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Alumni Participants

Career iMPACT Summit

Students attending the summit will have the opportunity to hear from over 15 Knox alumni representing a variety of industries including: law, education, banking and finance, human resources, higher education, health care, engineering, business, publishing, and more.

Ashley Steinsdoerfer '05Ashley Steinsdoerfer '05
Event Specialist at the University of Chicago
Major:  Self-Designed (Communications)    
Minor:  Physics

Ashley Steinsdoerfer is an event specialist at the University of Chicago, where she focuses on event production of quarterly graduation ceremonies. Her experience also includes marketing, fundraising, and alumni relations. Before beginning work with the University of Chicago, Ashley worked at Six Flags Great America, Brookfield Zoo, and Lincoln Park Zoo. While at Knox, she was part of the women's tennis team, Circle K Club, KARES Recycling Club, WVKC Radio, The Knox Student, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Knox County, and TRIO. She credits her passion for events to her active participation in extracurricular activities, most notably her leadership roles in Circle K. Ashley currently serves as the class correspondent for the Knox class of 2005. In her spare time, she can be found testing new recipes, taking an art or graphic design class, or hosting dinners and planning parties for her family and friends.

Rosie WorthenRosie Worthen '11
Community Outreach Member, Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Majors:  Modern Languages & Integrated International Studies

Rosie Worthen, originally from Helena, Montana, graduated from Knox College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in modern languages (Spanish and Chinese) and integrated international studies. Rosie took part in the creation of the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen, a local 501(c)3 volunteer organization dedicated to addressing hunger and food insecurity in the Galesburg area, where she currently serves as president. For the past year and a half, she has been working as a community outreach member for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), whose mission is "to make college accessible and affordable for all Illinois students."

Anthony Balthazor '03Anthony Balthazor '03
Senior Vice President at FirstMerit Bank
Major:  Economics

Anthony Balthazor is a senior vice president with FirstMerit Bank's Chicago Commercial Banking division. Throughout his years in the financial services industry, he has helped owner-managed middle market companies achieve their goals. By working with a wide variety of clients during the course of his career, he has in-depth knowledge of manufacturing, services, and distribution. With a customer-focused solutions approach, he is passionate about finding ways to grow middle market companies. Anthony obtained a bachelor's degree in economics from Knox and an MBA with distinction in finance from DePaul University. He is actively involved in Rainbows For All Children, serves on the Chairman's Advisory Council for Big Shoulders Fund, and currently resides in Frankfort, Illinois, with his wife and son.

Lindsay (Symmonds) Currie '98Lindsay (Symmonds) Currie '98
Author, CREED (debuting in Fall 2014)
Major:  English

Lindsay Currie writes for young adults, striving to create a world where they dominate and the everyday chaos that comes with the teen years can be held at least while they're reading. Lindsay is a member of SCBWI and OneFoutKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014. Her debut novel, CREED (co-authored with Trisha Leaver), releases from FLUX in fall of 2014. She is represented by Kathleen Rushnall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her incredibly patient husband, three amazing kids, and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam.

Sarah Carlin '10Sarah Carlin '10
Teaching Assistant at Doodle Bugs! Children's Center
Major:  Elementary Education
Minor:  French

Sarah Carlin graduated from Knox in 2010 with a major in elementary education and a minor in French. She  let wanderlust guide her job search, which led her to all sorts of places and adventures she never expected. In the three years since graduation, she has worked in rural Montana, Antarctica, and in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Her jobs have been as varied as their locations, from sub-military contract work to native English teaching. Currently, she lives and works in Buffalo, New York, as an assistant at Doodle Bugs! Children's Center.

Graham Troyer'Joy '08Graham Troyer-Joy '08
Freelance Software Engineer, Writer, Comedian
Major:  Anthropology and Sociology    
Minors:  Spanish and Studio Art-Painting

Graham Troyer-Joy is currently a freelance software engineer. Since Knox, he has worked for three small technology startups in Chicago, including one founded by a Knox alumnus. He lived at a non-profit housing cooperative for two years and briefly served on the board there. In 2011, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he also studied during his senior year. He performs standup comedy around the city and is pursuing more improv and writing opportunities. While at Knox, Graham was involved with Alliance for Peaceful Action, Students against Sexism in Society, Riot Queer, and other social justice organizations. Graham also participated in two improv troupes and Student Senate.

Brynna Barnhart '03Brynna Barnhart '03
Associate Director of Enforcement with the NCAA
Major:  Political Science                    
Minor:  English

Brynna Barnhart has worked as a member of the enforcement staff at the NCAA national office for over five years. In her role as an associate director, she ensured integrity and fair play by investigating Divisions I, II, and III athletics programs that are in violation of NCAA legislation. Brynna is a member of the enforcement staff's Football Development Group, a liaison to the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and chairperson of The Enforcement Experience. Before joining the national office staff, she practiced law at a firm in St. Louis, Missouri, focusing on insurance defense litigation. She is a member of both the Illinois and Missouri bars. Brynna earned her Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned her bachelor's degree at Knox in 2003 and was a member and captain of both the women's basketball and softball teams. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she volunteers for Noble of Indiana and Special Olympics.

Kenji Mori '07

Kenji Mori '07
5th/6th Grade Teacher at Namaste Charter School
Major:  Political Science
Minor: History

Kenji Mori initially planned to go to law school and briefly worked at Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a legal assistant. Ultimately, Kenji decided to go into the field of education and began working as a teacher at Hope Institute Academy in Chicago. From there, he went on to Namaste Charter School where he's currently employed as a 5th and 6th grade math and reading teacher. During his time at Knox, Kenji was actively involved in on-campus activities such as TRIO, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Honor Board, Student Senate, residential life, intramural softball, Knox Ambassadors, lacrosse, Senior Challenge Committee, and was a Kemper Scholar and McNair Fellow.

Amanda (Scripp) Goodness '02Amanda (Scripp) Goodness '02
Senior Human Resource Manager at ARAMARK
Major:  Psychology           

Amanda Goodness graduated from Knox in 2002 with a degree in psychology. During her time at Knox, she was involved in varsity basketball and Alpha Phi Omega. She has been with ARAMARK since May of 2003, occupying various roles including human resources manager in the business and industry facility services, regional HR manager for the Midwest and north regions with ARAMARK Healthcare, and her current position as a senior HR manager. Prior to her time with her current company, Amanda worked with Walgreens Company as an HR specialist. She is currently living in the Milwaukee area.

Jacob Plummer '00Jacob Plummer '00
Vice President of Business Development at AllScripts
Major:  Economics

Jacob Plummer is the vice president of business development at AllScripts, a company focusing on technology solutions for the healthcare industry. He has served as the director of the IMSA Board of Directors, a member of the School of Medicine Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care, an advisory board member at Kaplan University on the School of Health Sciences, a lead associate at Park Angels, and the dermatology director at the University of Chicago Hospitals, as well as a mayoral fellow for the City of Chicago. He was also the co-founder and head of sales at MindUniversity, Inc. During his time at Knox, Jacob was involved in the Knox College Emerging Leaders Program, was a Model United Nations delegate, a student delegate for the Office of Admission, a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, and a Knox College security escort. Jacob went on to pursue an MPP at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Karen (Lutgens) MacKenzie '95

Karen (Lutgens) MacKenzie '95
Human Resources Supervisor at Caterpillar, Inc.
Major:  History   

Karen joined Caterpillar's Technical Information Center (TIC) in 1997.  In 2000, she was on a core team that launched Caterpillar's original knowledge management communities of practice solution, the Knowledge Network. Karen was also part of the original team to create the concept and strategy behind Caterpillar's intranet portal, Cat@work. She has provided project management for projects across Caterpillar's human resources function.  Karen spent 2007-2010 as a ChangeMaster, providing specific communications, learning, and reinforcement planning and execution for high-impact HR projects. She then served as team lead for the HR reporting group in the HR Process & Technology Implementation Team. Karen earned an MBA from University of Illinois-Springfield. Currently, she is a supervisor with responsibility for several Human Resource IT platforms, including Cat@work, the Caterpillar Learning Management System (CLMS), recruiting, performance management, succession planning, and career development. Karen lives in Dunlap, Illinois, and has serious addictions to baseball, hockey, and good thriller/mystery films. She and her husband are happily kid-less and love to travel.

Sam JarvisSam Jarvis '09
Director of Health Protection Division, Knox County Health Department
Major: Biochemistry

Sam was adopted and raised in Galesburg, Illinois. He studied biochemistry and economics at Knox College, graduating in 2009. During his time at Knox, he was a member of several clubs and organizations including: Student Senate, Up Til Dawn, and Sigma Chi. After graduation, Sam took a year off to figure out life after Knox. He went back to school at Western Illinois University and graduated with a master's degree in public health and emergency management. He has had various jobs since graduation, including assistant instructor of mixed martial arts, logistics at a retail store, a butcher, emergency response coordinator, and now is the director of health protection at the Knox County Health Department.

Emma PolandEmma Poland '12
Knox County Health Department, We Chose Health Transformation Grant, KnoxCorps Fellow
Major: Neuroscience

Emma Poland is from Arlington, Virginia, and graduated from Knox College in 2012 with a B.A. in neuroscience. She is currently placed at the Knox County Health Department through her KnoxCorps Fellowship. Emma works with the We Chose Health Transformation Grant to promote proactive health programs throughout the county and with patients of the Knox County Health Center to provide prescription drug assistance. She is in the process of applying to graduate schools for a master's degree in nursing (MSN).