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1957

Sr. Ann Verona Kessler, OSB, MA, Yankton, S.D., and Dr. Neville A. Kelly, MA’04, worked together to update and revise Kessler’s previously published book, Benedictine Men and Women of Courage: Roots & History, Revised Edition. This new, comprehensive account is acclaimed as a significant, single-volume survey of 15 centuries of inclusive monastic history.

1958

Lester L. Carter Jr., BSPha, St. Francis, Wis., received an honorary doctoral degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in May. Carter is the owner of Carter Drug Store in Milwaukee.

1959

Betty Murray Holman, BSBA, Arcadia, Fla., was inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta International Business, Management and Administration Honor Society. Holman is studying for her Doctor of Business Administration at Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.

1963

Fernando A. Zamudio, MD, La Jolla, Calif., was elected chief of the medical staff of Alvarado Hospital in San Diego.

1965

James A. Gargano, BA, Humboldt, Iowa, was named Master Editor Publisher by the Iowa Newspaper Association. Gargano is owner and publisher of The Humboldt Independent newspaper.

1971

John J. Kirby, DDS, Hillsborough, Calif., has participated in the annual Mending Faces Medical Mission to Kalibo, Philippines, with fellow Creighton graduates Christopher M. Biety, BS’77, DDS’81, and Dr. Michelle M. “Mimi” Wong, BS’89. Mending Faces is a nonprofit organization providing pro bono cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries to impoverished children.

1973

Girard P. Miller, BA, Minneapolis, has joined Maslon LLP in Minneapolis in the Business and Securities Group.

1977

Robert D. Doerr, MAIR, Garden Ridge, Texas, wrote and published his book Caffeine Can Kill. The book is the sixth in his Jim West mystery/thriller series.

1981

Christopher M. Biety, BS’77, DDS, Golden, Colo., has participated in the annual Mending Faces Medical Mission to Kalibo, Philippines, with fellow Creighton graduates John J. Kirby, DDS’71, and Dr. Michelle M. “Mimi” Wong, BS’89. Mending Faces is a nonprofit organization providing pro bono cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries to impoverished children.

1983

Michael R. Kealy, JD, Reno, Nev., was reelected by the shareholders at Parsons Behle & Latimer to the law firm’s 2015 board of directors.

1985

Judy Phillips Bruce, JD, Omaha, has written two novels: Voices in the Wind, about a young attorney in Western Nebraska, and Death Steppe, set in Russia during World War II.

1986

Paul F. Millus, BA’83, JD, Floral Park, N.Y., has been named a shareholder with the law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.

1987

Brian T. Grogan, BS, St. Paul, Minn., was reelected to the board of directors at the law firm Moss & Barnett in Minneapolis.

1989

Dr. Michelle M. “Mimi” Wong, BS, Denver, has participated in the annual Mending Faces Medical Mission to Kalibo, Philippines, with fellow Creighton graduates John J. Kirby, DDS’71, and Christopher M. Biety, BS’77, DDS’81. Mending Faces is a nonprofit organization providing pro bono cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries to impoverished children.

1990

Col. Ronald J. Place, MD, Fort Washington, Md., was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army. Place currently serves as the assistant surgeon general for force projection, Office of the Surgeon General, in Washington, D.C.

Robin D. Shoffner, JD, Chicago, was named a judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

1991

Daria Allen Campbell, BA, New York, is the associate vocational training coordinator for Covenant House New York. She also is a certified group fitness instructor teaching at BeFitNYC and is a licensed New York real estate salesperson with AbsoluteProperties NYC.

1993

Mary L. Ferwerda, BA, MS’01, Milwaukee, was named executive director of the Milwaukee Justice Center, a collaborative public-private endeavor to assist low income and disadvantaged populations who are unable to afford an attorney to represent them in civil court. Ferwerda received her law degree from Marquette University in 2011.

1996

Michelle Cadwell Blackston, BA, Alexandria, Va., is a communications officer with the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C.

1997

Shane M. Niebergall, JD, Lone Tree, Colo., has been promoted to partner at the law firm Perkins Coie in Denver.

1999

Mandy Hobson Kamykowski, BS, St. Louis, opened the law office of Kamykowski, Gavin & Smith, P.C., in St. Louis, specializing in medical malpractice and professional liability defense work.

2002

Sherrye L. Hutcherson, MBA, Omaha, was named vice president of human resources for Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha.

2003

Taylor L. Kerns, BS, St. Louis, an attorney in the Alton, Ill., office of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, was elevated to a shareholder with the firm.

2004

Ann Burkhardt, OTD, Bristol, R.I., has been named the director of the occupational therapy program at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Burkhardt, currently a therapy resources management occupational therapist at Crestwood & Grace Barker Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities in Warren, R.I., will begin her new position at Drake on July 1.

Dr. Neville A. Kelly, MA, Seattle, and Sr. Ann Verona Kessler, OSB, MA’57, worked together to update and revise Kessler’s previously published book, Benedictine Men and Women of Courage: Roots & History, Revised Edition. This new, comprehensive account is acclaimed as a significant, single-volume survey of 15 centuries of inclusive monastic history.

2006

Gregory R. Lunt, JD, Sandy, Utah, was named equity shareholder at Workman Nydegger.

Patrick M. Ricketts, MBA, Omaha, president and CFO of Vintage Financial Group in Omaha, was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans award presented by the Omaha Junior Chamber in January.

2007

Michael J. Rea, PharmD, Douglas M. Besch, MBA, PharmD, and Brandy Kopecky Rea, JD, Overland Park, Kan., were featured in the February issue of Thinking Bigger Business magazine. The three Creighton graduates are owners of Rx Savings Solutions in Overland Park. The magazine calls their business one of the region’s most promising companies. In addition, Heather Green Epps, PharmD, Kansas City, Mo., is a key employee at the business.

John A. Menicucci Jr., JD, Bennington, Neb., a transactional lawyer with the Omaha office of Husch Blackwell LLP, was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans award presented by the Omaha Junior Chamber in January.

2008

Brian J. Blackford, BA’05, JD, Omaha, has opened Blackford Law, LLC, an immigration law practice specializing in removal/deportation defense and family-based immigration.

Colleen L. Byers, BA’05, MBA, JD, Winston-Salem, N.C., was elected a director at the law firm Bell, Davis & Pitt, PA, of Winston-Salem and Charlotte, N.C.

Brandon D. Mason, BSBA’05, MBA, Elkhorn, Neb., assistant vice president and credit products officer for Bank of the West’s Corporate Banking Group Agribusiness Division, was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans award presented by the Omaha Junior Chamber in January.

Alissa M. Moran, BSBA, Fort Worth, Texas, earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Texas Christian University in December 2014.

Jennifer J. Stevens, JD, Indianapolis, was named a 2015 Indiana “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine and Indianapolis Monthly magazine in the area of family law. She is an attorney with Cohen, Garelick & Glazier PC in Indianapolis.

2009

Christine Wang Howard, BSBA, Spring, Texas, former marketing and sales business manager for Union Pacific Railroad, was named a 2014 “Rising Star” by Progressive Railroading for being an under-40 leader in the rail industry.

2010

Colin C. Smalley, BSEvS, Olathe, Kan., is a regulatory specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District.

Lecia E. Wright, BA’07, JD, Bellevue, Neb., is an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha. Prior to her current position, Wright served with the Air Force JAG Corps. After leaving active duty, she continues to serve in the military with the Reserves.

2011

Luke S. Christiansen, MBA, Omaha, co-founder of Valvora, a start-up software division of Union Pacific, was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans award presented by the Omaha Junior Chamber in January.