Staff

Policy and Operations Analyst
Andrea Anania joined the Board Office staff in March 2000. Previously, she was with the Iowa Department of Management. Prior to that, she served as Office Manager for the Iowa Seed Capital Corporation (1991-1998), a private, state-funded venture capital fund, and as Office Manager for the Iowa Savings and Loan...
Electronic Media Assistant
Brock Ascher joined the Board of Regents staff in January 2016. Previously, he served as Communications Specialist for the Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for four years. There, he managed all aspects of the department’s marketing and communications strategy. Prior to his time at ISU, Brock...
Policy and Operations Officer
Brad Berg joined the Board of Regents staff in October 2005. Since being employed by the State of Iowa in 1990, he was previously a Division Administrator and a Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services-State Accounting Enterprise and a Revenue Examiner for the Iowa Department...
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Braun was named Chief Operating Officer in December 2015 after having served as Interim since August. Previously Mark served as Vice President for Operational Efficiency and Regulatory Analysis, Vice President for External Relations and Chief of Staff to President Sally Mason at the University of Iowa. He has worked...
State Relations Officer
Mary Braun joined the Board Office staff in December 2014, after serving on the Iowa House Democratic Caucus staff for 25 years, most recently as the Senior Deputy Caucus Staff Director. Mary has extensive experience working with legislators in developing and evaluating public policy, writing and analyzing legislative bills and...
Board Counsel
Aimee Claeys joined the Board of Regents staff in April 2007. Aimee received her B.S. in Political Science from Idaho State University and her J.D. from Drake University.
Director of Human Resources/Associate Counsel
Tim Cook joined the Board of Regents staff in July of 2007, having previously served as Manager of Employee & Labor Relations and Workers’ Compensation for Iowa State University. Prior to that, Tim served as a Labor Relations Specialist and General Counsel for the Iowa Department of Personnel/Department of Administrative...
Executive Assistant
Laura Dickson joined the Board of Regents staff in October 2006. Prior to joining the Regents, she worked for Employee & Family Resources as a Support Staff Lead. She also worked as a Human Resources Assistant for Mediacom and Jasper County Human Resources; and also as a Site Manager/Assistant Director...
Policy & Operations Analyst
Jean Friedrich joined the Board of Regents staff in October 1991. She was previously employed by General Electric Capital Corporation as a Contract Specialist and at Security Pacific Business Finance as a Documentation Analyst in San Diego, CA. Prior to that time she had worked several years for the City...
Chief Academic Officer
Diana Gonzalez joined the Board of Regents staff in September 1998. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (MBA), the University of North Texas (Ph.D. and M.Ed.), and Texas Woman's University (BA). After a number of years as a faculty member in the mathematics department of a...
Senior Communications Director
Josh Lehman joined the Board of Regents staff in June 2015. Previously, he served as Senior Director of Public Affairs for Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma for six years, where he was responsible for all public relations and marketing functions for the university. He also has more than 15 years...
State Relations Officer
Joe Murphy first joined the Board of Regents staff in November 2006 having previously served on state legislative campaigns. In 2008, Joe was assigned to the University of Northern Iowa as a State Relations Officer and was responsible for state legislative outreach and governmental relations. After spending 14 months in...
Assistant Director of Facilities
John Nash joined the Board of Regents staff in October 2015. Since being employed by the State of Iowa in 1999, he has worked for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services as a Design/Construction Engineer-Senior and for Iowa State University as a Facilities Project Manager III. John is a licensed...
Director of Institutional Research
Jason Pontius joined the Board of Regents staff in October 2012. He has previously worked at Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Education, the University of Maryland at College Park, and Wesleyan College. He has experience in assessment and evaluation work, institutional research, data management, and college administration in...
Policy and Operations Officer
Joan Racki joined the Board of Regents staff in July 1993. She was previously Facilities Planner for the Idaho Board of Education and served as a Capital and Operating Budget Analyst for the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She is active in the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)...
State Relations Officer
Keith Saunders joined the Board Office staff in September 2004, having served eight years at the University of Northern Iowa in a state governmental relations position. After joining the Board Office, he was assigned to the University of Northern Iowa as a State Relations Officer and legislative contact for the...
Chief Business Officer
Patrice Sayre joined the Board of Regents staff in August 2007 as Chief Business Officer. Prior to joining the Board Office, Patrice was the Finance Director for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority for eighteen years. She has also worked in a number of not-for-profit and governmental entities, including...
Accounting Specialist
Chris Schnell joined the Board of Regents staff in May 1987. She worked in the accounting department at Drake University and for a Commercial Finance Company before joining the Board Office. Chris received her degree from the American Institute of Business.
Information Technology Specialist
Dianne Smith joined the Board of Regents staff in December 1995. She came to the Board Office from the Legal Aid Society of Polk County where she was the Office Manager for six years. Prior to that, she was an employee of the federal government for many years. Dianne holds...
Chief Audit Executive
Todd Stewart joined the Board of Regents staff in August 2005 after serving as Associate Controller and Director of Accounting at the University of Iowa for seven years. Prior to that, he worked as an administrator in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Iowa and as Audit...
Administrative Assistant
Emily Yin joined the Board of Regents staff in May 2016. Prior to that, she worked for Wells Fargo as an Operations Clerk III. Emily is currently pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts at Des Moines Area Community College.