Class Notes

Professional achievements and personal news from the Winter 2014 edition of Stritch Magazine 

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Sister Gabrielle Kowalski (B.A. Education, ’64; M.A. Special Education, ’69) received the Henri Nouwen Award in June from the Religion and Spirituality Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The award “recognizes and acknowledges individuals who reflect the compassion, commitment, ministry and servanthood that values and esteems people with developmental disabilities.” David Morstad of Bethesda Lutheran Communities nominated Sister Gabrielle in honor of more than 40 years of work as a “powerful and effective advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, particularly with regard to understanding, respecting and supporting their spiritual lives.” After teaching special education classes and leading the department at Stritch, Sister Gabrielle recently retired as a professor emerita.

Dennis Filippelli (M.A. Reading/Language Arts, ’69) was honored in June in Kenosha, Wis., as a distinguished alumnus by the Bradford High School Alumni Association, one of the oldest and largest alumni associations in the nation. According to the Kenosha News, “he has dedicated his life to working with children and adults with academic, behavioral and developmental disabilities” as a teacher, counselor, administrator, and psychologist. He now works as an instructor at Carthage College in Kenosha, and formerly served as the executive director of the Developmental Disabilities Service Center for more than 20 years and on the Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, and he was appointed to the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities by four different governors during a 25-year period.


Mildred Harpole (M.A. Reading/Language Arts, ’69) and her husband, Reuben, received in September the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award from the City of Milwaukee recognizing their long-time service to the community. In addition to her work with her husband, Mildred Harpole served as the fair housing director for the local office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has dedicated more than four decades of her life to serving the City of Milwaukee. See a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel video of Mildred and Reuben Harpole accepting their award.

Rita (Gresback) Shor (B.A. Chemistry, ’69) is a self-employed consultant and her largest role is as the program director for The Conference Board’s Innovation Master Class, Extending Your Brand to Employees and Corporate Brand Image Conference and Council on Corporate Brand Management. Her current practices build on her experiences as a former high school chemistry teacher (three years), an entrepreneur, a 34-year position as a product development and business growth practitioner at 3M, and her role as project manager for the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota’s 20-year strategic planning project, Destination 2025. Rita and her husband, Dr. Steven Shor, live in suburban Minneapolis.


The Rev. Robert Malloy, OFM, Cap., (M.A. Special Education, ’72) is the chaplain and director of pastoral services at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit.

Sister Mary Julia Kepros, RSM, (M.A. Reading/Language Arts, ’74) celebrated her 60th anniversary of religious life June 9.


Dr. Honora Norton (M.S. Business Management, ’83) received the Starlight Children’s Foundation Arizona Humanitarian 2013 Award, which pays tribute to individuals who demonstrated dedication to “brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families.” In addition, she recently was named: treasurer of Catholic Charities Community Services Executive Board of Directors, a member of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale Board of Directors, and a member of the Arizona Interfaith Movement Board of Directors.

R.T. Myricks (B.S. Business Management, ’85) is president and CEO of North Milwaukee State Bank (NMSBank) in Milwaukee. In addition to more than 30 years in community banking, commercial and consumer lending, and new business development, he also served as a board member for a number of nonprofits, including The Leaders Forum, the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Wisconsin Correctional Service, and the Urban Day School.


Bill O’Toole (M.B.A., ’91) is the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Marquette University. A 1979 graduate, he played collegiate soccer and was one of the first scholarship recipients of the sport at Marquette.

James Piatt (M.S. Education, ’92; M.S. Educational Leadership, ’96) is the president of Messmer Catholic Schools in Milwaukee. He succeeds Brother Bob Smith, a former Stritch trustee.

Nick Brenner (M.B.A., ’93) welcomed a daughter, Sophia, on June 18.

Stan Gaynor (M.S. Business Management, ’93) retired from his position as president and CEO of Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, Wis., after 20 years at the hospital. During his career, the hospital earned several awards, including Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work, The Wisconsin Forward Mastery Award, The Jackson Group’s Laureate Award, and as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. In addition to serving on the boards of several professional organizations, he held leadership roles for the Interfaith Caregivers, Ho-Chunk Institutional Review board, St. Joseph’s Parish Council, and Black River Falls Rotary Club. “Stan Gaynor is an excellent leader and we are grateful for his leadership. He kept the hospital on the cutting edge of rural health care issues and helped us achieve outstanding results in our delivery of care,” said Board Chair Barb Brower.

Thomas Griesemer (B.A. Education, ’93) is the associate principal and athletic director for Campbellsport Middle/High School in Campbellsport, Wis. He is an alumnus of the high school.

James Konicek (B.A. Art, ’95) played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. Read a Q&A interview Konicek did for DC Metro Theater Arts.

Erin C. (McNutt) Perez (B.A. Psychology ’99; M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’03) is a licensed professional counselor at Kettle Moraine Counseling, LLC, at both their Cedarburg and West Bend, Wis., offices.

Samuel Stulo (B.A. Sociology, ’99, M.S. Business Management, ’04) was promoted to sergeant at the Racine Police Department in Racine, Wis.


Amy Deal (B.A. Psychology, ’00) and husband, Brian Frank, welcomed a daughter, Camilla Natasha Frank, on June 10. She joined four brothers: Alex, 20; Caden, 11; Christopher, 9; and Seth, 4.Art Draves Jr. (M.S. Business Management, ’01) is the vice president of enterprise risk management for Blackhawk Bank in Beloit, Wis.

Justin McCoy (B.A. Communications, ’01) is the vice president of marketing for the 140-store franchise system of Cousins Subs, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis. He also serves as director for Cousins’ Make It Better Foundation, which funds causes that address health and wellness, hunger, and youth education in the communities that Cousins Subs serves. McCoy started at Cousins in 2006 as an entry-level marketing specialist.

Jeanette (Reed) Mitchell (Ed.D., Leadership, ’01) is a recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2013 Women of Influence Award. She serves as director of Leadership for Professionals of Color at Stritch. Link to her personal Women of Influence video and profile.

Tim Schigur (M.S. Education, ’01) is the Milton School District superintendent in Milton, Wis., after serving as principal for six years at Milton Middle School.

Cale Vogel (B.A. Political Science, ’01) is the middle and high school principal and the athletic administrator at Johnson Creek School District in Johnson Creek, Wis.

Sheila (Garland) Clough (M.B.A., ’02) is the CEO of Asante Ashland Community Hospital in Medford, Ore. She previously served as president and COO for Howard Young Health Care in Woodruff, Wis.

Deborah (Richmond) Shimanek (M.S. Educational Leadership, ’02) is the director of elementary and secondary education for the Manitowoc Public School District in Manitowoc, Wis.

Casey Jackl (B.A. Business, ’03; M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is a psychotherapist for Alexian Brothers Health System in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Pamela (Woodman) Kaehler (M.B.A., ’03) is the executive director for Mon HealthCare in Morgantown, W.V., and Fairmont Home Medical Equipment & Supply Co., Fairmont, W.V. She also is the vice president on the board of directors for United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, and the president of West Virginia Medical Equipment Suppliers Association.

Adam Gonzalez (B.A. English, ’05) is a language arts teacher at Wauwatosa Catholic School in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Holly Lee (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’05) is an educational consultant at CESA 1 in Pewaukee, Wis.

Marty McGinley (M.S., Educational Leadership, ’05) is the district administrator for Wheatland J1 School District in Burlington, Wis. He previously served as principal of Karcher Middle School in the Burlington School District. “He is a visionary who is both professional and approachable,” School Board President Christopher Serak said. “We have complete confidence that Martin McGinley has the skills, vision, and leadership to help Wheatland build upon current and past successes.”

Carolyn Raasch (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’05) is a nurse practitioner for the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Ashley (Lentz) Ross (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’05) is a behavioral therapist at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wis.

Sheila (Coker) Roy (B.A. Biology, ’05) earned her M.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison in May. She is a resident physician of obstetrics and gynecology at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill.

Bradley Anderson (B.A. Theatre, ’06) played Bri in “White-Hot” at the Flea Theater, an Off-Off-Broadway theater in New York, in spring.

Christianne (Buth) Griffin (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’06) is an outpatient psychotherapist at Shorehaven Behavioral Health Inc., in Brown Deer, Wis. She is a licensed professional counselor.

Shelly Komondoros (M.A. Clinical Psychology , ’06) earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee in May 2012. She completed a doctoral internship at Yale University and a post-doctoral fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Mike Vuolo (M.S. Educational Leadership, ’06) is the associate principal for Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wis. He has worked for nine years in the district, previously teaching traditional and online high school social studies classes and serving as chair of the social studies department.

Theresa (Bath) Gennerman (M.S., Educational Leadership, ’00; Ed.D., Leadership, ’09) is the assistant superintendent of instructional services for the Kettle Moraine School District in Wales, Wis.

Michelle Klos-Gonzalez (B.A. Broad-Field Social Studies, ’07; M.S. Educational Leadership, ’12) is a lecturer with the 4-H Youth Development Program at the University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Tracy Ruska (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’07) is a children’s center coordinator at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Crystal Schroeder (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’07) is an adjunct faculty member at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis.

Julie Van Alstine (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’07) is the director of compliance at the Milwaukee Center for Independence.

Jamie Kutchek (A.S. Business Administration, ’08) is an inside sales account manager for Ledgeview Partners in Appleton, Wis.

Danielle Volk (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’08) is the outpatient coordinator and handles community outreach at the Beacon House in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Rebecca Whiting (B.A. Psychology, ’08; M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is a psychotherapist for Care and Counsel in New Berlin, Wis., and a mental health therapist for Horizon Healthcare Inc., in the Milwaukee area.

Eve M. Hall (Ph.D. Leadership, ’09) is a recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2013 Women of Influence Awards. Link to her personal Women of Influence video and profile. Also see her profile in the nonprofit leaders cover feature in the Spring 2013 issue of Stritch Magazine.

Elizabeth (Henckel) Paasch (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’09) is a therapist at Affiliated Clinical Services in West Bend, Wis.

Yasmine Ratz (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’09) is a Title 36 liaison at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Michelle Rauth (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’09) is a case manager for Phoenix Care Systems/Bell Therapy in Milwaukee.

Cassidy Scaffidi (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’09) is a case manager/case coordinator with the Milwaukee Center for Independence.

Jason Wesenberg (M.S. Educational Leadership, ’09) is the principal of Black Creek Elementary/Middle School in Black Creek, Wis.

Dan Westfahl (Ph.D. Leadership, ’09) is the principal of Brookfield Elementary School in Brookfield, Wis.


Melissa Bright (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’10) is a consultant-project manager at CUNA Mutual Group in Madison. She also works as an adjunct psychology professor at Madison College and serves on the board of directors for Wisconsin’s Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children association.

Roney Eford (M.S. Sports Management, ’10) is the athletic director and director of diversity at Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, N.Y. A four-year starter on Marquette University’s basketball team, he went on to play professional basketball for eight years in international arenas and now serves as the founder and executive director of Pinnacles for Youth, an organization dedicated to providing “exceptional academic, athletic, and life-skill programs.”

Kara Hargan (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’10) is an associate recruiter with ManpowerGroup in Milwaukee and a sourcing specialist/coordinator for Steelcase Inc.

Kristen Lemke (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’10) is an adult protective services social worker for Green Lake County, Wis.Nate Lemmens (B.A. Sociology, ’10) is the Wausau West High School boys basketball coach and a special education teacher in Wausau, Wis. He played basketball at Stritch under Men’s Coach Drew Diener, who recommended Lemmens for his first post-college coaching job at Milwaukee Hamilton High School with his uncle, Tom Diener.

Jason Moon (M.A. Religion, ’10) created the nonprofit Warrior Songs to provide a forum for veterans’ voices to be heard and to offer healing through creative arts. Read a story in Washington's Spokane Spokesman-Review featuring Warrior Songs. In addition, link to a Spring/Summer 2011 Stritch Magazine story about Moon.

Bob Schubring (B.S. Business Administration, ’10) is the vice president, business continuity planning manager for Johnson Financial Group in Racine, Wis.

Kristin (Zalewski) Brojanac (M.B.A., ’11) had a son, Caleb, on June 1.

Josh Dempsey (B.S. Management, ’11) completed the requirements to be an American Society for Quality (ASQ)-certified quality improvement associate. He works as a quality technician for Seats Incorporated in Reedsburg, Wis.

Hanna Edstrom (B.A., Psychology, ’11) appeared on the cover of the February 2013 wedding issue of M Magazine in MIlwaukee.

Sally (Benwitz Nelson) Feeney (M.S., Educational Leadership, ’11) is director of instruction for the School District of Belleville in Belleville, Wis.

Julie Fliss (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’11) works in Milwaukee as a case manager at Wisconsin Community Services and as a registered polysomnographic technologist for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

Robyn Furger (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’11) is a clinical research assistant III at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a line therapist at Wisconsin Early Autism Project in Milwaukee.

Lisa Kornacki (B.A. Psychology, ’11) graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in May with a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis. She relocated to Florida to start her career as a behavior analyst at AdvoServ.

Josh Krause (B.A. Theatre, ’11) appeared as Ambrose in “The Matchmaker” and as Verges in “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Indiana Theater Festival this summer at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he is enrolled in the M.F.A. acting program. He also teaches as an associate instructor at the university.

Jon Oelke (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’11) earned his Doctor of Psychology degree in business psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Kathryn (Foley) Zimpel (B.A. English, ’11) led a Waukesha County, Wis., delegation to Australia through People-to-People, a national student travel organization that selects teachers to lead overseas educational programs for students.

Andrew Brandt (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is an in-home therapist with Shorehaven Behavioral Health, headquartered in Brown Deer, Wis.

Shabreka Chapman (B.A. English/Writing, ’12) is working for the MLK VISTA Team in Seattle, Wash., through the AmeriCorps program.

Doug Clemons (B.M. Music, ’12) performed in Windfall Theatre’s “A Little Night Music” in May, Sunset Playhouse’s “One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch” in November, and Skylight Music Theatre’s “Les Miserables.” He works as a corporate events assistant for Robert W. Baird and Co. in Milwaukee.

Eric Dimmitt (Ph.D. Leadership, ’12) is an assistant professor of education at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville. He previously served as the Mequon-Thiensville School District’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. “The Mequon-Thiensville School District has substantially benefitted from Dr. Dimmitt’s expertise and leadership over the past five years,” said Superintendent Demond Means, ’97, ’05, in a news release.

Alicia Ehlen (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is a senior therapist at the Wiebusch and Nicholson Center for Autism in Pewaukee, Wis.

Stephanie King (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is a line therapist and a senior therapist at the Autism Behavioral Network in Wauwatosa, Wis. She also serves as the debate and forensics coach at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee.

Amber Krause (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is a therapist at Hopeful Haven in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Tonya McCarty (A.S. Business, ’12) is a para-educational professional assistant for Milwaukee Public Schools.

Sister Marie Nakitende (M.B.A., ’09; Ph.D. Higher Education, ’12) is the founding director of the John Paul II Vocational Training Center in Wankoba Mukono-Mukono District, Uganda. The school will provide education for young Ugandan women and is expected to open in January. Read an in-depth Catholic Herald story about the project.

Katherine Roth (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is a line therapist at Easter Seals, Inc. in Chicago.

Spencer Renn (B.A. Sport Management, Communication, ’12) is team dining supervisor for Green Bay Sportservice at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

Ashley Schani (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is a psychotherapist at the REDI Clinic for eating disorders in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Amanda Schmidt (B.A. English, ’12) had a photograph from her 2012 Stritch Tanzania trip selected for National Geographic’s “Photo of the Day” website feature on April 7.

Jenna Schwartz (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is a psychometrician at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and a graduate research assistant at Travis County Correctional Complex in Austin, Texas.

Talley Yake (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’12) is a psychometrist at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee and an autism technician with Mercy Health System in Janesville, Wis.

Natalie Eddy (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’13) is a connections specialist at Lad Lake in Milwaukee, which offers programs to guide “at-risk youth and families on the path toward independence and achievement.

Audrey Edwards (B.A. Business, ’13) is the associate communications specialist (hospitality and real estate social media) for Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis.

Ashleigh Neesam (M.A. Clinical Psychology, ’13) is a psychotherapist, specializing in eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder, at Monarch Cover in Pacific Grove, Calif

Our condolences and prayers go out to:

...loved ones of Joan (Schultz) Zimmerman (M.A. Reading/Language Arts, ’60), who died in February 2013.
...loved ones of Sister Mary Hamilton (M.A. Special Education, ’74), who died Jan. 23, 2013.
...loved ones of Sister Geraldine Gaynor, OSF, (M.A. Religious Studies, ’63), who died April 13, 2013.
...loved ones of Rosemary (Mashl) Battocletti (A.A. Art, ’73; B.F.A. Art, ’74), who died on June 11, 2013.

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