Often, without even realizing it, the choices we make early in life…
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Leah Gruneisen '11
Leah Gruneisen graduated from Taylor University with a degree in elementary education and a license in TESOL. Recognizing her passion for children and teaching—and God’s not so subtle leading—she accepted a position at the International School of Tegucigalpa Honduras (IST) before joining Sparrow Missions.
“God gave me a passion for kids and books and now [through Sparrow Missions] He’s combined these two passions in the form of a library in the small town of Santiago, Honduras.”
Eichel Davis '08
Eichel Davis is making a name for himself. As an undergrad, he created amazing sports videos for Mizzou that went viral. Now, as the creative social specialist for Texas Christian University athletics, Davis develops content for the Horned Frog’s football and baseball teams, as well as all of the department’s sponsored content for IMG properties.
Jonathan Bopp '12
“There was a lot of love given to me at Westminster, and I see the work I’m currently doing as giving back—benefiting teachers like the ones who helped me to grow in my knowledge and passion for robotics.”
Westminster alumnus Jonathan Bopp ‘12 has a knack for problem-solving. And it’s this skill, coupled with his love for robotics, that has inspired him to establish a company with a heart for utilizing robotics to improve people’s lives. YRobotics was officially formed in January 2017 but had essentially been taking shape since Jonathan’s freshman year of high school.
Anna Sugg '08
Anna Sugg is one of the most hardworking, positive, and enthusiastic people you will meet. Since graduating from Westminster in 2008, she attended Furman University, where she double-majored in political science and communications, worked the Romney presidential campaign in 2012, landed a position at Fox News in the booking department, and became Director of Television at the Republican National Committee. Her extensive experience, combined with her drive and tenacity, also landed her a spot on the Huffington Post’s list of Most-Influential Women in 2016 Election Media. She now works with CBS News as a producer for their digital streaming network CBSN.
Ben Walker '08
In His perfect timing, God always places the right people and the right opportunities in our paths to help nudge us toward bigger and better dreams than, perhaps, we have imagined for ourselves. Ben Walker, 26, credits his Westminster teachers for coming alongside him during his formidable high school years and pushing him toward excellence, leadership, and confidence in his natural skillsets and abilities.
Sarah Moore '07
In 2011, Sarah Moore, 27, a second-generation Westminster alumna, started at Americans for Prosperity (AFP) as a development assistant, eventually began fundraising for the group, and was appointed as director of development in December 2014. The conservative advocacy group operates chapters in 35 states where it advocates for free enterprise and limited government, especially in the areas of healthcare, energy, and economics.
Mary Catherine Drexler Schimpf ’01
As director of the theatre program at Chattanooga Christian School (CCS) in Chattanooga, Tenn., Mary Catherine Drexler Schimpf has been directing musicals and plays, teaching acting classes, and running a full-time musical theatre camp for children in the summer for a decade. She teaches all ages (kindergarten through 12th grade) but primarily focuses on high school students.
Brad ’99 & Caroline Tubbesing ’00
Brad Tubbesing ’99 first noticed Caroline Taylor Tubbesing ’00 during his 8th grade year at Westminster. Little did he know then that a couple decades later she would be his wife and working alongside him with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), a ministry that seeks to help college students be transformed by the gospel of grace. Having first served in the campus ministry at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and now at Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, much of their desire to work with college students stemmed from their own college experiences.
Alumni Spotlight: Meredith Wiggers Heintz '89
Meredith believes that her Faith In Action senior service project at Westminster set her on the path to do what she does today, serving as head of school at Promise Christian Academy, an evangelical Christian school in St. Louis that serves and educates children with special needs.
Greg Schoenberg ’08
Greg Schoenberg ’08, assistant football and strength and conditioning (S&C) coach for the past three years, recently assumed leadership of the S&C program for the 2015–16 school year. One of former S&C Coach Dave Schall’s first students, Greg was quick to grasp his vision for the program. “When I was a student, Dave told us, ‘You may think you’re working as hard as you can, but you don’t know how much harder you can work. For those wanting to play in college, you may be in for a surprise,’” says Greg. “This hit home because I was a gifted athlete in high school but didn’t really know what it meant to take it to the next level. Dave helped me realize my potential.”
Tony Thompson '10
After a successful college career at Samford University with a degree in biology and plans to pursue dental school, Tony Thompson followed God’s call to make a difference in the lives of children.
The Academy of E.P.P., an acronym of its mission to “empower students to succeed, partner with parents, and partner with the community,” was founded by Tony’s mother, Gay Thompson, in 2005. It began as a summer camp and transformed into an official private school. When he graduated in the spring of 2014, Tony became the owner and head of school.
Susan Hauser Maynor ’86
Service and leadership, collaboration and creativity, hard work and excellence. Susan Maynor believes these defining disciplines, ingrained in her as a student at Westminster, shaped her life personally, academically, and spiritually. In fact, it was in the midst of her high school career that Susan determined she wanted to return to Westminster one day to be a teacher, due in no small part to the impact and influence of her own teachers. “Sara Drexler taught me to be a servant leader well before senior service,” says Susan. “Her investment in me as a person, as a Christian, and as a female made a lasting impact on me.”
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