Alumni News


Richard R. Stoughton, MD, Plant City, Florida, and his wife, Loretta, published their book Steps Along the Way – A Memoir of 13 Years of Medical Missionary Work in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe.


Michael G. Busse, BSBA, Downers Grove, Illinois, has earned a Master’s of Liberal Studies from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois.


P. Rodney Morris, BA, Omaha, has published a novel, The Second Killing of Christ. It is about a small group of retired U.S. special forces tasked by the president of the U.S. with foiling a plot by ISIS to clone Christ. Morris also has been inducted into the Diplomatic Society of St. Gabriel in recognition of his work for the U.S. government in the Middle East and South Asia.


Thomas J. O’Connor, BA, Omaha, received the 2021 Career Achievement Award from the Omaha Press Club. O’Connor retired in 2020 after working at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for 32 years. He was senior associate director for UNMC Strategic Communications.


The Rev. William J. Fitzgerald, MA, Scottsdale, Arizona, is the author of two new books: Irish Tales from Fr. Fitz and Together, Prayers and Inspiration for Stressful Times in the Age of COVID.

David G. Sabott, DDS, Erie, Colorado, was installed as the president of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) in May 2021. Sabott is an associate with Trinity Orthodontics in Arvada, Colorado. First certified by the ABO in 1988, he serves as an examiner for the ABO Clinical Examination. Sabott is a member of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics.


Dr. Amy M. Haddad, BSN, Omaha, recently published The Geography of Kitchens, a chapbook of her poetry. Haddad is professor emerita in Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and served as director for the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton from 2004 to 2018, where during her tenure she led the development of a fully online graduate program in health care ethics.


Daniel E. Monnat, JD, Wichita, Kansas, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, was named in the 2021 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defense. Monnat also was recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2022 in four areas: criminal defense-general practice; criminal defense-white collar; bet-the-company litigation; and appellate practice. Additionally, he was ranked by Chambers USA 2021 among Kansas’ top litigators in white-collar crime and government investigations.


Paul S. Hayes, BSN, Carmel, California, retired at the end of 2020, having spent the last six years as the CEO of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the only Level 1 Trauma Center for adults and children serving four states.


James D. Dati, JD, Naples, Florida, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022 in real estate law. Dati is an attorney in the Naples office of Bond, Schoeneck & King.

Stephen A. Donato, JD, Fayetteville, New York, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2022 in the field of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation-bankruptcy. Donato is an attorney in the Syracuse, New York, office of Bond, Schoeneck & King.


Dr. Christopher J. Loyke, BS, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was named dean and chief academic officer of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2021. In his role, he is leading the operations at the institution’s two sites in Harrogate and Knoxville, Tennessee. Loyke previously served as the associate dean of clinical affairs and associate professor of family medicine.


Larry D. Schucht, JD, Tualatin, Oregon, recently completed 30 years of service as a trial attorney with SAIF Corporation. In addition to this work, he is an adjunct professor at Willamette University School of Law and the University of Oregon School of Law where he teaches workers’ compensation law. Schucht has previously been awarded the Workers’ Compensation Professionalism Award for his work with the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Oregon State Bar Association.


Karen Rolf Cronin, BSBA, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, joined Applied Materials in Santa Clara, California, as a senior human resources director.

Mary Laurel Grogan, BS, Milwaukee, earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Marquette University in May 2021. This is her third degree in education (one from Creighton and two from Marquette). Grogan also was elected to the Greendale School Board in April 2021.

Dr. Gregory C. Skaggs, BA, Tampa, Florida, joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019 as the director of athlete performance. In this newly created role, Skaggs provides administrative oversight to the areas that influence health and safety of the players. In the 15 years prior to this position, he served as the director of athletic medicine at the University of Oregon, providing primary care to all university athletes.


Julie E. Bear, BSBA’87, JD, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Bear is a partner in the firm of Reinsch, Slattery, Bear, Minahan & Prickett in Plattsmouth.


Lisa A. Foster, BA, Silver Spring, Maryland, joined the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators as its director of communications. She previously worked in internal communications at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Brandy A. Randall, BA, Rochester Hills, Michigan, was named dean of the Graduate School and professor of psychology at Oakland University in Rochester Hills. Prior to joining Oakland, Randall was the associate dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies and professor of human development and family science at North Dakota State University.

Brenda Maloney Shafer, BSN, Boise, Idaho, was appointed to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP). As a member of LAMP, Shafer will aid in fostering the continued growth of the military legal assistance programs; promote the delivery of legal services to military personnel and their family members; and work with other organizations to enhance the scope, quality and delivery of free or affordable legal services to eligible legal assistance clients. Shafer is a former United States Army Nurse Corps officer and served as vice chair of the ABA Health Law Section, Veterans and Military Health Task Force, for five years. She is a partner in the health and life sciences practice group at the national law firm Quarles & Brady.


Hughleen M. Thorsen, BA, Omaha, is a historian volunteering for the Nebraska Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial that will be built in Sarpy County (Nebraska). For information about the project, visit

Dr. Jamie Van Leeuwen, BA, Denver, co-authored the article “A Call for a More Efficient Platform for Funding and Advocacy in International Development”  published in the journal Public Integrity.


Todd O. Engleman, JD, Omaha, was appointed by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts in April 2021 as a district court judge in the fourth judicial district (Douglas County).


Dr. Jeremy Majeski, BS, Frankfurt, Germany, recently completed his Doctorate in Education in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University. His dissertation was titled “A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Investigation of the Interactions Between Same-Sex Couples and Their Children’s Schools.” Majeski currently is principal of Frankfurt International School’s Wiesbaden Campus.


Michael T. Brewer, JD, Omaha, recently had two articles published in The Nebraska Lawyer: “Dealing with Student Loans in Divorce” and “Protecting the Rights of Creatives: An Introduction to Common Issues Facing Content Creators.” Brewer is an attorney at the law firm Koenig|Dunne in Omaha.


Emily Do, PharmD, San Diego, is a patent attorney at FRESH, an advanced IP firm, and will head the firm’s San Diego office.

Bridget M. Findley, BA’03, JD, Leawood, Kansas, recently joined the law firm Kutak Rock in the Kansas City office. She is a member of the firm’s public finance department.


Michael J. Sullivan, BSATS, Ames, Iowa, graduated from the Certified Public Manager Program at Drake University in May 2021. Sullivan 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 (CERCLA).


Eric M. Bodman, BSBA, Carlsbad, California, graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego in May 2021 with an emphasis in managerial leadership. He also was awarded Beta Gamma Sigma honors given his academic performance. Upon graduation, he joined Facebook as the partnerships compliance program manager in the company’s blockchain and cryptocurrency space, where he oversees the compliance onboarding for partners in the Novi digital wallet, whose mission is to increase financial inclusion through making financial services more accessible and affordable for people around the world.


Dr. Erica D. Stewart, BS, Lawrence, Kansas, has completed her residency training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita Family Medicine Residency Program at Wesley Medical Center. She is now practicing with Heartland Community Health Center in Lawrence.


Dr. Zachary P. Stewart, BS, Manhattan, Kansas, recently joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a U.S. Diplomat in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, where he serves as a technical advisor on agricultural development.


Corey J. Becker, JD, Washington, D.C., was named legislative director for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Becker previously served as chief counsel to Sen. Ernst on the Senate Judiciary Committee and oversaw the confirmation of Attorney General William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Matthew J. Ceppi, EdD, San Diego, recently joined the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) as the new executive director of AASCU Consulting. AASCU Consulting offers current college and university presidents, chancellors and their executive teams tailored services to navigate big changes and build for the future.


Dr. Kelsey Thies Lee, BS, Sibley, Iowa, has completed her residency training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita Family Medicine Residency Program at Wesley Medical Center. She is now practicing with Avera Medical Group in Sibley.


Amanda M. Noonan, BA, Chicago, joined the law firm Blank Rome LLP in its Chicago office as an associate in the general litigation group.


Halley Faulhaber Hankins, BS’12, DPT, Waco, Texas, was awarded the professional designation of board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in June 2021.


Casey A. Herron, MIMFA, Missoula, Montana, recently opened a Charles Schwab branch in Missoula. This is the second Charles Schwab branch in Montana, and the Missoula branch offers investors local access to a range of investing, wealth management and personal finance guidance, tools and products.


Mary Becker Glade, BSN’05, MS’07, DNP, Lincoln, Nebraska, joined CHI Health in September 2020 to start a high risk oncology-genetics clinic in Lincoln. Glade recently completed the Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment through the City of Hope Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics and has a certificate in Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment through the National Consortium of Breast Centers.

Natalie M. Williams, JD, Des Moines, Iowa, recently joined the law firm Dentons Davis Brown as an associate in the firm’s real estate department.