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Hired Before Graduation

What’s next for our seniors? Our seniors have big plans — many of which are already in place before they walk across the stage during commencement. Below, meet members of the Class of 2019 who have been hired for full-time positions before graduation. Scroll down to see members of the Class of 2018 who were hired before graduation.

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Class of 2018

Bradley Rutter '18Bradley Rutter ’18

Peace Corps Healthy Schools Coordinator

Major: Political Science
Minor:  Biology
New job: Healthy Schools Coordinator in the Guatemalan Highlands with the Peace Corps.
When hired: January 2018

“Since high school, I have known that I want to pursue a career in public health. I am excited to move to the Western Highlands of Guatemala, where I will be working on health, hygiene, and nutrition initiatives directly with school superintendents, teachers, and community leaders.”
Read more from Bradley

Kaitlyn Yarka '18Kaitlyn Yarka ’18

Staff Auditor

Major: Accounting
Minor: Economics

New job: Staff Auditor at Sikich LLC.
When hired: August 2017, after completing an internship with the company.

“I am most excited about beginning my professional career in the accounting field. Getting to see the real world application of concepts and skills fostered in the classroom, excites me about the future ahead.”
Read more from Kaitlyn

Ricky Figureoa '18Ricky Figueroa ’18

Graduate School, Physical Therapy

Major: Biology
Minor: Spanish

New job: Pursuing doctorate in Physical Therapy at Creighton University
When accepted: December 2017

“There are many reasons as to why I want to be a Physical Therapist, including to continue learning throughout my career, to have a physically demanding job, and to have the satisfaction of making a difference in someone else’s life.”
Read more from Ricky

Lauren Prather '18Lauren Prather ’18

Special Education Teacher

Major: Elementary Education and Cross Categorical Special Education
Minor:  Studio Art
New job: High school special education teacher in Joliet, Ill.
When hired: February 2018

“I am most excited to work with such a an incredible group of students, and continue their education with them for up to 6 years. I am looking forward to see the student growth and aid their transition into the work force.”
Read more from Lauren

Tristan Grams '18Tristan Grams ’18

Internship at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Major: Biology
New job: Internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and then graduate school at the University of Florida to study biomedical sciences.
When hired: February 2018

“I am most excited to continue my research on antibiotic-resistant bacteria that reside on the International Space Station.”
Read more from Tristan

Nasreen Pournik '18Nasreen Pournik ’18

Business Development

Major:  Economics
Minor:  Spanish and Business Administration
New job: Business Development team at Strand Associates.
When hired: December 2017

“I am excited to put the skills and knowledge I have gained at Carthage to the test, as well as, learn more on the job from my peers.”
Read more from Nasreen

Chelsea Niemuth '18Chelsea Niemuth ’18

Junior Financial Analyst

Majors: Finance and Marketing
New job: Junior Financial Analyst at Abbott Laboratories. 
When hired: October 2017

“I cannot wait to start my career working for a company that is dedicated to helping others!”
Read more from Chelsea

Megan FallertMegan fallert ’18

Graduate School, Physical Therapy

Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Biology

New job: Pursuing doctorate in Physical Therapy at the Mayo Clinic.
When accepted: December 2017

“I am so excited to take advantage of all the incredible clinical and research opportunities available at Mayo! Some of the best clinicians  in the country work at Mayo, and current students have told me that they routinely come in and lecture. It’s so exciting to think I’ll be learning from some of the leading specialists in their respective fields!”
Read more from Megan

Grant DunhamGrant Dunham ’18

Compliance Examiner

Major: Finance
Minor: Economics

New job: Compliance Examiner for the National Futures Association. 
When hired: March 2018

“Futures and other financial derivatives are integral to the health and prosperity of our global economy. For many years, my passion has been studying and understanding the inter workings of these markets. I am most excited about being a part of a team which ensures the integrity and transparency of our financial derivatives system.”
Read more from Grant

Cristina Chavarria '18Cristina Chavarria ’18

Field Accountant

Majors:  Finance and Management
Minor: Economics
New job: Field Accountant with Boldt Construction.
When hired: June 2017

“I am most excited to have more to do with the Tower that Boldt is building on campus! I am excited that even after I graduate I will be able so see the final product and do accounting stuff related to the project!”
Read more from Cristina

Joshua Titus '18Joshua Titus ’18

Marketing Research Analyst

Majors: Marketing and Management
Minor:  Spanish

New job: Marketing Research Analyst at Genesis Systems Group. 
When hired: March 2018

“I’m most excited about applying and implementing my knowledge I’ve learned over the years into a company. Studying Marketing and Management the past four years has been nothing short of a journey. Taking these skills Carthage has given me and transitioning them into the real world is exciting all in itself.”
Read more from Joshua

Kathryn Perry '18Kathryn Perry ’18

Graduate School, Leadership and Women’s Soccer Graduate Assistant 

Major: Marketing
Minor: Public Relations
New job: Pursuing doctorate in Leadership and graduate assistant for the women’s soccer team at North Central College.
When accepted: December 2017

“I am very excited to come back and play against Carthage at Art Keller Field next season. It will be strange being on the other side, but I am excited to face so many of my former teammates as well as my former coach.”
Read more from Kathryn

Joe Sisk '18Joe Sisk ’18

Project Assistant/Maintenance Crew Leader

Major: Management
New job: Project Assistant/Natural Areas Maintenance Crew Leader at McGinty Bros., Inc.
When hired: March 2018

“I am most excited about diving straight into my career immediately upon graduating from Carthage doing a combination of planning/administrative and hands-on work in the natural areas restoration field.”
Read more from Joe

Megan RivardMegan Rivard ’18

Graphic Designer

Major: Graphic Design
Minor: Business Administration

New job: Graphic Designer at Klement’s Sausage.
When hired: April 2018

“I think the internships and experiences gained from Carthage helped greatly prepare me for getting hired for this position. I believe my work ethic put me above other candidates.”
Read more from Megan

Mackenzie CurryMackenzie Curry ’18

Director of Tutoring

Major: History
Minors: Political Science and Spanish

New job: Director of Tutoring at Carthage
When hired: January 2018

“I am excited to pass my tutoring knowledge on to new tutors. I’m also excited to help contribute to the community that we have here at Carthage.”
Read more from Mackenzie

Jenna LeazottJenna Leazott ’18


Majors:  Political Science and Sociology
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies
New job: Volunteer in Mexico through the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program
When hired: April 2018

“I’m excited to be able to work directly with Central American refugees and migrants and learning more about US-Mexico relations and immigration policy in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.”
Read more from Jenna

Aaron LauthAaron Lauth ’18

Field Sales Professional

Major: Marketing 
New job: Field Sales Professional at FedEx.
When hired: September 2017

“I had an amazing experience as a Field Sales intern in the Chicago region over the summer of 2017, so I couldn’t be more excited to have signed on full time as a Field Sales Professional in the same region.”
Read more from Aaron

Lauren Janssen '18Lauren Janssen ’18

Graduate School, Public Administration and International Affairs

Majors: Accounting and Finance
Minor: Spanish
New job: Pursuing Master’s of Public Administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Administration and International Affairs
When accepted: February 2018

“Being accepted into a top-ranked school school of public affairs was the highlight of my senior year. I will be studying and working alongside global leaders and practitioners.”
Read more from Lauren

Lea PerrinoLea Perrino ’18

Graduate School, Osteoarchaeology

Major:  Classics
New job: Pursuing Master’s of Science in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Edinburgh.
When accepted: April 2018

“Attending the Omrit Excavations in Israel through Carthage has given me the chance to fully develop my skills in the field. I have attended these excavations twice and am very grateful for all of the directors at the site for helping me become a passionate archaeologist.”
Read more from Lea

Anna PtacekAnna Ptacek ’18


Major: History
New job: Teacher at Racine Montessori School
When hired: August 2017

“Most of the staff, including the principal, are the same from when I attended and they knew my love for Montessori, which made them eager to offer me the Upper-Elementary teaching position.”
Read more from Anna

Jodie HurdJodie Hurd ’18

Graduate School, Counseling and Human Services and Behavioral Clinician

Major: Psychology
New job: Pursuing Master’s in Counseling and Human Services at Indiana University-South Bend and Behavioral Clinician at Meridian Health Services.
When hired: March 2018

“I am excited about getting more experience in the mental health field. I am also excited to continue my education and getting one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a counselor.”
Read more from Jodie

Kevin KrauseKevin Krause ’18

Technical Consultant

Major: Computer Science
New job: Technical Consultant at Appirio in Indianapolis
When hired: March 2018

“The classroom experiences I have had at Carthage enabled me to nail each part of the hiring process and really impress my interviewers. I think my liberal arts education set me apart from students at other schools who have lots of technical expertise, but less exposure to communication and critical thinking, which are crucial in any position.”
Read more from Kevin

Rachael Felton '18Rachael Felton ’18


Majors: Accounting and Marketing
New job: Assurance Staff for Plante Moran (CPA Firm) in Chicago
When hired: January 2018

“I think I got hired for this position because of the unique experiences on my resume. During my interviews, the partners didn’t ask about GPA, previous internships, or class work. Instead, they were interested in my J-Term trips to Peru and Namibia and volunteer work. It set me apart from students who went to big universities.”
Read more from Rachael

Marisa MatiasovskyMarisa Matiasovsky ’18

ESL Teacher

Major: History
Minor: Education
New job: ESL Teacher at the HESS International Education Group in Taiwan
When hired: March 2018

“I think what led me was my drive to go back to a country I fell in love with and my love of teaching.”
Read more from Marisa

Lottie Brooks '18Lottie Brooks ’18

Program Manager

Major: Communication
Minors: Public Relations and Spanish

New job: Project Manager at Epic Systems in Verona, Wisconsin
When hired: November 2017

“I was able to get an in-person interview due to my three internships and GPA.”
Read more from Lottie

Elizabeth Sample '18Elizabeth Sample ’18

Disney Intern

Major: Music Theatre
Minor: Dance

New job: Attractions Member Intern at Walt Disney World
When hired: February 2018

“Never give up on your dreams. Put yourself out there and show them everything you got and there is nothing you can’t do.”
Read more from Elizabeth

Paige Varda '18Paige Varda ’18

ESL Teacher

Major: Studio Art
Minor: Education

New job: ESL Teacher at the HESS International Education Group in Taiwan
When hired: March 2018

“Do not freak out. I changed my education major to a minor and thought I would never find a job, but was presented with an opportunity that would change my life!”
Read more from Paige

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