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.

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

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.

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.

Jim Schmidt (BA-E), athletic director at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been chosen to receive the 2014-15 Under Amour Athletic Director of the Year Award, which was announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Jim is one of 28 award-winners across all seven divisions and one of four among the D-I AAA grouping. Currently in his 20th season as athletic director for UIC, Jim's tenure with the Flames has produced the most comprehensive run of athletic and academic success in school history. The longest-serving AD in the Horizon League and a loyal advocate for the student-athlete experience, he has piloted UIC Athletics onto the national stage through many avenues of accomplishment.

John Lee (BA) has been 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 plans to rename the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award — which John has received nine times — in his name. The award is presented annually to a faculty adviser 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.

William DominaWilliam Domina (BBA), circuit court judge for Waukesha County, has been named 2015 Judge of the Year by the State Bar of Wisconsin's Bench and Bar Committee. The award was presented at the state bar's annual meeting June 25 in Lake Geneva. The award recognizes a sitting circuit court judge who has improved the judicial system during the past year by his or her leadership in advancing the quality of justice, judicial education or innovative programs. Judge Domina holds a law degree from the UW School of Law.

Peter Eckerline (BBA), '83 (MBA), of Merrill Lynch's Wayzata, Minn., office has been named the state's top financial adviser by Barron's for the eighth time in the last 10 years. Peter 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. Peter received the President's Award from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association in 2004. He and his wife, Martha, live in Medina, Minn., with their three children. When Peter isn't attending one of his children's sports events, he enjoys playing golf and basketball.

Henry Kiema (BBA) recently was appointed director of the Institute of Directors-Kenya chapter. He also serves on the audit and governance committee. Henry says he feels honored to be part of that prestigious organization whose main agenda is to strengthen governance systems in public- and private-sector organizations.

Michael Busjahn (BA-E) 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 course work 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 Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA), has been named 2014 Nonprofit CFO of the Year by the LA Business Journal. The award honors a finance professional in the Los Angeles area 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 an annual budget of more than $18 million. As chief financial and administrative officer, Brenda oversees finance, IT, properties and risk management, which support 150 full-time staff members 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 MeyerBarbara (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, Utah, she has provided service to a variety of Olympians, including freestyle skiers and men's ice hockey players from such countries as Australia, Canada and the United States. During this time, the athletes with whom Barbara 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 on 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.

Jamie SchaeferJamie Schaefer (BS), COO of Ruder Ware, recently was elected to serve as president of the board for the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. CFONCW is a nonprofit community corporation created by and for the people of north central Wisconsin and exists to enhance the quality of the greater Wausau area. The organization is governed by a 15-member board, elected to strategically invest the gifts of their donors, direct disbursements of the foundation's assets and plan for the community's long-term good.

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 Peter's 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 assistant on a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Ebola Crisis Response Team. The team headed the second of 17 scheduled U.S. Department of Defense Operation United Assistance Ebola Treatment Units. Douglas' treatment unit was located in Buchanan, Liberia, about 75 miles south of Monrovia, on the coast.

Deana Zorko Deana (Trafficante) Zorko (BA-E) was named the 2015 Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Teacher of the Year. She credits her experiences and professors at UW-Eau Claire for her passion for lifelong learning and educational professionalism. This is Deanna's 25th year teaching Spanish, and she still loves each and every day.