IOWA Alumni Magazine | June 2011
Class Notes June 2011


Julie M. Easton [A], 10BA, of Cedar Rapids, is a social worker for Chatham Oaks, a residential care center for people with mental illnesses in Iowa City.

Jason R. Hemmen [OCC], 10BA, of Cedar Falls, is a property manager for Waterloo Warehousing Service in Waterloo.

Megan Peters [A], 10PHR, of Omaha, is a pharmacist for Creighton Medical Center.

Nicole J. Siegler [A], 10MPA, of Saint Paul, is a physician assistant for Regions Hospital.

Jinying Zhan [A], 10LLM, of Clive, is an international affairs legal researcher for Alliance Minerals in West Des Moines.


James E. Arndt [L], 04MA, of Blairstown, band director for the Benton Community School District in Van Horne, recently received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth in the Hawkeye Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Amanda R. Battaglia [A], 09BA, of Downers Grove, IL, is an editor for 22nd Century Media in Orland Park, IL.

Jennifer Bissell [A], 07BA, of Harpers Ferry, is sports editor for Decorah Newspapers.

Mark Bosworth [A], 08BA, of Omaha, is a child support enforcement specialist for the Young Williams child support services company.

Miranda L. Theis Boyd [A], 07BA, of Marion, is account manager for Aerotek staffing agency in Hiawatha.

Tyler J. De Phillips [A], 09BA, of Urbandale, is a logistics analyst for Solar Transport, an inventory management solutions company in West Des Moines.

Victoria M. Harbison [A], 09BA, of Stone Mountain, GA, is a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

Cassandra L. Heady [A], 09BA, of West Des Moines, is an assistant property manager for BH Management Services in Des Moines.

Kevin K. Jensen [A], 09BA, of Marshalltown, is a public accountant for Steffen & Associates.

Andrew M. Kern, 08BSE, of Gurnee, IL, a graduate assistant in the orthopedics department at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, is first author of an award-winning paper recently presented at the i-FAB 2010 Seattle 2nd Congress of the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Community.

Andrea L. Hoffman Kindorf, 04BBA, of Chicago, is a director with the Conway MacKenzie international consulting firm.

Jennifer S. Kroeger [A], 05BS, 08MS, is a research assistant for the UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Catherine E. Kruse [A], 07BA, of Wheaton, IL, is marketing coordinator for DuPage Medical Group.

Emily D. Fiala Larson, 05BSN, of Gowrie, is a registered nurse for Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

David J. McGraw, 07MFA, of Iowa City, a UI theater arts lecturer and production stage manager, is editor of 20UNDER40: Re-Inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century.

Michelle M. McManus [A], 08DDS, 10MS, of Rock Island, IL, is an orthodontist with Quad City Orthodontics.

Breck Anne Heldt Menz [A], 07BA, is a teacher for the West Des Moines School District.

Matthew R. Mullins [A], 09MBA, 09MHA, of Montrose, is clinic director for Fort Madison Community Hospital.

Justin J. Parker [A], 09BBA, of Des Moines, is a law student at Drake University.

Phinit Phisitkul [A], 06F, of Coralville, is an orthopedic surgeon at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Benjamin R. Pomeroy [A], 09BBA, of Smyrna, GA, is a financial analyst for General Electric.

Jonathan L. Rattner [A], 08MFA, 09MFA, of Nashville, is a senior lecturer and assistant film studies director for Vanderbilt University.

Robin M. Samples [A], 07BBA, of Naperville, IL, is associate manager of category leadership for ConAgra Foods.

Julianne Scheib [A], 09BAS, of Spirit Lake, is director of the Discovery House, a shelter that assists the homeless and people with drug addictions.

Patricia E. Selby [A], 06BA, of Nashville, is a registered nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Erica A. Cerrone Sutton [A], 06BA, of Saint Louis Park, MN, is director of the Huntington Learning Center in Plymouth, MN.

Derek M. Viaene [OCC], 09BBA, 10MAc, of Davenport, is an accountant with John Deere in Moline, IL.

Tiffany D. Wilson [A], 09MS, of Des Moines, is an environmental specialist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.


Kelly A. Armstrong, 92BS, 95BA, 04MA, 07PhD, is an assistant medical humanities professor for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL.

Michael J. Buchholz [OCC], 91BA, of Chanhassen, MN, is national sales manager for WBI Investments, a financial management firm in Little Silver, NJ.

Jose G. Contreras, 90BBA, of Tulsa, is a principal with the advisory services practice in the Ernst & Young law firm.

Michael T. Cornelison, 91BS, of La Grange, IL, is partner and marketing director for Koowie, a Chicago-based social networking site.

Scott R. Felgenhauer [A], 98BA, of Schaumburg, IL, is division manager for the Addison Search employment agency.

Shannon Altenhein Heffernan [A], 90BS, of Cleveland, is a recruiter for Cliffs Natural Resources.

Thomas E. Heiting [A], 91BA, of Midland, TX, is assistant principal at Greenwood Independent High School.

Karen L. Hill [A], 97BSN, of Denver, CO, is a pediatric nurse practitioner for Rocky Mountain Pediatric Heart Surgery.

Rebecca S. Kaza Kimmerle, 99BS, of Buffalo, WV, is a physical education teacher for Confidence Elementary School in Red House, WV.

Gregg Koldenhoven [A], 93MD, of Longmont, CO, is an orthopedic surgeon for Front Range Orthopedic Center.

Sharon S. Straetker Krause [L], 94MBA, of Waukee, owner of Krause Consulting in West Des Moines and founder and owner of the Dalla Terra Ranch in Booneville, received the Des Moines Register's 2010 Iowa Star Award for her community service.

Michael L. LaHue [A], 99BBA, of Atlanta, is e-commerce project manager for Carter's, a children's clothing brand.

Christopher L. Low [A], 98BA, of Des Moines, is an attorney with the Abendroth and Russell law firm in Urbandale.

Paul D. McNally [A], 98F, of Menomonie, WI, is an orthopedic surgeon and team physician for Red Cedar Medical Center in the Mayo Health System.

Joseph R. Nugent [A], 92BA, 05MA, of Iowa City, is a proposal writer for the Pearson education publishing company.

Richard P. Swank [A], 96BA, of Layton, UT, is director of West Coast operations for SoBran, an engineering services company in Clearfield, UT.

Charles J. Tobler [A], 90BSPh, of Long Grove, IL, is vice president of commercial operations for Actient Pharmaceuticals in Lake Forest, IL.

Kimberly K. Ver Steeg [A], 97MFA, of New York City, is director of special events for the Armory Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes fitness through athletic, educational, and community programs.

Melanie Decock Wilson [A], 94BS, of Simpsonville, SC, is a physician assistant for the Lauren County Health Care System in Clinton, SC.


Deanna L. Sieren Cardenas [A], 85BBA, of Columbus, is a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments in Grove City, OH.

Matthew W. Chase [A], 87BBA, of Ankeny, is retail gasoline director for Kum & Go in West Des Moines.

Gretchen K. Fuller Eckstein [A], 88BSN, of Sherwood, WI, is a registered nurse for the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Catherine M. Flaitz [OCC], 81MS, 81PedoS, of Houston, is a professor of dentistry at the University of Texas Dental Branch.

John F. Garippa [A], 87BBA, of Webster, NY, is a vice president and global client executive for Pitney Bowes, a mailstream technology company in Stamford, CT.

Lyndon S. Gritters [OCC], 89MD, of Lakewood, NY, is a radiologist and a member of the board of directors for the WCA Hospital in Jamestown, NY.

Kevin C. Kacere [A], 85BBA, 86MBA, of Johnston, is president and chief executive officer for Insta-Pro International, an agriculture processing equipment company in Urbandale.

Kyle J. Krause [L], 85BBA, of Waukee, president and chief operating officer of Kum & Go in West Des Moines, received the Des Moines Register's 2010 Iowa Star Award for his philanthropic work in the community.

Carmen J. Krampe Nugent [A], 88BS, of Iowa City, is a UI financial aid counselor.

Kathryn Hedberg Ramaekers [A], 85BA, 88MA, of Windsor Heights, is a residential appraiser for Polk County in Des Moines.

Justin R. Saylor, 88BGS, 91MBA, of Ooltewah, TN, is assistant vice president of administration/workforce curriculum for the workforce development division of the ACT nonprofit education organization in Chattanooga, TN.

Charles A. Smith [A], 86BA, of Atlantic, is vice president and administrator for Sunshine Homes.

Deborah K. Yount Veale [L], 81BSPh, director of managed care for CVS Pharmacy, received a UI College of Pharmacy 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, and Thomas J. Veale [L], 80BBA, chair of the UI College of Pharmacy executive leadership board and founder and president of the TRISTAR Insurance Group in Long Beach, CA, received a UI College of Pharmacy 2010 Honorary Alumni Award. The couple lives in Palos Verdes Estates, CA.


Cynthia K. Christensen [OCC], 76BS, 80DDS, of Swisher, a retired UI clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry, is the UI College of Dentistry's 2010 Educator of the Year.

Wayne A. Fisher [A], 71BA, of Milton, DE, recently retired after careers as a public health officer for the township of Teaneck, NJ, and as an adjunct environmental health professor for Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.

Julianne Volkens Fitz [OCC], 71BA, 72MA, of Brentwood, TN, is coordinator for the groups "Fun and Fiber Arts" at Gilda's Club Nashville, a nonprofit cancer support resource, and "Stitching for Charity," which donates handmade lap throws to the Vanderbilt University Cancer Center in Nashville.

Daniel Holm, 76BBA, a former high school wrestling star at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, IL, and three-time all-American at the University of Iowa, has been inducted into the Lake County High School Sports Hall of Fame in Grayslake, IL.

Arthur A. Nelson, Jr., 73PhD, of Amarillo, TX, the founding dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, has received a UI College of Pharmacy 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Laura R. Paarmann [A], 75BM, 88MA, of Charles City, is a teacher for the Charles City Community Schools.

John M. Sleichter, 74BA, 75BS, 79DDS, 81MS, of Muscatine, an orthodontist, has received the UI College of Dentistry's 2010 Service Recognition Award.

Helen H. Spalding [L], 72BA, 74MA, of Lacey, WA, a founding member on the editorial board of portal: Libraries and the Academy, recently retired as a university librarian and professor emerita from Portland State University in Portland, OR.


Lynn D. Curry [L], 65DDS, of Carroll, a dentist who helped revitalize the UI College of Dentistry's preceptor program and is a steering committee member for the college's building renovation project, has received the college's 2010 Alumnus of the Year Award.

Edward C. Fitzpatrick, 68BA, of Chicago, a partner with the Baker & Daniels law firm, was named in the 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.

Andrew J. Hankins [L], 64BA, of Detroit, former basketball standout at Waukegan High School in Waukegan, IL, and at the UI, and now director of the Henry Ford Health System Northeast Radiology Facility, has been inducted into the Lake County High School Sports Hall of Fame in Grayslake, IL.

Larry L. Kauffman [OCC], 63BBA, of Hot Springs, AR, is president and financial planner for Kauffman Financial Services.

Carolyn E. Miller Morrison [L], 66MA, of Northport, NY, recently retired from the New York State Office of Mental Health in West Brentwood, NY, after 44 years as a clinical audiologist.

Lee Scott Theisen [L], 63BA, 66MA, is vice president for development and alumni relations for the San Francisco Art Institute.


Jean E. Liabo Oxley [A], 47BA, of Cedar Rapids, a retired member of the Linn County Board of Supervisors, will see the Linn County Administration Office Building renamed the Jean Oxley Public Services Center in her honor this November.

"I'm grappling with engraving, mezzotint, and the Slovak language. I'm pretty humbled, as well as delighted, by the whole endeavor."
Alice Leora Brown Briggs, 80MA, 81MFA, of Lubbock, TX, who is studying at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, on a Fulbright grant.

"The ambiguity of the situation gives rise to heightened anxiety, rumors, and a fear of the unknown."
Marie E. Thompson Stoline [A], 64BA, of Kalamazoo, MI, author of The Fire and the Gold about her experiences in Russia during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, commenting on the current post-tsunami radiation concerns in Japan.

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