IOWA Alumni Magazine | October 2014
Class Notes October 2014

* Denotes membership in the UI Alumni Association.


Dustin D. Comried*, 13BA, is a program center manager for RuffaloCODY, a fundraising software provider in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Robert "Ted" Gutsche Jr., 12PhD, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at Florida International University in Miami, is part of a team that recently received a $35,000 grant from the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.

Natalie L. Kamberos*, 12F, is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at the UI Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

Ashley A. Martens*, 10BA, is an account executive with No Limit Agency, a communications consulting firm in Chicago.

Derek T. Schoeberl*, 13BS, is a deficiency resolution analyst for Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Trisha A. Spence*, 12BA, is a marketing specialist for University of North Texas-International in Denton, Texas.

Robert C. Yoerger*, 14MBA, is global order fulfillment manager for John Deere in Moline, Illinois.


Avery L. Bang, 07BA, 07BSE, chief executive officer of the Bridges to Prosperity nonprofit organization, recently received an honorary doctor of science degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Christopher T. Buresh*, 01MD, 06R, 12MPH, UI clinical associate professor of emergency medicine and co-founder of the Community Health Initiative for Haiti, recently received the Individual Governor's Volunteer Award from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

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

Amy L. Jerred Conrad*, 04PhD, is an associate in pediatric psychology at the UI Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

Patty L. Cook*, 07MSW, is a therapist at Riverside Substance Abuse Treatment and the Robert Young Mental Health Center in Rock Island, Illinois.

Noemi de la Puente, 00MFA, is author of the book and lyrics to Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty, a show recently performed off-Broadway in New York City.

Julie A. Thorndyke Franklin*, 08MBA, is chief financial officer of Commercial Resources, a small business administrative services provider in Centerville, Iowa.

Jane F. Becker Freeseman*, 02BSN, is an Integrated Health Homes (IHH) nurse care manager at Pathways Behavioral Services in Waterloo, Iowa.

Kimn Swenson Gollnick*, 08BA, 10MA, is honors administrative coordinator at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Annie F. Humble Gougler*, 07BA, is agency manager for Humble Travel in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Sarah J. Leonard, 06BA, is a private client trust relationship manager at U.S. Bank in Iowa City.

Mike P. Locher*, 02BA, 02BBA, is a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Phoenix.

Kay M. McGee*, 07BA, is an occupational therapy coordinator and clinical instructor with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago.

Alfred G. Mueller II*, 00PhD, is dean of arts and sciences at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania.

Mike R. Smetana, 04BBA, is central regional sales manager for BURNDY, a connector manufacturer in Chicago.


Amanda Kueter Allexon*, 99BA, is a counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz law firm in New York City.

Nicole C. Barnes*, 94BA, is vice president of business strategy and communications at RTI International, a research institute in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Jim W. Bown*, 93R, is a physician at Utah Gastroenterology in St. George, Utah.

Tiffani M. Siders Conrey*, 98BBA, is chief financial officer for Skogman real estate in Cedar Rapids.

Robert W. Dixon*, 97BBA, is an associate general counsel with Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.

George M. Galvan*, 95BSN, is a neurological surgeon in San Antonio. Elizabeth A. Trede Lieb, 97BS, is a counsel with the Baker &McKenzie law firm in Palo Alto, California.

Roy L. Marble, 91BA, a former Hawkeye and NBA basketball player, has been inducted into the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame in Flint, Michigan.

Jacqueline L. Hammes Patterson*, 95BBA, is director of talent management for ACT in Iowa City.

Stephanie Sorensen*, 94BA, is a client relations executive for Employer Direct Healthcare in Austin, Texas.

April D. Schulte Vass*, 97BA, is a flight dispatcher for Delta Airlines in Atlanta.

Andrew F. Wall, 94BA, is dean of the School of Education at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.

Heather Booras Wendt*, 92BA, is president and chief executive officer of Uproar Communications in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

John A. Winga III*, 90BBA, is business manager for the Arbor Court retirement home in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.


Janna Lake Blomquist*, 84BM, is owner of Blomquist Music Studio in Duluth, Minnesota.

Kathleen C. Campbell, 89PhD, professor and director of audiology research at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, received the school's 2014 Scholar Excellence Award.

Steve L. Christensen*, 89BBA, is finance manager at Inverness Properties, a real estate firm in Englewood, Colorado.

Mark H. Edevold*, 88MA, is a facilities specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Donald J. Grande*, 82F, is a physician at Mystic Valley Dermatology Associates in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

Robert M. Gray*, 84BGS, is vice president of the trust department at First State Bank and Trust in Bayport, Minnesota.

Angelica M. Hernandez*, 89BA, 93JD, a partner with the Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson law firm in Houston and a Houston Bar Association (HBA) ambassador, recently received the HBA President's Award, as well as a State Bar of Texas presidential citation for her contributions as a Hispanic issues section director.

Mark L. Keenan*, 85BBA, is an attorney with the McKenna Long & Aldridge law firm in Atlanta.

Stacy S. Liljeberg*, 81BBA, is a realtor with the Michael Saunders firm in Sarasota, Florida.

Jay Norvell*, 86BGS, is co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the University of Oklahoma football team in Norman, Oklahoma.

Fernando de C. Oliveira Jr.*, 86MS, is a UI assistant professor of dentistry in Iowa City.

Tarun R. Patel*, 80PhD, is vice president of DSM Pharmaceuticals in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Lucynda J. Raben*, 83DDS, a dentist in Wichita, Kansas, is the Kansas Dental Association's 2014 Dentist of the Year.

Jay M. Raymock*, 86BA, 91MD, is a physician at Desert View Family Medicine in Gilbert, Arizona.

Jody MacKenzie Segalla*, 84BA, is an attorney with the Drost, Kivlahan, McMahon & O'Connor law firm in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Gayle M. Simmons*, 80BS, an obstetrician and gynecologist for Adventist Health Partners in Downers Grove, Illinois, has been named one of Chicago magazine's 2014 Top 100 Doctors.

Steve D. Weiss*, 86BBA, is vice president of the Century City branch of the Charles Schwab brokerage company in Los Angeles.

Nancylee Ziese*, 82MSW, a part-time sociology adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids and a recently retired social services provider, serves on the Cedar Rapids Board of Adjustment, as well as the boards for the Area Substance Abuse Council, Linn County Women's Equality Coalition, Linn County Advocates, Iowa Breast Cancer Action Foundation, and the Iowa Child and Family Policy Center.


Deborah D. Lanman Bishop*, 75BA, is a registered nurse and owner of HomeCareHelp, a nursing and home services business in Decorah, Iowa.

Rita F. Dove, 77MFA, a professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, recently received an honorary doctorate of letters degree from Yale University.

John Hoctor*, 77BS, is a journalist and information technology consultant based on the East Coast.

Michael L. Kaplan*, 75BA, is an attorney with the Roven-Kaplan law firm in Houston.

Roni M. LaPelle*, 77BBA, is a marketing manager for Henrico County School Nutrition Services in Henrico, Virginia.

Paul C. Lillios, 79BA, is a partner with the Akerman law firm in Chicago.

James P. McDonald*, 77BBA, is a sales representative at Martin Equipment of Iowa in Dubuque, Iowa.

Larry W. Peterson*, 79BA, is a sportswriter for the Creston News Advertiser in Creston, Iowa.

Paul J. Petesch*, 73MS, is a quality controller for John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa.

Ronald E. Rolwes*, 74BBA, is a certified public accountant and fraud examiner for the Mayer Hoffman McCann accounting firm in Irvine, California.

Michael P. Short*, 73BA, 76JD, is an attorney for Lee County in Keokuk, Iowa.

John Stewart*, 72JD, retired earlier this year after 41 years of law practice in Fort Myers, Florida.

Brad L. Strader*, 75BBA, is executive director of the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center's foundation in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Mary Jo Knowles Zern*, 76BS, is a registered dietitian and dental hygienist at the Community Action of Southeast Iowa crisis and resource center in Burlington, Iowa.


Rick Echternacht*, 68BBA, is an office manager and sales administrator for Jobst, a parts manufacturer in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

William J. Snyder*, 64BA, 67JD, is a self-employed attorney in Moline, Illinois.

Faculty & Friends

Pat Cantrell Otto* is an alumni outreach coordinator at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.

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