Successful Graduates

Samantha Patterson

Samantha Patterson graduated in 2015 with majors in public accounting and business administration, with a minor in Asian studies. Originally from Rogers, Minnesota, Samantha works for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a Financial Institution Specialist (FIS) in Lexington, Kentucky. She anticipates earning her certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the summer of 2016.

"The education I received at Coe gave my dream a name, and the professors and opportunities provided the resources to pursue that path. It is the continuous encouragement of the Coe family that taught me to never settle for less than your passion." - Samantha Patterson '15

Kyle Boardman

Kyle Boardman graduated in 2014 with majors in public accounting and business administration. A native of Dubuque, Iowa, he is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at Honkamp Krueger in Cedar Rapids and resides in North Liberty.

"The Coe experience put me in a great position to have immediate success after graduation. Coe has so many different connections to local, national and even international companies located in the Cedar Rapids area that it really gives students great opportunities to get real world experience. I was able to get an internship with the company that I work for now while at Coe and I credit Coe's brand in the area as one of the main reasons that I got the position. Employers know that Coe students are challenged daily in the classroom and will be ready to face anything that comes at them in the work world." - Kyle Boardman '14

  • Lisa Freeze Wyssbrod (business and accounting) - manager, National Banking Industry Group, Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Deb Lindberg Gersten (business and accounting) - senior vice president of investments and financial consultant, Cedar Rapids Investment Consulting
  • Sandra O'Hara Kaloupek (business and accounting) - VP for Administration & Finance, World Class Industries
  • Heather Reindl Koranda (business and accounting) - Accounting Manager, Lil Drug Store Products
  • Aminata Soumah (business, accounting, French) - staff accountant, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
  • Kurt Tjelmeland (business and accounting) - J.D., Northwestern, corporate counsel, T and K Roofing
  • Matt Van Waning (business and accounting) - Audit Manager, RSM McGladrey
  • Debbie Kennedy White (business and accounting) - manager of operational accounting, AEGON USA