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Vanderveer Named HR Director

It is with pleasure that we announce Anita Vanderveer, MEd, has accepted the position of Human Resources Director for the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, effective Monday, December 13. As she transitions to her new position within the department, Anita will continue to work in partnership with Stefanie Pirkl.

Anita joined the UIHC in September 2020 and currently serves as Human Resources Manager for the Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Child Health Specialty Clinics under the division of Child & Community Health. Prior to joining UIHC, she served as Panera Bread’s Chief People Officer, leading the company’s mission, vision, and game plan, and developing a new structure within their Human Resources department, connecting the department’s goals with the business priorities. Prior to that, Anita held the position of Senior Vice President of Human Resources for SONIC Drive-In for nearly eight years, and she has history in educating Human Resources Masters Concentration at the University of Oklahoma.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Anita!


Alexander G. Bassuk, MD, PhD (he/him/they)
Professor and Chair | University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics
Joel and Jay Stead Chair for Leadership in Children's Medicine | University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief | University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

Keith Clasen, MBA, SPHR, CHHR
Director of Clinical Services
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Stefanie Pirkl, MPA, SPHR
Director, Clinical HR Business Partners
University of Iowa Health Care

Thomas Scholz, MD
Director, Division of Child and Community Health and Child Health Specialty Clinics 
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Wednesday, December 8, 2021