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For more than 160 years Upper Iowa University (UIU) has benefited from the devotion, service, and contributions of many thousands of its alumni and friends. From this broad constituency, a relative handful of individuals have been asked to assume the special responsibility and honor of serving as trustees. The performance of those invited to serve in this capacity is directly related to the continued vitality and strength of the institution.

Members of UIU’s Board of Trustees serve as ultimate fiduciaries in their oversight of institutional affairs in accordance with the university’s charter, bylaws, evolving statements of mission and purpose, and institutional plans. In serving in this critical capacity collectively as a governing board, the trustees hereby clarify for themselves and for those invited to join them what is expected of its individual members.

All individual trustees are expected to have a deep and abiding commitment to the university’s values and traditions as an exceptional liberal arts institution. In their words and deeds, trustees should dedicate themselves to upholding and strengthening the university’s tradition of providing a high-quality liberal arts education to its students at a level of excellence commensurate with its growing reputation as one of the finest liberal arts universities in the country.

Officers of the Board of Trustees


Dennis Murdock


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

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.


Scott R. Lebin

Vice Chair

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.


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.


John 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.



Daniel J. Alfonso

Member since 2019
Spouse: Claudia
B.B.A., Florida International University
M.S., Florida International University
Vice President of Facilities Management and Public Safety at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL

Daniel J. Alfonso has served as vice president of facilities management and public safety at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Davie, Florida, since December 2017. At NSU, Alfonso oversees a team responsible for maintaining a real estate asset portfolio of more than 4.5 million square feet of air-conditioned space. NSU has nine regional campuses, including one in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Alfonso also oversees construction and renovation projects, and is responsible for public safety of all campuses.

The new UIU Board of Trustee previously served a four-year term as city manager at the City of Miami, Florida. He began working for the city as director of management and budget in 2011 after employed for 17 years at Miami-Dade County. During his tenure with the county, Alfonso worked in various operational and administrative positions including revenue collector at Miami Dade Transit, budget coordinator at the Office of Management and Budget and assistant director with the General Services Administration Department.

Alfonso served in the United States Army from 1986 to 1991. He earned the rank of Sergeant and in 1990 participated in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a Cavalry Scout assigned to the 24th Infantry Division.


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.


Mary Cheddie

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

Mary Cheddie, SHRM-SCP is divisional director, East for SHRM. In her role, she is responsible for member acquisition and retention, leadership development for volunteer leaders, chapters, and state councils, and creating the value-added proposition for SHRM.

Cheddie has more than 30 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 SHRM, she served as senior vice president of human resources for Interval Leisure Group, Inc. and its affiliated companies. The company was publicly traded on NASDAQ and the leading provider of vacation services with a global consumer membership base of nearly 2 million member families, more than 2,500 member resorts in over 75 countries worldwide, and has oversight for about 14,000 employees.  Additional companies include Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Trading Places International, Vacation Resorts International, VRI Europe, and Vistana Signature Experience (formerly known as Starwood Vacation Ownership).

Cheddie also 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 SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.

Cheddie received the HR Award of Excellence, Hospitality in 2016 from South Florida Business & Wealth. 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 chairs the Human Capital Committee and is a member of the Governance and Advancement Committees for UIU’s Board of Trustees, chaired the Keiser Career College’s Advisory Board, was a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) from 2003-2008 and chaired SHRM’s governance and compensation committees. Cheddie has more than 30 years of SHRM volunteer leadership experience at the national, regional, state, and local levels.  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 South FL.


Peter 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.


Bill 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.


Josem D. Diaz

Member since 2017
Assistant Vice President, Institutional Advancement Operations, Yeshiva University, New York, N.Y.
B.S Nova Southeastern University

Josem D. Diaz formerly served as UIU’s Executive Director for Institutional Advancement & Alumni Development. Under Diaz’s tenure strides were made in improving processes, data integrity and reporting within the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Development. He also provided outstanding leadership in the areas of annual giving, donor cultivation and stewardship, database management, and gift processing. Additionally, Diaz secured several large contributions to UIU and was an incredible asset in developing and strengthening relationships with alumni and other friends of the University.

Currently, Diaz serves as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement Operations at Yeshiva University in New York City. And previously as Assistant Vice President for  Advancement Operations at American University in Washington D.C.

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Steve 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.


Angie Joseph

Member since 2019
B.A., Upper Iowa University
M.S.S.M., University of Southern California
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Military Relocation Specialist (MRPP)
Liz Moore & Associates
Newport News, Virginia

Joseph grew up in Fayette and has a long history with Upper Iowa.  Her family’s UIU legacy started with her parents Mary Kimball ’56 and Don Kimball ’64. In addition to herself, the list of Peacock graduates include Joseph’s husband, both her sisters, her daughter, and numerous other family members.

Joseph was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army after participating in the University’s ROTC program. She served the next 30 years in the Army, achieving the rank of colonel and retiring in 2012. Joseph served in numerous command and staff positions during her military service, including battalion commander, 95th Adjutant General Battalion, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Chief, Plans & Policy Division in United States Army Europe, G1, Heidelberg, Germany; G1, United States Army Cadet Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia; adjutant general, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia.

After her military retirement, Joseph received her Virginia real estate license. Employed with Liz Moore & Associates for the past seven years, she has been named a Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors award winner for the past five years.

Joseph served as the UIU Alumni Association Board vice president from 2015-17 and president from 2017-2019. She has also served as the UIU Tri-State Chapter vice president since 2015.  Joseph participated in RAGBRAI with Team Peacock in 2018 and 2019, raising money for the Mary E. Kimball Scholarship Fund.


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.


Roger Mangan

Member since 2018
B.A., Upper Iowa University
President of Roger Mangan Insurance, Inc.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Roger Mangan graduated from UIU with a bachelor’s degree in history, political science and French. A four-time Peacock letter winner in wrestling, he compiled a 33-2-2 career record and won Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships at 147 pounds in 1959 and 1960. He was elected into the UIU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

After graduating from UIU, Mangan earned a master’s degree from University of Iowa and an Ed.S. degree from Western Illinois University. He started a 16-year teaching and coaching career in Fredericksburg, Cresco, Bettendorf and Estherville.  He later became an educational consultant for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Davenport, Iowa before moving to Littleton, Colorado, with his wife, Alice, and two daughters in 1976. Upon moving to Colorado, Roger opened a State Farm Insurance scratch agency. He credits Alice, who worked along his side for 34 years, as being essential in helping develop the agency into one of the largest State Farm agencies in the Denver metropolitan area.


Mike Prochaska

Member since 2015
Spouse: Sandra
B.S. Upper Iowa University
Global Enterprise Service Manager, Amazon Web Services

Mike Prochaska graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1989 with a bachelor’s 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 in Rochester, MN, as a microcode developer. Mike was at IBM for 29 years and has held a variety of technical, technical management, and executive roles. He is currently working for Amazon Web Services as a Global Enterprise Service Manager.

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 20 years and regularly attends Upper Iowa athletic events, has spoken at Upper Iowa career days, and has hosted students from Upper Iowa while at IBM.

Mike has been married 31 years to Sandra and they reside in Stewartville, MN. They have three grown children, Allyson, Ryne, and Tanner.


Lowell Tiedt

Member since 2018
B.S., Upper Iowa University
M.S. Truman State University
Safety Director, Rogers Concrete

Lowell Tiedt graduated from Upper Iowa University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education/elementary education. He later attained a Master of Science degree from Truman State University in 1979. In addition to serving over 32 years with Cedar Rapids Community Schools, he served nearly 39 years with the Iowa Army National Guard where he retired as a command sergeant major (CSM). The longtime educator is a past president of Anamosa Community Schools.

His community service is widely recognized in Jones County, where he has volunteered for a combined 70-plus years as Great Jones County Fair president, and as a member of the Jones County Land Use Board, Jones County Extension Board, Jones County Youth Committee Board and Jones County Cattlemen Association. A 15-year member of the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, Tiedt is also serving as one of the Iowa State Fair 4-H Beef superintendents. He is currently employed as safety director for Rogers Concrete in Anamosa.


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.

Trustee Emeriti


Bernard Pattison

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.


Barry Smith

Business entrepreneur and start-up expert, working with various businesses looking to expand in the Cedar Rapids area

Smith’s past positions include teaching in the Maquoketa Valley Schools and engineering positions at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA, and for McDonnell Aircraft, where he worked on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. He has also worked with projects involving computer memory fabrication techniques.