Lindquist Center

March 24, 2019


Diane Baker Shanafelt (BA ’83) was named Teacher of the Year at Morningside Elementary STEM School in Sioux City, Iowa. She recently retired from a 34-year career with the Sioux City Community School District and accepted a full-time teaching position as Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education at Morningside College.

David Murphy (BS ’88) is the executive director of assessment and accountability for the Monroe County School District in the Florida Keys. He recently received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida

Amy Provow Roberts (BS ’86) is an Early Childhood Educator at Winnetka Community Nursery School in Winnetka, Illinois.


Lowell Kellogg (MA ’92) was awarded the Districts Mutual Insurance 2018 Risk Impact Award.

Helen Park Jameson(MA ’93) is a program director with Compeer of Johnson County and the National Alliance on Mental Health.

Tara Knudson (BA’94) published her first children’s book, Christmas Cookie Day.

Jolie Cain Pelds (BA ’93, MAT ’95) is the Director of Innovative STEM teaching at the Science Center of Iowa.

Jody Steinke (MAT ’94) is principal of Quincy Senior High School in Quincy, Illinois.

Greg Trunkenmiller (Ph.D. ’98)is the president of Fulton-Monthgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York. 

Erin Stein (BA’ 98) is the Assistant Director of Human Resources in Community Consolidated Scholl District 15 in Palatine, Illinois.


Kelly McConaughy DeVore(BA ’08) is a middle school and high school special education teacher at North Linn Community School District.

Nicole Guarino (BA ’07) is a research associate with the American Institute for Research.

Kevin Farrell (BA ’09) is an Academic Intervention Coordinator with Grayslake Central High school in Illinois.

Nathan Fulcher (BA ’03) is the English Department Chair at Santa Monica High School.

Catherine Corr (BA ’06) is an assistant professor in special education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Kristi Trangsrud(BA ’03) is principal at Oaklawn Language Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Meredith Mauro (BS ’00) is an adjunct professor at Drake University.

Lucia Osa-Melero (MA ’01, MAT ’02) is an assistant professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Susan Hildebrandt (MA ’02, Ph.D. ’06) is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Chizmar-Ostrosky Scholarship of Teaching and Learning University award at Illinois State University.


Mitch Gross (MA ’11) is the interim principal at Northwest Junior High School with the Iowa City Community School District.

Tiffany Flowers (Ph.D. ’15) is an assistant professor of education at Georgia State University Perimeter College.

Jeremy Williams (Ph.D. 18) accepted a 12-month active duty tour with the United States Department of Defense Africa Command as an Assistant Planner of Medical Operations.

Katie Schabilion (MA ’17) is a school psychology intern for Avondale Elementary School District in Avondale, Arizona.

Taylor Scudder (BA ’17) is a 7thgrade literacy teacher at Northwest Junior High in the Iowa City Community School District.

Alex Iosbaker (BA ’16) is an AP Psychology and World Cultures teacher at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa.

Haviland Gilbert(BA’17) is a K-5 General Music teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Kenwick, Washington.

Janice Byrd (Ph.D. ’16) is the recipient of the 2018 Advancing Diversity Award.

Julia Radasevich (BA ’13) is a teacher at Madison junior High School in Naperville, Illinois.

Katelyn Pletcher (MAT ’17) won the Iowa World Language Association Teacher of Promise award.

Zachary Dotzler (Licensure ’18) is a language arts, communications, and advanced placement and composition teacher at Shenandoah High School in Shenandoah, Iowa. 

Jesse Meyer (MA ’12) graduated from the University of Kansas with a Ph.D. in sport management and was promoted to Senior Regional Director of Development at Notre Dame University.

Janelle Brouwer (EDS ’18, Ph.D. ’18) is the new superintendent of Marion Independent School District.

Mary Deiss (BA ’19) is a special education teacher at Shimek Elementary in Iowa City, Iowa.