Leana Guerin, M.D. (1997)

Dr. Leana Guerin, M.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. She specializes in surgical pathology, with gastrointestinal/liver pathology as a subspecialty area of  >>Read more>>


Vikas Narula, Entrepreneur (1990)

Vikas Narula is the creator and co-founder of Keyhubs, a management software and consulting firm focused around the concept of informal networks in the workplace. Graduating from Maharishi University of Management in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, he then worked for 15 years at two medical imaging >>Read more>> 


Claire Hoffman, Journalist (1995)

Claire Hoffman is a journalist and author who lives in Los Angeles and Costa Rica. She writes for national magazines, including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Portfolio and the Los Angeles Times, covering culture, religion, celebrity, and business.  >>Read more>>


Annie Falk Blecher, Education (2001)

Annie Falk Blecher is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is focused on poverty alleviation through educating disadvantaged youth. She manages the business development department for Community & Individual Development Association and the Maharishi Institute  >>Read more>>


Jonathan Freeman,  Government/Military (1993)

Jonathan Freeman is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project and an international consultant specializing in operations, strategy and political intelligence. A combat veteran, he served in the Department of Defense, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and was Deputy White House Liaison at the Department of Defense.  >>Read more>>

David Averbach, Entrepreneur (2004)

David Averbach co-founded Mango Life Media in 2011 at the age of 25, and currently serves as the company's CEO. Mango Life Media publishes iPhone Life magazine, a print and digital publication distributed at major U.S. airports, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and newsstands around the world.  >>Read more>>


Sarah Vigmostad, Science/Medicine (1997)

Dr. Sarah C. Vigmostad earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (2007), an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2003), and in 2001 a Bachelor of Science degree in the same area from the University of Iowa. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering >>Read more>>



Donielle Freeberg, Education (2006)

In May of 2009, Donielle Freeberg received a life-changing phone call. On the other end of the line was David Lynch, declaring, "You're going to become a Indian school Meditationteacher and move to Los Angeles." Within 9 months Donielle had graduated from Maharishi University >>Read more>>




Christopher Hull, Government (1988)

Chris Hull is the chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Steve King of Iowa. Before joining Mr. King, Chris spent more than a decade doing public affairs work, including as Senior Vice President and Campaign Manager, U.S. Public Affairs, at Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations firm. In addition, Chris has served as the Majority Staff Director of the Iowa Senate  >>Read more>>



Sarah Averbach, M.D. (1998)

Dr. Sarah H. Averbach is currently a Fellow of the Division of Family Planning at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Prior to this position, she was an instructor on Harvard Medical Faculty, and prior to that she was the Coordinating Chief Resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Boston, Massachusetts, Harvard University. >>Read more>>



Brook Hinchman, Business (2001)

Brook Hinchman is a Vice President at Oaktree Capital Management in Los Angeles, where he is an investment professional. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2010, he spent four years at Goldman, Sachs & Company >>Read more>>



Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, Business (1997)

Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, Hawthorne Direct CEO, was named “2015 Female CEO of the Year in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations” by the CEO World Awards. Representing the “next generation” of brand marketing experts, Hawthorne-Castro, based at the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles, oversees the agency’s position as a leader in accountable advertising.  >>Read more>>



Emily Marcus, M.D. (2000)

Emily Marcus, M.D., completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University to become a “hospitalist,” a doctor who works exclusively in hospitals. She earned a bachelor’s degree in holistic medicine at MUM in 2004. >>Read more>>


Ben E. Kaplan, Entrepreneur (2000)

Ben Kaplan is the president of Imagine Nation/Books Are Fun, which is the largest display marketing company in the world. He was the Chief Operations Officer and Executive Director prior to his current position. Ben is also managing partner of River North Investment Partners and Co-owner of Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder, Colorado.  >>Read more>>



Heather Chase, Author/Humanitarian (1990)

Heather Chase is the co-author of Great Peacemakers, winner of 38 book awards and endorsed by 3 presidents and 3 Nobel Peace Prize winners. Telling the inspiring true life stories of 20 great peacemakers from around the world, the book is used in programs from middle school through graduate school in the U.S. and abroad. >>Read more>>



Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Media/Journalism (1993)

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz has been a senior editor at The Atlantic since 2005. She was previously a senior editor at Moment magazine and has written for The Chicago Tribune and other publications. An essay of hers appeared in the Lonely Planet travel writing anthology >>Read more>>


Anna Bruen, Sustainability (2004)

Anna Bruen has been active in business and community sustainability projects in Iowa over the last ten years. She is currently a Project Director focusing on resource conservation and community development. Her civic engagement includes being a board member of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network; a member of Fairfield’s Go Green Commission; and a co-founder of a Young Professionals Network.  >>Read more>>


Adam Steck, Entrepreneur/Entertainment

With over 20 years of experience, Adam Steck, the founder and CEO of SPI Entertainment, Inc., is one of the preeminent theatrical producers and talent agents in the entertainment industry. Under his guidance SPI Entertainment, Inc., currently produces eight award-winning shows in Las Vegas and two touring shows in America and beyond.  >>Read more>>


Jenna Riegel, Performing Arts (1997)

Jenna Riegel received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from MUM. She also earned an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa. A New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007, Jenna has performed with prestigious companies, including David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/ Dances and Bill Young/ Colleen Thomas & Company. >>Read more>>


Brian Butterfield, Education/Architecture (2000)

Brian Butterfield has worked in the fields of architecture and design in varying capacities for the past ten years. Prior to founding MAKE | WORK he worked for the award winning office of Della Valle Bernheimer Architects (now Bernheimer Architecture, and Alloy Development) of Brooklyn, New York, on a variety of residential projects, including two that won AIA NY honors.  >>Read more>>


Justin Silverman, Entrepreneur (1998)

Justin Silverman in 2008 co-founded JustBrand Limited with his cousin Brandon. JustBrand is now the parent company for TheWarmingStore.com and MyCoolingStore.com, which specialize in the niche markets of battery heated clothing and personal cooling products. >>Read more>>



Justin Cutter, Sustainability (2002)

Justin Cutter is the originator of the Compass Green Project (along with alumnus Nick Runkel, 2003), a “school garden on wheels,” a fully functional greenhouse built in the back of an 18-foot box truck powered by waste vegetable oil, used to teach farming skills and raise awareness on sustainability. >>Read more>>



Jaya Muehlman, Ballet and Exercise Science (2015)

Jaya Muehlman      

Jaya Muehlman is following her dream of attending one of the nation's top ballet programs at the University of Utah, where she earned an academic scholarship.  Ms. Muehlman intends to become a professional dancer and animal rights activist.  We look forward to tracking her progress in the coming years!



Bimba Shrestha, Computer Science (2015)

          Bimba Shrestha garnered many science and technology awards during high school, including the Forward Thinker Award at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. Mr. Shrestha is continuing his studies in computer science at the University of North Carolina, where he earned a full scholarship. In the future he hopes to use science and computer technology to assist the visually impaired.




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