Trustees

Christina Cutlip ’83

Christina Cutlip

Cutlip graduated from Grinnell in 1983 with a degree in economics and holds an MBA from Regis University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. She is the Senior Managing Director for the Institutional Financial Services division of TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization. She is the head of the Client Engagement & National Advocacy team, which is responsible for expanding relationships with industry and government associations, while also focusing on client engagement. In 2011, Christina was recognized as TIAA’s Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother magazine and received an Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2016 from The Council of Independent Colleges State Fund Network for her contributions to higher education. She was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to the Department of Labor ERISA Advisory Council for a three-year term from 2013-2016. Christina is on the board of The Council of Independent College (CIC) and chairs the board of Almsai Collaborative Arts, a nonprofit organization that strives to create and facilitate artistic collaborations between African and American Artists and institutions. She serves on the board of retirement healthcare provider Emeriti, and on the advisory councils of Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) and ERIC. She is passionate about higher education access for all. She joined Grinnell’s Board of Trustees in 2020.


Odile Disch Bhadkamkar

Odile Disch-Bhadkamkar

Disch-Bhadkamkar of Palo Alto, California, recently retired from Stanford University after 23 years in finance administration. She served as university treasurer and most recently was managing director and chief financial officer at Stanford Management Co. Prior to joining Stanford, she was a vice president at JP Morgan in the Corporate Finance Division. She currently serves as Trustee for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a member of the advisory board of the Stanford Athletics Department and the finance committee of the Foothill-De Anza Community College Foundation. She holds an A.L.B. in government from Harvard University Extension School and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Causes important to her include higher education and women's rights. She and Neal Bhadkamkar are parents of Ishan Bhadkamkar, a 2013 graduate of Grinnell College.


Jeetander Dulani

Jeetander Dulani ’98

Jeetander Dulani is a special counsel with the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, D.C., where he represents leading public and private companies in global antitrust matters, government investigations, and complex litigation and appeals. His work has been recognized by Super Lawyers and The Legal 500. Dulani maintains an active pro-bono practice focused on wrongful convictions and high-impact public interest and civil rights litigation.

Previously, he was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led a strategy consulting practice that helped government and commercial clients evaluate and develop operational plans through the use of predictive models and wargaming/simulation. At Booz Allen, he was awarded the Professional Excellence Award for leading a pro-bono project on HIV/AIDS in India that resulted in testing and treatment policy changes by the Indian government.

Dulani received a bachelor’s with honors in political science and religious studies from Grinnell College. As a student, he worked nearly every job on campus. He set the record for worst dish loader at Quad, helped students and parents in the financial aid office, and as a student driver ensured that no visiting speaker was ever late for their talk or their return flight. He also served as a student adviser in Haines Pit, served one term in the Student Government Association, and helped coordinate the Grinnell Chapter of Amnesty International. Most importantly, he threw an annual off-campus black-tie party that fostered friendships across the North and South campus divide. After Grinnell, Dulani earned a master's in political science from the University of Iowa, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.

Dulani served as a member of the Grinnell Alumni Council from 2015 through 2021, during his service he co-chaired its Diversity and Inclusion committee and Student Connections committee. In addition, he volunteered from 2001 to 2016 in the Grinnell Regional Admission Support Program and was active with the former Grinnell-in-Washington, D.C., semester program.

Dulani serves on the board of directors for Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN). He is also an active runner and committed father to two wonderful children, Uma and Siddhartha.


Shelley Floyd

Shelley Floyd ’72

Floyd received an M.S. from the University of London and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. She is chief of staff for the chairman of Intel Corp. During her tenure at Intel, Floyd also worked in the office of the chief financial officer and as director of investor relations. Before joining Intel, she was an investment banker specializing in corporate finance for technology companies. She also was a member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1994.


Julie Gosselink

Julie Gosselink

Gosselink is president, CEO, and chair of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, which was established by her grandfather. She also has served on the board of the Ahrens Park Foundation since 1998 and currently is its assistant treasurer. She has worked for the Ahrens Foundation since 2001 and has served as a director for several other Grinnell organizations, including the Galaxy Youth Center, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation, Iowa Council of Foundations, and Mayflower Community Foundation.

In addition, Gosselink co-chaired the Drake Community Library capital campaign fundraising committee. She served as a selection committee member for the Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize for three years. She also serves as a managing partner for the Strand Theater LLC and West Broad Investors LLC. She is co-author of “Nonprofit Collaboration in Grinnell: A Case Study.” She holds an M.A. in philanthropy and nonprofit development and a B.A. in geography from the University of Northern Iowa.


Jon Gray

Judge Jon R. Gray (Ret.) ’73

Jon R. Gray graduated from Grinnell College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. After Grinnell, he graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law in 1976, where he was Chief Justice of the UMKC Moot Court Board and Chief Justice of the UMKC Student Court. In 1986, Missouri Governor John Ashcroft appointed Gray, then 35, to the 16th Judicial Circuit of Missouri as a Circuit Judge. He was retained in office by voters for four additional terms over the next 20 years. Gray presided over civil, criminal, and family court matters. He retired from the bench in 2007 and on the same day, began his current position with the international litigation firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP as a partner in its Kansas City office. He offers mediation and arbitration services to parties involved in civil disputes.

While attending Grinnell, Gray participated in theatre, athletics, was a member of Concerned Black Students, and received the President’s Award for his role in the Grinnell College Black Arts Ensemble. His involvement and service to Grinnell continued after graduation. He has served as a member of the Alumni Council, an admission volunteer, and a speaker for the Wilson Center.

Gray’s passion and commitment to philanthropy and community service are evident in his nonprofit board service, which includes the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Swope Community Enterprises, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Truman Medical Centers, the Spofford Home for Children, the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, the UMKC Law Foundation, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Ensemble Group, the Kansas City Repertory Theater and the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Foundation. His statewide service includes gubernatorial appointments to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority and the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. He is a life member of the NAACP and of Theta Boule’ of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.


Garciela Guzmán

Graciela Guzmán ’11

Graciela Guzmán graduated from Grinnell College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology. Guzmán was a Posse Scholar and deeply involved in a wide array of extracurricular activities, including the Organization of Latinos/as, Concerned Black Students, Multicultural Leadership Council, Grinnell Singers, and Queer People of Color. She currently serves as the director of policy and advocacy at Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, a nonprofit organization serving over 105,000 children and adults in more than 600 Illinois communities. The organization provides primary and family health care, including behavioral health, pediatrics, family planning, parent support, and women’s health. She previously served as campaign director for the Healthy Illinois Campaign, a statewide coalition committed to fighting for health care for all people in Illinois, regardless of their immigration status.

Guzmán’s passion for health care, community, and helping others grew out of her family’s experiences immigrating to the United States from El Salvador to escape the Salvadoran Civil War and their experiences navigating services as a multi-immigration status family on public benefits. Guzmán’s interest in health care for all, immigration, racial equity, and an overall vision of a better Illinois for disenfranchised communities has led her to participate on the boards of the Chicago Women’s March, New Leaders Council Chicago, Health and Medicine Research Policy Group, and ACA Consumer Advocacy.

Guzmán was active in many organizations, clubs, and events while a student at Grinnell; upon graduation, she continued to serve the College as a member of the Alumni Council, her Reunion Committee, as an admission volunteer, and as a member of the Multicultural Alumni Reunion Committee. Guzmán received the Pioneer Alumni Award in 2017, which recognizes and celebrates noteworthy young alumni for their achievements within 10 years of their graduation.


Keith Jantzen

Keith Jantzen ’80

After completing his B.A. from Grinnell College in history in 1980, Keith Jantzen went on to earn an M.B.A. from UCLA in 1985. He has held leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard and Intuit in data sciences and analytics, global market segmentation, data privacy for financial institutions, and program management. The focus of his career has been on developing and implementing processes and policies for the capture, management, and ethical use of information to improve business decisions, particularly in the areas of sales and marketing. During his career, Keith has also held positions in nonprofit organizations, including Stanford University’s Development Office and executive director of a professional string quartet. Now retired, Keith spends his time volunteering with Stanford University Museums and is the board chair of Chanticleer, the 12-member male vocal ensemble. He has also been a member of the Silicon Valley Executive Committee for Human Rights Watch for more than five years.


Michael Kahn

Michael Kahn ’74

Kahn is a retired senior managing director at TIAA, a national financial services organization and the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields. He played a principal role in mergers and acquisition activities and also served as president and chief executive of TIAA subsidiary Kaspick & Co., and chief operating officer in launching TIAA’s third-party asset management business, TCAM. Prior to TIAA, he held leadership positions with National Westminster Bank and Raytheon Co. Having served on the boards of Kaspick & Co., TIAA Charitable, and Covariance Capital Management, Kahn also has worked on community outreach efforts for nonprofit organizations including Wellstone Action and the Long Island Progressive Coalition. He has sponsored more than 40 summer internships for Grinnell College students while mentoring many other Grinnell students and young alumni. He has actively supported the College’s efforts to engage alumni in the New York City area. Kahn has a bachelor’s degree in music from Grinnell. He is married to Virginia Munger Kahn ’76.


John Kispert

John H. Kispert ’85

John H. Kispert, a 1985 Grinnell graduate, is Managing Partner of Kispert Associates. John also serves as lead independent director for several technology companies, both public and private. Most recently, John was president and CEO of Spansion, a developer and manufacturer of embedded semiconductors. Prior to joining Spansion, he was president of KLA Tencor, a leader in the semiconductor equipment industry. He consults, speaks, and instructs on how to operationalize innovation with an international perspective. He currently lives in Atherton, California, and holds an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.


Bruce Koff

Bruce Koff ’75

Bruce Koff graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and political science from Grinnell College in 1975. Following graduation, he earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

A lifelong Chicagoan, Koff has been a leader and innovator for LGBTQI+ issues throughout his 40-year career. An advocate for professional standards of clinical mental health practice with the LGBTQI+ population, Koff has trained countless clinicians, taught at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and is co-author of the book, "Something to Tell You: The Road Families Travel When a Child Is Gay." He also initiated the first post-graduate certificate program in the nation on clinical practice with LGBTQI+ individuals and families.

He was the first paid executive director of Horizons Community Services (now Center on Halsted), the LGBTQI+ community center in Chicago. He is also co-founder and former COO of Live Oak, Inc., a LGBTQI+-affirmative and trauma-informed counseling/psychotherapy organization that also provided specialized training for other mental health professionals and social service agencies.

Koff retired in 2018 and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the International Board and Chair of the U.S. Board of Rainbow Railroad, a global organization assisting LGBTQI+ individuals fleeing persecution and violence.

Koff has been inducted into the City of Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Center on Halsted Human First Award, the Grinnell College Alumni Award and the Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice Award from the American Family Therapy Academy.

While attending Grinnell, Koff was a member of the Grinnell Singers and GCGC (the Grinnell College Gay Community). After graduation, he served as co-president of the Alumni Council from 1997–98.

In 1982, Koff met his spouse, interior designer Mitchell Channon. Channon is also a Grinnell grad, class of '82. Like Koff, Channon is a lifelong Chicagoan. He received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois-Chicago.


Kimberly Kuncl

Dr. Kimberly Kuncl ’87

Kuncl is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist with the WellStar Medical Group Cobb Gynecologists in suburban Atlanta. She was in private practice prior to joining WellStar. In addition to her clinical duties as a physician, she currently serves as chairperson for the Performance Improvement Committee for Women's Health for Cobb Hospital. Kuncl has helped educate and train various health care professionals over her years in practice including medical students, nurse practitioner students, midwifery students, and family practice residents from Emory University Family Practice Program. She has served as a risk management case presenter for The Doctors Company’s Georgia Physician Advisory Board.

Prior to her career in medicine, Kuncl was a research specialist at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical School and at Emory University School of Medicine. In her spare time, she has served on several community boards and is a founding member of the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle, which has donated more than $250,000 to Atlanta-area charities. The Alumni Council honored Kuncl for her professional achievements and community service by presenting her with an Alumni Award. She holds a B.A. in biology from Grinnell College and an M.D. from Morehouse School of Medicine, which included her residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.


Tobi Klein Marcus

Tobi Klein Marcus ’87

Tobi Klein Marcus, Ph.D., is a coach and management consultant whose practice primarily focuses on executive coaching, board and leadership development, and strategic facilitation. She works with nonprofit organizations as well as corporate enterprises. Her coaching practice focuses on both senior and emerging leaders across a range of sectors. Tobi is a Women in Management group facilitator at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She also serves as a senior Banyan affiliate with BanyanGlobal, family business advisors.

Tobi 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.


David Maxwell

David Maxwell ’66

David Maxwell is a 1966 Grinnell graduate who retired June 30 after 16 years as president of Drake University, where he also held the title of professor of literature. After his retirement, Maxwell will be an Association of Governing Boards senior fellow, serving as a thought leader and adviser to AGB and its member institutions. Maxwell also has been president of Whitman College, as well as a faculty member and dean of undergraduate studies at Tufts University for 18 years. Before joining Drake University in 1999, he was director of the National Foreign Language Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to his bachelor's in Russian area studies, Maxwell holds a master’s degree and doctorate in Slavic languages and literatures from Brown University. 


Katherine Mohrman

Kathryn Mohrman ’67 and D.H.L. ’05

Kathryn Mohrman of Chevy Chase, Maryland is a retired professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University (2015). Prior to working at Arizona State University, Kathryn was the executive director of the Washington Program, Johns Hopkins University, Hopkins Nanjing Center, School of Advanced International Studies from 2003–08. Kathryn spent the 2002-2003 academic year as a Fulbright Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Kathryn was president of Colorado College from 1993-2002 and dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park from 1988-1993. Other experience includes serving as associate dean of the undergraduate college at Brown University, director of national affairs at the Association for American Colleges, and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. She has taught public policy courses at several U.S. and Asia Universities. Kathryn received an M.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from George Washington University. She holds the Doctor of Law honorary degree from Colorado College and Grinnell College where she served as a Trustee from 1980-1993.   

Kathryn served on the board of directors for the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

Kathryn received a bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College in 1967 and was the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. She also received an Alumni Award in 1977 and the Outstanding Young Woman Award in 1981. Kathryn created the Kathryn Mohrman ’67 MAP Fellowship Fund. The fellowship fund is used to support advanced student research or special projects administered through the MAP program within the Departments of History and Political Science. Kathryn is an avid photographer and has had her work on display at the ASU’s library.


George Moose

George Moose ’66 and LL.D. ’90

Ambassador Moose is an 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 doctor of laws degree.


Jeanne Myerson

Jeanne Myerson ’75

Jeanne Myerson ’75 of San Francisco, California, is a real estate industry leader with three decades of experience in commercial real estate investment. She holds a B.A. from Grinnell and a master's degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University. Most recently she served as the CEO of the Americas region of the Urban Land Institute, an interdisciplinary research and education institute dedicated to leadership in land use and creating thriving communities worldwide. She founded The Belgrave Group in 2015, an independent consulting firm. She previously served as president and CEO of The Swig Co. and has held senior executive positions at Bailard Biehl & Kaiser, NeXT Computer Inc., and Metropolitan Life Real Estate Investments.

She was recognized in 2009 by the San Francisco Business Times as the Bay Area’s “Most Admired Private Company CEO.” She has been inducted into the Women of Influence in Real Estate Hall of Fame and the Real Estate Forum’s Hall of Fame. She is serving, or has served, on several corporate boards, including the Berkshire Group and BRE Properties Inc.; on advisory boards for Mosaic Real Estate Credit LLC, Build Inc., and Presidio Bank; and on several nonprofit and industry organization boards.


Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Angela Onwuachi-Willig ’94

Onwuachi-Willig, of Grinnell, Iowa, is dean and professor of law at Boston University School of Law. A renowned legal scholar and expert in racial and gender inequality as well as civil rights law, Onwuachi-Willig previously served as Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California-Berkeley, and Charles and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa. She also was a visiting professor in political science at Grinnell in spring 2016. Prior to these positions, she served as assistant professor of law at the University of California-Davis and a labor and employment/litigation associate at both Jones Day and Foley Hoag. She has published extensively in leading law journals and is the author of According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family. In addition, she is a past Iowa Supreme Court finalist and a past recipient of the Derrick A. Bell Jr. and Clyde Ferguson Awards. She also is a member of the American Law Institute and was previously listed on the National Law Journal’s “Minority 40 under 40” list.

She received a B.A. in American studies from Grinnell in 1994. As a student, she served as Student Government Association president during her junior year and was a student adviser and a member of the Multiethnic Coalition. In addition, she was a member of the track and field and women's rugby teams. She went on to earn a law degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Oliver and U.S. Circuit Court Judge Karen Nelson Moore. She also earned a Master of Arts, a Master of Philosophy, and a Ph.D. in sociology and African American studies from Yale University. At Grinnell, she is a member of her class committee and the Multicultural Reunion Committee. She served as president of the Alumni Council and an ex-officio member of the college’s Board of Trustees in 2016–17.


Saumil Parikh

Saumil Parikh ’99

Parikh, who came to Grinnell College from Mumbai, India, currently holds dual residency in Newport Beach, California, and Vancouver, Canada. He is a retired managing director and portfolio manager of PIMCO, where he oversaw a host of different funds covering bonds, mixed assets, and commodities during his tenure. Prior to joining the company in 2000, Parikh was an economist for UBS Investment Bank.

He established the Parikh McCulley Scholarship at Grinnell College in honor of his father, Harish Parikh, and his mentor, Paul McCulley ’79. The scholarship assists international students who demonstrate significant financial need. Parikh graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received a B.A. in general science biology and economics from Grinnell in 1999.


Nancy Radermecher ’83

Nancy Radermecher is president of JohnRyan, Inc.., a retail marketing agency specializing in financial services. As a result of a semester in French at Grinnell, she developed a lifelong love for travel and international business, spending more than two decades in Madrid and serving banking clients in 40 countries. Nancy has been a speaker and author of articles related to retail banking marketing and holds a US patent for a business process related to retail marketing technology. Nancy is a volunteer and advisory board member of the Minneapolis chapter of Minds Matter, which supports driven students from low-income families in their college preparation and selection process.


Ed Senn

W. Edward Senn ’79

Ed Senn of Washington, D.C. retired as vice president of state government relations with Verizon Communications, concentrating on state public policy issues across the country. Prior to joining Verizon in 1996, Ed worked as the federal lobbyist for NYNEX, Bell Atlantic from 1991–1996. He spent ten years on Capitol Hill as the Legislative Director for Congressman Tom Tauke (R-IA), focusing on energy, environment, and telecommunications legislation. After graduating from Grinnell, Ed was a field organizer for John Anderson’s 1980 presidential campaign in Boston, Austin, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh.

Ed is a past president of the Grinnell College Alumni Council. Ed served as a GRASP volunteer, on his class committee, and has provided internships and externships for students while at Verizon. Ed previously served as a Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize reviewer and a mentor for both students in the Grinnell-in-Washington program and for recent alumni via GrinnellLink D.C.  He established the Jenny Erickson Endowed Scholarship, the John and Emily Pfitsch Scholarship, and the Katie Brown Anderson ’49 and Mary Lou Brown ’56 Experiential Learning Endowed Fund.  Ed was also a major donor to the Richard T. Cervene ’51 Scholarship and the Luther and Jenny Erickson Endowed Professorship within the Chemistry Department.   He joined the Grinnell Board of Trustees in 2016.

Ed is active in the St. Andrew’s Society, Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. He is also an avid cyclist on RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, having completed twelve rides, including the last six with the Grinnell alumni group. Ed is a co-owner with his sister and nieces of Ketchen Place Farm in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where they breed and raise warm-blood thoroughbred horses.

Ed received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Grinnell College in 1979 and has done graduate work in telecommunications studies at George Washington University.


Ham Serunjogi

Ham Serunjogi ’16

Originally from Uganda, Ham Serunjogi graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Grinnell College in 2016. While attending Grinnell, he was a member of the swimming and diving team, active with AppDev, and he gained valuable business experience as the Student Government Association Treasurer. In that role, he oversaw a $500,000 annual budget and managed a payroll for 100 student employees.

After graduation, Serunjogi moved to Dublin, Ireland, where he led Facebook’s partnerships with some of its larger clients in Europe. He left that job in 2018 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work full time as the CEO of Chipper Cash, a venture-capital–backed financial technology company that he co-founded with fellow Grinnell graduate Maijid Moujaled ’14. Both had the desire to make a positive impact on their home continent of Africa by leveraging technology and entrepreneurship. They were also both part of the team that launched Pioneer Weekend, an annual innovation and pitch competition which they have continued to support with a $50,000 grant via the Ham Serunjogi and Maijid Moujaled Fund for Entrepreneurship.

Launched in 2018, Chipper Cash builds software to enable free and instant cross-border peer-to-peer money transfers and personal investment, as well as solutions for businesses and merchants to process online and in-store payments. It offers mobile-based, no fee, P2P payment services, and is present in nine countries: Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The company has received funding from Ribbit Capital, Jeff Bezos, and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana to name a few.

In total Chipper raised over $300 million and is widely considered one of the most valuable startups in Africa valued at over $2 Billion. At last count, Chipper employed about 15 Grinnell graduates as full-time employees or interns, as part of its 400+ global employee base.


Karen Shaff

Karen E. Shaff

Shaff is executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary for Principal Financial Group, where she is responsible for the law and government relations departments. Before joining Principal in 1982, Shaff was an associate with the law firm of Austin and Gaudineer in Des Moines, Iowa. She holds a law degree from Drake University Law School after obtaining her B.A. from Northwestern University in political science. She is a former board member and past president of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel; a member of the American, Iowa state, and Polk County Bar associations and 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). Shaff is a director of GuideOne Mutual Insurance Co. and Sargasso Mutual Insurance Co. She is also chair of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s advisory council.


Joel Spiegel

Joel R. Spiegel ’78

Spiegel received a B.A. in biology from Grinnell. Before retiring, he was a vice president of Amazon.com, responsible for all of the company’s website technology development. He 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, Mont. He is a named inventor on over two dozen U.S. patents.


Kristin Stout ’89

Kristin Stout’s biography is in development and will be added when it is ready.


Sheryl Walter

Sheryl Walter ’78

Walter has worked in all three branches of the federal government for more than 25 years. She earned a B.A. at Grinnell, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota's School of Law, and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She currently serves as general counsel of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the first woman to hold this position. Prior to that, she served as director of the U.S. State Department's global Office of Information Programs and Services.

She also held various positions spanning more than a decade at the U.S. Department of Justice, including as acting assistant attorney general for legislative affairs and as the first executive officer of its National Security Division, which she helped plan and establish in 2006. During her time on Capitol Hill, she worked for then-Sen. Joe Biden Jr. and the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. She co-authored “Linking Security Assistance and Human Rights” for the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights as part of its 1988 Project on Human Rights and U. S. Foreign Policy. In 2007, Walter received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security.


Matthew Welch

Matthew E. Welch ’96

Welch is president of The SASB Foundation, the organization that funds and governs the work of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and also develops professional education, software, and other resources to help the capital markets use the standards. Welch has focused his career on social mission enterprises, many of them striving to help students, teachers, and schools to improve learning outcomes and scale up great programs. He has worked in international education, K–12, test prep, and professional training. His work spans nonprofit, for-profit sectors, and government sectors, and includes organizations such as the Rotary Foundation, Kaplan Inc., Teachscape, Junyo Learning Analytics, and the Institute of International Education. Welch graduated from Grinnell with honors for majors in Spanish and theatre, and earned an M.P.A. from Columbia University, where he studied business and public policy. He has been an active volunteer for the College, working with admissions recruiting and career advising for current students. He served on the Alumni Council from 2007 to 2013 and was its president from 2012–13.


Eric Whittaker

Eric E. Whitaker ’87

Dr. Whitaker earned a master’s of public health from Harvard in 1991 and a medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1993. He completed his primary care and internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital. In 2003, Dr. Whitaker became director of the 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 included responsibility for community-based research to build a network of partnerships to broaden urban medical services. Prior to 2003, 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, a weekly clinic for African-American men housed in Woodlawn Adult Health Center on Chicago’s South Side. 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.


Connie Wimer

Connie Wimer

A business leader, Wimer is the owner and 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 the founder of Winefest Des Moines. Wimer has chaired the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the National Alliance of Area Business Publications and was inducted into the 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.

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