Class Notes - Summer 2017


1960s

Sister Joseph Ann Gillette (B.A. Art, ’65) is celebrating 70 years as a Sister of the Holy Family in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 

1980s

Greg Frost (B.A. History, ’81) played in the Master’s Basketball Association National Basketball Tournament in Coral Springs, Florida, in May 2017. (Pictured left)
 
Dr. Peter Holbrook (B.A. Business, ’84; M.S. Management, ’95; Ph.D. Leadership, ’08) is the provost of Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio.
 
Marianne Abrahamson (M.S. Management, ’85) is retired and living in the Phoenix area with her husband. She is involved with volunteer work, including work at Mayo Clinic, deliveries of home meals to the homebound, involvement with a medical support group and other activities as needed. While she has lost touch with those in her cohort group, she hopes to reconnect with them.
 
Judy Devine (B.A. Religious Studies, ’85) is an accounting specialist at Technology Architects, Inc., in De Pere, Wisconsin.
 
Raejean (Kasprzak) Kanter (M.E. Professional Development: Teaching, ’85) is the executive director for the Eternal Wish Foundation in Milwaukee.
 

1990s

John Dinsmore (M.S. Management, ’92) is the county administrator for Otter Tail County in Minnesota.
 
Michelle DuBord (B.A. Communications, ’93) is the executive director of the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
 
Sarah Buelow (B.A. History, ’95) is the regional director of human resources-operations at BEMIS Company Inc. in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
 
Cynthia Stuckey (M.S. Health Administration, ’96) is a senior client partner for Korn Ferry, a global people and organizational advisory firm. She is based in the firm’s London office.
 
Brenda Cline (M.S. Management, ’97; M.A. Ministry, ’07) received the Vatican II Award for Service to the Church from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She works as parish director at St. Joseph’s in Grafton, Wisconsin. The Vatican II Awards were established in 1991 to honor men, women and young adults who exemplify the Catholic Church’s vision set forth in the Second Vatican Council.
 
Dr. Demond Means (M.S. Educational Leadership, ’97; Ed.D. Leadership, ’05) is the superintendent of Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia. (Pictured right)
 
Ted Neitzke (B.A. Broad Field Social Studies, ’97; M.S. Educational Leadership, ’02) is the chief education officer for CESA 6, an Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based cooperative agency that provides educational services to 42 public school districts in eight counties. He previously served for five years as the superintendent of West Bend School District in West Bend, Wisconsin. The Washington County Insider reported the details of Neitzke’s accomplishments as superintendent.
 
Paul Ross (B.S. Business Administration, ’97) is vice president of philanthropy for the St. Louis region for SSM Health, a non-profit Catholic health system.
 
Jeff Mulder (M.B.A., ’98) is the executive director of the Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida. The Fort Myers airports have about eight million passengers each year. In 2016, Airport Revenue News named him director of the year in the small airports category when he worked in Oklahoma as the director overseeing Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones Jr. Airport. In October 2016, Tulsa World reported on Mulders accomplishments at the Tulsa airports during more than a decade leading them. In April 2017, the Fort Myers News-Press recorded an interview with Mulder, discussing his new involvement with the Civil Air Patrol.
 
Diane (Hauner) Rudy (B.S. Management, ’99) is a 2017 recipient of Milwaukee Business Journal HR Awards. She works as vice president of human resources at the Bradley Corporation in Milwaukee.
 

2000s

Renae (Sheldon) Mac Cudden (M.S. Educational Leadership, ’00; Ed.D. Leadership, ’10) is the principal of Willow Springs Learning Center in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
 
Stacey Buchholz (M.S. Educational Leadership, ’01) is a member of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She is the principal of Parkside Elementary in Fond du Lac.
 
Dr. Patricia Deklotz (M.S. Educational Leadership, ’01; Ed.D. Leadership, ’13), superintendent of the Kettle Moraine School District, received the Transforming Lives & Communities Award from Stritch’s College of Education and Leadership in January 2017. In 2016, the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators named Deklotz Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year. (Pictured left)
 
Stuart Koehler (M.B.A., ’02) is operations manager at Al. Ringling Theater in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
 
Catherine Norris (M.B.A., ’02) is serving a three-year term on the board of trustees for the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation in Columbus, North Carolina. She is a licensed registered nurse who works as the director of Physician Network Services and the assistant vice president of Population Health and Physician Network Support Services for Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina. She also serves as a faculty instructor and student advisor at USC in Columbia, South Carolina.
 
Larry Haas (M.S. Management, ’03) is the associate director for education and health care policy for the Wisconsin Catholic Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Dr. Todd Beadle (M.S. Management, ’04) was elected to the Brown Deer School Board in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, in April 2017.
 
Mark Gridley
(M.B.A., ’07) is CEO and president of FHN, a regional healthcare system serving people in northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Radio broadcast an interview with him a few weeks after he assumed his new role.
 
Kristy Sprung (M.S. Management, ’08) is director of Student and Alumni Affairs at Concordia University Wisconsin-School of Pharmacy in Mequon, Wisconsin.
 
Sarah (Berte) Blake (B.A. Communication, ’09) is director of Recruitment and Admissions, School of Pharmacy at Concordia University-Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin.
 
Jeff Zimpel
(B.F.A. Graphic Design, ’09) pioneered Create Space MKE, an urban art collective, residency and mindset aimed at promoting creative interactions. During a traveling exhibit in early 2016-17 – which included a stop at Cardinal Stritch University’s Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery – Zimpel and partner Nick Schilz (B.F.A. Art, ’13) asked the question “What Does Milwaukee Look Like? What Are the Issues at Hand?”
 
 

2010s

Traci (Heck) Palkowski (M.A. Teaching, ’10) brought 200 fourth grade students to Stritch for a special presentation and Q&A with entrepreneurs from Project Pitch It.
 
Janet Tierney (M.B.A., ’13) is a board member at Make a Difference–Wisconsin, an organization that teaches teens financial literacy skills. She is the founder of Tierney Grey, a Milwaukee business consulting firm specializing in helping non-IT business areas understand and align with Lean-Agile transformations.
 
Josh Albrecht (B.A. Communication, ’14) is a personal banker for U.S. Bank in Milwaukee.
 
Collin Hartman (B.A. Communication, ’14) is a volleyball coach at Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho. He is a 2010 graduate of the school.
 
Lukischa Ramos (M.B.A., ’14) is a 2017 recipient of Milwaukee Business Journal HR Award. Ramos is the human resources director at United Community Center in Milwaukee.
 
Amy (Tennies) Rettler (M.S. Educational Leadership, ’14) is the principal of Evans Elementary School in the Fond du Lac School District in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
 
Brian Sternberg (B.S. Business Administration, ’14) is the president of Galland Henning Nopak Inc., a Franklin, Wisconsin, manufacturer of high-density balers and hydraulic and pneumatic values and cylinders.
 
Magd Owayed (B.A. Business, ’15) is a management trainee at Menards in Freeport, Illinois.
 
Shawn Anthony Robinson
(Ph.D. Leadership, ’15) published the article “The voice of a gifted Black male with dyslexia represented through poetry: an auto-ethnographic account” in Poetry Therapy and the manuscript “Can’t C Me” in Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, Volume 12, Issue 4.
 
Angela Delgado (B.S. Education, ’16) is an assistant coach of women’s soccer for Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, where she is pursuing her master’s degree. She played on Stritch’s team for four years as a defender and midfielder and served as team captain her senior year. Black Hills Head Coach Rob Blake, a 2008 Stritch alumnus, served as a coach for both the men’s and women’s teams following his graduation.
 
Sadzid Grahic (B.A. Communication, ’16) is the communications coordinator for Hilton Chicago.
 
Patrick “PJ” Ronan (B.A. Communication, ’16) is an account manager at Experian in Aurora, Illinois.
 
Michelle Schuh (B.A. History, ’16) and Patrick Lentz (B.A. Business, ’14) married on May 28, 2017, at Christ Church in Milwaukee. They met at Stritch, both played volleyball and now both work at Johnson Controls in Milwaukee – Michelle as the transformation coordinator and Patrick as a financial analyst. Stritch alumnae Kelsey Johnson and McKenzie Laurent celebrated with them as part of the wedding party.
 
Sarah Rose Werner (B.A. English: Writing, ’16) is the content marketing coordinator at Guarantee Digital in Hartland, Wisconsin.
  
 

We prayerfully remember…

Lois (Haebig) Kluth, (B.S. Education, ’52), who died on Sept. 10, 2016, at age 86.
Linda Ann Haskins (B.S. Management, ’84), who died on Jan. 28, 2017, at age 67.
Monica Van Such (M.B.A. for Health Care Executives, ’03), who died on Feb. 8, 2017, at age 65.
Deacon Robert F. Drobka (graduated from permanent diaconate program from Stritch), who died on Aug. 4, 2015, at age 84.
Susan Marie (Suetmeier) Koepsell (B.S. Management, ’86), who died on Feb. 25, 2017, at the age of 71.
Patrick L. Pflieger (M.A. Special Education, ’68), who died on Feb. 27, 2017, at age 84.
Dylan Steffen, former student, who died on May 31, 2017, at age 22.
Jean Arnold, a former executive secretary to vice president Dr. Robert Flahive, who died  on Jan. 10, 2017, at age 90.
Marilyn Sieg, formerly Sister Karen, O.S.F., who taught Spanish at Stritch during the 1950s and 1960s, and died on May 10, 2017, at age 89.
 

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