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Graduate Recognition 2020

Grand View University wants to celebrate our soon-to-be 2020 graduates for all of their accomplishments! Help us in congratulating the amazing individuals below and learn more about their post-graduation goals.


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Adriana Rodriguez

Degree: Biology
Hometown: Yauco, Puerto Rico
Post-Graduation: Attend Palmer Chiropractor College.

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Alexandria Hackley

Degree: Elementary Education
Hometown: Clarion, IA
Post-Graduation: I will be teaching special education in the Des Moines Public School District starting in the fall.

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Allie Dmyterko

Degree: Kinesiology
Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Post-Graduation: Attend Drake University's Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program in August.

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Ashley Prusha

Degree: Accounting & Business Finance
Hometown: Amana, IA
Post-Graduation: Start working full time for the Iowa Donor Network as their accounts receivable specialist. The Iowa Donor Network is a non-profit organization that helps coordinates all organ and tissue transplants across the state.

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Ashley Van Gorp

Degree: Kinesiology & Health Promotion
Hometown: Reasnor, IA
Post-Graduation: I currently am a full time personal/group trainer and wellness consultant in West Des Moines, and i am in the works of developing my own business named Ashley Van Gorp Wellness in hopes of opening a gym in the future.

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Asmir Besic

Degree: Business Management, Management Information Systems
Hometown: Urbandale, IA
Post-Graduation: Develop and grow a successful business that I created 4 years ago. Continue to work hard in the Information Technology field while finishing a Master's in Business Management. And of course... relax and enjoy life whenever I can.

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Austin Hill

Degree: Psychology
Hometown: Pella, IA
Post-Graduation: Attend Buena Vista University for my Master's in School Counseling.

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Austin Miller

Degree: Biology - Pre-Med
Hometown: Mason City, IA
Post-Graduation: I have accepted a research position at Des Moines University for the summer of 2020 and also plan on working at Childserve. While working both jobs I will be applying to medical school to pursue my dream job of becoming a physician.

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Becca Sotos

Degree: Social Work
Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
Post-Graduation: My plans after graduation are to work for a foster care agency in Illinois and to get married in August!

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Benjamin Ferkin

Degree: Sport Management
Hometown: Waukee, IA
Post-Graduation: Work full-time in the electrical sales industry, while coaching high school football.

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Benjamin Slavens

Degree: Kinesiology
Hometown: Bettendorf, IA
Post-Graduation: Attend Palmer Chiropractic graduate school in Port Orange, Florida.

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Bobby Yarngo

Degree: Business Administration
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: After graduation I'm planning on finding a job in my field of study.

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Brenna Jeter

Degree: Nursing-BSN
Hometown: Williamsburg, IA
Post-Graduation: I have accepted a full-time RN position at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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Chelsea Cline

Degree: MS in Sport Management
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: I am currently working with the leading collegiate sports marketing company, Learfield IMG College.

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Christine Meeks

Degree: Social Work
Hometown: Boone, IA
Post-Graduation: Continue to grow within my current job, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter or move out of the state to further my education. Within five years, I plan to obtain my Master's in Social Work and a certificate in Spanish.

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Cole Peters

Degree: Psychology
Hometown: Newton, IA
Post-Graduation: Pursue a job in the financial field.

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Courtney Jacobsen

Degree: Kinesiology
Hometown: Newton, IA
Post-Graduation: I will be attending physical therapy school at an undecided university beginning in the fall of 2021.

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Derly Beacom

Degree: Social Work
Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to attend graduate school.

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Devin Kono

Degree: Master's in Organizational Leadership
Hometown: Bondurant, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to continue working in the banking industry, but utilizing my newly acquired skill set. I am currently exploring options on which PhD program will best fit me.

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Diana Castellanos

Degree: Graphic Design
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: I would like to find a job in my field and in the future get a Master's in Fine Arts.

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Elizabeth Weinheimer

Degree: Accounting & Business Administration
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: Continue working for Wells Fargo.

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Emily Olson

Degree: Kinesiology
Hometown: Story City, IA
Post-Graduation: Attend Allen College to obtain my Master's in Occupational Therapy.

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Eric Mikel Ada

Degree: Biology
Hometown: Guam
Post-Graduation: I plan to further my education and attend Physician Assistant school.

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Gavin Jones

Degree: Psychology & Human Services
Hometown: Osceola, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to move to Florida and continue to work with individuals with disabilities.

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Grant Crowell

Degree: Business Finance & Business Management
Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: Enter the business world.

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Grant Sherman

Degree: Psychology
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: I will be working with children in the Des Moines area in need of help with their mental health and well-being.

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Jacob Lietz

Degree: Computer Science & Finance
Hometown: Colfax, IA
Post-Graduation: Working full-time at Principal Financial Group as a full-stack software engineer, as well as coaching football at my high school alma-mater.

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Jaime Durbin

Degree: Secondary Education & English
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to either teach middle school or high school English here in Iowa.

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John Ross

Degree: Digital Media Production
Hometown: Marshalltown, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to move to Fort Collins, Colorado to help church plant with the Salt Company, while also looking for a job within content creation. I also plan to go back to school, attending Liberty University online to receive a degree in ministries.

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Kaci Bradish

Degree: B.A.
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: Graduate school for occupational therapy.

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Katelyn Kime

Degree: Nursing
Hometown: Pella, IA
Post-Graduation: I'll be working at Pella Regional Health Center where I accepted a specialty in training position getting experience in the ER, OB, and Medsurg! Can't wait to finally be a NURSE!

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Katelynne Belcher

Degree: Elementary Education
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to stay in the Des Moines area and find a teaching job with the Des Moines Public School District or other surrounding districts.

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Kelsey Woodruff

Degree: Journalism & Public Relations
Hometown: Carlisle, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to continue working at Polk County Health Services in marketing and communications.

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Kyle Haynes

Degree: Business Administration - Finance & International Business
Hometown: Ankeny, IA
Post-Graduation: Work at Wells Fargo as a consumer loan underwriter.

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Libby Hennings

Degree: Human Services, Minor in Psychology
Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to work for an agency serving individuals in need of assistance. I will continue to advocate on behalf of women and survivors of domestic violence.

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Lisa Schroeder

Degree: Nursing
Hometown: Farley ,IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to move to Scottsdale, AZ and pursue my nursing career.

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Logan Gilman

Degree: Biotechnology & Biology
Hometown: Monroe, IA
Post-Graduation: I will be working at Heska Corporation in Pleasant Hill as a lap technician in their cattle vaccine division.

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Ludvig Saldh

Degree: Business Administration - Finance
Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden
Post-Graduation: Work as an auditor at Ernst & Young in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Mackenzie Lancaster

Degree: Liberal Arts, Minor in Psychology
Hometown: Norwalk, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to finish nursing school at DMACC, while hopefully working as a CNA or PCT at a hospital. I hope to work with some form of psychology.

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Madilyn Highland

Degree: Kinesiology & Health Promotion
Hometown: Nevada, IA
Post-Graduation: I am attending Des Moines University for my Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education and Promotion.

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Maria Mayland

Degree: Liberal Arts
Hometown: Buffalo Center, IA
Post-Graduation: I plan to stay and work full time in Des Moines and volunteer within the community.

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Nicholas Bentley

Degree: Human Services
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Post-Graduation: I would like to work in the senior housing field - planning, implementing and monitoring services for residents and to assure high quality care.

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Noor Abdulrazzak

Degree: Biology, Minor in Psychology
Hometown: Des Moines, IA / Iraq, Baghdad
Post-Graduation: I plan to go into the work field with my degree.

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Raven Jones

Degree: Political Science
Hometown: Clinton, IA
Post-Graduation: After graduation and the effects of COVID-19, I plan on traveling Europe for a few months to learn more about the various cultures and diversity of people. Following my trip to Europe, I will attend law school in the fall of 2021.

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Revay Stewart

Degree: Psychology
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: My goal is to pursue medical school.

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Riley McCoy

Degree: Biology
Hometown: Ankeny, IA
Post-Graduation: Attend the University of Iowa to complete my Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

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Selena Dominguez

Degree: Graphic Design & Photography
Hometown: Wilton, Iowa
Post-Graduation: I hope to expand my artist career by growing online and creating books.

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Shelby Mathany

Degree: Nursing - BSN
Hometown: Carlisle, IA
Post-Graduation: After graduation, I will begin studying for the NCLEX and hopefully pass on my first try. After receiving state licensure, I plan to begin working as a nurse resident in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, IA. Nursing school has been a challenging, rewarding and life-changing endeavor and I can't wait to be a nurse!

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Steven Gregory

Degree: Accounting & Management
Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Post-Graduation: I have accepted a position as a staff accountant at BerganKDV in Urbandale.

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Taylor Kearney

Degree: Biology
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Post-Graduation: In June 2021, I will continue my education by pursuing a master's degree as a physician assistant. With my year off, I plan to continue to work for Blank Children's Hospital and spend time with family and friends.

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Tom Le

Degree: Biochemistry
Hometown: Clive, IA
Post-Graduation: I'm most likely going to take a gap year and work. During that time, I plan to study for the MCAT and do some shadowing of doctors to get a feel for what I'm getting myself into. It's all tentative of course, given there's a pandemic going on and everything. I'm doing my small part to help our tight-knit community weather this unprecedented storm now and for years to come. I'm certainly going to miss this place, especially with all of the memories and connections I've made over the past two years. It's the end of a chapter in my life, but what a chapter it has been!

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Zachary Perkins

Degree: MIS
Hometown: New Hampton ,IA
Post-Graduation: I currently work as an IT analyst for an amazing company, Kemin Industries. I hope by obtaining this degree, it will allow me to grow within my career at Kemin and open the doors to new opportunities. I also plan to pursue my Master's in Business Administration through Iowa starting in January.