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Board of Trustees Membership Profiles 

Richard Andres

RICHARD ANDRES 
Member since 2010 
Spouse: Christine 
B.A., Macalester College 
Vice President of Client Development 
Automated Member Services, Minneapolis, MN

Automated Member Services (AMS) is involved in Internet-based retailing, specializing in gift registry and electronic coupons. Prior to joining AMS, Andres was president of Twin City Marketing for 13 years, a marketing and sales organization. His previous work history also includes nine years as Senior Buyer at Target Corporation (formerly Dayton Hudson Corporation). Prior to Target, Andres worked in key marketing and merchandising positions with specialty retailers and department stores.

Nancy Betz

NANCY BETZ
Member since 2016
B.S., Upper Iowa University
M.S., Drake University
Senior Vice President | Director, Human Resources and OMWI, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

Nancy Betz is SVP/Director of human resources and Office of Minority and Women Inclusion for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, a member-owned cooperative that provides funding solutions and liquidity to over 1400 financial institutions to support mortgage lending, economic development and affordable housing in their communities. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership, strategy, and direction in the attraction, retention, and engagement of talent. In addition, she is responsible for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.

Nancy has over 25 years of domestic and international human resources experience. Prior to joining the Bank, Nancy worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and DuPont Pioneer. During her tenure at DuPont Pioneer, she held a variety of positions, including global human resources for the sales and marketing division and corporate learning and development responsibilities. Her leadership responsibilities have involved aligning human capital and workforce strategies with the business strategy.

Nancy received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Upper Iowa University and an M.S. from Drake University.

Nancy has been active in her community and has served in leadership roles on various non-profit and/or advisory boards.

Jeffrey Butikofer DR. JEFFREY BUTIKOFER
UIU Associate Professor of Environmental Science
Member since 2015
B.S., Upper Iowa University 
Ph.D., University of Wyoming
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Mary Cheddie

MARY CHEDDIE
Member since 2015
M.B.A., Upper Iowa University
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Interval Leisure Group, Miami, FL

Mary Cheddie, SPHR is senior vice president of human resources for Interval International, a leading provider of vacation services with a global consumer membership base of nearly 2 million member families and more than 2,500 member resorts in over 75 countries worldwide.

In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that the company retains, develops, and attracts the best talent throughout the organization. As a member of the executive committee, she assists in leading Interval's continued growth.

Cheddie has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in all aspects of human resources and training. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, M&As, and in starting and turning around businesses. Prior to joining Interval, she served as senior vice president, people with PRC, as well as vice president, human resources, strategic planning, office services, and facilities for The Orvis Company, Inc. in Manchester, VT.

She earned her MBA from Upper Iowa University, a bachelor's degree from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Business Leader Magazine named Cheddie one of the 2011 Women Extraordinaire and in 2012 the National Diversity Council awarded her the Glass Ceiling Award. She serves as the Chair for Keiser Career College's Advisory Board and has served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) from 2003-2008 and chaired SHRM's governance and compensation committees. She also served on the Waldorf College Alumni Board from 2004 through 2008 and was the President of the Dallas HR Association in 2000 (one of the largest affiliated SHRM chapters). She resides in Coral Springs, FL.

Peter Clemens

PETER A. CLEMENS
Member since 2011
Spouse: Laura
B.S., University of Notre Dame 
M.B.A., Indiana University 
Senior vice president and CFO, 
Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc., Palatine, IL

Clemens was named to a three-year term on the UIU Board. He has served in his current position with the drug development company since 1998. A certified public accountant, he was previously with TC Manufacturing from 1988 to 1998, initially as vice president and Chief Financial Officer and ultimately as President.

William Cook

WILLIAM R. COOK 
Member since 1993
Spouse: Deanna
B.S., Upper Iowa University
M.A., University of Iowa
Financial consultant
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Des Moines

Cook is currently a financial consultant and serves on the board of a number of organizations, including the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, Lifespace, Inc., the Serra Club of Des Moines, and the finance committee of Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.

Cook joined Deloitte & Touche in 1981 and served as an audit partner with this international professional services firm until his retirement in 2002. Prior to Deloitte & Touche, he worked for United Suppliers, Inc. from 1976-81, serving as executive vice-president the last two years. Cook's professional accounting career began in the Des Moines offices of Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery in 1967, where he advanced from staff accountant to senior manager in the Audit Department.

During his professional career, Cook was actively involved within the accounting profession, serving as president of the Des Moines Chapter of NAA, president of the Iowa Society of CPAs, and Iowa's representative to the American Institute of CPA's Council. He was also actively involved in the Des Moines community and a member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines, Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, Des Moines Club, and Wakonda Country Club.

 Mike Eischeid

MIKE EISCHEID
Member 1998-2009 and since 2015
B.A., Upper Iowa University
M.A., University of Northern Iowa

An inaugural member of the UIU Athletic Hall of Fame, Mike was named an N.A.I.A. Little All-American in 1962 and earned I.I.A.C. All-Conference honors three times. In addition to being a four-time letterwinner in football, he lettered in baseball and golf twice while attending Upper Iowa. The Fayette High School graduate continues to hold multiple punting records at the University.

Upon graduation, Mike was named to the Minnesota Vikings taxi squad in 1963, the Chicago Bears in 1965, and Kansas City Chiefs in 1971. He was a member of the active squads for the Oakland Raiders from 1966 to 1971 and the Minnesota Vikings from 1972 to 1974. He played in three Super Bowls, once with the Raiders and twice with the Vikings. He also played in seven championship games.

In addition to teaching for two years, Mike worked in the field of foodservice distribution management at H&H Foodservice in West Union, Iowa; Rykoff-Sexton in Chicago, Ill., and Minneapolis, Minn., and GFG Foodservice in Grand Forks, N.D. He also worked in commercial construction management at Allied Glass/Midwest Glazing of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

 John Falb

JOHN R. FALB 
Member since 2005 
B.B.A., University of Iowa 
M.B.S., University of Chicago Graduate School of Business 
Managing Director, The PrivateBank, Minneapolis

Falb leads The PrivateBank's Midwest Region which includes regional offices in Minneapolis, MN, Des Moines, IA and Denver, Colorado which develop corporate banking relationships throughout nine states. Falb leads and manages teams of banking/finance professionals focused on relationship based corporate banking, advising middle market companies regarding appropriate capital structures and financing solutions driven by merger and acquisition transactions, private equity and leveraged buyout transactions, recapitalizations and organic growth strategies. The PrivateBank provides the senior debt portion of the applicable capital structures, and also a broad array of capital markets, private banking, treasury management and other services and products to its clients.

In addition to Upper Iowa, Falb is a member of the Board of Directors of Northern Star Council, among the largest scouting organizations in the United States. Most recently, Falb was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Children's Service Society of Wisconsin.

 Betty Firth

BETTY DAVIS FIRTH 
Member since 2007 
Spouse: Robert 
B.A., Oklahoma City University 
M.A., University of Phoenix 
Adjunct Instructor, UIU Academic Extension

Firth has more than twenty five years of experience in the corporate business environment. She began her career as executive assistant to the president of Groendyke Transport in Enid, OK; served as project manager/strategic planner for Central and Southwest Services in Tulsa; and also worked as a gas marketer for Transok, Inc., Tulsa.

Upon completing her master’s degree, she became human resource manager for Cricket Communications, Tulsa, and Sonic Restaurants Inc., Oklahoma City.

Firth also holds certifications in PERT Network Analysis/Quality Analysis and Development Dimensions Facilitator; has served as an Oklahoma quality award board examiner and loaned executive to Tulsa Area United Way; on the advisory board for Junior Achievement of Eastern Oklahoma; as a senior project faulty member for UIU’s Self-Paced Degree Program, and chairperson of the UIU Advancement and Academic Affairs committees. Firth and husband Bob are members of Team Peacock and both participated in all sessions of UIU’s strategic planning process.

 Robert Firth

ROBERT R. (BOB) FIRTH 
Member since 2006 
Spouse: Betty 
B.S., M.A., Upper Iowa University 
CEO and Founding Member, Clear Brook Energy, Owasso, OK

Firth is a 30-year veteran of the energy business and is currently CEO and Founding Member of Clear Brook Energy, located in Owasso. He is the former CEO of Caballo Energy and President and COO of Atlas Pipeline Holdings (NYSE: AHD), the general partner of Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL).

Firth began his career as a maintenance person at the Northern Natural Gas (Northern) Mainline Station, Beaver, OK, and subsequently held various positions in the operations side of the business at Northern, where his last job was district manager for the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle areas. In 1985, Firth became owner in Panda Resources, Inc., a start-up, mid-stream energy company that, in 1989, was honored by Inc. Magazine as the 24th fastest growing company in America. Rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on September 13, 2006.

In addition to his experience with Northern, Firth has held officer positions in the operations, engineering, and commercial business segments of Panda Resources, Transok, ScissorTail Energy, CMS Energy, and Spectrum Field Services. Bob has been the keynote speaker at numerous energy conferences and events and has served and continues to serve on a number of public and non-profit boards.

Firth is an adjunct professor in management and leadership for the UIU Academic Extension.

 Steven Harms

STEVE C. HARMS 
Member since 2001 
Spouse: Diane 
B.A., Upper Iowa University 
President and Chairman of the Board, Rain and Hail L.L.C., Rain and Hail Insurance Service, Inc., and Agri General Insurance Company

Harm's responsibilities at Rain and Hail include the corporate oversight of eight U.S. crop division offices and one agribusiness property and casualty division office, as well as an international office in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. All offices combined generated premiums in excess of $1.85 billion in crop and agribusiness property and casualty in 2010.

Harms was appointed to the advisory board of Bankers Trust Company from 2005-present; served on the NCIS Program Development Committee since its inception in the early 90s and was elected chairman from 2009-present; serves on the board for both the AACI and NCIS, acting as chairman of the AACI from 2006-08 and vice chair of the NCIS from 2006-08.

 Darrel Lang

Dr. DARREL LANG 
Member since 2007 
B.S., Upper Iowa University 
M.S., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 
Ed. D., Oklahoma State University 
Health and Physical Education Consultant, Kansas State Department of Education, Topeka

Past positions include professor of HPER and chair of the HPER Department, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; professor and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness, Emporia State University, KS; health education instructor, Turkey Valley Community School, Jackson Junction, IA, and Camden Central High School, Camden, NY, and educational consultant throughout the United States and international education world.

Dr. Lang was inducted into the UIU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

 Margaret Lawson

Dr. MARGARET B. LAWSON
Member since 2012 
B.A., Upper Iowa University 
DPM, Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine 
Podiatrist, Winnetka, Illinois

Dr. Lawson is a 1970 graduate of Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  Following, the completion of her degree, she served as an assistant residence hall director at Boston University in Boston, MA.  Dr. Lawson attended the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine from 1977-1981 and received her Doctorate degree in Podiatric Medicine.  She is a member of the National Podiatric Medical Association and has served on the board from 1983 – 1985.  She has been involved in the Women's Chicago Urban League, and was a board member from 2001-2008.  Dr. Lawson has also served as a clinical professor at Scholl College of Podiatry in Chicago, Illinois, from 1985-1987.  She is currently a podiatrist with a practice in Winnetka, Illinois.

 Scott Lebin

SCOTT R. LEBIN 
Member since 2009 
Spouse: Barbara (Bobbi) 
B.A., Upper Iowa University 
M.A., Northwestern University 
President and CEO, Lebin Financial Management, Inc., and Managed Economics for Doctors, Inc., Geneva, IL.

Lebin, RFC, has been working exclusively with high-net-worth individuals for 26 years. His expertise as a planner and educator is sought after throughout the financial services industry, and Lebin has presented motivational seminars throughout the United States using both photography and magic as a technique to delve into some of the issues that are a part of people’s lives.

Lebin is a member of the Financial Planning Association; the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors; and the Illinois Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He is also a qualifying Quarter of the Table member of the Million Dollar Roundtable; a member of the Boston Legacy planning group; serves on the K2 advisory board; and is also a member of the Legacy Editorial Committee, writing a book about the new paradigm and process to create effective financial and life plans.

Lebin is involved in many activities, both nationally and locally. He is the past-president of the Geneva Lions Club International; served on the financial advisory committee of the Geneva School District; was an elected member of the Board of Education; past president of the Illinois Theatre Association; the current chairman of the board of directors of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce; the chair for the Membership Services of the Million Dollar Round Table annual meeting in Atlanta, GA; president of the Circle of Honor Society of Transamerica Financial Advisors; on the advisory board of the Dupage Family Services for abused women and children; a gold knight of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation; a foundation fellow of the Illinois Lion’s Foundation; and a platinum level member of the Circle of Honor Society Foundation.

Lebin has received many awards, including the Illinois Theatre Association Award of Honor; the 25th recipient of the Geneva Wood Award in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the community of Geneva; and the Jack Kenny Entrepreneurial Achievement award from ORBA, a producers group representing outstanding advisors across the USA. He also received the UIU Community Alumni award in 2004.

 Michele Matt

MICHELE MATT
UIU Alumni Association President 
Member since 2015
B.S., Upper Iowa University
Founder, Inspiring Solutions, Des Moines

Since 1989, Matt has been a consultant in the health care industry, specializing in continuing care retirement communities. She is a master training consultant for the Service Excellence Initiatives with Custom Learning Systems out of Calgary, Canada. Each year she inspires the attitudes and actions of 1000's of professionals throughout the United States. Regardless of the type of audience she is working with, Matt has the ability to challenge minds and touch hearts.

In 1991 Matt founded Inspiring Solutions located in Des Moines, IA. She is a recognized expert for facilitating strategic planning, strengthening teamwork and enhancing customer service. Through 15 years of experience working with board of directors, department directors, staff and even residents, she has developed numerous programs to assure organizational, leadership and team effectiveness.

She is known as "The Attitude Adjuster" for her published work on the topic of attitudes. Her best-selling book Attitude: The Choice is Yours is in its 8th printing. She created an award-winning video training program called Bad Apples: Dealing with Difficult Attitudes. Her other books include Strategic Planning HandbookMotivational LeadersMagnetic Leadership and Live Every Day Happy and Successful. Matt is an award-winning authorized partner for Wiley Publishing Company - creators of the DiSC profile.

Throughout the year, Matt speaks at numerous state and national association conferences. She is a past-president and active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). She is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation earned by less than 8% of speakers world-wide.

Matt earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management from Upper Iowa University in 1987. She earned an Associate's Degree in Computer Programming and Accounting from AIB College of Business in 1982.

 Dennis Murdock

DENNIS MURDOCK
Member since 2005
Spouse: Marlene
B.S., Upper Iowa University
Executive Vice President and CEO, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), Cedar Rapids 

Murdock has 48 years of experience in the electric utility industry at CIPCO, with responsibilities in accounting, finance, contracts, and power supply, and a broad range of experience working with community leaders across the CIPCO service territory, stretching  from the Mississippi River on the eastern border of the state to nearly Missouri and Nebraska on the southwestern border.

 Murdock’s list of affiliations includes member of the board of managers of the Iowa Community Development, LC; member of board of directors and chairman of CMA Ventures; member of board of directors and chairman of the Iowa Area Development Group; Chair of the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation; member of board of directors of Hawkeye Insurance Association; member of the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives Health Care Plan Board of Directors; member of the board of directors and chairman of Capital Management Associates; member of the board of directors of Iowa Association of Business and Industry and has served on the Executive Committee of ABI; and chairman of the UIU Board of Trustees; and member of ACES Board of Managers.

 Bernard Pattison

BERNARD PATTISON
Member since 1986
Spouse: Arnetta
Native of Fayette
Attended University of Iowa

Pattison is the owner of two agribusinesses, Lloyd Pattison & Sons, Inc., and Pattison Bros., Inc., and part owner of Ag Products Terminal Co., also an agri-business. He also serves as president of the board of directors, Maple Crest Manor Nursing Home; is a member of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fayette Promotional Corporation; was a Fayette Community School (FCS) board member for 15 years and president of the FCS board for three years; and is a member of the National Grain & Feed Association and Agriculture Association of Iowa.

 Mike Prochaska

MIKE PROCHASKA
Member since 2015
Spouse: Sandra
B.S. Upper Iowa University
Vice President, IBM

Mike Prochaska graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1989 with a bachelors degree in Computer Science. While at Upper Iowa Mike was a member of the Peacock baseball and golf teams, was a student assistant on the men's basketball team, and active in many school activities. Upon graduating from Upper Iowa Mike started working at IBM as a microcode developer in Rochester, MN. Mike has been at IBM
for 26 years and has held a variety of technical, technical management, and executive roles. He is currently the Vice President of IBM's world wide Cloud Managed Services development team. 

Mike is active in his community. He coached youth sports for 21 years, has served on the Olmsted County United Way campaign board for 3 years, was the IBM Rochester site executive leader for IBM's
Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign for three years, a volunteer for Engineers Week for over 15 years, and served on the football, baseball, and wrestling booster clubs for the local high school.  Mike has been on the Upper Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame board for over 15 years and regularly attends
Upper Iowa athletic events, has spoke at Upper Iowa career days, and has hosted students from Upper Iowa at IBM.

Mike has been married 26 years to Sandra and they reside in Stewartville, MN. They have three children, Allyson 23, Ryne 21, and Tanner 16.

 Neil Wilkinson

NEIL WILKINSON
Member since 2015
Spouse: Heidi
B.A., Upper Iowa University 
M.S., American College
Owner, Financial Decisions Group, Oelwein, IA

Neil Wilkinson graduated from UIU in 2000 Cum Laude with a BA in Finance and a BA in Business Management.  He continued his education with a Masters in Science and Financial Services from the American College, along with several industry designations (CHFC, CLU, LUTCF).  Neil is the owner of Financial Decisions Group, located in Oelwein, IA.

Neil recently received a Community Service award from his peers for his involvement in the community, which includes being Chairman at his Church, Oelwein Chamber & Area Development VP, Rotary member & past President, NAIFA IA State VP, and a Readlyn Mutual Insurance board member.

Achievements include receiving the UIU Young Alumni Award in 2006, the NAIFA Iowa 4 under 40 Award in 2013, and qualifying for MDRT 14 out of 15 years with two COT qualifications.

Neil and his wife, Heidi, reside in Fairbank, IA with their two sons, Tate and Cael.

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