Contact the Frank Business Communication Center

Pamela Bourjaily

Pamela Bourjaily
Director, Associate Professor of Instruction
319-335-3459
pamela-bourjaily@uiowa.edu

Joelle Petersen

Joelle Petersen
Program Coordinator
319-335-0882
joelle-petersen@uiowa.edu

Communication Consultants

Zoe Bussanmas is a senior from Urbandale, Iowa majoring in Accounting and Business Analytics. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, she is a candidate for Beta Alpha Psi and a member of Delta Sigma Pi. In my her time, she enjoy spending time at the lake with family, friends and her dog.

Austin Clayton is a fourth-year student from Sioux City, Iowa majoring in Accounting. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, he is also the Vice President of Networking for Beta Alpha Psi. This past summer, he interned at PwC in San Francisco and plans to join the firm as a tax associate after graduation. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading, thrifting, and trying new recipes. 

Maggie Dunham is a junior from Des Moines, Iowa majoring in Accounting and Finance with a Spanish minor. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, she serves as Vice President of Finance for MBSA and leads lean-in circles for Women in Business. In her free time, she loves to read, travel, and spend time with friends.

Jaiden Goodman is a third-year student majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management with a minor in Spanish. In addition to tutoring, she is an active member of the HawkTrade Stock Investment Club and the UI Dance Club. In her free time, she enjoys music, football, and spending time with her family.

Emma Hapeman is a fourth-year student from Kohler, Wisconsin studying Marketing and Leadership. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, she is an intern for Tippie Social, is a Business Student Ambassador, and a member of Phi Gamma Nu. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, watching movies, and exercising.

Brad Holland is a third-year student from Urbandale, Iowa majoring in Human Resource Management and Marketing and pursuing a Certificate in Critical Cultural Competency. He is also involved on campus as a Campus Tour Guide and Tour Guide Coordinator, Orientation Leader, Business Student Ambassador, and the Equity Director for Homecoming 2020. In his free time he enjoys thrifting, attempting DIY projects, and hammocking.

James Hughes is a third-year from Orland Park, Illinois majoring in Finance and Business Analytics, with a minor in Political Science. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, he also serves as a Campus Tour Guide, and functions as a Debate coach at his home high school. In his free time, he enjoys rooting for the Chicago Cubs, working out, and listening to any type of music.

Jack Krause is a junior majoring in accounting and pursuing a certificate in leadership studies. He currently serves on the executive board for both the Hawks Nest and Tippie Business Honor Society. He also works as a lead official for intramural sports under recreational services. After graduation, he hopes to become a CPA and work in private accounting. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and golf with his buddies.

Sofia Mari is a fourth-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. 

Ally O'Meara is a third-year student from Indianola, Iowa majoring in marketing and finance and minoring in theatre. She is currently involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, a head counselor for RYLA, and works for University Catering. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, reading, and writing letters to pen pals.

Sophie Situmeang is a junior from Mount Pleasant, Iowa majoring in both Finance and Business Analytics. She also serves as the President of the campus ministry Cru. She hopes to become a CFP after she graduates. In her free time, she enjoys music, traveling, and spending time with her friends.

Rachel Strang is a third-year student from Iowa City, Iowa majoring in Finance with a certificate in Public Health. She is VP of Internal Relations for Women in Business and is also involved in Tippie Business Honors Society, and Phi Eta Sigma. In her free time, she enjoys running long-distance, reading, and playing the French horn.

Anna Zinselmeier is a third-year student from Grimes, Iowa majoring in Marketing and Business Analytics with a minor in Communication Studies. In addition to tutoring at the Frank Center, she also serves as Vice President of Programming for her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, is on leadership for Greek InterVarsity, and is a member of Women in Business. In her free time, she enjoys watching soccer, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

Graduate and Professional Communication Consultants

Chloe Livaudais

Ian McMurray

Natalee Dawson

Andrew Steiner

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 had prior business experience.

Barbara Baker received her BS in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, her Masters in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Phoenix, and her CPCU from The Insurance Institute of America. Barb has spent nearly 20 years as the director of advertising and community relations at Grinnell Mutual after eight years in the training and development department. She serves on a number of local and state non-profit boards and task forces.  She is in her eighth year of teaching BCaP and enjoys helping students develop life-long communication skills and prepare for successful professional careers. 

Pamela Bourjaily is an Associate Professor of Instruction and the Director of the Frank Business Communication Center at the Tippie College of Business. As Frank Center director, she designs and oversees the required core undergraduate course, BUS 3000: Business Communication and Protocol, as well as other undergraduate business communication electives and college business communication programming, including the Ph.D. Writing Program initiative. Prior to directing the Frank Center, Pam built and expanded the college’s Department of Accounting writing program, one of the first business departmental writing initiatives in the country.

Kayt Conrad has served as Division Administrator for the University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts since 2006 where she serves as chief business officer and operations director. Before coming to the University of Iowa, she served as Dean of the Arts & Humanities Department at Kirkwood Community College, Lecturer at the United States Naval Academy, and worked in international sales and consulting to military and government clients. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary (BA) and St. John's College (MA).

Erin Elgin has spent over the past 10 years as a small business owner and an educator. She has co-produced feature-length films, edited novels, and co-founded a premier fitness facility. She has taught a variety of core business and computing courses at Upper Iowa University, Kirkwood Community College, and Southeastern Community College. Prior to receiving her MBA in Marketing and IT Management from The University of Connecticut, she used her BA in English from The University of Iowa to help write grants, quarterly reports, and marketing communications for a $3.5 million federal grant at The University of Iowa.

Carl Follmer is originally from the Washington D.C. area but received all of his degrees at Iowa. He completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 2016 and wrote his dissertation on fascist children's propaganda in Germany and Spain. While in graduate school, Carl tutored in the Frank Center for two years, and was hired to direct the Accounting Writing Program in 2015. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and 4 children.

Patrick Highland has spent his entire career connecting education and employment.  He recently retired from a long career with the Iowa City Community School District where he supervised Career and Technical Education.  He currently teaches Business Communication and Protocol and two courses in the MBA program--Effective Managerial Communications and Influence and Constructive Persuasion. He has written several newspaper and journal articles and is the author of textbooks.

Sara McGuirk holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA in English, Film Studies, and Economics from the University of Notre Dame. She has been teaching at the University of Iowa for six years within the Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing, the Creative Writing Department, and the Tippie College of Business in subjects ranging from Writing & Community Outreach, Evidence-based Research Writing, Business Communications & Protocol, Creative Writing, etc. Prior to that, she spent five years as the Director of Client Relations for a web-based start-up. When Sara isn't teaching, she manages volunteer operations at a nonprofit community bike shop, The Iowa City Bike Library, and produces films, screenplays, and poetry collections.

Saul Mekies has been an educator for over 30 years, having taught at Western Connecticut State University, Marist College, Quinnipiac 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.

Kodi Scheer is an award-winning fiction writer and freelance editor. Prior to returning to the University of Iowa, she taught professional writing at the University of Michigan as well as McGill University. Her books include Incendiary Girls and Midair.  

Mike Stutzman

Tracy Tunwall, SPHR, received her BA in Business from the University of Northern Iowa, Masters in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University, and Ph.D. in International Business from Northcentral University. Tracy worked in industry for 20-years, primarily in Operations and Human Resource Management; most recently as Vice President of Human Resources at Frontier Natural Products Coop. Tracy has worked the past decade in academic administration and as an Associate Professor of Business, Business Department Chair, Faculty Chair, and Sustainability Fellow. Tracy teaches a wide variety of courses in sustainability, management, and communications, and currently serves on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women.