Kelly Davis

As a morning news anchor at WDRB-41 in Louisville, Ky., Kelly Davis starts her days early. Really early.
The show starts at 6 a.m., so that means Davis is in the newsroom at 3 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday morning, gathering stories and preparing for the show. Not only does she anchor the show, she is also the executive producer. The station’s weekend morning show just started this year.
“It’s been a really big learning experience for all of us.”

Melissa Palma

Improving others’ quality of life is Melissa Palma’s way of life.
Palma is a third-year medical student at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine.This fall, she spent six-weeks in Des Moines as part of her inpatient pediatrics rotation.
When she’s not logging long hours at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, she volunteers at  La Clinica de la Esperanza, a Des Moines clinic dedicated to providing healthcare to non-English speakers and those without health insurance.

Jennifer Ortega

From the tennis court to the operating room, Jennifer Ortega is constantly on her toes and thinking two steps ahead.
Ortega is a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Every day in the operating room is a little different than the day before. She works with doctors from all different disciplines, and provides the highest quality care to those undergoing operations.
For Ortega, it’s all about staying collected in high-pressure situations.

Justin Welsh

Justin Welsh can’t sit still.

Whether he’s working on a multi-billion dollar portfolio for a major company or scaling Mount Cook in New Zealand, Welsh said he’s always looking for that next mountain to climb.

“You have to have that desire to always be active and engaged,” Welsh said. “You have to have that hyperactivity, and you have to be able to funnel it into things that you enjoy.”

Welsh now lives in Seattle, Wash., and just joined the digital finance team at Amazon.

Lucy Krol

From a Resident Assistant at the Mayflower dorm to a Human Resources professional at a Fortune 100 company, Lucy Krol has always been a problem solver.

Krol is a Business Analyst at Intel Corporation. She’s based in Portland, Oregon, and works with clients all over the world. She supports the hiring process for Intel by streamlining and updating tools used to help recruit and hire the brightest candidates around the globe for Intel’s mission. If there’s a problem in the hiring process, Krol finds a way to fix it.

Breanna Griffin

Ms. Griffin is determined that students in Room 9 at Peet Junior High will learn more than improved reading and writing skills. In Ms. Griffin’s classroom, students learn to enjoy learning.

Brenna Griffin is a ninth grade Language Arts instructor in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She teaches three sections of English 9 and two sections of Honors English 9.

“I teach English to students, but I teach students first,” Griffin said. “My primary goal is to move kids from where they are to where they can be. To do that, I have to connect with them first.”

Gregory Bligard

From center-stage to the research lab, Greg Bilgard knows that taking on big roles is the best way to get where he wants to go.

Bligard is currently pursuing his MD and PhD as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is in his fourth year of the rigorous program, in which he essentially completes both medical school and graduate school before earning dual doctorates.

This year, he spends most of his time researching and in the lab, studying the electrical properties of the function of retina.