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Meet the Fellows

a day in the life
of a Fellow

Take a look as we poke a little fun at ourselves. Learning, growing, living in community; and having a great time in the process.

Class of 2017-18

Jess Capps

Liberty, MO
William Jewell College – Biochemistry

Employer: Heart 2 Heart
Mentor: Lori Wetmore

Jess played on the tennis team for three years at William Jewell, but eventually gave it up for the sake of her major and her research. While at William Jewell she spent two years researching the connection between Parkinson’s disease and the enteric nervous system. While she loves science, she loves people more. These combined loves have led her to work for Heart 2 Heart International, doing research to fight HIV in partnership with the CDC.


Marcus De Weerd

Sioux Center, IA
Dordt College – Community Development

Employer: Christ Community Church – Brookside Campus
Mentor: Matt Farmer
Host Family: Dennis & Susan Nichols

Marcus originally planned on being an elementary school teacher until he spent nine months in Simonette, Haiti. It was there that he realized serving others is not a gift that only some people have, it is a way of life that all people are capable of living. His long-term goal is to live and work in Haiti, teaching individuals and families how to start their own businesses and sustain a steady income. This year he has accepted a position serving in Student Ministries at our Brookside Campus.


Emilie Dylewski

Santa Ana, CA
University of California, Berkeley – Economics

Employer: Garmin
Mentor: Aimee Minnich
Host Family: Dave & Marcy VanLandingham

Emilie has worked as a staff writer for a San Francisco music magazine, studied International Political Economy at London School of Economics, and interned with the State Department in Vienna. Her love of experiencing new things now leads her to Kansas City where she will work in Finance at Garmin and learn what it means to live through her first winter ever.


Taylor Ediger

Inman, KS
Kansas State University – Agribusiness

Employer: Bardavon Health Innovations
Mentor: Dennis Stewart
Host Family: Mark & Debra Petrie

Taylor grew up on a dairy farm, where he raised ostriches. While at Kansas State, his involvement in Student Mobilization led him to spend two years in India working as a coffee and spice sourcer, as well as doing ministry with Indian college students. He is now excited to be back in Kansas pursuing a career in Agribusiness.


Brianna Kroeze

Orange City, IA
Dordt College – Business Administration: Marketing & Finance

Employer: Corbion
Mentor: Claudette Stevenson
Host Family: Susan & Jim Mayfield

Brianna’s love of learning about new cultures has led her to spend time in both Tanzania and the Netherlands. She is now excited to merge her experience growing up on a poultry farm with her business and marketing education by working in the marketing department of Corbion, a food ingredient company in Lenexa.


Stephen LaGue

Kansas City, MO
John Brown University – Construction Management

Employer: Straub Construction
Mentor: Mike Barr
Host Family: Susan & Larry Winter

Stephen grew up at the Christ Community – Leawood Campus. He has two strong passions. First, his love for jazz music. He plays several instruments and serves on the worship team when he can. Second, he has had a passion for creating and building things ever since he was a child. As a teenager and a student, more than anything, he loved to make things with his hands.


Lucy Manning

Kinston, NC
University of North Carolina – Media & Journalism

Employer: Crux Marketing
Mentor: Jeannie Lucas
Host Family: Amanda & Andrew Bussone

Lucy’s lifelong love of art led her to be interested in graphic design while in college, where she worked as a designer for the university’s campus recreation department and the athletic department. While there, she completed a number of projects for her beloved Tar Heels.


Jennifer Rorie

Leawood, KS
University of Missouri – Human Development and Family Services

Employer: Wyandot Center
Mentor: Danna Dahl

Jennifer’s experience with her college campus ministry and work in her church’s children ministry led her to want to work in the social services field. She strongly believes in the importance of families as the foundation of our society. Her long-term vision is to get her master’s degree in social work and then practice family therapy.


Amanda Stultz

Andover, KS
Kansas State University – Psychology

Employer: McCown Gordon Construction
Mentor: Teresa Carey
Host Family: Charles & Susan Usher

Amanda’s time at Kansas State allowed her the opportunity to work as a Career Specialist at the Campus Career Center. This experience sparked in her an interest in human resources and talent development. She is excited to put into practice her commitment to rich relationships, a team approach to achievement, professionalism, humility, and critical reflection.

ALUMNI Fellows

Class of 2015-2016

Apryl Geling, 2015, Oklahoma State, Communications/Speech Pathology

Jonathan Hill, 2015, Oklahoma State, Business Management & HR

Austin Huhs, 2015, University of Kansas, Communications

Mitch Killian, 2015, Bethel University (MN), Economics and Finance

Sam Kinne, 2015, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Business Administration & Finance

Jason Prichard, 2015, Sterling College (KS), Business Administration & Leadership Management

Kyle Roos, 2015, Dordt College (IA), Business Administration

Class of 2016-2017

Ellie Berland,  University of Kansas

Liz Brocato, 2016, Oklahoma State University, Graphic Design

R.J. Duncan, 2016, University of Tennessee,
Business Administration, Supply Chain

Nick Hartley, 2016, University of Missouri, Agribusiness Management

Reid Hildenbrand, 2016, University of Kansas, Finance & Accounting

Josh Landis, 2016, Sterling College, Business Leadership/Management

Alison Martin, 2015, Kansas State University,
Family Studies & Human Services

Mekahla Peterson, 2016, Kansas State University, Psychology

Sarah Ruhl, 2016, John Brown University, Marketing

Harrison Unthank, 2016, Texas Tech University, Biochemistry

Johan Wilder, 2016, Christopher Newport University, Information Science

Karina Winkelman, 2015, Hope College, Communication,
Business Management

Kyle Roos, 2015, Dordt College (IA), Business Administration

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