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The following are biographical sketches of the 2009/2010 UIRA officers and directors.

Lou Crist - Director
Jonathan (Jon) Cryer - Director
La Vonna Gaunt - Director
Penny Hall - President
Jean Hood - President Elect
Jane Jakobsen - Secretary
Dwight Jensen - Gray Hawk Editor
Marion Johnson - Director (Membership Chair)
Joseph Joynt - Treasurer
Feather Lacy - Director (Web Editor)
Dick Stevenson - Past President
Nancy Williams - Director
Ken Yerington - Archivist (ex-officio)

Lou Crist - Director

Lou Crist retired from the Carver College of Medicine's Continuing Medical Education Division in 2007 following 35 years of service. He and his wife, Jan, have two sons. Scott and his wife, Kim, live in West Lafayette, IN. Todd, his wife, Cheryl, and their two sons, Sam and Tom, reside in Louisville, CO, which is just outside Boulder. Lou is a member of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club, the Sunrise Optimist Club, and a radio control model aircraft flying group, the Iowa City Aerohawks. Both Lou and Jan, as well as their sons and their sons' wives are graduates of the University of Iowa.

Lou has served as voice of the Hawkeye Marching Band since 1981. He
also is the public address announcer for the fall Band Extravaganza and the University's annual Homecoming Parade. Lou was a member of the UI Marching Band in 1958-59, which included a trip to the 1959 Rose Bowl. He and Jan enjoy traveling to see their sons and grandsons, to visit friends and spend time in warmer climates of the country during the winter. Lou values friends and colleagues who have retired from the UI and strives as a member of the Board to help plan and initiate interesting and informative programs for the University's retirees.

Jonathan (Jon) Cryer - Director

Jon is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Statistics and
Actuarial Science. He retired in 2001.

He is married to Judy, and they have two sons and one daughter.

Jon is active in the community, and music groups he plays with often perform in retirement homes and at the Senior Center. Among the
instruments he plays are the euphonium and string bass. Along with
Richard Caplan and Jan Nelson, Jon was a member of the trio that
performed for the UIRA at our Annual Banquet last May. He sings in the Indigo Blend quartet and the First Methodist Chancel Choir and
Chamber Choir.

Besides his musical activities, he is interested in computers, bicycling, and woodworking. Since he retired, he has published several books
and has done limited consulting.

La Vonna Gaunt - Director

LaVonna retired in 2001 from the UI Business Office, where she was
Associate Director of Accounting Services. She is currently serving as
the UIRA’s membership officer.

LaVonna and her husband, Dennis, who retired from the University
Hygienic Lab in 2004, have two children and two grandchildren.
Daughter Kris is a medical editor at University Hospitals, and son
Michael is a registered landscape architect in West Des Moines.

Since 2004, LaVonna has worked for the Johnson County Auditor’s
Office for most elections. This includes serving as a precinct election
official for early voting and on election days. Her other interests include genealogy, gardening and bowling.

Penny Hall - President

Penny is Associate Professor Emeritus from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She retired in June 2007.

She is married to Jim and they have two sons. Chris is a high school social studies teacher in Davenport and Greg is a policeman in Tipton, Iowa.

Penny has been active in the community and is currently President of the Pilot Club of Iowa, a local service organization. She once played bagpipes and is working with an alum group to preserve the history of the UI Scottish Highlanders. She is a founding member of the City Circle Acting Company of Coralville and a member of the fund-raising committee for the Coralville Performing Arts Center. While a UI faculty member, she was on the Hancher Advisory Committee and the Presidential Committee on Athletics.

Penny is interested in reading, theatre, music and the football Hawks. She also helps Jim with home improvement projects.

She is currently a consultant/reviewer at ACT in the Test Accommodations Department.

Jean Hood - President Elect

Jean Hood is the UIRA President Elect and chairs the Program Committee. Until her retirement in 1996, Jean was a Family Life Specialist for the Iowa State University Extension Service, serving the Cedar Rapids area. She earned her undergraduate degree from Buffalo State Teachers College, part of the SUNY system in Buffalo, NY, and her Master's degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Her husband, Al Hood, is a Professor Emeritus in the College of Education. Al is very active with the Senior College Committee, and was recently re-elected to the Emeritus Faculty Council. Jean and Al have four married children living in Texas, Florida, Maryland, and Cedar Rapids, as well as 11 grandchildren -- with one more on the way.

Jean has been involved in a number of community organizations, including serving as General Manager for the Hancher Showcase, the sales area/gift shop of Hancher Auditorium. Currently she is co-chair of the Photo Directory Project, and serves on the Membership and Endowment Committees for her church. Jean also has been active in Project Green.

Growing hostas in a shade-dominant yard, quilting, and keeping up with the Hood children and grandchildren are among her hobbies and interests. She also volunteers at the Unitarian Society of Iowa City, works at maintaining her physical health which includes swimming, and enjoys taking courses in the Senior College.

Jane Jakobsen - Secretary

In addition to being a UIRA Director, Jane has been President of three UI organizations: Associated University Women, Staff Council, and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). Her extensive volunteer Activities include the Johnson County Lung Association, the Planning and Zoning Commission of Iowa City, the Ecumenical Towers Board, being an Elder of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, and the General Assembly Council and Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

She is married to James (Jake). Jane and Jake have two children and
two grandchildren. Janet is Professor of Religion and Women’s Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Women at Barnard College. Their son, Tom, is Systems Analyst for his own company. Granddaughter Emily graduated from the University of Iowa in 2007, and Grandson Craig is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis.

Her hobbies and interests include travel, volunteering, and reading.

Dwight Jensen - Gray Hawk Editor

Between 1981 and 1997 when he retired, Dwight was Director of Public Information and University Relations, Assistant to the Dean of Continuing Education, and Director of the Center for Conferences and Institutes.

During the Korean War, he served as staff photographer for the army newspaper in occupied Austria. After military service, he completed his journalism studies at the University, was editor of The Daily Iowan, married a fellow journalism student, and worked as a reporter for The Des Moines Register.

In the 1960s, he was chief of staff for Iowa Governor Harold E. Hughes. Later in Washington, D.C., he was press secretary for Senator Hughes, an associate editor for National Journal, and director of public affairs for the National Governors’ Association. He and his wife, Pat, also had a publications consulting business in the nation’s capitol for several years before returning to Iowa City and the University in 1981.

Dwight and Pat have three children -- two daughters, an insurance auditor in Boise, ID, and a first-grade teacher in Fredericksburg, VA, and a son who practices law in Racine, Wis. -- and four grandchildren.

Marion Johnson - Director (Membership Chair)

Marion Johnson is currently the UIRA’s membership chair. She retired from the College of Nursing in July 2001 as a Professor Emerita, having joined the Nursing faculty in 1980 after 12 years in various clinical and administrative positions at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. While teaching, she received grant funding to develop patient outcome measures to evaluate nursing care. Marion still participates in the work and publications of the research team that was developed for that project. After retirement, she returned in a halftime position to develop diversity initiatives within the College and remained for a year and a half until a full-time person could be hired.

Marion has three children. Michael Flanigan and his spouse Lori live in Tipton and work at ACT and Pearsons, respectively. Both are graduates of the University of Iowa. Kathy Lozich and her husband Michael live in the Dallas area, where Michael is an attorney. Kathy has a master’s degree in library science, but is currently not working outside the home. She is actively involved in their church and community. Tim Flanigan moved from Kansas City and is currently living with his mother while attending the University of Iowa. He is getting a second major in geology to complement his initial degree in chemistry and plans on continuing in a graduate program.

Following retirement, Marion served on the Johnson County Visiting Nurse Association board and the Emeritus Faculty Council. She remains active in professional organizations related to her interest in patient outcomes. She also serves on a planning committee for University Women’s Club and is a member of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and the Center for Nursing Classification and Research at the College of Nursing.

Marion is active in protecting our environment, wildlife and pets. She has a miniature Shih Tzu that was rescued from a puppy mill. An avid Hawkeye fan, she likes to travel, enjoys games and cards and belongs to a bridge group, canasta group, and scrabble group. One of her great pleasures has been reading widely in areas that she was unable to pursue when working.

Joseph Joynt - Treasurer

After a 34-year career at the University of Iowa, Joe retired in June 2004 as the Manager of UI Payroll. While at the UI, he also helped establish the Big Ten Payroll Managers Conference and the Educational Institutions division of the American Payroll Association. In addition, Joe has made professional presentations regarding payroll operations, tax payments to individuals and electronic record keeping. Joe and his spouse, Sandy, have three children. Benjamin lives in Boston and works downtown for a Houston’s restaurant. Andy has a marketing degree from Colorado State University and works at Coralville Wine and Spirits. An expert microbrewer, Andy plans to start a microbrewery in the Iowa City area. Emily is a teacher and has a degree in economics from UI She is currently working with ACT developing curriculum for teaching high school economics.

Joe is an avid golfer, bird watcher, and planter of trees. He is also a big Hawkeye fan following the sports of rowing and softball in addition to basketball and football.

His passion for driving cars and the automobile industry got him into
picking up and delivering vehicles for several dealerships around the
country. In addition, he often works for the Johnson County Auditor as
a poll worker.

Feather Lacy - Director (Web Editor)

To be added soon....

Dick Stevenson - Past President

Dick retired in 1998 as Professor Emeritus of Finance. Among his administrative duties at Iowa, he was Chair of the Department of Finance for eight years and Acting Treasurer of the University during the mid-1980s.

He is married to Sheila and they have three children. Daniel is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Maura is a vice-president in human resources at Starbucks in Seattle. Susan is a fifth grade teacher in Bloomington, Illinois. Dick and Sheila have three grandchildren.

Dick is an avid biker and has been on 26 RAGBRAIs. He also enjoys the various musical events available in the Iowa City area.

As a valuation expert in the financial economics area, he provides litigation support for the legal profession and is also President of Stevenson Investment Management, Inc.

Nancy Williams - Director

To be added soon....

Ken - Yerington - Archivist (ex-officio)

To be added soon....


 

 
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