Staff

The Professional Readiness Program is administered by a team of staff, faculty and students. Read about program staff below.

Dale Cyphert
Communications lab & assessment coordinator
Dale Cyphert joined the UNIBusiness faculty in 1997 with responsibility for developing a business communication program. Cyphert's research focuses on the development of communication norms, with a special interest in the rhetorical methods of small business communities. Her work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Education, and the Journal of Business Communication. Office: CBB 261 319-273-6150
Full Biography dale.cyphert@uni.edu
Cynthia Goro
Level 3 & 4 coordinator/executive in residence
Prior to her position at The Worthington Partnership, Cynthia Goro was President of Wayne Engineering Corporation. She joined the family-owned manufacturer in 1983 as Controller, assuming the role of President in 1988. Goro received the 1996 Working Woman of the Year Award from the Cedar Falls Chamber of Commerce and was the 1997 recipient of Ernst & Young's Iowa/Nebraska Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Turnaround Category.
Full Biography cynthia.goro@uni.edu
Katie Hillyer
Director
As the college's Professional Readiness and Community Relations Manager, Katie directs the Professional Readiness Program and manages corporate and community relations for the College of Business Administration. An alumna from the UNIBusiness Department of Marketing, Katie worked in public relations and social media for the Hellman advertising agency before coming back to her alma mater.
Full Biography Katie.hillyer@uni.edu
Pam Pearson
Level 1 & 2 Facilitator
As a sales consultant for RICOH, Pam worked with companies throughout Black Hawk and surrounding counties helping them to acquire office equipment and technology solutions to improve their workflow. Prior to that she owned and operated two businesses, the Apartment Lounge located in College Square Mall and "Dirty Sally's" Back Alley bar, located in downtown Cedar Falls.
Pamela.pearson@uni.edu
Kathleen Porter
Level 1 & 2 Facilitator
Kathleen Porter is a marketing professional with many years of experience with her family business, Porter's Cameras, as well as the UNI recruiting and marketing effort. With the sale of the business in 1999, she has been a key player in the family's closely held investment company, Porter-Montz, Inc.
Kathleen.Porter@uni.edu
Ward Stubbs
Level 1 & 2 Facilitator
Ward Stubbs spent nearly 40 years working in the administration of the City of Cedar Falls, ending his career as Director of Human and Leisure Services. In this role he managed a $3.2 million budget and more than 200 employees. During his tenure, the City of Cedar Falls expanded its recreation division to include more than 1,000 acres of parks, trails, golf courses, arts and athletic facilities, and a senior community center.
Amber Kracht
Student Manager
Amber is a fifth-year accounting and MIS double major with a minor in actuarial science, originally from Grinnell. As student manager, Amber is responsible for overseeing the execution of daily tasks of the PRP office and managing the office assistants. Amber has interned at Athene and REG. Her latest internship was at RSM this summer.
Toni Moeller
Office Assistant
Toni is currently a senior, majoring in accounting and economics and minoring in Spanish. She has completed two study abroad experiences in Spain and Nicaragua, and returned to Nicaragua this summer to complete an internship. She is involved in the Accounting, Economics, and Global Associates Clubs here on campus. Toni is originally from Tripoli, Iowa.
Nathan Wegmann
Office Assistant
Nathan Wegmann is a senior majoring in finance and real estate. He is originally from Manchester, Iowa.
Ashley Lang
Office Assistant
Ashley is a sophomore accounting major, originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Susie Pottebaum
Office Assistant
Susie is a freshman marketing major from Carrol, Iowa.
Allan Nyhus
Peer Mentor
Allan is a fifth-year management major at UNI. He grew up in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. He knew as a business Major that UNI was the perfect fit for him, and it allowed him to stay close to friends and family. Allan is on the UNI men's ultimate frisbee team. Allan currently works at UNI as a peer mentor, as well as at Old Chicago working as a server, assistant manager, cook, and expo.
Kathleen Bevans
Peer Mentor
Kathleen is currently a senior, majoring in accounting and minoring in Spanish. She is originally from Mount Vernon, Iowa. She is involved in the Accounting Club and Business Student Ambassadors. As a Peer Mentor, Kathleen works with students in Business 1000 and 2000.
Taylor Bowers
Peer Mentor
Taylor is a junior MIS and accounting major originally from Eldridge, Iowa. She is involved in the Accounting Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and Women in Business. She is also the Vice President of the MiSA Club. This summer she completed an IT internship with HNI Corporation. As a peer mentor, Taylor works with students in Business 1000 and 2000.
Julie Van Ee
Peer Mentor
Julie Van Ee is currently a senior marketing major.
Nick Kayser
Peer Mentor
Nick is a senior supply chain management and finance major. He is originally from Bode, Iowa.

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