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National Alumni Board


Duhawks often challenge each other to pay it forward, and on the National Alumni Board (NAB), Tara (Kilburg) Feller (’11) is doing just that. Arriving on the Loras College campus more than 11 years ago, Feller wondered how she was going to pay for tuition, room and board, then she found out she would be the first NAB scholarship recipient. Created and funded by NAB members, the scholarship is given annually to a student all four years they are at Loras.

Recently Feller reflected on her days at Loras, saying, “I was looking back in my portfolio, and I wrote that I hoped one day I could return to serve on the board. My experience at Loras would have been dramatically different without this scholarship. It allowed me to experience everything from studying abroad in Mexico and Spain, compete in cross country and track and be part of the health sciences club and Dance Marathon.”

Feller majored in biochemistry and Spanish, and found that Loras prepared her well not only for graduate school at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, but for life: “I took a sociology class, and that really opened my eyes to the rest of the world. Growing up in a rural climate, it gave me an understanding of the inequalities that exist around the world, and they were so far outside my major that it broadened my experience. This is a great example of the impact of liberal arts education.”

Today, Feller works at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., where she is an Operations Manager for the pharmacy department. Feller said, “I interact with patients and providers on a daily basis. Being able to think critically, continue to be an active learner and be willing to learn and grow every day is something I learned at Loras. You think you go to school to learn the facts about a subject, but learning from each other is equally important.”

Working hard is something Feller learned from her parents, who told her the only way to get where you want to be is by putting in the effort. She is also proud to follow in the footsteps of her mother, Marla (Manders) Kilburg (’90). In addition, she met her husband Danny Feller (’09) at Loras thanks to an extra-credit class.

In joining the NAB, Feller hopes to harness the love Duhawks have for Loras to make an impact with students and the campus community.

The National Alumni Board was formed in 1989 under the direction of the Loras College Office of Alumni Relations. The board serves to develop and promote alumni engagement and provide student support.