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Class Notes – Spring 2013

March 2013

30 The Thirties

Family and friends gathered in West Chicago, Ill., to celebrate the 100th birthday of Glenn Cunningham '34, MD, on Dec. 1, 2012.

40 The Forties

John Ebersole '44, MD, posthumously was inducted into the Newman Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame in Sterling, Ill., in February. Ebersole served 24 years in the United States Navy, serving aboard two nuclear submarines. In 1963, he assisted in the autopsy of slain President John F. Kennedy. Ebersole died in 1993.

Thomas McGinn '47 also was inducted into the Newman Central Catholic Hall of Fame. He worked 36 years for GE before founding the Thomas A. McGinn and Associates human resources consulting firm. He taught business and management courses at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Community College and co-authored a book, Harassed-100 Women Describe Inappropriate Behavior in the Workplace. He now is retired in Arizona.

60 The Sixties

Mel Carney '65 published Tomorrow's Road Home as an e-book that reflects on his life while being raised on a farm in southeast Iowa during the 1940s and 50s.

William Stier Jr. '65 published his 26th book, Problem Solving and Appropriate Risk Taking. Stier will receive the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal for long and distinguished service at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention in April. Stier is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education, and directs the undergraduate Sport Management program at the State University of New York, Brockport.

70 The Seventies

Retired from the US Department of Labor since 2011, David Balducchi '70 is a policy consultant and had an article published in the Iowa Heritage Illustrated, Iowans Harry Hopkins and Henry A. Wallace Helped Craft Social Security's Blueprint.

Ed DeJaegher '71 received the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally.

80 The Eighties

Karla (Peck) Smiley '80 recently accepted the position of assistant director of information resources at the US Bureau of Reclamation. She will provide information management resources and serve as liaison to the Department of Interior as it progresses through its information technology transformation.

Scott Johnson '82 is the vice president for business development at Fleet Advantage, LLC in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

In April 2012, Timothy Dempsey '85 presented Cross Patterning Training Techniques for Wheelchair Athletes and Veterans at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado. He also presented on strength and conditioning and speed development at a national coaching conference at the Olympic Village in Mexico City, and created strength and conditioning webinars for Coaches Digitales, based in Yucatan, Mexico. Dempsey is a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach at the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement in Menlo Park, Calif. He is also working with returning veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.

The Stanislaus Economic and Workforce Alliance recently hired Steven Ames '87 as senior vice president and director of economic development. The alliance provides free business and workforce services in Stanislaus County, Modesto, Calif.

Bettie Truitt '87 has been appointed vice president for instructional services for Black Hawk College, Moline, Ill. She previously served as dean of instruction and academic support, and taught mathematics at the college for 18 years.

Coahoma Community College has named Rosalind Wilcox '88 the 2012 Outstanding Humanities Teacher of the Year. Wilcox has been chairwoman of the Fine Arts Department at CCC in Clarksdale, Miss., since 2007.

90 The Nineties

Northwestern Mutual in Mason City, Iowa, has appointed Anne Marie (Conway) Wadle '91 as a financial representative.

Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino '92 recently signed with Hay House for her new book, Percolate-Let Your Best Self Filter Through, due out in August 2013. She also has a radio show on Blog Talk Radio and her television show, The Best Ever You Show, is in production.

The Oracle Corporation, Chicago, has promoted Jeffrey Brodsky '93 MBA as the business transformation practice director in learning management.

Molly Otting-Carlson '93 has moved back to the Quad Cities and is the development director for Junior Achievement of the Heartland.

Michael Shafer '93 has relocated from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City to accept a position as a consumer safety officer for the US Food and Drug Administration.

Camcode has hired Rob Leibrandt '94 MBA after his retirement from the office of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Liebrandt, a leading defense and auto industry ID expert, is helping Camcode design and manufacture durable pre-printed bar code labels for asset tracking applications.

Sterling "Doc" Meals '98 MBA is completing his coursework in industrial organizational consulting psychology and will begin his doctoral dissertation in 2014.

The Bettendorf (Iowa) Police Department has promoted Justin Paul '98, '00 MCJ from lieutenant to captain. Paul oversees the support services division.

Dennis Bockenstedt '99 MBA was hired in January as finance director for Iowa City, Iowa. Bockenstedt brings more than 20 years of public-sector accounting and finance experience to the position.

00 The Zeros

Shaw, Jacobs, Goostree & Associates recently named Jeffrey Muntz '00 as an associate attorney at the St. Charles, Ill., law firm.

Deanna Bott '01 earned a National Board Certification in teaching adolescence and young adulthood/English language arts. She currently teaches AP English language and composition and the Black Hawk College dual enrollment courses at Geneseo (Ill.) High School.

MacMurray College welcomed Colin Kuchy '02 to its staff as a new admissions counselor. Kuchy will be responsible for helping determine students' eligibility for entrance to the college in Jacksonville, Ill.

Des Moines University recently hired Tashia Foster '04 as an academic assistant.

Kent Keeshan '04 was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant on the Bettendorf (Iowa) Police Department. Keeshan supervises third shift patrol and is the narcotics handler of K9 unit police dog Old Dan.

Anthony Reistroffer '04 was promoted to supply sergeant with the Illinois National Guard, Peoria, Ill., and is a licensed and certified polygraph examiner for J&I Polygraph-Investigation, Ltd.

Modern Woodmen of America named Lori Serrano '04, '08 MBA as a supervisor in the underwriting department. Serrano has been with the company since 1989.

Ben Kiel '06 is an attorney at Dotomi, LLC in Chicago.

The Knox County YMCA, Galesburg, Ill., has named Adam Sampson '06 chief executive officer. Sampson was the district executive director
of the Scott County YMCA in Davenport.

Genesis Health System has promoted Jackie Anhalt '07 MSN to vice president of patient services for Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, and chief nurse executive for Genesis Health System. She has worked for Genesis for more than 20 years.

Danielle Miller '07 MBA has joined Deere Harvester Community Credit Union as a financial service officer at the Clinton (Iowa) Member Service Center.
Bush Construction hired Casie (Sexton) Morehead '07 as an accountant for the Quad City-based company.

Berthel Fisher Financial Services has promoted Brandon Berthel '08 to business development coordinator. He will promote products and technology through Berthel Fisher/SM&R Insurance and also will educate representatives on fixed income and life insurance products and cultivate insurance recruiting opportunities.

Heather (Newell) Connell '08 was promoted to mortgage loan officer for Syracuse Securities, Inc., Syracuse, N.Y.

McGladrey LLP promoted Andrea Potter '09 to senior tax accountant at the firm's Quad Cities National practice.

10 The Teens

Becky (Brus) Avise '11 was hired as project coordinator for Bush Construction in Davenport.

Audrey Stanek '11 was promoted to manager of sponsorship services for Knights Baseball, LLC in Fort Mill, S.C.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest welcomed Sarah Wurst '11 as a full-time volunteer. Wurst recently embarked on a yearlong journey to live simply and work for social and ecological justice in a spiritually supportive environment.

Morgan Griffin '12 wrote and illustrated a children's book, Don't Be a Bully, released in January. She was the illustrator for Daddy's Not Coming Home by Jeremy Lebon, a children's author who has family in the military. In February, Griffin accepted a six-month internship with Disney in Orlando, Fla.

Sean Jankowski '12 accepted a position at Muscatine radio station AM 860 KWPC and MAC 93.1 FM.

The State Bank in Lena, Ill., recently hired Kelsey Lehman '12 as a customer service representative.

The Dupage County Hounds baseball team in Lisle, Ill., hired Kyle Wehr '12 as their assistant general manager.


Anthony Reistroffer '04 and Sarah McCloud, Ames, Iowa

Brandon Mills '05 and Ashley Andrews, Moline, Ill.

Ben Kiel '06 and Monica Kharmatsky, Coronado Island, Calif.

Chris Logan '06 and Olivia Heaton, Davenport

Lindsey Kakert '07 MBA and Dallas Vanorny, Davenport

Andrew Caruso '08 and Jennifer Bechtolt, Monroe, Wis.

Heather Newell '08 and Justin Connell, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Samantha Lee '09 and Brenton Barkley, Mackinaw, Ill.

Timothy Clark '10 and Matty VanDamme '10, Galena, Ill.


Julie (Hackmann) Garber '95 and her husband, Jeremy, celebrated the birth of daughter Charis Hope on Aug. 14, 2012. Charis was welcomed home by siblings Joshua, Josiah, Amena and Abigail.

Clare (Campbell) Holladay '95, '00 MBA and her husband, Ryan, announced the arrival of their son James Ryan on Sept. 17, 2012. James was welcomed home by big sister Emma.

Dan Rogalski '97 and Melanie Rago welcomed daughter Emerson on Sept. 7, 2012. She was welcomed home by big brother Beckett.

Crystal (Gruntorad) VanDeWiele '02 and her husband, Ben, announced the birth of their daughter Margaret on June 12, 2012.

Nicole (Blazina) Brown '04 and her husband, David "DJ" '05, welcomed daughter Taylor Marie to the family on Oct. 24, 2012. Taylor was welcomed home by big sister Addison.

Elizabeth "Betsy" (Griffith) Fisher '04 and husband, Nathan '05, announced the birth of their daughter Rowan on June 30, 2012.

Amber (Gordon) Osterhaus '05 and her husband, Matt, celebrated the birth of son Hayden Zayne on Oct. 3, 2012. Hayden is a little brother to McKenna and Drake.


Michael Manjoine '34, Pittsburgh, Jan. 15, 2013

Kenneth Hartman '39, Eugene, Ore., Oct. 15, 2011

Peter Bisesi '43, The Woodlands, Texas, Oct. 6, 2012

Daniel Usalis '44, Chicago, Nov. 15, 2012

Hon. Ralph Smith Jr. '47, Cave Creek, Ariz., Nov. 30, 2011

Rev. Gerald Hoenig '48, Ft. Madison, Iowa, Sept. 4, 2012

Edward "Ed" Breheny Jr. '49, Bettendorf, Iowa, Dec. 15, 2012

Clifford "Skip" Herbst '49, Hot Springs Village, Ark., Jan. 13, 2013

William Casey '50, Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 2, 2013

Roger Henry '50, Dublin, Ohio, Dec. 8, 2012

Patrick Langan '50, Peoria, Ariz., Nov. 9, 2012

Julien Sierra '50, Peoria, Ill., Nov. 2, 2012

William Newell '51, Sterling, Ill., Nov. 26, 2012

William "Rainbow Bill" Opelka '51, Countryside, Ill., Nov. 7, 2012

John Barton '52, Edina, Minn., March 19, 2011

Howard Poepsel '52, Omaha, Neb., Nov. 25, 2012

Donald Terando '52, Evanston, Ill., Oct. 2, 2012

Thomas Friedl '53, Galena, Ill., Nov. 8, 2012

James Dolan '56, Davenport, Sept. 26, 2012

Gordon "Bart" Bartholomew '59, Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 13, 2012

Gary Marlier '60, Moline, Ill., Nov. 16, 2012

Martin Osborn '60, Rock Island, Ill., Dec. 7, 2012

John Bremhorst '61, Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 3, 2012

Charles Vanek '61, Davenport, Nov. 11, 2012

Jean (Donohue) Jachman '62, Minneapolis, Dec. 9, 2012

Daniel McGuiness '65, Baltimore, Nov. 18, 2012

Robert "Bob" Cavanaugh '67, Middletown, Md., Oct. 11, 2012

Clayton "Rip" Ripperton '67, Silvis, Ill., Nov. 12, 2012

John Loihl '68, Tacoma, Wash., Jan. 15, 2013

Sr. Augustine Rael OSB '68, Rock Island, Ill., May 5, 2012

James Ruder '69, Kankakee, Ill., Dec. 7, 2012

James "Jim" Barry '70, Lexington, Ky., Oct. 5, 2012

Hollis Scriven '70, Davenport, Dec. 16, 2012

Patrick O'Rourke '71, Davenport, Jan. 6, 2013

Marcia Smith '81, East Moline, Ill., Nov. 29, 2012

Phyllis Shaffer '82, Davenport, Jan. 13, 2013

George Monty '89, Davenport, Dec. 8, 2012

Michael Feddersen '95, Davenport, Nov. 9, 2012

Karen Buls '97 MBA, Sumner, Iowa, Oct. 1, 2012

Cathy Petersen '97, Davenport, Oct. 8, 2012

Adrienne (Striegel) Corsiglia '00, Davenport, Jan. 3, 2013

Hope Jacobsen '11, Davenport, Sept. 27, 2012

Board of Trustees Emeritus
Bernard "Barry" O'Brien '94 (Hon.), Evanston, Ill., Oct. 22, 2012

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