Trustees

Trish Fitzgibbons Anderson '80, Elected 2006

Trish Fitzgibbons Anderson

Ms. Anderson holds a B.A. in English from Grinnell College and a M.A. in Adlerian Counseling & Psychotherapy from the Adler Graduate School. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in solo private practice, where she also offers family business consulting, mediation services and post-graduate clinical supervision and mentoring. Ms. Anderson holds faculty appointments at Concordia University (St. Paul, Minnesota) and the Adler Graduate School (Richfield, Minnesota.). She also worked in public relations for several years and as a freelance writer. Ms. Anderson is a member of numerous professional associations, and she has served on a variety of professional, community arts and social service boards. Ms. Anderson was a member of the Grinnell Alumni Council from 1986-91, serving as President in 1990-91.

Dr. Robert F. Austin, Jr. '54, Elected 2003

Robert F. Austin, MD, is the President of R. J. Austin Consultant, Development and Training in Houston, Texas and has over 46 years experience as a pediatrician. He is the founder of Project Medical Home (PMH) through Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates (TCPA), a subsidiary of Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Austin was instrumental in forging a collaborative partnership between Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates, the Baylor College of Medicine, and Harris County to establish PMH and served for five years as the director of the first center TCPA CULLEN. In addition, through his history and community service, he has identified and created collaborative relationships with several private and non-profit programs to address the broader needs of children and adolescents. Dr. Austin also has an appointment at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Austin received a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Following three years of military service in the Air Force, he pursued a graduate degree in biology from Boston College. Dr. Austin attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1963. He completed his medical training with a Pediatric Residency at Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York as well as a Fellowship in Hematology from Tufts University, affiliated with Boston City Hospital. Following Pediatric residency and Fellowship in Hematology he established the Pediatric Hematology Section at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse New York. In addition to his professional positions, consultancies, academic appointments and affiliations with professional organizations, Dr. Austin works continuously to serve the community. He has received numerous awards and honors including an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College for his efforts as a child advocate in health and education. He is also the recipient of the highly coveted Savvy Award, again awarded for his advocacy for children's health and education. He received the Maconda B. O'Conner award at the annual Children at Risk Luncheon on October 14, 2010, recognizing Dr. Austin's efforts to help shape the healthy outcome of children throughout Houston. Currently, Dr. Austin serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions. He is on the Board of Directors for The Collaborative for Children and is on the Board of Trustees at Grinnell College.

David Braman '75, Elected 2006

David Braman '75Mr. Braman graduated from Grinnell College in 1975 with a B.A. in biology. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Denver and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. He resides in San Francisco, California where he is a senior partner at Pantheon Ventures Inc., a well-known investment management company specializing in private equity fund investment. Mr. Braman is responsible for Pantheon's investment strategy and asset allocation. Mr. Braman is a member of the US Primary and Global Secondary Investment Committees and chairs the Global Infrastructure Investment Committee. Pantheon became a subsidiary of the Russell Investment Group in 2004. Before joining Pantheon, he was a manager at U S WEST Inc., where he developed and managed their private equity investment program. Mr. Braman's spouse, Charlotte Read, graduated from Grinnell College in 1975 with a B.A. in anthropology, and also earned an M.A. from Denver University's School of International Relations.

Laura M. Ferguson '90, Elected 2003

Laura M. Ferguson '90A Grinnell native, Dr. Ferguson graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in studio art in 1990. In 1995 she received her M.D. from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She completed a family medicine residency at North Iowa Mercy Hospital in Mason City, Iowa, in 1998. She served as Chief Resident during her third year there. After graduation from residency, Laura joined her father, David Ferguson, M.D., in practice in Grinnell. She served as President of the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Medical Staff from 2001-03 and currently sits on the State of Iowa Prenatal Advisory Panel.

Shelley Floyd '72, Elected in 2011

Shelley Floyd '72Ms. Floyd is the Technical Assistant to the Chairman of Intel Corporation. Founded by Grinnell graduate Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore in 1968, Intel is today the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker. During her tenure at Intel, Ms. Floyd has also worked in the office of the Chief Financial Officer and as Director of Investor Relations. Before joining Intel, Ms. Floyd was an investment banker specializing in corporate finance for technology companies. Ms. Floyd was a member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1994. She grew up in Oklahoma and currently lives in California. She has a BA from Grinnell College, an MS from the University of London, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Harold W. Fuson, Jr. '67, Elected 2004

Hal retired after more than four decades as a journalist, teacher and news executive, beginning as business manager and editor of the Grinnell Scarlet & Black and ending as executive vice president and chief operating officer of a Southern California newspaper company. Along the way, he taught journalism at four colleges and provided legal advice to newspapers ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the Galesburg Register-Mail. A political science major in the Grinnell class of 1967, Hal also earned an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a J.D. from Cleveland State University. He and his wife, Pam Crist Fuson '68 live in Encinitas, California. Among their Grinnell connections are son, John Fuson '93, and daughter-in-law, Amy Henderson, '94. Hal is the recipient of a Grinnell Alumni Award and has served the College in a variety of volunteer capacities. Hal's book, Telling It All: A Legal Guide to the Exercise of Free Speech, was described by Publishers Weekly as “an easy-to-read handbook on how to avoid the legal pitfalls that can accompany free expression.” His work in expanding and protecting First Amendment rights has been recognized nationally by the Media Law Resource Center and by state associations in California and Illinois. He chairs the board of San Diego’s Tony-winning Old Globe Theatre and serves as a director of The Copley Press, CNPA Services (a state newspaper association), The First Amendment Coalition and The Center for the Image.

Atul Gupta '88, Elected 2012

Atul Gupta '88Atul Gupta graduated from Grinnell College in 1988 with a double major in Physics and Economics and a concentration in Computer Science. As a student, he was active in the International Student Organization, serving as its president in his second year, and also served as a Student Advisor and Resident Hall Assistant. Atul started his career as a Research Analyst on a two-person team responsible for identifying technology options that would help Principal Financial Group, a $360 billion global financial services firm, gain a competitive advantage. He became the Director of International Systems and was responsible for all overseas Information Technology operations of PFG, consisting of multiple companies located in 9 countries. In 1991, he founded Advanced Technologies Group, Inc. to continue his interest in researching technology and identifying innovative ways to help organizations benefit from it. ATG was ranked among the 500 fastest growing private US companies by Inc. 500 in 2001, 2002 and 2003.. For the last few years, ATG has focused exclusively on developing and implementing solutions that dramatically improve the effectiveness of large judicial agencies such as U.S. Departments of Justice and State Correctional agencies. ATG systems, considered the gold-standard for managing operations of such agencies, are designed to manage the entire continuum of correctional services and provide very significant efficiency gains. Atul was a founding member of the Technology Association of Iowa and focused his energies on creating opportunities to enable Iowa companies to better network with each other. He has served as a board member of ISU’s Iowa Value Fund, which provides funding to projects that create innovative technology and generate high-tech jobs in Iowa. In 2009, he was the recipient of Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Atul is married to Sherry Davis Gupta ’88, and they have three children: Yash, Shabana, and Nitin. Originally from India, Atul applied to Grinnell College after reading about its philosophy to enable students to follow their interests. He selected Grinnell College because the College’s responses to questions during the application process exemplified the thoughtfulness and dedication of Grinnell faculty and staff to ensure student success.

I. Craig Henderson '63, Elected 2000

Dr. Henderson is a nationally known expert on cancer, particularly breast cancer. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications; has received numerous professional awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship; and has appeared as an oncology expert on several network television programs. An Iowa native, Dr. Henderson received a degree from Grinnell College in 1963 with a major in history. He went on to graduate with an M.D. from Columbia University in New York in 1970. His career in medicine has included positions at Presbyterian Hospital in New York, the National Institute of Health, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and the University of California-San Francisco Mt. Zion Medical Center. He was on the Harvard faculty for 18 years, and while there he built one of the first multidisciplinary breast clinics in the country. At UCSF he served as Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of the Clinical Cancer Center, and Chief of Medical Oncology. In 1992, he established the Bay Area Breast Cancer Translational Research Program, which is funded by a National Cancer Institute Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant. For the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, he chaired the Committee on Essential Drugs and was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Cancer. In 1995, he became CEO and Chair of SEQUUS Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company that developed a new drug delivery system and produced a new, highly successful anticancer drug. In 1999, SEQUUS was acquired by ALZA Corporation. Dr. Henderson served on the ALZA board until it merged with Johnson and Johnson in 2001. In 2001 he worked with a partner in New York City to found a new biotechnology company, Access Oncology Inc., which was merged with Keryx Biopharmaceuticals in 2004. Dr. Henderson continued as president of Keryx until 2008. He continues as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at UCSF, where he sees patients and participates in the leadership of the SPORE program. His ties with Grinnell College have remained steadfast over the years. Two of his children graduated from the College; he received the Alumni Award in 1993 and an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1994; and he has been a valued volunteer for several alumni and career development programs.

Susan Henken-Thielen ’80

Susan Henken-Thielen ’80Serving as the 2014­–15 Grinnell College Alumni Council president, Henken-Thielen is an ex-officio Trustee. She has served on the council since 2009 and as a Grinnell Regional Admission Support Program (GRASP) volunteer since graduating. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earning a bachelor’s with honors in psychology from Grinnell. She completed her M.B.A. at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, with concentrations in marketing, strategy, and industrial relations. She has led successful new initiatives in the education, health care, food industries, and medical device fields, including leadership roles with Pearson VUE, Cigna, and Novartis. 

Henken-Thielen is an active volunteer for educational, environmental, and community organizations. She is board vice-president of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates.

Steve Holtze '68, Elected 2002

Sreve Holtze '68Mr. Holtze is chairman and majority owner of the Magnolia Hotel Company, a hotel development and management company with properties in historic buildings in downtown Denver, Dallas, Houston and Omaha. Grinnell College awarded him a B.A. in physics in 1968, and Columbia University awarded him a B.S. in civil engineering in 1969 and a M.S. in civil engineering in 1970. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary fraternity. He is married to Grinnell alumna Elizabeth Alexander Holtze '68, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of English at a Metropolitan State College of Denver. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Mr. Holtze enjoys his business immensely, but also loves travel and fishing. He is currently also serving on the Colorado Symphony Association Board of Trustees.

Kihwan Kim '57, Elected 2003

Dr. Kihwan Kim's distinguished career bridges academia, public service and the business world. Following his graduation from Grinnell College in 1957, Kim earned an MA in history from Yale, and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Before his return to the Republic of Korea in 1976, Kim taught economics at a number of universities in the U.S., including the University of California, Berkeley. Since his return to Korea, he has held many important positions in government. He was Vice Minister of Trade and Industry, Chief Economic Policy Coordinator and Trade Negotiator, and Chief Delegate to the North-South Inter-Korea Economic Talks. In the late 1980s he was a consultant to the World Bank and the OECD. In the early 1990's, Kim returned briefly to the academic world, serving as a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo and a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. For most of the 1990s, he was a Senior Advisor at Kim and Chang, the largest and most prestigious law and management-consulting firm in Korea. During the1997-98 Asian financial crisis he was called into government service again to serve as Ambassador-at- Large for Economic Affairs. In this capacity he played key roles in securing timely assistance from the international community to help overcome Korea's crisis. From 1999 to 2002, Kim served as chairman and CEO of Media Valley, Inc., a private and public sector joint initiative created to accelerate the development of information-technology industries in Korea. From 1999 to 2008 he was an International Advisor to Goldman Sachs, Asia and from 2003 to 2005 International Chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. Currently he is Chair of The Seoul Financial Forum and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Korea Development Institute. In May 2000, Kim received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Grinnell College.

Clinton D. Korver '89, Elected 2001

Clint Korver '89Dr. Korver graduated from Grinnell in 1989 with a B.A. with honors in mathematics. He also holds an MS and PhD from Stanford University in Management Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Korver is a partner and co-founder at Ulu Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm investing in early-stage information technology companies. He is also a Kauffman Fellow, co-founder and co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, and a venture partner at Crescendo Ventures. Prior to venture investing, Dr. Korver founded and led Outcome Software, DecisionStreet, The Decision Company, and Decision Quality International, all of which helped individuals or organizations make better decisions through software, consulting, or training. Clint regularly guest lectures at Stanford on entrepreneurship, decision-making, and ethics. He has taught ethical decision-making at both Stanford and Grinnell College, and co-authored Ethics for the Real World (Harvard Business Press 2008).

Sylvia Kwan, Elected 2010

Sylvia KwanMs. Kwan is currently Chief Investment Officer of SimplySmart Asset Management, a firm she co-founded in 2010 to provide individual investors with smart, straightforward, and accountable global investment solutions at low cost. Prior to founding SimplySmart, she served as Principal and Chief Investment Officer for Structural Wealth, a financial services firm offering wealth management services to high net worth individuals. She was also Vice President of Portfolio Management at Financial Engines, where she oversaw the management of $14B in assets spanning over 200,000 individual accounts. Her financial services experience also includes portfolio management positions at Charles Schwab Investment Management, where she was director of equity quantitative research, and at the Boston Company, where she managed over $500 million in institutional fixed-income assets. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and received her Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University and her B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Brown University.

Todd C. Linden, Elected 2000

Todd C. LindenTodd Linden is president and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, a 49 bed, private non-profit hospital in Grinnell, Iowa. Linden received his Master of Arts degree in Health Administration in 1987 and a Bachelor of Arts degree 1985, both from the University of Iowa. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He was elected to the Grinnell College board in 2000 and prior to that was active with the College’s Town and Gown Campaign activities. During his tenure, Grinnell Regional has tripled its medical staff; created a fitness and rehab center; added a 36,000 square foot medical office building; developed an integrated medicine program; constructed a three-million dollar rural medical mall in an adjacent county; built three new community outreach clinics; and completed a 40 million dollar comprehensive facilities improvement plan [including a four million dollar (1988) and an eight million dollar (2003) community capital campaign]. Since coming to Grinnell in 1994, Linden has received numerous honors including the University of Iowa’s Outstanding Alumni Award, the Iowa Hospital Association’s Excellence in Leadership Award, ACHE’s Iowa Regent’s Award, and Health Forum’s International Emerging Leader in Healthcare Award. Linden is a frequent speaker at national conferences and state hospital associations. He has had the opportunity to testify in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and a special teleconference with the President Bill Clinton on health care issues. Linden served on the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2005; currently serves on the Health Forum board; is past-chair of both the Iowa Hospital Association and Health Enterprises of Iowa; serves on the Grinnell College board of trustees, the University of Iowa College of Public Health advisory board and National Rural Advisory Committee for the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa, as well as a regular faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been active at the state level through appointments made by Iowa’s Governor, including chair of the Iowa Telemedicine Advisory Council, Locally, Linden serves or has served on the boards of: Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Poweshiek Iowa Development, Waterford Group, Imagine Grinnell, Grinnell Renaissance (past-chair) and the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation.

Tobi Klein Marcus ’87, Elected 2014

Tobi Klein Marcus ’87A management consultant, Marcus focuses on nonprofit organizations and philanthropic advising. From 2007 to 2012, she held several leadership roles at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the largest grant maker to nonprofits on California’s central coast with over $150 million in charitable assets.

Previously, Marcus worked as a strategy consultant to a variety of nonprofit organizations. She also worked for Boston Consulting Group, an international strategic planning firm serving Fortune 500 clients.

Marcus has served in a number of leadership roles in the nonprofit community. She is currently a board member of United Way Monterey County and is active with the Rotary Club of Salinas.

She holds a bachelor’s with a major in sociology from Grinnell College. She earned her master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Bristol.

Paul McCulley '79, Elected 2009

Mr. McCulley holds a B.A. in Economics, with honors, from Grinnell College, and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, with Beta Gamma Sigma honors and a triple major in Finance, Business Economics, and Money and Financial Markets. Mr. McCulley was a Partner at PIMCO, the world's largest and most esteemed fixed income investment management company, where he was a member of the investment committee, a generalist portfolio manager, and head of the money market and funding desk. Paul also led PIMCO's Cyclical Economic Forum and was author of the monthly research publication Global Central Bank Focus, featured on www.pimco.com. Mr. McCulley joined PIMCO in 1999, previously serving as Chief Economist for the Americas for UBS Warburg. During 1996-98, he was named to six seats on the Institutional Investor All-America Fixed Income Research team. In 2008, Paul was appointed a member of the U.S. Treasury's Borrowing Advisory Committee, established by Congress and reporting to the U.S. Treasury Secretary. Mr. McCulley hails originally from Verona, Virginia, a small town outside of Staunton, the son of the Reverend and Mrs. Everett C. McCulley. According to Mr. McCulley, when he came to Grinnell, he was considered high economic need, and Grinnell provided assistance fully consistent with its need-blind philosophy. While at Grinnell, he lettered in cross country and was the student manager of the Quad dining room. Mr. McCulley is the founder and benefactor of the Morgan Le Fay Dreams Foundation, dedicated to the needs of children.

Susan Holden McCurry '71, Elected 2003

Susan Holden McCurrySusan Holden McCurry graduated from Grinnell College in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. From 1971 to 1975 she held several positions as director of pre-schools and day care centers while she continued her education in Early Childhood Development and Administration in San Diego, California. From 1976 to 1977 she managed a retail business in Iowa. In 1978, she joined the family business, Holden's Foundation Seeds, Inc., headquartered in Williamsburg, Iowa. Ms. Holden McCurry served as Chief Financial Officer for Holden as well as for Hawaiian Research, Ltd., in Molokai, Hawaii. Both companies specialized in seed research and development and were founded by Roland Holden, who passed away in 1995. She remained involved in the company until 1997, when Holden's Foundation Seeds was sold to Monsanto. Hawaiian Research, Ltd. was also sold to Monsanto in 2000. From 1997-2002, she served as a consultant to Monsanto. Her current activities include serving as a board member for the Holden Family Foundation, Highland Ridge Retirement Community, and the University of Iowa Cancer Advocacy Board. She is married to David McCurry and they have four children. Ms.Holden McCurry resides in Naples, Florida and in Iowa City, Iowa.

George Moose ’66, Elected 2014

George Moose '66A career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Moose attained the rank of career ambassador. He was U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Benin, 1983–1986, and to the Republic of Senegal, 1988–1991.

From 1991 to 1992, he served as U.S. alternate representative to the United Nations Security Council. In 1993, he was appointed assistant secretary of state for African affairs, a position he occupied until 1997. From 1998 to 2001, he was U.S. permanent representative to the European office of the United Nations in Geneva.

Ambassador Moose is adjunct professor of practice at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He is vice chair of the U.S. Institute of Peace board of directors.

Moose holds a bachelor’s in American studies from Grinnell, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate of laws.

Gregg R. Narber '68, Elected 2000

Narber, Gregg.JPGMr. Narber's interest in political and foreign affairs was evident during his years at Grinnell College, where he participated in men's government, student council, Young Democrats, and the radio station while earning a B.A. in political science and Latin American studies in 1968. He and his family hosted several foreign students from Europe, Turkey, Brazil, and Bolivia for one year each under the AFS program. He went on to receive an M.A. in political science and a law degree from Washington University at St. Louis in 1971. He has worked for the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, where he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and served a three-year assignment as Chief Operating Officer of BrasilPrev, a Principal Financial Group joint venture in São Paulo, Brazil. He also served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association; the State of Iowa Human Services Council, responsible for policy and budgets of all state human services activities; the Iowa Attorney General's Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution; and the Acquisitions Committee and Board of Trustees of the Des Moines Art Center, serving as President of that board from 1997-99. He has also served on the boards of the Des Moines Symphony and Metro Arts Council in Des Moines. During his time in Brazil, he was involved in researching and writing about rural messianic movements, work honored by the Academy of Arts and Letters of the State of Bahia. Gregg completed an M.A. in History and his Ph.D. in 2007 in History from the University of Iowa in and most recently taught for four years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Karen Shaff, Elected 2007

Karen Shaff is the executive vice president and general counsel for Principal Financial Group, Inc. She is responsible for the Law and Government Relations departments of the Principal. Principal is a more than $318.8 billion, Fortune 500 insurance and financial services organization based in Des Moines, Iowa. Before joining Principal in 1982, Shaff was an associate with the law firm of Austin and Gaudineer in Des Moines from July 1979 through February 1982. Shaff holds a law degree from Drake University Law School. Shaff obtained her B.A. from Northwestern University in Political Science. Shaff is a board member and Immediate Past President of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, a member of the American, Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations, the Association of Corporate Counsel and a past member of the Iowa State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics and Conduct (1984-1989) and the Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors (1989-1995). She is a director of GuideOne Mutual Insurance Company, GuideOne Specialty Mutual Insurance Company and Sargasso Mutual Insurance Company, Ltd. Karen is also chair of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa's Advisory Council and past President of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel.

M. Anne Spence '66, Elected 2001

Spence, Anne.JPGDr. Spence held academic positions in the University of California system from 1970 until 2004. She is currently Professor Emerita in the Department of Pediatrics, UC Irvine. Among her various positions, she served as Associate Dean in the Graduate Division at UCLA and Vice Chancellor of Academic Programs at the University of California, Irvine from 1992-94. She was the first to hold this position. According to the Los Angeles Times, the position was created in 1992 to help shape student affairs during lean budget years. Dr Spence was active in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as medical school. Her research in human genetics focused on birth defects including both neurological, e.g., autism, and physical, e.g., cleft lip and palate. She employed mathematical models and statistical approaches via complex computer algorithms for the analysis of family data and applications for improved recurrence risks for genetic counseling. Dr. Spence earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Grinnell in 1966. After earning her Ph.D. Human Genetics from the University of Hawaii in 1969, she received the NIH fellowship for post-doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina. In 1979, Dr. Spence received the Woman of Science Award at UCLA. She was a member of the American Society of Human Genetics, the Genetics Society of America, and the Behavioral Genetics Association. Grinnell College awarded her an honorary degree in 1999 and an alumni award in 1990. Dr. Spence served on various editorial boards including the American Journal of Human Genetics, Journal of Genetic Epidemiology, and the Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders Journal. She served on the board of directors for the American Board of Medical Genetics and was President of that Board when it was recognized as a medical subspecialty by ACGME. She has won numerous awards, including the National Standard Oil Foundation Merit Scholarship and the Guttmann Foundation Scholarship. She was named to the 1976 and subsequent editions of American Men and Women of Science. In2001, she was awarded the annual Leadership Award by The International Genetic Epidemiology Society.

Joel Spiegel '78, Elected 2007

Joel Spiegel received a B.A. in Biology from Grinnell. Before his retirement, Joel was a Vice President of Amazon.com. During his tenure there he was responsible for all of the company's website technology development and launched Amazon.com's marketplace businesses. Prior to joining Amazon.com, he held a variety of management and software development positions at Microsoft, Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard and VisiCorp. Joel spent a year as a VISTA volunteer working with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Lame Deer, MT. He is a named inventor on over two dozen U.S. patents. In addition to being a Grinnell College Trustee, he serves on the board of directors of evo (evo.com), a Seattle-based retailer of active lifestyle gear, apparel, and accessories.

Barrett Thomas '97, Elected 2005

Thomas, Barrett.JPGDr. Thomas received a B.A. in mathematics/economics (with honors) from Grinnell and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. He is an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Iowa. Dr. Thomas is also the coordinator of the Process Excellence track of the Strategic Innovation Academy in the full-time MBA program of the Tippie School of Management. His areas of expertise are process improvement, logistics, vehicle routing, dynamic programming, and heuristic search. Dr. Thomas was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1997. He is active in his field as a speaker, researcher, and as an editor and referee for peer-reviewed journals.

Matthew E. Welch '96, Elected 2013

Welch, Matthew.JPGWelch ’96 is Chief Operating Officer for SASB, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. In this role, Matthew is responsible for growing the organization and extending its standards-setting work to professional education, training, and certification programs. Matthew has focused his career on education enterprises, helping students, teachers, and schools to improve learning outcomes and scale up great programs. Matthew has worked in several areas of education, including international education, K-12, test prep, and professional training. He has worked in both non-profit and for-profit sectors, for companies like The Rotary Foundation, Kaplan Inc., Teachscape, Junyo Learning Analytics, and the Institute of International Education.


Matthew is a 1996 graduate of Grinnell, earning honors for majors in Spanish and Theater. He later earned an MPA from Columbia University, where he studied business, education, and public policy.

Matthew has been an active volunteer for the college since graduation, working with admissions recruiting and career advising for current students. Matthew served on the Alumni Council from 2007-2013 and was its president during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Eric E. Whitaker '87, Elected 2008

Dr. Whitaker holds a B.A. in chemistry from Grinnell College, a medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1993) and a master's of public health from Harvard (1991). He completed his primary care and internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital during the initial AIDS epidemic. In 2003, he accepted the position of Director of Illinois State Department of Public Health. In 2007, he joined The University of Chicago Medical Center as its executive vice-president for strategic alliances. His appointment at the University of Chicago includes community-based research to build a network of partnerships to broaden urban medical services. Prior to his appointment in 2003, Dr. Whitaker was an attending physician in Internal Medicine at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital's Collaborative Research Unit. In 1998, he helped found Project Brotherhood: a Black Men's Clinic, which is a weekly clinic for African-American men housed in Woodlawn Adult Health Center on Chicago's Southside and funded by the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. Dr. Whitaker also is an assistant professor at Rush Medical College's Department of Medicine and Preventive Medicine and maintains his clinical association with Project Brotherhood. Dr. Whitaker is married to Dr. Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Chicago's Rush medical College.

David White '90, Elected 1999

David White is the National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA). Prior to rejoining SAG, where he previously served as General Counsel from 2002 to 2006, White was Managing Principal of Los Angeles-based Entertainment Strategies Group LLC, providing consulting services to the entertainment industry. A graduate of Stanford Law School and a Rhodes Scholar, White was a labor and employment attorney at O'Melveny & Myers LLP before joining the executive ranks of SAG. He is currently Chair of the Board of the SAG-Producers Pension and Health Plans, former Chair of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Grinnell College, and the current Vice Chair of the Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund. White is a Board member of the Volunteers of America–Greater Los Angeles and of the SAG Foundation, and has served as a Los Angeles Area Commissioner for urban planning and development. He has been a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Lawyer and has served as a frequent commentator on entertainment industry trends for numerous national and industry publications and radio shows. In 2010, White was named "Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year" by the National Bar Association.

Connie Wimer, Elected 2014

A business leader, Wimer is owner/chair of Business Publications Corp. in Des Moines, Iowa. The company publishes 25 local and regional print and digital products and provides custom publishing and book publishing services. 

She attended Morningside College and serves on the institution’s board and on the boards of other organizations in Iowa and around the country. Wimer’s civic leadership includes service on many fundraising committees and her current work promoting gender equity. She formerly owned Iowa Title Co. She is also founder of Winefest Des Moines. Wimer chaired the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the National Alliance of Area Business Publications, and was inducted into Greater Des Moines Committee’s Business Hall of Fame — the first woman to accomplish any of those feats. She also was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame.

Henry T. Wingate '69, Elected 2000

Wingate, Henry T..JPGAfter serving with the U.S. Attorney and District Attorney offices in Mississippi, Judge Wingate became the first African American appointed to that state's federal bench in 1985. He continues to serve as Federal Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. Earlier, he served in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps and taught at Golden Gate University, Mississippi College School of Law, Mississippi Judicial College, and the University of Houston Law Center. He has won several national and local service awards and has been active in community affairs in Jackson, Mississippi, where he lives. He graduated from Grinnell in 1969 with a B.A. in philosophy and received a law degree from Yale in 1972. He received an honorary degree from Grinnell in 1986.