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The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office.

 ’67 Gerald Murphy (BS) and ’73 (MST), of Waupaca, retired after teaching for more than 35 years in Port Washington. He is serving his seventh term on the Waupaca County Board.

’70 Howard Schneider (BME) and ’77 (MSE), of Kewaskum, leads an 11-piece band from the Fond du Lac area called “The Howard Schneider Orchestra,” which plays Big Band era music.

’71 Tony Beregszazi (BA), of Fond du Lac, was elected treasurer of the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board of Directors. He is deputy director of ADVOCAP in Fond du Lac, where he has been employed for 43 years.

’71 Robert Chesney (BS), of Cedarburg, is teaching a nature poetry workshop at the Cedar Valley Retreat Center in West Bend on Oct. 14.

’73 Richard Adam (BS), of Madison, is retiring after 42 years in the supply chain management profession. He has been nominated to the Madison East High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his booster club and fundraising involvement.

’76 Terry Benter (BS), of Milwaukee, is retired and enjoying his cottage on Pickerel Lake.

’76 Denise (Zanto) O’Neil (BSN), of Appleton, retired after 41 years as a registered nurse with ThedaCare.

’78 Mary Muehlius (BS) and ’85 (MSE), of Lomira, is starting her 40th year as a special education teacher in the Slinger School District. She also has managed the Lomira swimming pool for 40 years.

’80 Tom Zak (BBA), of Oshkosh, retired after 35 years of sales management at Kimberly-Clark. He has spent the last few years coaching football at Oshkosh North High School.

’80 Bob Zemple (BBA), of Black Creek, was named to the board of directors of New North Inc. He is a 37-year employee and partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP.

’84 Jean (Kern) Casper (BS), of Cudahy, recently celebrated her son’s graduation from UWO, 33 years after her own.

’85 Gary Dodge (BS), of Neopit, has been a lawyer for 22 years and owns Dodge Law Office in Shawano. He and his wife celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in May.

’88 Debra (Lorbiecki) Schlehlein (BSN), of Waukesha, is a utilization manager with Children’s Community Health Plan in Milwaukee.

’88 William Wyngaard (BBA), of Phoenix, Arizona, earned his doctorate in business administration from North Central University in San Diego, California. He is an accounting faculty member at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona.

’89 Ben Brantmeier (BS), of Jefferson, was sworn in as the Branch IV Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge. He has served as the City of Jefferson’s attorney since May 2002.

’89 Kerri Cushman (BFA), of Farmville, Virginia, was promoted to professor of art at Longwood University.

’90 Suzanne (Gove) Ihrig (BS), of Oshkosh, celebrated 20 years with J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. in May.

’91 Mark DeBroux (BBA), of Combined Locks, was selected as Member of the Year by the National CPA Health Care Advisors Association, which recognizes members for their overall engagement with the group and its members.

’91 Lori (Harron) Halstead (BS), of Oshkosh, is the new academic department associate for the UW Oshkosh College of Business, working with accounting, finance and business law.

’92 Marlo (Mallon) Osmond (BSE), of Oshkosh, owns two coffee shops, Planet Perk and Planet Perk in the Grind, with her husband. She also teaches fifth grade in the Oshkosh Area School District.

’94 Marianne Colburn (BSE), of Niagra, teaches English language arts at Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School. She earned her National Board Certification in 2013.

’94 John Scheelk (BS), of Oshkosh, was appointed as the eastern Wisconsin area coordinator for Intertel IQ, a high IQ society limited to people with certified IQs in the top 1 percent internationally. He also is the Fox Valley area coordinator and a national test proctor for Mensa, a top 2 percent IQ society.

’96 Scott Blader (BS), of Wautoma, was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.  He has served as the district attorney in Waushara County since 2007.

’96 Dr. Christopher Karas (BS), of Madison, opened a third branch of Karas Dental in Cottage Grove.  He has been practicing dentistry since 2002 with practices in Elroy and Necedah.

’97 Jason Hendricks (BBA), of Fond du Lac, was elected vice-chair of the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board of Directors. He is a human resource business partner at J. F. Ahern.

’97 Thomas Swigert (BA), of Hartford, was named assistant technical manager for the Kettle Moraine Players. He will be designing and operating lighting and sound systems at the new Kettle Moraine Playhouse starting summer 2018.

’98 Jeff Lyon (BA), of McFarland, wrote and directed the film “Main Street Meats,” an old school slasher and black comedy film that premiered in August at Barrymore Theatre in Madison.

’98 Michael Pica (BSE), of Wautoma, who has taught in the Wautoma School District for 17 years, currently teaches sixth grade physical education.

’00 Tim Fliss (MBA), of Green Bay, is a new board member at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. He is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Bemis Company.

’00 Jason Ladd (BSE), of Kenosha, is in his 17th year of teaching. He is employed at Westosha Central High School.

’01 Jodie Larsen (MBA), of Appleton, completed a one-year term as board chair of the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board of Directors. She is the vice president of community engagement at Oshkosh Corporation.

’02 Kelly (Krukow) Barkovich-Smith (BSE), of Fond du Lac, is the new principal at Lakeshore Elementary School in Fond du Lac.

’02 Jaime Kriewaldt (BS), of Greenville, was named executive director of Best Friends of Neenah and Menasha. She is the former director of youth development at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley.

’03 Sandra (Stanke) Alvarado (BSE), of Theresa, is beginning her 15th year of teaching social studies this fall at Milwaukee Community Cyber High School.

’03 Sarah (Schatz) Green (BSE), of Hartford, will be starting her 15th year as a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in the Hartford Joint 1 School District. She and her husband have two sons.

’03 Deanne (Bahti) Koll (BS), of Roberts, was selected to chair the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is an attorney and shareholder with Bakke Norman Law Office in New Richmond.

’03 Ron Wiza (BBA), of Franklin, was promoted to director of the UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences Outreach Office.

’04 Russ Haase (BS) and ’05 (BBA), of Oshkosh, is a new director for the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board of Directors. He is employed at Aurora Health Care.

’05 Mindy (Calo) Collado (BS) and ’16 (MS), of Oshkosh, is the new center director for the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area.

’05 Tiffany (Detlor) Taticek (BA), of New Berlin, received the certified physician practice manager credentials from the American Academy of Professional Coders.

’05 Michelle (Nelson) Wappler (BA), of Sheboygan, is a certified nursing assistant at Pine Haven Christian Communities. She has worked with special needs clients since 2002 and recently added elderly clients.

’06 Jeremy Knutowski (BS), of Oshkosh, a captain in the National Guard, recently flew the Rockwell B-1B Lancer into EAA AirVenture.

’07 Patrick O’Brien (BBA), of Alexandria, Minnesota, is celebrating 10 years of working with the Boy Scouts of America as district director of the Northern Lights Council. He is married and has two children.

’07 Jessica (McCormick) Rodriguez (BS), of Appleton, is attending UW-Green Bay for a master’s degree in health and wellness.

’07 Kathryn Schwandt (MBA), of Fairwater, is the branch manager of Markesan State Bank in Waupun. She has a distinguished banking career of more than 35 years.

’09 Tiffany (Kedzierski) Holley (BS) and ’11 (BSN), of Oak Creek, works as a dermatology nurse practitioner for Forefront Dermatology. She recently had her first child, a girl.

’10 Laura Dedering (BBA), of Kiel, was promoted to commercial field underwriter at Acuity Insurance, where she has worked since 2013.

’10 Eric Kohlmann (BBA), of Lomira, was appointed to serve as a trustee on the Lomira Village Board.

’11 Mary Kate Tomczak (BS), of Janesville, received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from UW-Whitewater.

’12 Elisa Derickson (BA), of Madison, is a clinical research database manager at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s surgery department.

’14 Bonnie Soik (BSN), of Stevens Point, is a board certified nurse practitioner at the Aspirus Stevens Point Clinic.

’14 Boda Zhao (BSN), of Oshkosh, is a primary care provider at ThedaCare Physicians in Shawano.

’15 Steven Gross (BSE), of Oakfield, a special education teacher at Shattuck Middle School in Neenah ,is the new varsity softball coach for Neenah High School.

’17 Emilie Heidemann (BA), of Beaver Dam, is a reporter for the Lodi nterprise/Poynette Press.

’17 Ryan Steffen (BSE), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is teaching seventh-grade social studies in the Harrison School District.


• AAS — Associate of Arts and Science Degree
• B — Business
• EHS — Education and Human Services
• LLCE  — Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement
• LS — Letters and Science
• N — Nursing

• DNP — Doctor of Nursing Practice
• 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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