Loras College Welcomes Five New Members to Board of Regents

Loras College announced the appointment of five alumni to its board of regents on October 1. Their arrival also marks the end of the distinguished service of seven current board members.

Wendy Schrunk (‘07), Milan Vuckovic (‘09), Luis Acosta Hererra (’13), Natalie Hoffmann (‘84) and Stephen Schlegel (‘85) each return to their alma mater in leadership roles in the midst of successful careers and service to Loras College.

“It is a bittersweet moment to recognize the distinguished service of seven exemplary board members while welcoming five extraordinary individuals to continue their respective legacies,” President Jim Collins (’84) said. “Our outgoing members have had a transformative impact on Loras’ successful trajectory to include last year’s outstanding Higher Learning Commission re-accreditation outcome.  I have no doubt that our newest members will continue to honor their service in equally compelling ways. Simply put, Loras is blessed to have so many who serve and love our alma mater so selflessly.”

Schrunk has been employed at the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. on the Goldman Sachs Asset Management Global Shareholder Services Team since 2007. She is currently a vice president and is the manager of the US Liquidity Business, where she is responsible for the oversight of the service and operations teams that support GSAM’s money market and short duration clients. Schrunk also serves as the co-head of the Goldman Sachs Chicago Diversity Network, which is focused on providing support for the firm’s diversity initiatives.

Vuckovic is the current business value services director at Salesforce, Inc., a customer relationship management platform. He previously worked for the US Congress, Verizon Communications, and Deloitte Consulting.

Acosta-Herrera is the chief strategist at Element Public Affairs and the executive director at Unite Arizona. He previously worked with Mike Bloomberg in the 2020 election and was the senior government affairs representative at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

Hoffmann currently serves as senior vice president of business services at isolved HCM and is a partner at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C., where she has been employed for more than 30 years, including as president of its workforce management affiliate company, HK Payroll Services, Inc.

Schlegel retired as head of corporate development from Anthem, Inc. earlier this year. He was previously vice president of corporate development and strategy at Sprint and director of business development at General Instruments.

The five new regents will join as seven alumni complete their terms on the board. J. Paul Breitbach (‘60), Troy Cicero (’84), Greg Gumbel (’67), Theresa Hoffman (‘81), Richard Kenney (‘63), David Spahn (‘71) and Dennis Houlihan (‘72) each finish their service on September 30.

“While change and transition are inevitable, for all organizations ongoing success and commitment to mission are not. Loras is blessed to have had individuals committed to all of these components. In this regard, our outgoing and incoming members are all the same. We are so fortunate and grateful,” Collins said.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).