1980s Class notes

New class notes are posted as time allows.

William (Bill) Eklund (BBA) was recently elected Photo Marketing Association International (PMAI) president. His job will require him to be fairly active as Bill will be flying throughout the U.S. and around the world representing PMA and the Photo Market. Bill has been very active in PMA and the Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) for the past 10 years.

Jeff Bowles (BBA) joined the board of directors of Independent Living Inc., a nonprofit, multi-service agency. Bowles is a financial advisor and portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Madison. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he owned and operated his own business for 20 years.

Richard CashRichard M. Cash (BA) released his second book, co-authored with Diane Heacox, "Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics." The book was published by Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. 
Cash and Heacox are internationally recognized experts in the field of gifted education and differentiation. Dr. Cash is the president and lead consultant for Rich Educational Consulting, Inc. He is widely respected for his work with K-12 educational systems in the United States and the Middle East. His first book, "Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century," continues to provide teachers with doable strategies and ideas for enriching all students' learning experiences.

Karen Getzel (BM) achieved a life dream Aug. 20, 2013 at 19,341 ft. above sea level. Fourteen years earlier, Karen was told she'd never climb a mountain again by respiratory doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital. A lung complication, termed BCNU evolved from a bone marrow transplant, but Karen's faith and determination, the National Jewish Hospital and friends such as former UW-Eau Claire music therapy teacher, Dr. Peg Codding, decided otherwise. Karen climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in August and reached the summit Aug. 20.

Lisa (Parnitzke) Leadholm (BS-E) retired in October 2013 from Cambridge Public Schools. Lisa was a special education teacher at Nikolay Middle School for 32 years. Lisa's husband, John Leadholm (BS-E), is the dean of students at Nikolay Middle School in Cambridge. In addition, John is the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Cambridge High School. Lisa and John have two sons, Shane, 21, who is a senior at Edgewood College in Madison, and Cole who is a junior at Cambridge High School.

Tom Pantera (BA) joined the faculty of Northwestern Oklahoma State University as an instructor in print journalism. Pantera graduated in May 2013 from the University of Missouri with a master's in journalism. Before that, he worked as a reporter and editor for 30 years on newspapers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Mark White (BS), principle of Hintgen Elementary School in La Crosse, was elected president- elect to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principles (NAESP). White began as president-elect on July 1, 2013 and assumed the presidency one year later. White has been a member of NAESP since 1988 and has served as Zone 6 Director, Wisconsin State Representative and as Wisconsin's federal relations coordinator.

Steven Banta (BS) retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2012. Currently, Steve is working as a math academic coach at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay.

Mark DeLap (BA)
is the head varsity basketball coach at Ionia High School in Ionia, Mich. He also is the permanent coach and lecturer for Basketball Scotland and coaches each summer at the country's National Basketball Camp. DeLap's latest book, "A Warrior's Heart," which can be ordered through Barnes & Noble or Amazon, was written as a motivational book for all coaches, players and fans of basketball. The book includes comments by former Blugold coaches Ken Anderson and Steve Kirk.

Michael Green (BA) has retired after working for 32 years for the Minnesota Department of Corrections at MCF-Oak Park Heights, the state's maximum custody adult correctional facility. During these years Mike worked as an officer, case manager and discipline supervisor. At the time of his retirement Mike was the acting associate warden of administration. He also worked as an acting hearing officer, harassment investigator and primary crisis negotiator for the department of corrections. Mike was asked to speak to the criminal justice club at UW-Eau Claire and awarded an internship to a UW-Eau Claire student.

Thomas GriffithThomas Griffith (BA) has co-authored "The Official Guide to America's National Parks," published by Fodor's Travel and the National Park Foundation. This is the 65th book written or co-authored by Griffith, a 2004 UW-Eau Claire Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award winner. A regular columnist for AAA Home & Away Magazine, his travel writing and photography have appeared in more than 250 newspapers and magazines from New York to New Zealand.

Lynne (West) Kohlhepp (BS-E), '82 (MSE), a special education teacher in the Wausau School District, received the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2013 Fellowship Award for superior ability to inspire love of learning in students, leadership and service within and outside the classroom, and the ability to motivate others.

Timothy Kay (BBA) has been elected to a four-year term as the municipal judge for Lake County Municipal Court, located in western Waukesha County. The district serves 17 municipalities, the largest multijurisdictional municipal court in the state. Timothy also maintains his private general practice at Kay & Kay Law Firm in Brookfield.

MednickBarbara Ketcham-Mednick (BA) is associate director of corporate communications for KPMG LLP in Minneapolis. She also is a contributing writer for several industry and career blogs. Barbara previously ran a successful Twin Cities-based public relations consultancy and held senior public relations account management positions at several top Twin Cities public relations agencies. During her career she has served on the board of directors of several professional communications and nonprofit organizations and has garnered numerous industry awards for writing and successful public relations and marketing campaigns. Barbara and her husband, Philip Mednick '78 (BA), live in the Twin Cities and have a son, Justin.

Laila Robins (BA) and fellow actors of the Belasco Theatre were named "Best of New York" by the Village Voice in October 2012, and Laila was named Best Theater Actress. Robins also was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle award for her performance in "The Lady from Dubuque." Her other Broadway credits include "Heartbreak House," "Frozen," "The Herbal Bed" and "The Real Thing."

Rick Schemm (BA) has completed a 23-year career at Royal Credit Union as vice president of human resources. He now is an HR consultant for HP&A Solutions, a new company in Eau Claire that provides HR services and consulting to small and mid-sized employers, as well as to busy HR departments at large employers. Rick's areas of focus are in performance management systems, compensation systems and effective workplace practices. He is married to the love of his life, Donna (Wells) Schemm '81 (BA-E), '82 (MS), and has two boys in college.

Eric Cutler (BBA) and his wife, Barbara Cutler '83 (BBA), have relocated to Portland, Ore., after living in the Atlanta area for nearly 30 years.
GriffithWilliam Griffith (BA) has been elected president of Larkin Hoffman Law Firm in Minneapolis. Bill is a shareholder and chair of the firm's real estate and land use practice group, practicing extensively in land use, zoning, real estate, environmental permitting and municipal law. He has served as local counsel to the Mall of America for more than 20 years and also serves as city attorney for the city of Columbus. In addition to practicing law, Bill is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he teaches land use law.

Ken Pazdernik (MBA), the chief financial officer at Northwest Youth & Family Services in Shoreview, Minn., recently published his new book, "The Secret Bigotry of Liberalism." The book is available on Amazon.com in either book or Kindle format. More information can be found at www.thesecretbigotryofliberalism.com.

Mary Beth White-JacobsMary Beth White-Jacobs (BSN) has been selected as Black River Memorial Hospital's new president and chief executive officer, effective June 28, 2013. She has served in numerous capacities within the hospital for 30 years, most recently as vice president of patient care services. During her tenure at BRMH, White-Jacobs has led the performance improvement initiatives of the Wisconsin Forward Award, which is one of 34 state-based quality programs in the country dedicated
to raising productivity and operational excellence. She holds a master's degree in health administration from the University of Minnesota.

Steve Scott (BA) has been ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church and will serve as pastor of the Milton UMC. For the past three years he has served as a pastor at the Holcombe, Jim Falls and Anson UMCs.

Ronda (Koch) Tucker (BA) has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 22 years. She and her husband, Ron, have six children: Abigail, Zach, Eli, Meredith, Seth and Noah. They live in Lima, Ohio, where they are active in supporting their children's activities as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ronda can be reached by email at rrtucker@juno.com.

Brenda Boone (BSN) received her doctorate in nursing in May 2012. Her dissertation was a qualitative descriptive study on the work of nurses in interventional radiology. She is an advanced practice nurse in imaging at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.
Carl Whalen (BS) teaches chemistry at Central New Mexico Community College and tutors high school and college students in chemistry, biology and math. Carl left Wisconsin more than three years ago, threw out his snow shovel and is enjoying the sunshine.

Sherrill Dodsworth Smith (BSN), assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, was awarded the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Early Career Achievement by President David Hopkins at the university's annual convocation ceremony in fall 2012.

Chris Sikora (BBA) has begun a new career in catering sales as the wedding specialist for the Harbor Magic Hotels Pier 5 Hotel on Baltimore's historic inner harbor. Chris works with engaged couples to create beautiful, romantic waterfront weddings and receptions. Chris lives in Ellicott City, Md., with his wife, Pamela, and their daughters, Meredith and Andrea.

Roger Ripplinger (BA) has been named president of the board of directors for Triniteam in Eau Claire. He also has been promoted to operations manager for Wal-Mart in Ladysmith. Since joining Wal-Mart in 2010, Ripplinger has been promoted multiple times. He welcomes the opportunity to reconnect with UW-Eau Claire friends by email at ripplingers@yahoo.com.

Mark Jenkins (BA) was re-elected as chair of the Independence Party of Minnesota at the Independence Party's state convention June 1, 2013.  Mark was first elected chair in 2011. In 2010 Mark was the Independence Party-endorsed state Senate candidate for the district, covering Maplewood, Oakdale and North St. Paul. Outside of politics, Mark founded Marquis Mobile Solutions, based in Maplewood, Minn., in 2007 and has served as the company's president ever since.