Connie Kostel Spittler, BS, Omaha, signed her new mystery/women’s fiction book at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco in June. Her book, The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies, uses quotes taken from classic authors such as Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Jane Austen.


Robert J. Whitaker, BS, Springfield, Mo., became professor emeritus of physics at Missouri State University at the end of July 2014 after teaching there since 1974.


Dr. Francis B. “Bernie” Rang II, BA, Burbank, Calif., retired from El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., after 31 years. Rang served as president of the El Camino Federation of Teachers (local 1738), and as president of the California Language Teacher Association and also of the Modern and Classical Language Association of Southern California.


Clarence L. Shields, MD, Los Angeles, was the recipient of the National Medical Fellowships (NFM) Distinguished Alumni Award in June.


Dr. Michael J. Foy, BS, Colorado Springs, Colo., was elected to serve a three-year term as the Speaker of the House of Delegates of the American Association of Orthodontists.


Mark F. Murray, MD, Sacramento, Calif., participated on a committee from the Institute of Medicine as a contributing writer for the consensus study “Transforming Scheduling and Access: Getting to Now.” The manuscript focuses on waits and delays in health care with a specific focus on the recent challenges in the Veterans Administration.


Randy P. Lukasiewicz, BSBA, Omaha, was inducted into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame in Beatrice, Neb., for distinguished service. He also had a part in the world premiere of “Cowles Scrimmage Anthology,” a Nebraska fact-based baseball play incorporating the lives of Willa Cather, William Jennings Bryan, Cy Young, Dazzy Vance and Clarence Mitchell.


David J. Beacom, BA’69, JD, Broomfield, Colo., is running for re-election to the city and county of Broomfield Council, Ward 5.

Dr. Thomas J. Dworak, ARTS, Papillion, Neb., was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology in May.

Thomas L. Ludwig, BS’69, DDS, Harlan, Iowa, currently serves as president of the Iowa Dental Association. His term is for 2015-16.


Harold N. Amer, MD, Los Angeles, recently announced his retirement after 30 years at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as medical director of the pediatric ICU and vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics.


Connie Jo Weihs Booth, BSN, Boone, Iowa, retired in May after 33 years at Des Moines Area Community College where she was Boone Campus Nursing Program chair. John K. McCaa, BA, Irving, Texas, earned a Ph.D. in humanities-history of ideas from the University of Texas-Dallas in May.

Daniel E. Monnat, JD, Wichita, Kan., of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, has been named by Chambers USA 2015 as one of Kansas’ top litigators in white-collar crime and government investigations. In addition, Monnat & Spurrier recently launched a twice-monthly podcast, “Just in Case,” featuring brief analyses of the just-in criminal law cases decided by the Kansas Appellate Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Podcasts can be found at


Robert J. Greenwood, BSPha, Waterloo, Iowa, was installed as the 136th president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association in June.


Antonio M. “Tony” Audino, BSBA, Bellevue, Wash., was appointed as the new chair of the Fulcrum Foundation board of trustees in May.

Robert E. Mundy, JD, Omaha, has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation. Mundy is president of Mundy and Associates/Coordinated Planning, Inc., in Omaha.


Mark A. Gilger, BA’76, MD, San Antonio, was named a 2015 Health Care Hero by the San Antonio Business Journal.

Randy K. Newby, DDS, Wichita, Kan., has had several articles published in the Journal of the American Orthodontic Society (JAOS): “Exploring the First Two Keys of Class II Correction: Maxillary Arch Development and Maxillary Molar Position” (fall 2014); “Understanding and Applying Mulligan Mechanics in the Horizontal and Vertical Planes of Space” (winter 2015); “Face, TM Joint, and Teeth Considerations When Performing Orthodontic and Orthopedic Therapy” (spring 2015); “Key Three in Class II Correction: Proper Overbite and Overjet: Part 1” (summer 2015); and “Key Three in Class II Correction: Proper Overbite and Overjet: Part 2” (fall 2015).

Kimberly A. Yelkin, JD, Austin, Texas, an attorney with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been recognized by Chambers USA 2015 in the insurance regulation area. In addition, Gardere Wynne Sewell’s Government Affairs Practice Group, which is led by Yelkin, topped the Texas Lawyer Lobbying Scorecard after representing more clients and reporting more compensation than any other firm in the state during the 84th Texas Legislature. Yelkin also was selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.


G. Mark Rice, JD, West Des Moines, Iowa, was recognized by Chambers and Partners in its 2015 attorney rankings in the area of corporate/mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance – Iowa.


Stephen A. Donato, JD, Fayetteville, N.Y., an attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC in Syracuse, N.Y., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Donato is co-chair of the firm’s business restructuring, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice.

A. Art Kaslow, BA’78, DDS, Solvang, Calif., has retired from the United States Army Reserve Dental Corps after 37 years of service. Kaslow started his Army career as an ROTC cadet at Creighton in 1974, served five years active duty and obtained the rank of colonel. He served in tours/mobilizations to Germany, Central America and the U.S. In the last decade of his career, he served as the commander of various dental units while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Kaslow has maintained a general dental practice in Solvang for the last 31 years.

Charles R. “Chuck” Walker, JD, and Angela K. Walker-Weber, MBA’97, JD’02, Prescott, Ariz., were featured in Prescott’s The Daily Courier on June 21 (Father’s Day). The father and daughter are partners at Walker & Walker, Attorneys at Law, PLC, in Prescott.


Rita D’Agostino, BSBA’82, JD, Leawood, Kan., has joined Spencer Fane LLP’s Kansas City office as of counsel in the firm’s governmental affairs and real estate practice groups.


Mark F. Duren, BSBA, Bennington, Neb., has been elected managing shareholder of Lutz, an accounting and business solutions firm in Omaha.


John E. Hisel Jr., DDS, Kuna, Idaho, was recently inducted as president of the Idaho State Dental Association. Hisel will serve as president from June 2015 through May 2016. He also was selected into the Pierre Fuchard Academy, an honorary organization recognizing outstanding dentists and their achievements.

L. Kris Munk, DDS, was recently appointed director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine in South Jordan, Utah.


Paul A. Racioppi Jr., BS’82, DDS, Brooklyn, N.Y., was named president of the Bay Ridge Dental Society in Brooklyn.


Jeffrey T. Harvey, JD, San Antonio, an attorney with Jackson Walker L.L.P., was named to S.A. Scene’s 2015 “Best S.A. Lawyers” in general litigation, PI defense: general.

Reinaldo Pascual, JD, Atlanta, was elected vice chair of the Syracuse University board of trustees. He was also elected to the board of trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. Pascual is a partner of Paul Hastings, LLP, a leading global law firm, and serves as managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office.


Alexander G. Calfo, JD, Los Angeles, joined King & Spalding LLP’s San Francisco office in July. Calfo is a partner and member of the firm’s litigation department.


Frank W. Ierulli, JD, Peoria, Ill., has been reappointed to serve as a member on the Standing Committee for the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission and the Standing Committee on Judicial Advisory Polls within the Illinois State Bar Association. Ierulli is an attorney at the Peoria office of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC.


Brenda Maloney Shafer, BSN, Earlysville, Va., was appointed as vice chair of the Military and Veterans Health Law Task Force for the American Bar Association Health Law Section. Shafer is a partner at the Washington, D.C., firm of Quarles & Brady LLP and is a member of the firm’s health law practice group.

Karen L. Tidwall, JD, Shorewood, Wis., was named to Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2015 Women in the Law, which honors the top Wisconsin women attorneys and judges for their outstanding leadership and achievement. Tidwall is a litigation shareholder in Whyte Hirchboeck Dudek’s Milwaukee office where she co-leads the business and commercial litigation and trust, estate and fiduciary litigation teams.


Capt. Mark F. Klein, BA’91, JD, Alexandria, Va., received the Public Service in the Military Award in June. In July, Klein took command of Region Legal Service Office Southeast, the Navy JAG Corps’ largest command.

Dennis G. Peatrowsky, JD, Omaha, recently joined Manarin Investment Counsel in Omaha as a wealth adviser.


Sarah Perl Monzu, BS, Omaha, was a 2015 recipient of the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award, which recognizes Omaha Public School (OPS) teachers (K-12). Monzu has been with OPS for 13 years.

Jennifer Magnuson-Stessman, BS, Omaha, was a 2015 recipient of the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award, which recognizes Omaha Public School (OPS) teachers (K-12). Magnuson-Stessman has been with OPS for 20 years.


Angela Goldsmith-Cordes Bergman, BS, Valley, Neb., was one of 108 mathematics and science teachers from across the country to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Bergman teaches at Westside High School in Omaha.

Shad E. Sumrow, JD, Dallas, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Sumrow is an attorney in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight LLP.


Dr. James A. Mello, MBA, Steubenville, Ohio, executive director of institutional effectiveness at Franciscan University of Steubenville, has been included in Teaching as a Human Experience: An Anthology of Contemporary Poems, released in June by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The poems in the anthology deal with the real life worlds of professors, instructors, lecturers, teachers and others working in education and cover contemporary teaching experiences in education.


James P. Clements, BA, Omaha, was named the executive director of the Heart Ministry Center in June. The Heart Ministry Center provides food, clothing, health care and a way forward for people severely affected by poverty in the Omaha area.

Kathryn Greene Jacob, BSW, Dallas, was named president/CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Texas. SafeHaven provides 24-hour care at two emergency shelters in Arlington, Texas, and Fort Worth, Texas, to families fleeing violent situations.


Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos, BACLS, Providence, R.I., received her Ph.D. in religious studies from Brown University in May. Her dissertation was awarded the Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Humanities. She began a position as visiting assistant professor of theology at Providence College in August.

Adam G. Franzen, JD, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the U.S. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than one percent of U.S. lawyers are members.

Kurtis T. Morrison, BA, Denver, was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper as director of legislative affairs and assistant legal counsel for the State of Colorado Office of the Governor.

Angela K. Walker-Weber, MBA’97, JD, and Charles R. “Chuck” Walker, JD’83, Prescott, Ariz., were featured in Prescott’s The Daily Courier on June 21 (Father’s Day). The father and daughter are partners at Walker & Walker, Attorneys at Law, PLC, in Prescott.

Gregory J. Walther, JD, Seattle, opened Emerald Search Partners, a legal recruiting company in Seattle specializing in placing attorneys and staff with law firms and corporate legal departments.


Jason F. Knoblauch, BSBA, Wilmington, N.C., was promoted to vice president, finance, with Pharmaceutical Product Development.


Jaimie Thompson Mansfield, BSBA, St. Louis, joined the law firm Armstrong Teasdale’s St. Louis office in May. Mansfield is a member of the firm’s financial and real estate services practice group.

Angela C. Nastase, JD, Omaha, is the deputy Title IX coordinator at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Philip B. Katz, JD, Omaha, was named one of the Top Ten Attorneys Under 40 for the state of Nebraska by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. Katz is an attorney with Koenig Dunne Divorce Law in Omaha.

Robert A. McLean Jr., BA, New York, recently joined the team at CNNMoney in New York as an overnight multi-platform editor.


Christopher M. Barr, BA, La Grange, Ill., received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in June.

Dr. Justyna A. Dobrowolska, BS, Chicago, received her Ph.D. in neurosciences from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013.


Sezai Hakan Armagan, MS, Omaha, recently spent several months in New Zealand as a Fulbright Scholar where he conducted research on energy and environmental sustainability, including the social and cultural side of energy use with the Māori (indigenous New Zealanders). Armagan is a teacher at Burke High School in Omaha.


Robert J. Forrest, BSBA, Omaha, recently started a financial advising practice with Mutual of Omaha. Daniel C. Knauff, BSBA, Bloomington, Minn., passed the third and final level of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam in June.


Taylor Jensen, BA, St. Louis, received her law degree from Saint Louis University in May. She also received a Leaders of Tomorrow Award at the 2015 Women’s Justice Awards in April.

Mamie J. Sparacino, BA, Davenport, Iowa, was named Aide-de-Camp for Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen, Joint Munitions Command and Joint Munitions Lethality and Life Cycle Management commanding general at Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill.


Daniel M. Manning Jr., BA’11, JD, Des Moines, Iowa, joined the Lillis Law Firm in Des Moines as associate attorney. His areas of practice include corporate law, real estate matters and litigation.