2000s Class notes


New class notes are posted as time allows.

2000
Monica Schley (BA) quit her day job last spring to pursue a full-time career with her minor, music. Her primary instrument is harp. She just returned from a highly acclaimed tour to New York City with jazz trumpeter/comedian Ahamefule Oluo and the show “Now I'm Fine,” which was featured in Time Out New York and The New York Times.

2001
Sondra (Swiney) Norder (BSHCA) was honored in June with the Tomorrow's Leaders Award from the Catholic Health Association at its annual assembly in Washington, D.C. Sondra, who received her law degree from Marquette University Law School, is president and CEO of St. Paul Elder Services Inc. in Kaukauna.

Kris Sonsin (BA) had been living in Malaysia since September 2014 and now has relocated to Kuala Lumpur. She is a lecturer with INTI, International College's English Laureate Program.

2002
Justin Hentges (BA) has been promoted to the position of senior advisor for accountability and oversight to the assistant secretary in financial resources at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

2003
Jess Schmidt (BA) has joined the Los Angeles office of global public relations company Porter Novelli as a senior vice president in the consumer brand marketing practice. Schmidt will play a key role in the agency’s work with a top consumer client, the Almond Board of California, and will be responsible for managing, growing and developing talent. Schmidt has more than a decade of experience developing strategic communications campaigns. Prior to joining PN, she was a vice president at Finn Partners, where she managed several food and beverage accounts, including Dole Packaged Foods, the Happy Egg Co. and Auntie Anne’s.

Sally Schwartz (BA) and Josh Hummel were married July 4, 2015, at the American Homestead in Naches, Washington. Sally works as a graduate school adviser for the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington. The couple spent their honeymoon canoeing the Bowron Lake circuit and float plane mountain biking out of Tyax Resort in British Columbia. They live in Tacoma, Washington.

2004
Monica Frederick (BA) is vice president of business development for Royal Construction in Eau Claire. She is responsible for building relationships with clients, consultants and industry stakeholders, and supporting the organization’s business development and marketing strategy. Monica previously worked as a marketing and event specialist for HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and in business development and marketing for RW Scobie and the Eau Claire YMCA. She and her family have lived in Eau Claire for the past 20 years.

2005
Kevin Gostomski (BA) received his master of arts in teaching from the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History.

Andrew Kerbel (BA) and Sarah (Hafeman) Kerbel (BA) started an organization called Seeds from Seeds to help victims and families of child abuse and neglect after their son was a victim of abusive head trauma, also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome, at the age of 7 months. The family lives in De Pere and the Green Bay Press Gazette ran a front-page article on their story and organization in October 2015. The Kerbels have turned a horrible event in their lives into something good for the community and other victims and hope to make a difference. They wanted to let the UWEC Alumni Association know that there are graduates out there doing remarkable things, partly because of the education and some amazing professors at UWEC.

2006
Monette Bebow-Reinhard (MA) has published a new novel released by Solstice Shadows publishing. "Adventures in Death & Romance: Vrykolakas Tales" uses history research to develop this paranormal romance between 1503 Greece and 1933 Hollywood. This is her fourth historical novel. See more at her website, www.grimmsetc.com.

Emily Eastwick (BSN) completed her master's degree in Nursing at Winona State University in May 2015. She is now practicing as a clinical nurse specialist in St. Paul.

Luke Plese (BBA) has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Shorewood for two years and married Jenny Smith in July 2016.

Noah Taylor (BA) reports that after graduating from UW-Eau Claire, he went on to pursue a master's degree in international peace and conflict studies from the United Nations University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica; a master's degree in peace, security, development and international conflict transformation from the University of Innsbruck in Austria; and a doctorate in peace, conflict and development studies from the University Jaume I in castellón de la plana, Spain. He currently is working with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, a Cambodian nongovernmental organization that focuses on intervention into armed conflict in Myanmar and other countries in Southeast Asia.

2009
Brian Claxton (BA) and Mary (Imsdahl) Claxton '11 (BME) are making music a family affair. They are members of a nine-piece soul band called The Burroughs based in Greeley, Colorado. The band has opened for acts such as Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Steve Miller Band and have released two studio singles under the title "You Are My Joy." They are incredibly grateful to be able to combine their professional talents and passions.

2014
Arielle Jasper (BBA) earned her CPA license in October 2015 and was recently recognized by the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. She currently works in public accounting at RSM US LLP in Minneapolis.

 

2000
Christopher Moore (BA) has been promoted to vice president of the facility brand design firm ZEBRADOG. Christopher leads ZEBRADOG’s project delivery teams in the deployment of its signature dynamic design programs will also maintaining his role as new media director responsible for the firm's interactive exhibit development, technology strategy and execution. Christopher has led ZEBRADOG project teams in the delivery of impactful private and public exhibit spaces, including The Bemis Innovation Center, Lambeau Field, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Northwestern University, Aurora Healthcare, Aramco and Madison College.

Mitch StimersMitch Stimers (BS) has been named the first chief information officer for Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas. Duties in his new position include information management, state and federal compliance reporting, database administration, internal research projects and strategic plan management. Prior to this position, Mitch was the director of institutional research at CCCC. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the community college, teaching courses in geography and geoscience, and also teaches geoscience courses online for Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Mitch holds a master's degree and doctorate from Kansas State University.

2001
Lindsey Hansen (BBA) received a certificate in diagnostic medical sonography from the Johns Hopkins Hospital Schools of Medical Imaging in August 2014.

Jennifer (Krannich) Laber (BSW) and her husband, Ryan, relocated to Denver, Colo., for Ryan's career in the fall of 2014. Jennifer loves her job as a stay-at-home mom to two little boys, Ethan and Adam.

Kelly (McFall) Rogante (BS-E) and her husband, Fernando, are thrilled to announce the birth of their twin sons, Nicolás and Alessandro. They were born Aug. 1, 2014, in Maplewood, Minn. They join their proud big brother, Diego. Kelly currently works as a Spanish tutor at YEAH Academy in St. Paul, Minn.

2002
Kristie (Pettitt) Fowler (N) and her husband Scott welcomed a third son, Demarcus, born in Oct. 2012 and adopted in Aug. 2014. He is received with love by big brothers Collin and Logan. The family lives happily in Kenosha.

2004
Laura Carter (BA) received her doctorate in counseling psychology from UW-Milwaukee in May 2015. Her dissertation title was "Disordered Eating and Spiritual Well-Being in College-Age Women."

Kelly Conlon-ZimmermanKelly Conlon-Zimmerman (BSW) received a master of social work degree, with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialty in management, from Washington University in May 2015.

2005
Bryan Lenz (BBA) was named director of Recreational Sports & Campus Fitness at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in May 2015. He also will hold the title of associate director of athletics and will serve as a member of the senior leadership team in the department of athletics. Bryan will spearhead the creation and development of a comprehensive recreational sports and campus fitness unit that provides the Washington University campus community with opportunities focusing on wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Bryan previously served as director of Recreation at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. He holds a master's degree in sports sciences-sport management from the University of the Pacific.

2006
Jacob CarrollJacob Carroll (BBA) has joined Backbone Consultants in Minneapolis as partner and chief operating officer. The company advises other businesses in development, security and IT asset management.

Dave and Julie HoldenDave Holden (BBA) and Julie (Bindl) Holden (BSHCA) were married in February 2014 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with family and friends in attendance. Dave and Julie both grew up in Wisconsin and currently live in Arizona.

Evan Perrault (BA) earned a doctorate in communication from Michigan State University in May 2014. He is excited to be back in the Chippewa Valley, returning to UW-Eau Claire as an assistant professor of integrated strategic communication in the department of communication and journalism.

Jennifer and Rich SlifkaJennifer (Michna) Slifka (BS) and Rich Slifka (BS) were married in October 2012 in Eau Claire. They welcomed their first child, Orson, in January 2014. The family has moved from the Milwaukee area back to Eau Claire.

Barbara Weisenberger (BA) has been awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster Award, the highest award a Toastmaster can achieve, by Toastmasters International. Barbara has been a member of Chippewa Valley Toastmasters since 2007 and is currently serving District 35 Toastmasters as the northern division governor. She also has been included in an international book, "101 Artistic Toastmasters," as one of the featured artists for her costume design work with the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild.

2008
Tim BaumannTim Baumann (BME) and his wife Christine Baumann '12 (MEPD) became camp directors for the International Music Camp in July 2013. Located in North Dakota, the International Music Camp is a nonprofit summer camp that hosts 2,000 students each year in more than 40 different programs, including band, orchestra, choir, dance, theater and visual arts. The couple formerly taught music in Hong Kong, Chippewa Falls and Sun Prairie. Christine and Tim met while working as counselors at the camp.

2011
Katie (Appel) Van Dreese (BS) and Bryan Van Dreese (BS) met at UW-Eau Claire while working together as lab assistants. The couple married in September 2014.