Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Mandy DeVries (2014)

Mandy DeVries, a 2007 BVU graduate, is an outpatient pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. While at BVU, Mandy majored in chemistry with a minor in mathematics. At the end of her sophomore year, she completed a Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship at Ames Lab (part of the Department of Energy) with a focus on organic chemistry. She completed her coursework at BVU in December 2006, and completed pharmacy school at The Ohio State University in 2011. The locations of her pharmaceutical rotations included: Indian Health Services, Genoa Healthcare (a mental healthcare pharmacy), Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin doing inpatient pharmacy work, Walgreens, and CVS Management.

Bo Leonard (2013)

Bo Leonard, a 2003 BVU graduate, is the head athletic trainer for the Chicago-based Major League Soccer team, the Chicago Fire. At BVU, Bo majored in athletic training and was a member of the men’s soccer team for three years. In 2005, Bo earned his master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation from Eastern Illinois University before accepting a job with Athletico, an athletic training clinical outreach company. In 2007, Bo began working for the Chicago Fire as an assistant athletic trainer, and in 2008, he was named to his current position.

Jason Hillman (2012)

Jason Hillman, a 2006 BVU graduate, is a U.S. Army sergeant based in Fort Lewis, Wash. At BVU, Jason majored in history and studied abroad in the Netherlands in the fall of 2004. This international experience influenced Jason’s decision to further his education at Tel Aviv University in Israel, where he earned a master’s degree in Middle Eastern history in 2009. Upon his return to the United States in 2009, Jason joined the U.S. Army.

Grant Nulle (2011)

Grant Nulle, a 2003 BVU graduate, is the budget analyst for the Colorado Department of Revenue and is pursuing doctoral studies in Energy Economics at the Colorado School of Mines. At BVU, Grant double-majored in economics and political science – public administration. While a student at the University, he also took courses at Oxford University, The Washington Center, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Andrew Offenburger (2010)

Andrew Offenburger, a 1998 graduate of BVU, is currently a Ph.D. student in U.S. history at Yale University, where he also earned his M.A. in African studies (2008). Andrew's research focuses on global frontiers and the history of the American West, and his dissertation will explore the formation of an Afrikaner colony in the U.S. Southwest in the early 1900s. Andrew also leads an academic journal he founded in 1999, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies.

Dr. Lisa Shepherd (2009)

Dr. Lisa Shepherd graduated from BVU in 1998 with a triple major in biology, chemistry, and math. In 2008 she was listed as one of "America's Best Primary Care Physicians." Since speaking at Scholars Day, Lisa has moved her practice to Storm Lake, where her husband Jason, a 1999 graduate of BVU, is an instructor of computer science at the university.

Trent Grundmeyer (2008)

Trent Grundmeyer, graduated from BVU in 2003. One of the youngest principals in the state, he was the principal at Hampton-Dumont High School when he spoke at Scholars Day. Trent is co-author of the 2006 non-fiction book No Teacher Left Behind, about leadership in education. He and colleague David DeJong co-authored the book while working on their master's degrees at Drake University. Today, Trent is the principal at Indianola High School.

Joseph Wittrock (2007, 2006)

Joseph Wittrock graduated from BVU in 2000. He is senior vice president of credit research at Aviva Capital Management in Des Moines. He earned a master's degree with honors from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Wind Goodfriend (2005)

Dr. Wind Goodfriend, who graduated from BVU in 1998, was assistant professor of psychology at Boise State University when she spoke at the first Scholars Day. Today, she is assistant professor of experimental psychology at Buena Vista University. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Purdue University in 2004. Dr. Goodfriend has researched and published academic articles on romantic relationships and gender stereotypes.