Meet Our Leadership Team

2019-2020 Leadership Team Members

Rebecca Sullens, President

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA

Rebecca is a graduate of Cornell College with a BA in sociology and a minor in Spanish. Before breaking into higher education at her alma mater, she gained experience in a variety of roles including administrative support, promotions and event planning, tourism, staffing, and recruiting. She is currently the Associate Director for Career Coaching & Internships for the Berry Career Institute where she coordinates office marketing, manages Cornell’s premier internship program, and serves as primary career coach. She loves helping young adults navigate the college to career process and is enthusiastic about connecting professionals to people and experiences in their community.

Amy Westra, President Elect

Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA

Amy serves as the Associate Director of Career Development at Dordt University. She’s been coaching students at Dordt for the past three academic years and recently earned her coaching certification through the World Coaching Institute. She earned a Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.) from Cornerstone University and her Bachelor of Science degree in North American Urban Studies from Kuyper College, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Amy has previously served at Columbia International University and the University of South Carolina Aiken. Prior to her work in higher education, Amy mentored kids and families in the inner city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She finds great joy in helping students to align their strengths with their career goals and equipping students with the skills they need to transition into the workforce.

Melody Kruzic, 2018-2019 President

Grand View University, Des Moines, IA

Melody Kruzic serves as adjunct faculty at Iowa State University and Grand View University. While she spent much of her school-aged years in Iowa and left after graduate school, she returned four years ago and has been involved with CPI the entire time. Melody’s first master’s degree is in Industrial Relations and while working full-time, she pursued her second master’s, which is in Higher Education, over a ten year period. When not working, Melody spends time with her family, volunteers for a local dog and cat rescue, and searches for thrift store treasures to design her 100 year old home.

Chris Entringer, Outgoing Treasurer

Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta, IA

Chris started at NICC as an Academic Advising Intern in the summer of 2005 while in his second year of graduate school at the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated a year later with a master’s degree in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs. His interest in working with college students started at Loras College where he graduated with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Chris then moved into a joint role of Career Services and Academic Advising, which has evolved into an Enrollment Advisor role with specific Career Services duties in his current position at NICC. Chris has a passion for helping a diverse student population and working collaboratively with faculty and staff. When away from his job, he has a passion for cycling, hiking, being outdoors, along with travel and spending time with family and friends.

Stephanie Dennler, Incoming Treasurer

Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta, IA

Stephanie Dennler is currently the Recruitment and Work-Based Learning Program Manager at Northeast Iowa Community College. She has been with NICC for 9 years in event planning, operations and work-based learning opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Industrial and Operations Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Haley Flores, Online Strategist

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Haley Flores is a career coordinator with Business Career Services at Iowa State University. After graduating from Wartburg College, Haley worked as a graphic designer for a few years before gaining her master’s degree in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa and transitioning into higher ed. At Iowa State, Haley works primarily with marketing students, providing individual career assistance, teaching career preparation classes, and presenting to student groups. Outside of work, Haley enjoys music, reading, biking, and photography.

Kalindi Garvin, Secretary

Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA

Kalindi Garvin is the Director of Career Services at Mount Mercy University, where she equips traditional, adult, and graduate students with the tools, resources, and support to pursue what’s next. Kalindi is a Mount Mercy alum, completing her Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management as a non-traditional student before finishing her Master of Arts in Strategic Communication at the University of Iowa. Outside of work, Kalindi enjoys boisterous gatherings with her four kids and extended family, getting caught up in a great book, and spending time on the water.

Amanda Schickel, Scholarship Committee

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Amanda Schickel is the Recruiting and Career Coordinator for the College of Human Sciences Career Services office at Iowa State University. In this role, Amanda advises students on career development skills/strategies and manages employer recruiting inquiries and events. Amanda’s interest in the field began when she worked as a peer advisor in Career Services at the University of Northern Iowa, from where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication/public relations. Amanda gained experience working with primarily non-traditional students in Career Services at Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global) in Urbandale before coming to Iowa State. Amanda is currently pursuing a master’s degree in leadership at Drake University.

Bobbi Sullivan, Scholarship Committee

Simpson College, Indianola, IA

Bobbi Sullivan serves as the Director of Career Development at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  She has been part of this team since March 2013 when she first began as the college’s Internship Coordinator.  Bobbi received her Master of Education degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University.  During her time in graduate school, she held a graduate teaching assistantship within the university’s Career Services office.  Bobbi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She and her husband, Sean, reside just outside of Des Moines with their miniature dachshund, Scooter.

Elections for open positions will take place virtually in July 2020.

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