IOWA Magazine | 03-04-2019

Class Notes Spring 2019

8 minute read


Colleen Campbell (10PhD), director of genetic counseling operations for UI Hospitals and Clinics, received the Strategic Leader Award from the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

Peter J. Chalik (13BA, 16JD) is an attorney specializing in commercial litigation at Whitfield and Eddy law firm in Des Moines.

Susanna Crum (11MA, 12MFA), assistant professor of fine arts at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, has been elected board president of the Mid-America Print Council.

Ryan T. Eakins (15BA), a comedy writer and director, collaborated on Dear Dark Lord, a comedy-horror web series.

Christopher Guhl (13BAS) is author of the new science fiction novel Naevia-18, published by Autumn Arch Publishing.

Brittany Hannah (12MBA) is executive chef and owner of Bistro 3 Nineteen, a restaurant in Marion, Iowa.

Kevin Matthews (18PhD), a geographer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, recently published a paper in the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Nathan McNurlen (12BA), a producer and editor for Trilix in Des Moines, won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for his work on the short film Cultivation: Writing and Wrestling in Iowa City.

Gen Shinozaki (16MS), UI associate professor of psychiatry, received the Dlin/Fisher Clinical Research Award from the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

Lucy Silag (11MFA) is publicity lead for Amazon Publishing in New York.

Sawyer Small (17BM), a music therapist in Nashville, is author of a book titled The Hardest Part About: A Ten-Year Journey Through Grief.


Jim Atty (05BBA, 09MBA, 09MHA), CEO of Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa, received the Iowa Hospital Association’s Young Executive Award.

Chad Adams (04BA), a senior video production manager for Trilix in Des Moines, won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for his work on the short film Cultivation: Writing and Wrestling in Iowa City.

Christopher Bolin (03MFA) is author of Form from Form, a book of poems published by UI Press.

Sean Crowley (05BBA, 09MAC, 10JD) was elected to partnership at Thompson Coburn law firm in Chicago.

James Drescher (06BFA), a senior videographer and photographer at Trilix in Des Moines, won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for his work on the short film Cultivation: Writing and Wrestling in Iowa City.

Emily Collins Kibling (07BA) is an account director at Hirons, an advertising and public relations agency in Indianapolis.

Jill Bucheit Kluesner (07MA, 12CER), a behavioral health consultant, is co-author of Jot Journal, a tool that helps adults and children connect through writing.

Jennifer Marietta-Westberg (00PhD) is principal at Cornerstone Research, a financial consulting and expert testimony firm in Washington, D.C.

Soumya Palreddy (04BA), a psychologist and consultant, is co-author of Jot Journal, a tool that helps adults connect with children through writing.

Anna Buskohl Patty (03BA), co-owner of the Marion, Iowa-based marketing company Epiphany, was named a 2018 Forty Under 40 honoree by the Corridor Business Journal.

Ernest Petti (00MS), an animator for Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California, was a technical supervisor for the film Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Anjali Sachdeva (06MFA) is a faculty member in the MFA creative writing program at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Shane Simmons (07BA) is a producer for the new film When Jeff Tried to Save the World.

Donna Stonecipher (01MFA) is author of Transaction Histories, a book of poems published by UI Press.

Mark Thorne (02MA, 10PhD) is a visiting professor of classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.


Katie Aune (98BA) is assistant dean for external relations at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in College Park, Maryland.

David Bissinger (90BA), a Houston attorney, was selected for the 12th consecutive year to the Texas Super Lawyers list for his work involving complex commercial disputes.

Dennis Herrick (98MA) is author of a new biography, Esteban: The African Slave who Explored America, published by University of New Mexico Press.

Mona Igram (90BA), attorney in charge for the Youth Advocacy Division of Essex and Middlesex counties, Massachusetts, received the Jane E. Tewksbury Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

Tayari Jones (94MA) was named to the longlist for the National Book Award for her novel, An American Marriage.

Russell P. Loven (91PhD), a retired schools superintendent, received a Distinguished Service Award from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Todd Rathje (90BA) is chief customer officer for Aprimo, a Chicago-headquartered marketing operations software company.

Tamara Yaker Simon (97JD) is senior vice president and global corporate consulting business leader for the Segal Group, a benefits and human resources consulting firm, in Washington, D.C.

Judy Greenlea Taylor (91DDS), a dentist in Union City, Georgia, recently completed her term as president of the National Dental Association.

Andy Temte (91MA, 95PhD), is CEO of Kaplan Professional, a global education provider in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Nadeja Wesley (99MSW) is a third-year doctoral student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and social worker at an independent practice in Louisville, Kentucky.


Andrew Armas (84BA) is an editor and 16-time Emmy winner for ESPN who is currently working on Monday Night Football, College GameDay, and SportsCenter.

Lou Banach (83BGS), is a banking executive in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and co-author of Start It, Grow It, Sell It: The Journey of Business, a business literacy guide.

Marc Bona (87BA) is author of a new novel, The Game Changer.

Luisa Caldwell (86BA completed an artist residency for the summer session at Hunter College in New York and was featured in recent exhibitions in London, Brooklyn, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Pamela Den Besten (80DDS), a professor at the University of California-San Francisco School of Dentistry, is vice president of the International Association for Dental Research.

Patricia Stuhlmuller Dooley (88BSN) is a staff registered nurse in interventional radiology at Rochester Regional Hospital in Rochester, New York.

Phillip Ellsworth (88BSE) is university engineer at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

Janet Hassebroek Guthmiller (88DDS) is dean at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Dentistry in Omaha.

Paul King (83MA) is president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health in Palo Alto, California.

Paul McCray (81MD, 84R, 88F), a UI professor and executive vice chair of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, leads a research team that received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to study gene editing.

James Moore (85BA) has been appointed director of the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jeff Rasmussen (83BBA) is a banking executive in Cameron, Wisconsin, and co-author of Start It, Grow It, Sell It: The Journey of Business, a business literacy guide.

Gayle Robertson (80BBA), a research support manager for the State Health Registry of Iowa in the UI Department of Epidemiology, received the David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Service from the UI College of Public Health.

J. Leslie Winston (88DDS), director of global professional and scientific relations for Procter and Gamble in Mason, Ohio, recently completed her term on the council for the National Institutes of Health.

Sue Zaleski (83BA, 96MA), management engineer for UI Health Care’s Lean efficiency program, received the 2018 Mastership award from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.


Kathryn Kell (74BA, 79DDS), a dentist in Davenport, Iowa, is president of the FDI World Dental Federation, a Switzerland-based organization that represents more than 1 million dentists worldwide.

Charles Lynch (79MS, 79MD, 84PhD, 86R), a UI professor of epidemiology and medical director and principal investigator of the Iowa Cancer Registry, received the UI College of Public Health’s Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service.

Barbara McAneny (77MD, 80R), an oncologist and hematologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is president of the American Medical Association.

Arlinda Isley McKeen (72BA), the retired president and CEO of the State Public Policy Group in West Des Moines, received the Iowa Public Health Heroes Award from the UI College of Public Health.

Carol Oja (76MA) is a music professor and author specializing in historical musicology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dan T. Shaheen (72BM, 74MFA), a New York-based theatrical producer, received a 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival after serving as a producer for Once on This Island, as well as the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway for the play Buyer and Cellar.

Linda VanWyk Snetselaar (73DI, 75MS, 83PhD), a UI professor of epidemiology and chair of preventative nutrition education, received the Academy of Nutrition and Dieticians’ Medallion Award for service and leadership.

Michael Welsh (71BS, 74MD, 77R), a UI professor and director of the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, received the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize for his research into cystic fibrosis at a symposium last fall at Harvard Medical School.

Kathryn Wittneben (72BGS), vice principal and pro-vice chancellor for advancement at the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley, received the 2018 Scottish Women’s Award for Services to Education.


David Brubaker (69BA), who has served for nearly five decades in the U.S. Army and Coast Guard Auxiliary, was elected as commodore for the 17th Coast Guard Auxiliary District in Anchorage, Alaska.

Harriet Clough (68DI), is author of a new book, Hello Myrmidon.

Nic Goeres (67BA) retired as senior vice president of Infinity Bank in Orange County, California.

Barry Keely (65BS) is director of gymnastics and head coach at Windsor Gymnastics in Windsor, Virginia.

John Rashke (67JD), an employee benefits attorney at DeWitt Ross and Stevens law firm in Madison, Wisconsin, has been named to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America list.

Faculty & Friends

Sarah E. Bond, UI associate professor of classics, received the 2018 Society for Classical Studies Outreach Award.

Ann Budd, professor emerita in the UI Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Gregory Carmichael, UI professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and director of the Iowa Informatics Initiative, has been named a 2018 American Geophysical Union Fellow.

Mary Sue Coleman, former UI president, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Iowa’s spring commencement.

Steve Goddard, formerly senior associate to the executive vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska, has been named the new dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Madeline Shea, professor in the UI Department of Biochemistry, has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Peter Thorne, a UI professor and head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, received the Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence from the UI College of Public Health.

Ronald J. Weigel, a professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at UI Health Care, has been named to the National Academy of Medicine.

Join our email list
Get the latest news and information for alumni, fans, and friends of the University of Iowa.
Join our email list
Get the latest news and information for alumni, fans, and friends of the University of Iowa.
Related Articles

We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies in accordance with our Privacy Statement unless you have disabled them in your browser.