Pictured above: ’Scott Griesbach (B), of Saint Paul, Minnesota and his husband, Tom, and their two daughters, started a home furnishings and design store in a 110-year-old Victorian home.
The following Class Notes were received recently in the UW Oshkosh Alumni Office:
’67 Charles Herro (EHS), of Alameda, California, retired from working at Jackson Hole High School and the Gerry Spence Law Firm. Herro lives on a Kadey-Krogen Yacht on San Francisco Bay.
’70 Marjorie Kozlowski (EHS) and ’82 Tom Kozlowski (LS), of Brookfield, enjoy traveling and volunteering in retirement. Marjorie retired from Compuware Corporation and Tom from teaching at Divine Mercy School in South Milwaukee.
’71 David Tolpingrud (B), of Oshkosh, an Alumni Board member, recently coordinated an alumni gathering in Madeira Beach, Florida. Attendees included UWO alumni ’69 Les Prausa (LS and ’71 MSE) and ’70 Sue Prausa (EHS) of Crossville, Tennessee; ’71 Rick Sereno (B) and Sue Sereno of Waukesha; ’70 Marty Eiden (B) and ’71 Carolyn (Noe) Eiden (EHS), of Germantown and ’68 Michael Jung (LS) and ’72 Kathleen (Kruke) Jung (EHS and ’02 MS), of Oshkosh.
’72 Gordon Spark (LS), of Peyton, Colorado, wrote a book, Manufacturosaurus Near Extinction, following a 45-year career in distribution and manufacturing.
’73 Patrick Phair (LS), of Waupaca, retired after more than 30 years as an English teacher at Waupaca High School. Phair has been a member of the Waupaca School Board since 2014.
’76 James Wedde (LS), of Oregon, runs a sports blog called CheeseHead Rants in his retirement. Wedde is also an active volunteer with Vets Helping Vets and RSVP of Dane County.
’78 Nancy Pagel (MSE), of Fond du Lac, is the learning and development director at the Menasha Corporation headquarters in Neenah. Pagel formerly worked at Schneider National.
’80 Suzanne (Aldrich) Banks (N), of Muskego, is a registered nurse in clinical informatics at Advocate Aurora Health Care. Banks teaches and supports Epic and its many applications within the Advocate Health system.
’80 Scott Griesbach (B), of Saint Paul, Minnesota, is retired after working 35 years in university housing and student life at UW-Whitewater and UW-Stout. Griesbach, his husband, Tom and their two daughters started a home furnishings and design store in a 110-year-old Victorian home.
’83 Helene Mock (LS), of Portland, Oregon, is a special education assistant at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
’83 Charles Searl (LS) and ’90 (MBA), of Hortonville, is the senior director of technology, infrastructure and security at Menasha Corporation. Searl obtained his certification in Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
’83 Mark Wenzel (LS), of Milwaukee, retired from the Transportation Security Administration after 16 years.
84 Richard Blaska (LS), of Sonoma, California, is the owner and founder of Smart Elevator Tech, LLC and RCB Elevator Consulting, LLC.
’88 Rebecca (Craggs) Young (EHS) and (LS), of Kintersville, Pennsylvania, is a partner with King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC.
’89 Katherine (Herbert) Manthey (B), of Appleton, received the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Shining Star Excellence in Higher Education Award. Manthey is the Insurance and Risk Program director at UW Oshkosh.
’90 Lori (Christianson) Allen (EHS), of Sturgeon Bay, is the executive director of Door County Habitat for Humanity. Allen is the former director of Pathway to Living, Unity Hospice and Volunteer Guardian.
’90 Nancy (Petersik) Hintz (MS), of Green Lake, is director of development for Green Lake Association (GLA). Hintz previously led the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory’s development program and worked in the Ripon College advancement department.
’93 Christopher Powless (LS), of Oneida, is a multimedia specialist with the Oneida Nation Tourism Department. Powless has worked for the Tribe for 35 years.
’94 John Scheelk (LS), of Oshkosh, will be speaking at the annual Mensa gathering in Brno Czechia this summer. Scheelk will discuss the age of members in Mensa and other high IQ societies and how to recruit younger members.
’95 Danielle Berube-Milan (LS), of Houston, Texas, is a program manager with Hewlett Packard where she has worked for 20 years.
’95 Brian Borchardt (LS) and ’02 (EHS), of Neenah, received the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Shining Star Excellence in Student Services Award. Borchardt is a National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) teacher at Neenah High School.
’95 Ann (Ryan) Steck (N), of Waunakee, is a clinical territory manager for Medtronic, a global medical device company. Steck trains diabetic patients how to use the Medtronic insulin pump and sensor.
’96 Jason Fridley (EHS) and ’01 (MSE), of Fond du Lac, received the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Shining Star Inclusive Excellence in Education Award. Fridley is an emotional behavior disorder (EBD) teacher at Horace Mann Middle School in Neenah.
’96 Victoria Simon (LS), of Grafton, is in her seventh year as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.
’97 Monica Allaback (LS), of Appleton, received the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Shining Star Excellence in Special Education Award. Allaback is employed by Valley Packaging Industries.
’97 Linda Stoikes (MSN), of Mineral Point, is retired and works part time with the military.
’97 Thomas Swigert (LS), of Hartford, is a senior product manager for Hearst Television, overseeing 26 stations across the United States. Swigert joined Hearst Television in 2011 as director of digital media for WISN 12 in Milwaukee.
’98 Gini Hendrickson (LS), of Fitchburg, is a senior attorney with Davis|Kuelthau, S.C.
’98 Tricia Konyn-Hurley (LS), of Peshtigo, is the advertising sales and marketing manager for the Marinette EagleHearld. Hurley has worked in the marketing and communications field for 22 years.
’98 Shad Young (N), of Jackson, is a manager of clinical informatics at Advocate Aurora Health Care. Young is excited and proud to have his stepson attend UW Oshkosh as he will be a third generation Titan. Young’s mother is also a UWO alumna.
’00 Greg Simons (LS), of West Allis, is a suicide prevention psychologist and LGBT veteran care coordinator at Zablocki VA Medical Center.
’01 Ryan Thompson (B), of Appleton, is a business consultant with Appleton Business Consulting. Thompson and his wife, Katie, have four children.
’02 Margaret Patton (EHS), of Fond du Lac, retired after 30 years in the Fond du Lac School District.
’04 Joshua Marquardt (LS), of Oshkosh, owns Art City Wraps, a company focused on using large format printing and design to manufacture and install massive graphics on multiple surfaces, including projects for Super Bowl 53 and 54 and Universal Studios.
’06 Rebecca (Tesch) Kikkert (LS), of Beaver Dam, is the director of the Office of Special Initiatives for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Kikkert has led the coordination of job centers within the Wisconsin State Correctional System.
’06 Aaron Walczak (LS) and ’08 (LS), of Port Washington, is a banker with First Citizens Bank in Milwaukee.
’07 Jill Puhlmann-Becker (MSE), of Ripon, is a reading specialist and Title 1 coordinator for the Ripon Area School District.
’07 Maniyan Pyawasay (LS), of Shawano, is the director of the Menominee Tribal Conservation Department.
’07 Lukas Steiner (LS), of Potosi, was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to serve as the Crawford County District Attorney. Steiner was previously an associate with the Law Offices of McNamara, Reinicke, Vogelsberg and Helmke.
’08 Julie (Hunholz) Noller (EHS), of Muskego, is a teacher at Country Dale Elementary School in the Franklin Public School District. Noller is married with two children.
‘10 Tony Goebel (B), of Eldorado, received the 2020 Employee Benefits Adviser (EBA) Magazine’s Rising Stars in Advising Award. Goebel, CEO of 5G Benefits, LLC since 2013, is recognized as a leader who makes a difference in the benefits industry through innovative and creative ideas on wellness, healthcare, and new benefits offerings.
’10 Wendy Van Ahn (LS), of Oshkosh, will celebrate her five-year employment anniversary at University and Books & More on the UW Oshkosh campus.
’11 Ia Thao (EHS) and ’11 Tou Lor (B), of Oshkosh, are married with two children. Thao is a case manager for Community Care, Inc. in Appleton.
’13 Matt Hanson (EHS), of Rock Springs, Wyoming, is a counselor at Eastside Elementary School. Hanson is an avid participant in high endurance “mudding” competitions including several World’s Toughest Mudders.
’13 Kathryn (Ayer) Parish (EHS), of Menasha, is in her sixth year of teaching third grade in the Menasha Joint School District.
’14 Elizabeth Bannenberg (LS), of Neenah, is celebrating her sixth year as a Titan alumni employee. Bannenberg is an information systems specialist at UW Oshkosh.
’14 Katrina “Katie” Kovacs (LS), of Black Creek, is a reporter for the Seymour Times Press.
’14 Jolene Schatzinger (EHS), of Ripon, is a member of Freeland USA’s board of directors. Schatzinger is the associate director of engagement and donor relations at Ripon College.
’14 Ben Seiler (N), of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) with Ace Anesthesia. Seiler received his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
’15 Caitlin Hallada (LS), of Milwaukee, is a campus recruiter with Baird. She recently purchased her first home and adopted a puppy.
’16 Charles Di Renzo (B), of Neenah, is a statistical operations analyst at Nielsen. Di Renzo works full time while pursuing a master’s degree in data science.
’16 Jenna Nyberg (LS), of Austin, Texas, is a marketing assistant for the Texas Asphalt Pavement Association.
’16 Heather (Maas) Ripp (B), of Clintonville, and her husband, Brad, purchased their first home and are expecting their first baby. Ripp works in marketing for Riesterer and Schnell.
’17 Lisa Nahmens (EHS), of Oshkosh, is the coordinator of Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County (DFC). Nahmens is a U.S. Army veteran.
’17 April Stern (LS), of Kewaskum, earned a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Carroll University.
’18 Sheena Gilbert (LS), of Boise, Idaho, is earning a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice at Boise State University. Gilbert intends to continue her education to earn a Doctorate in Criminology.
’18 Jeremy Rivard (B), of Appleton, is married to ’19 Alexys Christian (B). Rivard has been a financial representative with Modern Woodmen of America since his UW Oshkosh internship. He recently obtained his life insurance license and passed the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam and Series 63 exam.
’18 Janelle Sharpee (B), of Long Beach, California, is a facility operations manager for Frito-Lay.