Meet the Staff

Class of 2018

Molly Anderson
Molly Anderson

Major(s): English
Hometown: Lisle, IL
Fun fact: I own two rabbits that are bigger than most cats.

Alexandra Bartlett
Alexandra Bartlett

Major(s): Elementary Education, Spanish
Hometown: Denver, CO
Fun fact: My spirit animal is a cat.

Nandi Bukusi
Nandi Bukusi

Major(s): Sociology, Creative Writing
Hometown: Aurora, IL
Fun fact: I started school when I was two.

Christiana Carroll
Christiana Carroll

Major(s): Molecular Biology, Biology
Hometown: Harvard, IL

Sam Fitzgerald
Sam Fitzgerald

Major(s): Chemistry, Pre-med, Biochemistry
Hometown: Springville, IA
Fun fact: Visiting every presidential library is on my bucket list.

Alexandria Hansen
Alexandria Hansen

Major(s): Biology, Neuroscience
Hometown: Bondurant, IA
Fun fact: Someday I'd like to visit London.

Courtney Humpal
Courtney Humpal

Major(s): Molecular Biology
Hometown: Calmar, IA
Fun fact: Someday, I'd like to make a snow angel on the football field.

Emily Lefrancois
Emily Lefrancois

Major(s): Psychology
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Fun fact: I collect exciting socks --  my favorite pair currently is a pair that has an assortment of pies on them.

Sierra Menzies
Sierra Menzies

Major(s): International Studies, Business Administration
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Fun fact: I can make authemtic Thai-style cuisine.

Amber Ovick
Amber Ovick

Major(s): Psychology, Creative Writing
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Fun fact: Someday, I'd like to visit Germany.

Karl Rieckman
Karl Rieckman

Major(s): Communication Studies, Film Studies
Hometown: Kansas City, KS

Leah Schellinger
Leah Schellinger

Major(s): Nursing
Hometown: Avon, MN
Fun fact: Before I die I want to visit all seven continents - three more to go!

Karlin Scudder
Karlin Scudder

Major(s): Biology, Philosophy
Hometown: Denton, MD
Favorite book: The Princess Bride

Claire Tollefsrud
Claire Tollefsrud

Major(s): Creative Writing, Psychology
Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN

Rachel Tollefsrud
Rachel Tollefsrud

Major(s): English, Psychology, Literature
Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN

Class of 2019

Allison Bryan
Allison Bryan

Major(s): Chemistry
Hometown: Geneva, IL
Fun fact: I'm adopted.

Christian Chiffy
Christian Chiffy

Major(s): Math
Hometown: Aiea, Hawaii
Fun fact: Someday, I'd like to visit Australia.

Xenia Grenuik
Xenia Greniuk

Major(s):
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Fun fact: Spent a semester in Korea.

Kelly May
Kelly May

Major(s): English, Secondary Ed
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
Fun fact: I like ping-pong.

Jean Springsteen
Jean Springsteen

Major(s): Math
Hometown: Lisbon, IA
Bucket list item: Running the marathon at Disney World!

Meredith Wall
Meredith Wall

Major(s): Religion
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Fun fact: I'm missing two organs.

Class of 2020

Zoe Bakken-Heck
Zoe Bakken-Heck

Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Plymouth, MN
Fun fact: Someday, I'd like to visit Romania.

Janie Cashdollar
Janie Cashdollar

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Grove City, OH
Fun fact: My mom is a banker.


Claudia Chiappa
Major: Communication Studies, Political Science
Hometown: Corno Giovine, Italy
On my bucket list: Learning six languages.

Hadley Copeland
Hadley Copeland

Major(s): Biology, Chemistry
Hometown: Elgin, IL
Fun fact: I ahve a twin brother.

Gabriel Douglas
Gabriel Douglass

Major(s): undecided
Hometown: North Liberty, IA
Fun fact: I'd like to take a self defense class before I die.

Andrew Gunsch
Andrew Gunsch

Major(s): Physics
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Fun fact: My favorite book is The Silmarillion.

Daniel Horch
Daniel Horch

Major(s): Film, Computer Science
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Fun fact: I'm really good at geography. Point to a country on a map, I can probably name it.

 

Galen Kardinal
Galen Kardinal

Major(s): Psychology, Neuroscience
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ

Dana Koester
Dana Koester
Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Calamus, IA

Reilly Matthieu
Reilly Mathieu

Major(s): Molecular Biology, Creative Writing, Biology
Hometown: Rockton, IL
Favorite Book: Throne of  Glass

Kristjan Nixon
Kristjan Nixon

Major(s): Theater, Film Studies
Hometown: Pierre, SD

Destiny Perry
Destiny Perry

Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Masonville, IA


Christine Puleo
Christine Puleo

Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Carpentersville, IA
Favorite book: The Poisonwood Bible

Ella White
Ella White

Major(s): Math
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Fun fact: My spirit animal is a Baymax. Bah-da-la-la-la-la!

Class of 2021

Ethan Alsop
Ethan Alsop
Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Forest City
Favorite Book: The Way of Kings 

Matthew Appler
Matthew Appler
Major(s): Physics and Computer Science
Hometown: Clermont, IA
Spirit Animal: Goldfish 

Christina (Chris) Arias
Christina (Chris) Arias
Major(s): English, Spanish, Education
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Spirit Animal: The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus)

Michael Banks
Michael Banks
Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Chicago, IL
My favorite book is Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

James Bordwell
James Bordwell
Major(s): Psychology/Creative Writing
Hometown: Janesville, WI
Spirit Animal: Tanuki (Raccoon Dog)

Astin Campbell
Astin Campbell
Major(s): Psychology/Creative Writing
Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Item on my Bucket List: meet some real aliens

Erica Ernzen
Erica Ernzen
Major(s): Neuroscience, Psychology, & Spanish
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
Spirit Animals: Lion 

Emma Fall
Emma Fall
Major(s): Communications and Political Science
Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota
Spirit Animal: Eagle 

Henry Hoyhtya
Henry Hoyhtya
Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Fraser, CO
Spirit Animal: Bat

Teresa Knudson
Teresa Knudson
Major(s): Nursing
Hometown: Morton Grove, Illinois
I’d like to travel to Sweden someday.

Jeremy Lewis
Jeremy Lewis
Major(s): Political Science & Psychology
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Spirit Animal: Fox-owl

Aaron McDermott
Aaron McDermott
Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
Spirit Animal: Sea Turtle

Sarah Reilly
Sarah Reilly
Major(s): Writing/Creative Writing/English
Hometown: Noblesville, IN
Spirit Animal: Whale

Melissa Schmitt
Melissa Schmitt
Major(s): Asian Studies and Creative Writing
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Item on Bucket List: scuba diving

Emma Tonn
Emma Tonn
Major(s): Physics and chemistry
Hometown: Dubuque
Someday, I’d like to visit: the moon

Abby Tunender
Abby Tunender
Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Des Moines
Spirit Animal: White Tiger

Sarah Yoerger
Sarah Yoerger
Major(s): Undecided
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa
Spirit Animal: Rosie 


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