Continuing & Graduate Program Alumni Board of Directors

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2017-2018 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

My Simpson Experience: Simpson, for me, was family – so many friends and professors supporting my goal of graduating and setting a good example for my daughter.  Tragically, in the Spring of 2008, I lost my father…but the Simpson support never wavered.  When I could have easily taken a break or given up all together, my Simpson family was there supporting me beyond the classroom.  I am happy to say, with their support, I didn’t miss a beat.  I graduated Cum Laude in May 2009 and although he wasn’t sitting in one of those chairs in the gym, I know my dad was there – and he was just as proud of me as my fellow students and teachers.  I wouldn’t have changed my experience for anything.  I learned just as much about myself as I did about the subjects I was studying.

Sarah Davitt ’09 (BA) and ’11 (MAT)

Major: Biology and Master of Arts in Teaching

Employment: Academic Coach, Simpson College

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.

Amy Day ’05

Major: Marketing

Employment: Communications Specialist, Kum & Go

My Simpson Success and Favorite Memory:  As a student, Simpson’s Continuing and Graduate Programs gave me new skills to apply in the workforce, both immediately and in the future.  As a staff member, my favorite memories involve watching students progress from being a little nervous and unsure on their first day of class to confident and capable on graduation day!

Gage Edwards ’10

Major: Marketing

Employment: Logistics Account Manager, Worldwide Logistics




Brady Fry ’15

Major: Business Management

Employment: Category Manger, Casey’s General Stores, Inc.




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




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.


Keely Pueschel ’17

Major: Criminal Justice

Employment: Iowa Department of Corrections

My Favorite Simpson Memory:  My favorite memories of Simpson are the lifelong connections I have made with faculty, staff and fellow students.  I received an uplifting email from one of my favorite professors a few months before graduation that inspired me and reminded me of why I was in the human services field.  I will cherish her words always.

Douglas Smith ’99

Major: Corporate Communications

Employment: Director of the Des Moines Education Association, an affiliate of the ISEA and NEA

A word of advice:  While I was a ‘non-trad’ student at Simpson, I was amazed at the life-long relationship I formed with advisors, professors, and classmates.  Stay determined, stay focused, you can complete your degree regardless of what life throws at you!

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!


Cortney Thede ’17 (Secretary)

Major: Business Management

Employment: Director of Operations-Sales, Principal Financial Group




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.

Alissa Winn ’17

Major: Integrated Marketing Communications

Employment: Business Systems Consultant, Wells Fargo




Lisa Zimmerman ’16

Major: Business Management

Employment: Business Integration Manager at Farmers Mutual Hail

My Favorite Simpson Memory:  The overwhelming support that I received from my advisor, Andrea, as well as the rest of the faculty.  I was motivated and encouraged to continue moving towards the completion of my degree.  I truly believe that is what kept me going through all the busy times as a C&G student.