Wednesday, July 14, 2021

As a new Staff Council year is getting underway, it’s a good time to introduce the Executive Committee members for the 2021-22 term.  Staff Council’s purpose is to support the mission of the University of Iowa and to advocate on behalf of University of Iowa staff through participation in shared governance. 55 councilors are elected by the more than 7,900 UI staff and of those 55, nine are elected to the Executive Committee to serve as officers and members at large. The Executive Committee sets the agenda for the Council as a whole and interacts with university administration and the other shared governance partners. Executive Committee members hail from colleges and departments across campus, and are as follows:

Staff Council President

Kevin Zihlman

Organizational Rep - Athletics

Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance


Jackie Kleppe

Function Rep - Marketing, Communication and Outreach

Director of Outreach and Engagement, UIHC

Past President

Heather Mineart

Organizational Rep – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Departmental Administrator, Physics and Astronomy


Becky Keogh

Function Rep - Academic Support Services and Libraries

Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar

Budget Officer/Treasurer

Jenny Simpson

Organizational Rep – College of Engineering

Administrative Services Coordinator, UI Technology Institute

At-large member

Matsalyn Brown

Organizational Rep – College of Business

Assistant to the Dean, Tippie College of Business

At-large member

Shari Heick

Organizational Rep – Hygienic Lab

Administrative Services Manager, Hygienic Lab

At-large member

James Jorris

Function Rep – Behavioral Health and Health Care

Revenue Cycle Coordinator, Patient Financial Services

At-large member

Rubia Ruiz

Function Rep – Behavioral Health and Health Care

Clinic Services Specialist, IRL

Please feel free to reach out to any of the Executive Committee members; they would love to hear from you!