Alumni Westmont Magazine

Former Warriors Create a Scholarship for Westmont Baseball Players

Joe Ellett '97, Erik Ellefsen '97, Chris Kurz '97

“We can do more together than we can on our own. We could help baseball players who might otherwise not be able to afford Westmont by giving them the experience and opportunities we benefitted from,” says one creator of the  Ellefsen, Ellett, Kurz Baseball Scholarship Endowment.

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Pandemic Opened a New Career Path

When the pandemic struck, Adriannea Smith ’18 changed her career path. While at Westmont, she planned to attend veterinary school. But when the pandemic forced her inside with a weakened immune system, she reevaluated her goals. Her new subscription service, The Doggish Life, offers themed dog boxes full of fun toys, homemade treats and handmade bandanas while specializing in animal health and wellness.

Quickly Connecting Nurses to Jobs and Hospitals to Nurses

Cherie Pae Kloss ’90, who won an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year U.S. National Award in 2021, started SnapNurse in 2018. She began with a handful of nurses and now works with 6,000 nationwide, including a big concentration in California. SnapNurse has grown to $2 billion, headed to $2.5 billion by the end of 2022. The platform connects a range of nurses of all ages — RNs, LPNs, EMTs, CNAs, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and more — to hospitals within 24 to 48 hours. SnapNurse quickly processes requests and provides fully vetted, qualified nurses to hospitals, arranging for travel and housing if required.

Making the World Her Adventurous Classroom

Janelle Adderley Schroy ’03 pursues the adventure of a lifetime, traveling to 50 different countries in five years with her husband, Jedd, and their four daughters. Janelle and Jedd began by envisioning their children’s education. “How do we give them a vast, broad experience not limited to a classroom?” she says. “We wanted them to see the world, experience cultures, speak lots of languages, taste all kinds of foods. So we moved our work online and began to travel.”