Current Fellows

Valerie Goodhue-Nolte – Class of 2015

Valerie Nolte - Culver Fellow Class of 2015 Valerie Goodhue-Nolte is a Culver Fellow from Carlisle, Iowa. She is a double major in French and Spanish, with minor  concentrations in Political Science and History. Goodhue-Nolte participates in Simpson College Republicans and Simpson Students for  Life. In the future, she would like to be a high school foreign language teacher. Public policy and service are both important to her  because her goal is to make a positive change in this country by inspiring her future students to be active members of the community.  “The Culver Fellowship has provided some wonderful opportunities such as bringing amazing speakers to campus.”​

Kyle Hauswirth – Class of 2015

Kyle Hauswirth - Culver Fellow Class of 2015 Kyle Hauswirth is a Culver Fellow from Corwith, Iowa. Hauswirth, like many other Culver Fellows, is also double majoring at  SimpsonCollege. His majors are Political Science and Marketing. In the future, Hauswirth hopes to work in  politics because he would like to make the United States stronger and a better place to live. He is a member of the  largest North American Greek-letter fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Hauswirth currently serves as the Eminent  Recorder for Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He is also involved with the Freemasons and Inter fraternity Council. To him,  public policy and service have both been extremely important from the very start. He has always wanted to help  people and to make the world thrive.

“It has been a great opportunity and honor to be a Culver Fellow. It has allowed me to travel to great places such as  Harvard, and really do some serious networking and working on my career. I’m really looking forward to the future  of the Center and all the good it will do.”

Steffi Lee – Class of 2015

Steffi Lee - Culver Fellow Class of 2015 Steffi Lee is a Culver Fellow from Anaheim, California. She is pursuing a major in Multimedia Journalism and a  minor in Political Science. Upon graduation in May 2015, she hopes to become a broadcast journalist. At Simpson,  she serves as the editor-in-chief of The Simpsonian and is a member of Pi Beta Phi. She also works as a part-time  reporter, editor and photographer at KCCI, the CBS affiliate television station in Des Moines. She previously studied  abroad in Poland as a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar. “Being a Culver Fellow is one of the greatest honors. This  fellowship has allowed me to deepen my understanding of public policy. It has also allowed me to participate in  activities such as the CBS student panel with Scott Pelley in the evening news. It even furthers my conviction about  how service is extremely imperative to keep our country flourishing.”

Thomas Sanford – Class of 2015

Tom Sanford - Culver Fellow Class of 2015 Thomas Sanford is a senior Culver Fellow from New Hampton, Iowa. He will graduate in May of 2015 with a major in  Political Science and minor in Business Management. Sanford intends to go to law school after graduating from Simpson.  Following law school, Sanford hopes to one day return to rural Iowa and work to improve the already wonderful  community that he grew up in. Having recently returned from a semester abroad in Adelaide, Australia, he will continue to  work at his internship with the US Department of Justice at the United States Attorney’s Office for the remainder of his  Simpson career. Additionally, he remains heavily involved on Simpson’s campus not only as a Culver Fellow, but also as a  member of Pre-Law Society and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Being taught to always leave everywhere better than he  found it, public policy and service are important tools that Sanford hopes to use to improve the world.  “Through the  lifelong friendships and connections that the Center helped me make, and the unbelievable experiences that it has offered  me, I can now confidently say that being a Culver Fellow has been key to my success at Simpson.”

MacKenzie Bills – Class of 2016

MacKenzie Bills - Culver Fellow Class of 2016MacKenzie Bills is a Culver Fellow from Altoona, Iowa. At Simpson, she is majoring in Political Science and International Relations and is pursuing minors in French and Religion. Bills aspires to work abroad for non-governmental organizations and travel. She also hopes to serve as a state senator one day. She is heavily involved on Simpson’s campus, as a Culver Fellow, Wesley Service Scholar, Pi Beta Phi, Simpson College Democrats, and is Interfaith Undergrad Assistant through Simpson’s Religious Life Community. In the past, she has interned for former U.S. Representative Leonard L. Boswell on his 2012 congressional campaign. As someone who is deeply passionate about public policy and politics, Bills founded and is currently the president of Simpson Votes. Her passion for civic engagement has opened up many opportunities for her. She was able to promote and engage students across the southern half of Iowa’s college campuses as Campus Election Engagement Project’s Iowan contact and will further her voter engagement work across the state as the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Iowa Ambassador. In the summer of 2013, she also interned in Washington D.C. for U.S. Representative Bruce Braley’s office and was a Virtual Intern for the U.S. State Department. MacKenzie is currently the Government Affairs intern for LS2group and is excited to see government affairs impact in the 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature. Public policy is important to Bills because she believes it strengthens democracy. It encourages everyone to have an opinion which leads to a better world.

“The Culver program has connected me with so many people and organizations. I have had some great opportunities and will have numerous more to come. Lastly, I have made some great friendships out of it.”

Ethan Fredrick – Class of 2016

Ethan Fredrick - Culver Fellow Class of 2016 Ethan Fredrick is a Culver Fellow from Ankeny, Iowa. He is a double major in History and Economics who is  working towards becoming a high school social studies teacher. He was a page in the Iowa Senate, a fellow for the  Obama for America campaign in 2012, and is the Simpson College Student Body President for 2015.  Ethan served  as the  Student Body treasurer from September 2013 to December 2014.  He has presided over the Simpson College  Democrats,  Inter-Fraternity council and been active within his own fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.  He is  member of the growing  Simpson Speech and Debate team.  He is also an assistant coach of the Ankeny High  School Debate team. Public  service is important to Fredrick because society is shaped by individual choices. He  feels his participation allows him to  input his values into the process, and he believes that a true test of public  service is encouraging others to share their  beliefs and ideas in our decisions as well.​

Molly Monk – Class of 2016

Molly Monk - Culver Fellow Class of 2016 Molly Monk is a junior Culver Fellow from Rochester, Minnesota pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in French. She plans to use her degree to one day work with a non-governmental organization crafting public policy. Currently, Molly works as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Des Moines Catholic Worker, a local homeless outreach center. Recently, she interned for the Iowa Senate Democratic Research Team and worked with the American Legion Auxiliary as a convention speaker and a counselor for their Girls State and Girls Nation programs. She spent the spring semester 2014 studying abroad in French Polynesia as a Cowles Fellow. While she is definitely suffering from sunshine withdrawal, she is working on research regarding the politics of independence in French Polynesia and will be presenting her findings in spring 2015.

“The Culver Center made it possible for me to attend Simpson College. I’m thankful for all of the opportunities it has created for me and the people I have been able to meet.”

Michelle Beving – Class of 2017

Michelle Beving - Culver Fellow Class of 2016 Michelle Beving is a Culver Fellow from Hartley, Iowa, where she attended Hartley Melvin Sanborn High  School. She is pursuing double majors in Political Science and Religion. In addition to being a Culver Fellow,  Michelle is involved in Speech and Debate, serves as Community Service Chair of Rotaract, and is a Wesley Service  Scholar.




Tegan Jarchow – Class of 2017

Tegan Jarchow - Culver Fellow Class of 2017 Tegan Jarchow is a Culver Fellow from Prairie Village, Kansas. She  studied at Shawnee Mission South High School before coming to  Simpson College. Her parents are Jan and Pete Jarchow. She also has a  brother, Zach Jarchow. She became interested in politics and public  policy because she has always been interested in history and current  events. She believes patterns of politics and policy contribute to history  and how our society is maintained. She hails from a family that  discusses politics a lot. She is constantly inspired to use politics and  public policy as an end to better society and individual people’s lives. At  Simpson, she is majoring in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. After graduating from Simpson, she is interested in joining the Peace Corps, doing policy analysis or formulation, working for an NGO, or doing lobbying or issue advocacy. She is involved in Simpson College Democrats, Environmental Awareness Club, Rotaract Club, Social Justice Book Club, Religious Life Community events, Pizza and Philosophy, and Speech and Debate.​

Kiley Murray – Class of 2017

Kiley Murray - Culver Fellow Class of 2017 Kiley Murray is a Culver Fellow majoring in Economics, with minors in Political Science and Ethics. Originally from  Evergreen, Colorado, where she lives with her mother, Kathy, and her sister, Shannon, she graduated from Conifer High  School, where she found her interest in government and public policy, as well as economics. When she’s not studying to  someday become president of the United States, Kiley is involved in the Simpson College Pride Club, Speech and Debate  team, Where’s The Fun? Club, Simpson College Democrats, Simpson College Rotaract Club, and is a member of the Delta  Delta Delta sorority. After college, Kiley plans on going to graduate school to pursue her doctorate in Economics.

Emily Ortiz – Class of 2017

Emily Ortiz - Culver Fellow Class of 2017

Emily Ortiz is a Culver Fellow from Lawrence, Kansas. She attended  Lawrence High  School before coming to Simpson. Both of her parents  are politically active, so from a  young age, she has grown up around  politics. Her parents’ enthusiasm about politics  sparked her interest in  public policy. She is majoring in History and Political Science. In  addition to being a Culver Fellow, she participates in the Simpson  College Speech and  Debate team and is active in Simpson College  Democrats. “The Culver Center has provided  me with the opportunity to visit Washington D.C., an unforgettable trip that has furthered  my interest in the politics of our nation, a field which I am thinking of going into.” She  believes that service and public policy are important because they create fundamental  understandings between people.

Britney Samuelson – Class of 2017

Britney Samuelson - Culver Fellow Class of 2017 Britney Samuelson is a Culver Fellow from Newton, Iowa. She is majoring in Social Justice, Applied  Philosophy, and Spanish  with a minor in Latin American Studies. Currently, Britney is the philanthropy chair of  the Simpson College chapter of Delta Delta  Delta, and she also does volunteer work with the Wesley Service  Scholars program on campus.​ Britney’s interest in politics began  when she served as a page in the Iowa Senate  during her junior year in high school. Ever since then, she has been interested in how  politics and government  impact lives. Her future plans involve attending graduate school for a master’s degree in public policy, then  working with an organization to protect civil rights. Public policy is important to Britney because she believes it  has the power to  make a positive difference in all people’s lives.​

Olivia Anderson – Class of 2018

Olivia Anderson - Culver Fellow Class of 2018 Olivia Anderson is a Culver Fellow from Oak Ridge, North Carolina. Olivia has always been very interested in  politics, as a leader in her high school’s Speech and Debate Team, Tarheel Girls State participant, and intern for  U.S. Representative Howard Coble. At Simpson, she is pursuing a triple major in Political Science, Spanish, and  Philosophy. Olivia is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Student Government Association,  Simpson Votes, Philosophy over Pizza, and an active participant on the Simpson College Speech and Debate Team.  Upon graduation, Olivia plans to complete either her J.D. or master’s degree leading to a career focusing on  domestic/international civil rights and civil liberties. “The Culver Fellowship is the reason why I chose to attend  Simpson. I look forward to participating in the Capitol Hill Internship Program as well as becoming involved in  the thrilling world of Iowa politics.”​

Niki Dean – Class of 2018

Niki Dean - Culver Fellow Class of 2018

Niki Dean is a Culver Fellow from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and is  currently majoring in Political Science at Simpson. Niki hopes to graduate in three years to attend law school at the  University of Iowa. The Culver Public Policy Center was one of the main reasons Niki decided to attend Simpson as  it provides many involvement opportunities to expand her interest and knowledge of politics.  Aside from being a  Culver Fellow, Niki is on the Simpson volleyball team, a member of the TRiO program, and a member of the pre- law society.



Kara Eischen – Class of 2018

Kara Eischen - Culver Fellow Class of 2018

Kara Eischen is a Culver Fellow from Wesley, Iowa. She graduated  from Bishop Garrigan High School and is majoring in Criminal Justice  at Simpson College. She plays on the Simpson softball team. Kara enjoys  being a Culver Fellow because it gives her the opportunity to explore  important issues in politics and public policy and keeps her engaged  with the community.




Zach Goodrich – Class of 2018

Zach Goodrich - Culver Fellow Class of 2018

Zach Goodrich is a Culver  Fellow from Grimes, Iowa,  where he attended Dallas  Center-Grimes High School.  Zach became interested in  politics while taking U.S.  History and U.S. Government  Advanced Placement classes  in high school and  participating in the Capitol Project, which included a week-long mock legislative session at the Iowa State Capitol in 2013. His political experience includes working for the Polk County Republican Party, interning in the Iowa Senate, and working on primary campaigns. Zach is majoring in Political Science, Business Management, and History. After graduating from Simpson, he plans to attend Drake Law School for his JD and MBA and hopes to work in corporate law and manage his own law firm while remaining involved in Iowa politics. In addition to his work as a Culver Fellow, Zach is active in Speech and Debate, Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Pre-Law Society, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and First Year Council.

Allie Karpurk – Class of 2018

Allie Karpurk - Culver Fellow Class of 2015

Allie Karpurk is a Culver Fellow from Peoria, Arizona. At Simpson, she is majoring in Political Science and is  pursuing a minor in Business Management. Allie aspires to attend law school after she graduates from Simpson.  She then hopes to serve in the U.S. Senate or as a governor and become a judge later in life. She is deeply involved  in a range of activities Simpson’s campus, as a Culver Fellow, a member of the cheerleading team, Breast Cancer  Awareness Club, Campus Activities Board, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Politics and public policy are  important to Allie because she believes that through them people have the power to make a positive impact in  America. “The Culver Fellowship has already provided me with so many opportunities, and I know this is the best  way for me to get involved in politics at a young age.”

Nick Laning – Class of 2018

Nick Laning - Culver Fellow Class of 2018

Nick Laning is a Culver Fellow from Byron, MN. He is double majoring in Political Science and International  Relations. Nick is involved in Student Government, Simpson College Republicans, Choir, and First Year Council.  He serves as Treasurer of the Campus Activities Board. Nick chose Simpson because of the Culver Fellowship  Program and the opportunities it presents to be involved in politics. He was deeply involved in politics while  growing up in Minnesota, having worked on U.S. House and U.S. Senate campaigns and interning in the  Minnesota State Senate. Nick hopes to use the opportunities the Culver Center offers as a foundation for a future  career in politics. He hopes to work as a political consultant and hopefully one day run for public office.

Stacey Post – Class of 2018

Stacey Post - Culver Fellow Class of 2018 Stacey Post is a Culver Fellow from Des Moines, Iowa. She attended Dowling Catholic High School. She is  majoring in political science and international relations. On campus, Stacey is involved in Speech and Debate,  Campus Republicans, and her sorority, Delta Delta Delta. In addition to these, she also enjoys reading, singing,  and studying the lives of U.S. Presidents. She is excited to be a Culver Fellow because of all the opportunities,  including the Capitol Hill Internship Program, meeting prominent members of the political community, and  networking with all the people involved in the program both as fellows and as adult leadership.

Alanna Wendt – Class of 2018

Alanna Wendt - Culver Fellow Class of 2018Alanna Wendt is a Culver Fellow from Santa Rosa, California. She is a  triple major in Political Science, Theatre and International Relations.  Wendt is a member of Delta Delta Delta, Simpson College Democrats,  Simpson Debate Team, and the Pre-Law Society. She views the Culver  Fellowship as an honor and looks forward to expanding her knowledge  of government and public policy. She is committed to continuing her  pursuits of political activism as a Culver Fellow.





Annie Olson – Class of 2014

annie-olsonAnnie Olson is from Santa Rosa, California. She is currently pursuing degrees in International Relations and History. Olson is a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity and currently holds the position of Vice President of Membership. She is deeply involved in Simpson College Democrats, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. During the summer of 2012, Olson worked as a Summer Organizing Fellow for Organizing for America in Des Moines, Iowa. Additionally, she is the Undergraduate Assistant for the Iowa History Center. She hopes to attend graduate school after leaving Simpson College to land a career within the realm of history or international relations. After meeting Jerry Kulah, a leader in Liberia, Olson knew public policy was an interest of hers. She wants to make significant contributions to the world to improve the quality of life for others.

“The Culver Center has offered more experiences than I could have ever asked for. Going to Harvard my freshman year was the highlight of my spring semester. Not only were the speakers very informative, but I also learned skills to help me in every aspect of my life. Additionally, through the Culver Center I have expanded the possible outlets for me to become politically active. I look forward continuing work with the Culver Center and continue to bring in more speakers and encourage my peers to take public action.”

Dillon Thiner – Class of 2014

dillonresizeDillon Thiner comes to Simpson College from Graettinger, Iowa. He is a triple major in Political Science, International Relations, and Business Management. Thiner aims to work internationally for the government and hopes to eventually become an ambassador. At Simpson, he is involved in Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Model United Nations. He is also involved with the Iowa Democratic Party. Public policy affects every aspect of our daily lives; everything from turning on a light to the water we drink, which is why he strongly believes in the importance of public policy.


“The Culver Center has provided me with opportunities that I would never have had anywhere else. The events we host and the speakers we bring to campus give us insight as well as a network of successful individuals as mentors. Many of my most memorable political experiences would have never been possible with out the Culver Center.”