BVU Women Making History Takes Place March 21

Four career leaders return to campus for panel discussion, reception

Buena Vista University welcomes four exceptional alumnae back to campus on Thursday, March 21, to participate in our annual BVU Women Making History panel discussion. The event, which is open to the public, takes place from 3-4 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium. A reception follows in Siebens Forum.

Students in this spring’s GNDR 100: Introduction to Gender Studies pose questions for the panel.  Students are encouraged to use the history and theory they are learning in class, as well as their own experiences, to form questions that explore the challenges these alumnae may (or may not) have encountered as professional women.

As in 2022 and 2023, alumnae are nominated by the members of each academic school at BVU. Panelists include:

School of Liberal Arts: Ellen Van de Mark is a Producer for ABC News based in Washington, DC. She produces lead pieces for Good Morning America covering politics, foreign affairs, justice, transportation, weather, entertainment, and news of the day. Van de Mark graduated from BVU in 2003 with a bachelor’s in mass communications and Spanish. She has worked in broadcast news at the national level for 20 years, including at CNN and on NBC’s Meet the Press, and NBC News.

School of Science: Dr. Kellyn Arnold serves as a Consultant in Epidemiology for IQVIA in London, England. Arnold graduated from BVU in 2013 with a bachelor’s in mathematics. After graduation, she studied epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Leeds. She completed her MSc in 2016 and her PhD in 2020, then served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds until March 2022. She began as a Consultant with IQVIA in 2022.

School of Education: Dr. Kirsten (Bartleson) Doebel currently serves as Principal at Spencer High School. After graduating from BVU in 2001 with a bachelor’s in history education, she earned her master’s degree from Southwest Minnesota State University and her Ph.D. in Education from the University of South Dakota. She started her teaching career as a social studies teacher with the Alta-Aurelia Community School District before becoming an Instructional Coach and Director of Secondary Education with the Fort Dodge Community School District.

Siebens School of Business: Joanne Sebby is the Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at Fiserve in Omaha, Neb.  After graduating from BVUin 1997 with a bachelor’s in accounting, Sebby worked for Deloitte before moving to First Data and Fiserve. She is both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Security Manager.

In addition to designing questions for the BVU Women Making History panel, GNDR100 students are creating Women’s History Month poster presentations in cooperation with our Center for Diversity and Inclusion which highlight important women. The posters are on display in the library through the end of March.