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Anna Bruno

Anna Bruno
Assistant to the Director

matt petterson

Mark Petterson
Assistant Director

Peer tutors

Adam Dellos is a senior from Coralville, Iowa majoring in Finance and French. He is the president of the Business Student Ambassador Organization and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. After graduation, he will work for an investment bank in San Francisco. In his free time, Adam enjoys traveling, playing tennis, biking, and running.

Megan Donahoe is a junior 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 third 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 sophomore 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. 

Christian Farraj is a junior Finance major from Deerfield, Illinois. On top of finance, he has a deep interest in communications, marketing, and investing, and has been involved in investing clubs in the past. In his free time, Christian enjoys walking his dog, listening to music, and watching Netflix.

Sarah Francisco is a junior 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.

Austin Greenough is a senior 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.

Abby Haynes is a junior 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.

Chase Koschmeder is a junior 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 junior 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 sophomore 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.

Rebecca Paras is a senior 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.

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!

Wynn Tan is a senior studying Accounting from Marshalltown, Iowa. Outside of school, Wynn enjoys rock climbing, crafting, baking, playing board games, and meeting dogs. After graduation, Wynn will work as a tax consultant for a public firm in Minneapolis.

Katie Wang is a sophomore 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.

Anthony Yang is a senior majoring in Finance, Math, Economics, and Chinese from Bettendorf, Iowa. Outside of the Frank Center, he is also a business student ambassador, student mentor for Moneythink, and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi. He plans to work in investment banking after graduation. Outside of class, he enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, and watching Netflix.

Graduate tutors

Claire Lombardo is an adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa. She recently received her MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her stories have appeared in Barrelhouse Magazine, Little Fiction, Longform, and more. 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 sound, listening, and reading aloud in Victorian literature. Kate worked as an ELL (English Language Learners) instructor and writing tutor at St. Olaf College. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, Kate currently teaches the Interpretation of Literature, tutors at the Rhetoric Writing Center, and serves as one of the four Graduate Teaching Fellows for the university's Center for Teaching.

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.

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.