Meet Our Staff

Ahmad Boura

(712) 274-5433
VP Institutional Advancement

Ahmad assumed the position of Vice President for Institutional Development at Morningside College in July of 2013. Prior to his appointment, Ahmad served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Franklin Pierce University for four years. His responsibilities included the management of the Offices of Development, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services and University Relations and Creative Services. Ahmad has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Beirut Arab University and a Master of Business Administration in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University.

Gene Ambroson

(712) 274-5293
Director of Alumni Relations

Gene came to Morningside College in 1986 as director of Public Relations following a career in broadcast journalism and as director of Corporate Communications for IBP, Inc. (now Tyson Foods). He is a graduate of Briar Cliff University and earned his Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Communications and Journalism. In the late 1990's, Gene assumed the duties of Director of Alumni Relations. He is active with a number of different civic and educational organizations. He is also a member of the rock n' roll band, The Velaires, which was inducted into the Iowa Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Kari Winklepleck

(712) 274-5450
Assistant VP Annual Fund

Kari earned a Bachelor's degree in Corporate Communications from Morningside College in 2003 and joined the Institutional Development team as a Regional Development Officer. In 2006, she became the Director of the Annual Fund, and since June of 2007, has served as the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Development - Annual Fund. Kari went on to earn a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path College in Long Meadow, MA. Kari coordinates the Annual Student Scholarship Fund and is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Randy Hansen

(712) 274-5243
Director of Alumni Development

Randy is a 1972 Morningside College graduate and returned to campus after 29 years in the private retail sector. He began his Morningside College career in 2001 as director of the college bookstore. When the "This is Our Moment" campaign was launched in October 2004, he joined the Institutional Development team as a Regional Development Officer. In his current position, he travels the country reconnecting with alumni primarily from the 1960's-1970's to support Morningside College through annual giving, named annual and endowed scholarships.

Molli Ginger

(712) 274-5424
Development Officer

Molli graduated from Morningside College in 2003 with a degree in Elementary Education. After teaching for three years, she joined the Institutional Development team in 2006 as a Regional Development Officer. Molli's primary responsibility is to oversee all aspects of the Alumni and Friends Telethon. She recruits, interviews, hires and manages 30 student callers throughout the course of the academic year. In addition, she cultivates and engages donors on an individual basis. Molli is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Karen Dreessen

(712) 274-5107
Administrative Assistant

Karen is a native to Sioux City and joined Morningside College in June 2006. Prior to 2006, she was employed by Avnet Technology Solutions in Tempe, Arizona as the Executive Assistant to the President. Her time at Morningside is spent assisting the Vice President of Institutional Development and supporting his staff.

J.J. Marlow

(712) 274-5464
Development Officer

JJ earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College in 2003. She decided to change career paths in 2006 and joined the Institutional Development team as a Regional Development Officer. JJ's main responsibilities are to increase alumni participation through personal solicitations and direct mail for the Annual Fund. She is also responsible for athletic fundraising, which includes radio and athletic program ads, game sponsorships and VIP basketball seats.

Jeanie Dolphin

(712) 274-5363
Advancement Services Manager

Jeanie has been with Morningside College since August 1987. She is responsible for processing donations to Morningside, campaign reporting, donor scholarship maintenance and is the liaison for Institutional Development to Morningside's Information Technologies department.

Bob Baxter

(712) 274-5435
Special Gift Officer

Bob comes to Morningside after serving as Dean of Business and Finance at Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, Nebraska. Prior to that he spent many years as a business owner in Sioux City. Currently, he and his wife serve on many boards as well as volunteer as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children in the community. Bob's position currently focuses on the Dimmitt Hall project. He earned his Bachelor's degree in accounting from Briar Cliff University and his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Trace Taylor

(712) 274-5266
Prospect Research & Stewardship Coordinator

Trace joined the Institutional Development team in November 2013 as the Prospect Research and Stewardship Coordinator. As part of development services, she supports the team by providing information to gift officers as well as fostering an environment of good stewardship between scholarship recipients and donors. Before joining the team at Morningside, Trace had worked in higher education for three years as the Director of Residential Education and Services at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, N.M., and a Master's degree in Mass Communications from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

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