Thomas F. Dowd, BSBA’61, JD, Omaha, was the recipient of the 2016 Irish American Omaha Douglas County Public Service Award. Dowd, a retired member of the law firm Dowd Howard & Corrigan, was recognized for his representation of the rights of laboring men and women and nearly 40 years of service on the Metropolitan Utilities District board of directors.


William A.K. Kuamoo, BA, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Scottsdale, Ariz., published his fifth family-history-genealogy titled The ‘King of Maui, Hawai’i:’ Banker of the Chinese Revolution of 1911. The book is about his paternal great-grandfather, Sun Ahmi, one of the richest men in the territory of Hawaii in the 1890s-1900s, who was the older brother of Sun Yat-sen, M.D. Yat-sen, known as “China’s George Washington,” played an instrumental role in overthrowing the Qing Dynasty — the last dynasty in China after 2,000 years of imperial reign — in October 1911. Kuamoo’s five literary family history works were gifted to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Hamilton Library Hawaiian Collection in Honolulu.

Dr. John H. Neu, BACLS’60, JD, Manhattan Beach, Calif., retired from the Department of Political Science at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., in December 2015, after 45 years of teaching.

John P. Reilly, MD, Grand Island, Neb., was the recipient of the CHI Health St. Francis Physician Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his 45-year career in obstetrics and gynecology, Reilly helped to build and support women’s services at St. Francis, mentored medical students and welcomed more than 13,000 new babies into the world.


John J. Kirby, DDS, Hillsborough, Calif., has again 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, and Creighton undergraduate student Kara Arnold. Mending Faces is a nonprofit organization providing pro bono cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries to impoverished children burdened by this problem.

Mark F. Murray, MD, Sacramento, Calif., president of Mark Murray & Associates, LLC, served on the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, as part of a subgroup on Optimizing Scheduling in Health Care, which recently released “Transforming Health Care Scheduling and Access: Getting to Now.” This paper was commissioned in response to the recent access issues uncovered in the Veteran’s Administration health care system. He also co-authored “Improving Access to Care at Autism Treatment Centers: A System Analysis Approach,” which appeared in the February 2016 issue of the journal Pediatrics.


Richard L. Gibney, MD, Waco, Texas, was the recipient of the 2016 Medal of Excellence Award presented by the American Association of Kidney Patients, the nation’s leading patient education and advocacy group. The award recognizes visionaries whose insight and perseverance have led to dramatic advances that improve patient care. Gibney is a nephrologist with Central Texas Nephrology Associates in Waco.


Dr. Sarah E. Witte, BA, La Grande, Ore., has been named provost at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. She is the first woman to serve as provost at the university.


Edward M. Wagner, JD, Champaign, Ill., has retired after 36 years of practice with Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen. Wagner was managing partner of the Urbana, Ill.,  office and was recognized as a Leading Lawyer and Super Lawyer in the defense of medical malpractice cases in Illinois.


Christopher M. Biety, BS’77, DDS, Golden, Colo., has again  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, and Creighton undergraduate student Kara Arnold. Mending Faces is a nonprofit organization providing pro bono cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries to impoverished children burdened by this problem.

Timothy S. Bottaro, BA, Sioux City, Iowa, was named to the Iowa Super Lawyers for 2016 and is the president-elect of the Iowa Association for Justice (Trial Lawyers) and will assume the presidency in November 2016. Bottaro also served on the Iowa Supreme Court Task Force to Revise the Rules of Civil Procedure to make them more streamlined and to create an Expedited Civil Actions (ECA) process for cases of smaller value. He has presented to more than 2,000 Iowa attorneys and their staff on the new rules and in other states as the ECA has become a national model.

Hon. Paul G. Crawford, BA, Marshalltown, Iowa, was appointed district associate judge in Iowa’s Second Judicial District in January 2016. He had been assistant Marshall County attorney in Iowa for 28 years.

Dr. Laure Marshall Marino, BSN, Charleston, W.Va., received her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in executive leadership from George Washington University in May 2016. Marino is the director of outpatient primary care services for Highland Behavioral Health Systems in Charleston. She was one of 10 nurses nationally to receive the prestigious Culture of Health Breakthrough Nurse Leader Award in 2015 presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP.


Dr. Rebecca Feight Morris, BS’78, MBA, Hartford, Conn., assistant professor of economics and management at Westfield State University in Westfield, Mass., has been appointed editor-in-chief of The CASE Journal (TCJ).

Lt. Col. Paul E. Schleier, BA’77, DDS, Suffolk, Va., retired in January 2016 from the United States Air Force Dental Corps after 28 years of military service and has joined the private dental practice of Gayle Terwilliger, DDS, in Smithfield, Va. In addition, Schleier has been accepted by the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business in Charlottesville, Va., into their executive MBA program to start in August 2016.


Julia A. Foote, ARTS, Grand Island, Neb., wrote A Hundred Year Adventure: The Life and Times of Eugene C. Foote, M.D. The book is about her great-grandfather who was a doctor in Hastings, Neb., and a 1905 graduate of the Creighton School of Medicine.


Todd M. Starr, JD, Pagosa Springs, Colo., recently resigned his appointment as Archuleta County attorney to join the national law firm of Rose Walker. Starr is the resident Colorado partner and the firm is now doing business in Colorado under the name Rose Walker Starr.

Dr. Michelle M. “Mimi” Wong, BS, Denver, has again 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, and Creighton undergraduate student Kara Arnold. Mending Faces is a nonprofit organization providing pro bono cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries to impoverished children burdened by this problem.


Frank W. Ierulli, JD, Peoria, Ill., an attorney at the Peoria office of Howard & Howard, PLLC, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Standing Committee on Judicial Advisory Polls within the Illinois State Bar Association for the 2016-2017 term.


Rachel L. Foley, BSRTH’86, JD, Independence, Mo., of Foley Law, P.C., will be a guest speaker at the 24th Annual Convention for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.


Shurie R. Graeve, JD, Blair, Neb., has opened Graeve Law & Mediation, LLC, in Omaha. The firm provides comprehensive legal services to individuals and businesses, with an emphasis in criminal defense, civil litigation and mediation.


Shad E. Sumrow, JD, Dallas, was included in the Chambers USA 2016 legal directory by Chambers & Partners in the field of banking and finance. Sumrow is an attorney at Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas.


Carmen Kwong Gaston, JD, Portland, Ore., was appointed Archdiocesan director of development and stewardship for the Archdiocese of Portland in April 2015. Gaston, who served as chief development and strategy officer for Catholic Charities, works closely with Archbishop Alexander Sample to direct major gifts and planned giving programs, as well as the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. She is active in the community, serving as vice-chair of the board at Volunteers of America Oregon and as a community board member at the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland. She also was an adjunct professor at the University of Portland Pamplin School of Business. Gaston was honored in 2009 as one of Portland’s “40 Under 40” by the Portland Business Journal for career accomplishments and community service contributions.

Nora Spencer-Loveall, BA, Atlanta, is a senior press officer in the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention.


Dr. John R. Funchion, BA, Coral Gables, Fla., received tenure and promotion to associate professor of English and American studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. His book Novel Nostalgias: The Aesthetics of Antagonism in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature also recently appeared in print.


Janee’ Nesler Butterfield, BSBA, Herndon, Va., recently published her first book, Caught In Cryptic.

Eric B. Oxley, BSBA, Omaha, has been named by M&A Advisor as a 2016 “Emerging Leader,” which recognizes his significant level of success before the age of 40 as a legal advisor in the mergers and acquisitions industry in the U.S. Oxley is a shareholder at Koley Jessen, PC, LLO, in Omaha.


Jean R. Ortiz, BA, Arvada, Colo., was promoted to editorial director for the Office of Marketing and Communications at Regis University in Denver.


Meghan Cook Zuraw, BA, Dallas, has been named a Texas Rising Star attorney by Super Lawyers for the fourth consecutive year, and has joined the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to lead the Dallas office.


Ashanti Weaver Coleman, BSBA, Fort Worth, Texas, received a Master of Science in Management from Bellevue University in January 2015. She opened Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony, Texas, in May 2015, and currently is the marketing projects coordinator for the store.

Brian M. Norton, BA, Omaha, has joined the Steier Group in Omaha and will serve as the marketing coordinator.


Keshia M. Bradford, BS, Council Bluffs, Iowa, director of outreach and enrollment and strategic initiatives for the Health Center Association of Nebraska, received George Washington University’s Geiger Gibson Emerging Leader Award. The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., honors leaders who have undertaken or guided a specific task that has helped their health center or Primary Care Association further the mission of providing high-quality, culturally competent health services to underserved populations. Bradford’s work in outreach and enrollment was recognized along with her work with Families USA.

Dr. Adam M. Ernest, BS, Rainbow City, Ala., is an associate veterinarian at Central Valley Animal Hospital in Rainbow City. Ernest works with three other veterinarians, providing medical and surgical care for small animals.


Eric V. Ernest, BSEMS’06, MD, Omaha, has been named the medical director of the state of Nebraska. He also serves as medical director for the Bellevue Fire Department, the Cass County Emergency Management Agency, the Elmwood Volunteer Fire Department, the Weeping Water Fire Department, the Nehawka Rural Fire Department and Greenwood Fire and Rescue. Additionally, he is assistant medical director of the Omaha Fire Department and Creighton University EMS Education.


Rev. Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith, MA, Emeryville, Calif., was installed as the Canon for Discipleship in the Episcopal Diocese of California in January 2016.


Hannah Connealy Raudsepp, BS, Boston, started Honest Beef Company — a platform that allows people to crowdsource a cow, one at a time, allowing them to know what ranch, rancher and animal their beef comes from.


Jamie A. Steemken, BA, Ocala, Fla., is a wealth management assistant at Parady Financial in The Villages, Fla.