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1968

Howard P. Olsen Jr., JD, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, was honored with the dedication of the Howard Olsen Student Success Center at the grand reopening ceremony for Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff after substantial renovations. Olsen had been president of the Western Nebraska Community College Foundation for 28 years and the campaign chair for the comprehensive capital campaign.

1969

Andrew J. Scoma Jr., MD, Winter Park, Florida, recently authored a book titled Leonardo’s Return.

1970

William D. Glenn, BA, Santa Rosa, California, was recently elected chairperson of the board of trustees of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California, a consortium of 20 seminaries and centers representing all the world’s major religious and spiritual traditions. The GTU is a PhD-granting institution in collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley. Glenn matriculated at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, a charter school of the GTU, in 1977, and received his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in 2000. He has been a trustee of the GTU for the past six years.

1971

Dr. Valeria Robinson Stokes, BSN, Chicago, was named vice president of human resources at Erie Family Health Centers in Chicago.

1972

Randy P. Lukasiewicz, BSBA, Omaha, played the role of Chicago Cubs manager Joe McCarthy last summer in a three-night sellout of the musical Alexander, Baseball Legend, performed in St. Paul, Nebraska. The 15-song production is based on true stories of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, who grew up in Elba, Nebraska.

1975

Kent T. Watson, BA, Monticello, Florida, was presented the 2020 Certificate of Honor from the Ike Eisenhower Foundation. The certificate recognizes Watson as a champion of the life and legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1976

Daniel E. Monnat, JD, Wichita, Kansas, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, was named to the Top 10 list of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers for 2019. It is Monnat’s second year to be named among the Top 10. Previously, he had been listed on the Top 100 list for 15 years.

1977

Mary Kay Green, BA’65, JD, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has entered her two Omaha-based screenplays — Law Mothers Circa 1974-77 and Courageous Crystal Chambers, A New Rosa Parks (based on her case Crystal Chambers v. Omaha Girls Club and her 2007 book Women of Courage: The Rights of Single Mothers and Their Children, Inspired by Crystal Chambers, A New Rosa Parks) — in competition at the Omaha Film Festival 2020.

1985

Joseph A. Happe, BA’82, JD, West Des Moines, Iowa, retired from litigation at Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, and has formed Happe Mediation, PLC, mediating cases in Iowa.

1987

Colleen Duffy Heeter, BSN, Gillette, Wyoming, was named chief executive officer of Campbell County Health (CCH) in Gillette, effective July 1, 2020. Heeter has been the chief operating officer of CCH since February 2019.

1989

Clarke P. Anderson, BSMT’83, MD, Los Angeles, is president-elect for the medical staff of the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California.

1990

Ronald J. Place, MD, Bethesda, Maryland, was promoted to lieutenant general in the U.S. Army on Sept. 3, 2019. He also assumed the job as director, Defense Health Agency, overseeing the administrative and managerial responsibility for all permanent military medical and dental treatment facilities throughout the world.

1991

Dr. Monica Parashar Adya, MCSM, Camden, New Jersey, has been named dean of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden. Adya is a noted business education innovator and scholar in the area of IT workforce issues. Prior to her position at Rutgers, Adya was chair of the management department at the Marquette University College of Business Administration in Milwaukee.

1992

Michael T. Seiler, JD, The Woodlands, Texas, is a partner at the law firm Seiler Mitby, PLLC, in The Woodlands.

1997

Angela Houston Heimes, JD, Gretna, Nebraska, has joined the Omaha law firm of Gross & Welch as a director. Heimes’ practice is primarily focused on family law, divorce, child custody, guardianship and conservatorship, criminal defense and juvenile law.

2000

Michael T. Driscoll, BA, New York, has been promoted to partner at the law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Driscoll is a member of the firm’s finance and bankruptcy practice group and is based in the New York office. He focuses on problem loan workouts, bankruptcy, judicial and nonjudicial foreclosure, and creditors’ rights and commercial law.

2004

Michael P. Hodes, BA, Atlanta, was promoted to partner at the law firm of Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery in Atlanta. For more than 10 years, Hodes has exclusively practiced family law, with a specific focus on the financial aspects of divorce, including negotiating and drafting prenuptial, postnuptial and settlement agreements. He works closely with forensic accountants and fiduciary litigators to divide complex assets, trusts and estates of all sizes, and businesses that require valuation.

2005

Tamara Moyer Grissman, BS, Brookfield, Wisconsin, completed her doctorate of medical science degree from the University of Lynchburg in January 2020.

Gabriel E. Lapito, MBA, BSBA, Billings, Montana, was named to the Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list for 2020. This is Lapito’s fourth consecutive year to be recognized.

2007

Maria Smith Brownell, BSBA, West Des Moines, Iowa, was elected as a shareholder at the law firm of Ahlers & Conney, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa. Brownell is a member of the firm’s litigation and public finance practice groups, and works with public entities including cities, city utilities, counties, special districts and other local governments. She represents clients in both the litigation and appeals process. Prior to joining Ahlers & Clooney, Brownell was an administrative law judge for the state of Iowa, Department of Inspections and Appeals.

2010

Alex N. Kron, BSBA, Johnston, Iowa, recently joined Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, as an associate attorney in the business division. Kron represents businesses, nonprofits and individuals with their various legal needs.

2011

Esther Lee, JD, Denver, has joined the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP in Denver as an associate in the litigation department. Lee focuses on commercial litigation, including business and insurance disputes, professional liability, employment issues, regulatory actions, bad faith claims and shareholder derivative actions.

Carly Russell Pollock, BA, Parkersburg, Iowa, is a school-based mental health therapist at UnityPoint-Black-Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center in Waterloo, Iowa.

2015

James B. Dorsey, BA’05, MBA, Omaha, is the manager of the Skutt Student Center branch of Creighton Federal Credit Union.

Zachary W. Lutz-Priefert, JD, Omaha, has been elected a shareholder of the law firm Gross & Welch in Omaha. Lutz-Priefert’s practice has been primarily focused on business law, civil litigation, commercial litigation, employment law and bankruptcy.

Kathryn E. Trautman, BSN, Robins, Iowa, was promoted from assistant nurse manager to house operations nurse manager at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, in December 2019.

2016

Brandon M. Warrington, BA, Omaha, has joined the Omaha office of the law firm Husch Blackwell as an associate. Warrington is a member of the firm’s corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate governance, and startup teams. He assists clients ranging from emerging-growth companies and startups to established national and international corporations with a variety of due diligence provisions and commercial contracts.

2017

Shannon M. Behm-Bleicher, BA’12, JD, Anchorage, Alaska, has joined the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP in Anchorage as an associate. Behm-Bleicher is a member of the firm’s environment, land use and natural resources group, providing counsel to clients in matters of environmental compliance, land use and permitting. From 2017 to 2019, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Judge Frank Pfiffner and the Hon. Judge Andrew Peterson of the Anchorage Superior Court.

David J. Fremo, MS, Cold Spring, Minnesota, is the superintendent of Catholic schools and director of Catholic Education Ministries for the Diocese of Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

2018

Marissa C. Baker, BA, Phoenix, is a junior account coordinator at HMA Public Relations in Phoenix. Baker assists with digital communications, social media management, media relations and supporting HMA’s account executive team.