Five alumni will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and six will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Alumni will be recognized at the Alumni Awards Banquet during Homecoming Weekend.
Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are recognized for their exemplary accomplishments and contributions in their careers and in the community.
This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners are Carol Angell ’90 and MSE ’95, La Crosse; Kristofor Brown ’88, Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Anne (Angoli) Enright ’97, Seattle, Wash.; Juliette Sterkens MS ’83, Oshkosh; Thomas Zoch ’79, Neenah; and William Lecher ’87, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Recipients of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award also are recognized for their success in their careers and communities, as well as the potential they hold for future success. Outstanding Young Alumni Award winners include Bradley Carr ’01, Los Angeles, Calif.; Luke Kalteux ’06, Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Christian Jensen ’07, Green Bay; Shannon Stone ’99, Washington, D.C.; and Corey Vanderpoel ’99, Hartland.
Below describes the successes and accomplishments of the Distinguished Alumni Award winners:
- After completing her bachelor’s degree in special education in 1990, Angell went on to receive a master’s in special and elementary education in 1995. In 2000, she earned her doctorate in special education from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. Angell is the chair of the Department of Educational Studies and is a tenured professor of special education at UW-La Crosse. She has published two professional book manuscripts and several journal articles.
- Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in radio-TV-film in 1988 and, following graduation, moved to California to pursue his dream career in television and film. Brown is the executive producer for the TV series “Kirby Buckets” for Disney XD. He has worked as the writer and producer for hit TV shows like MTV’s “Beavis and Butt-Head,” Fox Network’s “Undeclared,” Nickelodeon’s “Supah Ninjas,” “VH1 ILL-ustrated,” Spike Network’s “Blue Mountain State” and many more. He also has written and consulted on many feature films, including “Kicking and Screaming,” “Fun with Dick & Jane,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “The Ant Bully.”
- With a bachelor’s degree in journalism and emphases in advertising and public relations, Enright has worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Kellogg’s, Coors Brewing and United Airlines. She now works as the director of media and measurement for Starbucks and is responsible for leading all paid media activity for Starbucks and its brands, including Teavana, Evolution Fresh, Seattle’s Best and Tazo Tea. She manages $100 million in media investments, identifies and develops strategic partnerships, oversees media agency relationships and drives media innovation. Prior to working for Starbucks, Enright worked at Starcom as the senior vice president, group director on Kraft where she led all media activation and investment of more than 30 brands.
- Sterkens earned her master’s degree in audiology from UW Oshkosh in 1983 and her doctorate in audiology from A.T. Still University- Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2006. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Sterkens became a U.S. citizen in 2008. For 25 years, she was the owner of Fox Valley Hearing Center. In 2012, she became the national hearing loop advocate for the Hearing Loss Association of America, a nonprofit organization. She travels the country to educate people about the benefits of hearing loop technology. Sterkens was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2013 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
- Zoch graduated in 1979 with bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry. He graduated magna cum laude and was the Biology Major of the Year in 1979. He also played basketball and baseball for UW Oshkosh and made Wisconsin State University Conference All-Conference for baseball in 1979 and the Wisconsin State University Conference Scholastic Honor Roll three times between 1974 and 1979. He earned his doctorate in 1983 from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his internal medicine registry at St. Joseph’s Hospital- Marshfield Clinic in 1986. He works as the executive leader for Ministry Health Care, the associate medical director for Network Health and the medical director for Network HouseCalls.
- Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1987, Lecher went on to complete his master’s in nursing administration and his MBA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1991. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in nursing practice at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati with an anticipated graduation date of April 2015. Lecher is the senior clinical director of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Below describes the successes and accomplishments of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award winners:
- After earning his bachelor’s degree in radio-TV-film in 2001, Carr moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television production. He works as the senior vice president of production for Relativity Television. The company is actively producing more than 20 television shows, pilots and presentations. Carr is responsible for running the day-to-day operations, creating production budgets and calendars and overseeing insurance for the shows. He earned an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.”
- Kalteux received his bachelor’s degree in radio-TV-film in 2006 and works as a writer and story editor, having written for the Starz project, “Incursion,” and currently for a new, unreleased Netflix series. He also worked as a set-lighting technician for feature films like “Iron Man 3,” “The Hangover” and “The Hangover: Part II” and “I Love You, Man.” He also worked on television shows, such as ABC Family’s “Greek” and ABC’s “Eli Stone.” For the past four years, Kalteux has contributed to the American Cancer Society’s North Hollywood Relay for Life event.
- After earning bachelor’s degrees in history and physical education in 2008, Jensen became a performance enhancement specialist and now works as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for Bellin Health in Green Bay. He also is the executive director for myTEAM TRIUMPH Wisconsin and serves on the Cerebral Palsy Inc. Board of Directors. myTEAM TRIUMPH is a nonprofit athletic mentoring program for challenged athletes.
- Stone earned her bachelor’s degree in special education in 1999 and her master’s in international education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2004. While in D.C., she worked for the Office of Public and Private Partnerships at the headquarters of the National Park Service, and she worked on the U.S. Department of State South Asian Teacher Training Project. For the past six years, Stone has served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development and has lived and worked in Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines. She also worked as a consulate for the United Nations World Food Programme in India.
- Vanderpoel graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems with a finance emphasis. While attending UW Oshkosh, he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Universities and Colleges. He works as the managing director of Schenck M&A Solutions, where he coleads a team of investment bankers and has been involved in hundreds of company sales and acquisitions. He has served on the board of directors for six years and is currently the treasurer for the HOPE Network, a nonprofit organization that provides support for single mothers.
For more information about the alumni awards dinner set for Friday, Oct. 17 during Homecoming 2014, please contact the Alumni Relations office at (920) 424-3449 or email email@example.com.