The following Class Notes were recently received in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office:
’47 Arlene (Kellerman) Drews (EHS) welcomed a great-grandson, Cohen Yon Troge, in Denver and her first great-granddaughter, Lucy May Micheel, in Milwaukee, who joined her four adopted brothers. Drews also had hip surgery in August.
’67 Kenneth Mauritz (EHS) and ’70 (MST) is a professor at the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students, has postdoctoral associates working with him, and is very active in polymer science research.
’68 Richard Wentzel (EHS) is working as an engineering consultant for an auto parts supplier in China, Wuxi Jixing Acoustic Auto Parts Technology Co., Ltd. He plans to retire within a year.
’70 Hans-Peter Kohlhoff (EHS) will be accepting an award for his three years of service on the National Executive Committee of the American Association of Teachers of German in Boston this November. He is president of the AATG Arizona Chapter and lives in Surprise, Ariz., with his wife, Paula.
’70 Susan Sanvidge (LS) and her three sisters, Diane, Jean and Julie, wrote the book “Penny Loafers & Bobby Pins,” a story about what it was like growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in a small Midwestern town. It is a current Midwest Connections Pick from the Midwest Booksellers Association.
’73 Deborah Malueg (EHS), the pre-K to sixth-grade principal for the Marion School District, has worked for the district for more than 36 years.
’73 Michael McCluskey (EHS) retired after more than 28 years of service in law enforcement.
’73 Larry Silvey (EHS) is chair of the Aftermarket Management Program at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. He also was named editorial director emeritus for Advanstar Automotive Group in Irvine, Calif., where he assisted in the purchase of magazine properties and managed sales, editorials and marketing plans. He was awarded the Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award in 2002 and won seven other awards from 1995 to 2005.
’75 Michael Aubinger (LS) is the owner of the weekly newspaper Ashwaubenon Press, which covers the western suburbs of Green Bay. He also has served as Village of Ashwaubenon president since 2009.
’75 Connie (VanSchoyck) Kreuser (EHS) and ’80 (MSE) currently works with at-risk students, after working as a school counselor at Hartford Union High School for 20 years. She also coaches tennis and has two grown sons who are middle school English teachers.
’75 Patricia Scasny (EHS) retired from the Green Bay school district in 2009, after 34 years as an elementary band and middle school instrumental music teacher. She now works part time for a music store, plays French horn with the Allovex Villiage Band, and is looking forward to a European trip.
’76 Linda Godfrey (EHS) is an author and researcher of the supernatural and has published a book called “Haunted Wisconsin: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Badger State.”
’77 Barbara (Kokke) Heilman (LS), ’82 (N) and ’93 (MSN) is a family nurse practitioner at North Shore Medical Clinic-Washington Island.
’77 Fayann “Annie” Salisbury (EHS) was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who as an honored member in the 2010-2011 edition of the “Cambridge Who’s Who Registry” of executives, professionals and entrepreneurs.
’79 Mary (Hephner) Weber (EHS), the new superintendent of Kaukauna schools, has been in the district for nearly 30 years. Both of her sons are graduates of Kaukauna High School.
’80 John Annis (EHS), head coach of the Ozaukee High School boys’ soccer team, is a special education teacher at the school.
’81 Loren Janssen (B) and Sherdel Janssen ’93 (MSN) are visiting their daughter in California, and Loren will be flying with his brother to Perth, Australia, to visit their sister.
’82 Stephen Timm (MSE) retired from the Little Chute School District, after working as a middle and high school teacher for 31 years. He was twice named the top Key Club adviser in the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan District and received the Herb Kohl award.
’83 Jeffrey Holt (LS) teaches world history and U.S. history at Kiel High School. He lives in Sheboygan with his wife, Debbie, and their three children, Jeb, Robert and Andria.
’84 Theodore Tornow (LS) was named 2010 Executive of the Year by the Midwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs, because of his leadership and success as the general manager of the Clinton LumberKings. This is his second Executive of the Year award, and it will be presented to him at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla., in December.
’85 Kristine (Jensen) McGarigle (N) has been named president of the Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill. She has been part of the staff since 2006 and is excited to take on a new leadership role.
’85 Michael Wolf (N) has been named the 2010 Clinical Instructor of the Year by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He is the staff clinician, senior partner and vice president of Central Wisconsin Anesthesia Associates in Berlin.
’86 Diane (Wadzinski) Pleuss (MBA) helps people in career transition explore alternatives to traditional employment, such as franchising. She matches clients to the best franchise option based on their skills, goals and investment level.
’87 Todd Teske (B) was elected chairman of Briggs & Stratton Corp in Milwaukee in August. He officially became chairman in October and remains president and CEO of the company.
’88 David Hirsch (LS) and ’95 (MBA) and his wife, Nicole, welcomed their first child, Ava Selene, in April.
’88 Margaret Holdorf (LS) has written her second book, “Rudolph, a Child’s Love Story,” to be published and released on Nov. 9, under the pen name, Mary Russel. The story is about a young girl who finds out that her family isn’t her birth family.
’88 Eileen McDaniel (EHS) has moved back to Wisconsin near Mt. Morris to produce heavily textured clay pottery ware. She makes plates, cups, bowls and vases. Her teapots have been in national juried galleries and museum shows throughout the United States.
’88 Jodi Pliszka (LS) is a clinical therapist, author and inventor. After being diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that treats hair as an infection and kills it, she developed a product called HeadlineIt, an ultra-thin, lightweight, disposable liner for hats, helmets and wigs. While waiting three years for the design patent, she wrote two award-winning children’s books based on her hairless cats to help reach out to children who are different.
’89 Bart Landsverk (LS) is a reverse mortgage consultant at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Darboy. He works with senior homeowners in a home-financing program that allows them to use equity to supplement their retirement income.
’89 Paul Russel (EHS), the incoming 64th Troop Command commander, enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1982. He has served many positions, including a tank driver and mechanic, weapons platoon leader, executive officer, chief of training and counter-drug program manager. He will expand the troop’s relationship with other services, such as the Navy and Marine Corps, as they move to a new reserve center in summer 2011.
’90 Dino Heinemeyer (EHS) is the high school football coach for the Shiocton Chiefs. He and his wife, Sara, and his two sons and daughter live in Shiocton.
’91 Michael Nelson (LS) was appointed the social services director for Lincoln County Government in Merrill, where he has been a social worker since 1996, the Children and Family Services Unit supervisor since 2006, and the Economic Support co-supervisor since 2007.
’91 Janie Rhody (N) is working at Luther Midelfort in palliative care in Eau Claire, after previously working with the company’s Express Care walk-in clinics.
’92 Kelly Klemolin (B) and ’94 (MBA), of Kimberly, is a voice-over artist who records voice tracks from home for commercials or other narrations used all over the country and internationally. Her clients include Harley Davidson and Culvers.
’92 Marceline “Marcy” Peters-Felice (EHS), the new middle school principal for the Waunakee School District, lives in Madison, with her husband and son.
’93 Trina (Wildenberg) Kloehn (B) is the assistant finance director for CAP Services, a private, nonprofit corporation serving Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties to help low-income people emotionally and economically. Kloehn is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant.
’93 Shaun Parker (LS) shared a personal story about a love letter he sent to his teenage crush in his performance on the series “Mortified,” a live television show about real comical yet tragic stories about adolescence. A two-part story about him and his performance was broadcast on National Public Radio in August. Parker is living in Los Angeles and pursuing a career in acting.
’96 Michael Lichucki (EHS) is the principal at Forrest Street Early Learning Center in Black River Falls. He is married and has two sons and two daughters.
’96 Jeffery Nault (EHS) and ’99 (MSE) was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. Nault was an All-State and All-American football player at Escanaba High School in Michigan, and he tried out with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons before turning to coaching. He was an assistant coach for UW Oshkosh and head coach at Hortonville High School, before taking over as assistant coach at Neenah High School.
’96 Michael Schlotfeldt (LS) and ’00 (MPA) is the past president of the Washington County Democratic Party, which celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in downtown West Bend. He remains a member of the group and resides in West Bend.
’97 Kim Svoboda (LS) is a national accounts director of education for USA Today. Over the last five years, she has won eight USA Today sales and marketing awards and was inducted into the USA Today President’s Club.
’99 Angela (Godin) Victor (MBA) and her husband, Peter, welcomed a new addition to their family. On September 30, Stella McQuade Victor joined her brothers, Judah and Eli. Victor is a marketing and communications manager at UW Oshkosh.
’00 Ginger Lee-Held (MS) was named National Blind Educator of the year in Dallas. She teaches at Perry Tipler Middle School in Oshkosh, is married to Greg Held and has an 8-year-old daughter, Rachel.
’00 Kimberley Slinde (EHS) is a special education teacher at H.B. Tanner Elementary School in Kaukauna. She previously worked for children with autism as a private, in-home therapist. She lives with her husband, Ed, and children, Ellie and Jeff, in Combined Locks.
’01 Emmet Sandberg (LS) is the Gail Floether-Steinhilber Art Gallery director in Reeve Memorial Union and has been an assistant professor of art at UW Oshkosh since 2004. He also is a husband and father.
’01 Sara Seppi-Rickelmann (MS) works at the Northern Lights Clinic in Marinette, where she helps with counseling, fitting, adjusting and repairing hearing aids. She sees patients in Green Bay, Marinette and Oconto Falls.
’02 Janet Mohr (EHS) and ’04 (MA) took part in the Waupaca Book Festival in October. She has published “Flight of Change” and “Backyard Bird Book for Kids,” children’s novels, and professional articles and poetry.
’03 Danen Kane (LS) will be performing at a benefit at the Meyer Theater in Green Bay to raise money for Cup O’ Joy, a venue that he credits with jump-starting his career as a musician. Kane has released a total of four albums and is working on another that will be released in February, which he is recording at his studio in Appleton. The album will be mixed by top producer Mills Logan in Nashville.
’03 Jeffrey Van Lannen (MS) is the junior and senior high principal at the Royall School District in Elroy. He and his wife, Jessie, have five children, Carsten, Isabella, Emerson, Harper and Finley.
’04 Mark Weidemann (N), a nurse practitioner at ThedaCare Physicians in New London, lives in Oshkosh with his wife and two children.
’05 Chad Kazel (B) is the owner of Complete Nutrition, a business in Ashwaubenon that offers weight loss, sports nutrition and general health products.
’05 Rodrigo Vega (LS) is an interim admissions counselor for Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul. He was an admissions recruiter for two years before being appointed to the position.
’06 Heidi (Zimmerman) Depies (EHS) is an early childhood special education teacher at East Elementary School in Antigo. She previously worked at the Marion School District as a kindergarten teacher.
’06 Beata Lieders (LS) owns Beata Creativity Undefined and helped form Fond du Lac Visual Arts, a cooperative dedicated to supplying art resources, connecting businesses and artists, and providing art education.
’06 Lori Rademann (EHS) is a high school art teacher at Berlin Area School District. Along with her love of art, she enjoys the students’ energy and excitement.
’06 Benjamin Richard (LS) and Loryn (Hansen) Richard ’06 (LS) were married at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on July 24. They live in Oshkosh.
’06 Vincent Rowen (EHS) and ’10 (MSE) is the guidance counselor at Niagara Public Schools.
’06 Mark Strand (LS) was selected to receive the UW-Fond du Lac’s 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award. He is chief deputy/undersheriff at the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office. He recently was appointed to the Fond du Lac School Board. He and his wife, Mary, have three sons: Dustin, Brandon and Jordan.
’06 Erin Waniger (B) is a high school and middle school math teacher for the Mishicot School District.
’07 Tara Cismoski (LS) plans to run in the 2010 Chicago Marathon to support and raise funds for the charity Spinal Cord Injury Sucks. She will be running 26.2 miles, while raising money for research in support of her sister, Nichole, a quadriplegic due to a car accident, and others who hope to walk again in the future. She works at the Wisconsin Resource Center in Oshkosh as a psychiatric care technician.
’07 Christy Godden (EHS) will serve as a gifted and talented teacher for all grades in the Kiel Area School District, after earning her gifted and talented certification and master’s degree. She is engaged to Vince Weidner and has four children: Clay, Justice, Caleb and Isabella.
’07 Jennifer Leahy (EHS) joined the Berlin Area School District as a high school social studies teacher after being a long-term substitute teacher in Berlin, Brandon and Rosendale.
’07 Brian Paulson (EHS), the physical education teacher at the Marion School District, coaches junior varsity volleyball and girls’ basketball. He has a fiancé, Kristin, and twin daughters.
’08 Bonnie Phelps (N) has been developing a new community nursing program for adults with developmental disabilities who live in Dane County’s supported living program. She works as a clinical nurse specialist and is the director of the Waisman Wellness Inclusion Nursing Program at UW-Madison.
’08 Kellie (Salkowski) Schneider (EHS) is a second-grade teacher at New Holstein Elementary School. She has experience in the Gifted and Talented Program and spent the 2009-2010 school year as an instructional assistant for an autistic student with very high needs.
’08 Joe Stiehm (B) and Christina Kadar ’09 (LS) are engaged. They met at UW Oshkosh during Christina’s freshman year.
’09 Ryan Aschaker (LS) is a marketing representative for Mid-West Family Broadcasting. He played football for a semi-professional team, the Madison Mustangs, which won the Iron Bowl in 2008 and 2009, and was the first team in league history to win consecutive championships after undefeated seasons.
’09 Arian Jones (EHS) teaches English 9 and 10 at Kimberly High School. She lives in Menasha with her partner, Nick, and their two dogs.
’09 Loree Nigl (EHS) teaches kindergarten in Marion and is married to her husband, Mike.
’09 Robert Sier (LS) is an author who is promoting his unpublished book, “Chains of Loss,” the first in a series that blends hard science fiction and epic fantasy. Hoping to catch a publisher’s eye, he is posting one chapter a week at heroschains.tumblr.com. He has won three awards from UW Oshkosh’s Annual Short Fiction Competition.
’09 Carter Wedl (LS) works in Madison as a manager for Music in Motion. His parents, Charlie and Debbie, were crowned the Gemuetlichkeit Days king and queen, during the May Ball in Jefferson.
’10 Leah Bruckner (EHS) has started her first year of teaching first- and second-grade special education at Zielanis Elementary School in Kiel. She also coaches freshman volleyball.
’10 Brandon Buchmann (EHS), of Appleton, is a sixth-grade science teacher at Woodland Intermediate School in Kimberly.
’10 Jessica Butler (EHS) teaches fourth grade in the Northland Pines School District in Eagle River. She previously worked with Oshkosh’s YMCA after-school program and the Fox Valley autism treatment program.
’10 Matt Dirkmann (EHS) teaches health and physical education and coaches football and basketball at Mishicot Middle School.
’10 Michael Heroux (B) works as a tax analyst at Menasha Corp. He previously worked as a tax intern for the company.
’10 Jacklyn Huebner (EHS) is a teacher at Holy Cross and St. Nicholas in Freedom. She studied in Puebla, Mexico, and is excited to share her experiences and knowledge about the Hispanic culture and language with students.
’10 Amber Kaufmann (LS) and (B) is a staff accountant at Roberts, Ritschke and Tyczkowski Ltd., in Neenah.
’10 Julie Kohl (EHS) is a sixth- and seventh-grade language arts teacher at Hudson School District.
’10 Bridgette McDonald (EHS) teaches fifth-grade special education for the Kiel Area School District. She is engaged to Robby Schultz and lives in Kewaskum, WI.
’10 Lauren Miller (EHS) is a Spanish teacher at Hudson School District.
’10 Justin Nelsen (LS) finished his second tour in Iraq by leading convoys as a sergeant and truck commander with Delta Company 1-128 Infantry Battalion. He was first deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom III from 2004 to 2005. He is lives in Campbellsport.
’10 Tori (Maki) Revoir (EHS) is a 4K teacher at Janssen Elementary in Kimberly. She lives with her husband, Josh, and cat, Zoey, in Winneconne.
’10 Amy Schroeder (MSN) is working at the Community Health Network Medical Center Eastridge as a certified family nurse practitioner. She has been working with CHN surgical services for the past five years, while finishing her degree.
• 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
Send items for future Class Notes.