1980s Class notes

New class notes are posted as time allows.

Mark DeLap (BA) is the managing editor for two county newspapers in southeastern Minnesota, the Steele County Times and the Dodge County Independent. He also has had four books published and is under contract to finish a fifth by spring 2017. All four of Mark's books can be found online at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. An active runner, Mark completeed eight 5K races this past summer.

Timothy Kay (BBA) obtained his law degree from Marquette University in 1984. He was re-elected for a second term as Lake Country Municipal Court Judge on April 5, 2016. Lake Country Municipal Court consists of 18 municipalities in western Waukesha County and is the largest joint municipal court in the state. Tim graduated from Marquette Law School in 1984.

Timothy Norris (BBA) is celebrating his first year in his second career as part of the faculty of law at Monash University in Victoria, Australia. He retired from KPMG in 2014 where he served as director and partner of management consulting in the USA, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Asia.

Peter EckerlinePeter Eckerline (BBA), '83 (MBA), a Merrill Lynch financial adviser based in Wayzata, Minnesota, has been recognized by the Financial Times in its top 400 financial advisers list. In addition to the Financial Times honor, Peter has been recognized by Barron's in its list of America's top 1,200 financial advisers in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Barron's also recognized Peter as the No. 1 wealth adviser in Minnesota in 2015 and 2017. In 2012, he was named to Barron's top 100 financial advisers. Peter, who has been with Merrill Lynch his entire career, received the President's Award from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association in 2004.

Daniel Scholz (BA) is the author of "The Catholic Epistles, Hebrews, and Revelation," which was published by Anselm Academic in August 2016. Scholz, who holds a doctorate from Marquette University, is a member of the philosophy and religious studies faculty at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Skip SturtzSkip Sturtz (BBA) retired in 2014 after 31 years as a national account manager with PepsiCo/Quaker Oats. He founded inc2ink in 2014, a venture that focuses on original home and cabin portraits following his passion for drawing. This past year Skip received the Art Excellence Award from the Plymouth, Minnesota, Arts Council and placed second in the 2016 Minnetonka Juried Members Show. He has been married for 29 years and has two children, ages 20 and 24. Skip lives in Plymouth, Minnesota, and currently is training for his 19th marathon next April.

Jeff KoepkeJeff Koepke (BBA) was hired as vice president and chief information officer for Garner Denver Inc., a global provider of industrial equipment, technologies and services, in December 2016. Jeff oversees the use of worldwide information technology within the company and is responsible for ensuring that all systems necessary to support its operations and objectives are in place. Prior to accepting this position, Jeff served as vice president of information technology for Generac Power Systems Inc.

Steve Berger (BBA) and Terri Berger (BS, '85) have opened a restaurant in Hartland called Beer Snobs, featuring 24 craft beers and pub staples such as burgers and cheese curds.

Tim Cruciani (BME) recently completed a 32-year career in the banking industry as an executive vice president. He recently joined the national consulting company think2perform. At this values-based company, Tim specializes in helping organizations and people become successful in business and in life, accomplishing things they never thought possible. He welcomes email at tcruc@att.net.

Raymond Skwierczynski (BS) has been named head of pharmaceuitcal operations for CoLucid Pharmaceuticals.

Carl WhalenCarl Whalen (BS), a UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduate, has completed his first year of medical school at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. He recently moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, to complete medical school while caring for underserved patients at a local community health center.


Robert Mathers (BBA)
has joined the law firm von Briesen & Roper, at the Fox Valley office in Oshkosh. Mathers provides legal and business advisory services to businesses and their owners, focusing on privately held businesses as well as estate planning. Bob is a CPA and is AICPA accredited in business valuation and is an AICPA personal financial specialist. He regularly provides guidance to CPA firms, financial services firms, and the accounting and investment advisory industries.

Beth Moberg-Wolff (BS) received the 2015 Sir James Carreras Award from Variety, the Children's Charity, at their world conference in Milwaukee for her work caring for children with disabilities. Moberg-Wolff serves as chair of the Pediatric/Developmental Disabilities Council of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She holds a medical degree from the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and completed a residency and fellowship in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitiation in Colorado. Moberg-Wolff is triple board certified in pediatric rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation and general rehabilitation. She lives in Milwaukee with her family and has a daughter at UW-Eau Claire!

Tim Ploetz (BBA) was recently promoted to managing director for U.S. Bank's private banking, private client reserve in Minneapolis. Tim has been with the company 20 years.

Chip PedersenChip Pedersen (BA) has been hired as director of product development for ZeroLight Limited, a virtual reality startup. The company, based in Newcastle, U.K., develops virtual reality solutions for automotive retailers in Europe and is expanding into the U.S. market. Before leading ZeroLight, Chip worked for Apple, Microsoft Games Studio, Activision-Blizzard and his own game studio.

Jennifer Verhein (BA) was appointed as Nebraska's first statewide language access coordinator in October 2015. In this role she assures limited English proficient litigants have equal access to Nebraska courts and probation services.