1980s Class notes

New class notes are posted as time allows.

Elizabeth Challoner (BS) has moved from her previous residence in Chicago, Ill. and now resides in Naperville, Ill.

John Lee (BA) was honored by the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District of Circle K International for his 25 years of service to the organization, both locally and regionally. In recognition of his contributions and personal impact on thousands of students, the district has announced that they will be renaming their Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award - which Lee has received nine times - in his name. The award is presented annually to a faculty advisor at the organization's district convention in recognition of their time, contributions and devotion to their campus' Circle K Club. Circle K, sponsored by Kiwanis International, is a service organization for university students.

Peter Eckerline (BBA), '83 (MBA) of Merrill Lynch's Wayzata, Minn. Office has been named the state's top financial advisor by Barron's for the eighth time in the last 10 years. Eckerline joined Merrill Lynch in 1983 and has been with the firm for his entire career. For more than 30 years, he has provided investment advice to individual and corporate clients, as well as guidance on complex wealth management issues to families and individuals. Additionally, he was named UW-Eau Claire's outstanding alumnus in 2003. Peter and his wife, Martha, live in Medina, Minn., with their three children. When he isn't attending one of his children's sports events, Eckerline enjoys playing golf and basketball.

Michael Busjahn (BA) has been named vice president of the Centura College and Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Virginia Beach, Va. His responsibilities include primary oversight in the areas of admissions and marketing for the 20 colleges and schools represented. The Aviation Institue of Maintenance represents the world's largest private school group providing federal aviation administration training for airframe and powerplant technicians as well as coursework in the area of avionics. Future plans for the organization include unmanned and drone application and electronics integration in the field of aviation.

Brenda ZamzowBrenda Zamzow (BBA), chief financial and administrative officer of the GirlScouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA), was named 2014 Nonprofit CFO of the Year by the LA Business Journal. The award honors a finance professional in the Los Angeles region for his or her ongoing efforts as an outstanding financial steward. GSGLA is the fifth largest of the 112 Girl Scout councils in the United States, serving 40,000 girls and 20,000 adult members and operating with anannual budget of over $18 million. As chief financial and administrative officer, Zamzow oversees finance, IT, properties and risk management, which support 150 full-time staff across 24 locations.

Sherrill (Dodsworth) Smith (BSN) has been promoted to assistant dean for undergraduate programs at Wright State University's College of Nursing and Health in Dayton, Ohio.

Barbara Meyer Barbara (Bedker) Meyer (BS) participated in her fourth Olympic Winter Games as a sport psychology consultant in February 2014. Since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Ut., she has provided services to a variety of olympians, including freestyle skiers and men's ice hockey players from different countries including Australia, Canada and the United States. During this time, the athletes with whom Meyer consulted have achieved six medal performances - two gold, two silver and two bronze - and two fourth place finishes. Her preparations for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, are already underway.

Sheila (Van Dreel) Mroczynski (BA) recently authored "Astellagus," a children's book based on a story of her two dogs. It can be found at the website for Mirror Publishing, an independent publishing company based in Milwaukee. Sheila works as an educational interpreter for Marathon County Special Education in Wausau.

Peter WilsonPeter Wilson (BBA) found his calling by becoming a fourth grade teacher. Additionally, he's written a book about his experiences, "Mumbo Jumbo and Banana Peppers," published in the spring of 2015. The book details his journey in finding his passion for education, how to teach with heart and how to inspire students struggling with math. It's full of anecdotes, wisdom and creativity and is available for purchase on his website, peterjenningswilson.weebly.com.

Douglas Metz (BBA) spent six months in West Africa as a physician's assistant on a USAID Ebola Crisis Response Team. The team headed the second of 17 scheduled U.S. Department of Defense Operation United Assistance Ebola Treatment Units. Metz's treatment unit was located in Buchanan, Liberia, about 75 miles south of Monrovia on the coast.

Deana Zorko Deana (Trafficante) Zorko (BA) was named the 2015 Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers. She credits her years at UW-Eau Claire and her professors in the world language department for her passion for lifelong learning and value for educational professionalism. This mindset she gained from attending the university has encouraged her to grow as a teacher every day. This is her 25th year teaching Spanish.

William (Bill) Eklund (BBA) was recently elected Photo Marketing Association International (PMAI) president. His job will require him to be fairly active as Bill will be flying throughout the U.S. and around the world representing PMA and the Photo Market. Bill has been very active in PMA and the Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) for the past 10 years.

Jeff Bowles (BBA) joined the board of directors of Independent Living Inc., a nonprofit, multi-service agency. Bowles is a financial adviser and portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Madison. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he owned and operated his own business for 20 years.

Richard CashRichard Cash (BA) released his second book, co-authored with Diane Heacox, "Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics." The book was published by Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. Cash and Heacox are internationally recognized experts in the field of gifted education and differentiation. Dr. Cash is the president and lead consultant for Rich Educational Consulting, Inc. He is widely respected for his work with K-12 educational systems in the United States and the Middle East. His first book, "Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century," continues to provide teachers with doable strategies and ideas for enriching all students' learning experiences.

Dawn (Albrecht) Cassidy (BA) has co-authored, with Carol Darling, the third edition of "Family Life Education: Working with Families across the Lifespan," published by Waveland Press. The book provides a comprehensive, research-based practical foundation for current and future family life educators. Dawn is the director of education for the National Council on Family Relations and administers a certification program for family life educators.

Karen Getzel (BM) achieved a life dream Aug. 20, 2013 at 19,341 ft. above sea level. Fourteen years earlier, Karen was told she'd never climb a mountain again by respiratory doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital. A lung complication, termed BCNU evolved from a bone marrow transplant, but Karen's faith and determination, the National Jewish Hospital and friends such as former UW-Eau Claire music therapy teacher, Peg Codding, decided otherwise. Karen climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in August and reached the summit Aug. 20.

Kelli Groth (BSEPH) has relocated to the Denver, Colo., area where she works as the risk, environmental, health and safety analyst at UDR Inc. She lives in Aurora, Colo.

Lisa (Parnitzke) Leadholm (BS-E) retired in October 2013 from Cambridge Public Schools. Lisa was a special education teacher at Nikolay Middle School for 32 years. Lisa's husband, John Leadholm (BS-E), is the dean of students at Nikolay Middle School in Cambridge. In addition, John is the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Cambridge High School. Lisa and John have two sons, Shane, 21, who is a senior at Edgewood College in Madison, and Cole who is a junior at Cambridge High School.

Tom Pantera (BA) joined the faculty of Northwestern Oklahoma State University as an instructor in print journalism. Pantera graduated in May 2013 from the University of Missouri with a master's in journalism. Before that, he worked as a reporter and editor for 30 years on newspapers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Lynn Gardow (BME) is an accomplished lyric mezzo-soprano on the concert, musical theater and operatic stages. She has earned acclaim in a variety of classic and contemporary roles in the U.S., Japan and Europe. She holds a master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Mary Strand (BA) has had her first novel, "Cooper's Folly," published by Bell Bridge Books. More information can be found at www.marystrand.com. She lives in Minneapolis.

Mark White (BS), principal of Hintgen Elementary School in La Crosse, was elected president- elect to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). White began as president-elect on July 1, 2013 and assumed the presidency one year later. White has been a member of NAESP since 1988 and has served as Zone 6 Director, Wisconsin State Representative and as Wisconsin's federal relations coordinator.

Steven Banta (BS) retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2012. Currently, Steve is working as a math academic coach at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay.

Barb (Brown) Ritzinger (BBA) recently was named director of development for UW-Barron County and executive director of the UW-BC Foundation. Ritzinger also is a co-founder and vice president of Pink Ribbon Advocacy Inc., a Barron County nonprofit that provides financial assistance to area breast cancer patients. She lives in Rice Lake with her husband, Tom, and their two boys and three dogs.

Kristine Totzke (BS-E) moved from Milwaukee to Richardson, Texas, in 2013 to serve as pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Richardson. She has been an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 22 years. Totzke's new call in the Northern Texas/Northern Louisiana Mission Area comes after serving for almost 20 years in the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA. She says she's thrilled to live in the Dallas area now, with its warm winters!

Greg BeckstromGreg Beckstrom (BS), vice president and area manager for AMEC's environment and infrastructure business, earned the designation of certified professional services marketer (CPSM) in May 2014 by the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). SMPS advocates for, educates and connects leaders in the design and building industry. Beckstrom, who holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, is a geologist, writer, traveler and business manager who has worked in energy exploration, environmental services and engineering/consulting for the last 30 years. He lives and works in Minneapolis.

Susan (Gloede) Swan (BM) has been promoted from senior vice president of development to chief development officer for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, a seven-state region comprising Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Swan had also served as executive director for the Wisconsin office for seven years prior to her promotion to CDO. In her 14 years with the American Lung Association, Swan has supported the mission of the association by substantially growing the region's corporate sponsorships, fundraising revenue, event participation and volunteer engagement.

Brian Borland (BBA) reports that his basketball book, "Maynard 8 miles," is receiving amazing reviews -- and he thanks UW-Eau Claire for a great education.

Deb (Gonnering) Jacobson (BA), under the pen name Debbra Anne, recently launched her first book, "The Enlightened Cat: 12 Feline Lessons in Life and Spirituality." Jacobson says the book takes the reader on a journey of life, pausing to understand the wondrous lessons cats teach us. She drew on her family experiences with cats and incorporated stories about growing up on a farm with more than 13 feline friends. In addition to the text, Jacobson took most of the photographs and created her own publishing company, Slippery Moose Publishing. For more information about "The Enlightened Cat" or to order a copy of the book, visit DebbraAnne.com. Jacobson can be reached by email at DebbraAnneAuthor@gmail.com.

Kevin Brown (BBA), president and CEO of Piedmont Healthcare Inc., has been selected as a new member of the Buckhead Coalition, a civic association headed by former Atlanta, Ga., mayor Sam Massell.

Jason Tetzloff (BA), '91 (MA) has accepted a position as the dean in charge of general education and liberal arts at Kirtland Community College in Roscommon, Mich. He can be reached at tetzlojm@mac.com.