Alumni profiles

Kate Gomoll ’84 and Tom Gomoll ’83

moll '84 and Tom Gomoll '83

Kate Gomoll ’84 is the president and founder of Gomoll Research & Design Inc., and her husband, Tom Gomoll ’83, leads multidisciplinary design teams at GRD. Both are UW-Eau Claire psychology graduates with technical writing minors. Kate has 20 years of experience in the area of software interface design and usability. She is known for  > Full story.

Carmen Vitton ’85

Carmen Vitton '85

Carmen Vitton ’85, a UW-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders graduate and chief operating officer for Rehab Synergies, will add 10 new centers to her existing portfolio throughout Texas this year. Rehab Synergies is an in-house therapy provider of occupational, physical and speech-language pathology services. Vitton started the company in 2010, and since then her  > Full story.

Andy Doolen ’92

Andy Doolen '92

Andy Doolen ’92, a UW-Eau Claire English graduate, is the director of the new American Studies Center located at Shanghai University. The center was established in partnership with the University of Kentucky, where Doolen serves as an associate professor of English as well as the director of the American Studies Program. The center, which is  > Full story.

Richard MacKenzie ’93

Richard MacKenzie '93

Richard MacKenzie ’93, a UW-Eau Claire biology graduate employed at the U.S. Forest Service in Hawaii, received the Pacific Southwest Research Station’s Scientist of the Year award in 2011. MacKenzie is an aquatic ecologist currently working on several international projects assessing ecosystem function and carbon storage in mangrove forests in Vietnam, the Republic of Palau,  > Full story.

Erica (Schmaelzle) Zdroik ’01

Erica (Schmaelzle) Zdroik '01

Erica (Schmaelzle) Zdroik ’01, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has recently launched Sangria by Lovino, a new ready-to-drink bottled sangria, with the help of her husband, Jamie. The sangria, which is made in Wisconsin at an environmentally friendly winery in Algoma, is now available at more than 80 retail locations. The couple decided to go  > Full story.

Chad Wittman ’08

Chad Wittman '08

Chad Wittman ’08, a UW-Eau Claire management graduate, is the founder of EdgeRank Checker, the analytics tool used by Facebook. EdgeRank is an algorithm created by Facebook that ranks activity in the news feed. Wittman founded the checker application to assist businesses in understanding how their Facebook page interacts with the news feed. Wittman said  > Full story.

Corey Cunningham ’09

Corey Cunningham '09

Corey Cunningham ’09, a UW-Eau Claire music graduate, is a composer and performer pursuing a master’s degree in music composition at the University of Michigan. He was a featured composer at the 2012 Electronic Music Midwest Festival and also participated in the 2012 highSCORE Contemporary Music Festival in Pavia, Italy. While at UW-Eau Claire, Cunningham  > Full story.

Rebecca Hofkes ’10

Rebecca Hofkes '10

Rebecca Hofkes ’10, a UW-Eau Claire psychology graduate, has completed a 10-month term of service to AmeriCorps. Hofkes began her term of service with the National Civilian Corps in October 2011 and graduated from the program in July 2012. During that time she served in four different locations around the United States, completing more than  > Full story.

Virginia Hirsch ’67

Virginia Hirsch 1967

Virginia Hirsch ’67, a UW-Eau Claire English and speech (teaching) graduate, received the 2011 Lucy Beck Memorial Award from Wisconsin Storytellers in recognition of her outstanding contributions to storytelling. Hirsch, founder and owner of Bayfield Heritage Tours, a company that offers guided historic walking tours of Bayfield, was recognized for her early support of professional  > Full story.

Mark VanderWerf ’74

Mark VenderWerf 1974

Mark VanderWerf ’74, a UW-Eau Claire marketing graduate, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Telemedicine Association, the leading international resource that promotes the use of advanced remote medical technologies to improve quality, equity and affordability of health care throughout the world. VanderWerf currently is vice president and director of eHealth  > Full story.