Meet Central Alumni

Brad DiLeo ’22

Acceptance of Others

Brad DiLeo ’22 has the superpower of positivity. He encourages everyone to take ownership and learn from mistakes.

Polly Adam Brekke ’91

Relentless Pursuit for Equity

Polly Adam Brekke ’91 advocates for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing by breaking down communication barriers.

Cheri Trout Doane ’98

A Force for Good

Cheri Trout Doane ’98 has helped Central College students make a difference by fostering citizen involvement.

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More Than a Label

Leo Bird '14 is a live storyteller who uses original artwork as a visual aid. With pictures drawn from his Central College experiences, he tells stories about fitting in, building talent, character and autism.

Shawn Vande Kieft ’21 outside Pella Corporation where he works as a product engineer.

Dreams Have No Deadlines

After 15 years in the workforce, Shawn Vande Kieft ’21 learned it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

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This Feels Like Home

Home is often a place where people are free to discover who they are and dream about who they want to be. Central College was that place for David ’87 and Cathy Snyders Gray ’88 — and their four children — who all describe Central as “home.”

Jake Suggett ’20 in London

A Fire for Football on the Gridiron Overseas

Jake Suggett ’20 extended his football career in graduate school for the University of West England.

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Cheery Traveler

John Lucas ’92 loved his study abroad experiences at Central College so much that he made a career out of it. And now he’s advising his alma mater on its new off-campus experiences.

Don De Waard ’82 on the sidelines of a Central Dutch football game

The Mayor and the Coach

A love of football and Pella helped Don De Waard ’82 tackle challenges and build a winning playbook for Central.

NASA Commander Raja Chari aboard the International Space Station

Space Station Central

Central College was joined live from the International Space Station by NASA Commander Raja Chari. Check out the historic live event, which was streamed via the Central Dutch Network.

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