IOWA Alumni Magazine | August 2013
Class Notes August 2013

* denotes membership in the UI Alumni Association.


Debra J. Eberly*, 11MSW, is a service coordinator for Siouxland Aging Services in Sioux City, Iowa.

Dawnette L. Steva Cigrand, 00MA, 12PhD, is director of community education, lifelong learning, and international education for the College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif.

Robert D. Rounds Jr.*, 11BBA, is a systems engineer for TASC, a technical services business in Chantilly, Va.

Bryan J. Welch*, 11BA, is a Blackhawk pilot for the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Wash.


Brian B. Bullis, 02BA, 07MA, is principal at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield, Ill.

Dawnette L. Steva Cigrand, 00MA, 12PhD, an assistant counseling education professor at Winona State University in Winona, Minn., earned the 2012 Southeast Minnesota School Counselor Association Leadership Award.

Derek A. Coffman, 06BA, 10BBA, is a class giving director for the Penn Fund at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Amanda R. Colvin*, 06BA, is a program planner for the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, DC.

Nathaniel D. Curl*, 07MD, is an emergency physician at Trinity Medical Center in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Christina M. Freese-Decker, 02MS, 02MHA, president of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, Mich., and Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview, Mich., recently received the 2013 American College of Healthcare Executives' Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.

Matthew R. Gaventa, 05MA, pastor of Amherst Presbyterian Church in Amherst, Va., and the 2012 recipient of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City's David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award, was recently featured on Day 1, a nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program.

Lawrence B. Gwyn, 05EdS, is assistant principal at Henry Middle School in McDonough, Ga.

Tracie T. Melvin-Wilson, 00MA, 03JD, is a managing attorney with Legal Services Alabama in Dothan, Ala.

Eddie Moore Jr., 04PhD, director of diversity at the Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and founder and program director of the International White Privilege Conference, received the Center for the Healing of Racism's 2012 Ally Award.

Cisco J. Sanchez*, 05PhD, is an assistant professor of counseling psychology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Alissa D. Klein Smith, 04JD, 05MHA, is a partner with the Dorsey & Whitney law firm in Des Moines.

Jabari S. Spruill, 09MA, is head of Trinity Episcopal Middle School in Charlotte, N.C.

Richard J. Stange*, 07BA, is a sales trainer for HON, an office furniture manufacturer in Muscatine, Iowa.

Thomas A. Statz*, 04DDS, 07PeriS, is a periodontist with the Parkway Periodontal Group in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Mark Andy Wilson, 05MD, is a staff physician at St. Joseph's Regional Hospital in Bryan, Texas; clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Medicine in College Station; associate medical director of tactical operations for Bryan Fire Department; and a commissioned peace officer for the Bryan Police Department.


Tammy Rodenberg Bower, 96MA, is a preschool teacher at Hoover Elementary School in West Branch, Iowa.

Valerie V. Davis-Howard, 92MBA, is an owner, vice president, and senior consultant at the Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group in Troy, N.Y.

Dolores Durán-Cerda, 90BA, acting assistant vice chancellor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., recently received the Arizona Language Association's 2012 Teacher of the Year Award.

Oren R. Griffin, 94PhD, is associate dean for academic affairs and an associate law professor at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

Sanjay Gupta*, 94R, is a self-employed physician in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Brian O. Hemphill, 98PhD, is president of West Virginia State University in Institute, W.Va.

John M. Lawrence*, 94BA, is senior vice president of management for the Pacific Investment Management Company in Newport Beach, Calif.

Cindy L. Lovell *, 99PhD, is executive director of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn.

Kate S. Eischeid Pithan*, 94BS, is a physician assistant for the Olathe Health System in Olathe, Kan.

Li-Fan Zhang, 91MA, 95PhD, is a professor in the Division of Learning, Development, and Diversity at the University of Hong Kong.


Thomas H. Boyd*, 84BA, 87MA, 87JD, a shareholder with the Winthrop & Weinstine law firm in Minneapolis, has been named to the 2012 Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year list.

Kathleen C. Campbell, 89PhD, professor and director of audiology research at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill., was recognized as part of Sangamon County's 2013 Medical Innovators Program for her research on the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.

Patrick J. Campbell*, 81BBA, is president of Aquent On Demand, a Web-based services provider in St. Paul, Minn.

Barry Jackson, 83BS, is a strategic advisor in government relations for the Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm in Washington, DC.

Sue Hawes Katz*, 81BGS, is owner of Amazing Cosmetics in Libertyville, Ill.

Barbara A. Knapp*, 83BS, 86DDS, is a self-employed dentist in Des Moines.

Julie A. Wilson Lanning*, 87BBA, is vice president and cashier at First National Bank in Creston, Iowa.

Robert N. Lee*, 84BBA, is vice president of sales for Financial Insurance Management Corporation in Sarasota, Fla.

Susie A. Evans Meade, 89BA, is superintendent of the Winterset Community School District in Winterset, Iowa.

Kesho Y. Scott, 88PhD, associate sociology and American studies professor at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, has been selected for a 2014 Archill Heinrich Cottage Residency in Ireland, where she will work on a collection of stories based on her personal experiences.


Lloyd H. Barrow, 73PhD, a science educator at the University of Missouri-Columbia, received the university's 2012 Graduate Faculty Mentor Award.

Elizabeth Lowenberg Becker*, 71BA, is an interior designer at State Street Interiors and Furniture in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Joel H. Bolger*, 76BS, 78JD, is an Alaska Supreme Court justice in Anchorage, Alaska.

Becky Foster Crane, 72BA, a philanthropist and president of the board of directors for the Nehemiah Center, a support center for at-risk children and their families in Houston, recently received Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women's Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award in recognition of her community service.

Patti McGee Glanz*, 72BA, is owner of Glanz Landing Sports in Manchester, Iowa.

Richard G. Hardy*, 75BA, an attorney with the Ulmer & Berne law firm in Cleveland, has been named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers list.

William George Hess*, 71MA, 74PhD, who recently retired as an associate professor of elementary and early childhood education from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., after nearly 28 years of teaching and administrative service, is an adjunct instructor with the Price School of Education at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga.

C. Norman Hurwitz*, 78R, is a physician for AmeriPath Indiana, an anatomic pathology provider in Indianapolis, Ind

Claudia Rickert Isom, 72BS, a circuit court judge in Tampa, Fla., recently received the 2013 Distinguished Judicial Service Award from the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

George D. Kuh *, 75PhD, an emeritus professor of higher education at Indiana University-Bloomington, received the 2013 Robert Zemsky Medal for Innovation in Higher Education from alumni of the University of Pennsylvania's executive-doctorate program in higher education management.

Frederick W. Ridenour*, 72BBA, is general manager of business operations for LiuGong Machinery Corporation in Houston.

Tom R. Thompson*, 71BBA, is a certified public accountant for the TD&T Financial Group in Fairfield, Iowa.

Kim Walker, 76BS, 79JD, an attorney with the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm in Des Moines, has been named to the 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms by the BTI Consulting Group, a market research provider.


Carolyn A. Foote Heitz*, 60BBA, 66MA, 79PhD, is an online instructor and reading certification coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis.

Lou L. Holtz, 62MA, an ESPN personality and retired football coach, received the 2012 Centennial Alumni Award from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

James E. Middleton*, 69BA, 76MA, is president of Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore., and a member of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.

Mary Louise Smith*, 66BA, 69MA, is an adjunct professor at Nashville State Community College in Nashville, Tenn.


Robert D. Brown*, 56MA, 66PhD, the Happold Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earned the American College Personnel Association-College Educators International's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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