Contact the Frank Business Communication Center

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matt petterson

Mark Petterson
Assistant Director
319-384-3333
mark-petterson@uiowa.edu

Peer tutors

Kyle Apple is a fourth-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.

Jack Brenneke is a senior from Richmond, Indiana majoring in Finance with a Risk Management and Insurance Certificate. Jack serves as the President of the Hawks Nest Executive Board and is a member of PGN Professional Development Organization within Tippie. In his spare time, he is an avid marathon runner and enjoys watching stand-up comedy or classic movies.

Riley Callahan is a senior from Marion, Iowa studying Accounting and Finance. She currently serves as the President of her business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. Additionally, Riley works as a student assistant in the Undergraduate Program Office and is a member of the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending her time with her family.

Austin Clayton is a junior from Sioux City, Iowa majoring in Accounting. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, he is a member of Reaching Out in Business. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, thrifting, and working out. 

Trevor Crippen is a senior from McHenry, Illinois studying Business Management and Rhetoric. He works part-time as a Human Resources intern conducting interviews and editing job descriptions. In his spare time, he enjoys playing board games, video games, and sports such as volleyball and tennis.

Tyler Dennis is a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa studying Finance and Statistics. He currently serves as Treasurer of his business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. Additionally, Tyler is Vice President of Logistics for the Business Student Ambassador Organization and is a member of the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance. In his free time, Tyler enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Ethan Eiler is a senior 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. 

Annie Fitzpatrick is a senior from Wheaton, Illinois double-majoring in Marketing and Journalism & Mass Communication. In addition to her work as a Frank Center tutor, she is currently a news reporter and digital producer for The Daily Iowan. In her free time, Annie enjoys photography, baking, and listening to podcasts.

Michael Gerot is a senior 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 senior 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.

Sofia Mari is a third year student from Elgin, Illinois, working towards a major in Finance, minor in Spanish, and certificate in International Business. She currently serves as the treasurer for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and is a member of Women in Business. This past summer she interned at Atlas Wealth Advisors in Dallas, Texas, and plans on pursuing a career in financial advising. In her free time, she likes to play piano, listen to music, and talk about her dogs. 

Alex Palensky is a senior 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.

Morgan Raley is a junior from Clive, Iowa who is studying Accounting and Finance. She currently serves as Treasurer of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is also a candidate for Beta Alpha Psi and a mentor for Moneythink. After graduation, she hopes to work for one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms and become a CPA. In her free time, she enjoys attending Hawkeye football games and spending time at the lake with her family. 

Katie Wang is a senior 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.

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.

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.

Josh Frahm is the Associate Director of Student Employment Programs at the Pomerantz Career Center here at the University of Iowa. Josh graduated from The University of Iowa with a Marketing degree in 2004 and also obtained his Executive Master’s degree from Colorado Technical University in 2009. Josh has worked in higher education since 2005 as a Project Manager, Associate Director, Career Coach and Advisor, and as an online and in-classroom instructor. 

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.

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.