Member Bios

View Michael Richards's Biography
President
Dr. Michael Richards of West Des Moines brings a broad knowledge of business management and medical integration to the Board of Regents. Until its sale, Dr. Richards served as vice chairman and managing partner of Quatro Composites in Orange City, Iowa, which specializes in manufacturing carbon composite equipment for the...
View Patty Cownie's Biography
President Pro Tem
Regent Patty Cownie of Des Moines has been an active public servant in a large variety of central Iowa community initiatives for many years. She has served on the Board of Directors for a number of community organizations including the Des Moines Opera, St. Augustin Foundation, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Des...
View Sherry Bates's Biography
Regent Sherry Bates of Scranton spent her career as a social worker in Greene County. This included more than 20 years with the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson and several years with the Iowa Department of Human Services. Regent Bates is actively involved in her community through her service...
View Nancy Boettger's Biography
Nancy Boettger, a retired farmer and educator, has had a long and distinguished career in service to education. In addition to her five years as a teacher, she served as director of education and resource development at Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, Iowa, for 12 years. Additionally, Boettger served for...
View Milt Dakovich's Biography
Milt Dakovich of Waterloo is president of Aspro, Inc., an asphalt paving company based in Waterloo. With his professional and educational experience, he brings to the Board of Regents a strong background in construction. After growing up in Des Moines, he earned his B.S. from Iowa State University in both...
View Nancy Dunkel's Biography
Former state legislator Nancy Dunkel spent a long and distinguished career in banking before retiring. Dunkel is currently the Executive Director of the Dyersville Area Community Foundation. She served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2013-2016. Dunkel has received numerous professional accolades, including receiving the James A. Leach Leadership...
View Rachael Johnson's Biography
Rachael Johnson, a former North High School student from Sioux City, Iowa was appointed to the Board of Regents on May 1, 2015. Rachael, a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, is pursuing a degree in Elementary and Middle Level Education. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to...
View Larry McKibben's Biography
Attorney and former state Senator Larry McKibben of Marshalltown has personal experience with each of Iowa’s public universities. He earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa in 1972 and a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970, and he has served as a graduate teaching assistant at...
View Subhash Sahai's Biography
Dr. Subhash Sahai of Webster City received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Iowa in 1973 and a Master of Arts in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970. Dr. Sahai has been practicing medicine in Webster City since 1976 where he is Medical Director...