News

1966

Albert C. Coco, DDS, Omaha, published a book titled Reflections from the South Side detailing the assimilation of his family and neighbors who emigrated from southern Italy to the U.S. and the influence and support they gave to subsequent generations by prioritizing their education. This story also includes a section about the role Creighton played in the lives of Coco and his wife, Mary Lee O’Keefe Coco, BA’64.

1971

John J. Kirby, DDS, Hillsborough, California, participated with the Mending Faces Cleft Lip/Palate Mission in Lucena, Quezon Province, Philippines, for a week in late January and early February. This is the third year in a row that Kirby provided pro bono treatment for the organization, which will move to Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines, next year to begin another extended mission there.

1976

Daniel E. Monnat, JD, Wichita, Kansas, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, was ranked by Chambers USA 2019 as one of Kansas’ top litigators in white-collar crime and government investigations.

1977

Larry E. Butler, JD, Kearney, Nebraska, closed the law firm of Butler Voight PC in Kearney and rejoined the law firm of Tye & Rowling PC in Kearney as of counsel. Butler continues to serve as treasurer of the CHI Health board of directors.

1979

Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson, BSPha, Chicago, was installed as the 119th president of the National Medical Association (NMA) in August 2018, and served until July 2019. NMA represents more than 50,000 African American physicians in the U.S. and its territories, provides a collective voice for African American physicians, and is a leading force for parity and justice in medicine.

1980

Thomas W. Moran IV, JD, Guangzhou, China, was made a full professor of foreign studies at Jinan University in Guangzhou.

Randy K. Newby, DDS, Wichita, Kansas, authored the following articles for the Journal of the American Orthodontic Society: “Key Four in Class II Correction: Orthopedic Effect” (spring 2016); “Key Five in Early Mixed Dentition Class II Correction: Utilization of Leeway Space” (summer 2016); “Key Six in Early Late (Permanent) Mixed Dentition Class II Correction: Distalization Mechanics Part 1” (fall 2016); and “Key Six Early Late (Permanent) Mixed Dentition Class II Correction: Distalization Mechanics Part 2” (winter 2017).

1981

Hon. Daniel A. Morris, MBA, JD, Hartford, Connecticut, is serving as a temporary member of the appellate court for the U.S. Immigration Courts, called the Board of Immigration Appeals, in Washington, D.C. After he concludes his one-year appointment, Morris will continue to serve as an immigration judge, a position he has held for 10 years. West Publishing Company has continuously published his treatise Federal Tort Claims for 25 years, and has issued seven editions of his book Nebraska Trials, which he now updates and releases annually. Morris is also a trustee of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.

1982

John D. Barnes, BSBA, Boyds, Maryland, was selected to serve as the CEO of the Heart Failure Society of America located in Rockville, Maryland.

Dr. Ann Towe Glow, BSN, North Platte, Nebraska, received the spring 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award at Clarkson College in Omaha, where she is the nurse anesthesia program coordinator.

1983

Michael J. Finley, BSBA, Encinitas, California, was named CEO of Boingo Wireless in Los Angeles in March. Boingo acquires long-term wireless rights at venues, such as airports, transportation hubs, stadiums, arenas, universities, military bases and multi-family properties, and builds wireless networks.

Dr. Elizabeth Freund Larus, BA, Fredericksburg, Virginia, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, was named the recipient of the 2019 Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award in April. Larus is an international expert in the politics of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She recently earned a Fulbright grant to conduct field research in Poland and parts of Eastern Europe in spring 2020. She will explore the impact that China’s Belt and Road Initiative — known as the Silk Road — will have in Eastern and Central Europe.

1985

David W. Schlosser, DDS, Silver Lake, Ohio, was named president of the Ohio Academy of General Dentistry at its fall meeting.

1986

David H. Perrott, BS’77, DDS’81, MD, Sacramento, California, is the chair of the Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners. In this role, Perrott oversees activities of the board and its executive committee. Perrott is responsible for working with the Joint Commission’s president and CEO and other members of the board to set goals and identify strategic issues in support of the Joint Commission’s mission to continuously improve health care.

1987

Mary Lou Connolly McCartan, BSBA, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the controller at Benchmark, Inc., in Cedar Rapids. She recently became a partner of the company’s ownership team.

1988

Dr. Marlene A. Tromp, BA, Boise, Idaho, was named president of Boise State University in April. Prior to her position at Boise State, Tromp was the campus provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

1989

Gregory J. Melgares, BSBA, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, was promoted to deputy general counsel of Froedtert Health, Inc., a large health care system in Milwaukee.

Dr. Michelle M. Wong, BS, Englewood, Colorado, participated with the Mending Faces Cleft Lip/Palate Mission in Lucena, Quezon Province, Philippines, for a week in late January and early February. This is the third year in a row that Wong provided pro bono treatment for the organization, which will move to Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines, next year to begin another extended mission there.

1990

Douglas F. Steenblock, BA’83, MD, Marshalltown, Iowa, received the Award of Merit from the Iowa Medical Society. The award is given to a physician who has made outstanding contributions to the medical profession and to the Iowa Medical Society.

1992

Kelley Gannon McCaskill, BA, Milwaukee, was named vice president of philanthropy at Versiti Blood Research Institute in Milwaukee.

1993

Keith E. Kramer, BS, Omaha, was the recipient of the 2019 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award. Given to 15 teachers annually, the award recognizes the achievements of skilled and dedicated educators in the Omaha Public Schools. Kramer is an information technology and robotics teacher at Marrs Middle School.

Donna Morris Rouch, PharmD, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, was installed as third vice president of the National Garden Clubs Inc. (NGC), the largest volunteering gardening organization in the world. In her role over the next two years, Rouch will serve as chair of several NGC national programs, including the Organization Study Committee and the Award of Excellence initiative to recognize outstanding nonmember individuals and organizations that advance NGC causes. She also will help guide the national organization and work to advance NGC’s mission: promoting civic and environmental responsibility, as well as a love of gardening and floral design. In addition, Rouch will support the organization’s major objectives — to foster education and participation in NGC’s many local, regional, national and international outreach programs, including Plant America, an initiative that focuses on gardens and gardening, with an emphasis on community service.

Kathryn M. Wells, MD, Denver, was named the executive director of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora, Colorado. A board-certified specialist in child abuse pediatrics, Wells has dedicated her career to protecting children and families and building communities where children have the opportunity to thrive. She will also serve as the section head for child abuse and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to taking this position, Wells was the medical director of the Denver Health Clinic at the Family Crisis Center and an attending physician at Denver Health and with the Kempe child protection team at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

1994

Dr. Thomas R. Flagel, MA, Franklin, Tennessee, is the author of War, Memory, and the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion. Flagel is an associate professor of history at Columbia State Community College in Franklin. The author of several books, Flagel also has worked with multiple historic preservation groups, including the Civil War Trust and the National Park Service.

1995

Paul E. Flanagan, JD, West Chester, Pennsylvania, was promoted to assistant professor of law and the director of the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Compliance Program at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia. In addition, Flanagan was selected as a Fulbright Specialist, and will be teaching internationally in privacy, cybersecurity and compliance.

Hon. Susan C. Rowley, BA’90, JD, Lubbock, Texas, is a Lubbock County Precinct 2 justice of the peace.

2000

David J. Wenthold, BSBA, Shakopee, Minnesota, was selected as a volunteer for the NCAA Tournament Men’s Basketball Final Four, which was held in Minneapolis in April 2019. During Final Four weekend, Wenthold was invited on stage by Katy Perry for a cameo appearance during her Jam Fest Concert at the Minneapolis Armory.

2002

Dr. Jason B. Dorwart, BFA, Oberlin, Ohio, is a visiting assistant professor of theater at Oberlin College in Ohio, where he recently directed the mainstage production. Dorwart, who received his PhD from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), received the UCSD Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal for Arts and Humanities, the UCSD Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action and Diversity University-Wide Award and the UCSD Teaching Assistant Achievement Award. He also was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at Yale University.

Dawn Eimers Landon, JD, Council Bluffs, Iowa, is an attorney at Sell Law, PLC, in Glenwood, Iowa. She joined the firm after having served as an assistant Pottawattamie County attorney in Council Bluffs for 16 years. Landon is practicing in family, juvenile, criminal and probate matters.

Hon. Amy Moore, JD, Ames, Iowa, was appointed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds as a district court judge for Iowa Judicial District 28 in April.

Kurtis T. Morrison, BA, Denver, received an appointment from Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser to serve as deputy attorney general for intergovernmental affairs for the state of Colorado. Morrison previously served as a deputy chief of staff and deputy legal counsel for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Rochelle Shoemaker Schuka, BSN, Gretna, Nebraska, graduated from Clarkson College in Omaha with a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner in August 2018. She is a nurse practitioner with Children’s Physicians in Omaha.

Amy J. Skogerson, JD, Adel, Iowa, was featured in the November 2018 issue of Iowa Lawyer magazine. The cover story discusses how Skogerson and her partner, Andrea McGinn, are leading the way for cutting-edge law practice in Iowa at their firm The Law Shop by Skogerson McGinn LLC.

2004

Margaret E. Douglas, BS, Omaha, was the recipient of the 2019 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award. Given to 15 teachers annually, the award recognizes the achievements of skilled and dedicated educators in the Omaha Public Schools. Douglas is a fifth-grade teacher at Wilson Focus School.

Tami Trewet-Sloop, BSDH, Atlantic, Iowa, was named the teledentistry coordinator for the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Omaha. In her role, Trewet-Sloop will be building relationships and networks to address access to oral health care in rural Nebraska.

2005

Vanessa Kruse, BS, Omaha, was the recipient of the 2019 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award. Given to 15 teachers annually, the award recognizes the achievements of skilled and dedicated educators in the Omaha Public Schools. Kruse is a first-grade teacher at Picotte Elementary.

2006

Scott V. Hahn, BA’01, JD, Omaha, is an attorney at Koeing|Dunne, PC, LLO, in Omaha. Hahn joined the firm having 12 years of experience in the area of family law, spending much of his career as an advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.

2007

Brett D. Klug, BSBA, Omaha, owns and operates Blue Jay Development in Omaha.

2010

Hon. Andrew C. Butler, JD, Hastings, Nebraska, was sworn in as district judge for the 9th Judicial District for the state of Nebraska in May.

Colleen E. McGarry, BA’06, JD, Minneapolis, was elevated to partner at the Minneapolis office of Fox Rothschild LLP. McGarry is a litigation attorney who represents clients in a wide range of complex business and commercial disputes.

2011

Ryan J. Muldoon, JD, Omaha, joined Simpson Legal Group, LLC, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as a partner. He will continue to practice in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation and commercial and family law.

2013

Jason R. Dorfman, MS, Aliso Viejo, California, is the co-founder and president of Krisp Nutrition/Keto Krisp and also serves as the vice president of pet products for Medterra. Additionally, he is the senior vice president of sales for bDirect Companies LLC.

Ryan Holmgren, BA, San Luis Obispo, California, was promoted to senior campaign manager at the Steier Group in Omaha.

Holly A. Schenzel, DNP, Hinton, Iowa, completed her graduate certificate in psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner at the University of Iowa in August 2018. Schenzel is currently an acute care nurse practitioner at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She also teaches as an associate professor in the Nylen School of Nursing at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

2015

Tyler J. Grevengoed, JD, Rock Valley, Iowa, joined Petersen Law PLLC in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as an associate after serving as the assistant Sioux County attorney. He will be practicing in real estate, estate planning, probate, landlord/tenant and civil litigation.