The University of Iowa

Meet our Advisory Board

Dean Nicholas Colangelo organized the College of Education’s first-ever Advisory Board, a group of 20 leaders, scholars, and innovators from around the country. In addition to advocating for the College, the Board will advise and guide the dean on major issues in the college, future directions for the college, and fundraising efforts. 

Abilasha Aparajithan
Linda Baker
Jake Chung
Joseph M. Crozier
Robert J. Denson
Cindy Dietz
L. Miguel Encarnação
Mark Ginsberg
Krystal J. Gladden
Nate Kaeding
Stephen F. Murley
Chuck Peters
Janet Phipps
Albert Ruffalo
Gary Sasso
Cynthia Schmeiser
Brent Siegrist
Jon S. Twing
Christie Vilsack
Paula Vincent
  1. Abilasha Aparajithan, a doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program, researches education policy. 
  2. Linda R. Baker, a philanthropist and education advocate, is highly involved in teaching excellence efforts in the College of Education and beyond. 
  3. Jake Chung serves as assistant superintendent of personnel and planning at the Arlington Heights School District 25 in Illinois. 
  4. Joseph M. Crozier served as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher, as well as a high school principal and superintendent before becoming the chief administrator for the Grant Wood Area Education Agency. 
  5. Robert J. Denson is president and CEO of Des Moines Area Community College. Denson served as assistant dean at Iowa State University and operated his own law practice for 16 years. 
  6. Cindy Dietz currently directs external relations for Rockwell Collins. She also serves on the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Aviation Industry Association’s STEM Education Steering Committee. 
  7. L. Miguel Encarnação, recognized as a scientist and researcher in emerging technologies, is a senior vice president and chief innovation officer at ACT. 
  8. Mark Ginsberg is the owner of M.C. Ginsberg, an Iowa City jewelry and design store. He is highly involved in the Iowa City community, giving back, and creating opportunities to engage with art. 
  9. Krystal J. Gladden is the museum educator at the African American Museum of Iowa, where she directs programs across the state and works with teachers looking for resources to incorporate multicultural content into their lesson plans. 
  10. Nate Kaeding serves as the retail director of the Iowa City Downtown District and is invested in multiple local businesses in the Iowa City community. He is a college alumnus and previously played in the NFL. 
  11. Stephen F. Murley serves as superintendent of the Iowa City Community School District. Prior to his current position, Murley worked in three different school districts in Wisconsin. 
  12. Chuck Peters is the president and CEO of The Gazette Company, a media company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Peters also worked as president of Amana Refrigeration, vice president of Maytag, and a founding director of Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust. 
  13. Janet Phipps directs the Iowa Department of Administrative Services. Before her current position she had a 28-year military career, retiring at the rank of Brigadier General with the Iowa National Guard. 
  14. Albert Ruffalo founded and serves as executive chairman of RuffaloCODY, a company specializing in fundraising and enrollment management for colleges and universities. 
  15. Gary Sasso is dean of the College of Education at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. Previously, he served as the chair of the University of Iowa Department of Teaching and Learning. 
  16. Cynthia Schmeiser serves as chief of assessment at The College Board, where she is responsible for the design and development of assessment programs. For 37 years, Schmeiser was the president and COO of the Education Division at ACT. 
  17. Brent Siegrist, a former high school teacher and member of the Iowa House of Representatives, currently directs services for the Iowa Area Education Services. He also serves as vice president of the Iowa Public Broadcasting Board. 
  18. Jon S. Twing works as managing director of the global Pearson Assessment Centre, where he serves as the company’s global voice regarding assessment, research, measurement best practices, and legal defensibility of assessment. 
  19. Christie Vilsack, international education senior advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, works to support the agency’s goals of improving children’s reading skills, strengthening workforce development, and providing equitable access to education in crisis and conflict settings. 
  20. Paula Vincent is the chief administrator of the Heartland Area Education Agency, Iowa’s largest AEA. Prior to her current position, she worked in classrooms and administration in both rural and urban school districts.