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Alex Yoerger

Alex Yoerger

Veterinary student, Iowa State University
With the help of Northwestern's science professors, Alex is on her way to her dream career as a veterinarian.

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Taylor Sun

Taylor Sun

Assistant director, Joy House
Taylor landed her dream job right after college when she began working at the Joy House, a housing program for women and children escaping domestic violence.

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Osiris Ordaz

Osiris Ordaz

Counseling and art therapy graduate student, Adler University
Through the encouragement of her professors, Osiris found that her passion for psychology and art can lead to an interesting, interdisciplinary career.

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Andrew Currier

Andrew Currier

Freelance music producer, SoundReserve
Andrew founded SoundReserve, a music production company in Nashville, Tennessee, after graduating from Northwestern. In addition to composing and producing music, he also plays keyboard for a classic rock band that performs onboard Holland America cruise ships.

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Brianna Petrauskas

Brianna Petrauskas

Consultant, Communications Strategy Group
Brianna found her niche through the many “real-world” experiences Northwestern's public relations program offers.

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Stephan Sanford

Stephan Sanford

Physical education teacher and coach, Storm Lake Elementary
At Northwestern, Stephan found a connection to youth he didn't know he had. With the help of professors, he became a teacher and coach who shapes the next generation of students and athletes.

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Steven Clark

Steven Clark

Graduate student, Princeton Seminary
A Christian and a scholar. That’s the label Steven is aiming for, so he’s building on the strong start he got at Northwestern as a divinity student at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Courtney Van Beek

Courtney Van Beek

First-grade teacher
As a freshman at Northwestern, Courtney was already spending time in school classrooms as part of her education classes, which helped confirm her desire to become a teacher and coach.

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Evan Schuler

Evan Schuler

Staff accountant, Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co.
Evan's success on the golf course parlayed itself into a job as an accountant in his hometown.

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Kaitlin Hoogeveen

Kaitlin Hoogeveen

Pediatric dentist and owner of Children’s Dental Centre
An NAIA All-American and Scholar-Athlete in volleyball while at Northwestern, Kaitlin has returned to her hometown and opened its first pediatric dental clinic.

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Josh Hornstra

Josh Hornstra

Service and retention consultant, University of Denver
Josh turned his love for sports into a career.

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Rachel Kinsinger

Rachel Kinsinger

Child life specialist, Seattle Children's Hospital
Rachel uses her therapy skills and knowledge of child development to help kids cope with the stress of being hospitalized.

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Jonathan Van Zweden

Jonathan Van Zweden

Applications programmer, Interstates Control Systems Inc.
Jonathan employs his computer science skills to help build control systems for a wide variety of industrial facilities, designing and building interfaces for operators to use in their businesses.

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Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen

Oncology nurse, University of Iowa Hospital
As an oncology nurse, Sarah cares for patients' emotional and spiritual health as well as their physical needs.

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Alison Schutt

Alison Schutt

Medical student, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Alison's action-packed academic career was filled with opportunities to think critically about biology and chemistry, which has served her well as she transitions into life as a medical student.

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Jenelle Dunkelberger

Jenelle Dunkelberger

Geneticist, Topigs Norsvin
A summer research experience with a Northwestern professor sparked Jenelle’s fascination with genetics. Now she oversees all of the U.S.-based research trials for the world’s second-largest swine genetics company.

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 Tyler Janota

Tyler Janota

Assistant strength and conditioning coach, University of Texas men’s basketball
As a student volunteer, Tyler designed training programs for the Raider men’s basketball team. Now he works with the University of Texas Longhorns.

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Marissa Wynja

Marissa Wynja

First grade teacher, JAK Academy
While an NWC student, Marissa taught English in Eastern Europe and student-taught in Denver. Both experiences helped her prepare for teaching in Haiti.

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Jerel Kyles

Jerel Kyles

Assistant family teacher, Boys Town
Jerel works with at-risk children and families, providing them with the support and education they need to succeed.

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Shanell Nieuwendorp

Shanell Nieuwendorp

Security administrator, U.S. State Department
Shanell's semester in Washington, D.C., and internship with the U.S. State Department led to a capital job offer.

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Graham Kinsinger

Graham Kinsinger

Digital marketing specialist, Seattle Seahawks
A Chicago internship with a sports PR firm jump-started Graham's marketing career in professional athletics.

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Ali Dietrich

Ali Dietrich

Social media coordinator, Lutheran Church of Hope
Ali has always had an eye for design, and with a little encouragement from Northwestern’s art professors and Career Development Center, she chose to pursue her creative passions as a career.

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Collin Ten Haken

Collin Ten Haken

Police officer, Urbandale Police Department
Collin's Northwestern education, paired with an internship with the Urbandale, Iowa, Police Department, launched his career in law enforcement.

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Rebeca Wagner

Rebeca Wagner

Interpreter/translator, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
Rebeca serves Spanish-speaking patients and their families, helping them communicate with the medical providers at Omaha Children’s Hospital so they receive the best healthcare possible.

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Natalie Te Grootenhuis

Natalie Te Grootenhuis

Communications outreach manager, Iowa Corn
Natalie works for the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, marketing Iowa Corn to the public and encouraging Iowa farmers to join the association.

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Thomas Westerholm

Thomas Westerholm

Sportswriter for MassLive.com
Thomas worked as a sportswriter for an Iowa newspaper before he was picked up by MassLive.com, the second largest online news outlet in New England.

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Devin Jorde

Devin Jorde

RN, post-surgical unit, Mayo Clinic
Devin works with some of the world’s best surgeons and teams at the Mayo Clinic.

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Vito Maffei

Vito Maffei

Minor league athletic trainer, San Francisco Giants
A former football player, Vito is pursuing his passion for sports as an athletic trainer, treating injured athletes and getting them back on the field.

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Sara Edwardson

Sara Edwardson

Exercise physiologist, Duke University Health and Fitness Center
Sara scored an internship with Duke University during her senior year at Northwestern, which led to a full-time job offer at a clinically based fitness center through the university's health system.

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Emma Wynja

Emma Wynja

Medical student, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Emma is a medical student at USD, where she received the prestigious South Dakota State Medical Association Foundation Freshman Scholarship.

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Zach Landhuis

Zach Landhuis

DNA specialist, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Zach completed a master’s degree at Michigan State University and has now begun a career in forensic science.

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Krissa Hetletvedt

Krissa Hetletvedt

Third grade teacher, Catlin Arts Magnet School
Krissa’s classroom passion for students and their learning earned her recognition as Rookie of the Year from the Omaha Education Association.

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Jodi Stahl

Jodi Stahl

Account executive, Click Rain
A successful internship experience at an advertising agency launched Jodi's career in communications.

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Olivia Iekel

Olivia Iekel

Volunteer Coordinator, Nicaraguan Council of Protestant Churches
Olivia has a passion for missions. At Northwestern, she was supported, encouraged and equipped to pursue that dream and follow God’s call to Nicaragua.

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Joseph Tolsma

Joseph Tolsma

Genetics graduate student, North Carolina State University
Joseph says Northwestern's integration of science and faith deepened his faith while in college. It also prepared him for graduate study in genetics and stoked his interest in career as a research scientist.

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Derefe Chevannes

Derefe Chevannes

Professor, University of Memphis
Derefe is a political science professor at the University of Memphis. And because of the influence Northwestern’s intercultural office had in his life, he’s also hoping be involved in his university's diversity efforts.

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Brody Van Roekel

Brody Van Roekel

Executive director, Atlas: Lincoln
Taking what he’d learned about the impact of listening to peoples’ stories, Brody pursued a career focused on community development.

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Abigail Thompson

Abigail Thompson

Graduate student, Embry-Riddle University
Abigail is pursuing a master’s degree in security and intelligence studies as preparation for a career in counterterrorism.

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Joshua Roorda

Joshua Roorda

Registered nurse, emergency department, Genesis Health System
Thanks to an internship during his junior year, Josh was offered a scholarship and a contract for full-time employment before he even started his senior year at Northwestern.

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Pedro Ruiz

Pedro Ruiz

Executive director, La Unidad
The first in his family to attend and graduate from college, Pedro is using his background in social work in his role as the executive director of La Unidad, a youth development soccer program.

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Laura Jonker

Laura Jonker

Graduate student, Western Theological Seminary
A student student in Western Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity program, Laura hopes to continue ministering to families in the church, just as she did during and after college.

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Connor Shaull

Connor Shaull

Law student, University of Minnesota
Connor’s Northwestern education led to a verdict of “accepted” at six law schools.

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Emily Griese

Emily Griese

Director of population health, Sanford Health
With strong encouragement from her professors, Emily earned master's and doctoral degrees in psychology and is now a healthcare administrator, research scientist and university professor.

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James Rucker

James Rucker

Graduate student in mathematics, University of South Dakota
With a love of theatre, music and philosophy, James found that Northwestern’s humanities major enabled him to learn anything and everything about anything and everything.

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Meredith Yorchak

Meredith Yorchak

Software engineering analyst, Accenture
Meredith's summer internship with Accenture gave her confidence in her decision to begin a full-time career there.

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Jordan Reinders

Jordan Reinders

Entomology graduate student, University of Nebraska
Jordan is combining two passions—insects and the outdoors—as he pursues a doctoral degree.

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Jesse Baldwin

Jesse Baldwin

Director of fine arts, Boys and Girls Clubs
Jesse directs fine arts programming for several Colorado Boys and Girls Clubs and works as a freelance artist through the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins.

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Jenny Welch

Jenny Welch

Scheduler, Alpine Autism Center
Within her first year at Alpine Autism Center, Jenny was promoted to lead therapist, which brings extra responsibilities, like training new therapists.

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Jose Sanchez-Perry

Jose Sanchez-Perry

Doctoral student, University of Texas
Jose is pursuing a doctorate in religious studies with a focus on religion and Latin American cultures.

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Abby Korthals

Abby Korthals

Senior pricing analyst, Nationwide Insurance
Abby's Northwestern experiences, including an actuarial internship at Principal Financial Group, gave her an impressive résumé and got her a job at Nationwide Insurance shortly after graduation.

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Chris Sietstra

Chris Sietstra

Accountant, Ernst & Young
Chris had a job offer from Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young before he even graduated. His interviewers were so impressed with him, they said they'd send their kids to NWC.

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Danielle Straka

Danielle Straka

Adoption case manager, A Family in Bloom Adoptions
A love for children, nurtured through four mission trips to Haiti, led Danielle to a full-time social work career at Robin's Nest orphanage in Jamaica.

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Sarah Graham

Sarah Graham

Deputy attorney, Douglas Co. Attorney’s Office
Leadership opportunities, a challenging education and an internship in Washington, D.C., helped Sarah gain the confidence to pursue a career as an attorney.

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Matthew Hulstein

Matthew Hulstein

Staff attorney, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
The collaboration and performance standards of an NWC theatre degree set the stage for Matthew to find success in his role as an attorney for clients who need someone to be their voice.

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Anna Christensen

Anna Christensen

Lecturer of philosophy, Central College
A freshman course in ancient Greek philosophy sparked Anna's interest and influenced her career path through graduate school to becoming a college professor.

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Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

Reformed Church in America leadership and local missional engagement specialist
After gaining experience in Christian community development and youth mentorship, Eduardo now serves as the leadership and local missional engagement specialist for the Reformed Church in America.

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Isaiah Custer

Isaiah Custer

Communications manager, Taproot Theatre
Theatre major Isaiah added an arts administration minor and interned at Taproot Theatre in Seattle, which set the stage for his job in communications and promotions for Taproot.

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Hans Vander Plaats

Hans Vander Plaats

Portfolio specialist, Aligned Investors
Hans spent a semester at England's Oxford University and interned two summers in New York City before launching a career in finance.

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Lindsey Lopez

Lindsey Lopez

Nurse and medical interpreter, Sanford Health
As a Spanish major at Northwestern, Lindsey found learning a language came easy and that she looked forward to her homework. Now she’s a nurse and medical interpreter at a major hospital.

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Justin Karmann

Justin Karmann

Associate pastor of youth, family and social justice, First Presbyterian Church
A double major in religion and philosophy led Justin to ordination and a position as a church leader.

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Courtney Hughes

Courtney Hughes

Pediatric nurse, Sanford Children's Castle of Care Hospital
A passion for science and kids led Courtney to a pediatric nursing career at a top children's hospital in the region: Sanford's Castle of Care in Sioux Falls.

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Andy Boone

Andy Boone

First grade teacher, Thomas Elementary School
Northwestern's emphasis on service and community have helped Andy excel as a teacher and graduate student.

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Heidi Ackerman

Heidi Ackerman

Mezzo-soprano, U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus
Heidi is living the dream as a professional singer, touring the country on behalf of the U.S. Army.

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Eddie Pantzlaff

Eddie Pantzlaff

Resident, University of Michigan Medical School
Eddie's strong Northwestern education laid the foundation for his pursuit of becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

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Jenna Ripke

Jenna Ripke

Attorney, Brown Immigration Law
Jenna discovered her passion for social justice during her Spanish classes at Northwestern. Now her career is focused on immigration law.

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Chris White

Chris White

English teacher, Sioux Center High School
Chris credits his English education at Northwestern for helping him grow from a non-writer and non-speaker into a confident teacher of high school literature.

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Julie Haverly

Julie Haverly

Team leader, strategic planning & analysis, Renewable Energy Group
Confident in her head for business, Julie is executing the strategic marketing plan for a leading biodiesel producer and thinking of pursuing a Ph.D.

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Tetta Askeland

Tetta Askeland

Graduate student, Kent State Universeity
Inspired by her NWC professors, Tetta aspires to be a professor of scenic design after earning her master’s degree.

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