Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Grand View University. As the university’s fiduciary, the board is responsible for Grand View's long term health, overseeing and aligning its strategic direction, educational policy, finances and operations with the mission of the university. This website is intended to provide information about the Board of Trustees to members of the Grand View University community.


Christopher Littlefield, Chair
President and CEO
Fidelity & Guaranty Life • Des Moines
Chris Murray, Treasurer
President and CEO
Denny Elwell Company • Ankeny
Anita Norian, Vice Chair
Kemin Heiman Nutrition and Health • Des Moines
Mike McCoy, Secretary
MCMIC Group, Inc. • Clive


Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President
of Regional Talent Development
Greater Des Moines Partnership • Des Moines
Richard W. Hurd
Hurd Realty • West Des Moines
Karen J. Brodie, Community Leader
Richardson, Texas
Li Zhao Mandelbaum, President of China Operations
China Iowa Group • Des Moines
Michael L. Burk, Bishop
Southeastern Iowa Synod • Iowa City
Mike Moore, Vice President of Staff Sales
Nationwide • Des Moines
Espnola F. Cartmill, Attorney
Belin McCormick • Des Moines
Gary Palmer, President and CEO
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino • Altoona
Rosalind E. P. Fox, Factory Manager
John Deere Des Moines Works • Des Moines
Jerry Patterson, Senior Vice President, Retirement & Income Solutions
Principal Financial Group • Des Moines
Brett E. Harman
Des Moines
Kurt E. Rasmussen, President
The Rasmussen Group, Inc. • Des Moines
Jason C. Henderson, Vice President
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management • West Des Moines
Wendy Srnic, Integrated Field Science, Lead
Corteva Agriscience • Des Moines
Kent L. Henning, President
Grand View University • Des Moines
Dawn Taylor, Vice President - Sales
Heart of Iowa Market Place • West Des Moines
Laura Howe, Community Banking District Manager
Wells Fargo • Des Moines
Miriam De Dios Woodward, CEO
PolicyWorks LLC • Des Moines

Honorary Members

Marcia H. Brown, CPA
Marcia H. Brown, CPA • West Des Moines
Theodore M. Hutchison, Vice Chairman, Retired
The Principal Financial Group • West Des Moines
Eric W. Burmeister, Executive Director
Polk County Housing Trust Fund • Des Moines
Charles S. Johnson, Chairman, President and CEO, Retired
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. • Des Moines
Greg Burrows, Sr. Vice President, Retired
The Principal Financial Group • Des Moines
Carey G. Jury, Sr. Vice President, Retired
The Principal Financial Group • Des Moines
C. Dean Carlson, Chairman, Retired
National By-Products • Des Moines
Timothy J. Krumm, Attorney
Meardon, Sueppel & Downer, P.L.C. • Iowa City
Garland K. Carver, Business Consultant, President
Carver & Associates, Inc. • Johnston
Robert L. Mahaffey, Vice President & Treasurer, Retired
Anderson Erickson Dairy • Des Moines
Eric T. Crowell, President and CEO, Retired
UnityPoint Health • Des Moines
James W. Noyce, Retired
Des Moines
Robert S. DeWaay
DeWaay Business and Banking • Des Moines
Sandra K. Rasmussen, Director
The Rasmussen Group/Jensen Construction Co. • Des Moines
Phillip D. Ehm, Senior Vice President, Retired
Iowa Public Service & Iowa Power and Light • Olathe, Kansas
Elton P. Richards, Senior Pastor, Retired
St. John’s Lutheran Church • Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Thomas R. Gibson, CEO, Retired
Farm Bureau Financial Services • West Des Moines
John P. Rigler, President & CEO
Security State Bank • New Hampton
Larry D. Hartsook, Vice President, Retired
Meredith Corporation • Des Moines
Paul E. Schickler, President, Retired
DuPont Pioneer • Johnston
Michael N. Hess, Pastor, Retired
Sacred Heart Church • West Des Moines
Martha A. Willits, President and CEO, Retired
Greater Des Moines Partnership • Des Moines