HDFS Graduate Program Alumni

Where are they now?

We are able to show alumni educational and career information below (after getting permission). If you are a graduate of our sequence, we would like to know where you are now in your educational and career developments since graduating. 

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Degrees Awarded in 2016

Jennifer Senia, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University

Degrees Awarded in 2015

Kelsey Zantingh, M.S., Family Caregiver Specialist, Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Ashley Kinkade, M.S., Family Nutrition Program Assistant, Story County Extension and Outreach, Nevada, IA

Abby Marie Copeman Petig, Ph.D., Research and Policy Specialist, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, UC-Berkeley

Degrees Awarded in 2014

Kate Burrell, Ph.D., Psychology Instructor & Camp Group Leader, DMACC, Des Moines, IA

Ashley Merritts, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA

Angelica Sofia Reina Paez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Lisa Ryherd, Ph.D., Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Wayne State College, Wayne, NE

Jiong Yang, Ph.D., Lecturer, Zhejiang International Studies University, China

Degrees Awarded in 2013

Melinda Heinz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA

Kevin Zimmerman, Ph.D., Therapist, Barclay & Associates, Ames, IA

Cris Broshar, M.S., Child Care Consultant, Child Care Resources & Referral of Central Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Degrees Awarded in 2012

Axton Betz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Consumer Studies, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

Aryn Kruse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Loras College, Dubuque, IA

Nancy E.F. Peck, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Early Childhood Education, Keene State College, Keene, NH

Yuzhu Zheng, Ph.D., Post-Doc, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Elizabeth Zimmermann, M.S., Family Involvement Strategies, Family Services of Rochester, Rochester, MN

Degrees Awarded in 2011

Duhita Mahatmya, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Cynthia Thompson, M.S., Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Degrees Awarded in 2010

Matthew T. Hiveley, Ph.D., Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Central Iowa Psychological Services, Ames, IA

Laura (Temple) Scheetz, M.S., Administrative Services Coordinator, University of Iowa Center on Aging, Iowa City, IA

Laura Severson, M.S., Social Worker, Bethany Life, Story City, IA

Lisa Ann Naig, Ph.D., Early Childhood Special Education Consultant, Heartland Area Education Agency #11, Newton, IA

Diana Baltimore, Ph.D., Lecturer, Iowa State University; Executive Director of Founder of National Center for Adoption

Amanda Stein, M.S./Ph.D., Director, Research & Evaluation, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago, IL

Degrees Awarded in 2009

Joyce Lash, Masters Family & Consumer Sciences, Program Specialist, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Corydon, IA

Krista Van Hooser-Perin, Ph.D., Organizational Learning Specialist, Wesley Life, Johnston, IA

Kristin Towers, M.S., Student Services Advisor, Kaplan University, Urbandale, IA

Katie D. Christoffersen, M.S., Kindergarten Teacher, Guthrie Center Schools, Guthrie Center, IA

Ashley (Rink) Merritts, MS, Therapist, LMFT, Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, Cedar Rapids, IA

Melissa Schnurr, M.S., Ph.D., Education Program Consultant - Early ACCESS, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines, IA

Brinn Shjegstad, Ph.D., Market Research Manager, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Des Moines, IA

Kristin Towers, M.S., Academic Advisor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Degrees Awarded in 2008

Shannon Marie (Wetzler) Wilson, M.S. Child Care Staff Development Specialist, Children & Families of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Degrees Awarded in 2006

Carolyn Clawson Langill, Ph.D., Research Associate, Purdue University

Amber (Hines) Lonsdale, M.S., Therapist, Plains Area Mental Health Center, LeMars, IA

Erin M. (Yuska) Weatherly, B.S. M.Ed., Vocational Skills/Health Instructor, Marshalltown Community School District, Marshalltown, IA

Natalie Lonsdale Gruss, M.S., Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor, West Des Moines, IA

Degrees Awarded in 2005

Anthony Santiago, Ph.D., State Extension Specialist, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Shelby A. Kaura, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Human Services, Upper Iowa University, West Des Moines, IA

Elaine M. Eshbaugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Applied Human Sciences, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Degrees Awarded in 2003

Emily (Moriarity) Wurpts, M.S., Mom, Children’s Mobilization Ministry, Center for Mission Mobilization

Susan Collins, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Gerontology, University of Colorado, Greenley, CO

Degrees Awarded in 2002

Jessica Enneking, M.S., Licensed MFT, Adult Mental Health, Fraser, MN

Wendy Kovacs, MA MFT, Child and Adolescent Therapist and Attachment Therapy Supervisor, Children’s Research Triangle, Chicago, IL

Degrees Awarded in 2001

Jennifer Meehan Brennom, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology & Sociology, Distance Learning, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Angela R. Curtis, M.S., Executive Director, Ada County/FACES Family Justice Center, Boise, ID

Degrees Awarded in 2000

Rosalie Bakken, PhD, Director of Healthcare Analytics and Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Heidi (Malloy) Frankard, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

Amy Popillion, M.S., Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Linda Trudeau, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Degrees Awarded in 1998

Debra DeBates, Ph.D., Professor, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Degrees Awarded in 1998

Kim Venteicher, M.S., Parent Coordinator, Iowa State University Child Development Laboratory School, Ames, IA

Degrees Awarded in 1997

Hui-Jane Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung

Jyh-Tsorng (Jocelyn) Jong, Ph.D., Associate Professor, National Taiwan Normal University (Dept. of Human Development & Family Studies), Taipei

Jeff Angera, M.S./Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Central Michigan University

Degrees Awarded in 1995

Robyn Jones, B.S., M.S., Homemaker

Anita Russell, M.S., Training and Curriculum Specialist, U.S. Army Child Youth and School Services, Fort Carson, CO

Keli (Larson) Tallman, M.S., State Youth Development Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development, Ames, IA

Degrees Awarded in 1994

Barbara J. Gaddis, Ph.D., Associate Pastor, Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Ames, IA

Degrees Awarded in 1992

Tengku Aizan Hamid, B.S., M.S., Ph.D, Director Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor

David N. Brown, Ph.D., Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Jefferson, IA

Degrees Awarded in 1991

Annette (Anderson) Brown, M.S., 4-H Youth Development Program Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Boone, IA

Degrees Awarded in 1990

Gwen Greve Carman, M.S., Superintendent, Carlton School District, Carlton, Minnesota

Degrees Awarded in 1989

Kathy White, M.S., Director of Faith Formation, St. Thomas Aquinas Church & Catholic Student Center, Ames, IA

Degrees Awarded in 1988

Janet Nieuwsma Melby, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Development Family Studies and Director of Child Welfare Research and Training Project, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Degrees Awarded in 1987

Connie Vogel, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

Degrees Awarded in 1986

Mary K. (Rix) Chamberlain, B.S. (81), M.S, Head Teacher, Macfeat Laboratory School, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

Joan Marie Riessen, BS (83), MS, Organist/Teacher of Piano, First United Methodist, Ascension Lutheran and Private Piano Studio Owner, Brookings, SD

Kerri Kerns, M.S., Director of  Early Care and Education, Agenda for  Children, New Orleans, LA

Degrees Awarded in 1985

James R. Hulbert, M.S. (82), Ph.D., (85)Associate Professor, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN

Melanie K. Felton, M.S., Associate Professor and Early Childhood Education Program Director, College of Saint Mary, Omaha,  NE

Degrees Awarded in 1981

Mary Clevenger-Bright, M.S., Teaching Associate, Program Coordinator, Early Childhood & Family Studies/Teacher Education Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Mari Rehm, M.S., Assistant Director, Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Degrees Awarded in 1979

Ann K. Reardon Mullis, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University

Degrees Awarded in 1977

Lois Jacobson Meerdink, BS, MS, PhD, Retired

Degrees Awarded in 1976

Kathleen Rose Hanson, B.S., MS, Broker, Gold Key Real Estate Services LLC, Northfield, MN

Christine M. (Harris) Gaare, BS (69), MS, Retired, Owns a market research consulting company, works part time on selected projects

Degrees Awarded in 1953

Linda Nelson, M.S., Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University