Oh, the Places You’ll Go – Alum Spotlights

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Business Profiles

Corrie Barry

Major: Accounting and Management

Year of Graduation: 1997

Will become CEO, Best Buy (June 2019)

I am currently the EVP and Chief Strategic Growth Officer for Best Buy Co., Inc. In this role, I lead the company's efforts to refine and implement its growth strategy. I also have served as the interim president for Best Buy's Services (Geek Squad) organization since March.  Read More

Communication & Arts Profiles

Mallory Heinz Ledet

Major: Art

Year of Graduation: 2011

As a communicator for Epcot at The Walt Disney World Resort, I am focused on providing timely and easy-to-consume information to the cast members at Epcot. Read More


Education Profiles

Matt Pahl

Major: History

Year of Graduation: 2005

I am the Director of the Policy, Measurement and Innovation Division at the New Mexico Public Education Department.  In this position, I lead the department in its efforts with the state legislature, run innovative new educational programs in conjunction with school districts and charter schools across the state and measure the development and impact of programs across the department and state. Read More

Environmental & Science Profiles

Erik Nagaoka

Major: History

Year of Graduation: 2013

As an investigator with FDA, I work to ensure the public health by conducting inspections of our domestic facilities and also protecting the port through import operations. Typical domestic assignments include inspections of food, medical device and drug companies and making sure they adhere to good manufacturing processes. Imports involves screening what comes into the country and conducting thorough examinations of containers at the port with other law enforcement agencies. Read More


Global Profiles

Grace Vaughan

Major: Nutrition-Dietetics

Year of Graduation: 2016

Overall, my position as a Community Outreach Volunteer helps to support long and healthy lives and decrease the burden of HIV amongst all South Africans. Community HIV Outreach Project (CHOP) Volunteers work with organizations and communities in grassroots efforts to address prevention and care. The goals of the CHOP project are to reduce HIV infection, stigma and discrimination, and to mitigate the impacts of the epidemic among youth, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).  Read More

Government Profiles

Frida Alvarez

Major: Peace Studies

Minor: Political Science

Year of Graduation: 2017

I work in three general areas: enforcement of laws, rules and regulations dealing with Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and American with Disabilities Act, monitoring for compliance with those laws, rules and regulations. I also create and conduct diversity and inclusion training as needed on various topics. Read More


Health & Medical Profiles

Jessica Cavazos

Jessica Mader Cavazos

Majors: Biology

Year of Graduation: 2008

As a health educator, I find ways to explain complex health or scientific issues to a lay audience.  In my role, I develop materials for new and expectant parents as well as providers, create social media posts, write articles for provider publications, and develop new initiatives to educate target audiences. Read More

Law Profiles

Jake Barnes

Major: Political Science

Year of Graduation: 2009

As an Assistant County Attorney I am in Court nearly daily, either on child support matters, criminal proceedings, truancy cases, or even representing the County in civil suits.  The Wabasha County Office is smaller with only three full time attorneys and two support staff, but this lends itself to creating a close and friendly environment. Read More


Non-Profit & Human Services Profiles

Rev. Elizabeth Gleich

Major: Peace Studies and Theology

Year of Graduation: 2012

As Associate Pastor, I preach during services, administer sacraments, make pastoral visits, work with the surrounding community on issues related to faith and justice (climate change, immigrant rights, women's rights), lead adult Faith Formation programs, and perform weddings and funerals. Read More

Recreation & Sports Profiles

Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan

Major: Communication

Year of Graduation: 2015

As an Account Executive of Ticket Sales, my primary role is to generate revenue. I am also responsible for leading and developing our ticket sales Business Development Program participants – which is the internship program that I started with in 2015. My focus is season ticket sales, where you can purchase a package of tickets in increments of 81, 40 or 20 games. Read More