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Your connection to Gies shapes the future of business

The lifelong connections between Gies Business and its alumni and friends are vital to achieving our mission and fulfilling our vision of being the world's most innovative business school. The Office of Advancement helps foster these connections by hosting events, facilitating alumni interactions with students and faculty, and offering guidance for those wanting to make gifts to support scholarships, innovative programs, and faculty excellence.

Keep your contact information up to date to stay connected with Gies and to be informed about upcoming alumni engagement opportunities.

Connect with our Advancement Team

We offer many ways you can support Gies College of Business, all of which offer unique benefits for our students. Whether you'd like to visit campus to work with our students, become a corporate partner, or offer a financial gift, our team is here to guide you through the process of helping Gies Business become a world leader.


Rebecca Pagels, Associate Dean for Advancement

Mary Lyons Anderson, JD, Executive Director of Development

Timisha Luster, Executive Director of Advancement Operations

Alumni Engagement

Christine Beyers, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Engagement

Alexa Ashenhurst, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Lauren Curtiss, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Kayla Goncalves, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

Kate Yeazel, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement


Laura Farrar, Director of Development

Cari James, Associate Director of Development

Kelly Janssen, Director of Development

Jim Lukeman, Senior Director of Development

Renee Mandelbaum, Associate Director of Digital Development

Angie Price, Director of Development

Suzanne Woodward, Associate Director of Development

Corporate Engagement

Barry Dickerson, Managing Director of Corporate Relations

Madeline Mortensen, Associate Director of Corporate Engagement


Sylvia Briscoe, Senior Associate Director of Stewardship

Rob Dalhaus III, Assistant Director of Stewardship

Camille Niccum, Stewardship Coordinator

Communications and Data

Lauren Acton, Digital Alumni Community Manager

Cindy Kehoe, Data Scientist

Alvaro Martinez, Advancement Associate

Erin Muckey, Senior Associate Director of Development Communications

Shirley Soo, Senior Advancement Associate

Judy Wood, Advancement Associate


Kate Wax, Administrative Assistant

Nicole Duge, Office Support Specialist

Dawn Huizenga, Office Support Associate

Debra Townsley, Office Administrator

Kelly Wayne, Office Manager

Advisory Board

Dean's Business Council

The mission of the Dean's Business Council (DBC) is to provide advice and counsel to the dean and other members of the College in pursuit of the College's overall goals. DBC members also serve as the ambassadors of the College to external stakeholders, including, but not limited to, alumni, corporate partners, prospective students and their parents, and the university at large.

Membership is by invitation only. View the full roster of DBC members.

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