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Alumni Notes Summer 2015

  • Monday, Jun 22, 2015

Margaret (Berigan) McKinley ‘68

retired on June 5, 2015 after a long career as librarian for Our Lady Queen of Peace Grade School. Margaret studied at Edgewood Campus School, Edgewood High School, and Edgewood College before spending time in retail and in education. She lives in Madison with her husband, and has plans to travel, volunteer, and spend time with her family.

Mary (Grimm) McCauley ‘69, Barbara (Adams) Shields ‘69, & Eileen Murphy ‘69

gathered in Texas to reconnect and reminisce about their years as college roommates.

Leroy Arnold ’82

was featured in an interview on MSNBC, highlighting the similarities between the deadly train crash that occurred in Pennsylvania this year and one that occurred in 1943. Leroy is currently employed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and graduated with a degree in American Studies.

Pat Kelly ’96, RN, CLNC

was recognized by Continental Who’s Who among Pinnacle Professionals in the field of Nursing as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Pat is the owner of Kelly Legal Nurse Consulting LLC where she provides assistance with medical records to attorneys.

Ann McDonald, MBA ’00

was named Executive Director of the Southern Wisconsin Agricultural Group (SWAG) on April 8, 2015.

Timothy Allen, MBA ’03

began a new role as Director of Practice Development at Rubino & Company, a CPA and consulting firm in Maryland.

Carrie Powers ’04

was recognized as a Top Female Executive for her experience and expertise in the health care profession. Carrie serves as Vice President of Marketing at Vascular Solutions, Inc. and received her BS in Nursing.

Marlo (Dukes) Mielke ’05

was named Vice President and Center Director of One City Early Learning Centers, a new preschool that focuses on eliminating the achievement gap for children from low-income families. Marlo graduated with a BS in Education.

Nicole (Nelson) Nee ’05

and husband Eric welcomed their second child, Tucker, on June 4, 2013. Tucker joins big sister Tenley. Nicole graduated with a BS in Sociology and is currently a Claims Manager with Sedgwick. Eric is the Athletic Director for Sun Prairie High School.

Tarah (Nytes) Gerner ’06

joined Sunnyslope Dental Care in New Berlin, Wis. as a dentist. She was previously a dental assistant at Sunnyslope from 2007-2009. Tarah graduated with a BS in Biology before earning her DDS at Marquette University.

Kenneth Spuda ’06, MBA ’11

has been promoted to Director of Operations at Lyco Manufacturing, Inc. in Columbus, Wis., where he previously served as Engineering Manager.

Hannah Zimmerman ’06

celebrated her wedding to Josh Jones in Riviera Maya, Mexico in April. Hannah graduated with a degree in Business and is working for Kforce Technology Staffing as an Operations Supervisor. Josh is a Safety Specialist at Alliant Energy. Also pictured are Hannah's parents, Larry and LouAnn (Nee) Zimmerman ’76.

Laura (Betancourt) Pacheco ’10

and her husband Edwin welcomed Jaelon Green Pacheco Betancourt to their family on April 17, 2015. Jaelon arrived at 2:40AM, at 7 lbs. 2 oz., and 20 in. long at St. Mary's Hospital. Jealon is the second son to Laura and Edwin. Laura currently works for the Madison Metropolitan School District and earned her degree in Elementary Education.

Kayla Schlegel ’10

celebrated her marriage to Dan Gehin on April 25th, 2015. Dan is a graphic designer and Kayla is a registered nurse.

Alissa Zimmerman ’10

began a new job with Navitus Health Solutions as their Proposal Specialist in the Marketing Department. Alissa graduated with a BS in English.

Tom Johnson, Ed.D. ’11

was named superintendent of the School District of Beloit. Tom assumed the position as of May 6, after serving as interim superintendent and other leadership roles within the district.

Alyssa Riphon ’13

started a new position as Investigator on March 1, 2015 with the City of Madison Department of Civil Rights. Alyssa graduated with a BA in English.

Cory Kundert ’14

began a new job as Learning & Development Specialist for the UW Medical Foundation in Middleton. Cory graduated last year with a BS in Business.

Alexander V. Law ’14

became an Oblate of the Order of St. Benedict at Holy Wisdom Monastery on April 19, 2015.  Alex was inspired to go through his year of formation after volunteering for the monastery as part of his undergraduate religious studies course. He currently works for Trek Bicycle, and is pursuing an MBA at UW-Madison, as well as a MA in Sustainable Leadership at Edgewood College.

Debi Rhyner ’14

began a new position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga. as a Chemist. Debi graduated with her BS in Biology.

Ann Fillback Watt, Ed.D ’14

began a new position as Associate Director of Career Information Systems at UW-Madison. Ann previously was the Senior Outreach Specialist.

Karen Hall ’15

was featured on NBC-15 for her inspirational story of earning her diploma after 20 years. She first postponed her degree to care for her father, later returning to school while working full time. A recipient of the Dr. Joseph E. Schmiedicke Future Educator Award, Karen is planning on teaching first, second and third graders.