Staff

Associate Chief Business Officer
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...
Assistant Communications Director
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...
Associate Counsel
Kristin Bauer joined the Board of Regents staff in January 2017. Previously, she served nearly seven years as the State Director of Iowa at the National Federation of Independent Business. At NFIB, Bauer was responsible for managing its 11,000 Iowa-based small business members and working with the Iowa legislature on...
Chief Business 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 Academic Officer
Rachel Boon joined the Board of Regents in October 2016. She previously worked in the Academic Affairs division at Ivy Tech Community College, and prior to that held roles at the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium, Drake University, Indiana University-Bloomington and Waukee Community Schools. Her experience is in higher education...
State Relations Officer
Mary Braun joined the Board Office staff in December 2014, after serving in the Iowa Legislature on the House Democratic Caucus staff for 25 years. Mary has extensive experience working with legislators in developing and evaluating public policy, writing and analyzing legislative bills and amendments, and responding to constituent inquiries....
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...
Director of Legislative Operations and Project Management
Ann Goff holds a dual appointment as Transparency Officer of the University of Iowa and as the Director of Legislative Operations and Project Management for the Board Office. Ann has led the development of web-based applications for the Board Office and the Regent institutions and has served as the University...
Paralegal
Stephanie Griffin joined the Board of Regents Office staff in May 2019. For the previous five years, she served as assistant office manager at Lithia Motors in Urbandale. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Purdue University Global in August 2018.
Project Assistant
Joleen Henning joined the Board Office staff in September 2018. Previously, she was a science teacher at Northview Middle School (2006-2018) in Ankeny, Iowa. Prior to that, she taught science at Johnston Middle School (2004-2006) and taught high school science in Liberty, MO (1993-2003). Joleen is in the process of...
State Relations Officer
Carolann Jensen joined the Board of Regents staff in August 2019. She most recently worked for eight years at the Iowa Finance Authority, serving as Interim Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Programs Officer during her tenure. She also has served as a senior research analyst for the Iowa...
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...
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...
Associate Chief Academic Officer
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...
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 Audit Executive
Patrice Sayre became the Board of Regents Chief Audit Executive in January 2018, and is responsible for overseeing the auditing efforts of the Regent enterprise. She joined the Board of Regents staff in August 2007 as Chief Business Officer. Prior to joining the Board Office, Patrice was the Finance Director...