Success Follows

98% 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
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, Missouri

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
Otolaryngology MD
Physicians' Clinic of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, IA
LeClaire, IA

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

Amilee Laube, ‘97
Marketing / Finance
Finance Manager
Collins Aerospace
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
Senior Manager of Corporate Development
Iowa City

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
Collins Aerospace
Sterling, Va.

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

Aaron Lacy, ’14
Emergency Medicine Resident Physical
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

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

Kristin McVay, ’08
Executive Director of Care Management
UnityPoint Health, 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
Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University
St. Joseph, Minnesota

Tony Dickinson, ’02
Business Administration / CEO
NCMIC Group, Inc.

Tracy Alshouse, '87
PA-C (Physician Assistant)
Certified at Physicians' Clinic of Iowa
Cedar Rapids

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

Jason Connell, '99
Criminal Justice
Co-Owner of SR3 Rescue Concepts
Search and Rescue Police Officer
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Las Vegas, Nev.

Bruce Kaiser, ’03
Vice President of Operations & Quality
Collins Aerospace
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 Special Agent in Charge
Criminal Investigations, IRS
Chicago, IL

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.

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

JoAnn Kintzel, '86
Accounting/Business Administration
Cedar Rapids

Michelle Churchill Bell, ’98
ACE Manager
Marion, Iowa

Kim (Larson) Venner, ’97
Social Work
Chief Operating Officer
Cedar Rapids, Iowa