1970s Class notes

New class notes are posted as time allows.

Charlene (Ingles) (BM), and William Mears were married on May 19, 2012, at St. James United Methodist Church, Pleasant Valley, Va., where she was the pastor until retiring in June 2013. They are planning a trip to London in September, where William was born.

Elizabeth Grahm (BA), recently received the Academic Staff Spirit of Community Service award from UW-Stevens Point for her dedication to the community. Her community service includes volunteering with the school system, Boy Scouts, Operation Bootstrap and Salvation Army. Elizabeth has donated time as an environmental and wildlife education speaker and also donates food and care for local wildlife. She also plays flute with several local music groups and is an active member and volunteer of her church. Elizabeth works as a laboratory manager in the university's biology department. She has earned degrees from UW-Stevens Point and UW-Eau Claire.

Patick and Jan NevittJan (Gottfredsen) Nevitt (BA), who married for the first time at age 63 in July 2013, has retired from a 40-year career that included jobs in journalism, marketing communications and public relations. The Spectator's first woman sports editor in 1971-72, Jan concluded her career at Lockheed Martin in Northern Virginia. She and her husband, Patrick, a retired career naval aviator, now reside in San Diego, Calif.


Charles Orton (BA) published his 44th book, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Things You Never Knew You Wanted to Know Anything About," in July 2013.

Robert Schneider (BA), a professor of public administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, published a new book titled "Emergency Management and Sustainability: Defining a Profession," which was published by C.C. Thomas Publishers Ltd. in October 2013. Schneider, who has researched disaster management and published numerous peer- reviewed journal articles in this field, advocates a proactive approach to emergency management that identifies rapidly changing risk and vulnerability profiles and takes constructive steps to anticipate natural and human-created hazards in order to mitigate and reduce their impacts and costs.

Mike Sutton (BBA) retired from Lockheed Martin where he was the Information Technology Chief Architect and Senior Fellow for 12 years. In this role, he was responsible for integration of Systems at the Lockheed Martin which makes advanced Military Aircraft including the F-35, F-22, and F-16. Previously in his career, Mike, had roles of increasing responsibility associated with Weapon System Technology at General Dynamics, Vought Aircraft and Sperry Univac. Mike will be devoting his time in retirement between his wife of 38 years, Nancy, 3 children, 6 grandchildren as well as 3-D modeling, animation and electronic music hobbies.

Jim Huston (BS-E), was named project director for the official publication, "I Have a Dream," commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic speech given Aug. 28, 1963. The historic event drew 150,000 people to the Mall in Washington D.C. on Aug. 28, 2013 of which the publication served as the official record. Copies of the publication can be attained at the King Center in Atlanta.

Karyn (Zick) Miller (BS-E) has taught in the Catholic school and directed the parish youth choirs at St. Louise de Marillac in La Grange Park, Ill., since 1999. She also started a new job as coordinator of youth ministry in 2013. Karyn teaches 6-8th-grade religion in the school part time and coordinates service, worship, catechetical and social programs for junior high and high school students. Karyn and her husband, Michael Miller '84 (A&S) met at the Newman Parish at the Ecumenical Religious Center at UW-Eau Claire. Both are active in
music and theater at St. Louise and appeared in the school's production of
"The Music Man" in March 2014.

Kathleen Perkins (BS-E), was recently appointed secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Warrenville Fire Protection District. The three-person board of trustees oversees the operation of the fire district, as well as makes and enforces the ordinances, rules and regulations that govern the operation of the fire district.

Kandace Kay (Holcomb) Tochterman (BA),
recently published a book titled "Long Road Home." This book will take readers on the seven-year journey leading up to her husband's suicide and the spiritual awaking and healing that unfolded thereafter. It will sadden you, it will challenge you, but most of all, you will find peace in this ultimate story of tragedy and survival and in the undying faith that blossomed in the process. "Long Road Home" by Kandace Kay is available online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Lisa Stark (BA) was elected to serve as a Court of Appeals Judge for District 3 in the State of Wisconsin on April 2, 2013. Prior to then, Stark served as a Circuit Court Judge for Eau Claire County for 13 years. Stark also currently serves as Dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College. She lives in Eau Claire with her husband, Thomas Misfeldt.



Mark Jansen (BA), '74 (BS-E), '76 (MS-E) successfully passed his research defense on collective bargaining and past practice at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis in January 2013. Jansen will receive his doctorate in educational leadership in June 2013. His research, published in May 2013, was conducted in northern Wisconsin and focused on what union members, superintendents, board members and labor professionals believe about past practice in and out of collective bargaining.

Michael Lien (BS) was promoted to the position of director of regional operations in March 2013 for D.A.R.E. America of Inglewood, Calif. D.A.R.E. provides prevention education curricula and training to 75 percent of the school districts in the U.S. and in 47 foreign countries. Lien oversees all field staff, operations and customer service. He previously was a proud member of the Eau Claire Police Department, chief of police in Baraboo and chief of police and interim city manager in the city of Two Rivers prior to joining D.A.R.E. America as a regional director in 2002.

Bernie Vrona (BA) has been named an Outstanding Faculty Member for 2012-13 at Hennepin Technical College. HTC has recognized outstanding faculty since 2007 as part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Educator of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching. Bernie, a faculty member in the fire science program, has been with the college for six years. It was noted in his nomination that he excels in teaching curriculum based on national industry standards and is a master at implementing practical demonstrations that reinforce required skills. Bernie also has provided the leadership that has resulted in program recertification through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. He is a member of the national board of governors and serves as the vice president for the IFSAC, and he recently facilitated and organized its national conference.

David Weinfurtner (BBA) had open-heart surgery in July 2011 to replace his aeortic valve, which had been damaged by rheumatic fever in 1957. He currently is self-employed in financial services and is semiretired. David and his wife, Judi, have been married for nearly 11 years. They have two children, Melanie, who has two children (Jeff and Jason) with husband Brian Riordon, and Gavin, who serves in the Air Force in Rapid City, S.D.

Miller book coverAnne (Rud) Miller (BS-E)
has had her novel, "Mashkiki Rapids," published. The novel won first place in the fiction category of WritersRead 2013, an annual event in Washburn, and was awarded a Chequamegon Bay Arts Council Grant. Set in 1953, after the ceasefire in Korea, a decorated vet returns to his tiny Northwoods village of Mashkiki Rapids. On the train he meets a young woman with troubles of her own. This is a story of family loyalties, communities rebuilding in post Word War II prosperity and the dangers of small town jealousies left unchecked. "Mashkiki" is Ojibway for "medicine." Miller is a retired high school English teacher and currently teaches part time at Lac Courte d'Oreilles Ojibway Tribal College.
Goldbeck1Brian Goldbeck (BA), '79 (BA-E), U.S. Embassy Manila deputy chief of mission, attended the 68th anniversary of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's landing on Oct. 20, 1944, on Leyte in the Philippines. He saluted the American and Filipino veterans attending the ceremony and highlighted the ever-evolving friendship between the Philippines and the United States, which he says is strong and enduring, being based on the mutual values of liberty, respect and freedom. Brian also assisted in organizing and delivering U.S. government-provided relief supplies to Davao in the southern Philippines following the destruction wrought by typhoon Pablo in early December. In this relief effort, U.S. Marine Corps C-130 aircraft from Okinawa, Japan, conducted 21 flights ferrying more than 700,000 pounds of relief supplies (including 80-pound family food packs as shown in the photo). As of mid-December, the death toll stood at 1,043 with around 102,000 homes damaged or destroyed, affecting more than 6 million people. Goldbeck arrived in Manila in August to assume his three year post; he previously served as the U.S. consul general in Guangzhou, China.

Goldbeck2Trudy (Christensen) Livesey (BSMT) has retired from Aspirus Wausau Hospital Laboratory after working in the medical technology field for 40 years. Over the years she also was employed by Mercy Hospital in Janesville and Good Samaritan Health Center (previously Holy Cross Hospital) in Merrill. Trudy is looking forward to having weekends and holidays off and spending time with her first grandchild, Astrid Julia, born in 2012. She can be reached by email at kjetlive@tds.net.
Gary Ovans (BS) retired in August 2012 from Ferris State University, where he spent the last 28 years as an academic professor, program coordinator and department chair. Prior to his work at the university, Gary enjoyed a 21-year military career serving the U.S. Air Force in electronic intelligence and as a combat aircrewman. Gary also worked as a manufacturing engineer for several years, then completed his graduate degrees in Michigan and transitioned to his work in academia. Gary and his wife, Barbara, have one son who also serves the military working as a scientist for the Department of Defense.

Stanley GaynorStanley Gaynor (BS), '80 (BSHCA) retired from his position as president and CEO of Black River Memorial Hospital in June 2013. He joined BRMH in 1993 after serving as CEO for Burnett Medical Center for 13 years. Gaynor said he was drawn to health care because of the dynamics of the industry, the mix of science and technology, the interaction with people, and the opportunity to work in an area that serves a community need. Under Gaynor's leadership, BRMH experienced significant growth and organizational success, and was honored with the Wisconsin Forward Mastery Award, the Jackson Group's Laureate Award and recognition as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

Thomas Sykes (BA) has joined the Chicago law firm of Gould & Ratner LLP as a partner in the Tax Controversy Practice. An experienced tax attorney and litigator, Sykes brings more than 30 years of tax and trial experience to the firm, focusing primarily on tax compliance and controversies, including tax litigation in all forums. His national practice includes advising and representing some of the nation's most prominent individuals, corporations and tax-exempt organizations. Sykes also handles tax controversies with respect to state and local taxation, including the Illinois Department of Revenue and the City of Chicago. He holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Mary Farr and Noah VailMary Farr (BA) has written a book titled "Never Say Neigh," in the voice of a horse named Noah Vail, modeled after her own American quarter horse of the same name. The book provides a joyful account of a horse and his "business partner" rediscovering life together. Their uplifting message is woven into stories that fill each chapter with inspiration and humor. Farr, a retired pediatric hospital chaplain who now works as a health care marketing executive, has received numerous national and international awards for her innovation and editorial excellence. "Never Say Neigh" is her fourth book. More information is available at www.noahvailauthor.com.

Richard "Dick" Hendricks (BA) and his wife, Julie, recently moved to the beautiful gulf coast of Southwest Florida. Dick retired after 28 years as editor/publisher/executive vice president at Ehlert Publishing/Affinity Publishing in Minneapolis. He keeps busy now as president of Hendricks/BCS, where he works as a publishing consultant. Dick also purchased The Mat Warehouse in January, an online distributor of martial arts, gymnastics, fitness and cheerleading mats. When not working, he and Julie spend plenty of time on the golf course and at the beaches!

Anne Baldwin (BA) retired from the Highland School District in June 2011 and successfully changed careers from middle school teacher to minister of Christian education and preschool administrator for Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville. Anne is enrolled in the South-Central Lutheran Synod's Lay School of Ministry program, but says she will always consider herself a Blugold.

Paul Fassler (BA-E) retired from Sentry Insurance on Dec. 31, 2012. He held several technical and managerial positions in the claims department during his
25-year career at Sentry and spent the last 15 years as an environmental claims specialist.

Robert SindelarRobert Sindelar (BS), a researcher at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, S.C., served as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow in Japan for two months in the early part of 2013. Sindelar was hosted by the Japan Ministry of Environment as part of the Japan-U.S. cooperation framework for decontamination efforts in the Fukushima region. As an Embassy Science Fellow, he provided technical expertise and suggestions to Japanese counterparts based on his U.S. experience. Sindelar has 28 years of research and development experience in nuclear science. He holds a master of science degree and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from UW-Madison.

Sheri (Groshong) Vandereit (BME), with co-author Mark E. Gray, has published three novels with the Tattered Cover Press in Denver, Colo. The novels, titled "Gone a-Wilding," "Call Me 'Breed'" and "Breed Thunderhands," follow the Filer family through generations, beginning with Tom who left his home in the Kansas Territory as a teenager to become a mountain man. The story continues with his son, Mark "Breed" Filer, who is a gunman in 19th-century Colorado. Complex social relationships and plenty of action round out the series.

Ave Bie (BA) an attorney with the law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP in Madison, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" in the administrative, regulatory and energy law categories.

SpicerMark Spicer (BM) was promoted in June 2011 to professor of music at Elmira College, where he has taught since 1986. He teaches a wide array of classes, including private lessons, traditional music theory and history courses that span from classical to pop. Spicer remains active as a performer, researcher and composer and performs annual piano and flute concerts in the Almira, N.Y., area. His compositions "Elmira College Fight Song" and "Elmira College Medley" are played regularly at college events.