The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office.
’64 Irene (Kramer) Demmith (EHS) was honored by the Nicolet Oconto Retired Teachers Association for 20 years of membership. After a 26-year career in teaching, she is retired and enjoys reading, traveling and working in her garden. She also works as a 4-year-old kindergarten teacher’s assistant.
’68 Pamela (Zuehlke) Wheless (EHS) has lived with her husband of 41 years in California since graduation. With no children, their lives were committed to very busy careers. They both are retired and enjoy traveling.
’70 Howard Schneider (EHS) and ’77 (MSE) performed with his band, The Howard Schneider Big Band, at the Buttermilk Festival in Fond du Lac. His band specializes in music made popular by Glen Miller, Guy Lambardo, Tiny Hill and many big bands and swing bands of the 1940s and 1950s.
’71 Kandace (Koehn) Whittlinger (EHS) retired after 35 and a half years spent as a chemistry and biology teacher in the Janesville School District.
’73 Kaylynn ‘Kay’ (Karasek) Visentin (EHS) retired after 35 years as a middle school math teacher in the Waupaca School System. This fall, she and her husband, Wayne, will go on a 15- day, trans-Atlantic cruise. In her retirement, she plans to boat, read and volunteer.
’75 Maureen Kappell (EHS) retired from the Kaukauna Area School District with 38 years of teaching experience. In her retirement, she plans to travel and spend time with her granddaughter.
’78 Peter Hensel (EHS) retired from the Kaukauna Area School District as a fifth-grade teacher after 26 years. He plans to become a tennis instructor at the Fox Cities Racquet Club in Appleton.
’78 Sharon (Hamann) Hensel (EHS) retired as a third-grade teacher from the Kaukauna Area School District after 20 years. In retirement, she plans to spend time on her art career.
’79 Russell ‘Russ’ Beck (EHS) retired from teaching math in the Boscobel School District after serving since 1979. He plans to bow hunt, fish, spend time with his family and do woodworking.
’82 Norlene Emerson (LS) has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Richland and has been named an Underkofler Award winner in recognition of her excellent skills as a teacher. She has served on almost every major committee on the campus and is known for her geologic research.
’86 Scott Barr (LS) has been with McCarthy Law for 20 years. He is a partner and works with business clients on contracts, corporations and other matters. He enjoys fixing and racing British sports cars in his spare time.
’88 Jodi Pliszka (LS) is the inventor of HeadlineIt, a liner used with wigs, hats and helmets for medical, athletic and military purposes. In 2006, she was a finalist on the television show “American Inventor.” She also has authored and published two books.
’90 Martin ‘Marty’ Loy (MSE) was named dean of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Professional Studies. He formerly has served as faculty member, administrator and coach at the university.
’91 Robert Rebman (B) has been appointed to the Winneconne Community School District Board of Education.
’91 Katie Wagner Roberts (LS) is director of Lakeland College’s Central Wisconsin Center, where she leads day-to-day operations, including student recruitment and retention, hiring instructors and scheduling classes.
’92 Sally (Voigt) Folgert (B) was elected to partnership at Wipfli, one of the world’s largest CPA and consulting firms in the U.S. She works in the firm’s Rhinelander office.
’92 James Lawrence (LS) is opening at the Wave Bar & Ballroom in Appleton. In February, he will star in the comedy “Isn’t She Lovely?” at The Fox Dinner Theatre.
’92 Andrea (Vanheirseele) Zackery (EHS) is principal of Riverview Elementary School in the Silver Lake-Salem School District in Kenosha.
’95 Alison (Stadler) Draheim (LS) was guest speaker at the Wabeno Lions Club’s 35th-Annual Student Honors Banquet, where she spoke about the mission of the Wisconsin Lions. She is the program coordinator for the McKenney-Vento Homeless and At-Risk Program for the Green Bay Area Public Schools.
’96 Michael Lichucki (EHS) is Forrest Street Early Learning Center’s new principal in the Black River Falls School District. He previously served as pupil services coordinator and support teacher for kindergarten through fifth-grade students in the Holmen School District.
’97 Debra (Nichols) Janke (MSE) became Lomira High School’s principal in July. Previously, she was an elementary school principal in the Baraboo School District.
’99 Carrie (Kosek) Duehring (LS) and ’01 (MS) and Dean Duehring ’96 (EHS) and ’03 (MS) are the owners of Craft-E-Corner, a multimillion dollar online retail business, selling digital cutting machines and supplies for scrapbooking. They launched the store in 2008, and now offer more than 400 different items on their website and ship approximately 2,000 items per week.
’00 Ginger Lee-Held (MS) was honored in Dallas by the National Federation of the Blind, as National Blind Educator of the Year.
’00 Michael McKinney (LS) is Arlington’s new village administrator.
’01 Ryan Thompson (B) and his wife, Katie, announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Magdalina.
’02 Derek Keyeski (LS) is lead videographer for EPIC Creative’s, an advertising and production agency in West Bend. He has been recognized with the Cinematic Achievement Award in Direction and the 2001 grand prize for scriptwriting from the National Broadcasting Society.
’02 Barb Koschak (MSN), family nurse practitioner at Advanced Pain Management, is located at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center.
’03 Randall Petrouske II (LS) has earned a law degree and graduated with distinction from Ohio Northern’s Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University.
’03 Kimberly (Ruplinger) Raschick (EHS) married Chad Raschick on July 17.
’04 Meghann (Sales) Kasper (B) and (LS) is Bank First National’s vice president of business banking. Previously, she worked at Associated Bank as vice president of commercial banking for seven years.
’05 Victoria Sabani (B) is assistant vice president of commercial lending and business development at Community Bank & Trust in Chilton.
’06 Nicolas Carlson (EHS) has been named varsity baseball coach for Menasha High School. He teaches physical education at Maplewood Middle School in Menasha.
’06 John (LS) and ’07 Paula Dinse (N) welcomed their son, Hutson Henry, on Aug. 14.
’06 Terrence Rastall (MBA), corporate compliance officer and decision support specialist, was named employee of the month at Bay Area Medical Center in August.
’07 Ryan Plisch (LS) was hired as Epiphany Law Firm’s newest full-time attorney. He practices in the areas of business transactional law, business counseling and business litigation. He also works with clients regarding trademarks and employment law.
’07 Jessie Van Dinter (LS) is an associate director at Lakeland College’s Fox Cities Center. She will recruit and advise students in the master of arts counseling program.
’08 Jamon Lamers (MBA) is the new director of finance at Ministry Howard Young Health Care in Minocqua.
’08 Heather Merten (LS), a case manager for the Fond du Lac Salvation Army, will manage a 2009 federal grant designed to prevent homelessness.
’09 Adam Pringnitz (LS) has been hired by the Clintonville Police Department as a part-time patrol officer.
’09 Jackson Scheerer (LS) spent the summer as a camp counselor with Wisconsin Badger Camp, a private nonprofit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities by providing quality outdoor recreational experiences.
’10 Jonathan Brecklin (EHS) is a special education teacher in the Southern Door School District.
’10 Katie Prucha (N) was featured in “Glamour” magazine’s August issue, which included a photo of her and a group of friends at the Taj Mahal. In January, she completed a month-long nursing clinical in India, where she gave immunizations, educated people about community health and learned about medical practices throughout the country.
• AAS — Associate of Arts and Science Degree
• B — Business
• EHS — Education and Human Services
• LS — Letters and Science
• N — Nursing
• 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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