Milestones/Class Notes

1940s

EILEEN MESCHKE GENHEIMER, ’45, Bradenton, FL, retired after 50 years of mission work in Africa. She and her husband, Donald, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in March.

1950s

HOLLY WAGNER BRISBANE, ’52, Scottsdale, AZ, is a textbook author for McGraw-Hill. Prior to this she spent 10 years teaching. Her husband, ROBERT BRISBANE, ’51, is retired.

1960s

JAMES LUBKER, ’60, Cedar Falls, IA, is the executive vice president and provost emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa. He has been a faculty member of several universities in the United States and Sweden and has received a number of awards throughout his career. He retired in 2009.

JOHN KELLING, ’62, Windsor, CT, is a retired ergonomist. His wife, MARY JANE (ANDERSON) KELLING, ’61, is a retired teacher. The couple is enjoying skiing, scuba diving, traveling, and volunteering in state and national parks.

RALPH KEYES, ’63, 70, North Fort Myers, FL, works for the Minnesota Twins during spring training in Fort Myers, and his wife, AUDREY (SELBY) KEYES, ’65, plays golf four days a week.

RONALD KRENIK, ’65, Le Sueur, MN, is a retired financial controller whose career included positions with Green Giant, Pillsbury, Northland Beverages, Nordictrak, and Rohlfings of Cleveland.  He and his wife, Sandy, have two sons who both graduated from Minnesota State Mankato.

ELAINE (CLUEVER) JOHNSON, ’65, is retired and loving it.

GARY HOFFMAN, ’66, ’73, Chanhassen, MN, is retired but volunteering ministry hours at St. John’s Catholic Church in Jordan, MN. Prior to retiring, he was an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church, worked with at-risk-programs for schools, and was a Scout Executive.

GERHARD SKAAR, ’66, Pensacola, FL, retired from the U.S. Navy.

LAURABELLE MARTIN, ’68, Holden, MO, is a retired teacher who taught at Wabasso Public School.

ROBERT BERNARD, ’69, Urbandale, IA, is retired.

WYLIE HAMMOND, ’69, Bowbells, ND, was the director of multicultural support services at Minot State University prior to retiring in May 2010.

SHARRI WITHERS, ’69, Scottsdale, AZ, is a realtor with Homesmart.

1970s

MARILYN (BELSHAN) CARRIGAN, ’71, Granada, MN, retired from teaching at Truman Elementary in Truman, MN, in 2005. She is the volunteer director and board secretary for the Truman Historical Museum. She has a great interest in genealogy.

ROBERT LAMSON, ’71, ’75, Naples, FL, is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Burnet/Downing Frye Realty and sells homes in Minneapolis, and Naples, FL.

HERMAN BACCHUS, ’72, Antioch, IL, is retired from his position as vice president at RPM Inc.—RustOleum. He felt that Minnesota State Mankato prepared him well as he transitioned to both graduate and PhD work and to the working world.

COLLEEN EDWARDS, ’72, Oelwein, IA, is an assistant professor with Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA. She is a member of the health, physical education, and recreation department.

TERRY BARNETT, ’73, Austin, MN, is retired and has six grandchildren.

STEPHEN BROCKWAY, ’73, Council Bluffs, IA, and his wife are retired teachers who founded the Council Bluffs Children’s Theatre, the Children of Promise children’s choir and other venues.

JACK GILBERTSON, ’73, International Falls, MN, retired in 2009 after teaching theatre for 40 years. From 1973-1977 he was the theatre director at Minnesota State Mankato’s Wilson Campus School.

DOUG ANDERSON, ’75, Cedar Rapids, IA, retired after 26 years as a designer in the theater department at Kirkwood Community College. He continues to do lighting and scenic designs as freelance work and received commendation for scenic and lighting design on The Just at the American College Theatre Festival, Region 5.

DEB (WILLSON) CLAXTON, ’75, Pepin, WI, published her first book It Ain’t Heavy—It’s the Lite Side, a collection of humorous essays. She has retired after working in such positions as newspaper editor, reporter and photographer.

SHARON BERGER, ’76, Red Wing, MN, is a senior social worker with the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department.

BILL BENNETT, ’77, Minnetonka, MN, is a process designer for Cargill where he has worked for the last 14 years.

LORIE (ROBERTS) HOEKSTRA, ’77, Plymouth, MN, is the director of medical underwriting with Medica and is happy to be back in Minnesota after living around the Midwest during the past 25 years. She and her husband have three children.

1980s

DOUGLAS SPLITTSTOESSER, ’80, Kasson, MN, is a rural letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service.

KIM (DUNBAR) JENSCH, ’81, West Concord, MN, is in her 27th year of teaching elementary physical education in the Triton Public Schools in Dodge Center.

GREG WEATHERBY, ’81, Idaho Falls, ID, is a human factors researcher with Idaho National Laboratory who is currently working on projects for the U.S. nuclear industry in conjunction with several researchers from Norway, Sweden, and France.

WILLIAM KRUGER, ’82, Smyrna, GA, is a national sales executive with Harmon, Inc. He and his wife have three daughters.

LAURIE UHLENHAKE-THOMPSON, ’82, Calmar, Singapore, is an art teacher at Singapore American School. She and her husband are international educators who have lived in several countries.

NAO CHANGE, aka, SHOUA CHA, ’83, Oakdale, MN, is a retired police officer with the St. Paul Police Department. He was the first Hmong refugee to graduate from the criminal justice program and also the first Hmong to join the St. Paul Police Department.

STEVEN BEHEBA, ’85, Bayou Vista, TX, is an aviation safety inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration. His wife, Cindy, is the director of purchasing for American Valve.

TODD KNUTSON, ’88, Spearfish, SD, recently accepted a new position with KT Connections, Inc., in the Dakota Managed Services Division, managing small- to medium-size networks for multiple clients.

WAYNE GILMAN, ’89, Crookston, MN, is the superintendent of Crookston Public Schools—a position he’s held for the last 10 years. Prior to that he spent 20 years as an educator.

JIM SCHIFFMAN, ’89, Apple Valley, MN, is a video producer with the City of Lakeville who was awarded four regional Emmy awards at the Upper Midwest Emmy Gala last September. This brings his regional Emmy total to seven.

1990s

KAREN JACOBUS, ’90, Bismarck, ND, is an audiologist at the Mid Dakota clinic. She married Dr. Gus Mueller in June.

BRET ADLER, ’91, Stewartville, MN, is the operations director for Camp Victory.

DAREN KEASLING, ’92, Coon Rapids, MN, is a detective with the City of Coon Rapids. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2010 for investigative work.

LAURIE RATHKE, ’92, Grafton, WI, is the crisis management supervisor with Ozaukee County. She and her husband, Dan, have two sons.

TARA (UNDERDAHL) PARMENTER, ’93, Chaska, MN, is an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple—a position that allows her to stay at home with her two young sons.

GEORGE WATSON, ’93, Afghanistan, is currently deployed with the 101ABN DIV.

RANDY VEE, ’94, Maple Grove, MN, is a senior programmer/analyst with Regis Corporation in Edina, MN.

COREY KLANDERUD, ’95, Fairmont, MN, was selected as captain of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office after 14 years with the Fairmont Police Department.

BRYAN TORGERSON, ’98, Laguna Beach, CA, is the creative director for Callaway Golf in Carlsbad, CA.

RICHARD AALAND, ’98, Zumbrota, MN, is a retired postal worker who has published his first book, Saving Our Democracy.

2000s

SIROOS ABOLAHRARI, ’03, St. Louis, MO, is a senior product support specialist with Bausch & Lomb. He received his master of engineering management from Washington University in St. Louis.

BRADY DAHL, ’04, Los Angeles, CA, is a writer for the FX Network’s drama “Sons of Anarchy.” His wife, CAHRLYNN (AMBORN) DAHL, ’05, is a social worker for Los Angeles County. They welcomed their first baby, Grayson, in May 2010.

DAVID STORDALEN, ’06, St. James, MN, teaches music in the St. James and Butterfield/Odin school districts. He also is a warrant officer with the Army Reserve, which he has been a part of for 23 years.

BRYAN GERBER, ’06, Minneapolis, MN, has been a company member of Ballet of the Dolls since May 2009 and has worked for a number of other dance and theater companies since graduating.

NICOLE (JANNI) TISH, ’06, North Mankato, MN, is a staff accountant with Bolton & Menk Inc. She married her husband, Aaron, in September.

BROOKE FORSTNER, ’06, Mankato, MN, recently passed the certified public accounting exam and works for Eide Bailly LLP, where she focuses on individual and corporate tax returns.

ALISON CAMERON, ’07, ’09, Vadnais Heights, MN, is a program officer for Shelter for Life International, a nonprofit organization that procures humanitarian aid, infrastructure, and development relief for refugees and vulnerable populations in Afghanistan, Liberia, Sudan, Iraq, and Pakistan. She received her master’s degree in Arabic language. On the side, she teaches Zumba—a fitness/dance class.

BILL BROZAK, ’07, North St. Paul, MN, has been promoted to account manager with Tunheim Partners, a communications company.

SAM HAUGEN, ’08, Springdale, AR, is an account executive with Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

JACOB REUVERS ’08, Spring, TX, is a patrol deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office who credits Minnesota State Mankato for his great education, experiences, and opportunities.

JARED KUYPER, ’09, New Hope, MN, is a police officer with the City of New Hope. He was deployed to Iraq with the MN Army National Guard from 2005–07. He and his wife had a son, Connor, in January 2010.

KYLE ENLOE, ’09, Hudson, WI, is a sales engineer with Preco Inc., which is a new career for him after working in the defense industry.

JOSH SOUTH, ’09, Redwood Falls, MN, is an accountant with Farmers Union Ind. He and his wife, SAMANTHA (WALDRON) SOUTH, ’08, have a 2-year-old son, Jack.

HANNAH (WINKLER) MATTHEISEN, ’10,
Stevens Point, WI, lives with her husband, Luke, in Stevens Point.