Class Notes

Class Notes

‛10 Yulia Dannen, BA, Chapin, received the 2021 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Iowa Small Business Development Center.

‛10 Shaun Juan, MA, San Diego, CA, won awards at the 2019 and 2020 Indica in High Times Cannabis Cup Oregon with Deschutes Growery.

‛10 Amanda (Firman) Lynch, BA, Cedar Falls, was named one of the Cedar Valley’s 20 under 40 by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier for 2021. She is the director of fortified life with Western Home Communities.

‛10 Lydia (Van Der Beek) Zerby, BA, Ames, is the consumer insights and engagement manager with the Iowa Soybean Association and leads the Iowa Food & Family Project.

‛11 Adam Haselhuhn, BA, Des Moines, was promoted to director of development at UnityPoint Health John Stoddard Cancer Center.

‛11 Johannah (McCammant) Nanke, BA, Waterloo, received the 2021 Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching. She is a 9th and 11th grade English teacher at West High School.

‛11 Andy Steichen, BA, Gretna, NE, was promoted to vice president of sales with McKesson.

‛11 Kristine (Reeves) Thompson, BA, West Des Moines, was named one of the 40 under 40 by the Des Moines Business Record for 2021. She is the director of marketing with the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

‛12 Dalton Boettcher, BA, MACC ‛13, St Louis Park, MN, was promoted to financial director for accounting policy with Allianz Life Insurance Company.

‛12 Scott Breon, BA, Sunnyvale, CA, was promoted to finance manager of deal analysis at YouTube and focuses on content deals with the music industry.

‛12 Alex Davey, BA, MA ‛16, Byron, GA, is an environmental health specialist III with the Houston County Health Department.

‛12 Joshua Engelken, BA, Des Moines, received his second Des Moines Register Star Award for professionalism in journalism in March 2021.

‛12 Reilly (Zlab) Martin, BA, West Linn, OR, is the US program manager for Open Contracting Partnership.

‛13 Chris Phalen, BA, BM ‛13, MM ‛18, Storm Lake, is the director of choral activities at Buena Vista University.

‛13 Adriana (Hofstadter) Yarrington, BA, Warren, MI, is the Families Together Building Solutions pathways to potential supervisor with Orchards Children’s Services.

‛14 Becca Baldwin, BA, Arvada, CO, is a global proposal writer with Janus Henderson Investors US.

‛14 Austin Hedstrom, BA, Ankeny, received the 2020 Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association’s award for Deal of the Year over $35 million.

‛14 Sheila Hollingsworth, MA, Waterloo, received the 2021 Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching. She is a 1st grade teacher at Irving Elementary.

‛14 Logan Kraus, BA, Marion, is an associate in the litigation unit of Dentons Davis Brown.

‛14 Emily (Rollman) Perry, BA, Alleman, is the graphic artist for NorthPoint church in Johnston.

‛14 Tyler Perry, BA, Alleman, is the family services coordinator for Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.

‛15 Margo (Sturges) Kockler, BA, Clear Lake, is a marketing coordinator for Hot Spring Spas of Iowa and Minnesota.

‛15 Paul Ochoa, BA, San Antonio, TX, works for IBC Bank but is still focused on breaking into news media.

‛15 Tirzah Roussell, BA, Delhi, is a law associate with Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C. and practices on the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group.

‛15 Emilio Sanchez, BA, Chicago, IL, is an account executive with McGarry Bowen.

‛15 Dan Swift, BA, West Des Moines, was promoted to director of investments at LCS Real Estate.

‛15 Andrea Thoene, BA, Ankeny, earned her MBA from Drake University 12/12/2020 and is manager of marketing with Landus Cooperative.

‛15 Alyssa Turcsak, BA, Lansing, MI, is the fundraising coordinator at Constellation Cat Cafe.

‛16 Tessa Bratrud, BA, Mason City, was promoted to social media coordinator for the state with MercyOne System Office.

‛16 Tim Ferry, BA, Austin, TX, is a piano teacher and owner/operator of Never Board Games LLC, an independent board game publishing company.

‛16 Brianna Lewerke, BA, Minneapolis, MN, is the social media content lead for Locker Room at Betty Labs.

‛16 Brandon Schiltz, BA, Cedar Rapids, was promoted to supply base manager at John Deere.

‛16 Jake Westpfahl, BA, Waterloo, is an adjunct instructor at UNI, Hawkeye Community College and Wartburg College.

‛17 Hannah Burds, BA, Bellevue, is the marketing project manager at Mi T M in Peosta.

‛17 Emma (Swensen) Ferry, BA, Austin, TX, is a digital account manager with ATD Partners and manages local band, Hudson Road.

‛17 James Gibbons, BA, Muscatine, celebrated 10 years of sobriety on 10/10/2020.

‛17 Cassie (Evers) Grimsman, BA, Kansas City, MO, is a talent acquisition and onboarding partner at ValueHealth.

‛17 Seth Hersom, BA, Laurens, is on the economic & valuation group at KPMG.

‛17 Ryan Kramer, BA, Waterloo, is a material replenishment specialist with John Deere.

‛17 Kelly Noltner, MM, Cedar Falls, performed the role of Chrysothemis in “Elektra” by Strauss with Dramatic Voices Program Berlin in the Summer 2021 virtual program.

‛17 Brandon Qualley, BA, Des Moines, was promoted to assurance senior associate at EY.

‛17 Emily (Vander Werff) Scholten, BA, Pella, is a product specialist on the marketing team at Pella Corporation.

‛17 Jordan Voorhees, BA, West Des Moines, is the impact people coordinator with CliftonLarsenAllen, overseeing campus recruitment, on boarding and employee relations for offices in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.

‛17 Kailey Wilson, BA, Polk City, got engaged to Chad Gilmer ‛17.

‛18 Kayla Beck, BA, Manly, is an environmental specialist with Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

‛18 Eugene Cheok, BA, Mont Kiara, Malaysia, is co founder and head of operations of MercuryPay.

‛18 Renae Drey, BA, Cedar Falls, received the 2021 Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching. She is a 1st – 2nd grade teacher at St. Patrick’s Catholic School.

‛18 Zak Jenn, BA, Waverly, is a sales representative with AgencyBloc and realtor with Vine Valley Real Estate.

‛18 Dirk Johnston, BA, Des Moines, received his Certified Financial Planner designation Dec. 2020 and is now a financial advisor with Legacy Financial Group.

‛18 Megan Petersen, BA, Des Moines, is a marketing and communications assistant for Wright Service Corp.

‛18 Zach Robles, BA, Northfield, OH, is associate territory manager at Coloplast Interventional Urology.

‛18 Christopher Tims, MA, Waterloo, was named one of the Cedar Valley’s 20 under 40 by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier for 2021. He is a teacher and head wrestling coach at Waterloo East High School.

‛18 Abigail Van Patten Freeman, BA, MA ‛21, Tipton, is pursuing a doctorate in counselor education and supervision at the University of Iowa. She is a mental health counselor at Green Counseling Services.

‛18 Jamal White, BA, Boston, MA, is senior human resources business partner for Global Gillette and North America Equality & Inclusion for Procter & Gamble Company.

‛18 Griffin Williams, BA, Dubuque, is a data integration developer at Flexsteel Industries.

‛19 Nicole Auel, BA, West Des Moines, was promoted to operations manager for Pet Parents in Ankeny.

‛19 DaQuan Campbell, BA, Waterloo, was named one of the Cedar Valley’s 20 under 40 by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier for 2021. He is the We Arose Co-op founder and Waterloo Urban Farmers Market manager.

‛19 Damon DeGraw, BA, Oelwein, enjoyed some exciting trips after graduation. He earned his commercial insurance license in 2020 and is with Federated Insurance.

‛19 Zum Gwamna, BA, Ankeny, is the campus talent acquisition specialist with Pella Corporation.

‛19 Dustin Hager, BA, Cedar Rapids, is a technology solutions associate with RSM US LLC.

‛19 Melissa (Black) Louck, BA, Eldridge, was promoted to NetSuite business applications senior associate with RSM US LLP.

‛19 Johnny See, BA, Mount Vernon, is an analyst with Prairie Capital Advisors.

‛19 Ben Vaske, BA, North Liberty, is senior supervisor of manufacturing and operations at Collins Aerospace.

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