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  • Susan (Stigall) Barker (LS) is an executive for General Electric. She leads the company’s information technology leadership program for the healthcare division.
  • James (Jim) Bernhagen (LS) and ’90 (MS) retired from Waupaca County as the Finance Director, after 20 years of service.
  • Donna Fuller (N) is a nurse administrator for Clarity Care home health services in northeast Wisconsin.
  • Steve Mischka (N) and ’90 MSN is a family nurse practitioner with Monroe Clinic-Brodhead.
  • Jeffrey Seering (B) placed fifth in the 13.1-mile Appleton Powerwalk. More than 400 people entered.



  • David Backmann (LS) is communications director for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 in Pewaukee.
  • Terry (Folkedahl) Backmann (LS) is a partner in Jordan Financial Life Planning, a financial-planning firm in Kenosha.
  • John Bergin MBA of Wisconsin Rapids was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, one of the Rotary Club’s highest honors.
  • Veronica Harper-Miller (LS) is a part-time instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work.
  • Walter Koskinen (EHS) and his wife, ’79 Margaret (Phillip) Koskinen (EHS), have three children and Walter remains in contact with swim team members from the 1970s.


  •  George Hayes (EHS) and ’81 (MS), UW-Marinette athletic director and men’s head basketball coach, received the 2009 Kaplan Award. The award honors faculty or academic staff members who have made “significant and innovative improvement in instruction or in service to students.
  • Mary (Rippl) Kerrigan (N) was appointed to the Moraine Park Technical College District Board as an employer member.
  • Julie (Warren) Koch (N) is clinical practice and education director at PeaceHealth-State of Oregon Region.



  • Eric Anderson (LS) and '89 (MS) received an Excellence in Education Award for Middle Level Education from the Fond du Lac School District (Teacher of the Year in November) and the Robert Snavely Award for Contributions to Social Studies from the Wisconsin Council for Social Studies in 2006.
  • Terry Benter (EHS) is the Omro School District’s athletic director and dean of students at Omro High and Middle Schools.
  • Beverly Herzog (LS) completed a two-year term as chair of the Association of the Ground Water Scientists and Engineers (AGWSE) and is vice president of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). AGWSE is NGWA’s largest division and has more than 9,000 members worldwide, with most from North America. (5-1-08)
  • Richard Van Dyke (LS) graduated in December from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, completing a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance.
  • David Wilfert (B) and his wife, Terri, recently hosted a Wisconsin Berry Growers Association and fresh-market vegetable field day at their farm in Manitowoc County.



  • Michelle (Trudeau) Clark (LS), a medical technologist at the St. Alphonsus Cancer Care Center, has written an article titled, “Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia Transforming into Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.” The article is a case study following a patient’s progress from the first day at the Care Center to their death about six months later. It was published in the January 2009 issue of Laboratory Medicine, a national laboratory professional publication.
  • David Duda (N) is senior vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at Riverside Medical Center in Illinois.
  • Carl Paradise (MSE) retired as Lodi Primary School principal.
  • Patrick Pazdernik (LS), ’76 (EHS) and ’81 (MS), associate marketing director for Kimberly-Clark, leads global business development for the Costco wholesale account.
  • Lydia ‘Sylvia’ Stock (N) received a Hall of Fame Award from Valle del Sol for her work as president and CEO of Mountain Park Health Center from 1984-2006. The nonprofit organization provides primary care to medically underserved and impoverished populations. During her tenure, she facilitated the organization’s growth from one facility with one doctor serving 1,000 patients to an organization with five facilities and a staff of more than 320 professionals. The center now serves more than 45,000 patients annually.


  • Steve Harman (LS) retired after 32 years as director of human resources and labor relations for the city of Livermore, Calif. and joined ADHR Consulting, a California-based human resource management consulting firm.
  • Oscar Kraus (B) received the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award. He began working at St. Agnes Hospital in 1974 and retired as the hospital’s controller in 1998.
  • Linda Plotz (B) and '93 (MBA) 'is a Medicare regulatory and reimbursement process manager at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  • William ‘Bill’ Pratt (N) is president and CEO of Wesley Willows Corporation, Rockford, Ill. He recently announced the opening of a $20 million campus expansion. Wesley Willows is the largest continuing care retirement community in Rockford.
  • Barbara (Wiese) Renaud (LS) is the marketing communications manager at Mitsubishi Electric HVAC in Georgia.



  • Dennis Allar (B) sold a 15-year partnership in the Appleton Manufacturing Division of Productive Solutions in December 2006 and started a new firm, Allar Enterprises, in January 2007.
  • Evan Fisher (EHS) and wife, ’77 Andrea (Alberti) Fisher (LS), performed a Christmas concert with their five children as part of Jefferson’s Council for the Performing Arts in the Performing Arts Center in Jefferson High School. The musical family has been performing since their children were very small, giving a family Christmas concert at their home church, Watertown Assembly of God, for the last 10 years. Evan is the Jefferson High School band director, and Andrea teaches piano and Kindermusik in Watertown.
  • Sandra (Clark) Freres (EHS) has been named the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association state Athletic Director of the Year. She had been selected the District VII Athletic Director of the Year, then was chosen over six other district honorees for the state award, and is only the second woman to receive the award.
  • Marilyn Stigler (EHS), a retired West Allis/West Milwaukee Schools art instructor, opened Good Grounds Coffee Café in Big Bend, Wis. The café serves coffee and espresso products, wraps, soups, sandwiches and more. The interior features an art motif to encourage and support fine arts in the area. Customers can take part in evening art demonstrations and classes, and Monday mornings are open for guests to bring their own projects to work on and share.



  • Robert Barabe (EHS) and ’75 MSE suffered a heart attack during a 60-mile bike ride in April 2008, yet managed to finish the last 20 miles. He has regained his health and returned to racing in competitions throughout Wisconsin, including a recent 100-mile ride. He is an elementary school counselor with the Hudson Public School District, where he has served more than 34 years.


  • William Bomber (EHS) of New Lisbon, retired as principal of Mauston High School.
  • David Dralle (LS) of Auburn, N.Y., is retiring after 32 years as a biologist with the federal government.
  • Kathryn (Mortwedt) Hanson (EHS) retired from the Social Security Administration and now works as a marketing coonsultant for SecurePath by Transamerica Retirement Management in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Joan (Solander) Lemon (EHS) retired after 30 years of teaching at the elementary level and is now a site inspector for Dolphin Vacations in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • R. Jeff McDorman (EHS), former manager of recreation and cultural services for the City of Racine, and his wife, Sandy, retired in 2006. He has been a WIAA official since 1978, and has officiated eight WISAA and three WIAA state basketball tournaments. He has served 23 years as president of Racine Lakeshore Officials Association and is still officiating many sports in his retirement.
  • Oscar Reyes (LS) owns Reyes Consulting in Fond du Lac.  The firm offers Spanish language interpretation, translation and bilingual human resources consulting. 
  • Jeffrey Stang (B) and Sandra (Markofski) Stang ’71(EHS) both retired in 2008. Jeff had spent the last nineteen years as a financial executive with the Trek Bicycle Corp headquartered in Waterloo, Wisc. Sandra, after a first career as a high school Spanish teacher in Menomonee Falls, had spent the last eleven years as a physical therapist for Waukesha Memorial Hospital. They just moved to their new winter home in The Villages, Fla.



  • Hans-Peter Kohlhoff (EHS) is an elected member of the American Association of German Teachers’ (AAGT) National Executive Committee. He also works with the organization’s national committees for professional development, awards, testing and chapter projects.
  • Susan (Kennedy) MacLean (LS) retired in July 2008 after 38 years as a social worker. She spent the majority of her career in the juvenile court of the Door County Department of Social Services.
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