Class Notes Fall 2017 Scene



Deanna Bott '01 and Ryan Brossman, Davenport
Tarah Moore '06 MCJ and Matt Kovacevich, Moravia, Iowa
Lauren Ciurej '09 and Bryan Olson, Chicago, Illinois
Rodney McCraw '09 and Jean Barszczewski, Rock Island, Illinois
Mike Moehlenhof '09 MAcc, '10 MBA and Mary Ellen Kolodiej, Chicago, Illinois
Nicholas Goodknight '12 and Alyssa O'Neil '13, Park Ridge, Illinois
Staci Kapinus '12 and Andrew Meyers, Lemont, Illinois
Kelsey Lehman '12 and Nick Rosenstein, Freeport, Illinois
Meghan Schoen '12, '13 MOT and Ryan Kingdon, Peoria Heights, Illinois**
Taylor Kent '14 and Daniel Fietterer, Rock Island, Illinois
Lauren Schwendinger '16 and Robbie Anstoetter, Dyersville, Iowa
Cassandra Reiley '17 and Connor Saad '17, Davenport
Jessica Richter '17 and Aaron Bigger, New Boston, Illinois


Nick Mattis '97 and his wife, Jill, welcomed home son Henry Ambrose born on May 18, 2017.
Doug '03, '04 MAcc and Kristin (Kelchen) Neumann '04 welcomed son Theodore Joseph on May 17, 2017. Theodore was greeted by big brothers Isaac and Elliott and big sister Stella.
Adrian Heckinger '05 and Carin Scheinin are the proud parents of Emilia Sloane, born July 7, 2017.
Matt '05, '08 MBA and Jennifer (Freeman) Law '05, '12 MEA are celebrating the birth of their daughter Kacie, born on Aug. 17, 2016. She joins her older siblings Ethan and Quinn.
John '05 and Jennifer (Sanchez) Salsgiver '07, '08 DPT are the proud parents of daughter Juliana Elizabeth, born Dec. 30, 2016. She joins her big brother James.
Heather (Venema) '06, '08 MOL and Alan Hartley '11 MEA welcomed home Alex David, born July 3, 2017. Alex joined big sister Emma in the Hartley household.
Natalie (Sacco) Kremer '06 and her husband, Jon, are celebrating the birth of their son Max Elliott, born Aug. 17, 2017.
Abby (Nelson) Greenlief '06, '07 MAcc and her husband, Ryan, are happy to announce the birth of daughter Macie on Feb. 14, 2017. She joins her big sister Maggie at home.
Jill (Badrick) Hipskind '07, '08 DPT and her husband, Jeff, celebrated the birth of their daughter Lauren on July 16, 2017.
Bob Gaffney '08, '08 MAcc and his wife, Katie, are happy to announce the birth of son Andrew on Aug. 17, 2017. Andrew was welcomed home by big brother Peter.
Shannon (O'Connor) '08 and Keith Gloude '08 are proud parents of daughter Harper, born on June 14, 2017. Harper joins her big sister Scarlett.
Katie (Mattoon) '10 and Kevin Fiedler '10 are happy to announce the birth of son Griffin, born April 14, 2017. Older sister Tessa welcomed Griffin home.
Dylan Parker '10 and his wife, Tia, are the proud parents of daughter Antigone born on April 5, 2017. Antigone was welcomed home by siblings Aqua and Cameron.
Hannah Whitcomb-DeHague '10 and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed home son Breck, born July 28, 2017.
Samantha (Slifka) Williams '10, '11 MOT and her husband, Chris, welcomed home daughter Hailey born Nov. 27, 2016. Hailey joins her brother Maverick.
Lynsey (Larson) '10 and Nick Steinbach '11 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Mae on June 5, 2016.
Rachel (Cole) Akins '11, '12 MOT and her husband, Kevin, are happy to announce the birth of daughter Kaylee Marie, born Aug. 4, 2017.
Shelby (Smith) '11 and Brendan Koren '11 welcomed son Alfred, born May 4, 2017.
Kelsey Rentfro-Cline '11 and her husband, Daniel, are pleased to announce the birth of son Henry Everett, born June 13, 2017.
Sarah (Thor) Jones '12 and her husband, Rickie, are the proud parents of daughter Ava, born Aug. 29, 2017.
John Michaletti '12 and Devin Cornwell welcomed home John Jordan Michaletti VIII, born Oct. 13, 2017.
Keith '11, '12 DPT and Danielle (LaMantia) Randle '12 are happy to announce the birth of daughter Cecilia, born June 29, 2017.
Danielle Pratt '16 and her husband, RJ, celebrated the adoption of son Isaac on April 6, 2017.


Maurice Baker '38, San Jose, California, July 8, 2017
Laverne Bald '40, Walcott, Iowa, May 26, 2017
Rev. Canon Robert Kem '42, Ankeny, Iowa, June 25, 2017
Robert Lawlor '44 Academy, Naples, Florida, May 5, 2017
Robert Witte '44, Davenport, June 30, 2017
Richard Compton '46, Wheeling, Illinois, Jan. 12, 2016
Fred Peeters '48, Davenport, Oct. 7, 2017
Jerry Heigel '49, '79 (Hon), Madison, Wisconsin, Oct. 6, 2017
L.E. "Les" Schaefer '49, Davenport, Oct. 23, 2017
Thomas Flanagan '50, Peoria, Illinois, July 6, 2015
Tom Gross '50 Academy, Des Moines, Iowa, July 6, 2017
Edward Jacques '50, Lynn Haven, Florida, June 24, 2017
Warren Johnson '50, Memphis, Tennessee, Oct. 6, 2017
Thomas Korn '50, Denver, North Carolina, Aug. 21, 2017
Edward Lioen '50, Rock Island, Illinois, July 14, 2017
Donald Crushing '51, LaGrange, Illinois, July 5, 2017
Lawrence Etzkorn '51, Saint Louis, May 27, 2015
Armand DiBenedetto '52, Oak Park, Illinois, Feb. 17, 2017
Harry Winters '52, Excelsior, Minnesota, Jan. 24, 2017
Paul Godesiabois '53, Camp Verde, Arizona, Sept. 13, 2016
Sara (Stubbs) Sacco '53, Bettendorf, Iowa, Sept. 13, 2017
James Thornton '53, Newport News, Virginia, March 5, 2017
Joseph Flynn '54, La Habra, California, April 18, 2017
Richard Dwyer '55, Calamus, Iowa, July 3, 2017
James Ivers '56, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, July 29, 2017
Msgr. Francis Xavier Mankel '57, Knoxville, Tennessee, June 21, 2017
John Bush '58, Cincinnati, July 6, 2017
Edward Lauer '58, Mendota, Illinois, Aug. 20, 2017
Richard Wieskamp '58, Johnston, Iowa, May 3, 2016
Sr. M. Juanita Curoe '59, Dubuque, Iowa, Feb. 10, 2017
David Dow '59, Huntington Beach, California, April 4, 2015
Mary Jo (Kerr) Moore '60, Cashton, Wisconsin, April 29, 2017
Maurita Leahy '61, Davenport, Aug. 28, 2017
Roger Werner '61, Grand Island, Florida, May 19, 2017
C. Dale Therrien '62, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Sept. 1, 2017
Patrick Callahan '65, Lampasas, Texas, April 22, 2017
Edward "Ed" Acke '66, Roseville, California, Sept. 23, 2017
Rasmo "Rocky" Casini '67, Muscatine, Iowa, Sept. 10, 2017
John Pritchard '67, Erie, Illinois, July 29, 2017
John O'Hara '68, Peosta, Iowa, Dec. 7, 2016
Donald Roehlk '68, Galesburg, Illinois, Sept. 29, 2017
Most Rev. David Choby '69, Nashville, Tennessee, June 3, 2017
James Gilroy '70, Minneapolis, April 19, 2016
Robert "Bob" Huber '72, Coralville, Iowa, Aug. 1, 2017
Nicholas Dyer '73, Wichita, Kansas, Oct. 9, 2015
Daniel Meyer '73, Rock Island, Illinois, March 27, 2016
Larry Short '74, Rockford, Illinois, July 1, 2017
Dennis Siebke '74, Davenport, July 24, 2017
Gayle Randolph II '75, Chanute, Kansas, Sept. 20, 2017
Jeffrey Guthrie '76, East Moline, Illinois, Aug. 25, 2015
Michael Haliburton '76, Peoria, Illinois, June 13, 2017
Jeanne Kinney '76, Phoenix, April 28, 2017
Michael Hayman '77, Davenport, Oct. 12, 2017
Vivian (Beebe) Barrent '80, Clive, Iowa, June 9, 2017
Kim Van Ochten '81, Elkridge, Maryland, Oct. 23, 2016
Donald Swanson '82, Mountain Home, Arkansas, March 14, 2017
John Neary '85, Rock Island, Illinois, July 23, 2017
Virginia Gorecki '88, Moline, Illinois, June 7, 2016
Richard "Rick" Ekstrand '93, Davenport, Oct. 11, 2017
Joe Lee '93 MBA, Greenville, South Carolina, July 25, 2017
Melinda "Mindy" Karwath '01, Davenport, Aug. 20, 2017
Jacquelyne "Jaci" Short '01, Maquoketa, Iowa, June 7, 2017
Matthew Slewitzke '09, Austin, Texas, Aug. 8, 2017
Camilia Ray '11, Hastings, Michigan, June 18, 2017


Robert "Bob" Masat, Davenport, Sept. 15, 2017
L.E. "Les" Schaefer '49, Davenport, Oct. 23, 2017

Class Notes

The National Academy of Engineering elected John Monnier '69 as a member. Monnier also recently was promoted to full-tenured, distinguished professor in the department of chemical engineering at the University of South Carolina.

Rev.  John "Jack" Sullivan '73 became pastor at three Missouri parishes on July 6, 2017: Sacred Heart Church in Salem, Christ the King Mission in Bunker and St. Jude Chapel in Montauk.

The LRAD Corporation, a producer of advanced mass notification systems based in San Diego, has named Dennis Klahn '80 chief financial officer.

J. Crew and Madewell Stores promoted Julia (Fogg) Charest '80 to senior regional loss prevention director.  She resides near Hartford, Connecticut.

Mark McLaughlin '82 published his 36th book, The Relic in the Egyptian Gallery, a collection of stories co-written with Michael Sheehan Jr. His books have appeared in the Amazon Kindle Top 100 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Japan.

Janet (Vercellotti) Madrigal '84 opened Attic to Appraisals in southwest Chicago. She is also a member of the International Society of Appraisers.

Michael Fleckenstein '96 is the head assistant basketball coach at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Ali Chowdhury '02 MBA has been honored as an Asian-American leader transforming the energy industry by the Asians in Energy Organization. Chowdhury is vice president of transmission and generation connection at 8minutenergy Renewables, a Folsom, California company that is one of the largest independent solar power developers in the U.S.

Amy (Hoover) Jones '02 is director of philanthropy at Royal Neighbors of America and was named a 2017 Outstanding Young Iowan by the Iowa Junior Chamber. She recently helped raise nearly a half-million dollars for the UnityPoint Health-Trinity Foundation.

Alex Keil '07 received the Division III Excellence in Communications Award from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Keil is the sports information director at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Nirmala Lekhak '09 has been hired as an assistant professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas after recently receiving her doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University's nursing program.

Andrew Guzzo '10 has joined Merchants Bank as regional president in Winona, Minnesota.

Lynsey (Larson) Steinbach '10 began practicing at Lisenby Physical Therapy in Peoria, Illinois.

Sr. Mary Therese Krueger '11, '12 DPT professed her vows as a Sister of the Presentation on Oct. 14, 2017 in Sacred Heart Chapel, Mount Loretto, Dubuque, Iowa.

James Hinderks '14 is the systems manager of mission integration at SCL Health in Broomfield, Colorado.

Chad Uhde '15 MEA has been named dean of students at Bettendorf (Iowa) High School.

  After receiving her CPA license, Katie Zorn '15 is a cost accountant at an HNI plant in Rome, Georgia.


St. Ambrose University music department bands and/or choirs toured internationally six times from 1980-2000. An article in the Summer 2017 edition of Scene incorrectly stated the most recent international trip prior to a spring tour by the SAU Chamber Singers.  

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