Our Vision…To increase membership in the Chicago Iowa Club to include all Iowa Hawkeye graduates, students, family members and fans across the widely diverse population of the greater Chicago area and promoting both the Iowa Center of Advancement and the University of Iowa to potential students in the Chicagoland area. The Club endeavors to reach these goals through sponsoring local game watch events, providing volunteer opportunities, and organizing fundraising efforts, the proceeds of which to be used to provide scholarships to local students who have chosen to matriculate at the University of Iowa.

Molly Cantrell-Kraig

Molly grew up in Wilton, IA. As a pediatric cardiology patient at the UIHC, she underwent Tetralogy of Fallot to correct a congenital heart defect in 1972. She earned a B.A. in Art from the University of Iowa in 2006. An author, media consultant, life coach and speaker, Molly has been recognized as one of CNN’s Visionary Women and profiled by both the Christian Science Monitor and the Shriver Report. Cantrell-Kraig has also been interviewed on the Women’s Media Center in Washington, D.C., and the BBC, speaking on such topics as women, independence, gender roles and life transitions. From her beginnings as a single mother on welfare, Cantrell-Kraig is a self-described work in progress whose focus is on helping others achieve their goals by sharing her own experiences. You can usually find her in the garden, at one of Chicago’s libraries, the lakeshore or on her bike.

Vice President
Esra Hussain Sander

Esra grew up in Cedar Falls, IA, knowing she was going to be a Hawkeye. While at Iowa, she was a member of the UNA-USA Student Organization. Esra moved to Chicago in 2001, and works in business development and account management for recruiting services companies, with a focus on IT, Creative and Marketing, and Salesforce. She loves meeting new people. When she is not out networking, Esra enjoys spending time with her husband at sporting events, concerts, and entertaining family and friends.

Von Kraus

Von was born and raised a Hawkeye fan in West Central Iowa in the town of Carroll. He graduated from Iowa in 2021 with degrees in Finance, Accounting, and Business Analytics. During his time at Iowa, he was the President of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and the Tippie Real Estate Club, and additionally served on the executive board for Tippie Senate and Financial Management Association. Following graduation, Von moved to Chicago and currently works in financial services consulting. In his free time, he enjoys running, boxing, going to comedy shows, and hanging out with friends in the city.

Shree Mukhopadhyay

Shree earned his MBA degree from the University of Iowa in 2008. He grew up in India and came to the United States for the first time in 2006 to attend the full-time MBA program at Iowa. after completing the MBA, Shree also earned his CPA, CFA and FRM designations while he was working for Aegon Asset Management in Cedar Rapids, IA. In 2013, he relocated to Muscatine, IA to join the finance team at Allsteel. During this entire time he was actively engaged with the University. He worked closely with the MBA program engaging teams of MBA students to carry out special consulting projects for Aegon and Allsteel. Between 2014 and 2018, he also served on the Finance Advisory Council for Tippie. He moved to Chicago in 2015 and currently works as Vice President of Finance for a decorated merchandising company in Chicago. He serves on the Global Advisory Board of the CFO Alliance and the Advisory Board of First Norther Credit Union. He regularly volunteers for the Chicago Chapter of the CFA Institute, Junior Achievement and Chicago Run.

At-Large Director
Jeff Roseman

Jeff earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and returned for his Masters in Business Administration in 1994. Over the last 30 years, he has held technology leadership roles for companies in a variety of industries. Jeff specializes in technology strategy, business transformation, global IT operations, mergers & acquisitions, and cyber security. He was the founder of the Iowa MBA Alumni Network, mentors Tippie college students and alumni, and served on the Tippie School of Management Advisory Council (SoMAC). When he is not at work or traveling, he can usually be found working on his passion which he calls “the Iowa alumni lifecycle” supporting prospective students, current students and alumni of the University of Iowa. Jeff lives in the western Chicago suburbs with his wife and two daughters, the eldest of whom is a 2020 University of Iowa graduate.

Game Watch Director
Matt Kovalsky

Matt grew up in Palatine, IL a suburb approximately 35 miles NW of Chicago. He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa in 2003. While in school, he worked full time as a Kitchen Supervisor at the Sheraton in Iowa City. Upon graduation, Matt moved back to Palatine for a couple of months before relocating to Athens, Georgia for a couple of years. He lived about 1.5 miles from the University of Georgia and was working for the Georgia Department of Transportation. He returned to the Chicago Suburbs in 2006, and then moved into Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago. In November of 2015, Matt moved up to Hawthorn Woods, IL and has been there since. He is currently a Managing Partner for Rausch Infrastructure, which has a presence in the Heavy Highway Industry with their main focus on Bridge and Foundation Construction, Pump Stations, and Marine Construction. Matt is currently a season ticket holder for Hawkeye Football. He and his wife Ashley (BS RN UIowa) have two kids.

Events Committee
Matt Marquez

Matt graduated from the University of Iowa in 2015 with a B.S. in Sports and Business Management and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial management from the Tippie College of Business.  While attending the University of Iowa, Matt served his country and the state of Iowa in logistics as an 88M in the Iowa Army National Guard.  He was part of the 1133rd Det. 1 out the Armory in Iowa City.  He also assisted as a student manager with the Iowa Hawkeyes Women’s Softball team, where he was part of the support staff for the coach and team.  Matt is now an Account Executive for the Windy City Bulls, the G-League affiliated team of the Chicago Bulls, where he works with various companies and individuals on partnerships, group outings, and season ticket packages.  When Matt is not working or out at local networking events, he enjoys in his free time by going out to sporting events in Chicago,  as a diehard Cubs, Bears, and Bulls fan, when he is not at Kinnick cheering on the Hawkeyes!

Social Media Specialist
Bryce Carlson

Bryce was born a Hawkeye and raised in the north central Iowa town of Fort Dodge. He graduated from Iowa in 2009 with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. While an undergraduate, he was a four-year member of UI Student Government and active in Club Tennis and Club Rowing. Bryce earned a full scholarship to the Iowa College of Law and graduated in 2012. While in law school, Bryce served as a founding member of the revamped Hawks Nest student section, as well as its director of fundraising and executive director of Hawkapalooza. Bryce landed in Chicago in 2013, serving as a prosecutor for the City of Chicago, and later a private defense attorney, before joining Illinois’s Office of Executive Inspector General as an assistant inspector general. He and his wife Johnna live in Logan Square. In Bryce’s free time he enjoys checking out craft breweries and new restaurants with his wife. And, of course, he is a die hard Hawkeye fan. 

Social Media Specialist
Javy Perez

Javy grew up in Northlake, IL. He is a first-generation college student who earned his B.A. in Sport and Recreation Management in 2015 from the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, Javy was a member of Dance Marathon, Center of Diversity and Enrichment, and the Iowa Spirit Squad as Herky the Hawkeye. Javy added a second degree when he graduated from Iowa with his M.A. in Strategic Communication in 2019. He also worked at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement for 3 years before moving to Chicago where he currently works at Northwestern University.

Events Committee
Michael Fossum

Michael was born and raised a Hawkeye in the small town of Waukon in northeast Iowa. He always knew that the University of Iowa would be the school he would call his home as that is the only school to which he applied.  While at Iowa, he earned his BBA in Management and Organizations and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. He also added to his college life by being a cheerleader for the University of Iowa for his entire college career, earning the status of captain his final year.  Michael currently is a Business Relationship Manager for Chase Bank in the southwest suburbs. In his free time, he is a competitive cheerleading coach for Reign Athletics in Orland Park and of course always cheering on the Hawks!!

Events Committee
Katie Galbreath

Katie was born and raised in Peoria, IL. Even though her first visit to the University of Iowa was soon after the 2008 flood, she knew Iowa would be her home away from home. She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies in 2013 and moved to Chicago the following year to begin her career in project management and has been in the area ever since. In her free time, she loves biking along the lakefront or at home on the Peloton, traveling, and volunteering with local organizations like the Junior League of Chicago. As an avid Hawkeye sports fan, Katie can be found most fall Saturdays at Kinnick, a local game watch, or at a visitor’s away stadium in pursuit of her goal to visit all the Big Ten stadiums for a game (halfway there!).


Events Committee
Kierstin Mohoff

Kierstin landed at Iowa after only one visit and it didn’t take long for her to become obsessed with all things Hawkeye. Following graduation, she moved to Chicago and attended John Marshall Law School. Kierstin is now an attorney with the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender. In her free time, she loves to attend sporting events, travel, and hang out at home with her cat Sharky; however, her favorite activity is rooting for Hawkeye football!