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Celebrating the Class of 2020

While spring commencement has been postponed to August 1-2 weekend, College of Saint Mary is already celebrating the achievements of our soon-to-be 2020 graduates! We're so proud of you – our amazing and resilient Class of 2020. If you're a spring/summer 2020 graduate and would still like to submit your information, please do so here

Message from the President


 

 

Anthonia Taiwo Awotundun
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Future Plans: "Get a job in either Med-Surge or ICU units. Start a new life utilizing all the skills that I have learned during my 4 years in CSM's nursing program."

Yesica Guadalupe Lara Reyes
Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Future Plans: "I am planning on building my way up in the immigration field. I am currently working as a legal assistant at Blackford Law LLC. My plan is to become an immigration attorney in the future to help those in need of legal advice."

Dorothea L Jenkins
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Meridian, MS

Future Plans: "After graduation, I plan to attend a Nursing Residency program in Houston, Texas and achieve my Master's degree in Health care administration."

Jennie Lang-Harnisch
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology

Hometown: Wellston, OH

Future Plans: "I will be staying at CSM to attend the PA program beginning this fall."

Wendy Aguayo
Bachelor of General Studies

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Future Plans: "I plan to go back to school and receive a certificate in Sign Language while also working full time at a school."

Victoria A. Johnson
Master of Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Mead, NE

Future plans: "I hope to find a job working with adaptive technology and modifications."

Marissa Vitt
Masters of Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Fort Bridger, WY

Future Plans: "Once I finish fieldwork, and pass the boards exam, I hope to start practicing OT! Either in Wyoming close to family or as a traveling therapist exploring the country; still undecided."

Amber Bartling
Master of Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "Finish up fieldwork, study for boards, take boards, and hopefully land a pediatric OT job before 2020 is over! :)"

Morgan Niewohner
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Beemer, NE

Future Plans: "I plan to finish my Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at the College of Saint Mary." 

Karina Musinsky
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Future Plans: "I am excited to begin the MOT program at CSM!"

Morgan Floyd
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Future Plans: "Work in Omaha!" 

Doria Moses
Master of Arts in Teaching

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I have accepted a 3rd-grade teaching position at St. Philip Neri Catholic School in Florence, NE."

Allison Hamre
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Bennington, NE

Future Plans: "Continue in the occupational therapy program to gain my master's degree."

Taylor Buckminster
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology

Hometown: Wahoo, NE

Future Plans: "Continue my education here at CSM in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program." 

Sierra Weitzel
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: North Platte, NE

Future Plans: "I plan to work on the floor at a hospital in the cardiac unit, ER, or OR. My dream is to work in pediatrics at Children's Hospital here in Omaha or Denver, Colorado."

Kayla Welsh
Master of Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Mullen, NE

Future Plans: "I plan on hugging my mom, dad, and spouse. Then I plan to take my spouse on a well-deserved honeymoon vacation, pass my boards, and get the job of my dreams. Finally, I plan to pay it forward by reaching back toward the graduates of the future and help in any way that I can to ensure success." 

Hattie Holler
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "Pursue my Master's in Occupational Therapy at CSM."

Olivia TenBensel
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Arapahoe, NE

Future Plans: "I will be continuing my education at College of Saint Mary and receiving my Master of Occupational Therapy next spring."

Rachel Peabody
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Pre-PA)

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "Attending CSM in the Fall for the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies Program. Enjoying the last summer break I have beforehand!"

Jessica Schenck
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology

Hometown: Blair, NE

Future Plans: "Attend College of Saint Mary's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program in the fall." 

Mary Morris
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Future Plans: "Attending the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Master's Program."

Claire Volk
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I will be working as an RN in the NICU at Nebraska medicine." 

Kelli Castillo
Master of Arts in Teaching

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Future Plans: "After graduation, I will continue my search for a teaching position as well as plan to be a substitute. I will spend most of the days enjoying time with my daughter and settling into our new normal once again." 

Carlie Derry
Bachelor of Science in Education

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I have accepted a position in Bennington Public Schools!"

Hannah Faherty
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Platte County, MO

Future Plans: "After graduation, I plan to get a job at North Kansas City hospital. I would like to work on the Med-Surg unit for a few years in order to develop a strong skill set. After a few years, I have high hopes to transfer to the emergency department." 

April Francisco Klusaw
Bachelor of Science in Education

Hometown: Springfield, NE

Future Plans: "Teach middle school science in the Omaha-area as well as teach Science On a Sphere courses for Metropolitan Community College." 

Taylor Trout
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I will continue my education in the Master's of Occupational Therapy at College of Saint Mary!" 

Emma Zeller
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Columbus, NE

Future Plans: "Continue on to get my Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2021, then eventually move out to the Northeast to be with my family and my dog, Ferris." 

Kathleen Chance
Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Bellevue, NE

Future Plans: "I will be working at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on the Trauma floor!"

Rebecca Meyer
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Grand Island, NE

Future Plans: "Continue in Occupational Therapy program and get Master's of Occupational Therapy." 

Dawn M Seger
Bachelors of Rehabilitative Science

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "At 42 years old, my short-term plans include remaining with my current employer of 21.5 years, Marriott International. Then I will follow through with my 5 year plan and relocate to Rogers, AR, where I plan to buy the house overlooking Beaver Lake that my aunt and uncle currently own." 

Madison Rose Cascio
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology

Hometown: Papillion, NE

Future Plans: "Apply to Physician Assistant Programs and become a PA!" 

Kendra Johnson
Bachelor of Science in Education

Hometown: Elkhorn, NE

Future Plans: "I have accepted a position through Sarpy County Head Start. I will be an early head start teacher for ages 0-3 at Sarpy County Child Development Center in Papillion. I plan on starting my new position on August 5! I also hope to get a master's degree someday down the road." 

Katelyn Schwindt
Bachelor of Arts Applied Psychology

Hometown: Crescent, IA

Future Plans: "I am moving to Arizona and working in victim services. I plan to get my master's degree in the next few years and then become a trauma-informed therapist." 

Mary Engelbert
Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I plan to take boards and start working on the hematology/oncology floor at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center here in Omaha. Dreams really do come true!" 

Patricia O'Connor
Doctor of Education In Educational Leadership

Hometown: Valley, NE

Future Plans: "I will continue as a CSM Teacher Education adjunct instructor while I seek full-time employment in higher education." 

Katie Brungardt
Master of Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Galesburg, KS

Future Plans: "I plan on taking and passing boards, then pursuing a job at an outpatient clinic or travel therapy!" 

Katy Pellman
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I plan to get a job as an RN in Omaha and live out my dream of being a nurse!" 

Samantha Veys
Master of Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Future Plans: "Finish fieldwork, pass the boards exam, and finally live out my dream of being an OT!" 

Caitlyn Harris
Bachelors in Rehabilitation Sciences

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I plan to return to CSM this summer to continue to work on my Master's in Occupational Therapy!" 

Madeline Myers
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Blair, NE

Future Plans: "I plan to attend CSM to earn my Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy." 

Dezirae DeLancey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Bennington, NE

Future Plans: "I am blessed to say that I will be working as an RN at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center on their PICU floor." 

Elly Targy
Bachelors of Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "Begin the graduate program to obtain a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree!" 

Bekah Honner
Bachelors of Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD

Future Plans: "Continuing in the MOT program at CSM!" 

Tess Ferris
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Bennington, NE

Future Plans: "I plan to move to Florida and work in the Emergency Department in Tampa." 

Madeline Ellis
Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I was accepted into the Nurse Residency at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and accepted a position in the Emergency Room. I plan on going back to school to get my NP, but not for a few years!" 

Hilda B. Gomez-Alcala
Bachelor of General Studies

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: ""I plan to go back to school and receive my Dual Education/Business Master Degree. While also working full-time as an advocate for local businesses and equal access to education in the Latinx community!"" 

Blair Benton
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Hometown: Nebraska City, NE

Future Plans: "I am excited that I have received a job here in Omaha at The Exercise Coach, helping people achieve their health and fitness goals!" 

Sydney Stricherz
Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I will be moving to Colorado here soon and then hopefully continue my education in some way." 

Martha E. Montes
Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "After graduation, I plan on working on an intensive care unit here in Omaha. My future plans are to continue my education to become a Nurse Practitioner." 

Katherine Wilson
Master of Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Valley, NE

Future Plans: "After boards, I hope to either work towards becoming a certified hand therapist or work as a travel OT so I can see new parts of the country while doing what I love! Big thanks to Mom and Dad for helping me reach my dreams and shine!" 

Emmilie Kosiba
Masters of Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Syracuse, NE

Future Plans: "I plan to finish fieldwork at UNMC in the neurology outpatient clinic. I hope to take boards and get a job working with pediatrics and/or neurology before the end of the year!" 

Cathrynn Horacek
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Kearney, NE

Future Plans: "Continue education at College of Saint Mary for my Master's degree in Occupational Therapy." 

Margeaux Anderson
Bachelor of Science in Education

Hometown: La Vista, NE

Future Plans: "I will be headed to Phoniex Arizona to teach this next school year!" 

Tielar Jacobsen
Practical Nursing

Hometown: Blair, NE

Future Plans: "Going on to further nursing degree while working as an LPN." 

Brenna Kirchhoff
Master's in Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "I plan to explore my options with the geriatric population as well as becoming a traveling occupational therapist!" 

Isabella Shull
Bachelor in Rehabilitation Studies

Hometown: Turin, IA

Future Plans: "Continue the Occupational Therapy graduate program to receive my masters in OT next may!" 

Vivian Vi Vo
Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Future Plans: "The nursing program has pushed me to better myself and has taught me many things, such as being resilient and adaptive. Without that, I believe I wouldn't have accomplished my dreams. After graduating and obtaining my BSN degree and RN license, I will be working as a medical-surgical nurse here in Omaha. After a couple of years, I do plan on furthering my education and applying to graduate school." 

Allison Davis
Master of Occupational Therapy

Hometown: Ainsworth, NE

Future Plans: "I will be married this Summer. After the board exam, I will pursue a career In a health setting near Lindsay." 

Marie Hain
Bachelor of Arts in English

Hometown: Norfolk, NE

Future Plans: "I will be working at National Indemnity Insurance Company here in Omaha!" 

Clare Mathews
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA

Future Plans: "I will be staying in Omaha and have accepted a position at UNMC!" 

Susan Reay
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Hometown: Papillion, NE

Future Plans: "I have accepted an Assistant Professor position at the Grace Abbott School of Social Work. I look forward to instilling the spirit of service that I learned from CSM with my students. Also, I am excited to start reading my stack of books for pleasure!" 

Kaela Housh
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Future Plans: "My plan is to teach middle school Social Studies! I also plan on going back to school in a couple of years to get my Master’s degree in order to become a Principal!"