Alumni Profiles

Danielle Cagle

Danielle Cagle -Class of 2018 – Elementary Education What you do: Kindergarten teacher MACCRAY East Elementary School Raymond, MN At MACCRAY we typically have a 4-day school week (on occasion we will have school on Monday’s, but not frequently). I am one of two Kindergarten teachers at MACCRAY East. I spend my school days teaching students…

Katherine Caflisch

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences PhD Program; Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics track Est. graduation date 2022 What you do: I work in an infectious diseases lab where I study the potential of a class of viruses (called “bacteriophages”) to be used as a therapeutic alternative to antibiotics as the drug-resistant crisis looms…

Avis Van Zomeren

Avis Van Zomeren – Graduation Year 2017 – Business Administration Customer and Product Support Representative, John Deere, Moline, IL What you do: I am in Deere’s marketing and customer support development program, which involves three different rotations to three separate locations and projects over the course of approximately two years. My first rotation was in…

Peter Bockoven

Peter Bockoven – Class of 2018 – History Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Theology/Pastoral Ministry, Graduation May 2022       What you do: I study theology at the Seminary to prepare for the pastoral ministry. The study of theology is, most simply, the study of who God is and what his will is as revealed…

Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller – Class of 2014 – Major: Communication Digital Media Coordinator – City of Savage – Savage, MN Freelance On-field Utility – Minnesota Vikings – Eagan, MN Freelance Replay/Camera Operator – Mediacom – Chanhassen, MN What you do: Create government programming for all city departments to communicate with residents. Assist camera operators on field…

Kaitlyn Kiecker

Research Technologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota   What you do: I work in a pre-analytical laboratory in the Biorepositories Program at Mayo Clinic. My department is responsible for all DNA and RNA extractions, mostly from fresh blood, but also frozen blood, cells, tissue and saliva. I work in a very team-oriented lab, so…

Education major Noah Battenfeld in gym with young students.

Noah Battenfeld

What you do: Kindergarten Teacher at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School, Kasson, Minnesota In my free time I enjoy collecting basketball cards and doing woodworking (I build birdhouses, benches, and things for my classroom). I’m a big family guy and love being outdoors. I work a lot and enjoy every job that I have had since I…

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Kayla Norris

What you do: Third Grade Elementary School Teacher at Morris Bye Elementary in the Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools – Coon Rapids, Minnesota I teach ELA, math, and social studies to 24 kids in a low-income school five days per week. We do reading in the morning and math and social studies in the afternoon. We do…

MacKenzie Lindstrom

What you do: U.S. Bank, Mankato City Center Branch, Mankato, MN. Position: Credit Review Specialist 2 I started with U.S. Bank in an internship position the summer after my sophomore year at Bethany. Throughout college I worked part time and was offered a full time position upon graduation. As a Credit Review Specialist, I am…

Andrew Jelken

Andrew Jelkin

What you do: Credit Analyst, U.S. Bank, Mankato, MN, Head Boys Tennis Coach, Mankato West High School, Mankato, MN As a credit analyst, my work day is spent underwriting the bank’s commercial loan portfolio to address and mitigate the applicable risks to the bank. On a daily basis, my responsibilities include financial statement spreading, loan…

Issac Rice at TCF Bank Stadium, home of Minnesota United soccer.

Isaac Rice

Photo by David Norris Issac Rice at TCF Bank Stadium, home of Minnesota United soccer. Bethany alumnus Isaac Rice (’13) is on his way to becoming a broadcast media leader in the Twin Cities. Rice is directing the Fox Sports broadcasts of the Minnesota United Major League Soccer Club. A native of the western Michigan community of Covert,…

emma kinney

Emma Kinney (’16)

Emma Kinney, a 2016 Bethany graduate, is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan. WHAT YOU DO • • • I am a scholar of organizational communication in a program that specializes in quantitative research methods. Beyond my research and coursework, I also…

Emily Heintz ('12)

Emily Heintz (’12)

Emily, a 2012 Bethany graduate, is a 5-6th grade teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Courtland, Minnesota. WHAT YOU DO • • • I teach 5-6th grade, all core subjects except math, and 7-8th grade science and social studies, plus hand bells and religion (and a little Spanish vocab). I am one of the directors…

Taylor Friehl (2016)

Taylor Friehl (’16)

Taylor Friehl, a 2016 Bethany graduate, is a graphic designer with Mortarr in Albert Lea, Minnesota. WHAT YOU DO • • • I am a graphic designer and photographer at Mortarr, the world’s leading online inspiration gallery and networking platform developed exclusively for the commercial construction and design industry. Mortarr is a source for inspiration,…

Ashley Landru (Schwichtenberg) (2011)

Ashley (Schwictenberg) Landru

Ashley Landru, a 2011 Bethany graduate, is a sixth grade teacher at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Public Schools in Morristown, Minnesota. WHAT YOU DO • • • I spend my day loving my job while I teach social studies and language arts to sixth graders. I love sharing my love of books each day and laughing with my…

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