IOWA Magazine | 03-04-2021

Class Notes Spring 2021

The latest alumni accolades, including a milestone birthday for hospital leader John Colloton


Katlyn Bay (20JD) is an associate in the corporate department at Fox Rothschild law firm in Minneapolis.

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw (20BA) is a multimedia journalist for Local 4, WHBF, and KLJB Fox News in the Quad Cities.


Adam Bradford (10PhD) is dean of the Graduate College at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.

Lorin Fisher (18PharmD) is a clinical assistant professor in the UI College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and a clinical pharmacy specialist for the Adult Palliative Care Clinic at UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Kelly Franklin (14PhD), assistant professor of English at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, received tenure.

Yaa Gyasi (14MFA) was named to the American Library Association's longlist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction for her novel Transcendent Kingdom.

Tanner Hartsock (17BS, 19MS) is a consultative sales representative at BioLynceus, a company based in Estes Park, Colorado, specializing in microbial solutions for wastewater and soil remediation.

Tessa Hursh (15BA) is a social media manager at ESPN.

Brooklynn Kascel (16BA), a freelance photographer in Minneapolis, was featured in Time magazine's "Top 100 Photos of 2020" for her image of a store damaged by fire during last summer's protests.

Scott Lahn (13BA) is a senior creative producer for The New Company, a design and marketing studio in San Francisco.

Jacqueline Leung (10MS), executive director and public health advocate with Micronesian Islander Community in Salem, Oregon, has led an effort to deliver fresh produce and provide financial help to communities hit hardest by COVID-19.

Marilynne Robinson (17LHD), professor emerita at the UI Writers' Workshop, was named to the American Library Association's longlist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction for her novel Jack.

Derrick Shostrom (14BS, 17MPH) is program coordinator and informational manager with the State Hygienic Laboratory at the UI.

Morgan Smith (17MBA, 17MHA) is an oncology program manager for Allina Health in Minneapolis.

Caitlin Tanzer (15BBA) is a creative project coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.

Elanie Welch (14MS) is a wellness coach and chief operating officer for Bright Futures Chiropractic in Kalona, Iowa.

Angela Wittmer (11MA), a counselor at Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was named the 2020 Iowa Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Iowa School Counselor Association.


Oni Buchanan (00MFA), founder and director of Ariel Artists, a classical and contemporary music management company, is author of a new book of poetry titled Time Being, published by University of Iowa Press.

Cate Denial (05PhD) is professor of American history, chair of the history department, and director of the Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as author of the forthcoming book A Pedagogy of Kindness, which is under contract with West Virginia University Press. 

Douglas Dowland (05MA, 10PhD), associate professor of English at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, won the Texas Studies in Literature and Language's Tony Hilfer Prize for Best Essay for his piece titled "The Politics of Resentment in J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy."

John Hansen (07BA), an English faculty member at Mohave Community College in Kingman, Arizona, was named Educator of the Year by the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cathy Park Hong (02MFA) was named to the American Library Association's longlist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Nonfiction for her book Minor Feelings.

Pres Maxson (02BA), a copywriter in Carmel, Indiana, has self-published his third novel, Kevin on Earth: An Extra-Terrestrial's Account of Life on Earth in 2020. 

Norma Miller (07MPH), an associate biosafety officer at the UI, is also a public health officer at the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, who assisted in the ARW's COVID-19 response.

Nichole Fisher Moreau (00BBA) is director of operations at Sigma Pharmaceuticals in North Liberty, Iowa, and an adjunct assistant professor in the UI College of Pharmacy.

Buffy Quintero (00BA, 11MA), a teacher at Longfellow Elementary in Iowa City, received the Elementary Art Educator of the Year Award from Art Educators of Iowa.

Cindy Mason Uetz (09PharmD) opened a pharmacy, Main Street Drug, in Charles City, Iowa.

Casey Hundertmark Villhauer (07PharmD) is the owner of VaxiTaxi, an independent pharmacy that delivers flu shots to homes in central Iowa.

Joseph Zorek (01BA) associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's School of Nursing, is author of the new book Interprofessional Practice in Pharmacy: Featuring Illustrated Case Studies, published by McGraw-Hill.


Karen Gustafson de Andrade (90BS, 92MBA, 96JD), a career foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, is deputy chief of mission in Cotonou, Benin.

Alison Kibler (91MA, 94PhD), professor of American studies and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, received the Coordinating Council for Women in History's Rachel Fuch Award, which recognizes service to the profession.

Bob Lawton (94MA) is county administrator of Mono County, California.

Claudia Gonzales Marban (99BA, 99BBA), a private wealth adviser and president of Claudia Marban & Associates in Frankfort, Illinois, was recognized in Fortune as a 2020 Five Star Wealth Manager and among the Five Star Professional Women in Wealth.

Allison Wright Naleway (96BS, 97MS, 00PhD), a distinguished investigator and associate director of science programs at Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, Oregon, is part of a team working with the CDC to study the epidemiology of COVID-19.

Sean O'Grady (93MA) is chief clinical operations officer at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois, where he's helped lead a system-wide preparedness and response effort during the pandemic.

Rick Osborn (90PhD) recently retired from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, with dean emeritus status after 30 years at the university, including the last 12 as dean of the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach.

Mark Radtke (97BBA) is an attorney in the bankruptcy, insolvency, and restructuring practice at Cozen O'Connor law firm's Chicago office.

Nancy Lasack Shapiro (93BSPh, 95PharmD), clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, was appointed to assistant head for education in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.


Jon Clingman (81BSPh) retired after 30 years as a pharmacist in the Vinton, Iowa, area.

Kennith R. Culp (80BSN, 85MA, 92PhD), a professor in the UI College of Nursing and an 11-year military service veteran in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Army National Guard, and Navy Nurse Corps, received a 2020 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award.

Simon Estes (86BM), a world-renowned bass-baritone opera singer, is one of 10 inductees into the new Opera Hall of Fame by the nonprofit organization OPERA America.

Glenn Goldstein (87F) is chief medical officer for U.S. Dermatology Partners, the nation's second-largest physician-owned dermatology practice.

Daniel Hauser (86BA) is author of the new novel The Graveyard Gang, published by Calumet Editions.

Mary Hildebrand (80BSPh) is manager of the Walmart Neighborhood Market Pharmacy in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and a pre-pharmacy adviser at James Madison University.

Terri Brown Lenzo (87MFA), an assistant professor of music education at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, is a member of the board of trustees for the Ohio Music Education Association and editor of TRIAD, the association's official publication.

Randy McDonough (87BSPh, 97MS, 00PharmD), co-owner of Towncrest Pharmacy in Iowa City and Solon, received a 2020 Next-Generation Pharmacist Award in the patient care provider category from the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Sue Parmeter Moorhead (82MA, 93PhD), a UI associate professor of nursing and retired member of the Army Nurse Corps, received a 2020 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award.

David R. Nelson (89MA), president and CEO of Inovacus, a health service consulting firm in Baltimore, Maryland, is serving as consultant/special advisor to Advanced Pain Management in Milwaukee for strategic planning during the pandemic.

Mary Greenwood Parr (84BS) is a professor of recreation, park, and tourism management at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Dawn Roorda Prosser (89BS) is director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa.

Sari Rosenblatt (84MFA) won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize for her short story collection, Father Guards the Sheep, published by University of Iowa Press.

William Seaton (88MA), a poet, translator, and critic, is author of a new collection of poems, Planetary Motions.


Francis Hamit (72BGS, 76MFA), a Los Angeles-based author and playwright, has made his 2004 play Memorial Day available for production by community and other theater groups via

Jonathan Heaslet (70BA), a retired United Church of Christ minister, published his debut book, a novel in short stories titled Hawks Nest Chronicles: Good News from Osceola, Iowa.

Thomas E. Johnson (76BA, 80MD) is professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, a volunteer in developing countries with ORBIS International, and author of the new book Anophthalmia: The Expert's Guide to Medical and Surgical Management.

Aldean Kainz (78BA, 81JD), a partner at Jackson Walker law firm in Austin, Texas, was named to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America list.

Kathryn Kane (72MA, 76PhD), a retired marketing and communications executive and an award-winning artist, was featured in her third solo exhibit in a Chicago area gallery in spring 2020.

Michael Welsh (71BS, 74MD, 77R), a professor in the UI Carver College of Medicine, director of the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute of Pathology, and investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is one of three finalists for Sanford Health's Lorraine Cross Award, presented annually to a pioneer in global medicine.


J. Michele Kennedy Edwards (67BM, 70MA, 83DMA) is co-author of the new book Chen Yi: Women Composers, published by University of Illinois Press, highlighting the prominent 1980s musician from mainland China.

Howard Kerr (60BA), a former White House advisor who served 21 years in the U.S. Navy, including as commander of the USS Hawkins and USS Kinkaid and commodore of Destroyer Squadron 33, received a 2020 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award.

Alan Kotok (67BA) a journalist in Arlington, Virginia, received the Berny Krug Award, the National Press Club's highest volunteer honor for long-term service.

John Lisle (64BBA) serves on the board of directors of Sukup Manufacturing, a manufacturer of grain bins and accessories in Sheffield, Iowa.

Jeff M. Musfeldt (69BA), a retired two-star major general who served as deputy inspector general of the U.S. Air Force and served for 38 years in the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve, received a 2020 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award.

Walter Tevis (60MFA), the late novelist and short story writer, recently had his 1983 novel The Queen's Gambit adapted into a popular Netflix miniseries.

Phillip Truckenbrod (63BA) is author of the books Winterset in Time: Growing up Gay in Small Town Iowa and Organists and Me: Half a Century as an Agent for Musicians, both of which he published recently through Amazon.


Ann Berner Sexton (58BA) was honored by the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut, which named its board room after Sexton in recognition of the 36 years she volunteered for the Friends of the Library, including four terms as president.

faculty & friends

Don Kutyna, a four-star general in the U.S. Air Force, former commander-in-chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command, and a Vietnam War veteran, received a 2020 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award.

David Skorton, former UI president and president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, was chosen to serve as a member of U.S. President Joe Biden's transition team's arts and humanities group.

Kevin Washburn, dean of the UI College of Law, was chosen to serve as a member of U.S. President Joe Biden's transition team to lead a review of the Department of Interior.

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John Colloton

MILESTONE BIRTHDAY: Influential Hospital Leader Turns 90

UI Hospitals & Clinics director emeritus John Colloton (57MA, 13LHD) celebrated his 90th birthday on Feb. 20. A College of Public Health alumnus, Colloton dedicated more than four decades of his career to the UI and guided the transformation of UI Hospitals & Clinics into a modern teaching hospital and world-class academic medical center. The Mason City, Iowa, native began his career as an administrative resident at UI Hospitals & Clinics and rose through the ranks, serving for 23 years as director and CEO. He retired in 2001 as UI vice president for statewide health services but has remained a generous supporter of numerous university areas.

Over the past two decades, Colloton and his late wife, Mary Ann (57BSN), have donated to UI Athletics, the College of Public Health, UI Libraries, Hancher Auditorium, UI Hospitals & Clinics, and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, among other recipients. In 1982, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, recognized his accomplishments by designating a new, $100 million addition to the UI Hospitals & Clinics as the John W. Colloton Pavilion.

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