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2017-2018 Cohort

2017-18 Interns 

(L to R) Elizabeth Bowen, Ryan Stephenson, McKenna Finch, Holly Amarjargal, James McGraw, Tanner Anderson, Brooke Schroeder, Nick Varney, KC Hooker


Intern Bios



Holly Amarjargal - Intern to Jeff Olson,  Senior VP of Academic Affairs 

Khaliun Amarjargal or simply Holly was born and raised in Mongolia, the land of eternal blue sky. After moving to Utah, homesickness began to build up, and that is when she found herself getting involved in many programs such as: Honors, UVU Mentor, and International Student Council. She believes these are some of the best decisions she could have made. Holly is an advocate of engaged learning and believes that that is what helped her do many things she would never have thought of doing, such as aspiring to be a professor in STEM.

Holly is a Junior, majoring in Technology Management with an emphasis on IT. Currently working on a Tsunami Mitigation research project in Indonesia with collaboration of UVU, BYU faculty and students. After graduation she hopes to complete a Masters as well as PhD program in Educational Technology.




Tanner Anderson -Intern to Justin Jones, Chief of Staff 

Tanner, dog lover born in Utah but growing up in Australia, England, and Canada, has spent much of his life around international business because of his father's work. He came to UVU to study Business Management with an International emphasis, and Chinese 1 year ago after returning from an LDS mission to California for 2 years. He has been a teacher in the LDS Provo Missionary Training Center for the past 2 years, and is involved in research projects revolving around business economics, and organizational leadership, and is learning Portuguese as well as Chinese. He is involved in the leadership training group The Millennial Agenda, and currently volunteers at the Boys and Girls club in Provo.

He is hoping to pursue to an MBA, then a PhD in organizational or educational leadership after graduating in the spring of 2019. He would like to spend his career traveling to developing nations, and consulting for their governmental and organizational leadership.



Elizabeth Bowen  - Intern to Liz Childs, Interim VP of Student Affairs

Elizabeth has a passion and a love for Learning and Leadership. She has involved herself in leadership roles of management in the Wolverine Ambassador Program and Residential Engagement Coordinator Program. She graduated from the Center for the Advancement of Leadership with an Engaged Learning University Distinction in Leadership, and she served on the Institute Council at the LDS Institute of Religion. She has absolutely loved her experience at UVU.

Elizabeth is a senior and is studying Communication with an Emphasis in Speech. She looks forward to her senior year and continuing her service to her university as a Presidential Intern.



McKenna Finch - Intern to Val Peterson, VP for Finance & Administration 

McKenna was raised in Panguitch, UT where she was raised on a little bit of land with horses, dogs, and the occasional lambs and steers. After graduating high school in 2013 she spent a year studying at UVU before serving a LDS mission in Madrid, Spain. She loves volunteering and is currently a family mentor for the Habitat for Humanity. At UVU she has participated in the Wolverine Ambassadors, the LEAD program, and currently serves as a team lead for the CAL program.

Since returning home she has interned at an immigration law firm in Omaha, Nebraska and a financial planning branch in Salt Lake. She plans on attending graduate school after finishing her bachelor's in History this spring. She loves UVU for the opportunities and experiences it has provides to her and the doorways it opens up for all students willing to get outside of themselves and experience new things.


KC Hooker - Intern to President Matthew S. Holland  

KC was born and raised in Heber City, UT and came to UVU in 2011. He planned to transfer to BYU after receiving an associate’s degree but quickly realized that he wouldn’t find higher quality faculty, students, or staff at any other university. KC served a mission for the LDS Church in Texas and Louisiana, discovering along the way a love for BBQ and Cajun food. He is passionate about music, plays several instruments, and has played in bands that have opened for acts such as Bastille and X-Ambassadors.

KC is a Senior at UVU majoring in Philosophy and Literary Studies. He is also the associate editor-in-chief for UVU’s literary criticism journal, Essais. Upon graduation, KC plans to attend law school and work as an attorney. He is married to his best friend, Marnie, and they have a beautiful daughter that was born on his birthday.




James McGraw- Intern to Kyle Reyes, Special Assistant to the President/Chief Diversity Officer 

James is a senior at UVU majoring in Behavioral Sciences, with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in Religious Studies. While working for Dr. Reyes, James has the opportunity to combine his love for research and passion for diversity work to help UVU’s inclusion efforts. Currently, James is working with various departments at UVU to conduct research on several underrepresented populations (e.g., LGBT students, students of color, and non-LDS students) in order to further understand their experiences on campus and how to best direct future inclusion plans.

James has published in several academic journals including Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy and the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology. He has aspirations of earning a PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. James is a Provo native and is married to his best friend, Leann. He and his wife enjoy spending time together and with their amazing daughter, Georgia.



Brooke Schroeder- Intern to Scott Cooksey, VP Development & Alumni

Brooke is a San Diego native who started at UVU two years ago, originally planning to simply complete the Substance Use Disorder Counseling program; however, faculty inspired her to pursue a degree, and she is now a Senior Behavioral Science major with a forensic focus. Starting school with six years of work with addicts under her belt, she finished the Substance Use Disorder Counseling program and interned for Utah County’s Drug Court. She is the recipient of several competitive research grants, with projects focused on improving the justice system’s understanding of addiction. While working with Vice President Scott Cooksey, Brooke has met amazing local leaders and legislators, and her hard work in the division ultimately led to her nomination as a Utah Legislative Intern for the Spring 2018 session.

Brooke recently completed training at Stanford and Google for the University Innovation Fellowship, a program which encourages students to facilitate innovative thinking in their unique fields of study. She knows this training will benefit her as she continues to combine the worlds of psychology and law, and plans to pursue a dual PhD/JD after she graduates in the Fall of 2018. Ultimately, Brooke dreams of one day retiring in the mountains, reading nothing but poetry, and opening a dog rescue facility. 



Ryan Stephenson- Intern to Linda Makin, VP of Budgets, Planning & Human Resources

Ryan Stephenson is a Junior at UVU majoring in Communication with a minor in Human Resource Management. During Ryan’s tenure as a UVU student he has had the opportunity to serve next to and work with his peers in multiple leadership roles across campus. Because of the many leadership opportunities that UVU has given Ryan, he has developed a passion for people and their personal development and performance. Ryan hopes one day to work as a HR director in a higher education or corporate setting, engaging each employee and maximizing their potential to help them perform at their highest capacity. Ryan’s ultimate career goal is to see the employees he serves progress and develop into someone better than they were before.

Ryan currently lives in Draper, Utah with his wife Brynn. In his free time, Ryan enjoys an intense pickup game of corn hole or croquet. Ryan has a firm belief that life is to be enjoyed and conducts his life around the mantra, “Living in the blessing.”



Nick Varney - Intern to Cameron Martin, VP of University Relations

Nick’s passion for education has led him to be involved in a number of education projects. When he was in high school, he founded a free academic credit recovery program at Pleasant Grove High School. After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he worked for the federal education grant GEAR UP where he tutored and mentored over one hundred low income high school students throughout Utah Valley. During the 2016 Legislative Session, he served as the legislative intern for the State Superintendent’s Office.

In 2017 Nick was invited to shadow the education policy staff at the National Governor’s Association as a Program Scholar. During his time with the NGA, he gained a detailed knowledge of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Common Core. Nick currently serves as the Associate Director of the Center of Innovation in Education Task Force. In this capacity he is working closely with members of the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah State Legislature, and Utah Education Policy Center to create a Utah Center of Innovation in Education.