Board of Trustees Profiles

Ken Golder – Chair

Serving since 2007

Ken Golder
Ken Golder

Ken Golder, originally from Winnetka, Illinois, is a “semi-retired” real estate investor and hotelier. He graduated from Coe in 1982 with an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in communication techniques.

Ken has almost 30 years of experience in the hotel industry and has held various positions with Americana, Registry, Holiday Inn Corporation and Promus Hotels (Embassy Suites). He is a Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME), past board member of the St. Paul Convention & Visitors Authority and former president of the Minnesota Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association.

Since 2000, Ken has acquired and manages a variety of hotel properties including Holiday Inn — St. Paul Downtown; Hampton Inn West — Wichita, Kansas; and Holiday Inn Express — Deerfield, Illinois.

He and his wife, Sue (Roe) Golder ’82, have lived in Apple Valley, Minnesota, since 1986. They have a son (23) and two daughters (21, 17). Ken is an avid golfer and enjoys cooking and fishing.


Sigrid Strong Reynolds – Vice Chair

Serving since 2010

Sigrid Strong Reynolds
Sigrid Strong Reynolds

Sigrid Strong Reynolds graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1974 with a degree in anthropology and went on to earn a second degree in history and teacher education at Coe in 1994. She is a retired AP history teacher in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She is currently serving as vice president at the Hattie M. Strong Foundation in Washington, D.C., where she has worked to convert an 80-year-old college loan program into a scholarship partnership with colleges in Washington, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

Sigrid and Curt lived in Cedar Rapids for 30 years. In 2009, they moved to the mountains of western Maryland to continue Curt’s work as a family practitioner. Now fully retired, they reside in the Cleveland, Ohio, area and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.


Lori Sturdevant – Second Vice Chair

Serving since 1978

Lori Sturdevant
Lori Sturdevant

Lori Sturdevant is a Minnesota journalist and author and a member of Coe’s Class of 1974. She recently retired from her role as an editorial writer and columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and is the author, co-author or editor of nine books, most recently "Citizen Swain: Tales from a Minnesota Life" (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

A native of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, Lori first came to Coe in 1970 to attend a National Science Foundation summer program for high school students from small towns. She returned the next year to take advantage of the opportunity Coe offered to design her own interdisciplinary major, science journalism. She is an advocate for the interdisciplinary, individualized approach to the liberal arts that remains Coe’s hallmark.

Lori lives in Minneapolis. She is the wife of Martin Vos and the mother of three adult children, among them Ted Carroll, Coe Class of 2006. She has been a member of Coe’s board of trustees since 1980.


Peter M. Birkey, CFA – Secretary

Serving since 2010

Peter Birkey
Peter M. Birkey

Peter Birkey grew up in Montevideo, Minnesota, before going on to Coe and majoring in business administration and economics. An internship at Aegon in Cedar Rapids gave him his start investing for insurance companies. While at Aegon, he flew to the University of Chicago on weekends in order to earn an MBA in finance and marketing.

Starting in 1996, he worked at AmerUs Life in Des Moines, where he eventually headed the investment department. Peter worked from 2004-2013 in Boston at Liberty Mutual as the executive vice president of public markets and strategy. Currently, he sits on a number of different boards and does consulting work.

Peter has three girls and enjoys coaching their sports and living in northern Minnesota.


Larry Shryock – Treasurer

Serving since 2013

Larry Shryock
Larry Shryock

Larry Shryock, a native of Nevada, Iowa, attended Coe College from 1961-1965, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Upon graduation, Larry joined U.S. Steel Corporation (Finance Group) in Chicago and a year later was transferred to Houston.

In 1973, Larry joined Texas Commerce Bank (now JPMorgan Chase Bank) and retired 29 years later as executive vice president and manager of middle market banking. For the past 18 years, Larry has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of W.S. Farish and Company, a private trust company. Throughout his business career, Larry has served on the boards of several charitable organizations and educational institutions in the greater Houston area.

Larry and wife Jan (Lake) Shryock have a grown son, Mike, daughter-in-law, Kris, and two wonderful grandchildren, Ray and Brooke, who live in Hinsdale, Illinois.


Terry Abernathy
Terry Abernathy

Terry Abernathy

Life Trustee serving since 1980
 


Wale Adeosun, CFA

Serving since 2014

Wale Adeosun
Wale Adeosun

Wale Adeosun, Coe Class of 1984, is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, and currently resides in New York City with his wife, Yvette (Hill) Adeosun ’84, and their three sons. Wale earned a double major in economics and business administration with minors in art history and computer science. After graduating from Coe, Wale earned an MBA with a concentration in finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

Wale is the founder and chief investment officer of Kuramo Capital Management with offices in New York City, Lagos, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya. Kuramo Capital provides U.S. endowments, foundations and pension plans access to the tremendous sub-Saharan Africa growth opportunity.

Wale was appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, along with 15 private sector leaders, to President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA). Until recently, Wale was the chair of the investment advisory committee of the $180 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. He is a member of the U.S. Eximbank’s Sub-Saharan Africa Board Committee and president of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation in New York City.

Wale has almost 30 years of experience in global institutional investment management. Prior to founding Kuramo Capital, he was treasurer and chief investment officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he oversaw $1 billion in endowment and pension assets. He also served as managing director in the investments group of the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, where he managed $2 billion in public equities and hedge fund assets.

In 2008, Wale was inducted by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Security Professionals into its Wall Street Hall of Fame. He was designated a Chartered Financial Analyst by the CFA Institute, of which he is also a member, in 1995.


Alan M. Anderson, FCIARB

Serving since 2017

Alan Anderson
Alan M. Anderson

Alan Anderson is an avid fisherman — freshwater, saltwater, on the fly or not — he’s yet to meet a fish he wouldn’t like to catch. He also is a historian, specializing in 19th and 20th century military history, particularly of Great Britain, the United States and Germany. However, Alan has spent his career thus far as a trial lawyer, specializing in intellectual property litigation. After being a partner in large, international law firms, Alan started his own firm over eight years ago and continues his international practice, albeit without the hassles associated with large firms. He regularly represents a nongovernmental organization in several Working Groups of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in New York City and Vienna. He also serves on the board of an educational foundation.

Born and raised in a small town in northeast Iowa, Alan met his spouse, Ann, of over 35 years at Coe when she, an intended chemistry major, was incorrectly assigned to him, an advisor to business/ economics students, to be her freshman mentor. They have resided in the Twin Cities since 1983.

Alan received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in 1978 from Coe with majors in political science, economics and business administration. He completed an honors thesis in political science and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Alan also was a George F. Baker Scholar. After graduation, he attended Cornell University, where he received his MBA (with distinction) and J.D. (magna cum laude) and served as an editor of the Cornell Law Review. Exemplifying the lifelong love of learning a great liberal arts education (as provided by Coe) will instill, within the past 10 years Alan has earned an M.A. in military history, an LL.M. (with distinction) in international dispute resolution and, most recently, his Ph.D. in war studies, the latter from King's College London.


Robert Darryl Banks, O.B.E.

Serving since 1978

Robert Darryl Banks
Robert Darryl Banks

Darryl Banks, a native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, graduated magna cum laude from Coe in 1972, majoring in chemistry. He was elected a Rhodes Scholar with D.Phil. Studies in biophysics at Oxford University. His professional career has included work as a biophysicist and energy and sustainability expert. Currently, Darryl is the owner of RDB Consulting, an energy and environmental sustainability firm.

From 1983 until 1992, Darryl served as deputy commissioner for environmental quality at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He then became senior fellow and program director for technology at the World Resources Institute until 1998. Since then, he has served as vice president and senior consultant at CH2M Hill in the Management Systems Practice, a fellow at Noblis Inc. and, most recently, as the deputy state director for conservation strategies and external affairs for The Nature Conservancy in New York state.

In 2008, Darryl was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His interests are 20th century military history, politics and, especially, sustainable technology policy. Darryl is an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. Darryl’s wife, Margery Baker, is a lawyer and serves as executive vice president at People for the American Way. They have three children: Adam, a lawyer; David, an engineer and an Olympic rower; and Lauren, a M.D./Ph.D. student. The Banks reside in Potomac, Maryland.

In thinking about what makes the college special, Darryl noted, “Coe has created a nurturing and supportive environment where there is a passion for scholarship; a devotion to teaching; and, a focus on empowering students to be active, informed and productive individuals in our diverse society of the 21st century.”


Kevin Buckner

Serving since 2017

Kevin Buckner
Kevin Buckner

Kevin Buckner is a Chicago native and attended Coe from 1990-1993, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. Upon graduation, he worked as an admission counselor for Coe before entering the public accounting industry. Over the next 20 years, he served in various indirect tax capacities at major global professional services firms including Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Iowa’s own McGladrey (now RSM).

Specializing in sales, use, value-added and telecommunications taxes, he has assisted companies worldwide with their tax strategies including implementing technology solutions and constructing instruments to reduce liabilities and streamline processes.


J. David Carson 

Serving since 2000

J David Carson
J. David Carson

Dave Carson is originally from Chicago and presently lives in Northville, Michigan (west suburb of Detroit). Dave was a member of the senior global finance executive team at Ford Motor Company when he retired in January 2007; during his 33-year career he was based both in Detroit and in Europe. Since retiring, he has been an advisor to several companies.

Dave graduated from Coe in 1972, majoring in economics and business administration, and earned an MBA from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining Ford, he taught at Coe for two years. He has been a member of the Coe Board of Trustees since 2000, having served as the chair of the Finance Committee, the Investment Committee and as chairman of the Board of Trustees for six years.

He and his wife, Mary (Bridenstine) Carson ’73, have an adult son and daughter. Dave loves golf, reading and traveling.


Steve Caves
Steve Caves

Steve Caves

Serving since 1994

Steve Caves, a native of Ottumwa, Iowa, is a divisional president for U.S. Bank and resides in Cedar Rapids. He earned his BBA from the University of Iowa in 1975, majoring in finance, financial economics and marketing. He has been in banking for 40 years and has enjoyed participating in the evolution of banking that took him from being part of a local bank to what is now the fifth largest bank in the country.

Steve is active on many community boards including St. Luke’s Hospital and the Kirkwood Community College Foundation.

Steve and his wife, Suzanne, have three grown children and three grandchildren.


Bob Chiusano

Serving since 2004

Bob Chiusano
Bob Chiusano

Bob Chiusano, a native of Schenectady, New York, is a retired executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rockwell-Collins Inc., where he served in multiple leadership roles spanning his 30-year career there.

Bob proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged just prior to continuing his education in 1974. Bob received his AAS in technology from Hudson Valley Community College, his Bachelor of Science in engineering from the State University of New York and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Bob is currently the owner of RMC Consultancy, an LLC focused on leadership development and operational excellence. Bob recently published a book on career development titled “Mediocrity is Not an Option.” He also serves as chairman of the board of Winnebago Industries Inc. as an independent director, as well as holding positions on the boards of organizations in the nonprofit sector. Bob and his wife, Joanne (deceased), have a son and daughter, both living in southern California. Bob is a recreational farmer, an avid bow hunter and collector of fine wines, and he enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.


Charles Davis
Charles Davis

Charles Davis

President, Coe College Alumni Council


Doug Eden

Serving since 2016

Doug Eden
Doug Eden

After a successful and multifaceted career at Cargill, Doug Eden founded Eden Business Advisors LLC to consult directly with CEOs of privately held companies.

Doug leveraged his economics and business degrees from Coe (1977) to have oversight and successfully lead 12 different businesses during his 37-year career at Cargill. His work experience includes roles in accounting, finance, futures/options trading, risk management, sales management and plant general management. Doug’s leadership agility was shaped through 12 different location assignments including eight years combined in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, and Bangkok, Thailand, where he was chairman of Cargill Siam and Cargill Vietnam. Doug retired from Cargill as the president and global managing director of Cargill Malt. Cargill Malt’s business included 18 production facilities on four continents with sales to brewing and distilling customers globally.

Throughout his career, Doug has served on and chaired numerous profit and not-for-profit boards and associations.

Doug’s affiliation with Coe runs deep in his family. He is a native of Cedar Rapids, and his mother and two of his brothers also graduated from Coe. Doug was a member of the tennis team at Coe and is still quite active playing tennis on numerous USTA teams where he has competed at the national level.

Doug currently splits his time between his homes in Edina, Minnesota, and Long Boat Key, Florida, with his wife, Willie. He has a son, Douglas Jr., who is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. and a daughter, Madeleine.


Jack B. Evans

Life Trustee serving since 1978

Jack B Evans
Jack B. Evans

Jack Evans is chairman of The Hall-Perrine Foundation, a private philanthropic corporation in Cedar Rapids. Prior to joining the foundation in January 1996, he was president and chief operating officer of SCI Financial Group, starting with the regional financial services company in 1972.

Jack earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Coe in 1970 and his MBA from the University of Iowa in 1972. Currently, he sits on the board of directors of Nuveen Mutual Funds and The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Jack is a past member of the board of regents for the state of Iowa and chairman of the board of directors of United Fire Group.

He is past chairman and life trustee of Coe College, the Iowa College Foundation and the United Way of East Central Iowa. Other past board activities include Alliant Energy, Brucemore Inc., Cedar Rapids Airport Commission, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Four Oaks and Westminster Presbyterian Church. He is a former member of the Chicago Stock Exchange.

Jack and his wife, Nancy (Hamblin) Evans ’71, live in Cedar Rapids and have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law and three grandsons.


Sam Freitag

Serving since 1993

Sam Freitag
Sam Freitag

Sam Freitag, originally from Sumner, Iowa, graduated from Coe College in 1978, earning a bachelor’s degree with majors in economics and business administration. While at Coe, Sam was named a George Baker Scholar. He went on to receive an MBA in finance from the University of Iowa.

Sam has extensive experience in public offerings of equity, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, private placements of debt and equity, leveraged buyouts and providing strategic advisory services. He served as vice chairman, director of investment banking of George K. Baum & Company and oversaw all corporate investment banking activities from 1993 to 1997. Sam also served as senior managing director of George K. Baum Capital Partners LP from 1997 to 2003. He has been an independent director of Ballantyne Strong Inc., Lansing Trade Group LLC and MarketSphere Consulting. Since 2004, Sam has been a member of several boards of directors and an independent private investor.


Christine Kaufmann Galloway

Serving since 2005

Christine Kaufman Galloway
Christine Kaufmann Galloway

Chris Galloway graduated from Coe in 1973 with a major in psychology. She served as director of admission at Coe before moving to the Chicago area where she completed her MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1985. Chris entered the financial services industry shortly thereafter, working with Harris Bank in Chicago before moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1993.

She retired as president and CEO of Okabena Company in December 2014 after 21 years of service to a multi-generational family of wealth. Her responsibilities included the delivery of fully integrated financial, tax, investment management and fiduciary services.

Chris and her husband, Jon ’72, divide their time between Tucson, Arizona, and Chicago, Illinois. She is now active as an independent director serving private companies and nonprofit organizations. Chris and Jon have one son who is practicing law with Baker McKenzie in Chicago.


David Gehring

Serving since 2005

David Gehring
David Gehring

David Gehring ’89 is a native of Rochelle, Illinois. He is married to Susan (Koenig) Gehring ’89, whom he met at Coe freshman orientation and dated for nine years before getting married. While at Coe, David majored in chemistry, general science and English, with a minor in biology. He went on to earn his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa College of dentistry in 1993 and his master’s degree and certificate in orthodontics in 1995, also at Iowa. He then established Gehring Orthodontics in Cedar Rapids.

David and Susan reside in Toddville, Iowa, and have three children: Calvin, Caroline and Evelyn. In addition to maintaining his busy practice, David enjoys an activity-filled family life and serves on several nonprofit boards in Cedar Rapids. When he has time for his hobbies he enjoys water skiing and snowboarding, and he is an instrument-rated private pilot.


John R. Girotto

Life Trustee serving since 1993

John Girotto
John R. Girotto

John Girotto grew up in Kansas and attended Kansas University, graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He earned an MBA from the University of Iowa in 1966.

John is a retired executive of Rockwell International, a diversified group of companies.

He began his professional career in 1960 as a summer engineer with the Collins Radio Company. He subsequently served in engineering and management positions, most notably as the director of commercial avionics engineering and vice president and general manager of the Collins Air Transport Division. In 1990, John was appointed president of Collins Commercial Avionics and senior vice president of Rockwell International, retiring from that position in 1998. John continues to serve on various nonprofit and corporate boards and several startup companies.

John and his wife, Janetha (deceased), have two sons, Dr. John Girotto in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Jay Girotto in Seattle, Washington. John travels coast-to-coast to keep up with his grandchildren. He is an avid Kansas basketball fan and an enthusiastic member of his adoptive Coe College community.


Dennis Greenspon

Serving since 2013

Dennis Greenspon
Dennis Greenspon

Dennis Greenspon grew up in Chicago and lived in Highland Park, Illinois, for over 30 years. After graduating from Coe in 1968 with majors in business administration and economics, Dennis served four years in the U.S. Navy and then returned to Chicago.

For more than 40 years, Dennis and his brother owned and operated their business — LDR Industries. LDR imports and distributes plumbing, kitchen and bath products. Dennis retired in 2015.

Dennis lives in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where he also has a vacation rental business. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1982. They have two grown children, two grandchildren, one cat and two dogs.

Dennis views the liberal arts education and the on-campus residential experience he received at Coe as integral to whatever success he has had in life.


Gene M. Henderson

Serving since 1997

Gene M Henderson
Gene M. Henderson

Gene Henderson, a native of Monona, Iowa, is a retired corporate executive. During his professional career, he served as CEO of Idine Rewards Network in Miami and Dimac Marketing Corporation in St. Louis. In addition, he spent 20 years with Epsilon Data Management in Boston. At Epsilon, he was president of the fundraising and membership services subsidiary and, ultimately, chief operating officer of the corporation, which during his tenure was acquired by American Express.

Gene was a biology major at Coe, earned an MBA at the University of Chicago, spent 14 months with the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam and over the years has served on several corporate and nonprofit boards. He currently serves as chair of the National Cabinet of Disabled American Veterans. He and his wife, Glenda, have one son who lives with his wife and their three young children in Lake Forest, Illinois. The Hendersons have homes in Clayton, Missouri (St. Louis area), and Miami Beach. Gene is an avid golfer and a live music enthusiast.


Kent Herink

Serving since 2005

Kent Herink
Kent Herink

Kent Herink is a retired patent attorney for the firm of Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts PC, in Des Moines, where he practiced his entire career. Kent graduated from Coe in 1976 with a degree in physics and earned a master’s degree in physics at the University of Iowa in 1979. He went on to study law at Iowa, graduating with a J.D. in 1982.

Kent is one of five siblings who graduated from Coe between 1975 and 1987. He and his wife, Elaine, have three sons who are in the early stages of their careers. Kent and Elaine are avid skiers and enjoy spending time in Italy.


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Shirley J. Hughes

Shirley J. Hughes

Serving since 2008

Shirley Hughes was elected the first woman chair of Johnson C. Smith University’s Board of Trustees in April 2016. She previously served as vice chair and has been a member of Charlotte, North Carolina’s Historically Black College and University’s (HBCU) board since 2004. In 2015, she was inducted into the university’s Golden Bull 1867 Giving Society, honoring her long-standing philanthropic commitment to the university.

Shirley retired in 2005 from her executive officer position as senior vice president of human resources at Ceridian Corporation, where she was responsible for global human resources strategy and the company’s community and philanthropic initiatives. Prior to that, her 35-year corporate career includes vice president of human resources for Mercy Health Services (now Trinity Health) of Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Previously, Shirley served on the board of directors of the Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota; the Corporate Blue Cross Board Inc.; and Graywolf Press, a premier national nonprofit literary publisher.

Shirley is actively involved in professional and local branches of national community organizations including Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter of the Links Inc.; former president of the Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter of GirlFriends Inc.; and as a steward of St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church.

Shirley has participated on various Twin Cities-based nonprofit boards, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities and Second Harvest Heartland. Her long-standing civic and philanthropic giving was recognized by the National Center for Black Philanthropy during its Twin Cities conference in 2005.

Shirley is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she currently resides. In her free time, she is an enthusiastic book club member and is active in the lives of her extended family and godchildren.


Douglas Wyman Hyde

Life Trustee serving since 1996

Doug Hyde
Douglas Hyde

Douglas W. Hyde is the former CEO and chairman of the board of Oshkosh B’Gosh Inc. Doug was instrumental in the company’s decision to aggressively pursue the children’s wear market in the late 1970s. He joined the company as a sales representative in 1975 and held various positions in the company, including vice president of merchandising and senior vice president of marketing. In 1991, he was elected president and CEO, and in 1993, he also assumed the position of chairman of the board. Prior to his employment with Oshkosh B’Gosh, he worked at Sundstrand Aerospace Corporation as a contract administrator.

Doug earned a Bachelor of Arts at Coe in 1974 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He resides in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Boca Grande, Florida, with his wife, Chrys ’74. They have two children, Andrew, who resides and works in Minneapolis, and Sarah, who lives and works in Chicago.

Doug is an enthusiastic supporter and past board president of the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club, mentors youth at the club and has raised funds for the building of its Teen Center and many programs. Doug is an avid boater and is trying to improve his golf handicap.

Doug thinks Coe is a special place.


William P. Johnson

Life Trustee serving since 1988

William Bill P Johnson
Wiliam P. Johnson

Bill Johnson is a partner in Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, a Denver law firm. Bill is chairman and a founding director of FirstBank Holding Company, which conducts a banking business in Colorado, California and Arizona. Bill has served as a trustee of the University of Colorado Foundation and serves on the investment committee of the Denver Foundation. Bill served as president of the University of Colorado Alumni Association in 1980.

Bill and his wife, Lynda, live in Boulder, Colorado. They have three sons and six grandchildren. Bill is a 1953 graduate of Coe with a major in political science and a 1958 graduate of the University of Colorado Law School. Bill feels strongly that Coe prepared him well for law school and a subsequent career.


Mary Cook Jorgenson

Serving since 2016

Mary Jorgenson
Mary Cook Jorgenson

Mary Cook Jorgenson grew up in Michigan and Kansas and graduated from Coe College in 1980 with a degree in English. She graduated cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. She is married to Mark Jorgenson, a 1979 graduate of Coe College.

Mary taught at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Missouri, before devoting herself full time to raising her children and volunteer community service.

She has served extensively as a lay leader in the Presbyterian Church (USA), most recently on the National Board for Presbyterian Women including three years as the national moderator (2012-2015).

She currently serves on the board for Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri; United Inner City Services (home of St. Mark Child and Family Development Center); and Starlight Theater, Kansas City, Missouri.

Mary currently resides in Kansas City. She has four children (including Molly, Class of 2011) and three grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, reading mysteries and biographies and knitting.


Steven Kline

Serving since 2004

Steven Kline
Steven Kline

Steve Kline is managing director of Sustainability & Policy Consulting where he advises organizations on sustainability reporting and policy as well as energy-related policy and regulatory issues. Over a 32-year career with Pacific Gas & Electric Company and PG&E Corporation, he served as director of corporate planning and vice president — regulation at Pacific Gas & Electric and vice president — corporate environmental and federal affairs at PG&E Corporation. In 2010, he was named PG&E’s first chief sustainability officer.

He has testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. He serves on the board of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance and is a trustee of Coe College. Through 2013, he was a member of the executive advisory board of the EDGE Center at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and through 2012 he was a member of Hewlett Packard’s Executive Environmental Advisory Council.

Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Coe College and a master’s degree in diplomacy from the Patterson School of Diplomacy, and he is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Executive Business Program. His article, “Regulatory Policies for the Transition to the New Business Paradigm,” co-written with William Miller and Roland Risser, was published in “Distributed Generation and its Implications for the Utility Industry” (F. Sioshansi, Academic Press, 2014).


Mary Jeanne Krob

Serving since 1990

Mary Jeanne Krob
Mary Jeanne Krob

Mary Jeanne Krob earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and general science at Coe in 1973. She went on to receive a master’s degree in genetics at the University of Missouri in 1974, her M.D. at the University of Iowa in 1978 and a master’s degree in instructional design and technology at the University of Iowa in 1995.

As a physician and surgeon, Mary Jeanne served as the medical director of the Burn Center at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh from 1987-1991 and currently works as a medical director for Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She also serves as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Physician Assistants at Duquesne University.

Mary Jeanne serves on several nonprofit boards in the Pittsburgh area and on the family business board.

Mary Jeanne thinks Coe is a special place because it sees every student as a unique individual and helps them to see and realize their potential.


Kristin Lenz

Kristin Patterson Lenz

Serving since 2019

Kristin Patterson Lenz graduated from Coe in 1996 with a degree in elementary education and taught for seven years in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. After moving to Wisconsin in 2003, she became a community advocate while staying home with her five children, the oldest of whom is now a student at Coe. Kristin helped start The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac where she also wrote curriculum and programming while serving on the board of directors. She has been active in her children’s schools and programs mentoring young moms. Kristin also served on the board of directors for the local art center.

Kristin’s passion for interior design and hospitality has developed into a growing business, White Arrows Home. She consults with decor clients, assists companies with their social media, writes lifestyle and decorating articles and co-hosts The Cabincast podcast. You can also find her helping with visitor services for the family business, Lenz Truck Center.

Kristin and her husband, Brian Lenz ’96, have been active alumni, making annual visits to Coe with their family each Homecoming, attending alumni events and staying connected to Kohawk mentors, coaches and friends.


Dave Lusson

Serving since 2017

Dave Lusson
Dave Lusson

Dave Lusson is originally from Iowa, growing up on a farm in the northeast part of the state. He recently retired from Diamond V, a global animal health company included as part of the Cargill family of companies, after serving as the executive vice president. Prior to that, he was a partner at RSM, which included spending 20 years with the firm. During this tenure, he studied corporate business strategy at the University of Chicago.

Dave began his career at Coe in 1983 upon graduating from Turkey Valley High School. During his days at Coe he participated in football and track all four years, including being a starting cornerback on the 1985 and 1986 football teams, both of which had undefeated regular seasons under Coach Bob Thurness. Dave was also captain of the 1987 Coe track team and had the opportunity to be part of three conference championship teams under Lonnie Rogers. He majored in accounting and business and was fortunate to have many memorable and thought- provoking professors who provided the educational springboard to succeed in life after college.

Dave currently lives in Iowa City. He is a big believer in supporting many wonderful causes that surround us including Coe College, United Way, MDA and the Backpack program sponsored by HAACAP to name a few. Dave still frequents the gym and partakes in running, biking and various crossfit activities. For him, it’s exciting to see the facilities at Coe as he recalled the corner classroom that was the acting weight room back in the day, along with the junior high oval where track practice was held, except in the winter when running in the street was the norm!


Vincent L. Martin

Life Trustee serving since 1989

Vince Martin
Vincent L. Martin

Vince Martin grew up in southern California and attended Stanford University, graduating in 1960 with a B.S. in industrial engineering. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1963.

Vince’s professional career included experience with Westinghouse Air Brake, FMC Corporation (1974-79 in Cedar Rapids) and AMCA International. In 1985, Vince co-founded Jason Incorporated in Milwaukee, a diversified manufacturing business that now has operations in 11 countries with over 3,000 employees. Jason became a public company in 1987 and was subsequently taken private in 2000. Vince retired as CEO in 1999 and as chairman in 2004. He continues to serve on various corporate and nonprofit boards.

Vince has been married to Jan for 50 years; they have two daughters in California, a son in Tennessee and six granddaughters. The Martins have residences in Milwaukee and Saratoga, California.


Julie Johnson McLean

Serving since 2011

Julie Johnson McLean
Julie Johnson McLean

Julie Johnson McLean, a native of Mechanicsville, Iowa, is a senior shareholder of the law firm of Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts PC in Des Moines. She has a general business practice specializing in the areas of banking, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business organizations and transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Julie has served as an officer of several professional and business associations and on various nonprofit boards in central Iowa.

Julie graduated with majors in business administration and sociology from Coe in 1978 and earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Iowa in 1981. At Coe, Julie met her husband, Brian McLean (1979), and they have two daughters. Julie is a sports enthusiast and loves golf, biking, Hawkeye football and the Chicago Cubs.

Julie believes Coe prepared her well for law school and her subsequent professional career and involvement in the community. She believes Coe is a special place because of its focus on liberal arts, the residential campus experience and, most importantly, the talented and accessible faculty and staff who take a personal interest in the development and success of each student.


Curt Menefee

Serving since 2010

Curt Menefee
Curt Menefee

Curt Menefee is currently the host of “Fox NFL Sunday,” a position he has held since 2006, and “Hello Goodbye” on the Travel Channel. Prior to that, he was a play-by-play announcer for NFL games on Fox for 10 seasons while also anchoring sports for the local Fox station in New York City.

Curt has been involved in sports television since his days as a student at Coe, where he graduated in 1987 with a major in American studies and minors in history and physical education. He began his professional career at KCRG in Cedar Rapids prior to moving on to stations in Des Moines, Madison, Washington, D.C., Jacksonville and Dallas before ending up in New York where (at the age of 29) he was the youngest sports director on television.

Curt and his wife, Viollette, have a home in the Studio City area of Los Angeles.

Having traveled to more than 70 countries and all seven continents, you can often find him at an airport near you. Curt describes himself as a “consistently crappy golfer who has fun playing!” He loves listening to music and butchering the guitar, but his real addiction is playing “Words With Friends” on his iPad. Curt received an honorary doctor of journalism degree from Coe when he delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2010.

In thinking about the college, Curt notes, “Coe has a sense of community that extends beyond the four years that you are on campus. It’s in the friends you keep in touch with, the people to whom you can’t wait to explain what ‘C-O-E’ stands for and its liberal arts focus that influences the choices you make on a daily basis. The best way to describe it is that Coe is a place that gets in your brain when you’re a freshman and stays in your heart forever.”


Paul Meyer

Serving since 2010

Paul Meyer
Paul Meyer

Paul Meyer grew up in Springfield, Missouri. He graduated from Coe, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar with a double major in economics and business administration, in 1974. After graduating from Coe, Paul earned a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1978.

After graduating from law school, Paul joined Rogers & Wells in New York City as an associate and became a partner in the corporate department in 1986. Rogers & Wells merged into Clifford Chance LLP in 2000, where Paul was a partner heading the Americas Insurance Transactional and Regulatory Group until his retirement in April 2013. Paul’s practice involved insurance industry public and private mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, financings, securities offerings, joint ventures, reinsurance agreements and regulatory matters. He is the author of “Investments by Insurers” and “Holding Companies: Controlled Insurers” in the New York Insurance Law treatise published by Matthew Bender & Co. Inc. Paul also serves on several boards of not-for-profit organizations.

Paul and Deborah, his wife of 41 years, live in Chappaqua, New York. They have three adult children, Dr. Laura Meyer Carey, Steve Meyer and Catherine Meyer, and four grandchildren.

Paul believes Coe is special because it provides not only a first-rate academic experience, but also a closely knit community in which students are encouraged to actively participate in a variety of aspects of campus life. This produces graduates who are well rounded and prepared to successfully pursue their life’s work while serving as a positive force in their communities. In addition, Coe is special because its scholarly, enthusiastic and devoted professors work closely with students as mentors guiding and encouraging them to explore their interests and realize their potential.


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Sumit Nijhawan

Sumit Nijhawan

Serving since 2019

Sumit Nijhawan is the president and CEO of Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL), a company serving colleges, universities and nonprofits by providing strategies for inspired and relevant engagement in enrollment, student success and fundraising. Sumit is an active board member and an executive advisor to data and analytics companies. He also serves on the Carter Center’s Philanthropy Council.

Prior to joining RNL in 2018, Sumit was the CEO and president of Infogix, where he was responsible for leading company strategy, operations and customer partnerships. His other experiences include leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, SPSS Inc. and PwC.

Sumit earned his degree in physics and chemistry from Coe and his doctorate in engineering from Brown University, and he attended the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

Sumit and his wife, Anmol, live in Aurora, Illinois, and have two children.


Chuck Peters

Life Trustee serving since 1991

Chuck Peters
Chuck Peters

Chuck Peters serves as chair of the board of Foundations in Learning, dedicated to improving literacy for all students.

Chuck earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Iowa. A lawyer by training, Chuck spent a decade in the appliance business, including five years as president of Amana Refrigeration, and he served until 1998 as vice president — administration of Maytag. Between appliance assignments, he was the CEO of Breakthrough, an Iowa City startup software and consulting company engaged in developing effective early literacy programs for school systems.

Chuck is active in many civic and charitable organizations, including the Hall-Perrine Foundation, in addition to Coe College

Chuck and his wife, Mary Ann, have three sons — Nate, Scott and Nick.

In reflecting on what makes the college special, Chuck notes, “Coe’s very talented faculty and staff take a personal interest in the development of each student. In my years on the Coe board I have seen many students, some the first in their families to attend college, develop significantly during their time at Coe.”


James Phifer

Life Trustee serving since 1996

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James Phifer

James Phifer retired in 2013 following nearly three decades of distinguished service to Coe College. He joined Coe as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty in 1985, and he became the 14th president of the college in 1996. Dr. Phifer received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado - Boulder and served at Wayne State College and the State University of New York before coming to Coe.

Coe College became a larger and stronger institution under President Phifer’s leadership. The campus more than doubled in size during his tenure. Among the projects completed were the construction of Nassif Admission House, McCabe Hall and four new student apartments — all done as part of the first campus expansion project. Major renovations were completed on several buildings, and athletic facilities have been enhanced.

During the Phifer era, two highly successful capital campaigns were completed that provided funds for needed campus improvements, as well as to support student scholarships and enhancements to the academic program. A total of $150 million was raised, which exceeds the sum of all other Coe campaigns combined. As well, Coe’s total endowment grew from $37 million in 1995 to more than $85 million in 2012.

President Phifer kept the focus on educating traditional, full-time students with top quality academic programs in a supportive residential environment. The full-time enrollment at Coe grew by 30 percent during the Phifer years, while at the same time the average academic profile of incoming students rose significantly. He also spearheaded the college’s move to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1997.

Upon retirement, the Coe College Board of Trustees honored President Phifer as president, emeritus and professor of history, emeritus.

Jim and his wife, Linnie, reside in Castle Pines, Colorado. They are the parents of Trystan Phifer O’Leary and Tamsyn Phifer Johnston. The entire Phifer family was deeply involved in the life of the college during their years at Coe.


Brett Rule

Serving since 2007

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Brett Rule

Brett Rule graduated from Coe in 1986 with a major in economics and went on to earn an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Upon graduation from Vanderbilt in 1988, he began to work for Texas Commerce Bank (TCB) in the real estate group. After working at TCB for two years, he accepted a development manager position with a local commercial developer in Houston, Texas. In 1992, Brett formed a correctional facilities development company and over the subsequent four years constructed several detention facilities in Texas and Missouri. He has also been a trader and investor in the public and private equity markets for many years.

Brett and his wife, Libba, have been married for 26 years and have three great kids. When not trading, he enjoys golfing, playing tennis and fly fishing in the mountains of North Carolina.


John Sagers

Life Trustee serving since 1976


Timothy Sagers
Tim Sagers

Tim Sagers

Serving since 2019

Tim Sagers earned his degree in biology and general science from Coe and his medical degree from the University of Iowa. He is board certified in family medicine and has practiced at MercyCare Community Physicians in Cedar Rapids since 2004. He is also a medical director at MercyCare Business Health Solutions. Tim is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership, American Medical Association, Iowa Medical Association and Linn County Medical Society. He was nominated for a Patient Advocate Award in 2017.

Tim and his wife, Laura, live in Cedar Rapids. Their son, Ben, is a 2018 graduate of Coe.


William H. Schalk

Serving since 2018

Bill Schalk
William H. Schalk

Bill Schalk, a Chicago native, earned his bachelor’s degree from Coe in 1965, majoring in political science. After graduation, Bill joined the U.S. Navy and went to flight school in Pensacola, Florida. He was a naval flight officer who made seven aircraft carrier deployments, including two combat deployments to Vietnam, and one as an exchange officer with the Royal Navy in Scotland. He was a career naval officer, retiring in 1986 with the rank of commander.

Bill then attended Marquette University School of Law where he graduated in 1989. He served Racine County as an assistant district attorney until his retirement in 1997. During this period, Bill prosecuted several thousand cases and took several hundred to trial.

After retiring, Bill was elected to the Racine Unified School District Board of Education in Racine, Wisconsin. During his nine years on the board, he was president, vice president and treasurer. Bill also was elected as a trustee and president of the Village of Wind Point from 2001-2009, where he upgraded the governance model by increasing efficiencies and improving management.

Bill has served on many nonprofit boards including the Coe College Alumni Council and the Wisconsin State of Veterans Affairs Finance Committee. He is currently on the board of directors and is a founding member of Siena-on-the-Lake Inc. Siena is a Dominican-run ministry that provides memory care, assisted living, nursing home and rehabilitation services.


Gary Schlarbaum

Life Trustee serving since 1988

Gary Schlarbaum
Gary Schlarbaum

A native of Van Horne, Iowa, Gary Schlarbaum likes to say he was recruited to play basketball at Coe by Bill Fitch. Gary received his bachelor’s degree at Coe in 1965, double majoring in mathematics and economics. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in economics with a specialty in finance from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.

Gary taught at Purdue University from 1969-1984, leaving as a professor of finance.

Subsequently, he pursued a career in the investment business. Gary served as head of asset allocation for First Chicago Investment Advisors form 1984-1987, then was head of the equity division for Miller, Anderson and Sherrerd from 1987-1996, when the firm was sold to Morgan Stanley. Gary then worked as the managing director and head of small- and mid-cap value investing until 2002. He came out of retirement in 2008 to be in business with his son, and their current firm is Palliser Bay Investment Management.

He is married to Ruthanne (Dempsey) Schlarbaum ’67, and they have two children and five grandchildren. Gary and Ruthanne live in Villanova, Pennsylvania. They travel frequently, particularly to San Francisco where their daughter and two of their grandchildren live. Gary likes to play golf and is an avid reader.

Gary believes Coe is a special place because of the focus on liberal arts, the campus and facilities, the care and concern of the faculty and the excellence of the athletic program.


Bruce E. Spivey

Life Trustee serving since 1984

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Bruce E. Spivey

Bruce Spivey grew up close to the Coe campus and graduated with a degree in general science in 1956. He went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1959, a Master of Science from the University of Iowa in 1964 and a Master of Education from the University of Illinois in 1969.

Bruce was in the ophthalmology residency program at the University of Iowa from 1960-1964 and served in the United States Army, becoming the first ophthalmologist in Vietnam in 1965-1966. From 1966-1971, he taught on the ophthalmology faculty at the University of Iowa and was chairman of the department of ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center from 1971-1987. Also, he was the dean of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of the Pacific from 1971-1976.

For the balance of his career, Bruce served as the founding CEO of various health care organizations, including the Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center (now CPMC, 1976-92), American Academy of Ophthalmology (1976-92), California Healthcare System (1987-1992), Northwestern Healthcare Network (1992 97) and Columbia Cornell Care (1997-2002). From 1994-2006, Bruce was the secretary general of the International Council of Ophthalmology, and since 2006, he has served as president of the organization. He has also been the chairman of the Pacific Vision Foundation since 2007.

In addition, Bruce has served as president of the American Board of Medical Specialties, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Society of Medical Administrators, American Ophthalmological Society and other organizations. He has served and continues to serve on numerous other boards.

Bruce was married to Nancy Spivey ’56 from 1956-1977. In 1987, Bruce married Patti Amanda Birge Tyson. He has two children, Lisa and Eric, and four grandchildren.


Jerre Stead

Life Trustee serving since 1987


Kristin Strohm

Serving since 2017

Kristin Strohm
Kristin Strohm

Kristin Strohm is president and CEO of Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR), a nonprofit free-enterprise think tank dedicated to the protection and promotion of the economy.

She also serves as board chair of the Starboard Group, which she co-founded and is widely regarded as one of the most influential fundraising consulting firms in the West.

Kristin volunteers her time in a range of philanthropic and community endeavors. She is a past board chair of the Women's Bean Project, serves on the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America Executive Board and is on the board of the Strohm-Link Family Foundation. She is also on the University of Denver Barton Institute Board of Advisors and is part of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network's founding class.

Kristin has been honored by the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado. She has also been awarded Denver Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award and the Ally Award from the pro LGTBQ organization One Colorado in recognition of her advocacy for gay rights among Republicans.

Kristin is a graduate of Coe College and obtained her MBA from the University of Denver. She is married to Josh Penry, and they make their home in Greenwood Village, Colorado, with their four children.


John Strohm

Life Trustee serving since 1996

John Strohm
John Strohm

John Strohm is a founding and managing partner of Farrell-Roeh Group, a family-owned private investment company formed in the late 1990s. Farrell-Roeh has investment interests in a wide array of opportunities, including private equity, mezzanine financing, distressed debt, tax liens, mobile home communities and commercial real estate. John was also a co-founder of and served as chief financial officer of Interlink Group Inc. until a majority interest in the company was sold to Texas Pacific Group in 2000. Interlink Group was reacquired by John and others in 2002 and subsequently sold to EMC Corporation in May 2006.

John, along with his two sisters, Tara Strohm and Nina Golden, are all 1979 graduates of Coe College. They were recruited to Coe in 1975 by Barron Bremner. John graduated from Coe with a degree in business administration and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Iowa in 1981. John was licensed as a CPA in 1982. John and Mary Pat currently reside in Englewood, Colorado. John and Mary Pat have four children. Kristin is a 2005 graduate of Coe; Matt is a 2011 graduate of St. Louis University; Kelly is a 2013 graduate of Coe; and Claire is a student at Occidental College. In 2015, John and Mary Pat welcomed twin granddaughters, Sophie and Caroline, into their family.


Craig S. Struve

Serving since 2014

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Craig S. Stuve

Craig is a 1970 graduate of Coe majoring in history. He retired in 2008 following 20 years as the director of television operations for Vail Resorts in Vail, Colorado.

The Struve Communication Center opened on the Coe campus in 2013, made possible through a leadership gift from Craig, and it is dedicated to the memory of his parents. The building is designed to enable and enhance the assets of the communication studies major at Coe and facilitate all aspects of the communication field.

Craig is an avid golfer, skier, hiker and mountain biker as well as a voracious reader. He spends his winters in Windermere, Florida, and summers in the mountains near Vail, Colorado.


Carson Veach

Serving since 2010

Carson Veach
Carson Veach

Carson Veach, a native of New York state, is a principal at Miller, Canfield and is resident in the firm's Chicago office. He also sits on the advisory board of the Chinese American Service League. Prior to joining Freeborn & Peters he was the part owner, chief operating officer and general counsel of a privately held national wine importing and distribution company from 1998-2004, when the company was sold. His pre-1998 career included a multi-year stint as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and a 17-year association with the law firm of Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson, where he was first an associate and then an equity partner.

Carson graduated from Coe in 1974 and earned J.D. and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago. He currently resides in the Chicago metro area. Carson enjoys golf, platform tennis, watching his sons play sports, reading, music and movies.


Ed Walsh

Serving since 1992

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Ed Walsh

Ed Walsh graduated from Coe in 1970 and thereafter received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1973. Ed is the founding member (1980) of the Chicago and Wheaton, Illinois, and La Crescent, Minnesota, law firm of Walsh, Knippen & Cetina Chtd. Ed is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Minnesota; and he is a trial lawyer and concentrates his practice representing people who are catastrophically injured or killed by negligent doctors, hospitals and corporations.

By appointment of the Illinois Supreme Court, Ed is a member of the Supreme Court Rules Committee and the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Ed is a frequent speaker on the topics of trial practice, courtroom technology and professionalism at continuing legal education programs throughout Illinois.

Ed and his wife, Bobbi (Covert) Walsh ’70, have four adult sons, including Michael Walsh ’02, and five grandchildren. Ed provides pro bono legal representation to several environmental not-for-profit organizations in southeast Minnesota where he and Bobbi enjoy environmental stewardship, native plant restoration and reforestation at their upper Mississippi River Valley farm.