Successful Graduates

Sierra Boley

Sierra Boley graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology and neuroscience. While at Coe, she conducted research with psychology professors Dr. Tom Moye and Dr. Wendy Dunn. Sierra is currently living in Cedar Rapids and working for Linnhaven as an hourly SCL counselor. She assists people with disabilities to perform daily functions and to achieve goals they have set for themselves. Sierra hopes to continue her education in a graduate program for school psychology.

"Coe is a very special place to a lot of people. To me, it was my stepping stone into the life I have always pictured myself having. The experiences (academic and extracurricular) have shaped me into the person I am today. All the research and presentations I was involved in have helped me develop my communication skills to further my career. The professors and peers I encountered I consider my friends, and the experiences I had with all of them, I will cherish forever. The Coe Psychology Department has the most intelligent and friendly people who work hard to help you achieve your dreams." - Sierra Boley '13

MacKenzie Donnelly graduated in 2013 with majors in psychology and neuroscience. She is originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa and recently relocated to Omaha, Neb. MacKenzie works as a rehabilitation therapist recruiter for Aureus Medical Group.

"It is really hard for me to sum up Coe in one quote; it was the best time of my life and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime." - MacKenzie Donnelly '13

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey graduated in 2012, double majoring in psychology and neuroscience, as well as completing honors courses. Jessica is originally from Baxter, Iowa and she is currently living in the Des Moines area. She is working at Des Moines Area Community College as part of the support staff and hopes to continue graduate studies in mental health counseling.

"My time at Coe College offered me the opportunity to grow. I was able to meet new, interesting people while on campus and while studying abroad. The connections I formed with professors inspired me to learn as much as I could and to continue seeking knowledge once I had left Coe. While at Coe, I learned to be driven and to have perspective, both are virtues I have relayed on in my post-graduation experiences. I would not be the person I am today without Coe, and I am glad for that." - Jessica Bailey '12

Brad Boyle

Brad Boyle graduated in May 2012, with majors in biology and neuroscience and Biology. He is from New Sharon, Iowa, and currently attends Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. After graduation in 2016, Brad plans to move back to Iowa and open an optometry practice.

"The Coe College biology and neuroscience programs have made my transition to professional school easier than I ever would have imagined. Coe challenged me in all my classes and helped me develop good study habits. Coe also provided me with the proper baseline of knowledge to succeed in professional school." - Brad Boyle '12

Alison Pillard

Alison Pillard graduated in 2012 with majors in biology and neuroscience. She grew up in Central City, Iowa and is now living in Coggon, Iowa. Alison is working as a patient nutrition assistant at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. She is currently applying for medical school for entrance in the fall of 2014.

"My time at Coe shaped me in so many ways. It gave me the knowledge foundation I need in my current job and my future as a physician. I was also fortunate enough to be involved with so many campus organizations that gave me leadership opportunities, written and verbal communication skills, and hands-on experience in my majors. The Coe experience is invaluable!" - Alison Pillard '12

Kyla Peak

Kyla Peak graduated from Coe in 2012 with majors in biology and neuroscience, and a minor in Spanish. Originally from Cedar Rapids, she is currently living in Iowa City and attending the University of Iowa as part of the physical therapy and rehabilitation science program to earn her degree as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Kyla will graduate from the University of Iowa in December 2014.

"Coe College prepared me very well for graduate school by challenging me in my curriculum. One of my favorite things about attending Coe was the smaller class sizes, because you really get to know your professors and they have plenty of office hours available to help answer any questions that you may have - they truly want to help you succeed! I had the opportunity to tutor younger students in biology and psychology classes as well, and I was able to participate in track and field, volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital, and volunteer with the ARC of East Central Iowa. Coe provided me with some great experiences, and I made some of my truest friends at Coe, friendships that I know will last a lifetime!" - Kyla Peak '12

Kaitlin Breitbach

Kaitlin Breitbach graduated in May 2011 with a behavioral neuroscience major and philosophy minor. She grew up in Cedar Rapids and is currently living in Coralville, Iowa. Kaitlin is enrolled in the University of Iowa's physician assistant program. She will graduate in June 2015 and hopes to continue on in a pediatrics specialty.

"Coe is the place I attribute to providing me with the education, confidence, resources and life skills necessary to take on a challenging and rewarding career. There is no other school that could have provided me with such a complete and fulfilling experience; there's definitely no place like Coe." – Kaitlin Breitbach '11

Keenan Laraway

Keenan Laraway graduated in 2011 with majors in biology and neuroscience and minors in chemistry and political science. The Marion, Iowa native is currently studying medicine at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa.

"The neuroscience major embodies the Coe experience. Here, you can mix learning about psychology, the study of human behaviors, with the biochemical, genetic and molecular pathways that inform those behaviors. As with everything in the liberal arts tradition, the neuroscience major pays big dividends for students who invest themselves in the opportunities that are available to them. For neuroscience, this includes the opportunity to conduct individual research and the chance to craft presentations and posters with the guidance of experienced, supportive faculty whose primary goal is helping you achieve success in its many forms. The neuroscience major provides the opportunity to work with some exceptional people within a nurturing environment in one of the fastest growing and groundbreaking fields of study in our lifetime. From here, you can go anywhere, including graduate school, medical school, industry, academia and many other fields. For now, though, just enjoy the journey! When you look back four years later, you'll be amazed at what you've accomplished." - Keenan Laraway '11

Cassie Morgan graduated with majors in biology and neuroscience. Originally from St. Louis, she now resides in Fresno, Calif. Currently, Cassie is the homeless management information systems (HMIS) analyst for the Fresno Housing Authority. In 2014, Cassie will be working in Kigali, Rwanda to teach and volunteer at the local health clinic for eight months. She is also in the process of applying to various institutions to pursue a master's degree in public health.

Cassie says a quote speaks to how her Coe experience has shaped her success post-graduation:
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

Joshua Barber

Joshua Barber graduated in 2010 with a majors biology, psychology and neuroscience with a minor in chemistry. He was born in Fort Bragg, N.C. and grew up in Nevada, Iowa. Joshua played four years of varsity baseball as a pitcher at Coe. Currently in his last year of medical school at the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine, Joshua will pursue a medical residency in orthopedic surgery.

"The ability to maintain a balance between academics, athletics and extracurricular activities is one of the reasons that Coe College continues to produce successful, well-rounded individuals. Most of all, the education I received while attending Coe as a student-athlete allowed me to be a competitive applicant when initially applying for medical school. While I was initially committed to Wartburg College to follow similar academic and athletic interests, the personality and feel of Coe College challenged my intentions until I ultimately became a Kohawk. To this day, I consider myself grateful to be a Coe College alumni, and I now have the remarkable opportunity to watch my younger brother do the same." - Joshua Barber '10