IOWA Alumni Magazine | April 2014
Class Notes April 2014

* denotes membership in the UI Alumni Association.


Bryne C. Berry, 13BSE, a UI graduate student in mechanical engineering, recently received a National Aeronautics and Space Administration fellowship from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium.

Joy M. Chung, 11BA, a second-year law student at the UI College of Law, recently received the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion fellowship from the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm to work as an associate this summer in the Denver office.

Jessica A. Kinneer*, 12BBA, is an accountant with the John Deere agricultural machinery company in Waterloo, Iowa.

David W. Tjaden, 10BA, 12MA, chair of the National Education Association Student Program in Washington, DC, has been named to Forbes’ "30 Under 30" list for the education sector.


M. Rachel Andrews*, 00MA, 04DMA, is an artist in voice at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Mich.

Kathleen M. Battles, 02PhD, is an associate professor of communication and journalism at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

James L. Centers, 09BS, is director of communications for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in Des Moines.

William D. Jones, 07BA, is editor of The Orland Park Prairie and managing editor at 22nd Century Media in Orland Park, Ill.

Anith J. Mathai*, 05MS, is chief executive officer of Mazira, a data management business in Iowa City.

Forrest M. Meggers, 03BSE, 05MS, is an assistant architecture professor at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

Marcelo A. Meña-Carrasco, 03MS, 07PhD, recently received the 2013 International Impact Award from the UI and International Programs for his work in environmental sustainability.

Nancy M. Kringlen Rahe*, 02BSN, 06MSN, is a nurse practitioner at Genesis Health Group in Lowden, Iowa.

Falicia M. Buck Robinson*, 08BA, is a personal trainer for the Midwest Athletic Club (M.A.C.) in Cedar Rapids.

Michelle R. Scott*, 08BA, is a media planner for the Vladimir Jones advertising agency in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Brittney J. Sharp*, 07BA, is a preschool teacher at Apple Tree Children’s Center in Iowa City.

Hobie D. Summers*, 01MD, is a physician, orthopaedic surgeon, and director of orthopaedic trauma at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

LeVar M. Woods, 00BA, a linebacker coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes, has been named a Linebacker Coach of the Year by the FootballScoop sports website.


Molly A. Amman, 93BA, a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Quantico, Va., was a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal that recognizes federal employees for contributions to homeland security and law enforcement.

Lisa Kalb Attea*, 98BBA, is Cerner Applications supervisor at Catholic Health Initiatives in New York City.

Rachel A. DeMaris, 99BS, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Willowwind private school in Iowa City, recently earned the Iowa Children’s Museum’s Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award for teaching innovation.

Anthony S. Gabrielson*, 98BA, a partner with the Marshall, Gerstein & Borun law firm in Chicago, is one of Law Bulletin publishing company’s "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch."

Meghan E. Henry Gutierrez*, 98BA, is chief program, policy, and communications officer for the Lymphoma Research Foundation in New York City.

Louis R. Hanzlik, 98BM, is an associate music professor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., a trumpet player in the American Brass Quintet, and a faculty member at Juilliard in New York City.

Krista L. Witt Ketcham*, 90BBA, is chief financial officer for Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa, and a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Janice E. Ripley King*, 94BS, is a colonel and congressional liaison at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) for the U.S. Army in Washington, DC.

Steve W. Maddocks, 91BSE, is a factory manager at H.J. Heinz in Cedar Rapids.

Brenda Maxxon-Webbert*, 96BSN, is a certified emergency nurse for the pediatric emergency room at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Md.

Kathy L. Mehan*, 96BSN, is a registered nurse and infection preventionist for the Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

S. Christian "Chris" Nelson*, 98BBA, is an attorney and member of the management team with the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines.

Robert A. Palmer*, 97MedT, 98BS, 10F, is a diagnostic radiologist at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill.

Philip A. Pohren, 98BA, is the principal at Field Elementary School in Chillicothe, Mo.

Julia Anne Buresh Rosenthal*, 95BA, is an analyst with the EY professional services firm in Chicago.

Michael A. Traetow, 99BSE, is plant manager of the underground division for the Vermeer manufacturing company in Pella, Iowa.


Kelly M. Coffield, 85BSE, is president of Cobham Life Support in Davenport, Iowa.

Sari F. Brent Farne, 87BA, is a senior production manager for the Integer Group, a marketing agency in Lakewood, Colo.

Alison J. Greene Forkey*, 86BA, is a regional business manager for Procter & Gamble in Irvine, Calif.

Tina C. Dawkins Mason*, 84MD, is medical director at WellPoint Insurance in Pewaukee, Wisc.

Susan K. Schwager Poulton*, 85BSN, 97MSN, is a nurse administrator for the Iowa City Community School District.

Anne M. Tweito Reisen*, 80RadT, is a senior imaging technologist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Kirk E. Stapleton*, 80MA, a self-employed healthcare advisor, received a 2013 Distinguished Service Award from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

James E. Tarr*, 86BS, is a professor of mathematics education and associate division director of the Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

Scott D. Vandermyde*, 84BS, is a reserving actuary for Farmers Insurance in Los Angeles.

Jeffrey Weld*, 83BS, 94MS, 98PhD, executive director of the Iowa governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Advisory Council and associate biology professor at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, recently received the UI College of Education’s Yager Educational Accomplishment Honor for his work in K-12 education.


Charles F. Becker, 76BBA, 79JD, is president of the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines.

Richard C. Coffin*, 73BA, a partner with the Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp law firm in San Francisco, appears in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Franklin C. Coulter*, 72BS, is a family physician at Coulter Clinic in Orangeburg, S.C.

John A. Lundell*, 77BS, 78MA, is deputy director of the UI Injury Prevention Research Center in Iowa City and mayor of Coralville.

Gerald T. O’Brien*, 75MA, 78PhD, is a clinical psychologist at the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Gary A. Peters, 76BA, an attorney with the Howard & Howard law firm in Royal Oak, Mich., has been named to DBusiness magazine’s "Top Lawyers 2014" list.

Linda Mosher Schreiber*, 75BBA, 95MA, received the Johnson County Historical Society’s Irving Weber Award for her book, Before 52340: A Place in Time.

Gloria Jean Smith Sloan*, 75MS, is a hematology instructor at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga.

Robert W. Thayer, 71PhD, recently retired after more than 50 years in music teaching and administration at the State University of New York at Potsdam, Bowling Green State University, DePauw University, the University of Connecticut, Lawrence University, and Florida Gulf Coast University.

Chriss Hurst Winston*, 71BA, is a self-employed writer.

Curtis N. Wollan*, 76MFA, an executive producer and director for the Troupe America theatrical company in Minneapolis, recently received a 2013 Distinguished Service Award from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.


Robert N. Downer*, 61BA, 63JD, a lawyer with the Meardon, Sueppel & Downer law firm in Iowa City, recently received the UI College of Law’s Alumni Achievement Award.

Donald G. Shurr*, 68BA, 68BS, 71MA, is a certified prosthetist/orthotist, physical therapist, director of education and special projects for American Prosthetics & Orthotics, and a member of the board of directors for the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association.


Andrew Lenard*, 49BA, 53PhD, is a professor emeritus of mathematical physics at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Selmer S. Norland, 42MA, a retired income tax preparer, recently received a 2013 Distinguished Service Award from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Faculty & Friends

Mark A. Aschan*, is a non-injury liability claims adjuster for Nationwide insurance company in Des Moines.

Mike Denton*, is a farmer in Princeton, Ill.

Catherine Jamison-Williams*, is a registered nurse with Iowa Home Care in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Tim Lehman*, is a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Iowa City.

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