Meet Our Staff

Kari Winklepleck

(712) 274-5450
VP Institutional Advancement

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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Shiran Nathaniel

(712) 274-5295
Director of Alumni Relations

Shiran took over the role of Director of Alumni Relations at Morningside in 2016. He originally began working at Morningside for Sodexo, where he managed the food services. For Sodexo, Shiran worked at a variety of places beginning in 1999 including Mutual of Omaha, Friends University, and Adams State College to go along with Morningside. Starting in 2013, Shiran worked as director of conferences and special events at Morningside. In 2015 he was named assistant director of alumni relations. Shiran is a business administration and management graduate of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

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Karen Dreessen

(712) 274-5107
Advancement Services Manager

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 her staff.

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J.J. Marlow

(712) 274-5424
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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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 Gift Planning & Donor Advising

Jonathan began his career at Morningside as the Director of Gift Planning & Donor Advising 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
Director of Development

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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Mark O'Connell

(712) 274-5153
Assistant Director of Annual Scholarship Fund

Mark joined the Institutional Advancement team in August of 2016 as the Assistant Director of the Annual Scholarship Fund. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Industrial Psychology from Morningside College in 1985. Since graduating from college, he has enjoyed a leadership career in the call center industry. His main responsibilities are to increase alumni participation through personal solicitations, directing the Annual Telethon efforts and direct mail for the Annual Fund.

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