IOWA Alumni Magazine | April 2015
Class Notes April 2015


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.


Kelsey K. Bocken, 12BS, is a recreation therapist at the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities in Phoenix.

Alyssa S. Gonnerman, 11BBA, 14JD, is an attorney with the Husch Blackwell law firm in Kansas City, Missouri.

Corissa A. Hoffman, 10MAc, is a certified public accountant for the McGladrey firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Kathleen N. Kuhar, 13BA, a classroom teacher for the St. Louis Public Schools, will be a Teach for America alumna in May 2015.

Katherine A. Kuntz, 14BA, an investigative reporter at Rocky Mountain PBS I-News in Denver, Colorado, produced Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland, which has been screened throughout Iowa and aired on Iowa Public Television.

Kristen M. Norwood, 10PhD, an assistant professor and program director of communication at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, recently received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Emerson, a local manufacturing and technology company.

David M. Solberg, 14MHA, 14JD, is an attorney with the Husch Blackwell law firm in Kansas City, Missouri.

Taryn M. Tigges, 12BSE, is an engineering intern with Klingner & Associates in Quincy, Illinois.


Katherine L. Spunt Franck, 09BA, is an instructional development specialist at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ryan C. Franck, 09BA, is an analyst with McKinnis Consulting Services in Chicago.

Sheena R. Simonson Komenda, 00BBA, is a tax planning manager with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.

Katherine E. Polking, 07BA, is an attorney with the MendenFreiman law firm in Atlanta.

Jason R. Poss, 06BBA, is an attorney with the Hart Wagner law firm in Portland, Oregon.

Sarah R. Risdon, 08BA, is a teacher for the HLV (Hartwick Ladora Victor) Community School District in Victor, Iowa.

Elizabeth A. Shabel, 08BA, is a fourth-grade teacher at Naperville Community Unit School in Naperville, Illinois.

Michael T. Walsh, 05BA, is a financial advisor for Principal Financial Group in Iowa City.

Shera D. Wiegler, 00BBA, 04JD, is a partner with the Swanson, Martin & Bell law firm in Chicago.


Kenny D. Burgess, 92BS, is a teacher and coach for the Des Moines Public Schools.

Katie O'Brien Chapman, 99BS, head volleyball coach at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, has amassed more than 300 wins in her coaching career.

Michael L. Dunning, 99JD, is a partner with the Perkins Coie law firm in Seattle.

Kelly D. Hall, 94BS, 96MBA, is vice president of sales at the Avery Dennison business equipment company in Mentor, Ohio.

Todd E. Hutchison, 93BBA, is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Health Alliance Plan in Detroit.

Nathan W. Lamb, 97BBA, is a partner with the Ulmer & Berne law firm in Chicago.

Brent A. Lindell, 90BA, is market manager with Savant Capital Management and a member of the board of directors for Independent Living, a nonprofit agency that assists adults with disabilities in Madison, Wisconsin.

Shaner Magalhaes, 91BBA, 94MBA, is a realtor with Skogman Realty in Coralville and president of the board of directors for the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors.

S. Christian Nelson, 98BBA, is an attorney on the management team with the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines.

Kerry L. Sharar, 94BSN, is a registered nurse at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois.

Jin Shi, 96MS, is vice president of the Chase bank in Columbus, Ohio.

Brian R. Turnquist, 90DDS, is a dentist in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Kevin D. Whittaker, 99BA, is a partner with the Reed Smith law firm in San Francisco.


Ann M. Barry-Garrison, 85BA, is owner of the Noodle Café in Glenview, Illinois, and Depot Nuevo restaurant in Wilmette, Illinois.

Randy J. Beranek, 84BA, is president and chief executive officer of the National Psoriasis Foundation in Portland, Oregon, and chair of the National Health Council board of directors in Washington, D.C.

Melvin L. Brooks, 85JD, is an attorney with James D. Montgomery & Associates in Chicago.

Heidi M. Dunniway, 89BS, is an otolaryngologist at Otolaryngology Associates in Indianapolis and president of the Indiana State Medical Association.

Joseph E. Goldberg, 83BA, 84MA, managing partner of Goldberg-Campbell International, principal officer at the J.E. Goldberg Group, a specialized political and intelligence consulting firm, and vice president of global affairs for AKPD Message and Media, is author of Secret Wars: An Espionage Story.

Gary Moss, 83BBA, is a business collections manager at Citizens Equity First Credit Union in Peoria, Illinois.

Martha L. Van Sickle Owen, 88BA, is manager of change management and informatics for the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Michael R. Reck, 88BA, is president of the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines.

David A. Reilly, 85BS, is an insurance claims manager for the Insurance Company of the West in San Diego.

Tonni R. Richard, 84BSN, is a registered nurse at the Fort Armstrong assisted living facility in Rock Island, Illinois.

Mary Doty Solik, 86BA, 90JD, is an attorney with the Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson law firm in Orlando, Florida.

Brian E. Strayer, a history professor at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, recently published Romans Were Known for their Aquaducks and other Gems of Wit and Wisdom in Western Civilization.

David C. Van Dyke, 83BS, an attorney with the Howard and Howard law firm in Chicago, has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Stephen J. Welch, 86BA, is the editor of Get Fit, Lean and Keep Your Day Job: A Transformation Guide for Any Body by J.D. Griffin.

Cynthia L. Winkler, 81JD, is a self-employed attorney in Salem, Indiana.


Corrine A. Bowers Abraham, 78BSN, is an assistant professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta.

Leorlin S. Boyd, 76BA, and Marshall T. Boyd, 76BA, are owners of the Leorlin S. Boyd Agency, an insurance company in Pearland, Texas.

James M. Q. Davies, 70MA, 72PhD, recently published a translation of Greek novelist Konstantinos Theotokis's book, Slaves in their Chains.

Robert J. Dixon, 74BA, is president of Citizens State Bank in Sheldon, Iowa.

John A. Eckstein, 70BA, a shareholder and attorney with the Fairfield and Woods law firm in Denver, Colorado, has been named a 2015 Colorado Super Lawyer and to 5280 magazine's list of the top five securities lawyers in the Denver area.

Cynthia S. Johnson Hockman, 73BSN, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with Unity Point Health in Des Moines.

Rudy R. Kubik, 75DDS, is a dentist at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa.

Ronald J. Lambert, 77DDS, is a dentist at Dental Associates in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Paul J. McAndrew Jr., 79BA, 83JD, a self-employed attorney in Coralville, has been named one of the "Iowa Caucuses 50 Most Wanted Democrats" by the Des Moines Register.

Ronald J. Mueller, 79JD, is an assistant general counsel for Deere & Company in Moline, Illinois.

Suzanne L. Russell Sell, 73BA, 75MA, is senior vice president of research at the Starz cable network in Beverly Hills, California.

W. David Smith, 71MA, is author of Now We Have Secrets.

Bernard L. "Jerry" Spaeth, 74JD, an attorney with the Whitfield & Eddy law firm in Des Moines, has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Gail Hudash Wadley, 77BGS, is operations manager of the Work Injury Recovery Center at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.


Morris E. Knopf, 63BA, 66JD, is president and general counsel for Vista Prairie Senior Living Communities in Hopkins, Minnesota.

Robert A. Nandell, 64BA, a retired Des Moines Register photographer, is author of County Line Roads.

Nancy A. Langdon Stark, 61BA, is a part-time proofreader for the Washington Evening Journal and Golden Triangle Publications in Washington, Iowa.

Kathleen M. Zimmel, 68CER, is a physical therapist at Accurate Physical Therapy in Pontiac, Michigan.


Stanley R. Briney, 59BA, 60MS, a retired radiologist, is author of Thunder at River Station.

Russell R. Miller, 52BSC, the retired senior vice president of international marketing for Zenith Electronics in Glenview, Illinois, has written Death of the Spymaster.

Gordon B. Strayer, 51MA, a retired public relations director for the UI, recently published Snippets: A Memoir.

faculty & friends

Robert A. Corrigan, a former University of Iowa professor who established one of the nation's first black studies programs in the 1960s and later retired as the president of San Francisco State University (SFSU), recently had a visiting professorship in social justice named in his honor at the SFSU College of Ethnic Studies.

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