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Huntsman Scholar Program - Alumni Achievements

June  2015

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We are excited to recognize the professional and personal achievements of Huntsman Scholar alumni. Please email Stephanie White any other updates

JD Borg

  • Accepted a position at Goldman Sachs, Salt Lake City, Utah

Bryce Larsen

  • Accepted a position at Icon Health and Fitness, Logan, Utah
Wendy Bosshardt
  • Accepted a position with Orthofix, Dallas, TX
  • Received the Cache Valley Rotary Scholar Award 


Samantha Burrows

  • Received the Bill E. Robins Award for Utah State University, May 2015
  • Accepted a full-time position as Director of Operations for Strata, Logan, UT

Allison Fife

  • Received Scholar of the Year Robins Award for Utah State University, May 2015
  • Accepted into a Master’s Program in the Political Science Department at Utah State University.
  • Presenting paper at the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference in Split, Croatia, June 2015.

Mark Groberg

  • Accepted a position as a Legislative Assistant with Senator Orrin Hatch

Scott Laneri

  • Joined the Ritchie Group, Salt Lake City, UT.

Cooper Larsen

  • Accepted a position with Goldman Sachs, IMD division, Salt Lake City, UT

Jim Allred

  • Married Chanae in October 2014

Ani Anghalatyan

  • Currently working full time in Boston, Massachusetts, as a part of her Academic Training as an international student

Ace Beorchia

  • Baby #2 due in July
  • Promoted to Senior Accountant of Financial Reporting at Cache Valley Bank

Christian Cannell 

  • Married in June 3, 2014
  • Acquired a Martial Arts school in May 2014, which he currently owns and operates

Brad Cannon

  • Baby girl, Ivy Cannon, born December 2014
  • Accepted to the PhD program in Finance at Ohio State and will begin in Fall 2015

Josh DeFriez

  • Accepted as a master’s student in Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago, Illinois.

Kyle Ivins

  • Baby #2 on the way
  • His new company has reached profitability, has 30 employees, has been valued at $40 million, and the new office building in Farmington under construction.

Dallin Maxfield

  • Attended grad school full-time at the University of Utah in the Masters of Science in Finance program
  • Received a Graduate Assistantship and worked as the MSF Ambassador in the Graduate Admissions Office. Ranked 1 of 94 students in his class, and graduated in early May.
  • Accepted a job offer with Orbital ATK as a Financial Analyst in their Flight Systems group, located in Clearfield, UT

Adam Stewart

  • Legislative Assistant to Congressman Rob Bishop in his Washington, D.C. office

Anna Verdanyan

  • Recently employed as Analyst in Operations Division at Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City, Utah

Douglas Ward

  • Received an internship with Zebra Tech, Long Island, NY
  • Accepted a position with Deloitte, Washington D.C.

Rachel Rawlings Ward

  • Received the Undergraduate Teaching Fellow award for Utah State University
  • Accepted a position with PwC in Washington, D.C.

Joshua Blume

  • Accepted into Georgetown Law's part-time program

Mike Burnham

  • About to graduate from Georgetown

Chloee Butterfield

  • Promoted to Head HR Consultant and opened new division of current company
  • Received Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification

Sadie Crabb

  • Selected as the CHASS College Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow (PDRF), a 4-year funding award; one of ten total incoming students awarded at USU for the 2014-2015 school year
  • Just completed first 1/2 of her MS in Sociology

David Eldredge

  • Received ADA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Dental student Scholarship, Russel Award through OKU, and an Academic Achievement Scholarship

Steven Espinoza

  • Remarried Clover on Thanksgiving, 2014
  • Working for start-up AuctionsByCellular managing charity auctions, and overseeing the Utah Market for the company

Chelsey Funk

  • Married Mar 21, 2015

Caleb Gorringe

  • Director of Marketing at Missouri Star Quilt Company
  • Expecting baby #2 (baby boy)
  • Company just won a couple of awards: Best Small Business in America from the National Small Business Administration with the chance to meet with President Obama, and Best Marketing in the state of Missouri award by Missouri Tourism (article found at:

Erin Kelley Mann

  • Completed LOTOJA last summer (206 mile bike race)
  • Proudly completed two year tenure (with husband Kevin) as Kappa Delta House Parents

Logan Smith

  • Currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia

Jill Aoki

  • Promoted to Assurance Senior at Ernst & Young

Andrew Arveseth

  • Accepted on scholarship to George Washington University to complete a master's degree in International Affairs, beginning Fall 2015
  • Has two months remaining at current workplace (Saejowi) in South Korea. While there, he has created a new cultural exchange program for members of the international community (US, UK, Canada, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Norway, etc.) to interact directly with North Korean refugees.
  • Translated a collection of letters written by refugees from Korean into English
  • Worked closely with the US embassy in Seoul to prepare a proposal for a new program that provides refugees with medical and psychological counseling services in their homes

Lucinda Griffiths Arveseth

  • Top PIP instructor at Pagoda Academy in Seoul South Korea
  • Spent the past year teaching rigorous English-language courses in South Korea with topics varying from economics and business to foreign policy and international affairs. She has also volunteered her time to assist with program development, project management, and event administration at Saejowi.
  • She is currently brushing up on her econometrics skills in preparation for a career in economics, which she anticipates to kick-off this year in the Washington, DC, metro area.

Jay Bickmore

  • Happily married in 2014

Jolynn Carr

  • Accepted to be a REAL Change Fellow for the RESULTS Organization, Salt Lake City, Utah

Jordan Douglas

  • Accepted into several medical schools, choosing one in Arizona to start attending in July.

Jesse Fowers

  • Completed a second BS in Mathematics at the University of Oregon
  • Accepted into the MS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Johns Hopkins University

Andi Barlow Gooch

  • Married Andrew Gooch in 2014
  • Nominated for Securities Ops Women's Council at Goldman Sachs, Salt Lake City, Utah

Landon Hemsley

  • Graduating in June 2015 with an MBA from San Diego State University
  • Got a new job with Lee Enterprises in Helena, Montana

Melody Jensen

  • Started serving as a Community Economic Development Volunteer for Peace Corps in Georgia

Brent Meacham

  • Received advisor of the Year Award, Utah Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Board of Directors Members for the Utah Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL)
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Utah State University Alpha Tau Omega Leadership Fraternity

Blake Nemelka

  • New Director in Office of the Provost at Purdue University
  • Started a PhD program: Learning, Design & Technology at Purdue University

Blake and Bo Nemelka

  • Sold 10,000+ copies of their book, “Beat the Middle: The Middle School Student's Guide to Academic Success"
  • Partnering with Franklin Covey on a new and improved version of their book.
  • Spoke at a Utah Education 2020 conference for Governor Herbert, October 2014. The link to their part is:

Bo Nemelka

  • Graduated from Yale University with Master's in Healthcare Administration
  • Took a Senior Associate position as a consultant for Leavitt Partners in Chicago, Illinois and expects to receive a promotion to Director soon.
  • Has two kids and a dog


Jessica Nield

  • Started a new job as Marketing and Communications Director the at World Trade Center Utah

Becky Kelley Pope

  • Moved to Pennsylvania and started work at the Hershey Company, where she directly benefits from free chocolate

Joey Stocking

  • Became the president of the Bear Lake Rendezvous Chamber of Commerce
  • Part owner of Bear Lake Cabin Rentals, one of the largest vacation rental companies in Bear Lake, grossing over $1.2 million in revenue
  • Became the logistics officer for the Rich County Search and Rescue
  • Second child, Kinsley, was born in 2014

Clint Allen

  • Started employment as an Internal Financial Reporting Analyst at Vista Outdoor, Clearfield, Utah

Erin Buttars

  • Graduated with a Masters in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University
  • Started working as an Instructional Designer for the LDS Church

Jami Hanson

  • Gave birth to first baby, Katherine Beth Hanson, on May 28, 2014

Freddy Ishola

  • Married in 2014
  • Led group of 300 volunteers tri-weekly
  • Closed $138,000 worth of sales in 6 months

Matthew Kennedy

  • Graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on June 4, 2015
  • Getting married May 23 and will be moving to DC (He plans to reanimate the DC Chapter of Huntsman Scholar Alumni)

Chris Martin

  • Working on a PhD in Economics at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
  • Currently researching topics in natural resource economics, specifically multi-species fisheries

Chance Murray

  • Recently resigned from Deloitte in order to pursue an MBA at the University of Utah
  • Working as a graduate research assistant for the Dean at the University of Utah Eccles School of Business

Jacob Peterson

  • Baby girl born on April 18, 2014
  • Promoted to Director of Operations at Mountain States Property Management (new position)

Kristina Peterson

  • Had a baby girl in April 2014
  • Built and moved into a new house in North Logan in May 2014

Cristy Ramirez

  • Working as Financial Analyst in an asset management firm VICINI, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Pursuing the designation in the American Society of Appraisers

Dannaea Ward

  • Married in 2014

Bryson White

  • Baby coming soon…

Kjersten Adams

  • Started a Master's in the Information Systems program at the University of Utah

Stephanie Hugie Barello

  • Published “Consumer Spending and U.S. Employment from the 2007-2009 Recession through 2022” in the Monthly Labor Review in October 2014; the article was also cited in the Washington Post and NY Times.
  • Just hired as Associate Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office working as a macro/labor economist in the unit that projects the U.S budget outlook

Chris Barney

  • Started Graduate School at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, working towards a MBA/Masters of Strategic Management

Analese Bell

  • Received a promotion at current employment
  • Started a small business on the side

Heather Clayton

  • Baby boy born this year

Adam Croshaw

  • New baby born this year
  • Started grad school at Utah State University and will be finishing in August
  • Received Employee Choice Award and promoted to Senior Manager at current company, UK2 Group,
  • Attended a Qualtrics conference

Skyler Jenks

  • Currently working as Head of Operation at Target Labels

Todd Labrum

  • Completed work on a patent-pending product that uses text analytics to encourage customers to tell more about the experiences they have with companies around the world

Lance Larsen

  • Started his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • New venture "Markit Medical" was accepted to the Booth New Venture Challenge

Natali Naegle

  • Graduated from Columbia Business School in 2014
  • Started work with McKinsey & Company in Calgary, Canada

RJ Netzley

  • Took a job with Schreiber Foods and moved to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in January 2015
  • Added third child, a baby girl, to the family

Stephanie Dawson Pack

  • Had a baby boy, Jaxton, on December 12, 2014
  • Proud winner of iPad Mini!

Jennifer Paskett

  • Promoted to full-time Instructional Designer at the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction at Utah State University
  • Walked a (low) tight wire, scooted out on a highline, and took up slack rope

David Passey

  • Received the new title of Principal at Clifford Capital Partners LLC, Illinois
  • Recently awarded equity stake in the firm

Rick Williams

  • Welcomed a new baby girl into the family

Davis Anderson

  • Father to new daughter, Cella, born December 2014 (Her parents think she’s pretty amazing)

Kade L Applegate

  • Promoted to Senior Associate Brand Manager on the Kleenex Brand, Wisconsin

Josh Kerkmann

  • Married April 10, 2014
  • Graduated from Ohio State in December 2014
  • Presented at Partners in Business in October 2014

Nate Lloyd

  • Baby boy born in February 2015

Michael Neary

  • Started MBA program at George Mason University
  • Hired as a Buyer at Parsons Government Services
  • Expecting first baby boy on May 4, 2015