Patricia “Trish” Fitzgibbons Anderson ’80
Anderson holds a B.A. in English from Grinnell and an M.A. in Adlerian counseling and 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 postgraduate clinical supervision and mentoring. Anderson holds faculty appointments at Concordia University (St. Paul, Minn.) and Adler Graduate School (Richfield, Minn.). She worked in public relations for several years and as a freelance writer. Anderson also serves on the board of the Graywolf Press in Minneapolis. She is a past board member of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Minnesota Women’s Golf Association. Anderson was a member of the Grinnell Alumni Council from 1986–91, serving as president in 1990–91.
David B. Braman ’75
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 lives in San Francisco, where he is a retired founding senior partner at Pantheon Ventures Inc., a well-known global investment management company specializing in private equity fund investment. Before joining Pantheon, he was a manager at U.S. West Inc., where he developed and managed its private equity investment program. Braman is married to Charlotte Read ’75.
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 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.
Shelley Floyd ’72
Floyd received an M.S. from the University of London and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. She is technical assistant to 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.
Harold “Hal” W. Fuson, Jr. ’67
Fuson earned an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a J.D. from Cleveland State University. He retired as executive vice president and chief operating officer of a California newspaper group after more than four decades as a journalist, teacher, and news executive. Fuson taught journalism at four colleges and provided legal advice to newspapers ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the Galesburg Register-Mail. Fuson is the recipient of a Grinnell Alumni Award and has served the College in a variety of volunteer capacities. 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. Fuson is immediate past chair of San Diego’s Tony-winning Old Globe Theatre and serves as a director of Copley Press Inc., CNPA Services (a state newspaper association), the First Amendment Coalition, and the Center for the Image. He is married to Pam Crist Fuson ’68.
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.
Charles Gottdiener ’86
Charlie Gottdiener is President and Chief Executive Officer at Neustar, Inc., in Sterling, Virginia. Previously, he was chief operating officer and a managing director at Providence Equity Partners LLC based in the New York office. Prior to joining Providence in 2010, Charlie spent seven years at Dun & Bradstreet, where he served in strategy and operating roles, including president of the global risk, analytics and internet solutions business unit. He earlier held several leadership positions in consulting with the Boston Consulting Group, CSC Index, and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Charlie received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grinnell and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served the College by hosting breakfast roundtable discussions with donor prospects at his office and speaking at New York alumni events. Charlie is married to Dr. Alexa Hoffman Gottdiener ’87.
Atul Gupta ’88
Gupta graduated from Grinnell College with a double major in physics and economics and a concentration in computer science. He started his career as a technology research analyst at Principal Financial Group (PFG), a $590 billion global financial services firm. He later served as director of international systems and was responsible for all overseas information technology operations of PFG, consisting of multiple companies located in nine countries. In 1991, Gupta founded Advanced Technologies Group to continue his interest in helping organizations flourish through innovative use of new technology. For three consecutive years, ATG was ranked by Inc500 Magazine to be among the 500 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. He was a founding member of the Technology Association of Iowa and has served as a board member of Iowa State University’s Iowa Value Fund, which provides funding to projects that create innovative technology and generate high-tech jobs in Iowa. In 2009, he received the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award and in 2015 won Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Upper Midwest Award.
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 H. Kispert ’85
John H. Kispert, a 1985 Grinnell graduate, is Managing Partner of Black Diamond Ventures. 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.
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.
Kwan earned a B.S. in applied mathematics and computer science from Brown University and a Ph.D. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University. She is a chartered financial analyst and is chief investment officer of Ellevest, a technology-enabled investment advisory firm focused on women. She is also co-founder of SimplySmart Asset Management, a firm which provide individual investors with personalized global investment solutions. Prior to founding SimplySmart, she served as principal and chief investment officer for Structural Wealth and vice president of portfolio management at Financial Engines, where she oversaw the management of $14 billion in assets spanning more than 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 Boston Co., where she managed over $500 million in institutional fixed-income assets.
Tobi Klein Marcus ’87
A 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 more than $170 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. 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.
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.
Susan Holden McCurry ’71
Holden McCurry graduated from Grinnell with a B.A. in psychology. From 1971 to 1975, she held several positions as director of preschools and day care centers while she continued her education in early childhood development and administration in San Diego. In 1978, she joined the family business, Holden’s Foundation Seeds Inc., headquartered in Williamsburg, Iowa. Holden McCurry also served as chief financial officer for Hawaiian Research Ltd. in Molokai, Hawaii. Both companies specialized in seed research and development. 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. Until 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.
Kathryn Mohrman ’67
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 2003-2008. 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 with in 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 ’66
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 doctor of laws degree.
Stephen G. Moyer ’79
Moyer, a Los Angeles resident, is president of Distressed Debt Alpha and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, where he teaches undergraduate, graduate, executive MBA, and online courses. After initially practicing law, he worked in the investment banking and asset management industries for more than 30 years. His prior positions included portfolio manager at Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO) and director at Tennenbaum Capital Partners.
He is author of Distressed Debt Analysis: Strategies for Speculative Investors, which is considered a leading text in the field. Moyer is a chartered financial analyst and has passed the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination. He earned his B.A. in economics from Grinnell in 1979 and received an Alumni Award in 1995 for his professional achievements and community service. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago School of Business and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
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 ’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 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 ’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.
W. Edward Senn ’79
Ed Senn of Washington, DC 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 currently is the past-president of the Grinnell College Alumni Council; he has been on the Council since 2010. Ed also serves as a GRASP volunteer, on his class committee, and has provided externships for students over the last five years. 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 DC. 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. 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, and the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. He is also an avid rider of RAGBRAI, having completed eight 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, SC 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.
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 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.
Barrett W. Thomas ’97
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 and holds as well as an appointment in the applied mathematics and computational sciences program. Until recently, Thomas was also faculty director of the Strategic Innovation Career Academy in the full-time M.B.A. program at the Tippie School of Management. His areas of expertise are process improvement, logistics, vehicle routing, dynamic programming, and heuristic search. 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.
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 was 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 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 MPA 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 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.
A business leader, Wimer is 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 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 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.