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Class Notes 2022

June 2022


Dr. Matthew Mineau (M.S. Educational Leadership, '04; Ph.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, '16) has been named superintendent of the North Fond du Lac (Wis.) School District

Kylie Daemmrich (B.S. Education, '07; M.E. Instructional Technology, '11) is a Senior Admissions Counselor at Cardinal Stritch University.

Chantell Jewell (M.B.A. '07) is the superintendent of the Milwaukee County House of Correction. She was featured in a Milwaukee Business Journal article about her efforts to "create opportunities that create change."

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Kellner (Ph.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, '07) who received the 2022 Linda T. Mellowes Woman Leader of the Year from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County. Dr. Kellner, who is co-chair of the Stritch Board of Trustees, was recognized for her commitment to addressing the achievement gap among Milwaukee's children and other disparities that exist in the community. 


Rayon Brown (B.S. Management, '14) is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis. 

Yessica Galvan (B.S. Psychology, '18) is an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor at Cardinal Stritch University.


Michael Knutson (M.S. Elementary Teaching, '20) has been hired as a math and social studies teacher in the School District of Jefferson (Wis.)

Robert England III (B.A. Religious Studies, '18) was ordained a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Youngstown (Ohio)  June 4, 2022. 

Jasmine Johnson (M.S. Management, '10), vice president of sales for iHeartMedia in Milwaukee, received the Peak Performer Award from Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. She is the vice president of sales for iHeartMedia in Milwaukee.

May 2022


Lauren Beckmann (B.A. Psychology, '78) was featured in a Milwaukee Catholic Herald article about her retirement as principal at St. Robert School in Shorewood, Wis.


Two-star Major General Johnny Davis (B.S. Business, ’93) was recently featured in a WISN news story. The high ranking military officer, who oversees Fort Knox in Kentucky, threw out the first pitch at the Brewers; Military Appreciation game on Sunday, May 22.

Caryn Esten (B.A. Accounting, '94; M.S. Computer Science, '97; M.B.A., '02) has been named senior vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer at Froedtert Health, where she has served since 2005.

José Pérez (B.A. Political Science, '99) was elected the first Latino president of the Milwaukee Common Council last month. He was recently featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article that highlighted his Stritch education. President emerita Sister Mary Lea Schneider, OSF, and retired Communications professor Cheri Frey-Hartel share their memories of José’s time on campus and his impact on the Stritch community in the article.


Dr. Chris Nonhof (M.E. Educational Computing, '04; Ph.D. Language and Literacy, '19) has been named the 2022 recipient of the Northwestern Teaching Excellence Award. Nonhof, assistant professor of education and English at Northwestern College, was honored during the college’s commencement ceremony on May 14.


Damira Grady (Ph.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education, '17) has been named vice president of equity and inclusion at Madison (Wis.) College. 


Christopher Reuter (Ph.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, '20) has been named superintendent of the Germantown (Wis.) School District

Chayse Lowney (B.S. Sport and Recreation Business, '22) was featured in a Fort Madison Daily Democrat article

April 2022


David Snieg (M.S. Sport Management, '10) is the head baseball coach at Port Washington (Wis.) High School. He also is an assistant professor in Stritch's Sport and Recreation Business undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Amy Jahn (M.S. Educational Leadership, '15) received a 2022 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Principal Leadership Award. She is the principal at Pier Elementary School in Fond du Lac, Wis.   


Jermaine Murry (M.S. Management, '08; M.S. Sport Management, '10) has been named the chief diversity officer at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Heather Lore (M.B.A., '09) has been named executive director of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC).


Sheila Mayhorn (M.B.A., '98) has been named chief operating officer at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

March 2022


Julie P. Blake (M.S. Management, '14) has been named chief marketing officer at AXCEND, a provider of innovative, compact and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems, based in Provo, Utah. 

Bregetta Wilson (B.S. Human Services Management, '14) will serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of YWCA SEW. She is the founder of Embrace Improve Empower, LLC, an organization that supports organizations with mental health and community engagement efforts.

Robert Blake (B.S. Business, '11) has been named head women's soccer coach at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. He is a former player and assistant coach for the Stritch men's soccer team. 


Steve DeTroye (B.S. Business Management, '06) has been named field sales engineer for U.S. sales team at Vicon Industries, global leader in advanced security and surveillance technology to safeguard businesses, schools, municipalities, hospitals and cities across the world.

Denise Thomas (B.S. Management, '06) will receive 2022 Trailblazer in Women's Leadership Award from St. Joan Antida High School in Milwaukee in May 2022. She is the founder and owner of The Effective Communication Coach.

Tracy L. Williams (M.S. Management, '04) has been named President and CEO of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Heather Hartz (M.A. Visual Studies, '04) is Is an art teacher at Sullivan Central Middle School and Innovation Academy in Blountville, Tenn. She was recently featured in the Johnson City Press Teacher Spotlight Series

Jeridon Clark (B.S. Computer Science, '01; M.A. Educational Leadership, '09) has been named superintendent of the Cedarburg School District. Jeridon successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and will receive his Ph.D. in in May 2022.


Randy Casey (B.S. Business, ’98) was named the 2022 Region 4 - Midwest B District Coach of the Year after his team won the following the Region 4–Midwest B District championship. The team is ranked 5th in the national NJCAA poll and is headed to the NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament. Randy is in his 14th season at MATC and was a men's basketball player during his time at Stritch. in addition to his head coach duties, Randy is MATC's athletic director.

Art Posch (B.S. Business Administration, '92) named platform development for bakery by Kemin Food Technologies in Des Moines, Iowa.

February 2022


Jason Alston (B.S. Management, '17) was recently featured in a TMJ4 news story. Alston is the owner of Heaven's Table BBQ in Milwaukee.

Shannon Reed (M.S. Management, '11) has been named national director of the Young Men United initiative for United Way Worldwide. The program will support young men of color to successfully navigate high school and college and enter the workforce with meaningful careers.

Michael Hostad (B.S., Management, '10) has been named a recipient of a 2022 Milwaukee Magazine Unity Award for his work on the Light the Hoan initiative. The awards recognize individuals who have dedicated themselves to building bridges – and facilitating profound healing and growth – in the metro Milwaukee community through a spirit of leadership, innovation and commitment to bridging the divide.

Chandra Rodgers (B.S. Management, '10; M.S. Management, '13) has joined the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee Board. She is a Senior Vice President and Community Affairs/ Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer for Associated Bank. Chandra is responsible for the administration of Associated Bank’s CRA program to ensure the bank is fulfilling its obligations and commitments under the Community Reinvestment Act.


Dr. Jeanette Mitchell (Ed.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, '01) will receive the Maria Monreal-Cameron Lifetime Achievement Award at the April 14 Milwaukee Business Journal Diversity in Business Awards celebration. Dr. Mitchell founded the African American Leadership Program and African American Leadership Alliance of Milwaukee. She received the 2014 Stritch Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement. 


Jeffrey Mulder (M.B.A., '98 ) has been named director of airports for Oklahoma City (Okla.).

January 2022

Obiageli "Oby" Nwabuzor (M.B.A., '17) and Wes Shaver (B.A. Theater, '09; M.S. Sport Management, '11) have been named to the prestigious Milwaukee Business Journal 2022 40 Under 40 list that honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement while also becoming leaders in their communities.
Oby is the director of community impact for the American Heart Association and founded the Envision Growth real estate development firm in 2019.
Wes is the president of Milwaukee Pride and serves on Stritch's College of Arts and Sciences advisory council.


Dr. Sheri Swokowski (Ph.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, '20) was interviewed in a story on  Milwaukee's WTMJ TV 4 about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs adding gender identity to health records.


Carrie Wegner (B.S. Business Management, '18) is a co-owner of Brama's Pizzeria in Germantown, Wis. The new restaurant was featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article

Obiageli "Oby" Nwabuzor (M.B.A., '17) is featured in a Milwaukee Business Journal article that details her efforts to create a positive community impact through urban regeneration and Envision Growth, a real estate development company she founded in 2019. 


Raquel Filmanowicz (B.S. Management, '03) has been named a recipient of the Professional Dimensions Imprint Award that recognizes women who are making a lasting mark in their career, community, and collaborations. Raquel is the director of the Economic Equity Advisory Group for Commercial Banking at BMO Harris Bank. She also is involved in the BMO Empower Fund, a social impact fund and worked to create an integrated community giving plan that drives the bank’s strategic philanthropic outreach. Raquel served as the CEO of the 2020 DNC Host Committee from March-September 2020.

Donna Aboayge (B.S. Biology, '08) opened Frankies Restaurant, an establishment that serves African, Caribbean and American food on Milwaukee's east side.

Jermaine Murry (B.S Management '08; M.S. Sport Management '10) has been named head football coach at Greendale (Wis.) High School.

Janette Braverman (M.S. Management, '09) and Renae Sigall (B.S. Business Administration, '09) were named to list of Wisconsin's Most Influential Black Leaders.
Braverman serves as the Executive Director of External Partnerships at Cardinal Stritch University, is the first Black County Board Supervisor for Ozaukee County, and is the president of the NAACP Ozaukee County branch. Sigall is the branch manager at the corporate UW Credit Union branch in Madison (Wis.), where she oversees operations.

Laurette Pettibone (B.S. Management, '09) has been named interim general manager for the Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls (Minn.).

Marcus Arrington (M.S. Educational Leadership, '05; Ed.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, '14) was featured in an Assemblies of God news article. He is the senior pastor at Parklawn Assembly of God Church, Milwaukee. 


John Udvare (B.S. Business Administration, '94) has been named chief financial officer at The Equitable Bank, Wauwatosa, Wis. 


Nancy Sienko (M.S. Management, '84) has been appointed the director of the San Francisco District Office for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She has worked for the EEOC since 1979. 

40 oil paintings with Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin themes by Shelby Keefe (B.F.A., '81) are on display at the Art Bar through Feb. 9. Art Bar is located at 722 E. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. 

In Memoriam

We remember members of the Stritch family who have died and share prayers and condolences with the families and loved ones of ...

Charles Schubert (B.A. Special Education, '69) who died June 15, 2022.

Rev. Daniel Hessling (B.A. Religious Studies, '04) who died May 17, 2022.

Diane Mae Nauman (M.A. Reading Language Arts) who died May 17, 2022.

Sister Veronica Rueth, OSF (B.A. Psychology, '74) who died May 10, 2022.

Elaine Schreiber (M.E. Professional Development: Teaching, '96) who died on April 25, 2022.

Pamela Wipfli (A.S. Management, '89; B.S. Business Administration, '96) who died April 24, 2022. 

Joanne Dyskow (B.A. English, '52) who died April 11, 2022. 

Andrea Pernotta (B.A. Special Education, '73) who died March 25, 2022.

Philip Larson (B.S. Management, '92) who died March 15, 2022. 

Gerald Satterfield (B.S. Business, '92; M.B.A., '93) who died March 12, 2022.

Ruth (Smies) Ramaker (A.A. Early Childhood Education, '83; B.A. Education, '88 ) who died February 16, 2022. 

Michael Hansen (M.A. Health Administration, '96), who died January 16, 2022. 

Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF, who died Dec. 29, 2021. Sister Margaret worked in the Stritch Library for three decades before establishing the University Archives in 2009. The Archives were renamed for her in 2019 in recognition of her service to the University.

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