Current Fellows

MacKenzie Bills – Class of 2016

MacKenzieMacKenzie Bills is from Altoona, Iowa. At Simpson, she is majoring in Political Science 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, and Vice President of Event Planning for Pi Beta Phi fraternity. 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. In the summer of 2013, she also interned in Washington D.C. for Bruce Braley’s office and is a Virtual Intern for the US State Department. 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 impacted me by letting me be connected with various 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.”

Valerie Goodhue-Nolte – Class of 2015

val-goodhue-nolteValerie Goodhue-Nolte is from Carlisle, Iowa. She is a double major in French and Spanish, with a minors in Political Science, Accounting and History. Goodhue-Nolte participates in Simpson College Republicans and Simpson Students for Life. In the future, she would like to be a forensic accountant. Public policy and service are both important to her because her goal is to make a positive change in this country.

“The Culver Fellowship has provided some wonderful opportunities such as bringing speakers to campus.”

Kyle Hauswirth – Class of 2015

Kyle HauswirthKyle Hauswirth is 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 2016

steffi-leeSteffi Lee is from Anaheim, California. She is pursuing a major in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Upon graduation, she hopes to become a broadcast journalist. At Simpson, she is the Vice President of Communications in Pi Beta Phi fraternity and is also the News Director for The Simpsonian. In addition to those organizations, she is also a Wesley Service Scholar. Lee previously interned WHO-HD Channel 13 News in Iowa and freelances for the Indianola Record-Herald. Public policy and service are both important to her because working with people and staying involved with her community are her passions. She strongly believes everyone has a voice and story to be heard.

“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.”

Tom Sanford – Class of 2015

tom-sanfordTom Sanford is from New Hampton, Iowa. He is double majoring in Political Science and History, with a minor in Business Management. He plans on attending law school to pursue a law degree. Here at Simpson College, Sanford is the President of Pre-Law Society. He is also a Wesley Service Scholar and a debater for Simpson’s Public Forum Debate Team. Sanford is also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and currently serves as the Community Service Chair. Public policy and service are both important to Sanford because policy effects our lives in many ways and because service to ones country has always been a passion of his.


“The Culver Center has helped me get my internship with the United States Department of Justice and has kept me very involved and knowledgable in politics.”

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.”

Dustin Peters – Class of 2014

dustin-petersDustin Peters is a native of Milford, Iowa. He is double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy, with a minor in History. Peters would like to eventually run for office, but is also interested in doing political research and philosophy work for a think tank. He is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Theta Psi, Simpson Debate, Sexual Assault Response Advocates, Simpson College Democrats, and Pre-Law Society. Peters coaches and judges for the Okoboji High School and Waterloo East High School debate teams. He sees public policy and public service as two very important subject matters that are often ignored by the general public. Public policy is a very useful analytical and problem solving tool to resolve the issues our country may face.

“I have been very grateful to be a Culver Fellow. I have received many benefits beyond the scholarship, including an expanded network, multiple internship opportunities, and invitations to special events such as the National Conference at the Harvard IOP or Senator Culver’s birthday party in Washington, DC. I feel that the Culver Fellowship has made me a more confident, aware, and connected student.”

Molly Monk – Class of 2016

molly-monkMolly Monk is a sophomore from Rochester, Minnesota. She is pursuing a double major in Political Science and French. Currently, she is the communications and media intern for the Iowa Senate Democratic Research Team. Eventually, she wants get her PhD and work for an international organization or the State Department. At Simpson, Molly is the Vice President of Communications for Simpson Democrats, the Vice President of Simpson Votes, and a Student Ambassador for the Admissions office. She has also been heavily involved with the American Legion Auxiliary in its Girls State and Girls Nation programs and as a convention speaker. Molly says that public policy is incredibly important because every aspect of life is affected by the government. She believes we owe it to ourselves and other citizens to be involved and aware of the process surrounding us.

“The Culver Fellowship made it possible for me to attend Simpson and has helped me to meet so many important people.”

Ethan Fredrick – Class of 2016

ethan-fredrickEthan Fredrick is from Ankeny, Iowa. At Simpson, he is double majoring in Economics & Finance and Mathematics. He hopes to work with public policy – preferably at a non-partisan office like Legislative Service Agency, or for a research oriented organization such as a think tank. He was a page in the Iowa Senate and an intern for the Obama campaign. 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.



Emily Ortiz – Class of 2017

emily-ortizEmily 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. She credits her father for her interest in politics. As a history professor, he was always keeping up to date on current events, especially those involving politics. She hopes to work in the federal government someday. She is majoring in both History and Political Science. In addition to being a Culver Fellow, she is also involved in Simpson College Interfaith and the community orchestra. She believes service and public policy are important because they create fundamental understandings between people. She thinks they both need to be applied in order to keep society moving forward.


Britney Samuelson – Class of 2017

britney-samuelsonBritney Samuelson is a Culver Fellow from Newton, Iowa. She is currently undecided, but is leaning toward majoring in Political Science and Sociology. She also hopes to pursue possible minors in Ethics and Spanish. What piqued her interest in politics was her position as a Page in the Iowa Senate. She said the position opened her eyes to politics and government. Her future plans involve staying active in civil rights, because that is what she is primarily interested in. She wants a career where she can help people and hopes to attend law school. After law school, she hopes to be involved with the ACLU. Right now, she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Philosophy Club and volunteers at the Catholic Worker House. Public policy is important to her because she believes it has the power to make a positive difference in people’s lives.



Tegan Jarchow – Class of 2017

tegan-jarchowTegan Jarchow is 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. She believes politics and policy contribute to history. 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 with minors in Economics and Social Work. After graduating from Simpson, she is interested in joining the Peace Corps, doing policy analysis or working for a politician. She is involved in Simpson College Democrats, Simpson Students for Choice and Speech and Debate.

Kiley Murray – Class of 2017

kiley-murrayKiley Murray is a Political Science and Economics double major from Evergreen, Colorado. She attended Conifer High School where she became interested in politics through her Advanced Placement US Government class and through volunteering with the Obama presidential campaign. In Colorado, she lives with her mother Kathy and her sister Shannon. Kiley is currently in Simpson College Pride, the Where’s the Fun? Club, the Speech and Debate team, Simpson College Democrats, and is a member of Delta Delta Delta. After college she plans to go to law school to study business law or become an economist.



Michelle Beving – Class of 2017

michelle-bevingMichelle Beving is a Culver Fellow from Hartley, Iowa. She previously studied at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School. For her, politics and public policy is important because it keeps the youth engaged. She is involved with sports and political activities on campus.