Alumni Profiles

Hai Trieu Phan

Hai Trieu Phan – Class of 2018 – Czech Republic – Major Engineering Sciences What you do: I am an English and Science teacher in Vietnam. How you want to make a difference: I want to inspire the next generation to become great people. I want them to dream big and reach for the stars. As…

Patricia Lilienthal

Patricia Lilienthal – Class of 2018 – History Collections Coordinator, Exhibit Designer, and Administrative Assistant at the Freeborn County Historical Museum in Albert Lea, MN What you do: I never really have an average day at the museum. I bounce between updating and preserving our collections, designing and executing exhibits, working with the executive director on…

Rebecca Jahns

Rebecca (Riediger) Jahns – Class of 2014 – Biology Husbandry assistant-LTE at the Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo, in Green Bay Wisconsin. What you do: I currently work as a swing keeper taking care of various species of animals at our facility, from reptiles to birds to mammals and everything in between! I completed two avian internships…

Bailey Bautch

Bailey is a 6th Grade teacher at Milroy Public Elementary School, Milroy, Minnesota. What you do: I am a 6th grade general education instructor in the southwestern part of Minnesota. I spend my days helping students discover who they are and why they matter and make a difference in the world. I help by teaching…

Gabrielle Emmons

Gabrielle Emmons – Class of 2017 – History and English What you do: Pursuing a masters in history at the University of Northern Iowa. I am a graduate assistant for the UNI History Department. This semester I have been helping Professor Hettle with his research. What inspires you: I was drawn to the field of history…

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…

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