1970s Class notes

New class notes are posted as time allows.

Thomas KingThomas King (MS) UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of communication sciences and disorders, moderated an open public session for clinicians, clients and families with Alex Truesdell, MacArthur Foundation Fellow, in May in Solon Springs. Truesdell, visiting founder of Adaptive Design Association in New York City, is an adapted designer and fabricator of devices for children with severe disabilities. King is part of the ADA NYC collaboration team.

King also moderated the 44th annual Northwestern Wisconsin Writers Conference, featuring New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger. This year's daylong conference was held at the Solon Springs Community Center on July 23 and drew more than 75 writers from throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. It featured sectional presentations by experienced authors across many topics. King co-presented a session on accurate retrieval of memories and writing vibrant memoirs.

King is the author of "Sewing Awl," his recent essay considering paleo indigenous peoples of the western Lake Superior region from the point of view of a small child. The essay was selected by the Wisconsin Writers Association for inclusion in its first Wisconsin Literary Journal, currently in press. "Sewing Awl" also appears in King's newest book release, "Neighborhood of Bears," Vol. 3 of his "Tales from the Red Pump" series of books about Northland Lake Superior history, language and culture.

Ginger Olson (BA) retired in May 2016 after 38 years at Rochester Hills Public Library in Rochester, Michigan, where she was the head of circulation. She spent the summer traveling with her husband, Eugene Olson, (BS) camping, visiting with children, grandchildren, relatives and friends, and also visiting both of their mothers. Ginger spent several years as a volunteer at the library before becoming employed there. She hopes to be able to spend more of her time reading the books recommended by patrons, biking and camping with her husband, and volunteering at her church and the library.

Terri WhiteTerri (Peterson) White (BA) founded T.E.A.C.H. (To Encourage and Challenge Homeschoolers), a university model school for homeschooled students, in 2012. Classes are offered in all of the core subjects for middle and high school as well as several electives. While the classes are held in Cleburne, Texas, students from surrounding areas also attend, for an enrollment of 100+ students. The school includes 14 faculty members, with Terri as the director and sole English teacher.

Patrick Wick (BBA) retired as president and CEO of the Bank of Turtle Lake in January 2014. He held this position for 28 of his 42 years with the bank. Patrick enjoyed numerous activities within the community, including being a Lion, Knights of Columbus and Booster Club member. He will miss working with his customers and his wonderful staff, but looks forward to having time to enjoy his family, grandchildren and lowering his golf score.

Joe "JJ" Haefner (BA) has had a technical primer, "Structured Analysis: The How of 6 Sigma" and a work of fiction, "The Preacher and the Shaman," published. "The Preacher and the Shaman" is selling internationally in England and Australia as well as in the U.S. Joe was the first non-engineer to be accepted into the UW-Madison College of Engineering, where he taught statistics as a graduate student.

Mark WerleinMark Werlein (BME), '79 (MST) retired in June 2014. Throughout his career he served as a music teacher in Wisconsin and California, as well as in positions in business management. For the past 18 years he worked as an assistant principal at Oakmont High School in Roseville, California. Subsequent to retirement Mark has been busy writing music for film, television and cinema. Most recently he joined Ross Music Management Group of New Jersey for exclusive publishing and performance representation. Mark's music has been performed on YouTube as well as in several video projects overseas. Mark and his wife, Eileen Calise, divide their time between Sacramento, California, and Daytona Beach, Florida.

Warren Kraft (BA) became the new Human Resources director for Wood County, headquartered in Wisconsin Rapids. He formerly served as HR director for Brown County and the city of West Bend as well as Oshkosh city attorney. Kraft also is of-counsel with the Madison law firm of Murphy Desmond, managing its Appleton office. His wife, Elizabeth Kraft (BS-E), is now a substitute teacher for the Oshksh and Berlin schools.

Dale Sieber (BA) shares the sad news that his wife, Ann Marie Sieber, passed away at her son Donald Arnett's home in Omaha, Nebraska, on Sept. 23, 2015. She had recently retired after 34 years of missionary service with the Covenant Players. Ann and Dale had been married for more than 28 years. Dale says that Ann blessed everyone with her prayers, peace and presence, and grace and wise counsel as she inspired them to deepen their faith and expand their capacities to serve. After spending two weeks in the States to take care of funeral arrangements, Dale returned to Europe to finish training his replacement and then returned to the U.S. for Christmas. He currently is working at the WHQ of Covenant Players in Oxnard, California. Dale can be reached at sieber@daleann.org.

Brian Strand (BS) has been named Gulf States Regional Medical Director for Humana. Strand practiced plastic surgery for 27 years in the New Orleans area.

Mary (Turner) Heimstad (BA), in a significant departure from years of AP-style writing in the journalism and corporate worlds, has published a children's book titled "A Prince of a Dog." It is the story of a dog's quest to adopt a family. The book is available through Archway Publishing.

Monica Stauber Holtz (BA) is the new administrative coordinator for the Friends of L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire. She coordinates programs such as Give-A-Kid-A-Book and Books for Babies, which provide new books for children, and she assists the Friends executive board in carrying out many other projects and programs that benefit the library. Monica also handles membership, donations and volunteer recruitment for the Friends. She can be contacted at 715-831-5301 or friendsofthelibrary@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.

Jeff Cairns (BBA), a CPA and attorney, is a partner in the national law firm of Stinson Leonard Street LLP. Jeff was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel for 2016, and was named Lawyer of the Year in the employee benefits law category in Minneapolis by Best Lawyers in America for 2017.

Syed Hashemi (BA) received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Riverside, and then spent more than three decades conducting research, teaching and implementing programs to reduce poverty and gender inequality. His professional work encompasses many countries in South and southeast Asia, Central and South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He lives mostly in Bangladesh but works half time as a consultant to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., advising different governments on policies for reducing poverty. Syed has been married to Rubina for 34 years. They have two daughters. You can contact Syed at syedmhashemi@gmail.com.

David KammDavid Kamm (BBA) has joined the Beauchamp Maleki Group in downtown Milwaukee as the company's chief operating officer. BMG is a rapidly growing financial services company that works primarily with privately held companies and their owners to provide a single comprehensive and collaborative strategy to fully integrate their financial, estate, business succession and financial asset investment strategies.

Ken Morgan (BA) staged the Midwest premiere of the Jay Jeff Jones play "The Lizard King," a psychedelic journey through the mind and imagination of Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, in September 2015 at the Arcade Theatre in Milwaukee.

Shari (Groshong) VandeRiet (BME) has written and published two musical compositions: "I Heard It in a Dream," performed by the Boulder Big Band, Boulder, Colorado; and "Psalm & Alleluias," recorded by the Boulder Concert Band. For more information, email sheri.a.vanderiet@gmail.com.

John Emery (BA) relocated to New Mexico in 2014, and was recently appointed deputy general counsel for the New Mexico Department of Health and Human Services. His wife, Teresa Churchill '81, has retired from employment with Fond du Lac County and has joined John in New Mexico, to enjoy the 300 days of sunshine annually. Teresa has played with the Drowsy Maggies Irish band, and has performed numerous times at Milwaukee Irishfest, among other venues. Their three children are scattered across the country but fortunately their son and grandson are a mere 70 miles away in Albuquerque.

Ann (Talbot) Fowler (BS-E) graduated in May from the lay ministry program at the St. Clare Center for Catholic Life on the campus of Cardinal Stritch University. This is a two-year certificate program with a variety of courses geared toward all aspects of ministry in the church, history of the church, gifts of the spirit and many more. Beginning in fall 2016 Ann will become part of the youth ministry program at her home parish of St. Frances Cabrini in West Bend. Ann also is a lector and extraordinary minister of communion there. She has lived in West Bend and been a member of St. Frances Cabrini for 26 years.

Tom Washington (BBA) is working in Texas promoting the Republican Party as state treasurer. Tom and his wife, Billie, are also enjoying their first grandson, Connor, who lives in the Houston area with his parents, Andrew and Catherine (Matthews) Washington. Tom is on Twitter @HebronAggie.


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.