Success Follows

96% of alumni are employed or in graduate school within nine months of graduation.

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Be a Mustang. Success follows.

There's no limit to what you can achieve with a Mount Mercy education. Our alumni find success in every professional sector imaginable — as doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders, storytellers, artists and more.

“I had great science professors. I excelled here, and to a very large degree, I think it was because of the personal attention and the attention from the professors. The classes were challenging and prepared me for medical school.”

Dr. Richard T. Kettelkamp, '93
Interventional & Endovascular Cardiologist, Director of Cardiac Catheterization Lab
UnityPoint Clinic
Cedar Rapids, IA

What will you accomplish with your Mount Mercy degree?

Take a look at some of the positions our alumni hold and the companies they work for. Be sure to visit this page often as we continue to add new stories. We need your help! Email us at to nominate an outstanding alumnus.

Successful Alumni

Ashley Helle, ’10
Doctoral Candidate in Clinic Psychology / Psychology Fellow
Oklahoma State University / Yale University Department of Psychiatry, Psychology Section
Stillwater, OK / New Haven, CT

Nicole Morrow, ’15
Biology / Psychology / Chemistry
Medical Student
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA

Susan O’Conner-Von, ’76
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Spiritualty and Healing
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Kristin (Austin) McKinley, ’95
Biology / Psychology
Director of Research Administration
Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Combined Locks, WI

Melanie Lucille Giesler-Spellman D.O. ’01
Biology / Psychology
Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon
Medical Associates, Clinton, IA
LeClaire, IA

Enrique Cortina, ’13
Public Relations
Director, Soccer
Miami, Fla.

Amilee Laube, ‘97
Marketing / Finance
Finance Planning & Analysis Manager
Rockwell Collins
Cedar Rapids

Mike Wehr, ‘03
Chief Operating Officer
Raining Rose, Inc.
Cedar Rapids

Kim Bauer, ‘15
Business/Human Resource Management/Marketing
Director for Online Implementation Services
North Liberty

Angie (Bauer) Wisner, '02, '13
Marketing/Business/Master's of Business Administration
Director of Enterprise Risk Management
North Liberty

Karen (DeMeulenaere) Dunlap, ‘75
Dunlap International, Inc.
Central City

Clare Duffy, ’08
Morning Show Host
KZIA Radio (102.9 FM)
Cedar Rapids

LeAnn Ridgeway, '86
Business Administration
Vice President and General Manager for Simulation and Training Solutions
Rockwell Collins
Sterling, Va.

Christina Capecchi, ‘04
English & Communication
Nationally-Syndicated Columnist
Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Aaron Lacy, ’14
Medical Student
University of Iowa
Iowa City

Jude Smith-Whitman, ’90
Fine Arts
Art Consultant
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Kristin McVay, ’08
Disease-Specific Reviewer/Surveyor at the Joint Commission
UnityPoint St. Luke's Hospital
Cedar Rapids

Steve Smith, ’08
Criminal Justice
Chemical Dependency Counselor and Mental Health Worker
UnityPoint Health and St. Luke's Hospital
Cedar Rapids

Dr. Travis Peters, ’06
Math Education
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
ISU Mathematics Dept.

Tony Dickinson, ’02
Business Administration / Public Relations
VP, Strategy & Business Development
NCMIC Professional Solutions

Tracy Alshouse, '87
PA-C (Physician Assistant)
Affiliates of Family Practice
Cedar Rapids

Rachel Collins, ’01
English Language Arts/Secondary Education
School Counselor
Kennedy High School
Cedar Rapids

Jason Connell, '99
Criminal Justice
Search and Rescue Police Officer
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Las Vegas, Nev.

Bruce Kaiser, ’03
Director, Corporate Real Estate & Facilities Services
Rockwell Collins
Cedar Rapids

Pam Delagardelle, ’84
UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital

Cynthia Dennis, '11
Master of Business Administration
Probation/Parole Supervisor
Iowa Sixth Judicial District Department of Corrections
Cedar Rapids

Kathy Halvorsen-Enstrom, '96
Accounting/Business Administration
Executive Officer
Criminal Investigations, IRS
Cincinnati, Ohio

Megan Rausch, ’07
Criminal Justice / Nursing
RN, Medicolegal Death Investigator
Polk County Medical Examiner
Ankeny, IA

Sister Delores Hannon ‘73
Math Education
President of Mercy High School
Sisters of Mercy
Mount Mercy Trustee
Omaha, Neb.

Dr. Jane Meyer, ’82
Former Administrator
University of Iowa
Iowa City

Rachel Sartin, ’85
Math/Computer Science
Manager Unix Server Group
Austin, Texas

Emmanuel Bernstein, ’91
Science/Med Tech
Houston, Texas