Meet the Board Members
President, The University of Iowa
Sally Mason became the 20th President of The University of Iowa on August 1, 2007. She holds a full professorship with tenure in the Department of Biological Sciences of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
President Mason served as Provost of Purdue University from 2001-2007, where she was responsible for planning, managing, and reviewing all academic programs at Purdue's West Lafayette campus and four affiliated branch campuses throughout Indiana. Her accomplishments as Provost included increasing diversity, recruiting top faculty, doubling the research program, advancing public engagement, and improving the learning environment for students. During President Mason's tenure as Provost, Purdue hired over 800 new faculty, 300 of which were new positions; 56% of those hires were women and/or minorities. She also formed a diversity leadership group while at Purdue. President Mason was instrumental in the development of Purdue's Discovery Park, an interdisciplinary research incubator focused on such topics as nanotechnology, entrepreneurship, and biosciences.
Senior Vice President for Finance
Douglas True was appointed Vice President for Finance and University Services in 1991. He has been treasurer of The University of Iowa since May 1988. He was previously Director of business and finance for the State Board of Regents, providing leadership in the areas of budgeting and debt financing for Iowa's five Regents institutions since 1985. Previous to this, True held management positions in State natural resources and environmental organizations. During the last twenty years he has authored a number of publications on furniture and decorative arts of the mid-nineteenth century, and coauthored "The Furniture of J.H. Belter and Rococo Revival". True received a BS in Chemistry from The University of Iowa in 1971 and an MBA from Drake University in 1976.
Associate Dean, Chemical / Biochemical Engineering
Gregory R. Carmichael is the Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He joined the engineering faculty of university in 1978. Since, 2001, he has served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Engineering. Dr. Carmichael received his B.S. in chemical Engineering from Iowa State and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is internationally recognized for his research on air pollution and climate in China and throughout Asia. For the last 25 years he has worked extensively on issues of long range transport of acidic, photochemical, and particulate pollutants from Asia, and on the impact of Asian development on the environment.
Donald G. Schoen
Donald G. Schoen, West Des Moines, IA, has a natural entrepreneurial style, which has pushed him to excel in the growth and management of several businesses in multiple industries. Don began his business career in 1975 as an Audiologist. He then moved into the soft serve yogurt business as his first business venture in 1977. He later moved back to Des Moines to manage the family owned supermarket business. While involved in the supermarket industry, he perceived a need to automate inventory control and started a software company called Retail Management Systems (RMS) in 1984. RMS rose to Inc. 500 status and Don was chosen in 1992 as Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year for Iowa and Nebraska. Don sold the company shortly thereafter and worked for 3 years with Telxon, an RMS hardware partner and leader in inventory collection hardware. Don was responsible for strategic planning and business development through the Telxon dealer/reseller network during his employment.
In 1995, Don met a doctor who was developing an electronic charting system and the two began working together and eventually formed MediNotes Corporation. MediNotes had established key strategic alliances with major industry players including: Per-Se, McKesson, Cerner, Fujitsu, Motion Computing, Allscripts, Quest Laboratories and LabCorp Laboratories. Since 1995 MediNotes has installed software in over 5,000 medical clinics and services more than 25,000 users nationwide. Don has received the Sybase Innovator award, been selected as a Computerworld Honor Laureate award twice. Don was once again awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Ernst and Young in 2004 and MediNotes Corporation was selected for the Inc. 500 status in both 2005 and 2006, the company has been on the Inc 5,000 list for 2007. Don in 2008 raised $4.4 million in venture funding to purchase another Electronic Health Record company to advance MediNotes using this product as the next generation for their clients. Within 8 weeks of the purchase MediNotes was approached by Eclipsys Corporation ( which was bought by Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (MDRX)(August 2010) with an interest to purchase. In October 2008 a deal was consummated and Don moved into two different job roles with the new company until leaving Eclipsys in July of 2009.
In March 2007, the Technology Association of Iowa bestowed MediNotes with two of its highest honors, Technology Company of the Year and naming Don CEO of the Year, a distinction he received again in 2008. In addition, MediNotes received national recognition when the company was named to the Red Herring 100, an annual listing of the top 100 privately held technology companies, and the Healthcare Informatics 100, a listing of the top health IT providers in the country.
He holds a BA degree from Northwestern University and a Masters of Science Degree from Michigan State University. Don is one of the founding members of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association and has represented the organization as Chairman from November 2006 until July 2008. He also has served on the Advisory Committee of HL7 which is a healthcare standards organization as well as sitting on technology company boards. Don currently sits on three boards at the University of Iowa . He is currently a Board member in the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) and has served as an interim CEO for a Data Leakage Protection and web filtering company. Don in 2010 started BettrLife a technology company focused on empowering and improving patients and consumers heatlh, fitness and socioeconomic status through a suite of personal coaching and life management tools. This is accomplished through a set of mobile and web applications which help patients and consumers in "Building a healthier you"
Entrepreneur/Investor, Health Technology
Bern Shen is Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of HealthCrowd. Formerly double Board Certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine, he practiced clinically for 15 years at Yale, Pitt, UCSF and international sites as diverse as Nepal, the Marshall Islands, and the South Pole. He then transitioned to a tech career, did medical software and business development for HP and Oracle, served as Intel's chief healthcare strategist and now works with health/tech startups as a co-founder, advisor or investor with the Band of Angels.
In the nonprofit arena, he led the health practice at the Institute for the Future, served as Chairman of The Health Trust and as a Board member of several nonprofits including Harvard Business Prof. Clay Christensen's Innosight Institute, is on the Board of Advisors of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and has adjunct faculty appointments in schools of medicine, pharmacy and business at UCSF and the University of Iowa. Bern holds an A.B. (biochemistry) from Harvard and an MD, MPhil. (molecular biophysics and biochemistry) from Yale.
Dean, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa
Debra A. Schwinn, MD, is dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. She began her appointment Oct. 31, 2012. Dr. Schwinn is a nationally known investigator in molecular pharmacology with active funding from the National Institutes of Health. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, and is a member of many other national and international organizations. She is the 2012-2014 chair of the Board of Trustees for the International Anesthesiology Research Society. Prior to joining the University of Iowa, Dr. Schwinn was professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, the Allan J. Treuer Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology, and adjunct professor of Pharmacology and Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Schwinn received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine; and completed a residency in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and a clinical fellowship in cardiac anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. She completed a research fellowship in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medicine at Duke, where she also was trained in transesophageal echocardiography. Prior to joining the University of Washington in 2007, she was on the Duke faculty for 18 years.
Charles R. Klasson
President, CIVCO Medical Solutions
Charles R. Klasson, Jr. has 25 years of experience in a variety of different industries including executive level positions within medical device, manufacturing, distribution, commercial finance and construction industries. As president of CIVCO Medical Solutions, Mr. Klasson is the driving force behind the emergence of this high tech world-class medical device company. He has overseen the creation of a highly charged open culture consisting of trust and engagement of all associates throughout the business. Associates know where the company is going and are focused on meeting the goals and initiatives established in the company's annual operating plan. Mr. Klasson was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner in 2004. He received his education from the University of Iowa.
President, University of Iowa Foundation
Lynette Marshall was named President of The University of Iowa Foundation in the summer of 2006. She had been serving as the Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation since early 2006.
Ms. Marshall, a native of Speer, Ill., holds a BS degree in Agricultural Science and a master's degree in Educational Policy Studies, both from the University of Illinois. She has spent her entire fund-raising career at Illinois, beginning as a development officer in the university's College of Agriculture in 1983. She was then named assistant chancellor for corporate and foundation relations and, in 2004, became the university's associate chancellor for development and subsequently Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation.
Her career highlights include directing the $1.5 billion endowment component of the University of Illinois's upcoming $2 billion comprehensive campaign; cultivating and soliciting numerous seven- and eight-figure gifts; leadership of multiple unit campaigns for new facilities and other university priorities; and managing all aspects of a comprehensive development program. She earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1992 and is a member of several national fund-raising organizations.
Professor - Department of Chemistry
Mark A. Arnold is the Edwin B. Green Chair Professor in Laser Chemistry and the Director of the Optical Science and Technology Center at the University of Iowa. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis and his doctorate degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Delaware. He joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in 1982. Recent honors include a Collegiate Fellow Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. In 2005, Professor Arnold co-founded ASL Analytical, Inc. - a spinoff company located within the BioVentures Center at the University of Iowa Research Park.
Professor Arnold’s research interests center on the development of unique chemical sensing technology with applications in biosciences, biotechnology, and clinical medicine. This chemical sensing technology is designed for in situ, real-time analytical measurements for optimization and control of critical processes. Current research efforts focus on the development of sensing technology to enhance: 1) the management of diabetes, 2) hemodialysis treatments for people with end-stage renal failure, 3) treatment of pediatric and adult patients in hospital intensive care units, 4) the control of bioreactor systems for cell expansion and protein expression, 5) the detection of toxic substances released into the atmosphere, and 6) monitoring the chemical steps in the production of biofuels from non-food cellulosic feedstock. Translational research is underway through interdisciplinary efforts involving academic programs within the Optical Science and Technology Center, commercialization efforts by ASL Analytical, and real-world evaluations within the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as well as within R&D laboratories of biopharmaceutical industrial partners.
David K. Hensley
Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development
David K. Hensley is the Executive Director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at The University of Iowa (JPEC) and a Clinical Professor in the Management and Organizations Department in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. During his tenure at Iowa, JPEC has been recognized as a national leader in entrepreneurship education and outreach, and the Center is considered to be one of the most comprehensive programs in the U.S. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he is actively engaged in providing strategic business and technology commercialization consulting services to UI faculty and students and community entrepreneurs.
Outside of his university activities, David has over 20 years experience in business, consulting, and strategic management; he has provided start-up and management consulting services to several companies throughout the Midwest. David serves on several university and community boards, including the University of Iowa Research Foundation Board and the Iowa First Capital Fund, L.P. Advisory Board. He is also President of his own company which has invested in four Iowa-based ventures. David earned his B.S. degree in Economics and Political Science from The University of Iowa and holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.