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.
Sterling College – English
Mentor: Stan Wallace
Host Family: James & Carrie-Lynn Rodenburg
At Sterling, Bradley was part of the varsity track and field team and, in his college thesis, examined the shifting worldviews in the writings of the pre-Christian C.S. Lewis. For three summers, he was a leader at a camp, writing and teaching curriculum. His experience at camp, coupled with high school and college service opportunities, have developed a desire to aid the poor and marginalized, locally and internationally. Brad hopes to put his writing skill to work for Skillpath, where he will be writing online training content.
Kansas State University – Industrial Engineering
Mentor: Chris Justice
Host Family: Greg & Patty Coonrod
While at KSU, Stephen directed the scholars program for New Student Services, introducing K-State’s prospects to campus with a personal tour. After realizing his desire to understand and work with electronics, he started his own business repairing mobile phones and computers and ran that for three years before graduating. His summers were spent counseling at Kanakuk Kamps and Westminster Woods, and interning with Textron and AT&T. After spending two months in Istanbul this summer on a mission trip, he is excited to start working for eShipping, focusing on process improvement.
University of Tennessee – Business/Marketing
Employer: Bardavon Health Innovations
Mentor: Melissa Nichols
Host Family: Dave & Marcy VanLandingham
Chesnie’s minor in hospitality management allowed her some great work experience at Blackberry Farm and Dollywood’s Splash Country while at UT. There she developed basic business skills and gained real world marketing experience. Her classes at UT and her experience as a Marketing Specialist for the UT Nutrition Department provided her with rich communication, problem solving, and leadership skills she hopes to use at Bardavon. While she loves Tennessee football and basketball and the Smoky Mountains, Chesnie is very excited to be in Kansas City.
University of North Carolina – Business Administration and Speech & Hearing Sciences
Employer: Bardavon Health Innovations
Mentor: Kelly Steddom
Host Family: Leigh Ann Dull
While at UNC, Julianne (JJ) was part of the Carolina Language Partnership, where she helped non-English speakers improve their language skills. She was also involved with CRU and was a student athlete on UNC’s rowing team. JJ has gained valuable experience as a swim coach for students, as a counselor at Winshape Camps, and as an Executive Writing Intern assisting the president of HOPE International. She is excited to be in Kansas City and working for Bardavon.
John Brown University – Bible and Business
Mentor: Jeannie Lucas
Host Family: Charles & Sharon Usher
Elizabeth was born and raised in Houston, Texas. While at JBU, she worked as an administrative assistant for a local camp, hosted a trivia night, and did freelance photography and marketing work for local businesses. She was also involved with an anti-hunger nonprofit where she was part of preparing over 245,000 meals for hungry children globally. When not working at Examinetics, Elizabeth will likely be drinking good KC coffee, going to concerts, watching movies, and taking lots of pictures.
Overland Park, KS
Kansas State University – Communications & International Studies
Employer: Made To Flourish
Mentor: Robin Smith
While at KSU, Paige discipled others in her campus ministry, served her peers in student affairs, and completed a year-long research project examining the interaction between politics and media. Since college, Paige has worked for Walt Disney World, the YMCA of the Rockies, and a wedding venue in Northern Ireland. She aspires to work with people on an individual and personal level in education, ministry, or the nonprofit field. She is excited to be working for Made To Flourish as a Member Engagement Coordinator.
Adam Ter Haar
South Holland, IL
Dordt College – Criminal Justice and Social Work
Mentor: Jeff Rinehart
Host Family: Dennis & Susan Nichols
Adam is a graduate of Dordt College. He interned with the Corrections Department in Sioux City and has gained valuable experience serving young people in a variety of contexts. He has also worked at Hidden Acres Christian Center, a hardware store, and at Dordt College’s advancement office. He ultimately would like to end up in law enforcement, working for a federal agency. This year he is working with families as a Family Care Coordinator for KVC, a behavioral healthcare and child welfare organization.
Kasey Vanden Bosch
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dordt College – Biology/Chemistry
Employer: College Park Family Care
Mentor: Gayln Perry
Host Family: Andrew & Amanda Bussone
While Kasey was earning degrees in Spanish and biology from Dordt College, she played volleyball and volunteered as a coach for a local middle school team. She furthered her passion for travel and learned to embrace new cultures as she studied abroad in Puerto Rico and Spain. During two trips to the Dominican Republic with surgical teams, Kasey discovered a heart for medical missions and desires to pursue that in her future. She is working for College Park Family Care as a Medical Assistant.
Ezekial (Zeke) Willcox
John Brown University – Communications
Mentor: Tyler Hilker
Host Family: Scott & Summer Taylor
Zeke developed a deep love for impactful storytelling while at John Brown. He spent two years in residence life, with a passion for people and building relationships. Zeke interned in JBU’s communication department as an editorial assistant for their alumni magazine. Ultimately, he is interested in pursuing a career as a writer and podcaster, or as a therapist for college-aged sexual assault victims. Zeke is working for Examinetics, a health screening company, where he will be writing and creating content within their marketing department.
Class of 2017-2018
Jess Capps, 2107, William Jewell College (MO), Biochemistry
Marcus De Weerd, 2017, Dordt College (IA), Community Development
Emilie Dylewski, 2017, University of California, Berkeley, Economics
Taylor Ediger, 2017, Kansas State University, Agribusiness
Brianna Kroeze, 2017, Dordt College (IA), Business Administration: Marketing & Finance
Stephen LaGue, 2017, John Brown University (AR), Construction Management
Lucy Manning, 2017, University of North Carolina, Media & Journalism
Jennifer Rorie, 2017, University of Missouri, Human Development and Family Services
Amanda Stultz, 2017, Kansas State University, Psychology
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,