Committee Members

Sunnie Richer Sunnie M. Richer 

Search Committee Chair, Simpson College Trustee and Board Chair Elect

Ms. Richer was elected to the Simpson board in 1996 and will assume the role of Board Chair in May 2013. A graduate of Loyola University, Sunnie worked for IBM Corporation for seventeen years and then for Brenton Banks. Sunnie was President and shareholder of Opis, a help desk software company that is now owned by Sage. She established her own CRM consulting company, Doextra Corporation, in 1997. The company was sold in 2011 and Sunnie is serving as Doextra’s Chairman. She has been active on various community and civic boards, such as United Way and the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Fred Hubbell Fred S. Hubbell 

Chair, Simpson College Board of Trustees

Mr. Hubbell joined the Simpson board in 1984 and has served as its Chair since 2007. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he earned his J.D from the University of Iowa College of Law and studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. Fred retired from ING Groep in the Netherlands in 2006, having worked there in various capacities, in particular as a member of its Executive Board, since 1997. Previously he was employed in various capacities at Equitable of Iowa Companies, lastly serving as its Chairman, CEO, and President. As a practicing attorney, Fred specialized in corporate, finance, trust, and securities. He has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees, including those at other institutions of learning.

Mark Miller Mark C. Miller

Simpson College Trustee

Mr. Miller joined the Simpson board in 2005. He graduated from Simpson College in 1979 with a degree in accounting and business administration and is a certified public accountant. He has been actively involved in Simpson’s Alumni Association ever since graduation. He taught classes in the college’s adult learning program for many years. Mark has worked at DuPont Pioneer (previously known as Pioneer Hi-Bred International) since 1986 where he has held several positions, currently serving as Corporate Services Director.

Lizz Nichols Lizz S. Nichols

Simpson College Trustee

Ms. Nichols was elected a Simpson trustee in 1993. She serves as Vice President at Noble Ford, the Ford dealership that she and her husband have owned and operated in Indianola since 1984, as well as Noble All-American in Newton, which they established in 2003. A Mississippi native, Lizz graduated from Rust College in Holly Springs, where she studied business education and secretary science. She was an educator in the public schools in Flint, Michigan prior to moving to Iowa and has served on commissions and boards for domestic abuse and human rights.

Gary Ruble Gary L. Ruble

Simpson College Trustee

Mr. Ruble joined the Simpson College Board in 2010 when he was elected to serve as a representative of the Alumni Association. He graduated from Simpson College in 1963 and has completed post graduate work at Drake University. He served as an Indianola Councilperson for seven years, as a Trustee for Indianola Municipal Utilities for seven years, and on the board of directors of the Balloon Federation of America. Gary has been President of many local organizations, including Lions International, Warren County United Way, National Balloon Championships, and the National Balloon Museum. He presently is Chairman of the Board of Multi-Tech, Inc., the parent company to Cemen Tech, Inc. and International Mixers Inc. of Indianola, IA and Elkin Hi-Tech, Inc. of Indiana, PA.

Tom Urban Thomas N. Urban

Simpson College Trustee

Mr. Urban was elected to the Simpson College Board of Trustees in 2009.  A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Business, he worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred International for many years. Among his titles there were Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. Tom served as the Mayor of Des Moines from 1968 to 1971 and was Chairman of the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce 1981-86. He has served on many boards, including those at Concord Academy, Ridley College, and Drake University.

The United Methodist Church
Julius Trimble Julius C. Trimble

Simpson College Trustee

Bishop Trimble serves as an Ex-officio Trustee for Simpson College by virtue of his office as Resident Bishop for the Iowa Area of the United Methodist Church, a position to which he was elected in 2008. He is the President of the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) College of Bishops. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force, is President of the Ebony Bishops, and serves on the NCJ Mission Council. Bishop Trimble is a graduate of Illinois State University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Ashland Theological Seminary where he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree.

JoAnna Freeland JoAnna R. Freeland

Simpson College Student Body President

Ms. Freeland entered Simpson College as a freshman in the fall of 2009. A senior from Panora, Iowa, she will graduate in April 2013 with double majors in political science and history. JoAnna is involved in the Student Government Association, Religious Life Community, and volunteers at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop. She plans to attend law school after graduation.

Timothy S. Olsen

Simpson College Student

Mr. Olsen is a junior at Simpson this fall with a major in criminal justice and a minor in social work. He graduated from Atlantic High School in the spring of 2010. Following college he intends to go into law enforcement as a police officer. On campus, Tim is President of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He is also active in the music department and with the Religious Life Community as a member of the praise band.

Kedron Bardwell Kedron Bardwell

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Director of Simpson Colloquium

Dr. Bardwell earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Augustana College and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa. He joined the faculty in 2005 and teaches courses in U.S. politics, public policy, and civic engagement. He also directs the Simpson Political Survey, a study of political attitudes on campus. Dr. Bardwell’s research has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Political Science Education, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award for teaching.

Mark Juffenbruch Mark W. Juffenbruch

Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Economics

Professor Juffernbruch earned a bachelor of science from Illinois State University, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, and is a certified public accountant. He began teaching at Simpson in 1999 after practicing as both a CPA and an attorney in the Chicago area.

Pat Singer Patricia B. Singer

Professor of Biology and Head of the Natural Science Division

Dr. Singer graduated from St. Olaf College in 1976 and earned her Ph.D. in 1981 at Kansas State University. She began teaching at Simpson College in 1982. A molecular biologist, Dr. Singer engages students in research on the anti-tumor properties of Zocor (simvastatin). She is very interested in global health and sustainability, pursuing that interest by traveling with students on international May Term trips. Dr. Singer led a study abroad semester to Thailand in 2011.

Tracie Pavon Tracie L. Pavon

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Financial Assistance

Ms. Pavon is a 1990 graduate of Simpson College. Tracie has worked for the College since 1991 in both admissions and financial aid.  She is involved at the state, Midwest and national levels with the Association for Financial Aid Administrators. Tracie’s son will be joining the Simpson College class of 2016 this fall as a new freshman.

Brenda K. Wickett

Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees

Ms. Wickett began working in the president’s office at Simpson College in 2000. She also supports the Board of Trustees and its Board Affairs Committee. Brenda has assisted with the searches for several administrators at the college. Prior to working at Simpson, she was employed at Mercy Health Network and the Reynoldson Law Firm.