Meet Tippie's Young Alumni Board

The Young Alumni Board (YAB) is a diverse group of young professionals whose mission is to support the Tippie College of Business and its undergraduate business program. The YAB creates strong connections between the college and its alumni, and supports current students during their college years as they transition into alumni.

Primary activities of the board include bi-annual meetings (hosted in fall on campus and spring off campus); panel discussions about different career paths; feedback on curriculum changes; involvement in the annual “One Day for Iowa” online fundraising campaign; and managing mentor programs for current students

Apply for the Young Alumni Board

Applicants have to be within five years of graduation and must hold a BBA from the Tippie College of Business. Please review the bylaws in full prior to applying to ensure you’re able to fulfill the attendance and financial commitment requirements of the board.

We are not accepting applications at this time.

Current YAB members

Srilekhya Akkina

Srilekhya Akkina (BBA20)

Customer Success Manager

Boulder, CO
Elections and Voting Co-Chair

Ryan Atkinson (BBA21)

Chief Executive Officer

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Austin, TX 

Jiyun Chong

Jiyun Chong (BBA19/MAc20)

Senior Tax Consultant

Chicago, IL

Nicholas Currant

Nicholas Currant (BBA22)

Customer Success Manager

Seattle, WA
Executive Committee Secretary

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Karina Diekema (BBA20)

Senior Insights and Analytics Manager

Nike, Inc.
Portland, OR

Karter Donahue

Karter Donahue (BBA22)

People Analytics Product Manager

Austin, TX
Ad Hoc (RISE) Co-Chair

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Tristan Garcia (BBA20)

District Sales Leader


Phoenix, AZ 

Connor Gronski

Connor Gronski (BBA19)

Commercial Banking Associate

JPMorgan Chase
Los Angeles, CA
Student Engagement Chair

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Rita Guzmán (BBA18)

Education Coordinator

Northwestern Medicine’s Canning Thoracic Institute
Chicago, IL

Allison Klage

Allison Klage (BBA22)

Associate Merchant for Girls 7-16 National Branded Apparel

Kohl's Department Stores
Milwaukee, WI
Elections and Voting Co-Chair

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JD Klopfenstein (BBA18)

Financial Advisor

Principal Financial Group
Iowa City, IA

Anna Kroeger

Anna Kroeger (BBA20)

Senior Consultant

New York, NY

Katie LaCroix

Katie LaCroix (BBA18)

Senior Manager, Global Partnership Sales

Cirque du Soleil (Legends)
Chicago, IL

Rachel Langholz

Rachel Langholz (BBA17)

Senior Consultant

Denver, CO

Anibal Mares

Anibal Mares Marquez (BBA20)

Experienced Associate

Dallas, TX

Kristin Mathis

Kristin Mathis (BBA20)

Partnership Strategy and Activation Coordinator

Minnesota Vikings
Minneapolis, MN

Matt Moran

Matt Moran (BBA18)

Wealth Management

Davenport, IA

Santino Morena

Santino Morena (BBA17)

Associate Director

Morris Anderson & Associates 
Chicago, IL
Immediate Past Chair

Jordyn Steinkritz

Jordyn Nelson (BBA18)

Director of Strategy

Shields Health Solutions
Tampa, FL

Aaron Nibaur

Aaron Nibaur (BBA21)

Investment Banking Analyst

William Blair
Chicago, IL

Jackson Nichols

Jackson Nichols (BBA17)

Senior Analyst

AAVIN Equity Advisors
Iowa City, IA
Executive Committee Chair

Anna Noll

Anna Noll (BBA18)

Assistant Brand Manager

T. Marzetti Company
Columbus, OH
Alumni Engagement Chair

Isaac Oberlin

Isaac Oberlin (BBA17)

Private Equity Associate

VantEdge Partners
Overland Park, KS

Brenden O'Brien

Brenden O'Brien (BBA20)

Product Manager

Election Systems and Software
Omaha, NE

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Katie Phillips (BBA19)


Baker McKenzie

Chicago, IL

Jenna Pokorny

Jenna Pokorny (BBA19)

Legislative Correspondent

U.S. Senate
Washington, DC

Anne Riley

Anne Riley (BBA19)

Senior Project Coordinator

Arlington, VA
Ad Hoc (RISE) Co-Chair

Amy Schembari

Amy Schembari (BBA18)

Global Program Manager

New York, NY

Katherine Smith

Katherine Smith (BBA17)

Manager, Channel Strategy

BMO Financial Group
Okoboji, IA

Neil Zhang

Neil Zhang (BBA16)

Associate Director - Multi-Managers Real Estate

UBS Asset Management
Chicago, IL
Finance and Development Chair