Hometown Hawkeyes

portrait of Jennier Ortega in an operating room wearing blu scrubs

Hometown Hawkeye: Jennifer Ortega

Nursing alumna, OR nurse followed in family’s footsteps
Jennifer Ortega knew growing up in Cedar Rapids that she wanted to attend the University of Iowa. Five older half-siblings all attended the UI—and so did her mom, who graduated with a master’s degree in higher education.

Hometown Hawkeye: Kelsey Hollingshead

College of Law alumna helps fill legal void in rural Iowa
Rural Iowans are quickly losing access to legal services as aging attorneys retire and close their small practices, leaving a void that younger lawyers aren’t rushing to fill. But University of Iowa College of Law graduate Kelsey Hollingshead went against that grain, starting her career in the summer of 2013 as a solo practitioner in Britt (population: 2,000) under the wing of a local attorney.
A man in a lab coat and tie standing in the aisle of a pharmacy.

Hometown Hawkeye: Ryan Frerichs

College of Pharmacy alumnus owns, operates century-old business
There’s no place like home for Ryan and Kate Frerichs, who decided after the birth of their first child to leave Colorado and move back to Waverly, Iowa, and pursue their long-held dreams of owning a pharmacy.
portrait of Steve Bernholtz in his lab

Hometown Hawkeye: Steve Bernholtz

Ankeny Hygienic Lab chemist screens water, soil, blood for danger signs
Carroll native and Des Moines resident Steve Bernholtz is the kind of guy you want on your side, a chemical detective who looks for things in water and soil that you probably don’t want in there.
A farmer in bib overalls standing in a field of grass

Hometown Hawkeye: Paul Willis

Farmer is hog wild about free-range pigs
Fourth-generation pig farmer Paul Willis hadn’t planned to return to his family’s farm in north central Iowa after completing a psychology degree at the University of Iowa and joining the Peace Corps. But when his stepfather asked if he could help with the harvest in 1974, he obliged—and never left.
A man sitting in an office holding a book.

Hometown Hawkeye: Nolden Gentry

Attorney’s path takes him from rebound leader to community leader
Nolden Gentry came to the University of Iowa to play basketball, but stayed to become a lawyer and leader in the state’s largest city.
Maggie Mangold

Hometown Hawkeye: Maggie Mangold

Doctor returns to Vinton to treat families, raise her own
Like many of her fellow Iowans, Maggie Mangold is full of pride—in her family, her profession, and her community. So it was a natural fit when Mangold chose to return to her hometown of Vinton to begin her family medicine practice.
Adam Kruger

Hometown Hawkeye: Adam Kruger

Dentistry alum sinks teeth into community work
Adam Kruger never considered any place but the University of Iowa for dental school, and his post-graduation plans came naturally, too. He returned to northeast Iowa to practice with his dad and help his hometown of Oelwein chart new directions.
Dennis Hunger

Hometown Hawkeye: Dennis Hunger

CEO sees personal, professional reward in return to Iowa
When Dennis Hunger was named CEO of Washington County Hospitals and Clinics in August 2011, he was thrilled to be returning to his Iowa roots.
A man posing for a photo in a metal fabrication shop. Another man stands in the background welding a piece of metal with an arc welder.

Hometown Hawkeye: Mark Bogue

For civil engineering grad, Iowa is a family affair
For some, the number 13 may be unlucky. But for Ida Grove steel business owner and University of Iowa alumnus Mark Bogue, 13 is a good thing: it’s the number of people—so far—in his immediate family (including his parents and his three children) who have attended or graduated from Iowa, representing three generations.

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