'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

Jared Tegeler '23

Jared Tegeler '23
Des Moines, Iowa
Biology, Psychology 

Zane Hadish '22

Zane Hadish '22
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Music  

Orlando Clark '20

Orlando Clark '20
Kingston, Jamaica
English

Haley Gibson '20

Haley Gibson '20
Sioux City, Iowa
Relgious Studies, International
Studies, Spanish 

Jessica Purgett '20

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

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

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

Receva Duos '17

Receva Duos '17
Des Moines, Iowa
Criminal Justice, Applied Philosophy, 
Psychology
  

Allison Heitman

Allison Heitman '17
Lone Tree, Iowa
Health Care Administration, 
Human Resources

Jessica Hiney '17

Jessica Hiney '17
Baxter, Iowa 
Biology, Outdoor 
Conservation

Mark Mettler '17

Mark Mettler '17
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Management
 

Alyson Shultz '17

Alyson Shultz '17
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Computer Science, Mathematics,
Chemistry 

Tessa Friason

Tessa Friason '16
Vancouver, Washington
Nursing

Devin Fujioka

Devin Fujioka '16
Waimea, Hawaii
Philosophy, Psychology

Abbie Perez

Abbie Perez '16
Dike-New Hartford, Iowa
Elementary Education

Emily Grace

Emily Grace '15
Marion, Iowa
Graphic Design, Marketing

Tyler Keith

Tyler Keith '15
Muscatine, Iowa
Spanish

Dustin Lode '15

Dustin Lode '15
Walker, Iowa
Nursing
 

Kate Till

Kate Till '15
Cascade, Iowa
Art Education

Matt Wermers

Matt Wermers '15
Rochester, Minnesota
Criminal Justice

Aaron Lacy '14

Aaron Lacy '14
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Biology, Chemistry
 

Tanya Stoyanova

Tanya Stoyanova '14
Yanbol, Bulgaria
Graphic Design

Amy Stourac '13

Amy Stourac '13
West Amana, Iowa
English

Accelerated & Online

Terry Jones

Terry Jones '18
Flint, Michigan
Master of Criminal Justics 

Kim Bauer

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

Bruce Kaiser

Bruce Kaiser '03
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Business Administration

Graduate

Peter Fegley ’18

Peter Fegley '18
Tiffin, Iowa
Master of Strategic Leadership

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  

 

 


Alumni Adventures


 

Logan Langer '19

Logan Langer '19
Marketing, Finance 

 

Jemi Baskerville '18

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

 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

Kristin McVay '08

Kristin McVay '08
Nursing

Steve Smith ’08

Steve Smith '08
Criminal Justice

Megan Rausch

Megan Rausch '07
Criminal Justice, Nursing

Nate Klein '07

Nate Klein '07
Marketing, Management 

Lindsey Starrett '06

Lindsey Starret '06
Accounting

Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi '04
English, Communications

John Kalis ’04

John Kalis '04
Computer Science, Computer
Informatics, Philosophy

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

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

Julie M. (Heider) Weldon, '94

Julie M. (Heider) Weldon '94
Biology, Chemisty

Emmanuel Bernstein ’9

Emmanuel Berstein '91
Biology

Jude Smith '90

Jude Smith '90
Fine Arts

 JoAnn Kintzel ‘86

JoAnn Kintzel '86
Accounting, Business
Administration

Sister Delores Hannon ‘73

Sister Delores Hannon '73
Education, Math

 

 

 


Faculty & Staff in Focus


 

Roberta Bean

Roberta Bean
Administrative Assistant, Nursing
 

Keesha Burke-Henderson

Keesha Burke-Henderson
Director of Diversity & International
Student Success 

Amir Hadzic

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

Megan Hart-Fernandez

Megan Hart-Fernandez
Special Appointment
Faculty Practitioner 

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

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

Belkis Suarez

Belkis Suarez
Associate Professor of Spanish

Jaclynn Sullivan

Jaclynn Sullivan
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Eden Wales Freedman

Eden Wales Freedman
Assitant Professor of English

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