2020: Where Are They Now?

It’s been less than a year since they graduated, but members of Central’s Class of 2020 are already making their mark in the world.

Students from the Class of 2020 look on as Kellie Gorsche Markey ’88 addresses them during her Commencement speech in September.

Students from the Class of 2020 look on as Kellie Gorsche Markey ’88 addresses them during her Commencement speech in September.

Tara Abbott is a graduate student at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

Jon Alberts in a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Huntley, Illinois.

Jared Almandinger is an eighth grade science teacher for West Des Moines Community Schools in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Michael Anderson is an actuarial student at Sammons Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa.

Magen Andrasko is a children’s ministry administrator at Citrus Church in Winter Garden, Florida.

Elisa Askelsen is a graduate student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Chelsey Barrett is an accountant at UNFI in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Madison Borden is a loan specialist at Veterans United Home Loans in Lenexa, Kansas.

Alexis Brown married Brandon Sjullie on July 12, 2019. She works in business application technical support at Corteva Agriscience for the Palmer Group in Johnston, Iowa.

Kendall Brown teaches second grade at Albia Community School in Albia, Iowa.

Elizabeth Budiselich is continuing her education at Buena Vista University to become a secondary art teacher.

Olivia Buseman is a high school science teacher at BCLUW Community School District in Conrad, Iowa.

Mary Busker is a youth supervisor at Ponds Reformed Church in Oakland, New Jersey.

Brianna Carlson is an assistant manager at Cinemark in Altoona, Iowa.

Shelby Casner teaches third grade at Pella Community Schools in Pella, Iowa.

Brooke Caves is a kindergarten teacher at Southeast Polk Community School District in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

Courtney Comstock is a staff accountant for Terex Cranes in Waverly, Iowa.

Nick Cooper is a chemist/ product developer at Rohde Brothers, Inc., in Plymouth, Wisconsin.

Shayla Cox is an associate at The Well Resource Center in Pella, Iowa.

Sydney Cummings is a graduate student at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Maddie DeLeon is a graduate student in biomedical sciences at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Nicole Del Re is a lab technician II at Wacker Chemical in Eddyville, Iowa.

Erin Dilger is a human resources assistant at Innovative Injection Technologies in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Hana Edgerton is a volunteer at Conservation Corps in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mikaela Erickson is a staffing recruiter at Apex Systems in Omaha, Nebraska.

Christian Escobar is a police officer for the City of Ames in Ames, Iowa.

Kristin Fick is a graduate student at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois.

Nathan Fitzgerald is an electrical engineer at Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa.

Corbin Folsom is a project coordinator at PMAlliance, Inc., in Davenport, Iowa.

Raigen Furness is a graphic designer at Flynn Wright in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tori Fyfe is the AmeriCorps civic action plan coordinator for community-based learning at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Stephanie Garcia Guerrero is a registered behavior technician at Behavioral Perspective, Inc., in Aurora, Illinois.

Phillip Garcia is a Chicago area sales person at Safe Science in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Ali Gremminger is working on a scuba diving boat and finishing training as a dive master in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Collin Groleau is a yard loader at Advanced Drainage Systems in Mendota, Illinois.

Emily Hauser is a CNA at Suncrest Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dylan Heetland is a software developer at Advanced Technologies Group in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Edmond Henning is a product specialist at Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa.

Taylor Hepp is an assistant auditor for the State of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa.

Amelia Howard is a graduate student at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Brady Johnson is a K-12 physical education teacher and assistant football coach at Coon RapidsBayard School in Coon Rapids, Iowa.

Jake Johnson is a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, and is working on a master’s degree at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.

Jackee Jones is a host/server at Tater Patch in Rolla, Missouri.

Liz Jones is a special education teacher at Des Moines Public Schools in Des Moines, Iowa.

Natalie Jones is a Title 1 Reading teacher at Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa.

Haley Jorgensen is an investment operations coordinator at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kailey Klein is a pricer at Stuff, Etc., in Coralville, Iowa.

Evan Kratochvil is a paraprofessional at KIPP Austin Collegiate in Austin, Texas.

Brittney Latcham is a special education teacher for the Waukee School District in Waukee, Iowa.

Duncan Lee is a computer applications developer at Pella Corporation in Pella, Iowa.

Susanne Lupkes is a wellness professional at Bethany Village in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Parker Majerus is a Spanish and English teacher at Hudson Community School District in Hudson, Iowa.

Reece Martin works in delivery for Amazon.com in Des Moines, Iowa.

Connor McAdoo is a warehouse assistant at Echo Electric Supply in Des Moines, Iowa.

Madi McDowell is a fourth grade teacher at Newton Community School District in Newton, Iowa.

Ashley Meldrum is in the physical therapy program at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Christa Miller is in a yearlong residency at Hidden Acres Christian Center in Dayton, Iowa.

Stacy Mohr is a marketing coordinator at Hopkins Roofing in Pella, Iowa.

Jaden Moody is in the management trainee program at Murphy-Hoffman Company in Des Moines, Iowa.

Becca Moore is a first grade teacher at Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa.

Mason Muur is a teacher at Regents School of Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Emily O’Brien is a graduate assistant at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Madelyn Overton is a cheer coach at Adel DeSoto Minburn High School in Adel, Iowa.

Lexie Patton is a claims adjuster at Grinnell Mutual in Grinnell, Iowa.

Anna Rathmeier Petty is a second grade teacher in the Des Moines Public Schools in Des Moines, Iowa.

Austin Pfiffner is a working on a master’s degree in data science and analytics at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Elin Phipps is the director of volunteers at Special Olympics in Grimes, Iowa.

John Polk is an electrical engineer at Dexter Laundry in Fairfield, Iowa.

Chloe Pruhs is working toward a master’s degree in social work at the University Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Daniel Radcliffe is an assistant wrestling coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Andrew Ramsey is working on a paralegal certification at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa.

Claire Rettig is in the accelerated nursing program at Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa.

Kobe Rhodes works in the pro shop at Bent Tree Golf Club in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Sarah Steffensmeier Richardson offers English language learners support at Mad Rivers Schools in Riverside, Ohio.

Hunter Robinson is an insurance agent at Great American Senior Benefits in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Michelle Rus is a high school English teacher at Abundant Life Christian School in Madison, Wisconsin.

Cierra Rustad is a health care manager at Proteus, Inc., in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kate Safford is a tax consultant at Property Valuation Services in Kansas City, Kansas.

Caleb Schlatter is a systems analyst at Pella Corporation in Pella, Iowa.

Anna Shapiro is a graduate student at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Cody Smith is a sales advisor at Ridgeway Petroleum in Lansing, Illinois.

Lillian Smithson is working toward a master’s degree in public health relations at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Amanda Snyder is in the sales development program at Pella Corporation in Pella, Iowa.

Sarah Sponder is an eighth grade math teacher at Marshalltown Community School District in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Ryan Sprain is an actuarial technician at EMC Insurance Company in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sarah Stephan is a fourth grade teacher at Polo School District in Polo, Illinois.

William Struass is a motor transportation operator for the U.S. Army.

Macy Torgerson is a patient screener at Pella Regional Health Center in Pella, Iowa.

Avynne Trembly is a programming intern at ARC Group Worldwide in Longmont, Colorado.

Sarah Van Weelden is a sales clerk at Jaarsma Bakery in Pella, Iowa.

Grace Vaughn is a social work graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin.

Eric Visscher is an architectural engineer at Pella Corporation in Pella, Iowa.

Elliot Weidenaar is a graduate student at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan.

Anne Williamson is a graduate student at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Emily Opsal Wilson is a utility analyst I for the State of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tanner Zimmerman is a graduate student at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.

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