Alumni Association Board of Directors


Our Mission: To extend the Simpson Experience

The Alumni Board represents the best interests of alumni with the college’s administration.  Board members are expected to contribute their time, talents and treasure to advance Simpson’s already strong reputation.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, concerns, or comments for the Board or individuals residing on the board, please email

2017-2018 Alumni Board Membership


Jon Bailey ’06

Major: Religion

Employment:  Pastor, Aldersgate United Methodist Church

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MeKisha Barnes ’96

Major: Elementary Education

Employment:  Des Moines Public Schools

My Simpson Experience: My years at Simpson yielded life-long friends, quality professors/classes, and a successful student athlete experience.



Rebecca Bentzinger ’77

Major: Religion

Employment: Retired Director of Spiritual Care, Washington Hospital Center

My Simpson Experience: At Simpson, I was prepared to face the important societal, religious and ethical questions that we grapple with each day in our world.  I enjoyed my activities in religion, philosophy, music and Pi Beta Phi.


Buddy Boulton ’94

Major: History

Employment: Director of Planned Giving, Grinnell College

My Simpson Experience: I came to Simpson as a first generation student in the fall of 1990. I played basketball for the Redmen/Storm (the name changed halfway through my time at SC) which gave me an immediate group of friends on campus. We won the Iowa Conference championship my sophomore year and I was the captain of the 1993-94 squad. Simpson College stretched me as an individual and gave me opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I grew, learned, failed, and succeeded at Simpson – all of those experiences have made me who I am today. 


Kathy Brackney ’71

Major: Home Economics

Employment: Retired Buyer, Sears Roebuck and Co.

My Simpson Success:   My experience led me to a great career!  I ran Sears Roebuck’s largest business $1.7 billion, and was able to travel the world.  Another important part of my experience was developing life-long friends.  Many were from my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and others were people I met in different walks of life.  All broaden my horizons and are wonderful friends today!  Also, helping support Simpson not only monetarily but also through the Alumni Board and Simpson Guild.  


Ben Campney ’83

Major: Political Science

Employment: Retired IT Manager for the City of Chicago Public Building Commission

My Simpson Experience: I enjoyed my time on the Simpsonian and having the time at Simpson to be involved in multiple political campaigns.  It was the volunteer involvement and interning in the Iowa House of Representatives that paved the way for my career.


Sam Chiodo ’79

Major: Art

Employment: Art Teacher, Des Moines Public Schools

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Brooke Christofferson ’96

Major: Communications and Political Science

Employment: Vice President – Client Solutions, USA Today Network

My Simpson Experience: It may be cliche but my Simpson Experience will always be some of the most wonderful years of my life. Even 20 plus years later, my closest friends are from my Simpson years. I wanted to make the most of my college experience and tried to pack everything and then some into those four years. While at Simpson, I had the opportunity to earn my degree and learn from professors that cared about not only my academic education but me. A few thing that have stuck with me years later are my exposure to different thinking, learning hard work makes a difference, and that the world is much larger than me. I also had the opportunity to learn just as much outside of the classroom than I did in the classroom by serving as a student ambassador, orientation leader, president of my sorority, and editor of the Simpsonian to name just a few of my activities. The people, my education, and my activities all combined to give me the ultimate collegiate experience – The Simpson Experience. 


Jenna Davidson ’07

Major: Biology

Employment: Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Mercy College of Health Sciences

My Simpson Experience: Due to my maiden name being ‘Simpson’, it seems inevitable that I would attend Simpson College. My Simpson experience is a culmination of the rigor of the academics, ability to participate in a wide variety of events, relationships with professors, attending sporting events, working in Admissions, and forming some of the very best friendships that are still cultivated years later. I thoroughly loved and maximized my years at Simpson. 


Saul Davis ’79



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Matt DeWolf ’03

Major: Journalism/Mass Communications and English

Employment: CEO at MK Quinn Media, Inc.

My Simpson Experience: Simpson gave me a tremendous opportunity to get involved in many organizations and activities, which all shaped me into the person I am today. While at Simpson I played varsity baseball, worked for The Simpsonian, was a KSTM radio host, worked in the College Public Relations Office, and was President of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

Being able to apply my education in practical ways across multiple mediums while also having many opportunities to develop leadership skills and express creativity while feeling like I was part of something bigger than myself, gave me an education that I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else. 


Kyle Doyle ’05



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Keith Edmonds ’83

Major: Physical Education & Health

Employment: Retired Educator and Administrator

My Simpson Experience: My Simpson College experience is one that allowed me to grow, and mature in my understanding of race, culture and the importance of being a part of a community of learners who helped shape me into the man I am today. Lasting friendships were formed and my life was changed indelibly.


David Farnsworth ’99

Major: Accounting

Employment: Partner, McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, PC

My Simpson Experience: Simpson gave me the foundation to succeed both professionally and personally.  The faculty prepared me for my industry and was instrumental in helping me land my internship, which has turned into a successful career with the same company since I graduated.  I also had the pleasure of participating in football, which led to many life long friendships with my teammates.  Last but definitely not least, I met my wife at Simpson and we have two wonderful girls!! Simpson is where it all started!!


Brianne Fitzgerald ’02

Major: Corporate Communications and Marketing

Employment: Communications & Engagement Officer, Volunteer Iowa and Owner, B Greater Consulting

My Simpson Experience: Choosing Simpson College was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It was the place I needed with the support I needed, to find my passions and build my experience. I was able to travel abroad, complete several internships, join the greek system, live in a theme house, and be guided and instructed by some of the best faculty and staff any private school has to offer. My Simpson Experience set me up for the future – everything that a first generation college student could have expected and wanted all rolled into one. I’ve taken away not only a quality education, but a lifetime of friendships, connections to amazing alumni, and the experience I needed to start my career. Now as an alum, I am able to stay connected and give back in so many ways. I know that my gifts of time, talent, and treasure will help future students have a strong Simpson Experience just like I did years ago. 


Brady Fry ’15

Major: Business Management

Employment: Category Manager, Casey’s General Stores, Inc.

My Simpson Experience: I waited until later in life to complete my degree. Just like any journey you begin in life, it was exciting and overwhelming when classes began. I learned quickly that the classes were perfect for me. I realized right away how much the instructors cared about education and their efforts to ensure everyone received the tools they needed to learn. While it has only been a few years since graduation, I still reflect on what a significant impact Simpson has had on my life.



Terry Handley ’09 (Alumni Trustee)



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Paul Hengesteg ’99

Major: Theatre, German

Employment: PhD Student and Graduate Assistant, Iowa State University

My Simpson Experience: Three things come to mind when I think of my Simpson Experience: lifelong friends, theatre, and study abroad. It never fails to amaze me that the bonds formed with people (fellow students and faculty/staff alike) while a student are bonds that remain important to me today. I have friends that I can call after weeks or months of not talking, and pick up without missing a beat. It isn’t surprising that many of those friends were fellow theatre students — with the amount of time we spent together, bonds like ours were bound to happen. I also thank my Simpson Experience for including a semester in Germany, which was decidedly not part of my original plan as a new student. The time abroad transformed my whole world! 


Jack Jetmund ’83

Major: Theatre, Communications and Education

Employment: Business Manager, Air Traffic Control Facilities and Engineering Services

My Simpson Experience: Simpson taught me that there is nothing I couldn’t do.  It made me ask, throughout my life, “why can’t we?”  It set me up for success I could never have imagined.  I made a commitment after college to do a Russian immersion year, served as a translator for the intelligence community and started my own theatre while in England.  After earning a Masters in Public Administration, I now run HR and finance for a billion dollar engineering firm with the Federal Aviation Administration.  But all of that was because the academic experience at Simpson also included being involved on campus, in theatre, in speech, in student government and even student teaching.  I learned so much more than I could have at a public university.  Simpson allowed me to explore and taught me how to learn. 


Carrie Kruse ’06

Major: Accounting

Employment: Economic Development Coordinator, City of Des Moines

My Simpson Experience: I had the opportunity to play on the women’s tennis team all four years while at Simpson College. I also had the amazing opportunity to travel abroad to Italy my senior year for May Term to study art and architecture. Simpson College did a fantastic job in preparing me to become a CPA by offering many opportunities for internships as well as a CPA exam review course, all of which I took full advantage of. Getting involved on the Alumni Board has been a rewarding experience and has provided a great way for me to give back to the college that has given me so much. 


Guy Leman ’99

Major: Environmental Science with Biology Emphasis

Employment: Certified Financial Planner Professional, Compass Financial Services

My Simpson Experience: I loved my time at Simpson. I participated in football and enjoyed my area of study tremendously. Going to school in a small town and experiencing the athletic competition of other small Iowa Colleges is something that changes you. I met all sorts of people through my years at Simpson, and it becomes more than just a place you lived, it becomes a part of who you are. 


Michelle Leonard ’02

Major: Accounting

Employment: AVP, Financial Planning & Analysis at Fidelity & Guaranty Life

My Simpson Experience: I loved my time at Simpson. I made life-long friends, I received an excellent education from professors who truly cared and who I have remained connected to, and I enjoyed getting involved in activities, including Pi Beta Phi and drill team, as well as May Term travel to Greece. I have so many great memories from my time there, and my education and experiences at Simpson were what prepared me for my career in accounting & finance.


Emily Nichols ’09 (Secretary)

Major: Corporate Communications and Spanish

Employment: Digital and Social Media Strategist & Account Manager at Lessing-Flynn

My Simpson Experience: I started my Simpson Experience in 2005 and I’ve loved every moment since!  While on campus, my Simpson Experience was full of academics, volunteering, Greek life and internship experiences.  To this day, you can find me supporting the college through my involvement with the Alumni Board, as a mentor in the Simpson College Alumni Mentoring Program, as a classroom speaker and as a member of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Advisory Committee.  I’ll forever be grateful for the education, connections and experiences I’ve had because of my unique Simpson Experience.


Kaela Phillips ’06

Major: Political Science

Employment: Learning and Development at Wells Fargo

My Simpson Experience: What I loved about my Simpson Experience is that the Simpson Experience is what you make of it. The experience is unique to each student, yet we can all agree that the Simpson Experience is so very special. While in college, I was involved in multi-facets of college life: Women’s Golf Team, Greek Life, Student Government, Liberal Arts Seminar Leader, Judicial Board, working in the Athletic Office, taking rigorous classes, and internships. I gained vital leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and teamwork skills; all of which are vital in my career today. As an alum, I get to continue my Simpson Experience by staying connected to the college; by giving my time, talents, and treasure through my involvement in the Alumni Board, Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Advisory Board, and advisor for Kappa Kappa Gamma. My hope is that future students will get to have their own unique, amazing, and unforgettable Simpson Experience. 


Steven Ramsey ’11

Major: Political Science & Applied Philosophy

Employment: Attorney, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

My Simpson Experience: Was phenomenal! I loved my many opportunities to succeed and to fail at Simpson. I did everything from intramurals, to student government, to residence life, to an informal debate club (before Simpson had a real debate club!), to writing a few articles for the Simpsonian! Some of my best memories came from early morning conversations with friends about the meaning of life and dreams of what our future could/would be.

Simpson provided me a place to get a great education, to make lifelong friends, find wonderful mentors, and to add to the places in this world that will always feel like home. I am passionate about supporting the Simpson Experience for years to come. 


Barbara Rauch ’72

Major: Math & Education

Employment: Retired Financial Manager for the Department of Defense

My Simpson Experience: I was a music major for one semester changing to math and education.  I am a member of Alpha Chi Omega and I attended summer school sessions allowing me to graduate in three years.


Tom Shandley ’75 (Alumni Trustee)

Major: Psychology

Employment:  Senior Consultant at Academic Search, Inc.  Retired VP of Student Life, Davidson College

My Simpson Experience: I was president of Barker Hall, the Campus Activities Board and a four-year tennis letter winner.


Erica Shannon Stueve ’09

Major: Political Science and Religion

Employment: Healthcare Attorney and Program Manager

My Simpson Experience: Simpson College was an excellent fit for me – not too big for a rural Iowa kid but close enough to Des Moines for the opportunities a larger city in Iowa could offer. While at Simpson I was able to participate in many programs which helped me understand what I wanted to do for a career and for philanthropic opportunities in the future – including serving on the Judicial Board, working as a student chaplain at Smith Chapel, interning with the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, working for the Iowa House of Representatives and many political campaigns. 


Adam Soyer ’97



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Jim Spooner ’82 (Alumni Trustee)



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Joseph Strong ’09

Major: Political Science

Employment: Attorney at Elgin, Patin and Strong, PLLC

My Simpson Experience: As a lifelong Indianola resident, I decided not to venture too far from home when it came to my college choice. Between the beautiful campus and the helpful staff and faculty, my decision to stay close to home was an easy one.

I spent my first two-and-a-half years at Simpson as an education major. One of my education professors, Pat Kelly, noticed my interest in the policy side of education and asked if I had ever considered going to law school. At that time I most certainly had not, but after multiple conversations with Professor Kelly and members of the Political Science Department, I switched my major with law school in mind.

Furthermore, while at Simpson, I was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, where I held various leadership positions. I also had a term as the President of the Intrafraternal Council. These positions taught me a great deal about being a leader, managing people, and the importance of being a part of a larger community.

I can easily say that my life would have been much different had I not benefited from the Simpson experience. If I did not have professors that took a personal interest in me, which I think is truly unique to a school like Simpson, I would not have the career I have today. Further, the various organizations I was involved in at Simpson helped cultivate my leadership skills and developed in me the importance of engagement and community. I am truly grateful for my Simpson experience. 


Chad Timm ’95 (President)

Major: History

Employment: Associate Professor of Education, Simpson College

My Simpson Experience: The Simpson Experience transformed me. My Experience was powerful in the way that it emphasized educating the whole student, intellectually, spiritually, and physically. At Simpson I didn’t just choose a career, I decided on a way to BE in the world. Some might describe this as vocational discernment, or a coming to consciousness, or linking the person you wish to be in the world to the work that helps you earn a living. I call it the Simpson Experience.

At Simpson, I analyzed significant and sophisticated problems from multiple perspectives and disciplines, cognitive dissonance was encouraged if not required, and I engaged in conversations with otherness in a safe and supportive environment. The conversations across-disciplines ensured that I approached complex problems with appropriately complex solutions. Finally, I learned how to take what I learned in the classroom out into the world and to change it.

Of course my Simpson Experience included more than just classwork, from wrestling in the National Tournament for Coach Darrah and participating in Greek Life to falling in love with my Simpson Sweetheart Andrea. These experiences, combined with the challenging curriculum and supportive faculty and staff, shaped me into the person I wanted to be and prepared me to be that person in the world outside of school. 


Dana Woods ’78



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