Meet Our Staff

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 Advancement team as a Regional Development Officer. In 2006, she became the Director of the Annual Fund, and June of 2007 became the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement - Annual Fund. In April of 2015, Kari was promoted to Vice President for Institutional Advancement. She has earned a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path College in Long Meadow, MA, and is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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Fred Erbes

(712) 274-5168
Interim Assistant VP of Gift Planning

Fred is a Morningside graduate from the class of 1962. He is responsible for assisting alumni and friends in creating estate plans, including charitable gifts with minimal impact on family resources, to support the endowment and future needs of the college. He solicits gifts for the Annual Fund and capital campaigns, as well. Fred joined the college's admissions team in 1967 and later became Director of Admissions. In 1985, he became Director of Alumni Relations and since 1990, serves in his present position in gift planning. Fred is an active member and past president of the Planned Giving Council of Siouxland, the Siouxland Estate Planning Council and his church where he serves on the Endowment Committee.

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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.

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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 Advancement 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.

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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 Advancement and supporting his staff.

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J.J. Marlow

(712) 274-5424
Assistant Director of Annual Scholarship Fund

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 Advancement 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.

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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 Advancement to Morningside's Information Technologies department.

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Trace Taylor

(712) 274-5266
Prospect Research & Stewardship Coordinator

Trace joined the Institutional Advancement 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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Jonathan Blum

(712) 274-5408
Director of Planned Giving & Major Gifts

Jonathan began his career at Morningside as the director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning in 2014 after a career as a private practice attorney in Sioux City. He is a 2001 summa cum laude graduate of Morningside College with a major in criminal justice. Upon graduation from Morningside, he also completed his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Iowa College of Law. In his current position, Jonathan assists alumni and other donors in planning gifts involving annuities, trusts, life insurance, estate plans and other instruments to support the annual fund, capital projects and endowment.

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Mike Freeman

(712) 274-5464
Assistant Director of Annual Scholarship Fund

Mike joined the Institutional Advancement team in September of 2014 as the assistant director of the Annual Scholarship Fund. In this role, Mike is focused on direct mail, athletic fundraising and reconnecting alumni to support Morningside College through annual giving. Prior to joining the team at Morningside, Mike was a director of operations in the call center industry and an active member in the community serving on past boards of the Red Cross and Dakota Valley Business Council. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and brings a wealth of business knowledge to his new role.

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Laura Florio

(712) 274-5381
Senior Writer & Foundation Mgr

Laura Florio studied English Literature and Italian at Wake Forest University. Following graduation, she taught eighth grade English in North Carolina before dashing off to New York City to pursue her passion for writing and editing. Laura landed content/translation work with an Italian cooking magazine, and tutored for The Princeton Review. She then began researching and writing for Kairos Journal, an online reference for pastors. An itch to travel led Laura to move to a small town outside of Florence, Italy, where she continued her research. She then returned stateside, became a Certified Grant Writer® and wrote grants for various non-profits. She now has the privilege to work with Morningside College as the Senior Writer and Foundation Manager.

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