Meet Our Executive Committee

2021-2022 CPI Executive Committee

Haley Peeler, President

Grand View University, Des Moines, IA

Haley Peeler is the Director of the Career Center at Grand View University. After graduating from Wartburg College, Haley worked as a graphic designer for several years before earning her master’s degree in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs (UNI) and transitioning into higher education. Haley has experience teaching career development classes, providing career coaching to individuals, marketing, and elevating DEI initiatives within career services. Professionally, Haley loves helping her students develop and succeed; outside of work, Haley enjoys reading, biking, traveling, and music. Haley has been on the CPI Executive Committee for three years, finding great value in the networking and programs.

Robert Frederick, President-Elect

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Robert Frederick has been passionately working in Career Services at UNI for over two decades. Professionally, he is also engaged with and has presented at various professional organizations including NACE, NASPA, AAEE & AAIE.  On campus, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, been a student conduct administrator, directed community college relations for the university, provided oversight and direction for the reorganization of multiple departments, been the president of the professional and scientific staff council and served for many years on the president’s advisory council.  Prior to UNI, Robert was a high school teacher and later became a school principal.  Off-campus, Robert volunteers on numerous non-profit boards, is the current president of the board of directors for the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn and and is a life member of AMVETS post#79.

Amy Westra, Past President & Treasurer

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.

Lynn Torrence, Digital Strategist

Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, IA

Lynn Torrence is an Employment Specialist at DMACC.  She earned her Master of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University with a concentration in college administration and leadership, and her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics with a secondary major in Spanish from Iowa State University. She is passionate about helping students achieve their career goals.  Her interests outside of work include fitness (HIIT, yoga, biking, Pound), traveling, baking, and gardening.

Chrystal Stanley, Secretary

Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Chrystal Stanley is the Director of Professional & Career Development at Drake University in Des Moines.  She served formerly as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Iowa Department for the Blind and as the Director of the Easter Seal Farm Family Rehabilitation Management Program.  Chrystal received her BA degree from Central College in English, her MS degree from Drake University in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Iowa State University. She is also a Certified Appreciative Advisor. Chrystal enjoys helping students find their path, teaching career preparation courses, and mentoring professionals new to the field of career coaching. In her spare time, Chrystal enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with her grandson, Hudson.

Elections for open positions will take place in June 2022.

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