1990s Class notes


New class notes are posted as time allows.

1993
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.

1994
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.

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
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.

1998
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.

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. 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.

 


1990
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.

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.

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.

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.