Alumni Spotlights and Testimonials

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

Testimonials from NAU Graduates

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Featured on NAU’s 75th Anniversary Website: Articles Featuring Legacy Alumni – Graduates from 1941- 1950

Alumni Spotlights

Linda D. Woodard, Ph.D., MBM, CPRW, CWDP, GCDF, CDFI: Being Prepared for Change: “Bent Arrow” Journey Leads to Career and Education Success (February 2017)

Terry Morgan, MBA, FAC-PPM, SMT (’04, B.S. Applied Management; ’08 Master’s in Business Administration

Andy Bartling: National American University Graduate is Making a Positive Impact in His Community and Industry (October 2016)

Jim Stalzer, State Representative, South Dakota, ’78 B.S. Business Administration, NAU-Sioux Falls: After a long and successful career, retirement loomed. But not for Jim Stalzer. Instead, Rep. Stalzer is spending his retirement as a state legislator. Read his full story here

Jason Churchill, ’14 B.S. Information Technology with an Emphasis in Internet Systems Development, NAU-Online Campus: Jason is an out-of-the-box thinker who reinvented himself after 20 years in the military. In addition to his Bachelor’s at NAU, he recently secured a Master’s in Digital Forensic Science. He donates his tech know-how to a mediation center and at the Michigan Paranormal Research Organization. Read his full story here

Kalpna Pathak:NAU’s First Canadian Graduate Earns New Career and Pays it Forward” (July 7, 2016)

Tiffany St. Peter: NAU Graduate Risks All For Family – Failure Was Not An Option. She handed her last $20 to her name to apply for NAU. Today, just 6 years later, she enjoys a very successful career and security for her family. Read full article here.  

Candi Borreco, Division Manager at Sabio Systems,’15, Bachelors of Science in Management Information Systems (Albuquerque, NM)

Sabrina Kastur, Owner, Skin Deep Face and Body Spa (Sioux Falls, SD)

Christopher Nettles, PhD, Project Director at American Psychological Association, ’95 B.S. in Applied Management (Denver)

Joyce Engen, ’15 A.A.S. Medical Assisting (Bloomington, MN); Employed at North Memorial: “After spending 21+ years as a transcriptionist, I pretty much just got burned out. I was working from home and felt socially isolated. The Bloomington campus was so very close to where I lived (10-minute drive). . . [Read More].

Allie Munro, ’15, A.A.S. Medical Assisting (Bloomington, MN); Employed at Dermatology Consultants (Woodbury, MN): Her program coordinators remarked, “[Allie set] a prime example of what every externship experience should be. Allie not only was confident but they hired her before the quarter was even over!!!!” [Read More]

Sandy Ritchey, ’14, A.A.S. Pharmacy Technician (Roseville, MN); Employed at Wal-Mart as a Certified Pharmacy Technician: “I’ve been married almost 42 years. We have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. We moved to Minnesota in 2007 to be near our youngest son and his family . . . Besides teaching me to how to become a pharmacy technician NAU also taught me I could do and become anything I wanted to be . . .” [Read More]

Tammy Thiele, ’15, Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies (Bloomington, MN); Employed at a Law Firm: “I decided to go back to school 5 years ago because I wanted to make more money, however I found that after taking a few paralegal classes, that it was something I wanted to make a career. Both of my children had left home and I was looking for something that I could put all my focus on. I don’t drive so I also needed to make it convenient as well. There were many days of walking through blizzards and rain storms to make it to class. I made school a big priority in my life. . .” [Read More]

Spotlight on NAU Graduate Richard Parry: A Story About Perseverance, Kindness and a Bike [Read More]

The Power of Friendship: Three NAU Students Lean on Each Other on the Path to a College Education (Roseville, MN)

Tami Bremer, Registered Veterinary Technician’00, A.A.S. Veterinary Technology (Rapid City, SD)

Michael Buckingham, ’09 Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management: “Ticket To RIDE: Feature on Mike Buckingham, President, Real Estate, National American University,” The Leader: Corporate Real Estate & Workplace (September/October 2014)

Helen Pujols, B.S. Intentional Business, ’09, Master's in Human Resources Management and Services, '11 (Independence, MO)

Helen PujolsI’m a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and have lived in Kansas City, Missouri since 1996. I received by Bachelor of Science in Intentional Business in 2009 and my Master’s in Human Resources Management and Services in 2011 from National American University, graduating with honors.

Since graduating, my education and my bi-cultural and bilingual background has led me to my current profession and a number of volunteer opportunities with the community, including Habitat for Humanity. I work at the Foreign Language Academy for the Kansas City Public Schools where I have the opportunity to work and meet wonderful people. I’m working to improve my knowledge day-by-day.

I love my big family and a lot of friends that I met along the way. I enjoy a good movie and the sound of a great musician playing. I also like to seek adventure in the outdoors.

It’s always been my personality to work hard and pursue my dreams. My NAU education has helped me achieve all that I have today and what I will reach for in the future.

Patricia Brown, MMHA, CPMSM, CPCS, ’15, Master's in Management, Emphasis in Health Care Administration (Distance-Graduate)
When I was 18 and coming to the United States from Panama, I never would have dreamed I would be the Director of my own department. I owe so much to NAU for my career success.”

Patricia BrownOn March 29, 2015, Ms. Brown completed her higher educational goals by graduating from NAU with a Master of Management with Emphasis in Health Care Administration. She received Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at the ITT Technical Institute in 2008. She has worked for Scripps Health for the past 20 years and, upon getting her Master’s and required certification, was promoted to Director of Scripps Centralized Credentialing in San Diego.

Heather Alm, A.A.S. Medical Administrative Assistant, 2015
I am so happy to confirm that I officially accepted a job offer at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Thanks to the accreditation of NAU and my certification, I was able to land a position with my degree. I am so very excited for this opportunity and the change it will have on my future and my children’s future. I can’t thank National American University enough for all the encouragement and professionalism I experienced during my time there. I have worked so hard to get where I am right now, and it feels great to achieve my goal.”
Nayef Almoosa, B.S. Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management, 2006

I am now the director in charge of Dollar Rent-A-Car in the United Arab Emirates  and the Sultanate of Oman. We have in our fleet 6,000 cars, which is up from just 200 six years ago. Before my current position with Dollar Rent-A-Car, I was Assistant General Manager in Golden Sands Hotel (6 buildings). I had worked there for 6 years when I was asked to be charge Dollar. We now own 12 different companies. Thanks to NAU, I am where I am today.”

Career Corner: Job Listings, Opportunities and More

See job listings at NAU Connect.

Seeking top quality nurses to fill roles in the following departments in Rapid City, SD: Progressive Care Unit, Med Unit, and Cardiovascular Intervention Unit (Ask about relocation and sign-on bonuses!)

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