Tutor at the University of Iowa.

Claire Lombardo is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she is an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her stories have appeared in Barrelhouse MagazineLittle Fiction,Longform, and more. She is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and a 2016 Sun Valley Writers' Conference Fellow. She holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois, and is currently at work on her first novel.

Patty Nash is an MFA candidate in poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She earned her MFA in literary translation (from German and French) at Iowa, as well as her BA in Comparative Literature and French from the University of Oregon. She enjoys running, reading, and board games.

Kate Nesbit is a fourth-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.

Kim Ogden is a recent graduate of the Tippie College of Business and is a first-year Master of Health Administration student in the College of Public Health. During her free time, she enjoys reading, playing sports, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Nihar Patel is an MBA Student from Santa Clara, CA. He is an attorney and graduate of the University California, Hastings College of the Law. Nihar came to the MBA program after working for a few years including as a Freelance Finance Writer.

Joseph Steinitz recently earned his Ph.D. 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.

Angela Toscano is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Iowa. She specializes in the 18th century novel with a particular emphasis on romance and amatory fiction. She has written extensively on genre romance and her article "A Parody of Love: the Narrative Uses of Rape in Popular Romance" was published in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies. Currently, she teaches Interpretation of Literature at Iowa, but she has previously taught rhetoric, composition, and writing. She holds an M.A. from the University of Utah and an MLIS from St. John's University.

Stephanie Tsank is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate 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 creative writing at the University of California-San Diego. Her research interests include 19th- and early 20th-century American literature, food studies, and immigration. She currently teaches Interpretation of Literature at the University of Iowa, and has taught rhetoric (including business rhetoric) and public speaking in the past.

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. 

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.