IOWA Magazine | 10-03-2013

Class Notes October 2013

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* Denotes membership in the UI Alumni Association.


Brenna L. Behrens*, 11DDS, is a self-employed dentist in Fort Collins, Colo.

John D. Blackman*, 12BA, is an AutoCAD technician for Toltec, a mechanical components supplier in Davenport, Iowa.

Blake P. Carlson-Joshua*, 12BA, is founder and chief executive officer of RiffDrop, a music composition phone app.

Christopher M. Frazer*, 10BBA, is a tax senior certified public accountant at Deloitte Tax in Chicago.

Kaitlin T. Larson*, 11BA, is an elementary school teacher for West Northfield District No. 31 in Glenview, Ill.

Brian J. McDonough*, 10BA, 12MS, is a planning and development specialist for Scott County, Iowa.

Thomas E. Myers, 12MBA, is managing partner of business development and capital investment at BioScience Research Capital in Des Moines.

Rose A. Schmidt*, 12BM, is a K-5 general music teacher for the Davis County Community School District in Bloomfield, Iowa.

Jackline M. Wangui-Verry*, 12BSN, is a registered nurse at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.


Krystie K. Gonnerman Brashear*, 02BSN, is an advanced registered nurse practitioner and owner of Woman to Woman Clinic in Estherville, Iowa.

Laura B. Brentner, 08PhD, is an adjunct faculty member and research scientist at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

Dawnette L. Steva Cigrand, 00MA, 12PhD, a professional school counselor and assistant professor of counselor education at Winona State University in Winona, Minn., recently received the 2013 Minnesota School Counselor Association State Leadership Award.

Nathan R. Drew*, 08BBA, is lot salesman for Drew Holdings, a real estate development company in Des Moines.

Kristin M. Ernst Golden*, 04BS, 06MA, is an athletic trainer and territory manager for Hanger EliteCare in Phoenix.

Susan E. Duesing Haack*, 01MBA, is senior vice president, corporate secretary, and chief risk officer for the Motorists Insurance Group in Columbus, Ohio.

Eric Hobbs*, 03BA, is founder of Penrose Brewing Company in Geneva, Ill.

Michelle Masoncup*, 04BBA, is the assistant city attorney in Evanston, Ill.

Justin B. Merritt*, 07BBA, 11MBA, is manager of financial planning and analysis for Oshkosh Truck Corporation in Dodge Center, Minn., and co-owner of Mason City Brewing in Mason City, Iowa.

Richard Mtisi, 08PhD, is associate professor of Africana studies and history at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Gina M. Nauman*, 05BS, is an environmental scientist with Foth Infrastructure and Environment in Cedar Rapids.

Joseph J. Potenzone*, 09MSN, is a registered nurse at the University of California San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest.

Julie K. Shaw Rathbun*, 03BSN, 05MSN, is a nurse practitioner for Heartland Care Partners in Cedar Rapids.

Jennifer C. Ryan Sansone*, 05BA, is a sales representative for the Atlas Roofing Corporation in Davenport, Iowa.

Margaret R. Van Heel*, 07BA, is a lobbyist for the Leonard, Street and Deinard law firm in Minneapolis.


Patricia E. Vander Woude Altman*, 91BS, is a third-grade teacher at Sacred Heart School in Waseca, Minn.

Lora L. Appenzeller-Miller*, 99MBA, is chief financial officer for the Waukee Community Schools in Waukee, Iowa.

Amy E. Bender-Levy*, 97BA, is an attorney with Catholic Charities in St. Louis.

Mark J. Braun*, 91BA, 12MBA, is chief of staff at the Office of the President and vice president for external relations at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Brian D. Campbell, a planetary sciences professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., recently received the school's 2013 Bernhardt Academic Excellence Award for his teaching, scholarship, and service.

John M. Cannon, 99BS, is an associate professor of astronomy at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

Christine E. Brock Carstens*, 95BA, director of employee benefits for Hughes Network Systems in Germantown, Md., was recently named Benefits Professional of the Year by Employee Benefit News magazine.

Kevin L. Chlarson*, 96MA, 00PhD, is a director with the Middleton Reutlinger law firm in Louisville, Ky.

Hamlett R. Dobbins, 98MA, 99MFA, director of the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., recently received the 2013-14 Rome Prize to attend the American Academy in Rome, a center for independent study and research in the arts and humanities.

Scott A. Hall*, 98BA, is a partner with the Carney & Appleby law firm in Des Moines.

Mark T. Ipsan*, 91BA, is president of Midwest Equipment Company in Cedar Rapids.

Dixie L. Laube*, 98BA, is a minister with the United Church of Christ in La Crosse, Wis.

Amy K. Hendrickson McDonough*, 98BSN, is a nurse manager at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.

Richard K. Merritt, 91MA, 92MFA, is an art professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Heidi A. Bequeaith Riley*, 90BA, is a senior business analyst at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Des Moines.

Chad A. Smith*, 99BM, is band director at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, Ill.

Joseph F. Sustersic*, 90BA, is an educator for School District 129 in Aurora, Ill.

Todd Tucker, 92BSE, is a partner with the Calfee, Halter & Griswold law firm in Cleveland.

Chris A. Vonderhaar*, 91BSE, is director of infrastructure with Amazon Web Services in Seattle.

Joye A. Walker*, 91BA, is a math teacher at West High School in Iowa City and the K-12 math curriculum coordinator for the Iowa City Community School District.


Philip M. Bergum*, 82BGS, is director of sales for BASF Construction Chemicals in Shakopee, Minn.

Patricia Ordloff Erdmann*, 84BA, is chief counsel for litigation at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in Indianapolis.

Gregory A. Fedders*, 89BBA, 92MBA, is segment general counsel for the SPX Corporation, a multi-industry manufacturing company in Charlotte, N.C.

Martin J. Graff*, 88BBA, is peripheral sales training manager at Boston Scientific, a medical solutions company in Plymouth, Minn.

Jodi Acri Jannes*, 87BA, is an elementary school teacher for the Des Moines Public Schools.

Denise L. Burmeister Krutzfeldt*, 83BA, is associate director of the Joint Office for Compliance at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Vincent C. Lamb*, 85BBA, is chief executive officer and president of Bituminous Insurance Company in Rock Island, Ill.

Scott D. Munro*, 81BS, is a dentist with the Racine Dental Group in Racine, Wis.

Melanie A. O'Brien*, 80BSPh, is a pharmacist with Pharmacy Concepts in Arlington, Texas.

Nick C. Radloff*, 86BBA, is president of Tax and Business Consultants in Blair, Neb.

Daniel Schoen, 89BA, is president of the Metrix Company, a medical device manufacturer in Dubuque, Iowa.

Patricia Lehman Ullestad*, 81BS, is a teacher in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 in Naperville, Ill.

Michael E. Vermace*, 89BS, 91MS, 97PhD, is chief executive officer of Minnowa Construction in Harmony, Minn.

Shirley Jenkins Vermace*, 88BA, is an account executive for KDEC Broadcasting in Decorah, Iowa.

Thomas K. Wuest*, 81BS, 87MD, 92R, president of Slocum Orthopedics, Agate Resources, and the Trillium Community Health Plan in Eugene, Ore., is an adjunct professor and physician-in-residence for the master of medical management program in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Eric J. Christensen*, 73BBA, is owner of the Gillette insurance agency in Bloomington, Minn.

Mary Barbara Benson Gnatovich, 72BS, is a graduate admissions counselor for Sierra Nevada College in Henderson, Nev.

Kim J. Harding*, 75BA, is director of rehab and wellness services for Friendship Village in Tempe, Ariz.

Stephen R. Irvine*, 71JD, is a self-employed lawyer in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Maureen K. Lienau*, 74BA, 83MA, 89PhD, chair of cognitive studies for the College of Education at Ashford University and a faculty member for Argosy University, recently received Argosy's 2012 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award.

Nancy A. Greenwood Magill*, 79BS, is a retired teacher and a part-time sales associate for Christopher and Banks clothing store in Fort Collins, Colo.

Thomas G. Schatz, 74MA, 76PhD, chair of the radio, television, and film department at the University of Texas at Austin, recently received an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholars grant to study the history of the film industry.

Henry M. Walker, 79MS, a professor and chair of the computer science department at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, recently received the 2013 Award for Lifetime Service from the International Computing Association.


Larry R. "Link" Linkin, 66BM, a professional musician, recently performed at the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy.

Eugene F. Luckstead Sr.*, 60BA, 63MD, is a pediatric and academic cardiologist at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas.

Robert Moyers, 65MA, of Liberty Center, Ohio, is president and executive director of the Center for Unconditional Love and Positive People Partners, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to personal character development.

Ronald E. Rehmann*, 67MD, is a medical doctor at Aviation Medical Minnesota in Blaine, Minn.

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