Alumni honored during Corridor Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 awards

Mount Mercy University congratulates alumni Greg Buelow '95, Donajane (DJ) Castelein '05 and Kimberly Ivester '95 for being recognized during the Corridor Business Journal's Forty Under 40 awards banquet, held on October 27 at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.

Buelow, Castelein and Ivester were honored alongside 37 other young professionals who are dedicated to making their companies and communities successful. A requirement for the Forty Under 40 application is that applicants be "men and women who have made a significant impact in their business or community early in their careers."

According to the Corridor Business Journal, a record number of nominations were submitted this year, making it more difficult than ever to be included on the list. The 40 who were selected as this year's recipients were chosen by a panel made up of representatives from the 2010 class.

Buelow, who graduated from Mount Mercy in 1995 with a degree in criminal justice, serves as the special projects coordinator and public information officer for the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. Beulow is a dedicated member of the department, and has proven himself committed to both large and small tasks.

In perhaps one of his greatest contributions to the City of Cedar Rapids, Beulow helped secure a $6.6 million grant for upgrades to the new Central Fire Station and construction of a new fire station on the west side of Cedar Rapids. Among his many honors, he received the West Rotary Club "Service Above Self" Award in 2011, and in 2010 he received Mount Mercy's Alumni Professional Achievement Award.

Castelein, who graduated in 2005 with a criminal justice degree, serves as the recruitment and employee services manager at Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids, where she has served for the last 14 years in a variety of leadership roles. She is also heavily involved in the local T.T.T. Society chapter, a nonprofit organization for women, where she mentors and works with underprivileged girls.

Ivester, who graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, serves as the director of cancer care at St. Luke's Hospital. She daily showcases a passion and commitment to cancer care that has earned her a reputation of professional integrity. Her drive led to the creation of the Cook Cancer Wellness Program as a free service for area cancer survivors. Her contributions to St. Luke's Hospital resulted in St. Luke's attainment of the Commission on Cancer Accreditation in 2010.

Mount Mercy is proud of the contributions these alumni have made in their chosen professions and their roles as servant leaders, daily impacting their community and the lives of the people who live and work here.

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