1970s Class notes

New class notes are posted as time allows.

Charlene (Ingles) Mears (BM) and William Mears were married on May 19, 2012, at St. James United Methodist Church, Pleasant Valley, Va., where she was the pastor until retiring in June 2013. They are planning a trip to London in September, where William was born.

Susan Borkin (BA-E) has had her third book, "The Healing Power of Writing: A Therapist's Guide to Using Journaling with Clients," published (W.W. Norton, 2014). The introduction begins "One day in the spring of 1970 I was sitting under a shady tree on a college campus in Eau Claire, Wisconsin ..." Borkin is a psychotherapist and speaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1978 she has specialized in the therapeutic use of writing and is the author of two prior books on the transformative power of journaling.

Elizabeth Grahm (BA), recently received the Academic Staff Spirit of Community Service award from UW-Stevens Point for her dedication to the community. Her community service includes volunteering with the school system, Boy Scouts, Operation Bootstrap and Salvation Army. Elizabeth has donated time as an environmental and wildlife education speaker and also donates food and care for local wildlife. She also plays flute with several local music groups and is an active member and volunteer of her church. Elizabeth works as a laboratory manager in the university's biology department. She has earned degrees from UW-Stevens Point and UW-Eau Claire.

Gary Lewis (BA) retired in December 2013 from his position as director of student services for the Northfield (Minn.) Public Schools after serving for 38 years in public education. Lewis' career included working as a school counselor in Wisconsin and a school psychologist in Minnesota, serving the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Germany and working as a special education administrator in Iowa and Minnesota. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education in 1999, and served as the organization's president from 2003-04. Lewis now serves as CEO of SpEd Forms Inc., a student services data management provider, and consults with school districts in the areas of special education and staff development.

Sandra Lindow (BA-E) has been nominated for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies from the Mythopoeic Society, a nonprofit organization devoted to the study of mythopoeic literature. This juried international award has been given annually since 1971 to scholarly books on individual authors who write fantastic literature or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. Lindow's book, "Dancing the Tao: Le Guin and Moral Development," (Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle, England) was published in 2012. The book, which analyzes Ursula K. Le Guin's speculative fiction and poetry based on ancient and contemporary theories of moral development, took 16 years to write. Several chapters were initially published in the New York Review of Science Fiction, Foundation: the International Review of Science Fiction, Extrapolation and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Lindow lives in Menomonie.

Patick and Jan NevittJan (Gottfredsen) Nevitt (BA), who married for the first time at age 63 in July 2013, has retired from a 40-year career that included jobs in journalism, marketing communications and public relations. The Spectator's first woman sports editor in 1971-72, Jan concluded her career at Lockheed Martin in Northern Virginia. She and her husband, Patrick, a retired career naval aviator, now reside in San Diego, Calif.


Charles Orton (BA) published his 44th book, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Things You Never Knew You Wanted to Know Anything About," in July 2013.

Robert SchneiderRobert Schneider (BA), a professor of public administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, published a new book titled "Emergency Management and Sustainability: Defining a Profession," which was published by C.C. Thomas Publishers Ltd. in October 2013. Schneider, who has researched disaster management and published numerous peer- reviewed journal articles in this field, advocates a proactive approach to emergency management that identifies rapidly changing risk and vulnerability profiles and takes constructive steps to anticipate natural and human-created hazards in order to mitigate and reduce their impacts and costs.

Dale Sieber (BA) and his wife, Ann, have moved from Baden-Wuerttemberg to Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. They are still assigned to the European Continental Office of Covenant Players, which recently moved from Baden-Wuerttemberg. In summer 2013 Dale and Ann, along with other Covenant Players from Europe, joined their colleagues from around the world at the organization's headquarters in Oxnard, Calif., to celebrate the Covenant Players' 50th anniversary.

Mike Sutton (BBA) retired from Lockheed Martin where he was the Information Technology Chief Architect and Senior Fellow for 12 years. In this role, he was responsible for integration of Systems at the Lockheed Martin which makes advanced Military Aircraft including the F-35, F-22, and F-16. Previously in his career, Mike, had roles of increasing responsibility associated with Weapon System Technology at General Dynamics, Vought Aircraft and Sperry Univac. Mike will be devoting his time in retirement between his wife of 38 years, Nancy, 3 children, 6 grandchildren as well as 3-D modeling, animation and electronic music hobbies.

Jim Huston (BS-E), was named project director for the official publication, "I Have a Dream," commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic speech given Aug. 28, 1963. The historic event drew 150,000 people to the Mall in Washington D.C. on Aug. 28, 2013 of which the publication served as the official record. Copies of the publication can be attained at the King Center in Atlanta.

Karyn (Zick) Miller (BS-E) has taught in the Catholic school and directed the parish youth choirs at St. Louise de Marillac in La Grange Park, Ill., since 1999. She also started a new job as coordinator of youth ministry in 2013. Karyn teaches 6-8th-grade religion in the school part time and coordinates service, worship, catechetical and social programs for junior high and high school students. Karyn and her husband, Michael Miller '84 (A&S) met at the Newman Parish at the Ecumenical Religious Center at UW-Eau Claire. Both are active in
music and theater at St. Louise and appeared in the school's production of
"The Music Man" in March 2014.

Carol (Rondeau) Fredrikson (BBA) has retired from a 24-year teaching and coaching career. She taught fifth grade and coached high school track in Denmark, Wisc., for three years, followed by 21 years in the Two Rivers public schools, where she most recently taught sixth-grade math and coached middle school cross country. Carol and her husband, Randy, plan to split their time between Wisconsin and Florida -- and spend time with their grandchildren. Carol reports that she's still running and looks forward to devoting time to her quilting hobby.

Deborah (Bissett) Maki (BA-E) recently retired after a 34-year career in education. Maki taught German in the Manitowoc Public Schools for 13 years, followed by three years as an assistant principal in the Neenah Joint School District. She served as principal in the Delavan-Darien School District for 18 years. She and her husband, Bob, will eventually move to their log home in middle Tennessee.

Kathleen Perkins (BS-E), was recently appointed secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Warrenville Fire Protection District. The three-person board of trustees oversees the operation of the fire district, as well as makes and enforces the ordinances, rules and regulations that govern the operation of the fire district.

Rita Coker (BBA)
reports that she has had two novels published this year in Ghana. "The Golden Staff," a children's adventure/mystery was published by Kwadwoan Publishers, while "The Lost Princess," the first of a trilogy about the historical romance and war among young royals, was published by Afram Publishers.

Bill EklundBill Eklund (BBA) has been elected president of the Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) for 2014-15. As president of PMA, Eklund will direct and serve imaging businesses in more than 100 countries. Eklund, who owns and operates Sharp Photo & Portrait in Eau Claire with his son, Spence, has been a leader in the imaging industry and a member of the PMA board of directors for many years. Sharp Photo is a full-service professional lab and award-winning portrait studio with a broad Internet presence. More information about Sharp is available online at sharpphoto.net.

Ann Fowler (BS-E) lost her husband, Jim Fowler '78 (BS), after a long battle with cancer in May 2013. She retired in April 2014 from her position as the Random Lake High School counselor, a position she's held for the past 11 years. Prior to that she was a business teacher at Random Lake High School for 23 years. Ann and Jim raised two children who are now in their 20s and living in the Twin Cities: James Jr. and Katharine. Ann and Jim became grandparents in January 2013 when James and his wife had a baby boy. Jim was able to hold the baby on two occasions before he died. Ann lives in West Bend and plans to write, read and cross stitch — in addition to spending time being Grandma.

Lisa StarkLisa Stark (BA) was elected to serve as a Court of Appeals Judge for District 3 in the State of Wisconsin on April 2, 2013. Prior to then, Stark served as a Circuit Court Judge for Eau Claire County for 13 years. Stark also currently serves as Dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College. She lives in Eau Claire with her husband, Thomas Misfeldt.

Eric ThomasEric Thomas (BBA) has been named senior vice president and market manager for AnchorBank's Milwaukee commercial banking division. He is responsible for growing the bank’s commercial business line in the Milwaukee region. Thomas previously served as managing director for Fifth Third Bank's Wisconsin region. He has nearly 35 years of commercial banking experience. Thomas serves as a board member and Finance Committee chair for Lutheran Social Services and as a board member for the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee.

Kandace Kay (Holcomb) Tochterman (BA-E) has had her book, titled "Long Road Home," published. The book takes readers on the seven-year journey leading up to her husband's suicide and the spiritual awaking and healing that unfolded thereafter. It is available online through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.


Mark Jansen (BA), '74 (BS-E), '76 (MS-E) successfully passed his research defense on collective bargaining and past practice at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis in January 2013. Jansen will receive his doctorate in educational leadership in June 2013. His research, published in May 2013, was conducted in northern Wisconsin and focused on what union members, superintendents, board members and labor professionals believe about past practice in and out of collective bargaining.

Michael Lien (BS) was promoted to the position of director of regional operations in March 2013 for D.A.R.E. America of Inglewood, Calif. D.A.R.E. provides prevention education curricula and training to 75 percent of the school districts in the U.S. and in 47 foreign countries. Lien oversees all field staff, operations and customer service. He previously was a proud member of the Eau Claire Police Department, chief of police in Baraboo and chief of police and interim city manager in the city of Two Rivers prior to joining D.A.R.E. America as a regional director in 2002.

Miller book coverAnne (Rud) Miller (BS-E)
has had her novel, "Mashkiki Rapids," published. The novel won first place in the fiction category of WritersRead 2013, an annual event in Washburn, and was awarded a Chequamegon Bay Arts Council Grant. Set in 1953, after the ceasefire in Korea, a decorated vet returns to his tiny Northwoods village of Mashkiki Rapids. On the train he meets a young woman with troubles of her own. This is a story of family loyalties, communities rebuilding in post Word War II prosperity and the dangers of small town jealousies left unchecked. "Mashkiki" is Ojibway for "medicine." Miller is a retired high school English teacher and currently teaches part time at Lac Courte d'Oreilles Ojibway Tribal College.
Gary Ovans (BS) retired in August 2012 from Ferris State University, where he spent the last 28 years as an academic professor, program coordinator and department chair. Prior to his work at the university, Gary enjoyed a 21-year military career serving the U.S. Air Force in electronic intelligence and as a combat aircrewman. Gary also worked as a manufacturing engineer for several years, then completed his graduate degrees in Michigan and transitioned to his work in academia. Gary and his wife, Barbara, have one son who also serves the military working as a scientist for the Department of Defense.

Thomas Sykes (BA) has joined the Chicago law firm of Gould & Ratner LLP as a partner in the Tax Controversy Practice. An experienced tax attorney and litigator, Sykes brings more than 30 years of tax and trial experience to the firm, focusing primarily on tax compliance and controversies, including tax litigation in all forums. His national practice includes advising and representing some of the nation's most prominent individuals, corporations and tax-exempt organizations. Sykes also handles tax controversies with respect to state and local taxation, including the Illinois Department of Revenue and the City of Chicago. He holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Richard "Dick" Hendricks (BA) and his wife, Julie, recently moved to the beautiful gulf coast of Southwest Florida. Dick retired after 28 years as editor/publisher/executive vice president at Ehlert Publishing/Affinity Publishing in Minneapolis. He keeps busy now as president of Hendricks/BCS, where he works as a publishing consultant. Dick also purchased The Mat Warehouse in January, an online distributor of martial arts, gymnastics, fitness and cheerleading mats. When not working, he and Julie spend plenty of time on the golf course and at the beaches!

Brad Myers (BA) is a professor of theatre at California State University, Fresno, and a professional actor. He has performed with Shakespearean festivals throughout the western U.S., including Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Utah Shakes, California Shakes, Lake Tahoe Shakes and Berkeley Shakes. In 2013 Myers was named the nation's Outstanding Classical Acting Coach by the National Partners of American Theatre. He treasures the education and friendships he was afforded while an undergrad at UW-Eau Claire.

Robert SindelarRobert Sindelar (BS), a researcher at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, S.C., served as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow in Japan for two months in the early part of 2013. Sindelar was hosted by the Japan Ministry of Environment as part of the Japan-U.S. cooperation framework for decontamination efforts in the Fukushima region. As an Embassy Science Fellow, he provided technical expertise and suggestions to Japanese counterparts based on his U.S. experience. Sindelar has 28 years of research and development experience in nuclear science. He holds a master of science degree and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from UW-Madison.

Sheri (Groshong) Vandereit (BME), with co-author Mark E. Gray, has published three novels with the Tattered Cover Press in Denver, Colo. The novels, titled "Gone a-Wilding," "Call Me 'Breed'" and "Breed Thunderhands," follow the Filer family through generations, beginning with Tom who left his home in the Kansas Territory as a teenager to become a mountain man. The story continues with his son, Mark "Breed" Filer, who is a gunman in 19th-century Colorado. Complex social relationships and plenty of action round out the series.