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CARs Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)

Meet our Spring 2021 Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)

Emily Berkland
My name is Emily Berkland, and I am originally from Emmetsburg, IA. I am currently majoring in Health Services Leadership and minoring in Management and Data Analytics. I decided to become a Peer Academic Leader this year because I love working with students that are going through the same classes I have. I've been in their shoes before and I love being a resource to them!

Hannah BonnettHello! My name is Hannah Bonnett, and I am the marketing tutor this year. I am a senior studying business management and philosophy. When I am not busy with class or work, I like to spend time with friends, family, and my dog Sam. I decided to be a Peer Academic Leader this year because I thought it would be a great opportunity to work with other students and help them succeed in their marketing classes.

MacKenzie Grenko
My name is MacKenzie Grenko and I'm a junior studying psychology in hopes of being a clinical psychologist. I am currently an intern at Orchard Place, and I am on the cheer team. I chose to be a PAL because I understand how it can be intimidating to go to the professor when you're struggling in class. I also like to meet with and help people and this is a great opportunity to do so. 

Cameron KincaidMy name is Cameron Kincaid, and I am a senior biology major. I play on the women's basketball team and am involved in various organizations on campus including Storm Speaks, Chemistry Club, and FCA. I enjoy hanging out or getting coffee with my teammates and friends. I decided to become a PAL this year because I think one of the best ways to learn is with others and I wanted to give that opportunity to those in challenging biology courses. 

Emily KingMy name is Emily King and I am a junior majoring in math and computer science. I play on the women's tennis team and have a work-study in the Instructional Design department. I have also enjoyed serving as a Writing Fellow for two years and participating in several research opportunities during my time at Simpson. I wanted to be a PAL this year to be a resource for students during this challenging semester. 

Drew Lundquist
My name is Drew Lundquist, and I am a junior music major. I'm involved with numerous music ensembles and Greek life. Music is my passion whether it's history, theory, or performing. I became a PAL this year to help those learning about music so that they may have the same love for music that I do. 

Madi Strecker

 My name is Madi Strecker and I am a senior from Castle Rock, CO. I will graduate in May 2021 with a B.A. in Clinical Health Sciences, and a minor in Exercise Science. I am a captain on the Women's Soccer Team. I am a Co-Director of Dance Marathon. 

I chose to be a Peer Academic Leader this year because I want to make sure that everyone has the capability to succeed in college, even if there are some struggles.

Kayley Thomas
My name is Kayley Thomas and I am from Kansas City, Missouri. I am currently a junior majoring in Health and Exercise Science with minors in Biology, Psychology, and Coaching. I decided to become a Peer Academic Leader because I loved my classes in my major and I enjoy teaching fellow students and helping them succeed.

Cameron WhiteheadMy name is Cameron Whitehead and I am a 3rd-year student and a Health and Exercise Science major. I'm graduating in December of 2021 and plan on attending Chiropractic school. I work at Athletico Physical Therapy here in Indianola as a rehabilitation aide. I have five younger siblings at my home in Sidney, Iowa. 

I chose to be a PAL because the two classes I'm tutoring are classes I really enjoyed taking and I want to get more involved on campus!