Continuing & Graduate Program Alumni Board of Directors

The Continuing & Graduate Program Alumni Board of Directors is a group of motivated and successful graduates of the program.  The mission of the Board is to foster lifelong connections in the student and alumni communities and encourage mutually beneficial lifetime support among these constituencies to the College.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, concerns, comments for the Board or individuals residing on the board, please email

2016-2017 Membership

Kelly Babberl ’13

Major: Business Management

Employment: Contract Analyst at Wells Fargo

My Simpson Experience: Not only do I feel that I received an outstanding education that prepared me for my next steps of graduate school, I truly enjoyed the networking opportunities that participating in the C&G Program offered me.

Shellie Benson ’12

Major: Business Management

Employment: Technology Manager at Wells Fargo

April Betzer ’09

Major: Business Management/Marketing

Employment: Client Specialist at Benefit Source Inc.

Lori Card ’10

Major: Corporate Communications

Employment: Pathway Navigator at DMACC

My Simpson Experience: My success at Simpson gave me the confidence to leave a dead end job and move to a career path that has meaning and purpose.  The lessons I learned from the professors, advisors and staff at Simpson changed my life and I am forever grateful for it.

Katherine Craven ’12

Major: Master of Arts in Teaching

Employment: Teacher at Colfax-Mingo Community School District

Sarah Davitt ’09 (BA) and ’11 (MAT)

Major: Biology and Master of Arts in Teaching

Employment: Teacher at Central Academy, Des Moines Public Schools

My Simpson Experience: Simpson was a place where I could truly be myself, pursue what I was interested in, and be supported in every way by all of the staff members I encountered.  The professors at Simpson truly cared about me as a student and as a future professional.

Susanne Gerlach ’07 (Past-President)

Major: Marketing

Employment: Senior Managing Consultant with PFM Financial Advisors LLC

My Simpson Experience: Being a Simpson College alumna continues to provide opportunities for career enhancement, philanthropic generosity, personal development and life-long friendships.

David Hawkins ’14

Major: Business Administration

Employment: Operational Risk Manager at Wells Fargo

My Simpson Experience: I realized I am a life-long learner and Simpson provided me with objectivity which helped me progress in my career.

Jessica Hazelton ’07 (BA) ’13 (MAT)

Major: Psychology and Master of Arts in Teaching

Employment: Teacher at Indianola School District

My Simpson Experience: Simpson is always going to be a part of who I am.  From the beautiful campus to my classmates and professors, it all will always hold a special place in my heart.

Melissa Kauffman ’10

Major: Business Management

Employment: Account Executive at Jester Insurance Services

Deb Madison-Levi ’09

Major: Communications

Employment: Executive Assistant at Affiliates Management Company

My Simpson Experience: While I had extraordinary mentors during my early career path, I decided to seek my bachelors degree at Simpson College during the busiest time of my adult life.  Simpson College supported me every step of the way.  While it took me several years to get my degree, it was the best ten years of incredible experience and learning that I’ll ever have.  I’m truly grateful for my Simpson College experience!

Holly Merk ’16

Major: Marketing & Integrated Marketing Communications

Employment: Director of Marketing & Admissions at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

Bryce Pieper ’16

Major: Business Management

Employment: Iowa Student Loan

My Simpson Success:  As my academic adviser Andrea did a great job of continuing to push me towards completion of my degree without pushing too much.

Ann Powell ’13 (Secretary)

Major: Business Management

Employment: Executive Assistant at Global Atlantic Financial Group

Stacy Smith ’07

Major: Rhetoric and Speech Communication

Employment: Medical Assisting Program Chair/Assistant Professor at Mercy College of Health Sciences

My Simpson Success:  I graduated Summa Cum Laude

Terri Steinmann ’10

Major: Master of Arts in Teaching

Employment: Teacher at Des Moines Public Schools

My Simpson Experience: I was in the very first cohort of the Simpson MAT program.  We were small but mighty!

Katie Truetken ’12 (President)

Major: Business Management

Employment: Sr. Client Account Consultant at Mercer

My Simpson Experience: I enjoy the lifelong friendships and connections I’ve made throughout my time at Simpson.  I am grateful for the opportunity to stay involved by serving on the C&G Alumni Board of Directors.  I look forward to future opportunities to serve Simpson College so that I may always stay connected and give back to my alma mater.