Advancement Staff


Peter Smith
Peter Smith
Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Relations

MA, University of Minnesota
BA, St. Olaf College

Office Phone: 563.589.3668
E-mail: plsmith@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 247 Charles & Romona Myers Center/202 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3162

Jesse James
Jesse James
Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management & University Relations

BA, Columbia College



Office Phone: 563.589.3214
E-mail: jjames@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 248 Charles & Romona Myers Center/202 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3690

Erin Coates
Erin Coates
Prospect Research Specialist


Office Phone: 563.589.3351
E-mail: ecoates@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 210 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3617

Emily Coon
Emily Coon
Graduate Assistant for Advancement and Alumni Relations


Office Phone: 563.589.3705
E-mail: ecoon@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 209 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3617

Jon Davison
Jon Davison
Senior Counsel - Advancement

BS, University of Dubuque '61
MA, Michigan State University



E-mail: jdavison@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3425
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Jon Davison (C'61), retired as Clarke's head basketball and men's golf coach and returned home to the University of Dubuque in 2007.

Davison will be entering his 46th season in the collegiate ranks as he coaches the men's golf program for the Spartans.

In 2015, the Spartans placed third at the IIAC Championships and were led by All-IIAC performer and third-place individual finisher Josh Schuberg (297, +12).

In 2014, Davison was named Iowa Conference (IIAC) Men's Golf Coach of the Year for the second time after guiding the Spartans to their first IIAC title since 1975 thanks to a 7-stroke victory. Davison also won IIAC Coach of the Year in 1975. The 2014 team title featured IIAC Medalist Eric Wolfe, who won the individual title by 11 strokes to capture the IIAC Men's Golfer of the Year honor. Wolfe's 72-hole score of 288 was the second-lowest 72-hole IIAC championship total in history. The Spartans placed 29th at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C. 

Davison also spends time re-connecting with Dubuque Alumni as special projects coordinator for the development office.

Davison, a native of Aledo, Ill., has spent nearly 50 years in the coaching and teaching profession. He started his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater in 1966. Davison logged over 300 wins in 27 seasons as head basketball coach at UD. His squads posted an overall won-loss record of 371-320 and had four 20-plus win seasons.

During the 1980's, Davison's squads dominated the Iowa Conference, compiling the best won-loss record over that 10-year period. His 1986, 1988, and 1990 squads won the Iowa Conference championship. The Spartans qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament in 1981, 1986, 1988, and 1990.

Davison was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year five times: 1986, 1988 and 1990 in basketball and 1975 and 2014 in men's golf. In 1990, he was awarded the Paul Maaske Award as Iowa's Small College Coach of the Year. He coached eight basketball Conference Players of the Year at UD and one in men's golf.

Davison served as director of athletics, head men's basketball coach (27 years), head golf coach (15 years), head track coach (6 years), head tennis coach (3 years), head cross country coach (10 years), head baseball coach (1 year), assistant football coach (8 years), associate professor of physical education and department chairman (20 years) at UD at various times from 1966 to 1993.

Davison lettered in four sports at the UD, where he garnered four letters in both football and track, two in basketball, and one in baseball.

After a three-year hiatus from collegiate coaching, Davison joined Clarke's coaching staff in 1996. He guided his 2005-06 squad to a 17-10 mark and its first Northern Illinois - Iowa Conference championship. Clarke finished 11-1 overall in league play. The Crusaders' championship season came on the heels of a 20-7 campaign in 2004-05.

Davison guided Clarke's men's golf program to seven straight Northern Illinois - Iowa Conference championships from 1999 to 2005. Davison was named the conference Coach of the Year in 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04. He was named the 2004-05 NIIC Co-Coach of the Year.

Davison met his wife, Nita, while a student at UD, and two of their children received their degrees from the institution.


Clarissa Ferguson
Clarissa Ferguson
Associate Vice President for Advancement


Office Phone: 563.589.3159
E-mail: cferguso@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 214 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3617

Angela Heidenreich
Office Coordinator

Office Phone: 563.589.3158
E-mail: AHeidenreich@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 211 Van Vliet

Melissa Hemesath
Melissa Hemesath
Associate Vice President for Advancement


Office Phone: 563.589.3620
E-mail: mhemesath@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 216 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3617

Sandy Hockenberry
Sandy Hockenberry
Development Officer


Office Phone: 563.589.3621
E-mail: shockenberry@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 211 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3617

Katie Kraus
Katie Kraus
Director for Alumni Engagement


Office Phone: 563.589.3161
E-mail: kkraus@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 215 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3617

Sara Lehman
Sara Lehman
Advancement Accountant


Office Phone: 563.589.3574
E-mail: slehman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 213 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3617

Mary Beth Theis
Mary Beth Theis
Development Officer


Office Phone: 563.589.3220
E-mail: mtheis@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 205 Van Vliet Hall
Fax: 563.589.3617