2019: Where Are They Now?

It’s less than a year since they graduated, but members of Central’s Class of 2019 are already making their mark in the world.

Eleanor Witt, Madeline Allen and Elizabeth Pearson pose for a photo following Commencement 2019.

Eleanor Witt, Madeline Allen and Elizabeth Pearson pose for a photo following Commencement 2019.

Ericka Abell teaches kindergarten, Creston Community Schools, Creston, Iowa.

Samantha Aguilar is a graduate student, nursing, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa.

Abigail Anderson is in land and water stewardship, AmeriCorps.

Annika Anderson is a college program cast member, The Disney Company, Orlando, Florida.

Trevor Argo is a financial analyst, Mutual of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska.

Emma Arickx is an LED repair technician, Fuse Technical Group, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kayla Bagby is an actuarial associate I, Athene USA, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Lauren Bagby is athletics recruiting coordinator, Central College, Pella, Iowa.

Sadie Baugher is assistant athletic trainer, Central College, Pella, Iowa.

Emily Benedict teaches eighth and ninth grade language arts, Melcher-Dallas Community School District, Melcher-Dallas, Iowa.

Katie Berkley is a graduate student, physician assistant medical program, University of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Cassidy Bos teaches special education, Newton Community Schools, Newton, Iowa.

MaRenz Bruce is a customer service representative, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Pella, Iowa.

Chase Brumm is a conservation tech, Mills County Offices, Glenwood, Iowa.

Nash Bucher is a professional actor, Sacramento, California.

Hailey Budke McLeary and Cory McLeary ’18 of Lenexa, Kansas, married July 13, 2019. Hailey teaches kindergarten, Lansing Elementary School, Kansas. Cory is a mechanical designer, Kiewet, Lenexa.

Whitney Burgardt is a personal trainer, Aspen Athletics, Des Moines, Iowa. She also is behavior analyst, Balance Autism, Altoona, Iowa.

Adam Carey is assistant baseball coach, Central College, Pella, Iowa.

Austin Carney is a graduate student, Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Wheeling, Illinois.

Kelly Cavner is a software engineer, Principal Financial, Des Moines, Iowa.

Caitlyn Champ is a graduate assistant athletic trainer, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota.

Ben Conine is a licensing specialist, Tata Consultancy Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Daniel Coovert teaches physical education, Sycamore Community School District, Illinois.

Brittany Coppess, Anne Coughenour and Jamie Coulson

Brittany Coppess, Anne Coughenour and Jamie Coulson show off their diplomas at Commencement 2019.

Brittany Coppess is an assistant golf professional, The Club at Chatham Hills, Westfield, Indiana.

Anne Coughenour is a graduate student, social sciences, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hannah Cross is a graduate student, University of Lincoln, England.

Christian Daniel is a graduate student, engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Will Daniels is a graduate student, sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Shelby Davis is a sales consultant, Wes Finch Auto Plaza, Grinnell, Iowa.

Olivia Denham teaches physical and health education, varsity volleyball coach, Nevada High School, Nevada, Iowa.

Ciera De Santis is an assistant office manager, LOH Family Chiropractic, Littleton, Colorado.

Jessica DeWaard teaches first grade, Winterset Community School District, Winterset, Iowa.

Devin Dilley is a certified alcohol and drug counselor, Bridges of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.

Paige Doehrmann is a graduate student, nursing, Allen College, Waterloo, Iowa.

Delanie Donovan is in talent acquisition, Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa.

Brooke Ehrenberg is worship and ministry team coordinator, Central College, Pella, Iowa.

Dalton Ehret is a consultant, Source Allies, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa.

Austin Engstrom is a technical project coordinator, Wells Fargo, Des Moines, Iowa.

Taryn Ernst teaches first grade, Winterset Schools, Winterset, Iowa.

Natalia Espinosa is a senior customer service processor, Metlife, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Mary Fair teaches English, Sycamore High School, Illinois.

Mariah Fritz is a graduate student, physician assistant medical program, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

Nathan Fritz is an athletic trainer, Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy, Pella, Iowa.

Mackenzie Fuller Johnson and Joshua Johnson ’18 of Adel, Iowa, married June 29, 2019.

Madison Gay teaches elementary English language learners, Perry Community School District, Iowa.

Tanner Gilliland is a research development engineer, Dee Zee Manufacturing, Des Moines, Iowa.

Lauren Goeke is a graduate student, occupational therapy, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri.

Andrew Gorman is a full stack web developer, IMT Insurance, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Patrick Gray is a graduate student, engineering, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.

Zachary Greder is a graduate student, school of law, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

Donald Groezinger is a software developer I, FedEx Services, Des Moines, Iowa.

Matthew Gubitz is a market sales leader, Campbell Soup Company, Des Moines, Iowa.

Brooke Hague is an associate production supervisor, Hormel Foods Corp., Dubuque, Iowa.

Marie Hakeman is an associate product specialist, Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa.

Hillary Hamilton is a graduate student, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Janae Hannemann is direct administrative assistant, Schuring & Uitermarkt, PC, Pella, Iowa.

Macin Harvey is a medical scribe, ScribeAmerica, Davenport, Iowa.

Corey Hauptmann is an auditor, State of Iowa, Des Moines.

Hope Heitman is a multiple line representative, State Farm, Burlington, Iowa.

Parker Hill is leading agroforestry and environmental work, Peace Corps, Senegal.

Hannah Hirl is a graduate student, school of law, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.

Seven members of the Class of 2019 pose for a group photo following their commencement ceremony.

Logan Hoefer and Sipres Shurila of Bellevue, Nebraska, married July 10, 2019. Logan is a project engineer, Sachs Electric Company, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Kristin Hubert and Wes Wheat ’18 married June 15, 2019. Kristin is a fitness and lifestyle coordinator, Human Good, Phoenix, Arizona.

Natalie Huisman is an intern athletic trainer, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

D.J. Imoehl is a software developer, FullCount, Ankeny, Iowa.

Shannon James is an accountant and financial coordinator, Ewing Land Development & Services, Ankeny, Iowa.

Jenna Jensen is a graduate student, theatre arts, Middlesex University, London, England.

Kaitlyn Johnson is a graduate student, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Kirsten Jordan is a front office associate, Des Moines Children’s Dentistry, Des Moines, Iowa.

Luke Kalal is in aviation, United States Navy.

Analise Keller is a graduate student, occupational therapy, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

Jen Kern is a behavior technician, Balance Autism, Des Moines, Iowa.

Cameron Kiner and Marissa Drake ’18 of Corning, Iowa, married June 8, 2019. Cameron is a personal trainer, CHI Health, Corning.

Drew Kithcart is an actuarial associate, Athene USA, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Taylor Kooker is a team member solutions advisor, Vermeer Corp., Pella, Iowa.

Kelsey Kramer is an athletic training graduate assistant, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Lauren Kriegel is an associate technical analyst, Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa.

Louis Kriegel is an accountant, Tarbell & Co., P.L.C., Prairie City, Iowa.

Caitlyn Landuyt is a resource teacher, Bright Horizons: Vermeer Yellow Iron Academy, Pella, Iowa.

Jacob Lehmkuhl is a sales manager, In’t Veld Meat Market, Pella, Iowa.

Luke Leon is a Diamondkast operator, Perfect Game, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Paige Letcher is a claims adjuster, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Grinnell, Iowa.

Michaela Lillie is a treatment counselor, Orchard Place. She also is a youth specialist, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.

Cara Mack is a brand manager, Bluespace Creative, Denison, Iowa.

Jessica Makenas is a graduate student, Regis University, Denver, Colorado.

Gretchen Mann and Bryant Clapper married June 15, 2019. Gretchen teaches fifth grade reading, seventh grade language arts, Roland-Story Middle School, Story City, Iowa.

Claire Marburger is an office assistant, athletic training room, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

Michaela Mathews is a graduate student, school of dentistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Makenzie Matt teaches fourth grade, Chariton Community School District, Chariton, Iowa.

Devin McCain is a leasing and sales consultant, Richdale Apartments, Des Moines, Iowa.

Quinn McClurg is in private security, G4S Secure Solutions, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Drew McDonough is at Musco Sports Lighting, Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Jamel McKnight is an admission representative, Central College, Pella, Iowa.

Lynzie Miller is an ADA specialist, Balance Autism, Des Moines, Iowa.

Melissa Miller is a risk management associate, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Tylor Newhouse is a staff accountant, Bohr, Dahm, Greif & Associates, P.C., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Aroni Niyikiza teaches English as a second language, CIPTC, Shenzhen City, China.

Alex Oldham is a dental assistant, Anamosa Dental, Anamosa, Iowa.

Tiffany Olerich is a treatment specialist, Community and Family Resources, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Kylie Olson is a graduate student, nursing, Allen College, Waterloo, Iowa.

Kyle Pape is a graduate student, physical therapy, Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa.

Brent Parker is an associate marketplace specialist, Brownells, Inc., Grinnell, Iowa.

Natalie Parker is a medical claims analyst, Equian, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Elizabeth Pearson is a graduate student, social sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

CJ Pestano of Waukee, Iowa, is a software engineer, Woodman Controls Company, Urbandale, Iowa.

Rachel Peter teaches elementary music, Keokuk Community School District, Keokuk, Iowa.

Tristan Peters is a design engineer, Vermeer Corp., Pella, Iowa.

Riley Petersen is a graduate student, sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Chase Petty teaches seventh through 12th grade social studies, Melcher-Dallas Community School District, Melcher-Dallas, Iowa.

Tyler Pfaltzgraff is a soybean research assistant, Stine Seed Company, Adel, Iowa.

Josh Phillips is an associate network administrator, Pella Corp. and head soccer coach, Iowa Rush Soccer Club, Pella, Iowa.

Miguel Pina is a graduate student, nursing, Allen College, Waterloo, Iowa.

Jake Poster is an underwriter trainee, Bitco Insurance Companies, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Dallyn Putz is a graduate student, physical therapy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Danielle Riley is a graduate assistant athletic trainer, Missouri Valley College, Afton, Iowa.

Sydney Roudabush is a graduate student, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Lane Rumelhart is a right of way agent, JCG Land Services, Urbandale, Iowa.

Brandon Ryerson is a production manager, Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa.

Trenton Sann is a member advocate, Businessolver, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Garrett Saunders plays minor league baseball, Atlanta Braves, Danville, Virginia.

John Scearcy is a flex supervisor, Central College, Pella, Iowa.

Andrew Schlatter teaches special education, Brubaker Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa.

Madeline Schmiegelt is a tax accountant, Zurich North America, Schaumburg, Illinois.

Hannah Scotton teaches first grade, Newton Community School District, Newton, Iowa.

Kendra Sexton is an office manager, Sexton Oil Company, Danbury, Iowa.

Paige Shanno is an applied behavioral analyst specialist, Balance Autism, Des Moines, Iowa.

Addison Shrum is a settlement auditor, John Deere. He is also a soccer coach and board member, Genesis Youth Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa.

Scott Sievert is an IT support specialist, Vermeer Corp., Pella, Iowa.

Emma Skahill is a reporter, Knoxville Journal-Express, Knoxville, Iowa.

Taylor Smith is a graduate student, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Josiah Soderstrum is a claims adjuster, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance, Grinnell, Iowa.

Ashley Sojka teaches third grade, North Mahaska Community School District, New Sharon, Iowa.

Jenna Stewart is a graduate student, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado.

Olivia Stoops is a project planning specialist, Musco Lighting Corp., Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Courtney Tabor is a college program member, The Disney Company, Orlando, Florida.

Alex Tamerius is a director of marketing and sales, Precision Optical Group, Creston, Iowa.

Kendra Miller trains teachers, Hope of the Nations, Kigoma, Tanzania.

Steven Tuggle and Dawn Reece, associate professor of sociology

Steven Tuggle poses for a photo with Dawn Reece, associate professor of sociology.

Steven Tuggle is a national resource specialist and park ranger, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Arlington, Texas.

Cody Tuttle is a sales associate, Fastenal, Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Dylan Tuttle is an estimator, Hopkins Roofing, Inc., Pella, Iowa.

Bryant Tyler teaches seventh grade social studies, Central Lee Community School District, Donnellson, Iowa.

Brooke Vanderham teaches kindergarten through fifth grade special education, Dallas Center-Grimes School, Dallas Center, Iowa.

Heidi Vanderholm is a department manager, Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa.

Emily Van Gent is an events and volunteer organizer, Many Hands for Haiti, Pella, Iowa.

Madi Van Gilst is a library reference assistant, Central College, Pella, Iowa.

President Mark Putnam, center, and Associate Professor of Music Gabriel Espinosa ’79 congratulate Jeremy Vester ’19 following graduation.

President Mark Putnam, center, and Associate Professor of Music Gabriel Espinosa ’79 congratulate Jeremy Vester ’19 following graduation.

Jeremy Vester is a graduate student, sciences, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Amy Walter is a graduate student, social sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Devin Walter is a sales and leasing consultant, Richdale Apartments, Des Moines, Iowa.

Kaitlyn Wells teaches special education, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, Iowa.

Lucas Wiebenga is a data analyst consultant, Keyot LLC, Des Moines, Iowa.

Nicole Williams is a product owner/software development, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, Iowa.

Eleanor Witt teaches pre-kindergarten through fourth grade music, Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District, Estherville, Iowa.

Marissa Wright teaches third grade, EdgewoodColesburg School District, Colesburg, Iowa.

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