They’re a diverse group of leaders in health care, justice and business, but the six new members of the DMU Board of Trustees all share a commitment to the advancement of the University.
Susan L. Beck, D.O.’84, FACOS, is a surgeon with Katzmann Breast Center in Clive, IA, and Surgical Affiliates in Des Moines. Former chair of surgery at Des Moines University and currently associate professor, she is president of the medical staff at Mercy Medical Center and a faculty member in its general surgery residency program. Active in the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American Osteopathic Association, she has participated in several global health service trips.
Eric T. Crowell, M.H.A., has been president and chief executive officer of Iowa Health-Des Moines since 2001 and senior vice president of the Iowa Health System since 1999. Iowa Health-Des Moines encompasses Iowa Methodist, Methodist West, Lutheran and Blank Children’s hospitals. The many organizations he has served include the Greater Des Moines Partnership, United Way of Des Moines, Grand View University and the Iowa Hospital Association. He is an adjunct faculty member for DMU’s College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and the University of Iowa health care administration program.
Charles A. Finch Jr., D.O.’94, FACOEP, FACEP, is staff physician in the department of emergency medicine, Scottsdale (AZ) Emergency Physicians Ltd., and in pediatric emergency medicine, Maricopa Medical Center. He also serves as medical director for the Salt River, AZ, Fire Department, the Mesa Community College EMT program, and MedFlight 911, a patient-centered air ambulance company. He holds faculty and committee positions at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he is chair of the integrative medicine department; A.T. Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona; Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine; and DMU, where he is an adjunct clinical assistant professor.
Finch serves on the board of directors of Stepping Stones of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing care and education to grieving children, families, adults and communities. He is the founder and camp director of Camp Paz, a Stepping Stones program in which grieving adults and children come together to heal in a safe environment. He has received numerous honors, including being named the 2011 DMU College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumnus of the Year and 2011 Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association Physician of the Year.
Renee Hardman, M.B.A., has been senior vice president of human resources at Bankers Trust Co., Des Moines, since 1996. She is a member of numerous community organizations, including Character Counts in Iowa, the Iowa Governor’s Statewide Diversity Commission, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Habitat for Humanity. Her many honors and awards include being selected as honoree of the 2008 DMU Glanton Scholarship Dinner.
Victoria L. Herring, J.D., is a Des Moines attorney practicing primarily in civil rights, discrimination and employment law on state and federal levels. She has extensive administrative law and appellate experience and has served as an expert on the issues of attorney fees in civil rights litigation and sexual harassment law and practice. She is and has been active in numerous law-related activities, including the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association.
Mary A. Radia, D.O.’81, is a rheumatologist with Mercy Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center, Des Moines, and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She graduated with distinction from DMU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and also earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Drake University.