'Stang Stories

The Mount Mercy community is filled with stories of curiousity, leadership, and triumph. Our students, alumni, faculty, and staff have unique experiences that define what it means to be a Mustang. Learn more about their journeys, and consider what your #MadebyMercy story will be. 

Student Spotlights

Students are the heart of Mount Mercy and give back in many ways. MMU is just one part of their journey, but their experience here helps them prepare for the rest of their  life, whether it be because of various  leadership positions, involvement, or facing overwhelming challenges.

Alumni Adventures

There's no limit to what you can achieve with a Mount Mercy education. Our alumni finds success in every professional sector imaginable - as doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders, storytellers, artists and more. In fact, 96% of alumni are employed or in graduate school within nine months of graduation. 

Faculty & Staff in Focus

Faculty and staff help to make Mount Mercy home for our students. Whether it's a quick email checking that everything is okay or flexibilty during a family emergency, they are here to help you the student! Not only do they care for each student, but they also have years of experience in their respective  fields. 

 


Student Spotlights


Undergraduate

Emma Lantz '23

Emma Lantz '23
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Criminal Justice, Psychology, 
Spanish

Emilio Ramos '23

Emilio Ramos '23
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Public Relations

Jared Tegeler '23

Jared Tegeler '23
Des Moines, Iowa
Biology, Psychology 

Zane Hadish '22

Zane Hadish '22
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Music  

Marshall Muehlbauer '21

Marshall Muehlbauer '21
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Nursing 

Orlando Clark '20

Orlando Clark '20
Kingston, Jamaica
English

Val Davidson '20, Noelle Reese '20

Valerie Davidson '20
Hiawatha, Iowa
Accounting, Finance

Abby, Katie, and Dani Dennis

Abby '20, Katie '22, and Dani '23 Dennis
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nursing, Biochemistry, Biology

Maggie Peterson '20

Maggie Peterson '20
Wapello, Iowa
Political Science, Psychology

Nikola Petrovic '20 & Dane Lee '20

Nikola Petrovic '20, Dane Lee '20
Serbia, Jamaica
Sports Management, Computer Science 

Jessica Purgett '20

Jessica Purgett '20
Marshfield, Wisconsin
English, Marketing, 
Spanish, Creative Writing

Max Rieger '20

Max Rieger '20
Verbundnetz, Germany
Business, Psychology

Strahil Svilenski '20

Strahil Svilenski '20
Sofia, Bulgaria
International Management

Cali Arbuckle '19

Cali Arbuckle '19
Vinton, Iowa
Nursing

Alexis Costello '19

Alexis Costello '19
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Operations Management, Economics

Kaitlin Gregerson '19

Kaitlin Gregerson '19
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Psychology, Sociology, Biology

Lauren Graziano '19

Lauren Graziano '19
Monument, Colorado
Business Management,
International Studies

Ashley Kerslake '18

Ashley Kerslake '19
Central City
Biology, Psychology, Pre-Dental

Josh Long '19

Josh Long '19
Belle Plaine, Iowa
Biology, Psychology, 
Physical Therapy

James Lindstrom '19

James Lindstrom '19
Apple Valley, California
Psychology 

Ashley Sally '19

Ashley Sally '19
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
English

Lauren Stopko '19

Lauren Stopko '19
Tiffin, Iowa
Nursing

Kelsey Suther '19

Kelsey Suther '19
Marion, Iowa
Elementary Education, 
Special Education

Karla Torres '19

Karla Torres '19
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Health Care Navigation

Sarah VanHoe '19

Sarah VanHoe '19
East Moline, Illinois
Nursing

Melaka Anderson ’18

Melaka Anderson '18
Waterloo, Iowa
Criminal Justice

Megan Atkin '19

Megan Atkin '18
Lake Ozark, Missouri
Actuarial Science, Finance, 
Mathematics

Shelby Sorensen

Shelby Sorensen '18
Eldridge, Iowa
Psychology, Criminal Justice, 
Spanish

 

 


Accelerated & Online

Brenda Lansing '22

Brenda Lansing '22
Cedar Rapids
Health Care Administration 

Tracy Timmons '20

Tracy Timmons '20
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Human Resource Management 

Terry Jones

Terry Jones '18
Flint, Michigan
Master of Criminal Justics 

Kim Bauer

Kim Bauer '15
Bernett, Iowa
Business Administration, Human
Resource Management

Graduate

Dave Koch '21 MSL

Dave Koch '21
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Master in Strategic Leadership 

Denise Brotherton '94, '20 MACJ

Denise Brotherton '94, '20 MACJ
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Erin Maeder '15, '20 MACJ

Erin Maeder '15, '20 MACJ
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Marlan "LO" Dixon '19

Marlan "LO" Dixon '19
Chicago, Illinois
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice 

Dana Schultz '18 '19 MBA

Dana Schultz '18, '19 MBA
Marion, Iowa
Master of Business Administration

Rogan Stoops '17

Rogan Stoops '17
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Master of Business Administration

Dawn Schott '16

Dawn Schott '16
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

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Alumni Adventures


 

Logan Langer '19

Logan Langer '19
Marketing, Finance 

 

Jemi Baskerville '18

Jemi Baskerville '18
Human Resource Management,
Corporate Social 
Responsibility Management

Tyson Benesh '18 MBA

Tyson Benesh '18
Master's of Business Administration 

 Goar Kempf-Heitlinger ’17

Goar Kempf-Heitlinger '17
International Management,
Finance

Leslie Hoffman '17

Leslie Hoffman '17
Graphic Design 

Liz Mosbach ’16

Liz Mosbach '16
Marketing

Nathan Stern

Nathan Stern '14
Social Work

Nick Timm ’14

Nick Timm '14
Finance, Marketing

Jenny Valliere '13

Jenny Valliere '13
Public Relations, Communications

Megan Muñoz ’11, ’13 MSN

Megan Muñoz '11, '13 MSN
Nursing

Kevin Foht '10

Kevin Foht '10
Business

Steve Smith ’08

Steve Smith '08
Criminal Justice

Megan Rausch

Megan Rausch '07
Criminal Justice, Nursing

Jessica Johnson '06

Jessica Johnson '06
Marketing

Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi '04
English, Communication

John Kalis ’04

John Kalis '04
Computer Science, Computer 
Informatics, Philosophy

Brian Burg '03 holds up a piece of the net after a game.

Brian Burg '03
Secondary Education, History

Mike Wehr

Mike Wehr '03
Business, Accounting, Marketing

Tony Dickinson '02

Tony Dickinson '02
Computer Science, Computer
Informatics, Philosophy 

Jessica Johnson

Jessica (Shadle) Johnson '01
Biology, Secondary Education,
Psychology

Melanie Spellman

Melanie Lucille Giesler-Spellman
D.O. '01
Biology, Psychology, Pre-Med

 Michelle Churchill Bell 98'

Michelle Churchill Bell '98
Management

 Tricia Hoffman-Simanek ’98

Tricia Hoffman-Simanek '98
English, Criminal Justice

Danny Mishek '97

Danny Mishek '97
Marketing, Public Relations

Success Follows: Kathy Halvorsen-Enstrom

Kathy Halvorsen-Enstrom '96 
Accounting, Business Administration

Emmanuel Bernstein ’9

Emmanuel Berstein '91
Biology

Jude Smith '90

Jude Smith '90
Fine Arts

 JoAnn Kintzel ‘86

JoAnn Kintzel '86
Accounting, Business
Administratio

 

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Faculty & Staff in Focus


 

Roberta Bean

Roberta Bean
Administrative Assistant, Nursing
 

Keesha Burke-Henderson

Keesha Burke-Henderson
Director of Diversity & International
Student Success 

Mohammad Chaichian

Mohammad Chaichian
Professor of Sciology 

Candice Chihak

Candace Chihak
Assistant Professor of Nursing &
RN–BSN Program Director 

Paula Ganzeveld

Paula Ganzeveld
Assistant Professor of Education 

Amir Hadzic

Amir Hadzic
Director of International Recruitment &
Head Men's Soccer Coach

Kathryn Hagy

Kathryn Hagy
Professor of Art, Department Chair

Anne Hartman

Anne Hartman
Assitant Professor of Nursing

Jonathan Humston

Jonathan Humston
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Todd Hutcheson

Todd Hutcheson
Assistant Professor of MBA/Business

Becky Keiper

Becky Keiper
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Nate Klein

Nate Klein
Vice President for Student Success

Gerald Kreitzer

Gerald Kreitzer
Director of Music Activities

Tim Laurent

Tim Laurent
Provost/Vice President

for Academic Affairs

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee
Associate Professor of Psychology

Chad Loes

Chad Loes
Professor of Criminal Justice 

Randy Lyle

Randy Lyle
Marriage and Family Therapy 
Program Director
 

Kellee McCrory

Kellee  McCrory
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Jennifer McNabb

Jennifer McNabb
Director of Project Connect

Anthony Mielke

Anthony Mielke
Assistant Professor of Marriage
and Family Therapy
 

Heather Morgan-Sowada

Heather Morgan-Sowada
Assistant Professor of Marriage & 
Family Therapy

Eyad Said

Eyad Said
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith
Assistant Professor of Education

Belkis Suarez

Belkis Suarez
Associate Professor of Spanish

Jaclynn Sullivan

Jaclynn Sullivan
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Eden Wales Freedman

Eden Wales Freedman
Associate Professor of English

Ellen Warrington, professor of education

Ellen Warrington
Professor of Education 

Anna Waterman | Associate Professor of Biology

Anna Waterman
Associate Professor of Biology 

Tabitha Webster
Tabitha Webster
Assistant Professor & Clinical
Director of Marriage & Family 
Therapy Program

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