IOWA Alumni Magazine | August 2015
Class Notes August 2015


Jordan M. Bleil, 13BA, is a youth counselor for Sequel Youth and Family Services in Iowa City.

Alec W. Bramel, 14BA, is a Peace Corps agriculture volunteer in Jamaica.

Ashley A. Hildebrand Brehme, 12PHR, is a pharmacist at Blakesley Drug in Manchester, Iowa.

Nicky W. Fish, 14BA, is a Peace Corps English education volunteer in Indonesia.

Thomas R. Fricton, 11JD, a United States Marine Corps (USMC) captain stationed in Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, recently received the USMC Defense Counsel of the Year Award.

Abbie M. Gruwell, 10BA, graduated this past spring with a juris doctor degree from Indiana University at Bloomington and is a summer intern for U.S. Senator Joe Donnelley (D-Indiana) in Washington, DC.

Samuel J. Huff, 11PHR, is a pharmacist at Unity Point-St. Luke's in Sioux City, Iowa.

Jason Lau, 10PhD, is executive director of personnel, programs, and business operations for the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.

John Lodewyck, 14BSE, is a civil engineer for the Village of Hinsdale, Illinois.

Kendra Meltzer, 14BA, is a Peace Corps health volunteer in Nicaragua.

Caroline A. Noser, 11BA, a fifth-grade teacher for the Ankeny Community School District in Ankeny, Iowa, graduated this past spring with a master of science in education from Drake University in Des Moines.

Erica N. Recker, 13BS, is a dental student at the UI College of Dentistry in Iowa City.


Benjamin B. Banker, 01BA, is a senior production manager at the iMemories movie and photo-digitizing company in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Maria "Tess" Shier Barker, 09JD, 11PhD, is chief of staff for the chancellor at the University of Michigan at Flint.

Jennifer T. Keil Brost, 04BA, is assistant director of new student enrollment at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Emily R. Dague, 06BSN, 12MSN, is a critical care pediatric nurse practitioner at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Lee J. Elbert, 07BA, is a manager at Franklin Medical Center in Hampton, Iowa.

Cory W. Fisher, 02BSE, is a partner with the Shook, Hardy & Bacon law firm in Kansas City, Missouri.

Adam J. Flagg, 04BA, a private wealth manager and branch director with Upstream Investment Partners in Austin, Texas, recently won the Austin Under 40 Award in the financial services and insurance category.

Annie F. Humble Gougler, 07BA, is a travel advisor and agency manager at Humble Travel in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Meghan L. Hasselberg-Reitz, 01BA, is a self-employed mental health therapist in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Joshua A. Huyser, 01MA, 01MFA, an artist, recently had his work displayed in the exhibit, Seen: A New Americana, at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.

Robert J. Lynch, 00BBA, is chief financial officer of retirement and investment consulting for Aon Hewitt, a human capital and management consulting services provider in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Matthew T. McConville, 03BSE, 05MS, is a water resources engineer at HDR Engineering in Omaha, Nebraska, and a participant in the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy.

Michael R. Meharry, 08MS, is an associate dentistry professor at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ.

Barbara J. Morck, 04BA, is director of parking and transportation services at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Colt Moss, 07BA, is an attorney with the Wandro & Associates law firm in Des Moines.

Douglas M. O'Reilly, 09BSE, is a sales engineer at the Ultra-Tech aerospace manufacturing company in Kansas City, Kansas.

Glen E. Perkins III, 03BBA, is vice president of Hawkeye Paving in Bettendorf, Iowa

Rachel N. Kuns Perkins, 03BBA, is a human resources project manager at John Deere in Moline, Illinois.

Nicholas Weber, 08BS, is assistant vice president, senior quantitative strategist, for the retirement solutions division of Pacific Life Insurance in Newport Beach, California.

Lindsay E. Woodward, 09BA, is a digital brand manager for CSP Business Media in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.


Todd M. Bloomquist, 99JD, is vice president, deputy general counsel, and assistant secretary of Beam Suntory, a premium spirits company in Deerfield, Illinois.

Traevena L. Potter-Hall Byrd, 94BA, 97JD, is the general counsel for Towson University in Towson, Maryland, and a member of the board of directors for the National Association of College and University Attorneys in Washington, DC.

Thomas M. Gellhaus, 90R, is a clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and president-elect of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington, DC.

Deborah N. Haas, 98BBA, 06MBA, is a tax manager with the American & Efird thread and yarn manufacturing company in Mount Holly, North Carolina.

Christi A. Kathol Janssen, 97MFA, is executive director of the Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

Karolyn Knaack, 92MBA, a self-employed attorney in Austin, Texas, received the 2014 Professional Partnering Recognition Award this past winter from the TyRex Group technology company.

Jason Stoops, 97BA, is a managing partner at Stoops Enterprises, a business consulting company in Batavia, Illinois.

Rafael A. Sulit, 93BA, is head of U.S. brand strategy and implementation at the National Grid energy company in Brooklyn, New York.

Sonni S. Choi Williams, 94BA, is deputy corporation counsel for the city of Peoria, Illinois, and a second-term member on the board of governors of the Illinois State Bar Association.


Jody L. Bennett, 87BBA, is vice president of operations for the U/S Sports Advisors marketing agency in Indianapolis.

Rich Bowerman, 88BA, is a sixth-grade science teacher at Apple Valley Middle School in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Laura R. Brooks, 80MSW, is a self-employed family therapist in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Janis K. Fairbank Cummings, 84BBA, is an accountant at Union Capital Mortgage in Mentor, Ohio.

Wade L. Farmer, 89BA, 94DDS, is a general dentist at Farmer's Family Dental in Lancaster, Wisconsin.

John V. Hayes, 83BA, is senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the Brown-Forman alcohol production and marketing company in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jeanne M. Leone-Schmit, 86BBA, is a senior director and accounting manager at Trustmark Insurance in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Scott G. MacLeod, 83BSPh, is a pharmacist at Walmart in Morris, Illinois.

Mallard D. "Mal" Owen, 87PhD, is chief of operations and finance at the Scottsdale Cultural Council in Scottsdale, Arizona.

John J. Skowronski, 80MA, 84PhD, a psychology professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, recently received the school's top honor for teachers as its 2015 Board of Trustees Professor.

Susan M. Nitschke Tarkka, 85BS, 85MedT, is a wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch in Kansas City, Missouri.


Julie Fidler Dixon, 73BA, is executive director of On With Life, a nonprofit brain injury rehabilitation services provider in Ankeny, Iowa, and a member of the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Randall R. Evans, 72BA, a member of the board of trustees for the Daily Iowan, recently retired after 40 years on the staff of the Des Moines Register.

Douglas W. Hoch, 76MD, is a physician with the Wayne County Hospital Clinics in Corydon, Iowa.

Mary F. Howard-Hamilton, 76BA, 77MA, a professor of higher education leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, recently received the school's President's Medal for exemplary teaching and scholarship and the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Award.

Robert J. Noser, 79BBA, co-owner of Ewers Men's Store in Iowa City, celebrates the family business's 100th anniversary this year.

Jeffrey L. Peterson, 73BSCE, is an engineer and project manager at BEI Engineering in Pasadena, Texas.

Linda B. Schmitz Spangrud, 71BA, is president and owner of Spangrud & Associates, a grant and business development services provider in Foley, Alabama.


Janice L. Jungmann Daly, 61DH, is a dental hygienist at Roosevelt Dental Arts in De Soto, Iowa.

William J. Marvin Jr., 68BS, 72MD, 75R, 77F, is a physician at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida.

Nicholas Meyer, 68BA, a writer and film director, recently received a nomination for a 2015 Writers Guild Award in the category of long form adapted script for the Houdini History Channel miniseries.

Wayne E. Stoeber, 69BBA, is owner of Stoeber Financial in Shavano Park, Texas.

Joseph H. Thompson, 68BSPh, is a self-employed pharmacist in Urbandale, Iowa.


Bill L. Daly, 58BA, 61DDS, is a hobby farmer and a retired dentist in De Soto, Iowa. Clark Hamilton, 55BA, 55DDS, retired this past winter from his dentist practice in Tallahassee, Florida.

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