/ Economics and Business

Current Baker Scholars

The 2018–2019 Baker Scholars includes seven senior and seven junior economics and business majors and minors.

KIRSTIN ANDERSON ’19

Kirstin is a business and political science double major. She enjoys running, reading, cooking, trying new foods and exploring new places. This summer, Kirstin is working full-time as a research assistant in the Hope Department of Political Science and part-time as the solo marketing intern at local law firm Cunningham Dalman. In the fall, Kirstin will be stepping into her new role as the Baker Scholars leadership development coordinator.

"I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing." —Socrates

CHRISTINA ARMBRESTER ’19

Christina is a business major and accounting minor. She enjoys spending time with friends and immersing herself in Hope College life. This summer Christina is a sales intern at Cintas Corporation. In the future, she is hoping to invest herself in a company where she can grow, learn and further her knowledge in the business world. Christina is excited about her fellow Bakers and the time everyone will spend together. The group is phenomenal and she is excited to learn from them, be pushed by them and be inspired by them.

"You can tell a man is clever by his answer. You can tell a man is wise by his questions."
—Naguib Mahfouz

ROBERTO ESCALANTE-GONZALEZ ’19

Roberto is a rising senior, double majoring in business and communication. He enjoys playing soccer and eating his mom’s cooking. This past summer Roberto worked as a focused market sales intern at Herman Miller. In the future, Roberto would like to work in the international business sector in hopes of creating positive change in his community and abroad. Roberto is looking forward to his last year as a Baker as an opportunity to create memories, build relationships and grow as a leader.

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

LAUREN FETTE ’19

Lauren is from Canton, Michigan, and is pursuing a major in business management with a minor in communications. On campus she works as a TA for the Business Computing class. She enjoys spending time with friends, petting dogs and going to the beach in her free time. This summer, Lauren was excited to be living in Chicago and working for Lockton Companies as an employee benefits intern. Her first year as a Baker was full of incredible learning opportunities with visiting a variety of businesses and traveling internationally. This year Lauren is looking forward to learning from the new class of Bakers, continuing networking opportunities with alumni, growing as a leader and business professional, and planning the domestic trip this spring. After graduation, Lauren would love to combine her interests in international business and finance by either working internationally or for a global company.

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." 
—Winston S. Churchill

ZACHARY GEBBEN ’19

Zach is majoring in business with a minor in accounting and focusing in finance. He interned at J.P. Morgan in Chicago last summer for their Wealth Management Summer Analyst Program. He is an active member of the Emersonian Fraternity at Hope. Zach loves anything involving sports, as well as boating, fishing and spending time with his family in northern Michigan. After graduation, Zach’s goal is to combine his interest in finance and his passion for people and relationships to work in wealth management or private equity for a mid-to-large company. In utilizing the Baker Scholars, Zach looks forward to becoming a more well-rounded individual both in a casual and professional setting. He also looks forward to building deeper relationships through the Baker Alumni network.

"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." —Jimmy Valvano

BENJAMIN HAGMAN ’19

Ben is a business major combined with an accounting minor and a concentration on finance. He spends his time playing soccer for Hope as well as representing the Fraternal Society. Additionally, Ben enjoys cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes, spending time on the water and finally traveling to new places around the world! Ben is aspiring to work in financial services, particularly within asset and wealth management, following his undergraduate studies and is working towards that goal through his internship with J.P Morgan this summer! He will be serving as a wealth management summer analyst in Chicago. Ben is grateful for the opportunity to build his network with business professionals, and also grow in his own abilities through the Baker Scholars Program.

"All of life is peaks and valleys. Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low."
—John Wooden

CALEB MILLER ’20

Caleb is a business major with minors in German and leadership. He is from Bloomington, Minnesota, though he also lived in Dallas and the Czech Republic for 8 years each. Caleb will be studying through IES in Freiburg, doing the European Union program there. He enjoys reading, playing or watching sports, traveling and spending quality time with friends. Caleb is involved with numerous student organizations, including Student Congress, Student Ambassadors and Volunteer Services. He looks forward to building strong connections and finding a career that he can be passionate about during his time as a Baker, both during the program and beyond. Caleb also can’t wait to learn and grow with the Bakers he will go through the program with, especially during the various trips and business visits.

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one."
—George R.R. Martin

MADELINE MILLER ’19

Madeline Miller is from Rochester, Michigan, and is pursuing a business major with a minor in communication. At Hope, she recently participated in Vienna Summer School, is a member of the Business Club and enjoys participating in a variety of intramural sports. In her free time, Madeline enjoys discovering new coffee shops with friends and being physically active outdoors. Madeline is looking forward to the opportunities of learning from business professionals in diverse businesses along with growing as a professional as she narrows down her goals for the future. Currently, Madeline is in her second year as an intern with the Applied Research+Consulting team at Steelcase, Inc. in Grand Rapids, where she hopes to gain experience and discover further strengths and passions.

CHRISTOPHER WOOD ’20
 

Chris is double-majoring in public accounting and business. Outside of school he enjoys melting faces on the electric guitar and jamming with friends. For the summer he is gaining better insight into the world of accounting by attending leadership events and he is also taking a couple summer classes. After graduation, Chris hopes to start working as a public accountant and either move up to upper management or out into financial management. He loves hanging out and growing as a young professional with his fellow Bakers and cannot wait to go on some amazing trips with them.

"Whatever you do, do your best." —Momma Wood

OLIVIA MCCALLA ’20

Olivia is majoring in business and economics with a minor in accounting and a focus on finance. She is a student assistant coach for the Hope women’s basketball team and dedicates much of her time to being in the gym and with the team. Olivia is also a member of the Business Club leadership team, an Admissions Office receptionist and a CFL consultant. She is interning at Michigan State University this summer in the Department of Surgery as an administration intern. Olivia hopes to go on to pursue finance in wealth management or investment banking combining her passion for finance and her enthusiasm to build relationships with others. She is looking forward to networking with the Baker Alumni and making strong and long-lasting relationships with her fellow Bakers.

"The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions."
—Claude Levi-Strauss

JOSEPH DAWSON ’20

Joey Dawson is pursuing a double major in business and economics. He runs for the Hope cross country and track team. Some of Joey’s favorite activities are surfing, biking, camping, eating seafood and playing beach volleyball. Over the summer, Joey participated in a sport ministry trip to Ghana and completed an internship with Consumers Credit Union. In the upcoming junior year, Joey is looking forward to challenging himself through the opportunities being a Baker provides, and studying in Australia during the spring. In the future, Joey desires to work in the marketing field for a sustainable company.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming." —Theodore Roosevelt

CASSIDY MERTEN ’20

Cassidy is a business and communication double major from Traverse City, Michigan. This summer she is enjoying her work as a media content intern at Hagerty Insurance Agency. Earlier in the summer she spent a month exploring and engaging with international business in China and Hong Kong. In the future, Cassidy plans to attend law school and strives to eventually combine her interests in business and law with a career in litigation. At Hope, Cassidy enjoys her leadership roles in Dance Marathon and the Nykerk Cup Competition. She loves theater and spending time outdoors with family and friends. As a Baker, she is really looking forward to the immense growth opportunities provided beyond the classroom.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." —John Quincy Adams

ALISSA SMITH ’20

Alissa is a business and communication double major from Troy, Michigan. Alissa plays on the women's basketball team and is the director of promotions for the Hope Outdoor Adventure Club. She is actively involved in the Business Club and Athletes in Action. Outside of school, Alissa is passionate about the great outdoors and sports. She loves to hike, surf, ski, travel,and play any sport she can compete in. After graduating from Hope, she intends to pursue an MBA degree and work in international marketing for an outdoor lifestyle company. Alissa would also like to run her own online small business one day in addition to her career. She is stoked about experiencing the Baker life!

How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top. --Yvon Chouinard

KELLY VANDERPLOEG ’20

Kelly is from Mundelein, Illinois, and is studying business, communication and Spanish. At Hope, Kelly works as a graphic designer for Hope Public Affairs and Marketing. In her free time, she also enjoys dancing, snowboarding and playing volleyball. This summer Kelly will be working as a marketing intern for Power Wellness as well as continuing her freelance marketing consulting work. She is excited to expand her knowledge and experience on both strategic analysis and creative elements of marketing. As a new member of the Baker family, Kelly is looking forward to the opportunity to learn and grow from conversations with peers and business professionals.

"When you believe, the impossible becomes possible. What you believe will become what is true. Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow. Don’t look at your challenges; look up and look out into the future. Don’t focus on your circumstances. Focus on the right beliefs that will help you build your success."
—Jon Gordon