Student profiles

Programs:

Gabrielle Woods

<p>“Relationship-professional-development-and-people-skills-can-really-transfer-anywhere.-You-can-have-all-the-head-knowledge-in-the-world-but-if-you-don’t-care-for-people-it-will-show-in-your-work.”</p>

Gabrielle Woods has been impacted by Alzheimer's disease in her personal life, and that pushed her even closer to studying gerontology. Read about how the gerontology master's program has led Gabrielle to a future career of helping others through hardships.

Maria Perez

<p>“I-became-fascinated-by-the-improvements-to-physical-and-mental-health-that-structured-exercise-provides-and-that-led-me-to-pursue-a-master’s-degree-in-kinesiology-with-a-focus-in-exercise-science.”</p>

Maria Perez went from majoring in theater arts as an undergraduate to pursing a PhD in kinesiology with a focus in exercise psychology. She's now passionate about informing others about the mental health benefits of being active.

Sydney Washington

<p>“Ever-since-going-to-the-dentist-when-I-was-young-I-thought-it-was-so-cool.-I-loved-the-environment-there</p>

Sydney Washington plans to work as a general dentist for the U.S. Air Force. When she isn't studying, Sydney spends "me time" going to the gym or hanging out with family.

Jamie Stuhr

<p>“I-feel-like-I-decided-Iowa-State-before-I-decided-a-career.”</p>

Jamie Stuhr plans to work as a physical therapist after graduation. When she isn't studying, Jamie enjoys hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, going to the movies, and going to Buffalo Wild Wings every Tuesday night. 

Sofia Mendoza

<p>In-this-experience-I’m-designing-the-project.-I’m-the-one-in-charge.”</p>

Sofia Mendoza is one of seven students who earned a 2019 Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship. She plans on being a health care provider and focus on preventive medicine research. 

KJ Rauch

<p>“The-thing-I-like-about-this-field-is-there’s-a-lot-of-different-settings-you-can-go-into.”</p>

KJ Rauch plans to work as an occupational therapist in an acute rehabilitation unit at a hospital. When she isn't studying, KJ enjoys finding recipes on Pinterest, going to concerts and sporting events, watching Netflix, and spending time with friends and family.

Paige Perkins

<p>“I-just-find-enjoyment-in-changing-people’s-health-and-fitness-lives.”</p>

Paige Perkins is geared toward working with campus recreation after she graduates. When she isn't studying or running CHAARG, Paige enjoys working out and spending time with her friends.

Hannah Sunderman

<p>“Here-you’re-working-towards-something-to-better-people’s-lives.”</p>

Hannah Sunderman is studying to become a cardiac rehabilitation specialist after graduation. When she isn't studying, Hannah enjoys being active outside and attending Iowa State University sports events.

Hannah Van Roekel

<p>“I love being able to apply everything I learn in class in the athletic training room every day. It makes classes seem worthwhile.”</p>

Hannah Van Roekel wants to go into athletic training or physical therapy after she graduates. When she isn't working in the gymnastics athletic training clinic, Hannah enjoys running, baking, and crocheting.

Zoe Lambert

<p>“It’s-rewarding-to-see-your-passion-and-service-on-someone-else’s-face</p>

Zoe Lambert is keeping her options open when it comes to her career, but she hopes to go into healthcare policy, academia, or become a physician. When Zoe isn't studying, she enjoys going to the gym, tending to her cacti and succulents, and listening to podcasts.

Katie Stearney

<p>After-taking-a-human-anatomy-class-in-high-school-I-fell-in-love-with-human-science-and-it-became-clear-how-I-could-combine-my-passion-for-helping-others-and-my-love-for-science</p>

Katie Stearney is working to become a physician's assistant in an under-served community after she graduates. When she gets time to herself she enjoys running, reading, cooking, and practicing yoga.

Isabella Ellis

<p>“Classes-like-KIN-232-236-and-282-are-classes-that-made-me-feel-more-confident-with-my-teaching-and-with-various-age-groups.”</p>

Isabella Ellis wants to work as a physical education teacher for an elementary school after graduation. Outside of her classes, clubs, and homework, she enjoys reading, watching HGTV, and working out.

Megan Wiese

<p>Megan-Wiese-is-a-sophomore-studying-kinesiology-and-health-from-Holstein-Iowa</p>

Megan Wiese looks forward to chiropractic school once she completes her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University. When she isn't preparing for her next adventure, she spends time hammocking with friends or trying to catch up on sleep and Netflix.

Corey Ball

<p>“Tearing-my-ACL-my-junior-year-of-high-school-led-me-to-this-career-path-because-I-formed-a-great-relationship-with-my-physical-therapist.”</p>

Corey Ball looks forward to becoming a physical therapist for athletes after he graduates. Until then, Corey enjoys spending his time listening to music, playing basketball, and lifting.

Ryan True

<p>“Being-surrounded-by-the-resources-at-Iowa-State-is-very-valuable-to-me-and-I-hope-I-can-exhaust-them-all-before-I-leave.”</p>

Ryan True plans to become a fitness entrepreneur servicing the wellness needs of seniors. Until then, he likes to watch The Office or whatever is on Comedy Central when he isn't studying.

Brandon Jackson

<p>Brandon-is-a-junior-majoring-in-kinesiology-from-Frederick-County-Maryland</p>

Brandon Jackson chose Iowa State University for the kinesiology program. When he isn't studying to become a physical therapist, you can find him working out, watching Netflix, or thrift shopping.

Carter Reed

<p>“I’ve-always-wanted-to-teach-and-my-professors-and-parents-both-suggested-I-be-a-professor.”</p>

Carter Reed wants to use his doctoral degree to eventually teach university students. During his time outside of class and lab work, he enjoys playing sports, reading books, playing guitar, and hanging out with friends.

Macy Morrow

<p>“In-emergency-situations-people-always-call-out-for-a-doctor.-I-could-be-that-person-which-got-me-really-excited.”</p>

Macy Morrow wants to become a physician assistant and eventually work for Doctors Without Borders. When she isn't studying, she likes to explore campus, hammock, and hang out with friends.

Naomi Petrich

<p>“CHS-has-helped-me-make-a-lot-of-connections-not-only-with-professors-but-also-different-people-in-Pre-PA.”</p>

Naomi Petrich's dream of becoming a physician assistant has started to become reality as she begins to apply to physician assistant school. When she isn't preparing her application materials, she enjoys golfing with her friends and re-watching episodes of Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill.

Haley Schany

<p>Shadowing-gives-you-so-many-different-experiences-so-you-can-see-what-you-want-to-do-in-the-future</p>

Haley Schany is certain she wants to be a physician assistant. In the mean time, she enjoys going on adventures with friends and cheering on the Cyclones with the greatest fan base in the country.

Andra Luth

<p>ExerCYse-is-Medicine-is-an-awesome-way-to-promote-health-and-exercise-on-campus-as-well-as-in-Ames-community</p>

Andra Luth decided to major in kinesiology after suffering a sports injury in high school. When she isn't preparing for physical therapy school, she enjoys running and watching "Friends" with her roommates.

Daniel Shultz

<p>I-love-sports-and-the-human-body.-When-I-heard-that-athletic-training-encompassed-all-of-those-things-I-was-very-excited-to-work-to-apply-for-the-program</p>

Daniel Shultz hopes to work as an athletic trainer in either the NFL or at a Division I school. For now, he spends his time enjoying the outdoors by hiking, playing football, and hammocking. 

Kenneth Echevarria

<p>“I-applied-to-three-other-schools-and-they-gave-me-nowhere-near-the-amount-of-scholarship-that-ISU-did.”</p>

Ken Echevarria loves learning about diet and exercise science. When he isn’t studying, he enjoys spending time at State Gym, making music, or hanging out around central campus.

Keesha Gaines

<p>“Coming-in-as-undecided-was-definitely-the-best-option-for-me-because-I-got-to-try-different-areas-while-also-kind-of-being-geared-towards-a-certain-area.”</p>

Keesha Gaines wants to work as an occupational therapist in the future. Right now, she spends time binge watching television, working, or playing basketball.

Kathryn Southard

<p>Health-coaching-could-potentially-have-a-great-impact-on-students-to-guide-them-in-reaching-goals.”</p>

Kathryn Southard's goal is to become a professor within a kinesiology or exercise science department at a mid-sized university. In her free time between research you can find her gardening, walking her dog, or baking.

Jess Alley

<p>“Furthering-your-education-more-and-more-just-shows-future-employers-youre-capable-of-hard-work-and-following-through-with-something.”</p>

Jess Alley hopes to open her own business collaborating her education with her love for the outdoors. When she isn't studying, she enjoys running, climbing, and backpacking.

Mitch Stephenson

<p>I-want-to-diversify-my-knowledge-and-experience-new-things-any-way-I-can</p>

Mitch Stephenson aspires to be a university professor of biomechanics. When he isn't studying, he enjoys indoor exercises, motorcycle riding, and building/restoring items like furniture and vintage stereos.

Joey Lee

<p>“My-professors-have-helped-me-achieve-so-much-and-guided-me-through-this-college-experience-as-a-first-generation-student.”</p>

Joey Lee wants to teach as a professor at a small or mid-level university or at a community college. When he isn't studying, he enjoys playing basketball, working out, and spending time with his one-year-old son.

Jenna King

<p>“After-growing-up-in-Ames-and-attending-Iowa-State-sporting-events-my-entire-life-I-wanted-to-experience-Iowa-State-and-Ames-in-an-entirely-different-way.”</p>

Jenna King wants to work as a clinical exercise physiologist with doctors who prescribe exercise as medicine. When she isn't studying, she enjoys rollerblading, drinking black coffee, and working at Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company.

Haley Clifton

<p>“Be-involved-as-much-as-you-can-join-clubs-and-volunteer.”</p>

Haley Clifton wants to work in corporate wellness or as a health coach. When she isn't studying, she enjoys exercising, cooking, and watching Food Network with her cat, Toby.

Colleen Humble

<p>Colleen-Humble-from-Estherville-is-studying-pre-diet-and-exercise-to-work-as-a-sports-dietitian</p>

Colleen Humble knows she wants to be a sports dietitian. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

Brie Johnson

<p>Brie-Johnson-from-Mankato-Minnesota-is-studying-exercise-science-to-one-day-work-as-a-personal-trainer</p>

Brie Johnson wants to help individuals with their health goals. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going to State Gym, lifting weights, and watching "Grey's Anatomy," "One Tree Hill," or "Supernatural" on Netflix.

Genevieve Hepworth

<p>“It’s-a-great-program-especially-if-you-don’t-want-to-do-a-full-semester-abroad.”</p>

Genevieve (Genny) knows she wants to work as a pediatric physical therapist. When she isn’t studying she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading leisurely, and making time for close family and friends.

Elizabeth Davitt

<p>“I-wish-I-would-have-pushed-myself-to-jump-in-right-away.”</p>

Elizabeth (Liz) Davitt plans to combine her love of nutrition and exercise in her future career. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys relaxing, having movie nights with friends, and simply enjoying her study breaks.

Jade Weber

<p>I-want-to-improve-people’s-lives-through-physical-therapy-because-I-know-how-exciting-it-feels-to-get-back-into-the-game.”</p>

Jade Weber aspires to help athletes as a physical therapist. When she isn’t studying or working for the Iowa Wild hockey team, she enjoys going to concerts, spending time with her family and friends, and parenting her two dogs: Bear and Bogey.

Sara Martin

<p>“It’s-important-to-understand-how-your-diet-impacts-you.-I-want-to-help-athletes-achieve-the-best-of-their-ability.”</p>

Sara Martin can't wait to help athletes with nutrition. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys working out, painting, and taking naps.

Elisabeth Burken

<p>“I-want-to-start-as-an-employee-wellness-specialist-in-a-hospital.-Then-go-on-to-corporate-wellness-and-work-my-way-up-to-administration.”</p>

Elisabeth (Libby) Burken knows she's headed toward a clinical career. When she isn't studying she enjoys volunteering, watching Netflix, and crafting.

Matthew Eaton

<p>Matthew-Eaton-from-Des-Moines-Iowa-is-studying-exercise-science-to-one-day-work-as-a-cardiac-rehab-specialist</p>

Matthew Eaton intends to use his degree to work as a cardiac rehab specialist. When he isn’t studying, he enjoys playing computer games, longboarding outside, and bowling with friends.

Mallory Majors

<p>“I’ve-always-had-a-strong-tie-with-people-who-need-extra-help.-I-want-to-give-people-the-best-standard-of-living.”</p>

Mallory Majors wants to work as an occupational therapist. When she isn't studying she enjoys reading, going shopping, and running with her dog.

Parker Hinkle

<p>Parker-Hinkle-from-West-Des-Moines-Iowa-is-studying-pre-health-professions-to-be-a-surgeon</p>

Parker hopes to work as a surgeon. When he isn't studying or getting involved on campus, he enjoys hanging out with friends, relaxing, and taking advantage of his rare free time.

Karter Ewing

<p>Karter-Ewing-from-Le-Mars-Iowa-is-studying-kinesiology-and-health-to-one-day-work-as-a-strength-and-conditioning-coach.</p>

Karter Ewing has his mind set on helping future athletes. When he isn't studying, he enjoys taking advantage of the free clubs and activities on campus including Cyclone Cinema or playing intramural sports.

Shelly Palmer

<p>“It-was-great-to-experience-another-culture-and-interesting-to-learn-how-their-nutrition-differed-from-the-United-States.”</p>

Shelly Palmer plans to become a registered dietitian. When she isn't studying, she enjoys running, exploring different trails around Ames, and being outside.