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Alumni Notes Summer 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016/Categories: Alumni

Kathleen Malone, O.P. ’65

retired as Principal of Edgewood Campus School in June 2016. In her 35 years at the school, Sr. Kathleen has twice served as principal and taught grades six, seven, and eight.

Judith Fleming ’67

has been accepted to the Peace Corps. At 70, she rejoins the organization which she served from 1967-1969. Judith began training in Uganda this June, and will teach microbusiness development in the country for two years.

Martha Mary Rohde, O.P. ’69

was honored for 50 years of religious service during the annual Religious Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Sr. Martha Mary is a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary.

Leroy Arnold ’82

completed his doctorate in Information Science from the University of South Africa. Leroy, 56, studied for four years before graduating on May 23rd in Pretoria, South Africa. 

Dr. Carole Ann Creque ’84

has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the HOPE Outreach Center in Davie, FL. Dr. Creque is currently a professor at Nova Southeastern University, teaching marketing to undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Wendy White Eagle ’86

was featured in a recent article in Chicago's Daily Herald for her work with the Western Suburbs Giving Circle to help end gender bias.

Maureen (Dedolph) Crombie ’87

is running for Sun Prairie City Council, District 3.  Maureen is the Administrative Specialist for the YMCA of Dane County - Northeast Branch. She has also been the President of the Sun Prairie Optimist Club. 

Michele Ritt ’93, MA ’98

is running for the Dane County Board for District 18. Michele is currently the incumbent Dane County Board Supervisor, and has also served on the City-County Homeless Issues Committee, the Human Services Board, and the Education Committee.

Brad Swiontek ’94

will serve as Regional Manager for the Outtech Inc. Hunting Division, working in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Mary (Gundlach) LaFrancois ’96

has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Mount Carmel Health Systems.

Jonathan Freund ’97, MBA ’99

is running for Sun Prairie City Council, District 2.  Jonathan was a former Sun Prairie City Council member and former Sun Prairie Mayor.

Linda Trent ’99

is currently a yoga instructor at the Fond Du Lac Juvenile Court and Detention Center and a teacher at the Center for Spirituality and Healing in Fond Du Lac. Linda also serves as Nursing and Children Services Coordinator for the Holy Family Catholic Community.

Katherine (Maxwell) McIntyre ’01

has recently published a children’s book about sadness and depression entitled “How Frederick Found His Light”. Katie is currently a child therapist in Fort Atkinson.

Brian Hagen, MBA ’02

has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Director of Commercial Real Estate at First Business Financial Services in Madison.

Joseph Schuch ’03

has joined the National Bank of Waupun in Waupun, Wis. as Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Manager. Additionally, Joseph serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Lori (Walther) Venturella ’03

has a new book available on Amazon-Kindle entitled “Feathers of Inheritance”, a historical fiction novel set in the Civil War era. 

Vance Dalzin, Ed.D. ’05

has been named the new superintendent for the Oakfield School District in Oakfield, Wis.  Previously, Vance was the superintendent and interim middle school principal at the Fox Point-Bayside School District. 

Alex Berta ’10, MS ’11

passed the CPA exam in January of 2016. Alex earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Accounting.

Sarah Hopley ’10

began serving as Director of Special Collections and Archives for Murray State University in August of 2015.

William McCoy, Ed.D. ’10

serves as director of the Building Ethical Leaders Using an Integrated Ethics Framework (BELIEF) program at Northern Illinois University’s College of Business in DeKalb, Ill. William was one of four staff members to receive NIU’s 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence. 

Katherine (Katie) Schwartz ’11

is a yoga instructor for the Wellness Center at the UW Health American Center, and was recently featured in an article in “The McFarland Thistle” entitled Bringing Balance to the American Center

Michael Bechtel, Ed.D. ’12

received a 2016 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award, an annual honor recognizing teachers who have made an extraordinary impact on the lives of students. Dr. Bechtel is currently an assistant professor of science education at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Mark Elworthy, Ed.D. ’12

has been named the Whitewater Unified School District’s new district administrator.  Previously, Mark was the district administrator of the Wisconsin Heights School District.

Claude Rochon, MS ’12

will be published in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, and thus joins the International Nurses Association, a prestigious honor. 

Stephen Harle ’13

has accepted a position with JLL in Chicago, Ill. as a Lead Data Scientist and iOS Developer.  He leads JLL’s global data science team and assists in developing iPhone and iPad applications. 

Steven Kaatz ’13

has joined the Peace Corps. Steven earned his bachelor’s in Studies in Education.

Luke Pralle ’13

has been teaching English in Suzhou, China since his graduation. Read more about Luke's story.  

Cody Schara ’13

has recently been accepted into the doctoral program in Heritage Leadership for Sustainability, Social Justice, and Participatory Culture at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Brad Stangel, MA ’13

was announced as Andrean High School’s (Merrillville, Ind.) boys’ basketball coach.  Previously, he was an assistant men’s basketball coach at UW – Platteville. 

Stacy Thompson, MA ’13

celebrated her wedding to Thomas Johannsen on July 16th, 2016. 

Dustin Mireles ’14

was recently named the Nature Conservancy’s Baraboo Hills Forest Steward, in Baraboo, Wis. 

Amanda Heins ’15

serves as library assistant at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville.

Mark Rollefson, Ed.D. ’15

will be taking over as the School District of Jefferson’s superintendent beginning summer 2016. Previously, Mark served as principal of Jefferson High School.

Rebecca Scheunemann ’15

has a new job with Gilson, Inc. (Middleton, Wis.) as a MLH Technical Support Specialist.

Alexis Unser ’15

has joined the In-Depth Therapy team as Director of Public Relations. Alexis majored in Psychology.  

Corinda Rainey-Moore, Ed.D. ’16

was one of six recipients of the YWCA Madison’s 2016 Women of Distinction Leadership Award. Corinda is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.


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