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Public Relations/Marketing
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Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
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Lives In

WACO Community Schools, Iowa
Indian Hills Community College
Iowa Wesleyan University
University of Phoenix

THRIVE Knoxville Board Member
Iowa Hospital Association: Iowa Society of Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations Professionals member
Iowa Hospital Association: Foundation Professionals for Iowa Hospitals member
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Board – former board member

Working in Marion County
When I started working at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics 15 years ago, I never imagined I’d stay as long as I have. But now I can’t imagine working anywhere else. Through the years I’ve discovered how much I enjoy working in a smaller workplace where you know everyone and you’re not just treated as a number. You have a voice and you actually matter. I’ve fostered a deep connection with my fellow co-workers. Many of us not only enjoy working with one another day-to-day, but also socialize outside of the workplace. We are like family. There is also something to be said about working and living in the same community. By doing both, you develop a bond with community members through volunteerism and community, school, and church events.

Living in Marion County
Like many Iowans, I grew up in small town Iowa where I knew my neighbors and our community rallied around one another in times of trial and triumph. The small town values that I was taught growing up guide me every day through my work ethic and volunteerism. After graduating from college, I knew that I wanted to find a community like I grew up in where I could live, work, and establish my home. I found that in Knoxville. I feel right at home here where neighbors and friends greet each other on the street and aren’t afraid to pitch in and help one another in times of need. We have the comforts of small town living yet close enough to experience larger city life. Our county has the beauty, recreation, and community pride that makes me proud to call this my home.

Career Advice to Teens
• Focus on your writing and take the time to learn how to write well. Stay focused on the details. Read and re-read your work. Put yourself in the shoes of the reader and make sure you have covered all of the angles. • Learn how to prioritize, focus, and manage your time. Life in Public Relations is a juggling act. • So much of our world now relates to social media. Learn how to apply social media to traditional Public Relations. • Think outside of your bubble. It’s easy to get caught up in your day-to-day routine. Look around and proactively identify ways to expand your experience. • Accept that you will make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. We all make mistakes, the key is what you learn from them and improve.

Class of 2017

Todd Chambers
McKay Group
Andrea Dana
Human Resources
Pella Corporation
Dave Machovsky
Industrial Adhesives Tape Division Team Leader
3M Company
Dylan Morse
AVP, Compliance; Consumer & Commercial Lending
Iowa State Savings Bank
Alison Muller-Heit
Strategic Marketing Leader
Leighton State Bank
Katrina Nelson
Public Relations/Marketing
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
Tim Te Grootenhuis
Culver's of Pella
Teresa Ulferts
Marion County Bank
Tiffany Van Zante
Vice President
Geetings, Inc.
Mindi Vanden Bosch
Continuous Improvement Manager
Vermeer Corporation