February 2018 Class Notes - UW Oshkosh Today
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The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office.

’64 Patricia (Oaks) Jungers (BS), of Waupaca, has a granddaughter who is a sophomore at UW Oshkosh and on the women’s rugby team.

’67 Gerald Murphy (BS) and ’73 (MST), of Waupaca, retired from teaching in 2002 and has been serving as a county board supervisor on the Waupaca County Board since 2004.

’68 Ronald Haag (BBA) and ’81 (MBA), of Van Dyne, retired from Gardner Denver Corp in Sheboygan as materials manager in 2012.

’68 Gerald Peterson (BS), of Saginaw, Michigan, is retiring from Saginaw Valley State University after 43 years of teaching, research and advising students.

’74 Izabella Cieszynski (BS), of Newport News, Virginia, retired after serving as director of the Newport News Department of Libraries and Information Services.

 ’75 A. Martin Strand (BBA), of Oshkosh, and his wife enjoyed serving on the set-up crew and retrieving footballs when they went out of bounds during play at the Titan football playoff game Thanksgiving weekend.

’77 Gerald Giese (BS) and ’88 (MSE), of Brillion, retired from teaching in 2011 but still serves as a substitute at Reedsville Elementary Middle School.

’77 Dennis Moon (BS), of Oshkosh, is assisting with the UWO Titan Football program, following his retirement from Wautoma High School after 30 years of teaching and coaching.

’77 Brenda (Anderson) Mueller (BS) and ’80 (MS), of Merrill, is retired and enjoys traveling with her husband to see their daughters. They also are very involved in giving back to their community and serve on a committee to build a walking/biking trail.

’77 Steven Schafer (BS), of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, retired in 2015 after 32 years as an auditor with the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

 ’80 Donna Tieberg (BS), of Barrington, Illinois, is a senior administrator and meeting planner at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Chicago.

’81 Patti Anderson-Shew (BS) and ’92 (MBA), of Oshkosh, has been named chair of the One-Stop Standing Committee by the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board.

’81 Blaine Felsman (BS), of Oshkosh, was inducted into the George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a wrestling coach at Berlin High School.

 ’84 Michael Case (BS), of La Crescent, Minnesota, has worked at Gunderson Health in LaCrosse for 20 years as a surgeon. He works with fellow alumna Heidi Swanson ’14 (BSN), who is a surgical nurse at Gunderson Health.

’86 Dana (Shanklin) Hartel (BS), of Winneconne, celebrated 30 years as a percussionist with the Oshkosh Area Community Band in April.

’86 Janet Klapatauskas (BSN), of Milwaukee, is a senior clinical policy coordinator for Aurora Health Care.

’87 Hugh Jones (MBA), of Rhinelander, retired from BMO Financial as district president.

’89 Amy (Chipman) Albrecht (BS), of Mission, Texas, has been teaching K-6th grade physical education and health since 1989. Her daughter Kaitlyn recently graduated from UWO.

’90 Shelia Delzer (BS), of Sun City, Arizona, celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary with her husband Gordon.

’90 May (Leivian) Taylor (BS), of Oshkosh, was selected for induction into the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Hall of Fame for her success in UWO women’s gymnastics.

’91 Angela (Root) Meidl Mosare (BBA), of Oregon, is the manager of applications and web development at UW-Extension’s Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning. She received the 2017 Academic Staff Council Award of Excellence for UW-Extension.

’92 Joey Leonard (BS), of Scandanavia, a human resources executive with more than 20 years of experience, acquired The H.S. Group. He was previously the executive vice president of human resources for Waupaca Foundry.

’93 Richard Gilgenbach (BS), of Fond du Lac, received a heart transplant in October at Aurora-St. Luke’s in Milwaukee.

’94 Lori (Hamann) Much (BSE) and ’98 (MS), of Sheboygan Falls, is in her 24th of year teaching Spanish in Sheboygan and has taken students on trips to Cost Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Spain.

 ’94 Ronald Thomas (BS), of Clearwater, Florida, retired from teaching at Pinellas County Schools in Florida in June 2016.

’94 Christopher Turoski (BS), of Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a professor and the director of patent programs at the University of Minnesota Law School. He was formerly vice president at Cargill Animal Nutrition Technologies Inc.

’95 Kristal Kautz (BS), of Oak Creek, is working as a mortgage consultant for Zilber Inc. in Milwaukee.

’95 Sara (Voss) Siwy (BS), of Germantown, has worked with Froedert Health for more than 12 years. Her current position as a communications specialist includes internal and external communication duties.

’95 Jamie (Wasserman) Zehren (BS), of Milwaukee, is an alcohol and other drug recovery support coordinator at La Causa in Glendale.

’96 Scott Blader (BS), of Wautoma, is the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. He was nominated for the position by President Donald Trump in August and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November.

’97 Pamela (Hodkiewicz) Pillar (BS), of Oshkosh, is a technical illustrator for Oshkosh Defense.

’98 Terry Jorgensen (BSE), of Luxemburg, was selected for induction into the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Hall of Fame for his success as a Titan baseball player.

’98 Tim Jorgensen (BBA), of New Franken, was selected for induction into the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Hall of Fame for his success as a Titan baseball player.

’98 Shauna (Czakowski) Richardson (BSN) and ’02 Alyssa (Czakowski) Skalitzky (BSN), of Kenosha, opened Family Psychiatric Care, a healthcare clinic focused on psychiatric medication management in Kenosha.

’01 Greg Matzek (BA), of Milwaukee, hosts WTMJ’s nightly Sports Central program and “Packers OT” on the Green Bay Packers Radio Network.

’01 Craig Trost (BA), of Madison, is the political director for Congressman Mark Pocan’s campaign.

 ’02 Carlos Lewison (BM), of Madison, is the general manager at Hostelling International Madison and is considering moving to Spain in 2018.

’02 Matthew Schreiber (BS), of Lake Mills, is the planning and development director for Columbus.

’04 Ryan Collier (BBA), of Stillwater, Minnesota, is a global advisory architect for a dedicated global account for Dell EMC (Dell Technology). He and his wife Mary recently celebrated the birth of their daughter Josephine.

’04 Curt Naegeli (BS), of Coleman, is the owner of North Woods Distillery, where he makes toffee flavored rum.

’04 Todd Searl (BA), of North Hollywood, California, worked as a graphic designer on the reunion series of NBC’s Will & Grace this past fall.

’05 Mark Jakubeck (BS), of Deforest, is a clinical athletic trainer at SSM Health Dean Medical Group where he helps patients in the comprehensive sports medicine department.

’07 Nathan Edwards (BM), of Oshkosh, is the recording technologies director for the Music Industry offering in the UWO Music Department.

’07 Jennifer Leverentz (BSE), of Sun Prairie, teaches fourth grade at Columbus Middle School and was honored by WISC-TV Channel 3 in Madison as the December Top Notch Teacher of the Month.

’08 Ashley (Veldboom) Vandermause (BBA), of Neenah, is the chief financial officer at UnitedOne Credit Union.

’08 Stefanie (Adkins) Wagner (BA), of Baraboo, is an associate attorney at the law firm Curran, Hollenbeck and Orton S.C.

’09 Matthew Cole (BS), of Greendale, is the co-founder of Dealer Inspire and Launch Digital Marketing. He and his co-founder, Joe Chura, are moving the technology businesses into a building in downtown Appleton.

’09 Jason McKay (BM), of Burbank, California, has been with Music Tribe in e-commerce for two years and has been in the music business for 20 years.

’09 Dan Shafer (BA), Waukesha, is the digital managing editor at Seattle Magazine and Seattle Business Magazine.

’09 Stacey Shurpit (BBA), of Neshkoro, is the proud mom of three sons who all wrestle. She loves the sport and what it teaches youth about confidence, discipline and sportsmanship.

’10 Adam Gitter (BS), of West Bend, is the economic development manager for the city of West Bend.

’10 Darci (Wildermuth) Weber (BS) and ’06 Ryan Weber (BS), of Belmont, met at UWO in 2005 then reconnected a few years later and were married in 2012. They welcomed their daughter Chloe on Sept. 20, 2017.

’10 Ger Xiong (BBA), of Fond du Lac, is a business development specialist at Advocap, where she assists low-income business owners in Fond du Lac, Winnebago and Green Lake counties with startup, expansion, technical assistance and business plans. She has kidney failure and is in search of a donor.

 ’12 Eric Balkman (BS), of Appleton, appeared on UWO’s Radio-TV-Film Pro Perspectives Panel during homecoming weekend. He is the media coordinator for Fantasy Football Players Championship.

’12 Samantha (Strong) Duenkel (BA), of Oshkosh, is the marketing content writer and social media manager for the National Association of Tax Professionals.

’12 Joshua Hughes (BS) and ’14 Allison (Kerwin) Hughes (BBA), of Waukesha, were married in Pewaukee in October. They met outside Peabody’s in 2014 and Joshua proposed in the exact same spot they met during Homecoming 2016.

’12 Lindsay Leinenkugel (BFA), of Chippewa Falls, is the Milwaukee marketing manager for Flowers for Dreams, an online flower delivery startup that donates 25 percent of its profits to local charities.

’12 Angela Paddock (BS), of Waukesha, is studying for a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alverno College.

’12 Renee Schumacher (BFA), of Green Lake, is a K-12 art specialist in the Oshkosh Area School District. She is working towards a master’s degree at UWO.

’13 Christopher Laurishke (BSE) and ’14 Brittany (Walder) Laurishke (BSE), of Wauwatosa, were married Aug. 5, 2017, in Brookfield. Christopher teaches U.S history and world studies at Homestead High School, and Brittany is a special education teacher at Wilson Elementary School in Mequon.

’13 Sonja (Funnell) Oldenburg (BFA), of Menasha, will be featured in the Giving Gallery art show at the Northwestern Mutual building in Milwaukee in February 2018.

’14 Leah Christian (BSE), of Denver, Colorado, is teaching at Denver Discovery School as the math team lead. For the past three years, she has traveled around the country with the Academy of Best Practices and has taken students to Dublin, Costa Rica, London and Paris.

’14 Shawn Schmitt (BBA), of Kaukauna, is an order fulfillment coordinator at Neenah Foundry.

’14 Theresa Schultz (BSE), of Las Vegas, Nevada, teaches preschool at Mater Academy of
Nevada.

’15 Matthew Ebert (BBA), of Windermere, Florida, works as an advanced ticketing specialist in the corporate ticketing offices at Walt Disney World.

’15 Alex Olp (BS), of Madison, is a page designer at Gannett in Des Moines, Iowa.

’16 Ryan Berman (BM), of Berkeley, California, is an account representative for Pandora.

’16 Joshua Corry (BS), of Marinette, completed basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

’16 Elizabeth Leeman (BS), of Appleton, is engaged to Ryan Doney; they are planning a May wedding.

’17 Benjamin Binner (BM), of Nashville, Tennessee, is an artist manager at Redjett Management.

’17 Shane Heilmann (BAS), of Wausau, was promoted from detective to captain at the Everest Metro Police Department.

’17 Christy Jahns (BSE), of Milwaukee, is a graduate student at Marquette University, working on her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis.

’17 Abbigail Kjemhus (BM), of Dallas, Texas, married Christian Jesse on Nov. 3, 2017.

’17 Kathryn Kubasta (BA), of Oshkosh, works as a graphic designer in the university marketing and communications department at UWO.

’17 Kelsey Metzig (DNP), of Freemont, is a family nurse practitioner at ThedaCare Physicians- Waupaca.

’17 Maureen Pistone (MBA), of Appleton, senior vice president of talent development and human resources at ThedaCare, was named to the board of directors of New North Inc.

’17 Amy Ready (BAS), of Oshkosh, is working towards her graduate degree.

’17 Isaac Stolzer-Gary (BM), of Glendale, California, is working on the show Dietland. He is also a writer and senior editor of Gear Gods and does freelance video editing for clients in the Los Angeles area.

’17 Emily (Stuht) Thiel (BS), of Cedarburg, is working on becoming American College of Sports Medicine certified as an exercise physiologist. Thiel works for Aurora Health Care as a stress test tech.

ABBREVIATION KEY
COLLEGES

• AAS — Associate of Arts and Science Degree
• B — Business
• EHS — Education and Human Services
• LLCE  — Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement
• LS — Letters and Science
• N — Nursing

GRADUATE DEGREES
• DNP — Doctor of Nursing Practice
• GMBA — Global Master of Business Administration
• MA — Master of Arts
• MBA— Master of Business Administration
• MPA — Master of Public Administration
• MS — Master of Science
• MSE — Master of Science in Education
• MSN — Master of Science in Nursing
• MST — Master of Science in Teaching
• MSW — Master of Social Work

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