The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office:
’70 Robert Gaecke (B) retired as vice president and general manager of MSI Insurance in St. Paul, Minn. He lives in Fort Myers, Fla., where he is part of a real estate company. He owns a condo in Door County and visits in the summer only. He has one grandchild, born in 2008.
’70 Roger Norton (EHS) taught biology at Pine Bush High School for 36 years before retiring in 2006. He is working part time as the hobby shop supervisor and in the recreation department at Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch, N.Y.
’71 Terence J. Feldman Davis (LS) is a music composer who recently completed the score for the Hallmark movie “The Gambler, The Girl, and the Gunslinger,” scheduled to air in July. He owns Great Music Inc. in Malibu, Calif., which creates music, films, commercials and music videos and handles music licensing. He, his wife and two children live in Malibu.
’74 Donna Elshatshat (LS) and her husband, Omar Elshatshat ’75 (LS), lived in North Africa after graduation. Donna retired as an orthopedic nurse, and Omar is retired from teaching at a local college in Janesville, where they reside today. 4-1-09
’73 John Halverson (LS) is the general manager of the Lake Geneva Printing & Publishing Company. He heads the operations of the Lake Geneva Regional News, Resorter and the new lakegenevanews.net Web site.
’76 Marjorie Dailey-Salberg (EHS) retired as center director of the Washington County Senior Citizens Center in West Bend.
’77 Thomas Christiansen (EHS) completed the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, featuring Lance Armstrong, as a fully-credentialed Rolling Tour Marshal. He has been credentialed at the 2008 Tour of Missouri and volunteered for the 2007 Tour of Missouri.
’78 Stephen Wendt (LS) graduated from Marquette Dental School in 1982 and joined the Army Dental Corps, where he served for nine years. He attended Pediatric Dental residency at Pittsburg Children’s Hospital, worked as a pediatric dentist for several years and is now at a dental practice in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. He was married in 1983 and is the father of three boys.
’80 Paula Lee (EHS) is a board-certified doctor of chiropractic. She gave a presentation titled “I Don’t Care if It’s Good for Me!” at the 11th-annual “Women’s Well Being — Your Health and Wealth” in Prarie du Sac.
’82 Russ Weyers (B) is the president of Racine-based Johnson Bank and executive vice president of Johnson Financial Group.
’83 Robert Brainerd (LS) is a freelance sportscaster for Time Warner Cable Sports, covering minor league baseball teams and local sports.
’83 Connie (Propp) Walker (LS) is the general manager at North Carolina public radio station WUNC. She had served as the interim program director and news director for the radio station.
’88 Michael Elter (LS) established Yakuzona Productions, a sports agency that represents and manages professional athletes. From the Tennessee office, he is attempting to reintroduce a professional wrestler named Debbie “Dixie Belle” Johnson.
’89 Lisa (Brauer) Bley (EHS) and ’93 (MSE), is Wal-Mart’s teacher of the year. Lisa is a first grade teacher at Sevastopol in Door County. Her school received $1,000 for her award, and she received $100 for use in her classroom.
’90 Xiaodong Zhang (MS), a second grade teacher in Chicago, is one of nineteen finalists for the 2009 Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards. Zhang exemplifies the best practices of quality early childhood teaching: dedication, innovation, leadership, respect for children and their families, and commitment to professional growth.
’95 James Hirsch (LS) is a captain of Clark County Sheriff’s Department in Neillsville.
’95 William Povletich (LS) is the author of “Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak,” the story of Milwaukee’s first Major League baseball club.
’96 Pamela (Turner) Kamin (LS) is releasing her debut contemporary Christian CD, tentatively titled “Summer in My Soul.” She is professionally known as Mela Kamin. She started her new career just one year ago.
’98 Rhonda (Young) Gunderson (LS) is a branch manager for Fox Communities Credit Union of De Pere.
’99 Emily (Wirkus) Lund (LS) received recognition from former first lady Laura Bush for creating a one-of-a-kind ornament for the White House Christmas tree. The ornament was placed on the tree in the Blue Room.
’01 Meggen (Littlejohn) Kaufman (LS) is marketing coordinator at Triad Construction Inc. in West Allis.
’03 Julie (Rozek) Phillips (EHS) received a Master of Science in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University in August 2005. She then spent nine months teaching English at a high school in Shenzhen, China, and 18 months teaching English at a middle school in Hanamsi, South Korea. She married Shaun Phillips of Australia on May 31, 2008.
’03 Rita Christensen (MSN) is a family nurse practitioner at Advanced Pain Management in Green Bay.
’04 Jamie (Supita) Mandigo (LS) will join her father, Joel Supita (LS) ’77, at Crivitz Family Dentistry this summer.
’05 Ryan Winn (MA) teaches theater at the College of Menominee Nation campuses in Keshena and Green Bay. He addressed national conferences in New Mexico and California in February and March.
’06 Stacey Schmidt (N) is a Nurse Practitioner at Bay Area Medical Center Heart and Vascular Services Clinic.
’07 Martine D’Amour (LS) is co-founder of a rapidly growing after-school program for inner-city children in Racine. The second location opened in March. The program has partnered with local colleges, the police department and other local businesses and recently received a federal grant. D’Amour also is technical support specialist for JohnsonDiversey with multilingual product support and sales force.
’08 Shawn Monroe (LS) served in the Iraq war from 2004-2005 and is now training as a peer counselor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He helps veterans at two community-based outpatient clinics in Green Bay and Appleton. He and his wife, Jennifer Monroe ’09 (LS), just welcomed their first child, Molly, on Feb. 24.
’08 Anastacia Smith (EHS) is program director at the Tri-County Area Boys & Girls Club, where she has worked part-time for six years.
• B — Business
• EHS — Education and Human Services
• LS — Letters and Science
• N — Nursing
• AD — Associate Degree
• MA — Master of Arts
• MBA-Master of Business Administration
• MS — Master of Science
• MSE — Master of Science in Education
• MSN — Master of Science in Nursing
• MPA — Master of Public Administration
• MST — Master of Science in Teaching
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