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1961

Jean Luckett Harkin, BA, Portland, Ore., has published a book of short stories, Night in Alcatraz: And Other Uncanny Tales.

1969

J. Thomas Aziere, JD, Green Bay, Wis., was inducted into the Green Bay Officials Association (GBOA) Hall of Fame in recognition of his 42 years of officiating high school football and his involvement in the community. Aziere joined the GBOA in 1972 and retired from officiating in 2014.

1971

Thomas L. Aller, BA, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was re-elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of Delta Dental Iowa Insurance Company and re-elected chairman of the board. Aller joined the board in 2007 and has served as chairman since 2011. Delta is the largest dental insurance company in Iowa.

1976

Daniel E. Monnat, JD, Wichita, Kan., of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, has been named by Chambers USA 2016 as one of Kansas’ top litigators in white-collar crime and government investigations. In addition, the International Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defense 2016 has named Monnat as one of 
the world’s leading practitioners 
in the sectors of business crime defense and investigations. 


Dr. Elizabeth Arquin Walker, BSN, Larchmont, N.Y., was named the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s 2016 Richard R. Rubin Award. The award recognizes a behavioral researcher who has made outstanding, innovative contributions to the study and understanding of the behavioral aspects of diabetes in diverse populations. Walker is professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. She is internationally recognized as an advocate for translating behavioral interventions and communication technologies into real-world clinical care and community settings, especially for underserved urban populations and developing countries, including Uganda and the Dominican Republic.

1977

Mary Kay Green, BA’65, JD, Lee’s Summit, Mo., has written a screenplay, Law Mothers, about her years in law school (1974-1977), a time when women had to fight to enter the legal profession.

1980

Kimberly A. Yelkin, JD, Austin, Texas, an attorney and partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been recognized by Chambers USA 2016 in the area of insurance regulation. Yelkin also was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 edition in insurance law.

1981

Elizabeth Stockley Mueller, DDS, Mason, Ohio, received the Ohio Dental Association Marvin Fisk Humanitarian Award in September. Mueller is a pediatric dentist and owns two private dental offices in Cincinnati. Her offices are involved in improving access to care locally and abroad. For 10 years, Mueller has volunteered with Shoulder to Shoulder, a nonprofit organization to improve health care in Honduras. Mueller’s office also works with many local organizations to provide care to people in need.

1982

G. Mark Rice, JD, West Des Moines, Iowa, was recognized by Chambers and Partners in its 2016 attorney rankings in the area of corporate/mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance – Iowa.

1983

Stephen A. Donato, JD, Fayetteville, N.Y., has been recognized in the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list in the field of bankruptcy: business. Donato is an attorney in the Syracuse, N.Y., office of Bond, Schoeneck & King. He is co-chair of the firm’s business restructuring, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice.

1985

Joan L. Anderson, MD, Bellevue, Wash., published her first novel, Pursuit.

1987

Betsy L. McCoy, BA’84, JD, Coral Gables, Fla., was honored by Corporate Counsel Magazine and American Legal Media for her role in one of the four Best Legal Departments in America, 2014. McCoy is general counsel and vice president of the Related Group, Miami. She also is one of 51 women named nationally as a 2016 Woman of Influence by Real Estate Forum Magazine, the premier real estate business magazine.

1989

Steven M. Kupka, JD, Washington, D.C., is managing partner of Husch Blackwell LLP’s Washington, D.C., office. Husch Blackwell, a corporate law firm, has more than 700 attorneys and 19 offices throughout the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Kupka is focused on an international practice and has clients in England, Panama, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Denmark, United Arab Emirates and Russia.

Linda Behrens Stones, BSN, Crete, Neb., was awarded the Nebraska Nurses Association (NNA) Distinguished Service Award in September. Stones was recognized for her work to revitalize the NNA-PAC, as well as serving as chair of the Legislative, Advocacy and Representation Committee. Stones is a patient care services director at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb. She has operational responsibility for rehabilitation services and athletic training.

1990

Rev. James A. Corson, MBA, Omaha, has been appointed senior pastor of Rockbrook United Methodist Church in Omaha. He also has been elected chair of the Mission Board at Living Hope United Methodist Church in Omaha.

1991

Valerie Smith Carstens, BA, Plano, Texas, joined GES, a leading global provider for live events, as vice president of branding and corporate communications.

Michael D. Nelson, JD, Omaha, has been appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Nebraska. He will take the Magistrate Judge bench on July 1, 2017, following the retirement of the Hon. F.A. Gossett III, JD’72.

David F. Krugler, BA, Plymouth, Mich., published his fourth novel, The Dead Don’t Bleed.

Gregory J. Lynch, BSBA, Oregon, Wis., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017. Lynch is an attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Madison, Wis.

1992

Evangelos A. Argyrakis, BA’89, JD, Omaha, has retired from the practice of law after 25 years practicing in the area of immigration law. Argyrakis has represented clients from more than 65 countries and has handled all types of immigration matters.

Jennifer Knippel Fangman, BSN, Round Rock, Texas, earned a Master of Arts in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in May 2016.

Sara A. Juster, JD, Fairfax, Va., joined Privia Health, LLC, in Arlington, Va., as associate general counsel.

Susan M. Maryott, BA, Chicago, is the coordinating producer of remote events for the Big Ten Network in Chicago.

1995

Jeannie M. DeVeney, JD, Overland Park, Kan., is a shareholder at the Kansas City, Mo., office of Littler, the world’s largest labor and employment law practice. The office received a top ranking in Chambers USA 2016. Chambers also cited DeVeney as a noted practitioner.

1996

Shad E. Sumrow, JD, Dallas, was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2016 in the area of banking. Sumrow also was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the area of banking and finance law. Sumrow is an attorney at Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas.

1999

Dr. James A. Mello, MBA, Steubenville, Ohio, executive director for institutional effectiveness at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and his son, James (a student-athlete at Franciscan University), co-presented at the Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity held at York St. John University, United Kingdom, in August. Their presentation shared how the vision and mission of Franciscan University are expressed and experienced through intercollegiate athletics. The Global Congress included 182 delegates from 24 nations.

Kathleen Drake Chavanu, PharmD, Glenview, Ill., is the senior director, medical communications, with Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

2002

Jeremy J. Majeski, BS, Barcelona, Spain, is the elementary school principal at the American School of Barcelona.

2003

Ellyn R. Mulcahy, PhD, Manhattan, Kan., has been named director of the Master of Public Health program at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Mulcahy was previously professor and chair of biotechnology at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.

Dr. Mark Willcox, BSChm, Anchorage, Alaska, joined the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute in Anchorage. Willcox is an electrophysiology specialist.

2004

Michael P. Hodes, BA, Atlanta, has joined the law firm Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle as of counsel to the firm. Hodes is a family law attorney.

2007

Shawn M. Staples, JD, Chicago, was appointed principal at Much Shelist in Chicago. Staples is a member of the law firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group, focusing his practice on complex litigation.

2009

Sara R. Beste, MD, Shrewsbury, Mass., has been named the recipient of the Moira Erin O’Donnell Emerging Leaders for Justice Award, created by the Ignatian Solidarity Network in partnership with the family of Moira Erin O’Donnell. The O’Donnell Award recognizes young adults who received their undergraduate degree from a U.S. Jesuit university and demonstrated significant social justice leadership in their communities. Beste received her undergraduate degree from Boston College. While in medical school at Creighton, Beste volunteered at the Magis Clinic, Creighton’s free clinic for homeless individuals, and traveled to the Dominican Republic with ILAC, establishing a temporary clinic in a mountain village.

Luke T. Mohrhauser, JD, Ankeny, Iowa, has been named a member of McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, in Des Moines, Iowa. Mohrhauser is a patent attorney.

2012

Anne James Obradovich, BS, Omaha, earned her MBA from Creighton University in August.

2013

Ryan D. Holmgren, BA, Blaine, Minn., joined the Steier Group in Omaha as a campaign manager.

2014

Allegra L. Jacoby, JD, Grand Prairie, Texas, is a contracts negotiator for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Steven G. Rupert, JD, Wichita, Kan., was one of only two criminal defense lawyers from the state of Kansas to be selected to attend the National Criminal Defense College last summer in Macon, Ga.

2015

Derek True, JD, Omaha, is an associate attorney at Croker, Huck, Casher, Dewitt, Anderson and Gonderinger, LLC, in Omaha. True practices in the areas of business and commercial law, litigation, real estate and landlord and tenant law.