Our Employees

This "employee hub" is the place for all current and future Briar Cliff University employees to find the information, links, and resources you need to be successful. 

Thank you for all you do to make an impact in the lives of our students.


Organizational Structure

Learn more about our leadership team, how our organization is structured, and what leadership and management opportunities are available at Briar Cliff University.  
Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of a group of community leaders and individuals appointed to help advise, manage, and govern the 501c3 nonprofit organization that is Briar Cliff University. 

Steve StoufferSteve Stouffer

Board of Trustees Chair

Retired President
Tyson Fresh Meats
Jefferson, SD                         

Lisa Bertrand, JD

Board of Trustees Vice Chair

Deputy General Counsel
Great West Casualty Company
South Sioux City, NE   

Jane Shey ('79)

Academic Affairs, Student Life & Mission Committee Chair

World Food Program, USA
Algona, IA

Pam Duzik ('02) 

Audit Committee Chair

Deloitte & Touche LLP
Plattsmouth, NE 

Dan Moore, JD

Finance Committee Chair

Moore Corbett Heffernan Moeller & Meis
Sioux City, IA

Sister Kate Katoski, OSF ('69)

Governance Committee Chair

Director of Development
Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque
Dubuque, IA

Oscar Gomez ('04)

University Relations Committee Chair
Assistant City Administrator
South Sioux City, NE

Steve DeVoe

Chief Operating Officer
Dakota Dunes, SD

Greg Hoffman

North Sioux City President
People's Bank
Sioux City, IA

Gail Bernstein ('87)

Retired Speech Pathologist
Dakota Dunes, SD

Terry Friedman ('75)

Terry Friedman Consulting, LLC
Dubuque, IA

Sister Renae Hohensee, OSF ('07)

St. Pius X Parish
Urbandale, IA

Darrell Jesse, JD

Crary Huff Law Firm
Sioux City, IA

Sister Kathy Knipper, OSF

Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque
Dubuque, IA

Most Reverend R. Walker Nickless

Diocese of Sioux City
Sioux City, IA

Nick Roth

empirical innovations, inc.
Dakota Dunes, SD

Mark Schuett

American Natural Soy, Inc.
Dakota Dunes, SD

Kathy LaFavor, MD ('01)

Siouxland Women's Health Care
Dakota Dunes, SD

Ben Sitzmann ('12)

Senior Director of Sales
Dakota Dunes, SD

Kathleen Wagner ('69)

Psychology Professor
Loveland, CO

President's Cabinet

The President's Cabinet includes the university president along with an administrative group of vice presidents governing academic affairs, finance, university advancement, university relations, admissions, and athletics.

Interim President

Steve Freeman ('69) is a formerly retired business professional with experience in higher education and pharmaceuticals. Freeman served on Briar Cliff's Board of Trustees for 12 years and as Chair from 2018 to 2022. A 1969 Briar Cliff alumnus, he received the University Medal in 2022 and was recognized as Board Chair Emeritus in 2023, both in honor of his service to Briar Cliff and his unwavering dedication and contributions to the University. 

Freeman retired from ConnectiveRx in Bedminster, NJ, as the Senior Vice President of Special Projects. He was previously Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement, for Caldwell University, Caldwell, New Jersey. Other positions he previously held were Managing Partner of the Centricity Group, Group Director and a member of the Board of Directors of The McCallan Group, and former President of Cardinal Health, Healthcare Marketing Services. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Boron, LePore and Associates, Inc; Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Knoll Pharmaceuticals; Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Boots; Executive Vice President, General Manager at McCann Healthcare, Inc.; and Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Sieber & McIntyre, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Briar Cliff University and a Master of Science in Industrial Psychology from the University of Nebraska. 

Freeman is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Caldwell University, serving from 1999 to 2008, including as chair from 2005 to 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Briar Cliff University and a Master of Science in Industrial Psychology from the University of Nebraska. 


Interim Provost & Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs

Mark joined Briar Cliff University in 1984 as an Adjunct Professor. Most recently, he has served as a Tenured Professor, Department Chair of Business Administration, and Faculty Senate Chair. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Creighton University and a  Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Illinois State University.

Vice President of Finance 

John Robertson is the Vice President of Finance at Briar Cliff University. John provides leadership and manages financial services, including the business office. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Belmont University and a Master of Science in Strategic Finance from Bellevue University.

Vice President of University Advancement

Cori Koopman is the Vice President of University Advancement. Cori joined Briar Cliff in 2024 and has expertise in various facets of development, including capital campaigns, cultivation and stewardship, annual events, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in human development and family services. She also serves as a Sioux City Chamber Ambassador.

Vice President of University Relations & Chief Strategy Officer

Suzie Fischer is the Vice President of University Relations & Chief Strategy Officer. She is responsible for marketing, communications, public relations, and community relations. She also oversees the print and mail services at the University. As Chief Strategy Officer, she co-chairs the development of the University's strategic plan and assists leadership with developing goals and key performance indicators. 

 Vice President of Enrollment Management

Matt Thomsen is the Vice President of Enrollment Management. Since Matt joined Briar Cliff as Executive Director of Enrollment in September 2017, he has been instrumental in the development of new admissions strategies. Matt is responsible for coordinating and executing the day-to-day operations of the admissions department, this includes all undergraduate and graduate admissions.

Organizational Chart

Use the Organizational Chart attached to see a graphical representation of an organization hierarchical structure.

View Organizational Chart


Learn from the best! Briar Cliff University is blessed by talented faculty with real-world experience in their field of study. 

Meet the Team


For over 90 years, Briar Cliff has been blessed with talented staff to support the academic and operational progress of the University. 

Meet the Team


By working in higher education and at Briar Cliff University provided opportunities for collaboration, feedback, and leadership experience above and beyond the traditional organizational ladder. 

Shared Governance Council

Briar Cliff emphasizes providing a quality, value centered, education for its students. With intention toward those values, in 2004 the University declared its adherence to principles of “shared governance and collaborative decision making.”

The formation of a new Faculty Senate in 2017 and the appointment of the first lay chair of the Board of Trustees in 2018 have been steps in the direction of meeting that commitment. Shared governance is an ideal peculiar to academia, one perhaps impossible to realize fully, but the University expects all of its members shall strive toward this ideal.

Council Responsibilities

Briar Cliff University’s three governance bodies include the Board of Trustees, Faculty, and Administration. In accordance with the document entitled “A Vision of Shared Governance for Briar Cliff University”, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit A, the Council will review the primary shared decision-making processes of the institution’s governance bodies (budget, assessment, and strategic planning) and make recommendations for improvement to the campus community.

Representative Restrictions

A Board of Trustees cannot simultaneously serve as Chair or Vice-Chair of a Board Committee. The Faculty cannot simultaneously serve as a Faculty Senator. The Administration cannot be the President or a Vice President; must be a Director-level or above employee, and the Student Representative will be the Student Body President for that year.


2 Years with the following exceptions, the current BCU Student Body President will automatically serve as Student Representative, to allow for alternating term years, first-cycle nominations (Fall 2020) for the Board, Administration, and Faculty, a representatives will include one 1.5 year term (3 semesters) Member and one 2.5 year term (5 semesters) Member 

Staff Assembly and Faculty Senate 

As a Briar Cliff University employee, you will be a part of either the staff assembly or the faculty senate. Your elected leader will represent your department/division during monthly staff or faculty meetings. They will act as an advocate and representative serving to actively facilitate communication to and from the group as a whole. 

These meetings are meant to provide an avenue for all employees to use the strength of their collective voices to be an agent for change and communication. The goal of these meetings is to facilitate understanding, transparency, and allow employees to unite behind common goals.  

Staff Assembly

The staff assembly consists of all BCU employees that do not have regular teaching duties. Each division is permitted one elected representative for every ten staff members. 

Faculty Senate

The faculty assembly consists of BCU employees who have regular teaching duties. Each department is represented through faculty who they have elected to the Senate.