Connie Kostel Spittler, BS, Omaha, was invited to read her essay “Pink Moments” on NPR’s Bob Edwards Show. Her essay appears on the “This I Believe 100 Essays” link (


Michael T. Mayo, DDS, Tucson, Arizona, is the author of six published books: Oracle, Robin, Wizardling, Vision Quest, Art of Magic and Saving Seventeen.


Daniel E. Monnat, JD, Wichita, Kansas, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, was named to the Top 10 list of Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers for 2020. It is Monnat’s third year in a row to be named to the list. He has been listed on the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Top 100 list overall for 15 years.


Michael G. May, BA, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, has been named associate editor of the Catholic Voice newspaper in Omaha. He has been with the newspaper since 2015.


Jose J. Llorens, DDS, Hialeah, Florida, has published an autobiographical book, The Lost Boys – A Memoir of Operation Pedro Pan. It is about the unique coming to America story of more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban boys and girls, and living their adolescent years in the Miami area Catholic refugee camps for dependent Cuban children.


The Hon. Hillary Bargar-Strackbein, JD, Guilford, Connecticut, has been a superior court judge in Connecticut since 2004. She currently is presiding judge of criminal matters and administrative judge of New London County.


John L. McKay Jr., JD, Seattle, is serving as the King County Bar Association president and is chair of government investigations and crisis management at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. McKay continues on the faculty of Seattle University Law School teaching constitutional law, national security law and other courses. He has twice been selected by students as the recipient of the outstanding faculty award.


Jill Robb Ackerman, JD, Omaha, assumed the post of president of the Nebraska State Bar Association in October 2020 and will serve until October 2021. She is a partner at Baird Holm in Omaha.


Dr. Merilee Krueger Wilsdorf, BA, Rolla, Missouri, is a teaching professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla in the psychology department. She received the Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award for 2020-2021. The award honors a Missouri S&T employee who demonstrates commitment to women on campus through mentorship and advocacy.


David C. Andrews, BA, Gurnee, Illinois, was recently promoted within his organization and given additional responsibilities within the organization’s parent company. His new roles are vice president, global marketing and communications, with Sullair, LLC, and marketing and services general manager, global business strategy headquarters, Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems. Andrews also was recently elected to the board of trustees of the American Rental Association Foundation.

Rebecca Barlow Givens, JD, Centennial, Colorado, recently became senior vice president and general counsel of MDC Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 500 NYSE company in Denver.

Jeffrey T. Harvey, JD, San Antonio, was included in the Best Lawyers in America 2021 list. He is a partner at Jackson Walker in San Antonio.


Timothy P. Brouillette, JD, North Platte, Nebraska, began his term on the Nebraska State Bar Association Executive Council in October 2020, representing the sixth judicial district. He is the senior partner with Brouillette, Dugan, Troshynski & Bellew with offices in McCook and North Platte, Nebraska.


John R. Gilliland, JD, Van Meter, Iowa, was promoted to vice president at the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management office in Des Moines, Iowa. He previously was a financial advisor and portfolio manager and has been with the firm since 2012.

Peter J. Smith, BA, Centennial, Colorado, was nominated as a candidate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year 2021 Campaign. His goal is to raise $100,000 toward finding a cure for blood cancers.


Kent E. Endacott, JD, Lincoln, Nebraska, an attorney with Endacott Peetz Timmer & Koerwitz law firm, has been elected president of the Great Plains Federal Tax Institute. Endacott has been a member of the board since 2015. The institute was formed in 1963 to provide interdisciplinary continuing education and professional development for attorneys, CPAs, financial planners and other tax professionals.


Dr. Linda Sauer Bredvik, MA, Heidelberg, Germany, had her book Discussing the Faith: Multilingual and Metalinguistic Conversations About Religion published by De Gruyter, the final step to earning her PhD. She is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages at Heidelberg University. 

Dr. Steven C. Cunningham, BSChm, Ellicott City, Maryland, has written a new book of poetry for children titled Your Body, Sick and Well: How Do You Know? In the book, he introduces topics related to normal anatomy and physiology, pathology and the tools doctors use to treat diseases. The book has received multiple awards. Cunningham is director of pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgery and director of GME research at Saint Agnes Hospital and Cancer Institute in Baltimore.


Nicholas J. Mizaur, JD, Omaha, was named chief executive officer for the NMC Group of Companies, which is headquartered in Omaha. The NMC Group owns and operates multiple capital equipment businesses in six states. Previously, Mizaur held various senior leadership roles during his 14 years with NMC Group. Most recently, he served five years as president and chief operating officer.


Mandy Hobson Kamykowski, BS, St. Louis, is the managing partner at the law firm Kamykowski, Gavin & Taylor in St. Louis, a women-owned, technology-forward trial firm.


Mark H. Fleischman, MD, Overland Park, Kansas, was named a regional president for U.S. Dermatology Partners, one of the largest physician-owned dermatology practices in the U.S. In this role, Fleischman will assist in leading operational initiatives, leading local teams to drive a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement. In addition to operational and clinical initiatives, he will take part in financial and operational review and compliance.


Dr. Jason B. Dorwart, BFA, Oberlin, Ohio, has accepted a position at Hong Kong Baptist University as assistant professor of global theatre studies in the Department of English Language and Literature. This summer, Dorwart and his family will be relocating to Hong Kong from Ohio, where he is a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College.

Jeremy J. Majeski, BS, Barcelona, Spain, has been appointed as the next principal of Frankfurt International School’s Wiesbaden campus. In this role, which will begin in July 2021, he will be overseeing all aspects of curriculum, instruction and day-to-day operations of a preschool-8th grade program.


Dr. Joy Nemirow, BSChm, Sunnyvale, California, has been named a partner at the law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in the Palo Alto, California, office. She is a member of the intellectual property practice group and the life sciences team. Her practice focuses on patent preparation, prosecution and strategy in the pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical fields.

Luke H. Paladino, JD, Papillion, Nebraska, joined the First Nebraska Trust Company as a trust officer. Paladino also was appointed to his second term on the board of directors of Special Olympics Nebraska.


Katrina Gretter Smeltzer, BA’04, JD, Overland Park, Kansas, assumed the role of income shareholder at Sandberg Phoenix. Smeltzer joined the firm’s Kansas City office in 2015 and is part of the business litigation practice group. She also chairs the firm’s professional liability team.

Michael J. Sullivan, BSBA, Ames, Iowa, is the solid waste and contaminated sites section supervisor at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR). His section manages the solid waste program for the state of Iowa and the Iowa DNR responsibilities related to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.


Chelsea Mann Burdic, BA, Omaha, was recently promoted to central receiving and distribution manager at Borsheims in Omaha.

Brett A. Keiling, BSN, Westminster, Colorado, was named a Colorado Nightingale Luminary and was awarded one of 12 Nightingale awards by the Colorado Nurses Foundation in October 2020. Keiling received the innovation category award, which recognized his leadership of a multi-facility team to develop a virtual resource nurse program using telemedicine technology to provide immediate clinical support and mentorship to young nurses. He is the director of quality, regulatory compliance and clinical data science at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colorado.

Dr. Hannah Dreas Reykdal, BSN, Minneapolis, successfully defended her doctoral thesis last summer and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She also received her Master of Nursing in December 2018 and passed the Minnesota Nurse Practitioner exam in February 2019.


James E. Andersen, BA, Audubon, Iowa, joined Whitfield & Eddy Law as a member of the firm’s litigation practice group in Des Moines, Iowa.


Emily M. Klick, BSBA’12, MIMFA, Boston, published her book Saving the Front, which was inspired by her grandmother’s service in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. The book, which is published under the name M.E. Gustafson, honors the contributions of female military medical personnel.


Valerian M. Peterson, BS’12, MD, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, joined the emergency medicine faculty at Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert in Milwaukee.


Nicholas A. Chmielewski, DNP, Columbus, Ohio, has been elected to serve as the 2021 chairperson-elect of the Academy of Emergency Nursing (AEN) board. He will serve subsequently as the 2022 chairperson. Chmielewski is a published author in multiple nursing journals, including recent articles in BRG Review, the Journal of Emergency Nursing and Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. He is a senior managing consultant with Berkeley Research Group, LLC.