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1946

Michael J. Scott, MD, Seattle, is the administrator for the Seattle Dermatology Center. He also is a member of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame and has been invited to participate in the World Senior Table Tennis Championships in China.

1955

Robert E. Rissi, BS’51, JD, Scottsdale, Ariz., a Korean War veteran, was the recipient of an Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea. The medal is an expression of appreciation from the South Korean government to U.S. service men and women who served during the Korean conflict.

1964

Dr. Francis B. “Bernie” Rang II, BA, Burbank, Calif., was named the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Member by El Camino College in Torrance, Calif. Rang has been a professor of Spanish at El Camino since 1984. He has served as president of the 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.

1965

Michael G. Busse, BSBA, Downers Grove, Ill., has been selected to chair the Audit and Finance Committee for Delta Dental of Illinois. He also is a member of the executive committee at Delta Dental.

1966

Maureen Coufal Proksel, BA, Bennington, Neb., received a 2014 Volunteer of the Year award by the Bennington Community Foundation. She was recognized for her many volunteer hours at the Bennington Library, Festival of Trees and Bennington Women’s Club.

1967

John G. Langdon, BS’63, MD, Winter Park, Fla., is the governor of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. He has been a member of ACP since 1985 and a fellow since 1998. Langdon is the chief medical strategist at NewWave Biologics, Inc., and chief medical officer at Environmental Health Technologies.

1968

Sr. M. Ruth Fox, OSB, MA, Richardton, N.D., celebrated 60 years as a member of Sacred Heart Monastery, a small Benedictine community in Richardton.

1969

Daniel J. Cole Jr., BA’66, JD, St. Paul, Minn., received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award presented by the Minnesota Justice Foundation. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a substantial commitment to public interest work by promoting programs that have a positive impact on the community. Cole, a real estate attorney for more than 45 years, was recognized for his efforts in providing access to legal services for disadvantaged people, as well as his pro bono representation of dozens of individuals, work for nonprofit organizations and leadership in the Bar and with legal services providers. Cole is a shareholder at Briggs and Morgan, P.A., in Minneapolis.

1971

Gilbert J. Passarella, BA, Mesa, Ariz., is the administrator of the Chicago Cubs’ minor league teams at the organization’s spring training complex in Mesa.

1973

Stephanie Stockard Spelic, BSN, Omaha, retired in January 2014 after nearly 30 years of teaching and service to the Creighton University College of Nursing.

1976

Lawrence E. Hynek, BSBA, Morse Bluff, Neb., owner of Lawrence E. Hynek Farms, LLC, in Morse Bluff, recently graduated in the fourth class of the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy. The academy is a yearlong program that educates current and future decision makers about the vital role that rivers, streams and Nebraska’s abundant aquifers play in the economic stability of the state.

Daniel E. Monnat, JD, Wichita, Kan., was listed by Chambers USA 2014 as one of Kansas’ most notable litigators of white-collar crime and government investigations. Monnat also was named to the International Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defense 2014. The publication is a strategic research partner of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. In addition, Monnat’s firm, Monnat & Spurrier, was named a “Best Law Firm” in the Wichita metropolitan region in two categories — appellate practice and criminal defense: white collar. The national ranking is jointly produced by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

1978

Stephen W. Kay, JD, North Platte, Neb., wrote the book Episcopal Church of Our Savior-Our Second Century of Service, which was released in December 2014. The Stephen Kay Heritage Room at Episcopal Church of Our Savior in North Platte was dedicated by the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Barker, Episcopal Bishops of Nebraska, in September 2014.

1979

Maj. Gen. Marcia M. Anderson, BA, Verona, Wis., was featured in a June 2014 Washington Post article on “Getting More Women into Army Leadership.” Anderson is the acting assistant chief and deputy chief, Army Reserve. As a citizen-soldier, Anderson is employed by the United States Courts, where she serves as the clerk of Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis.

Cynthia Schulz-Long, BA, Vero Beach, Fla., a Dame of Malta, has been reappointed to a second three-year term as chair of the Vero Beach Area Order of Malta. The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta is the oldest continuous religious order of the Catholic Church, and the oldest continuous order of chivalry in the world. The Knights and Dames of Malta make a lifelong commitment to serve the needs of the sick and the poor and to defend the Catholic faith. Schulz-Long’s husband, W. Roger Long, BA’79, DDS’83, a Knight of Malta, is completing his term as co-chair of the Vero Beach Area.

Dr. James W. Reed Jr., BS, Mauston, Wis., was selected to serve on the Tufts University School of Medical board council. Reed received his medical degree from Tufts School of Medicine in 1984.

1980

Randy K. Newby, DDS, Wichita, Kan., has successfully completed a one-year Master Clinician Program Curriculum in implant dentistry. Newby received his certificate from the gIDE (Global Institute for Dental Education) and the UCLA School of Dentistry in Los Angeles in September 2013.

M. Josephine Vaske Petermeier, BA, Minneapolis, was ordained a deacon and is serving in three women priest led communities.

1981

Judy Lee-Kirchmann, BA, Gretna, Neb., received the “Emerging Leader of the Year” from the Professional Convention Management Association. Kirchmann is an account executive with ConferenceDirect, a meeting, convention, group travel and event-planning firm based in Los Angeles. She manages the Nebraska office.

1982

Patrick M. Healy, MD, Wichita, Kan., received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Wichita.

G. Mark Rice, JD, West Des Moines, Iowa, was selected for inclusion in Great Plains Super Lawyers 2014.

1983

Rachel Heaney Dowd, BSN’81, BA, Omaha, is serving in the Dominican Republic as a member of Chronic Care International, which provides education and medical treatment for diabetes and hypertension.

Michael R. Kealy, JD, Reno, Nev., has been recognized in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition to being listed in Best Lawyers, Kealy has been named the 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Litigation–Real Estate category in Reno. Kealy is an attorney with the Reno office of Parsons Behle & Latimer.

Dr. Elizabeth Freund Larus, BA, Fredericksburg, Va., professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, has been awarded a Taiwan Fellowship for 2015 to conduct field research in Taiwan on U.S.-China-Taiwan relations.

Jeffrey T. Peetz, JD, Lincoln, Neb., has formed the law firm Endacott, Peetz & Timmer with Kent E. Endacott, JD’94, and Patrick D. Timmer. The firm focuses on trust and estate law and community banking law and is located in Lincoln. 

1984

Guy M. Hanson, BS’80, DDS, Boise, Idaho, was elected to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Board during the AGD 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibits in June. Hanson has served the AGD in numerous capacities, including Region 11 regional director, Idaho AGD president, Idaho AGD secretary and AGD spokesperson.

1985

Barbara Begley Gilman, BS, Omaha, was named the 2014 Distinguished Teacher for the Plains States from the National Catholic Educational Association. This award was given to an elementary teacher in recognition of outstanding Catholic teaching. Gilman is a third-grade teacher at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha.

Tracie E. Keller, BS’81, DDS, Colorado Springs, Colo., was named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report in September 2014.

Mary Kay Mangus Leatherman, BA, Omaha, wrote and published the novel Vanity Insanity. She also manages and teaches for 3MT ACT Test Prep in Omaha.

Dona A. Ponepinto, BA’83, MS, Gig Harbor, Wash., joined the United Way of Pierce County in Tacoma, Wash., as president and CEO in January 2014.

1986

Paul F. Millus, BA’83, JD, Floral Park, N.Y., of counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., and member of the litigation and employment law departments, has been selected for Long Island Business News’ “Around 50” Award. The award celebrates Long Islands’ companies and business leaders over 40 years old. Millus also was sworn in as president of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court in September 2014.

Thomas W. Tye II, JD, Kearney, Neb., received the 2014 Sertoma Service to Mankind Award in May. The award recognizes Tye’s 30 years of service to the Kearney area.

1987

Laura A. Chagnon Tighe, JD, Golden, Colo., was appointed as a District Court Judge in the First Judicial District (Jefferson and Gilpin counties in Colorado).

1988

Dr. Roxanne M. Gonzales, MS, Rye, N.H., is president of Granite State College in Concord, N.H.

Jeffrey T. Harvey, JD, San Antonio, was included in S.A. Scene’s 2014 “Best S.A. Lawyers” list. Harvey is a partner in the San Antonio office of Jackson Walker L.L.P.

1990

Lori Micek Maret, BA, Lincoln, Neb., was appointed to the District Court bench for the 3rd Judicial District (Lancaster County, Neb.).

Lawrence H. Necheles, BA’86, JD, Pontiac, Ill., has been appointed to two new positions: public guardian and public administrator of Livingston County, Ill., and administrative hearing officer for vehicle seizures for the city of Pontiac.

1992

Frank W. Ierulli, JD, Peoria, Ill., has been reappointed to the Attorney Registration and 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.

1994

Kent E. Endacott, JD, Lincoln, Neb., has formed the law firm Endacott, Peetz & Timmer with Jeffrey T. Peetz, JD’83, and Patrick D. Timmer. The firm focuses on trust and estate law and community banking law and is located in Lincoln.

Dr. Monalisa McGee, MS, Omaha, is the Telecare Region Six Recovery Center administrator and was elected to serve on the board of directors for the National Board of Certified Counseling’s NCC-CCE (National Certified Counselor-Center for Credentialing and Education).

David J. Thrower, JD, Superior, Colo., was appointed as municipal judge for the town of Superior. In addition to his duties as municipal judge, Thrower continues his private practice of law in Boulder, Colo., concentrating in estate planning, business and real estate matters.

1995

Daniella E. Flanagan, BSBA, Hemet, Calif., starred as the lead in the film The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne. The film is about a poor, single African-American mother from the segregated 1950s South who winds up as one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves.

Jennifer T. Holloway, MD, Southbury, Conn., was elected to the board of trustees of the Fairfield County Medical Association.

1996

Justin D. Phillips, DDS, Windsor, Calif., was voted Best Dentist in Sonoma County for 2014 in The Press Democrat’s Readers Choice Awards. This is the second year in a row that Phillips received the award. He currently practices at Phillips Family Dental.

Andrea Rowley Reeb, BA’93, JD, Clovis, N.M., was appointed as the 9th judicial district attorney in New Mexico.

1997

Heather Tentinger Johnson, BS, Remsen, Iowa, was named among Engineering Leaders Under 40 by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines. Johnson is a division manager with Interstates Companies in Sioux Center, Iowa.

2000

Carmon Wondercheck Harvey, BA, Philadelphia, has joined LeClairRyan as a shareholder on the firm’s labor and employment and commercial litigation practice area teams in the Philadelphia and Newark, N.J., offices.

Majid A. Hussaini, BS, Elgin, Ill., has joined NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill., as a director-medical group operations for the NorthShore Neurological Institute.

Dr. Lorna L. Perez, BA, Buffalo, N.Y., received tenure and promotion to associate professor of English at SUNY Buffalo State where she is currently serving as the interim chair of the English department.

Joyce C. Stewart, BA, Bisbee, Ariz., a teacher from the Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, Ariz., was selected as an NEH summer scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 22 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sixteen teachers from across the U.S. were selected to attend the program.

Kristin Kadleck Zurek, BA, St. Louis, was recently named a partner with Cordell & Cordell, the nation’s largest domestic litigation firm focusing on representing men in family law cases. Zurek is one of seven partners in the 150-attorney firm.

2001

James M. Kinney, BSBA, Omaha, was recently named to Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in America Under 40. Kinney is the owner Omaha’s GolfTEC.

2002

Jess W. Hoeme, JD, Cheney, Kan., an attorney with Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC in Wichita, Kan., and manager of the firm’s Kansas DUI Defense Team, has been named chairman of the Criminal Practice Committee of the Wichita Bar Association.

Dr. Angela Morrison Swan, BA, Litchfield Park, Ariz., completed a Ph.D. in public service leadership–criminal justice in January 2014.

2003

Dr. Hanh T. Nguyen, BS, Orange, Calif., received the Faculty of the Year Award in June 2014 from the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine, where Nguyen is an assistant professor in the School of Medicine.

Travis L. Turner, JD, Austin, Texas, has formed Piper Turner Bollier, PLLC, in Austin with James Piper and Leslie Bollier. The firm exclusively handles complex family law cases.

2004

Alaina M. Stedillie, BA, Casper, Wyo., was named as a Rising Star in the 2014 Mountain States Super Lawyers edition in the area of business litigation.

Katie E. Wudel, BA, Los Angeles, is the senior special projects editor at GOOD Magazine.

2005

Robert A. McLean Jr., BA, Omaha, was elected to the Society of Professional Journalists board of directors as Region 7 director in September 2014.

Michele C. Wise, BA, McCook, Neb., an educator at St. Patrick Elementary School in McCook, was selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute in July 2014.

2007

Adam L. Cockerill, BSBA’04, JD, Bellevue, Neb., has joined the Omaha law firm Koley Jessen P.C., LLO, in the employment, labor and benefits practice group.

Emilie Williams Kaplan, JD, Chicago, was named a partner at the Chicago firm of Sneckenberg Thompson & Brody LLP. Kaplan was also named an Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star in litigation for 2012, 2013 and 2014, and a Top Women Attorney in Illinois in 2013 and 2014.

Michael J. Rea, PharmD, Overland Park, Kan., was featured in the April 22, 2014, issue of Businessweek. The article focuses on Rx Savings Solutions, the company he founded with Douglas M. Besch, MBA, PharmD, also from Overland Park.

2010

Dr. William A. Nester, BS, Springfield, Ill., received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in May 2014. Nester is completing his internal medicine residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Melissa A. Schilling, JD, Burlington, Iowa, joined Dickinson Law in Des Moines, Iowa, as an associate focusing on traditional labor law and employment litigation.

2012

Sylvia J.S. Bartell, BA, South Royalton, Vt., spent last summer focusing on environmental justice after being awarded a Rubin Fellowship from Vermont Law School. Bartell worked with the nonprofit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Bartell is a law student at Vermont Law School in South Royalton.

Angela Terry Lennon, JD, Omaha, was accepted to the Women’s Fund of Omaha’s 2014 Circles group. The group of young professional women leaders in Omaha supports the mission of the Women’s Fund, promotes networking opportunities for women professionals and develops leadership skills to serve the Omaha community.

2013

Kimberly A. Berberich, BS, Downers Grove, Ill., is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, working at Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies (AWARE), Inc., in Juneau, Alaska.

John R. Rasmussen, BA, Omaha, is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, working at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mont.

2014

Maria J. “Majo” Sandi Espinoza, BSBA, Tiquipaya Cochabamba, Bolivia, is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, working with Catholic Charities of Oregon, El Programa Hisapno–Anti-Poverty Services in Gresham, Ore.

Laura G. Jablonski, BSBA, St. Louis, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working at Reconcile New Orleans, Inc./Café Reconcile in New Orleans.

Katherine M. Nimrod, BA, Glenview, Ill., is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, working with the Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association in Anchorage, Alaska.

Margaret L. O’Connor, BA, Ferndale, Wash., is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working at St. Francis Mission in St. Francis, S.D.

Nicole M. Rocconi, BA, Riverside, Ill., is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, working at Providence Hospice of Seattle, Providence Transitions, in Seattle.

Kelly M. Sullivan, BA, Dekalb, Ill., is serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, working at Columbia Gorge Community College, Student Services, in Hood River, Ore.