Class Notes

Stewards: Zane York (LS) '01, of Brooklyn, N.Y., recently exhibited his newest series of oil paintings at Causey Contemporary. The exhibition, "Stewards," was his first one-man show in New York. The series included subtly mysterious paintings, depicting an eclectic variety of subjects from taxidermy to insects and mundane artifacts. The paintings contemplate humans' longing to relate to beasts and bugs and to share some form of experience with them .

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56 Ginny (Moore) Kruse (EHS), of Madison, was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame in November 2011. Kruse is director emeritus of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

61 Celest King (EHS), of Green Lake, served in the Peace Corps from 1964 to 1966. Today, she volunteers at the Thrasher Opera House, serves as treasurer for the Dartford Historical Society and works with kindergarteners.

64 Donna-Mae (Vorpahl) Schelk (EHS) retired after 50 years of teaching in the Suring School District.

65 Philip Baranowski (EHS), of Green Lake, retired from the Moraine Park Technical College District Board after 32 years of service.

66 Wayne Banaszak (LS) and ’67 (EHS) is the Berlin Rotary president.

67 Sandra (Thern) Fuller (EHS) and ’73 (MA), of New London, was named president of the Sigma State Organization of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

68 Ronald Schreier (EHS) and ’70 (MSE), of Neenah, retired from Appleton West High School as associate principal. Schreier spent 32 years working in the Appleton Area School District.

69 Ronald Griffin (LS), of Oshkosh, is semi-retired after a career in environmental safety and health management. He serves the Military Veterans Museum and Educational Center as a secretary and librarian/archivist.

70 Laurel (Moths) Vierthaler (EHS) retired as a guidance counselor at Monroe Middle School.

71 Donald Poppy (LS) retired in June as Calumet County Circuit Court judge. He served 19 years on the bench, following 19 years as district attorney.

72 Jacki (Pickering) Tatterson (EHS) retired from Mayville Middle School, after 35 years of serving as a kindergarten teacher, art teacher and cheerleader/dance squad coach.

74 Gordon Meicher (B), of Middleton, has been honored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as one of 14 recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Discussion Leader Award.

75 Stephen DeDecker (EHS) and ’85 (MA), of Yuma, Ariz., released his second CD entitled Happy Birthday America.

77 Lynn (Hedlund) Zimmer (EHS), of West Bend, is the owner of Zimmer Consulting. She provides sales and service training and human resources and marketing consulting. Zimmer also is an adjunct faculty member at Moraine Park Technical College and Harper College for Business.

78 Russell Holbrook (EHS), of Geneva, Ill., is the new vice president of human resources for the Experimental Aircraft Association.

79 Paula (Mazzacano) Porter (LS) was presented the 2011 University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award for her work with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

80 Bruce Berndt (B) is the owner of Skala Berndt, the Entrepreneurs’ CPA, in Madison.

81 Diane Ford (MBA), vice president and controller of Integrys Energy Group, was awarded the 2011 Chancellor’s Award at the UW-Green Bay spring 2011 commencement ceremony.

82 Thomas Griffith (B), of Verona, is a vintage car collector. He recently sold a rare 1931 BMW IHLE 600 Sports Roadster to a Japanese millionaire.

83 Gregory Winkler (EHS), Fond du Lac, wrote a book called Coaching a Season of Significance.

84 Donald Harr (EHS) has been named science department chair at Mukwonago High School, where he has been teaching biology since 1984.

85 Joy Smith (LS), of Lakeland, Fla., is the author of Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure, published by Smashwords, an e-book publishing and distribution platform.

86 Theodore Lenz (EHS), of Oshkosh, was named principal at Pardeeville Middle School. Lenz had been a middle school science teacher for 20 years in the Winneconne Community School District.

87 Kim Mooney (LS) and ’09 (MPA), who has worked as the director of Fond du Lac County’s Department of Social Work since 2006, was awarded UW-Fond du Lac’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni award.

88 Bonnie Schmitz (B) and ’07 (MBA), of Fond du Lac, took over duties as vice president and chief financial officer of Agnesian HealthCare, after working there for 22 years.

89 Mary Hansen (MPA), of Oshkosh, was named the new commandant of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, where she will oversee a staff of nearly 900 employees who provide care for residents in four halls.

90 Lisa (Krueger) Pugh (LS), of Madison, is a public policy coordinator for Wisconsin’s Disability Policy Partnership, which advocates for systems change for people with disabilities in Wisconsin and nationally.

91 John Hendrickson (MBA), of Appleton, was appointed vice president of U.S. Bank. Previously, he was the vice president of M&I Bank Fox Valley.

92 Liz Gesicki (LS) and ’05 (MBA), of Hortonville, and her husband, Chuck, welcomed their second son, Charles John Huiting, in July 2011.

94 Julie (Warner) Van Vonderen (B), of Appleton, was promoted to vice president of operations at Prospera Credit Union. She also serves as board treasurer for the Society for Human Resource Management.

95 Debra Johnson (B), of Waupaca, has joined the staff at Advanced Family Eyecare as practice administrator.

96 Carol (Dempsey) Hemauer (N) opened Westshore Acupuncture LLC, in Oshkosh. She provides acupuncture, herb and nutritional counseling and Chinese acupressure massage services.

97 Jeffrey Walters (EHS), who served as principal at Mishicot High School for the past four years, accepted the position of principal at Kettle Moraine High School in July.

98 Janel (Werth) Hauser (EHS), a Freedom High School English and honors English teacher since 2002, received the 2011 Lawrence Award for Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin.

99 Michael Ruhl (EHS) and ’05 (MSE) serves as the new Eden Elementary School principal. Ruhl has been a teacher at Eden Elementary for the past 12 years.

03 Randall Zietlow (MBA), of Marion, has been promoted to president and chief financial officer of Community First Bank and will manage daily operations.

04 Melissa Pezzuto (B), of Menasha, has been promoted to assistant manager for the Principal Financial Group.

05 Kimberly (Davis) Brown (N) and ’11 (MSN) has been hired by ThedaCare Physicians-New London as a family nurse practitioner.

06 Ryan Galloway (B), of Monticello, earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

07 Daniel Cardinal (LS), of New Holstein, joined Central Garage in Chilton as a new sales associate, specializing in Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles.

08 David Meicher (B), of Madison, joined Meicher and Associates LLP, a Middleton-based, full-service public accounting firm.

09 Stephanie Unke (LS) operates her own photography business, Kaye Photography, in downtown Fond du Lac.

10 Jason Kobishop (B), of Appleton, was hired as a graphic designer at Coalesce Marketing and Design, a strategic marketing and communications agency.

11 Lindsey Baade (MSN) joined ThedaCare Physicians in Clintonville as a family nurse practitioner. Her areas of special interest are women’s health, prenatal care and pediatrics.

Colleges

AAS Associate of Arts and Science
B Business
CNL Center for New Learning
EHS Education and Human Services
LS Letters and Science
N Nursing

Graduate degrees

GMBA Global Master of Business Administration
MA Master of Arts
MBA Master of Business Administration
MPA Master of Public Administration
MS Master of Science
MSE Master of Science in Education
MSN Master of Science in Nursing
MST Master of Science in Teaching
MSW Master of Social Work

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  1. Dean P. Vesperman says:

    Class of 94, I’ve recently was published in Social Studies in the Young Learner “‘They Mean Something More!:’ Teaching about Symbols Using Balanced Integration.” I worked with three elementary school teachers on how to achieve balanced integration between art and social studies.

  2. Sandra Gruhle says:

    I am still teaching, but on a volunteer basis, working with Vietnamese immigrants, some of whom are in college.I retired from teaching high school English at Random Lake, then taught at Lakeland College (10 years) and Milwaukee School of Engineering (five years). Teaching a Bridge class in Random Lake has been great fun, and it all gives me a sense of purpose. Post-retirement, we all need some of that.

  3. Kathleen Weinhold says:

    To Ms. Gruhle!!
    Do you remember me, Kathy Weinhold, from RLHS Class of 1978??

  4. Jim Steffen says:

    To Ms. Gruhle,

    Sandra, I didn’t know that we were fellow Alumns. Congratulations on your accomplishments after RLHS. I have a daughter, Allison, that still remembers how she enjoyed your classes at RLHS.

    Jim

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