After Valley

 From a city judge to a Newport Beach lawyer, from a member of Team USA to a local pastor, Valley Christian graduates leave prepared to make a difference in the world. 

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Dwight Nield ’11

After Valley, Dwight went on to ASU to double major in Supply Chain Management and Business Legal Studies. After interning with Southwest Airlines in Dallas, and after an internship with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Dwight took a position with Southwest Airlines, where he now works as a Senior Associate in their Supply Chain Management Department. Dwight has also been called into ministry, and is currently working toward a Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He plans to work as a bi-vocational pastor once he completes his Master’s degree.

Misty (Hawkinson) Balgaard ’97

Misty competed at Mesa Community College in volleyball and track and field before beginning to lead worship around the Valley.  Misty and her husband, Mat, live in Maricopa where they are raising two daughters and a son.  They both currently work at Church of Celebration.


Brian “Boomer” Roberts ’04

Brian attended Vanguard University where he played basketball.  After graduating, he served as an assistant coach on the women’s basketball team and then the men’s basketball team at Vanguard while also earning his Master’s.  He was the top assistant on the Lions’ 2014 National Championship team.  Brian is now the head men’s basketball coach at Trinity International University in Chicago, where he lives with his wife, Brittney, and their son, Griffin.


Brett Urig ’06

Brett graduated from Arizona State University and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.  He was the first person to ever wear the Trojan mascot costume at a football game and was also a member of two state championship basketball teams.  Brett and his wife, Brookelyn, currently live in Newport Beach, California where Brett works as an attorney.


Kelsey Reade ’13

Kelsey currently attends Arizona State University, where she is a part of the Barrett Honors College and the W.P. Carey School of Business.  She has taken on a number of leadership roles early in her college career, including as a part of her sorority, a professional business fraternity, a community service committee, and ASU’s Homecoming Parade, in which she acts as the Assistant Director. Kelsey recommends that current students get involved and act as leaders so that a leadership role in college does not seem as overwhelming.


Jared “Mort” Schrieber ’93

Jared is the co-founder and CEO of InfoScout, which leverages smartphone apps to collect data on the shopping activities of American consumers. After high school, Jared studied at ASU – where he was president of the Sun Devil athlete student-government – before going on to a master’s program at MIT. He currently also coaches a robotics team at his students’ school in California, and coordinates a major robotics competition held annually in Mountain View, CA.


Kelsey (Moore) Wheeler ’08

Kelsey Wheeler recently rejoined the VCHS family as the Development Assistant, playing a large role in putting together events, supporting the Valley Christian Volunteer Community, and connecting with fellow alumni. Kelsey played volleyball at UTEP before completing her degree at ASU. She won Miss Texas USA in 2010 and worked on Christine Jones’ gubernatorial campaign in 2014. Kelsey recently married her husband, Ryan, in January of 2016.


Adam Henry ’95

Now celebrating 20 years since his time at VCHS, Adam went on to earn his BA in International Studies, a graduate degree from NAU, and a Doctorate of Education from ASU. He now lives in Tempe with his wife (his 1999 VCHS prom date) and three children, and works as the Director of the Study Abroad Office at ASU.


Denae (Templeton) Downs ’03

Denae lives in Ferrara, Italy, planting churches and serving the Lord with her husband, David. Every day looks different, ranging from leading worship and Bible studies to making videos, recording CDs, cleaning bathrooms, doing drywall work, being a shoulder to cry on, and more. Denae is the oldest daughter of longtime Speech and Drama Teacher, Sheri, and former VCHS Bible Teacher, Dennis.


Austin ’05 & Alicia (Lewis) ’04 Gifford

Austin & Alicia are two of more than 100 married alumni couples from VCHS. After spending some years in the Caribbean and then Iowa, the Giffords are back in Arizona, where Austin works as a veterinarian and Alicia currently stays at home with their two children, Landon and Nora. They started dating while at VCHS, ran cross country together, and were married shortly after high school. They each treasure the friendships they made while at Valley Christian, and stay in touch with many of their high school friends.


Courtney Cheatham ’06

Courtney attended Biola University before beginning her career as an actress.  She lives in California and has performed in numerous productions and shows, including making appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.  She lives in New York City and most recently was the lead in the worldwide tour of “Barbie Live” and “Les Miserables”.


Marshall Tague ’99

Marshall graduated with a Bachelor’s from Arizona Christian University before earning a Master’s in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University in 2008.  He and his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Brooklyn, live in Pennsylvania where he is currently the head men’s basketball coach at Lancaster Bible College.  Marshall was named the National Coach of the Year in 2014.


Laura Walsh ’09

Laura graduated from Arizona State University.  While still at ASU, she recorded and launched her first Nashville album.  Laura has performed all across the state and country, including at the Tempe 4th of July Block Party, Country Thunder Arizona and Wisconsin, and many professional sporting events.  She has also opened for numerous concerts.  Laura recently launched her own small business.


Sam Pagel ’07

Sam graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU in 2011. One month after graduation, Sam took the advice of a fellow VC alum and filed paperwork to start his own video production company. Six months later, Sam began working for himself full-time at 88 Productions (now Pelican Media). Sam and his wife, Ashley, live in Chandler with their son, Henry and dog, Sadie.

**Sam was also the captain of the winning team in the inaugural Alumni Flag Football Tournament during Homecoming Week 2014**


Corey Botma ’07

Corey, the youngest of three brothers who attended VCHS, ran track and cross country at Point Loma Nazarene University and was an 8-time All-Conference performer and an All-American in the 800 meters. He and his wife, Naomi, live in the San Francisco Bay area. Corey works in Sales with Boston Scientific in the Endoscopy division, aiding physicians during procedures to give patients a better quality of life.

 


Brian Eggleston and Ryan Yarbrough ’94

Brian and Ryan were not only best friends in high school, but have maintained an inspiring friendship today despite the distance between them (Ryan lives in London, Brian in The Netherlands). Brian and Ryan have each worked for Shell Oil since 1999 and each play key roles in the company’s success. Their story is an inspiring look at how a friendship that started at Valley Christian has impacted the lives and careers of two successful VCHS graduates.


Lindsay Viker ’10

Lindsay is a proud Valley Christian and ASU alumna, having studied Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the W.P. Carey School of Business. Every day looks different for the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Couture in the Suburbs, as she works to expose talented individuals in fashion, beauty, and culture to a wide audience. Lindsay’s advice for current students is to be involved in as many things as they can. You can find her business at CoutureInTheSuburbs.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Dwight Nield ’11

After Valley, Dwight went on to ASU to double major in Supply Chain Management and Business Legal Studies. After interning with Southwest Airlines in Dallas, and after an internship with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Dwight took a position with Southwest Airlines, where he now works as a Senior Associate in their Supply Chain Management Department. Dwight has also been called into ministry, and is currently working toward a Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He plans to work as a bi-vocational pastor once he completes his Master’s degree.


Sam Moore ’08

Sam played college baseball at Oral Roberts University, Grand Canyon University and Arizona Christian University.  He is currently pursuing his career in professional baseball and spends most of his time training for or playing the game he loves.  Outside of pursuing his dream, Sam also coaches youth baseball.


Mark Timpani ’07

After his college football career at Trinity International University was cut short due to injury, Mark graduated from Arizona State University prior to joining the United States Air Force in 2010.  He is currently a Staff Sergeant in the field of Aircraft Armament Systems.  Mark and his wife, Brie, are stationed at Eglin AFB in Florida.


Jared Wilson ’03

Jared graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in marketing.  After college, he started his own business, Desert Fitness, and now has two locations.  Jared and his wife, Vanessa, live in Gilbert with their two kids, Connor and Kendall.


Thomas Demane ’01

Thomas graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU in 2005 and now lives in Atlanta with his wife, Faith. Thomas is an Emmy-nominated television producer, currently working as a Producer for The Weather Channel.


Ashton Wolf ’11

Ashton recently graduated from the United States Military Academy with honors, and will be working in Military Intelligence in Hawaii. Ashton is also currently on the National Women’s Team Handball roster, was in charge of the ethics debate team at West Point, and recommends that current Valley students “Don’t spend your time getting by. Challenge yourself. Love getting up every morning.”


Austin Moorhead ’03

Austin studied guitar performance, earning his undergraduate degree at ASU before finishing his Master’s at Yale. He has spent time playing in Germany, traveling around Europe, and living in New York City, playing for shows like “Jersey Boys,” “Mary Poppings,” “Chicago,” and more. Austin recently relocated to Nashville and is touring with country artist Michael Ray.


Alison (Henry) Pattison ’91

Alison, our earliest featured graduate to date, manages the daily operations of training and education at Arion Care Solutions. She also runs a nonprofit called Hope 4 Single Moms AZ, committed to empowering single parents through education, resources, and practical assistance. Alison lives in the Phoenix area, teaching online at GCU while completing her doctorate in Education.


Kyle Unfug ’00

You may know her as “Kyle from Johnjay and Rich” or “Kyle from Your Life to A to Z,” but we know her as Kyle Unfug, Class of 2000. Kyle lives in Phoenix with her husband and daughter, and spends her days entertaining the East Valley at KissFM and Channel 3. An ASU graduate, Kyle is grateful for the ability to meet so many interesting people in the entertainment industry. Kyle is also the daughter of longtime VCHS art teacher, Susie Lynch.


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