1990s Class notes

New class notes are posted as time allows.

Kristin LarsenKristin Larsen (BS-E) and Alan Higgins were married in December 2014. The two met in a theater production at Nicolet College nine years ago and have been together ever since. Kristin is currently continuing her 22-year teaching career as a middle school adviser at Northwoods Community Secondary School, a project-based charter school in Rhinelander.

Ann (Anderson) Noser (BS) published her novel, "How to Date Dead Guys," in the summer of 2014. The story takes place on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Ann's father, James "Jerry" Anderson, taught physics at UW-Eau Claire for most of his career.

Michael McAnallyMichael McAnally (BS) is a co-founder of and partner at NordicClick Interactive, which recently was recognized by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of the "100 Best Places to Work For," as well as by Inc. 5000 as one of 2014's fastest growing private companies in America.

Pamela SpeckienPamela Speckien (BBA) joined the staff of United Bank in a new position as a private- and commercial-banking officer in September 2014. In this position she develops and manages a commercial loan portfolio as well as the company's new private banking division. Pamela has worked professionally in banking and finance for nearly 20 years in a wide variety of positions. She remains active in the Eau Claire community, serving on the board of directors for the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Boy Scouts of America-Chippewa Valley Council and Big Brothers Big Sisters-Chippewa Valley regional board.

Dr. Tammie WalkerTammie (Behr) Walker (BM) served as the guest artist for the 2014 Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA) annual convention, where she presented a solo recital and a master class. Tammie was a piano student of Penelope Cecchini, professor emerita of music, during her time at UW-Eau Claire. She then earned master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently is a professor of piano at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., where she lives with her husband, Chad Walker '94 (BA) and their four children.

Adam EberleAdam Eberle (BA) has joined SunGard K-12 Education as chief commercial officer. Adam, who reports to SunGard K-12’s president and CEO, is responsible for all sales and marketing efforts at the company. A strategic thinker, entrepreneur and thought leader, Adam has extensive experience in K-12 education and sales leadership and a proven track record of success in sales leadership and growth.

Shaun WestphalShaun Westphal (BSN),
a major in the U.S. Air Force, has recently been selected as the winner of both the Air Mobility Command and the U.S. Air Force Clinical Excellence in Nursing awards. In addition to these awards, he received letters of congratulations from the commander of the Air Mobility Command and the surgeon general of the Air Force. Shaun continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force as the chief of medical aircrew standardization and evaluation for the 440th Operations Group.

Paula GibsonPaula Gibson (BA), director of communications and engagement at Azura Memory Care in Eau Claire, was presented with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Outstanding Professional of the Year Award at the 28th Annual Wisconsin Network on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in May 2015. The award recognized Paula's Alzheimer’s advocacy work and dedication that serves as a model for others in the field of dementia. Paula has been a strong advocate and spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association in the Chippewa Valley since losing her father and grandmother to the disease almost a decade ago.

Eric Olson (BBA) earned a doctoral degree from the University of Central Florida in August 2014 and now is an assistant professor at Iowa State University. His research areas are in services marketing, online word-of-mouth, service recovery and event management.

Amber (Dahlen) Peterson (BME) has been appointed as the new Mazie Barnett Kilmer chair for strings education at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. Her roles include conducting the South Kansas Symphony, overseeing the local youth symphony, coaching the Williams String Quartet and teaching both music and music education classes for the violin and viola. Amber also had her article titled "A View of Current Evaluative Practices in Instrumental Music Teacher Education," published in the latest issue of Arts Education Policy Review.

JonMichael Rasmus (BS) and Nichole Fromm (BA) wrote the book "Madison Food: A History of Capital Cuisine" (History Press, 2015) — a brief account of how Wisconsin's capital came to be home to so many culinary treasures. The project is a corollary to their weblog, madisonatoz.com, where they've documented meals eaten at nearly 1000 restaurants in the Madison area since settling there after their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.


Scott Goethel (BBA), a senior information technology security consultant for UnitedHealth Group, has received the certified information security manager (CISM) certification from the ISACA information systems organization. Requirements for CISM certification include professional experience, adherence to the ISACA code of professional ethics, continuing professional education and passage of the CISM exam. The management-focused CISM certification promotes international security practices and recognizes individuals who manage, design, oversee and assess an enterprise’s information security.

John Biederman (BA) graduated from Fort Lauderdale City College School of Nursing, cum laude, in July 2012. John was also afforded the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the ceremony. If you would like to get hold of him to say hi, his email address is: bieds4u@yahoo.com.
Aaron Harder (BA)
was featured on the Safe Sound Family's website as part of a panel of cyber safety experts. Aaron and the panel of experts were hand-picked and asked to share advice for parents on how to keep kids safe online. The advice was turned into a comprehensive guide, "Internet Safety for Kids," which can be found here: http://safesoundfamily.com/blog/internet- safety-tips-for-kids/.

Shawn Pfaff (BA-E) opened Pfaff Public Affairs, a government and media relations firm, in November 2013. Pfaff, who has spent the last seven years as a senior associate at Capitol Consultants Inc., has nearly 15 years of experience in the public policy arena at all levels of government. He has worked as a legislative assistant at both the federal and state levels and as a gubernatorial aide. Pfaff, currently the mayor of Fitchburg, holds a master's degree in public administration from UW-Madison and is a director on the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association board.

Robin TuttRobin (Sallis) Tutt (BSHCA) was promoted to senior associate at Lindquist & Vennum, LLP. Robin joined the firm is 2007 and is part of the Trusts and Estates practice group. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law.

Allison WhittenbergAllison Whittenberg (MA) will have her fifth novel, "The Sane Asylum," published by Beatdom. Her other novels including "Tutored," were published by Random House. Her middle-grade novels, "Sweet Thang" and "Hollywood and Maine," are available through Yearling, and her first novel for teen-readers, "Life is Fine," is available through Delacorte Press. Allison enjoys traveling and loves to hear from her readers. She lives in Philadelphia.

Jamie Bruhn (BA) and his band, The Lizardz, released a new album of all-original material in July 2013. The album features two members of classic rock music legends, Blue Oyster Cult. Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser plays rhythm and lead guitar on two songs and Richie Castellano plays lead guitar in a third tune. Roeser also mixed and co-produced a portion of the album. Jamie is also currently recording a new album with The Dukes of 1987. He can be reached by email at martinezvanburen@yahoo.com.
Andrew CrouseAndrew Crouse (BA) received the 2012 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner's Award for his achievements with research and tool development involving the digital forensics analysis of damaged hard drives, smartphones and GPS tracking devices. As part of the CBP Digital Forensics Team, he performs digital evidence analysis for the CBP Laboratories and Scientific Services and conducts training sessions for U.S. CBP officers and agents to help locate narcotics smuggling routes, combat human trafficking and determine terrorist connections.

Lisa (Johnson) Bendall (BS-E) earned her MBA from Grand Canyon University in February 2014. She currently teaches mathematics at Island Pacific University in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Ruth Staus (MSN) received an Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2012-13 academic year from Metropolitan State University. Ruth, an associate professor in the university's College of Health, Community and Professional Studies, teaches more than a dozen courses in geriatric nursing. Staus has a BAN in nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Metropolitan State.

Lori KampaLori Kampa (BA), head of promotion at Dualtone Records, directed the promotional campaign for The Lumineers' hit song "Ho Hey," which was named 2013 Song of the Year at the Friday Morning Quarterback Inc.'s annual Triple A Rock Radio Conference in August 2013. Dualtone is a Nashville-based boutique indie label that has garnered a total of 17 Grammy nominations and four wins. The Lumineers' self-titled debut album, released by Dualtone in 2012, was one of music's biggest breakout success stories of the year, selling almost 1.6 million copies in the U.S. and 2.4 million worldwide. Kampa would enjoy hearing from her Blugold friends by email at lori@dualtone.com.

Jan Masters (BSN) has been selected as the director of quality management
for Summit Surgical at Virtua Health in Voorhees, N.J. Jan received her master of science in nursing degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2010. She also holds the certified in executive nursing practice credential from the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Jan is a Region 5 officer for the New Jersey State Nurses Association and is a member of the organization's Congress on Policy and Practice Committee.
Andrea (Wall) Osborne (BBA), and husband Matthew, are proud to announce the birth of their second daughter Jillian Reese on July 23, 2013. Jillian joins big sister Morgan, 2, at home. The family lives in Mattapoisett, Mass.

Scott Stulen (BFA) has been tapped by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) to be the museum's first-ever curator of audience experiences and performance. Created by IMA director and CEO Charles Venable, the position will develop a strategic vision for innovative public programming in the museum's galleries, theaters and nature park. Stulen comes to the IMA from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he was the project director for mnartists.org and in charge of curating and producing the first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival.

Caroline Akervik (MA) has had her novel "White Pine: My Year as a Lumberjack and a River Rat" released by Fire and Ice, a division of Melange Books. "White Pine," set in the 19th century, tells the story of 14-year-old Sevy Anderson. After his father breaks his leg in a sawmill accident, Sevy must take his place with the rough and tumble lumberjacks and river rats who harvest the white pine forests of Wisconsin. The book, intended for middle-grade readers — especially boys who enjoy action and adventure — is available through fireaniceya.com and Amazon.com. Akervik, an elementary library media specialist in Eau Claire, can be reached at carolineakervik.blogspot.com.

Mark Garbrecht (BS) and his wife, Kendra (Erickson) (BS), graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Mark was recently awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in the biology department at Winona State University. He received his Ph.D. in anatomy and cellular biology from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed a NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Iowa. Kendra received her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 2005 and is working in private practice in La Crosse where we live with our 5 year old son, Zander.
Kelly (Schneider) Leahy (BS) and Dan Leahy were married in September 2012 in Minneapolis. Kelly graduated from the mortuary science program at the University of Minnesota in 2003. She currently works as a funeral director at the Dignity Funeral Homes throughout the Twin Cities. The couple live in Minneapolis.
Angela SchuttAngela (Marks) Schutt (BS) and Terry Schutt were married Aug. 9, 2013, in Cottage Grove, Minn. Several Blugold alumni celebrated with the couple. Angie and Terry live and work in the Twin Cities metro area.