1970s Class notes

New class notes are posted as time allows.

Carol (Hanson) Sibley (BA) retired in 2014 from Minnesota State University Moorhead after working as a Curriculum Center librarian for more than 32 years. She founded the Comstock Reading Aloud Initiative in which pre-service and in-service teachers read aloud newly published picture books to more than 20,000 children each year. Carol looks forward to traveling with her husband, Steve, and spending more time with their three grandchildren.

Charlotte KodnerCharlotte Kodner (BA-E), an office careers instructor at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn., received the Spirit of DCTC Award in April 2015 at the DCTC Foundation’s True Blue Gala. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed selflessly to the college mission while showing boundless support for student success in the classroom and beyond. Charlotte was selected for her many contributions to the college, her students and the community.

Eugene Olson (BS) retired in March 2015 after multiple careers in retail management with Minnesota Fabrics, computer programming with Electronic Data Systems and computer deskside support with CompuCom Systems Inc. Eugene and his wife, Ginger (Schaumann) Olson (BA), live in the Detroit area and plan to spend more time traveling, camping and seeing their three daughters and multiple grandchildren.

Kristine (Fitzsimmons) Tompkins (BA) has retired after 30 years as a rehabilitation teacher for the blind in the commonwealth of Virginia. After obtaining a master's degree in rehabilitation teaching for the blind, Kris held jobs in Florida and Virginia, teaching newly blinded individuals daily living skills in their homes and work sites. In retirement, Kris is looking forward to relaxing, doing some volunteer work with her church and the Lions Club and hopefully traveling to some faraway places. An Alaska trip with husband Paul is already planned for this summer.

Alan Reese (BBA), a certified public accountant, has affiliated with U.S. Wealth Management as a wealth manager, offering holistic financial advice to mass affluent and high net worth individuals, families and businesses in Braintree, Mass. Alan has more than 30 years of experience in commercial and consumer lending, mortgage banking, and financial and accounting services. He is a former trustee of Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Pamela (Lerch) Koch (BSN) has retired from nursing and has become a full-time "Rv-er," traveling the U.S. with her husband, Jon.

Thomas Brown (BS) retired in May 2014 after selling his dental practice in Sparta, where he lives with his wife, Gina. Thomas continues to be an active member of the city of Sparta park board.

Francine Micklus (BME) has earned a doctor of ministry degree with a concentration in liturgy from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.


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 Graham (BA) received the 2012-13 Academic Staff Spirit of Community Service Award from UW-Stevens Point for her dedication to the community. Her community service includes volunteering with the local school system, Boy Scouts, Operation Bootstrap and Salvation Army. Elizabeth has donated time as an environmental and wildlife education speaker and donates food and care for local wildlife. She also plays flute with several local music groups and is an active member of her church. Elizabeth works as a laboratory manager in UW-Steven's Point biology department.

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.

Anne (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 World 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.

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) served as project director for the publication "I Have a Dream,"
commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic speech on Aug. 28, 1963. The anniversary event drew 150,000 people to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 2013. Copies of the publication, which served as the event's official record, can be obtained through 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 sixth- through eighth-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.

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.

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, Wis., 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, cross-stitch and spend 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.