1990s Class notes


New class notes are posted as time allows.

1993
Scott Goethel (BBA), senior IT security consultant of UnitedHealth Group (Fortune 17 company), recently received the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification from the ISACA 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 uniquely management-focused CISM certification promotes international security practices and recognizes individuals who manage, design, oversee, and assess an enterprise’s information security. The requirements, tasks and knowledge that are tested were developed by information security leaders and later validated by subject matter experts and information security managers.

1994
John Biederman (BA) graduated from Ft. 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/.

1995
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.

1996
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.

1997
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.

1998
Lori Kampa (BA), was recently honored at the FMQB's annual Triple A Rock Radio Conference held in Boulder, Colo. As head of promotion at Nashville, Tenn. based Dualtone Music, Lori directed the promotion campaign for The Lumineers' hit song "Ho Hey" that was awarded "Song of the Year." Other related nominations included "Album of the Year," "Independent Labels Promotion Person of the Year" & "Independent Label of the Year." The Lumineers were nominated for two Grammy awards and have sold over four million digital copies of their hit single “Ho Hey.” Their self-titled debut album, released by Dualtone Records in 2012 peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart and has been certified platinum in the U.S. and U.K., double platinum in Canada and gold in France and Australia.

Jan Masters (BSN) has been selected as the director of quality management for Summit Surgical at Virtua Health in Voorhees, N.J. Jan graduated with her BSN from UW-Eau Claire in 1998 and completed her MSN at Drexel University (Philadelphia) in 2010. In addition, she holds the CENP (Certified in Executive Nurse Practice) from American Organization of Nurse Executives. She is a Region 5 officer for the New Jersey State Nurses Association and also sits on the 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.

1999
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, and the couple lives 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.

 


1990
Gary Campbell (BSW) completed a master of science degree in the K-12 guidance and counseling program at UW-Stout in 1998. He recently co-authored and published a book titled "The Boys Guide To Girls," published by Big Book Press LLC. The book, a pre-teen/teen guide book for boys, was co-authored with Frank C. Hawkins, who has written several boys' guide books. Gary worked as a social worker from 1991-99 in a private treatment foster care agency in Wisconsin and has been a school counselor since 1999 at Meyer Middle School in River Falls. He currently serves on the Wisconsin School Counseling Association Board as the government relations chair, serves as a board member for the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program and was appointed as the faculty representative of the School District of River Falls' newly formed FORWARD Foundation, an educational foundation serving the entire district. Gary's wife, Dawn (Schaub) Campbell '92 (BSW), works for St. Croix County in the Youth Community Support Services Department. The couple live in River Falls with their three children, Mackenzie, Olivia and Ethan, as well as their pet pot-bellied pig, Oliver.

Beth (Hagen) Ellie (BA) was named director of quality and continuous improvement at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau. Her duties include accreditation, evaluation and organizational development. In February 2013 Beth presented on the System of Comprehensive Internationalization evaluation tool at the Community Colleges for International Development annual meeting.

Kelly Vine PulidoKelly Vine Pulido (BS-E) is president of Advocate Medical Company, which sells health-related products made with natural active ingredients for men and women. AMC, the exclusive importer of products from Italian company Uniderm Farmaceutici, recently announced the national placement of one of its products, Lubrigyn Cleansing Milk, in CVS pharmacies across the country. Kelly is married to Fernando Pulido '89 (BBA). More information about AMC is available at www.advocatemedco.com.

1994
Stephen Skeels (BS) was promoted to president of power tools in Asia for Stanley Black & Decker. Stephen and wife Jean (Thompson) Skeels '93 (BA) relocated to Shanghai with their three children in early 2013.

Chris Solberg (BBA) had a busy year in 2012. In addition to moving that spring, Chris and his wife welcomed their fourth child, Lauren, in June, who joins brothers Jonathan, Andrew and Evan. In December Chris' family business, One Source Imaging, moved into a new 4,500-square-foot location at 301 S. Barstow St. in downtown Eau Claire.
 
Stacey (Anderson) Stephens (BA) and Curtis Stephens were married June 29, 2012, at the Inn at Amish Door in Wilmot, Ohio. Stacey is a registered nurse and unit manager at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilition Center-Winchester Place in Canal Winchester, Ohio. The couple live in Columbus, Ohio.

1995
Kristen Gunderson-Inden (BS) and her husband, Joel Inden, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Maximilian Gunder Inden, on Feb. 20, 2013. Kristen is an environmental engineer at Charter Steel in Saukville. The familiy lives in Milwaukee.

Shelley (Baldwin) Hendricks (BA) has accepted a position at Northern Illinois University as adviser to the Northern Star, the university's student-operated newspaper. She draws inspiration daily from her years (1992-95) working on the staff of her beloved student newspaper, The Spectator. She also held several editor positions in her 14 years at the Rockford Register Star before starting her position at NIU.

Darcy LuomaDarcy Luoma (BA-E) received Madison's Favorite Life Coach Award in summer 2012. She works with clients across the U.S. and loves the impact that life coaching has on her clients' lives. She helps them create greater work/life balance, stronger relationships, a more satisfying career and a life aligned with their values and vision of the future. She is honored to receive the recognition. Luoma can be reached through her website, DarcyLuoma.com.
 
Eric Sandve (BA) received a master of science degree in technical communication from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn., in December 2012.

1996
Christina Zaleski (BS) has accepted a new position as the director of genetic counseling and client services at Prevention Genetics in Marshfield. She would love to hear from classmates by email at brianandchristizaleski@gmail.com.

1997
Eric Betthauser (BME) continues to enjoy teaching middle and high school choir, general music and other courses at Henley Middle School and Western Albemarle High School in Crozet, Va.

Michael Quimby '97 and friendMichael Quimby (BA-E) returned to the Peruvian Amazon and Napo rivers for the fifth time in April 2013. Participating in CONAPAC's Adopt-A-School program, Michael joined a group of 20 volunteers who spent 10 days delivering school supplies to more than 50 jungle communities. This year his adopted village, 28 de Octubre, started a kindergarten and became a pilot recipient of household water purification systems. Last year Michael received two paintings from a former student who now attends college in the jungle city of Iquitos. More information about CONAPAC can be found online at conapac.org.

1998

John Horn (BS-E) was named director of the Division of Recreational Sports at UW-Madison on May 24, 2013. Horn joined the division in 2004 as director of recreational programs and facilities and has served as the division's interim director since September 2012.

Bonnie (Sikora) JamesBonnie (Sikora) James (BS) released her debut novel, "Just Breathe," from Balboa Press in August 2012. James is a writer of contemporary romance novels and is currently working on her next book. She invites friends and fellow alumni to visit her website at bonniejjames.com.

1999

Jennifer (Mackley) Degel (BBA) and husband Tony Degel welcomed son Gavin Robert Anthony Degel on June 13, 2013. He joins big sister Samantha and big brother Jaxson. The family lives in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Darin Preston (MSE) has written a work of contemporary fiction titled "Sequence 77." Published by Lucid Style, the work shares a tale that delves into the realms of history and scientific technology, leading the reader on an adventure that could be imagined in the present. Preston, a psychologist in the Fond du Lac school district, has seen in his own community and workplace the necessity for agreeable interaction and understanding amid a variety of cultures. This desire for understanding has led to his writing of "Sequence 77," with which the author desires to begin open conversations toward positive goals. Preston lives in Fond du Lac.

Becky (Raddemann) Santine (BME) and her husband, Tim, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Gabriella Rae, on July 23, 2012. Gabriella joins her big brother, Dominic.