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Dr. Jerome Eckrich and
Helen Wilson were married in 1954. Jerome and his wife have eight
grown children. Jerome's medical career spanned from his internship
at the Tripler U.S. Army Hospital in 1958 until his retirement in
1994. His hobbies are hunting, fishing, flying and golfing. Jerome
and Helen are living in Aberdeen, SD.
Janet Betty, of Eden Prairie, MN, is the owner, partner and President
of Volkart & May & Associates, Inc. Janet was honored by the
Minneapolis/St. Paul Sales & Marketing Executives Association
as this years recipient of the Women in Business Sales Excellence
Dennis Richter retired in 1997 after 32 years as a professor at the
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dennis and his wife Merry split
their time between Florida and Wisconsin.
Thomas O. Tucker, of White Bear Lake, MN, retired in 1998
from a career with a major corporation. He had been working as a researcher
and later as a manager. Thomas is now embarking on a "retirement"
career as a college mathematics professor.
Hedeen is the executive vice president and managing director for the
Minneapolis office of DHR International.
Gary R. Berggren and his wife Susan Berggren are both class
of 1967 members. Gary has been an elementary teacher, a counselor,
an assistant principal and the principal at Lakewood Elementary in
the Superior School District. Susan has been a secondary school teacher
and a counselor. Her area of emphasis is at-risk adolescents. Gary
and Susan live in Duluth.
Teri Power was chosen as the Wisconsin Elementary Art Teacher of the
Year. Teri has taught in New Richmond since 1991. She also has taught
various summer and Saturday courses in the past.
Peter T. Brown and his wife, Jane, have two sons, Forrest and Blair.
The family is living in Lino Lakes, MN. Peter retired in June as the
athletic director and head men's and women's swim coach at Spring
Lake Park High School after 28 years with the district.
Edward W. Eskola Jr. is an operations manager in charge of the market
investments of Asia Pacific for Daimler Chrysler. Edward and his wife
Joyce live in Kobe, Japan.
Claudia Johnson is a Jungian analyst/psychologist. She resides in
Phil Amundson, of Burnsville, MN, retired as financial
management analyst from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Paul's
current interests include golf and bowling.
William Carlson, of Vadnais Heights, MN, retired
from his job as a St. Paul Institutional Investment Banker.
David Duepner and Amy Greer Duepner,
of Minnetonka, MN, have two children attending UMD. Their daughter
Abby is a senior and their son Ted is a sophomore.
Mark Munger, of Duluth, is the author
of the newly released fiction book The Legacy. Besides being an author,
Mark Munger is also a district court judge for the State of Minnesota.
Sally J. Carroll, of Phoenix, AZ, graduated in July from Thunderbird,
the American Graduate School of International Management with an executive
master's in international management. Sally works for IBM as a software
Eloise (Withrow) Hockett has begun her third year as part of the George
Fox University staff. This past year, Eloise accepted a position as
field placement director for the Department of Education. She lives
in Newberry, Oregon with her husband Steve, and her children Janine
Richard Kleven, J.D. was named the vice president-law of the Lutheran
Brotherhood. Richard oversees legal services for the corporate and
Carpenter and his wife Madaline adopted their daughter Hong Hu Xue
in Nauchaug, China on September 28, 1998. Her name is now Lydia Rose.
The family resides in Sycamore, IL.
Margaret "Maggie" (Dooley) Haldeman, of
St. Paul, has been married to John Haldeman for 15 years. They are
expecting their third child in September. Margaret has been an employment
guidance counselor with Ramsey County since 1992. She is the former
chair of Minnesota Employment Counselors Association. Margaret is
active in the Minnesota Association for Counseling and Development.
Greg Traxler and his wife Ann (Magnuson) Traxler both graduated from
UMD. Ann is now busy with her own travel agency.
David Burud, of Madera, CA, married Lori Weese,
of Fresno, CA, this past year. After graduating from UMD, David received
his master's degree in human resource management from Webster College.
He is an environmental process engineer for Georgia Pacific Corp,
Len Simich, of Chaska, MN, is the executive director of SW Metro Transit.
Len has been selected by City Business as one of the top 40 metropolitan
executives under 40 years old. The award recognizes leaders for their
spirit, dedication to the community, and success in business.
Ernest Bylkas III married Joy on October 2, 1999. Ernest is the pastor
of the South Range Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hannock, MI.
Eric Dahlberg received his Master of Education in curriculum instruction
from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Eric and his wife Suzanne
have identical twin daughters, Madeline and Heather. The family lives
in St. Louis Park, MN.
Robert Hess, of Arlington Heights, IL, is employed by Deloitte &
Touche LLP, where he is responsible for site selection practice worldwide.
He helps organizations expand into new markets, and evaluate potential.
Bruce A. Johnson, of Kansas City, MO, works for Utilicorp Energy Management
as an energy services account executive. Bruce graduated this spring
from Rockhurst University with a M.B.A.
Robert Buchanan, of Duluth, and his father, Robert
Buchanan (class of 1964) are co-authors of the book, Walk Right.
Karen Haakonson, of Crystal, MN, received the 2000
Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Staff Award from the Office for University
Women, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Danny Clemenson and his wife, Mary, have three sons.
Danny and his family live in Mchenry, IL. Danny works as a network
and software development coordinator.
John Josephson's wife, Carrie, gave birth to their daughter Maria
Grace in June of 1999. The family resides in Roseville, MN.
Gary Maki joined U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis, as a principal
human resource consultant. Gary and his wife, Brigid, live with their
four children in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Captain David "Doc" Mattson, of Shakopee, MN, was selected
as the 1999 Air Force Transportation Reserve Company Grade Officer
of the Year. Doc is assigned to the 934 Airlift Wing in the 27th Aerial
Port Squadron. He is also an account manager for Intergra Telecom
in Edina, Minnesota.
Shawn McClard, of Chaska, MN, and Barbara Sher, of Chanhassen, MN,
were married on April 22. He is part owner of Jack McClard (JMC) and
Associates in Hopkins.
Mary Tomasiak, of De Pere, WI, has been named to the "Who's Who:
American Teachers" list. Mary is a board member of the Hmong-Lao-American
Association. She is the diversity liaison coordinator of the Green
Bay Area School District, and is a faculty member of the University
William Zbaracki married Elaine in 1990. They have two children, Matthew
and Karielle. The family is living in Coon Rapids, MN. William has
been employed at Circuit Check for 11years. Elaine graduated from
St. Cloud State University and is working as a tax accountant for
Divine, Scherzer & Brody, LTD.
Stephanie Davies, of Minneapolis, has begun her
eighth year of teaching in the Minneapolis School District. By the
end of the summer, she plans to have earned her Masters of Arts in
Education from Hamline University.
Kristin Vickerman, of White Bear Lake, MN, has worked for the Star
Tribune for over three years. She and her husband Jim have two children,
Amber and Jake.
William Evans, of Duluth, is presently working for
the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department.
Marcia (Muncy) Halpin is a Reading Resource Teacher in Clermont, Florida.
Her husband, Tom, is an unemployment specialist for Disney.
Kyle Johnson and Nicole Erickson (class of 1998), both of Duluth,
were married in May. Kyle is a senior chemist with Chromaline Corp.
Nicole is a human resource analyst with Minnesota Power.
Paul Lundgren, of Minneapolis, celebrated his tenth service anniversary
as the principal network architect for QWEST.
Jodi (Thompson) Johnson, of Columbia Heights, MN,
married Shane Johnson, of Fargo, ND, on August 14, 1999. Jodi is working
as a service facilitator for Lifeworks Service, Inc.
David Minkkinen, of Coon Rapids, MN, became a partner in KPMG Consulting
Joel Robertz, JD, and Amy Vandersyde, both of Naperville, IL, were
married on June 24. Joel and Amy both work for the U.S. Department
of Justice in Chicago.
Timothy Andrew joined the law firm of Brown, Andrew
& Signorelli, P.A. as a director and shareholder. Timothy also
is a representative of labor unions and employee benefits plans.
Steven Heuer is working in Washington, D.C., as the head of Congressman
Bill Luther's staff.
Gregory B. Holbeck received his juris doctor (J.D.) from William Mitchell
College of Law in May. Gregory is now a tax accountant for Wells Fargo
Chris Rofidal, of Edina, MN, received a promotion to the national
account manager for Organon, Inc. Chris and his wife, Dawn, recently
relocated back to Minnesota.
Joyce (Peppin) Siegel and her husband, Gregg, are the proud parents
of Mara Grace, who was was born in January. The family is living in
Rogers, MN. Joyce is the assistant vice president of public relations
for U.S. Bank.
Marcelle Caturia, of Minneapolis, is pursuing a
Master's degree in Geographic Information Science. She is working
as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota Center for
Urban and Regional Affairs.
Rebecca Heili has a three-year-old son, Lukas. Rebecca and Lukas live
in Lake Elmo, MN.
Peter Kramer and his wife Cheri Kramer, have an eighteen-month-old
daughter, Ella. The family is living in Wayzata, MN.
Ruth and John Wilson's daughter, Savanah Rose, was born on St. Patrick's
Day. Savanah Rose has four siblings. The family resides in Cottage
Ben Carlsen received a Master of Divinity degree
from Luther Seminary. Ben and only 89 other students received this
degree. The Peace Lutheran Church in Inver Grove Heights supported
his seminary study.
Jared Charles, of Maple Grove, MN, is a probation officer for Hennepin
County in Minneapolis. Jared's wife, Danette, is a registered nurse
at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis.
Thomas Evangelista, of Bloomington, MN, is employed by the Regis Corporation
as the Director of Operations. Thomas is in charge of 175 Regis Salons
in six states as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. He has been married
for two years.
Becky (Ingemansen) Monson married Lee Monson (class of 1996). Lee
is working as a consultant for Born Information Services. Becky and
Lee have two children, Gabrial Lee and Elizabeth Faith. The family
resides in St. Louis Park, MN.
Ken and Kari Koski, both UMD graduates, have two
sons, Konnor and Keegan. The family resides in Chaska, MN. Kari received
a promotion and is now a residential supervisor at a group home in
Jason Kromrey and Sheri Johnson, of Savage, MN, were married on September
13, 1997. Jason and Sheri have a daughter, Alexa Ann, born March 31.
Sheri works in marketing at WirthCo Engineering Inc.
Stacy Oelerking and Patrick Boros were wed on January 29. Stacy is
now the proud step-mom to eight-year-old Victoria. The new family
is living in St. Paul.
Amy Soderstrom, of Milaca, MN, is working for American Express Financial
Advisors as a para-planner and financial advisor.
Carole Storm is doing research for the department of internal medicine
at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Carole has plans to attend
medical school in the future. She is living in Excelsior, MN.
Daniel Baggenstoss and Amanda Groff were married
on May 2 in St. Paul. Amanda and Dan are both designers, Amanda for
Yamamoto Moss and Daniel for Ask and Co. They recently bought a new
house in St. Paul.
Mary Dahlman, of Wadena, MN, worked for three years in law enforcement
before returning to school and receiving an additional degree in computer
programming. Mary now works for Cross Consultant Group in Sebeka,
Bryan Hiveley and his wife Heidi Jensen (class of 1997) are interpretive
specialists at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Historical site.
They live in New York.
Daniel Magnuson spent two years teaching second graders in New Zealand.
He is now teaching third grade at Longfellow Community School in Minneapolis.
James Monroe, of Klamath, CA, is the owner and manager of the Little
Old House of Pancakes. James is also a painter. Two of his watercolors,
"Blueberry Morning" and "Hot Stacks" are in a
traveling exhibition sponsored by the American Watercolors Association.
Katie Strub married Mark Ellis on May 26, at St. Louis Church in St.
Paul. Katie and Mark live in Roseville, Minnesota. Katie has been
teaching chemistry at South St. Paul High School since 1996.
Jason Van De Wiele and Daena Esterbrooks, of Shakopee, MN, were married
in Duluth last summer. Jason and Daena are both UMD graduates. Jason
works for Travelers as an account manager/commercial risk. Daena is
returning to school full time at St. Marys in Minneapolis to
pursue her masters in counseling.
Shahabuddin Ahmed was married in September of 1997.
He and his wife are expecting their first child in March of 2001.
Shahab, of Chapel Hill, NC, is working for Mitsubishi Electronics
and is also working towards his Master's degree at North Carolina
Jeff Bradley and Dawn Zimmerman (class of 1998) were married on April
24, 1999. Jeff is working for Anderson Consulting as a computer consultant.
Dawn is working for the Dunwoody Institute as a human resources coordinator.
They are living in Spring Lake Park, MN.
Christopher Busche's wife gave birth to their first child in June.
The family resides in Superior, Wisconsin.
Laura Doty, of Mendota Heights, MN, received her M.A. in Speech-Language
Pathology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in September of
Darren Kramer married Angela Jurek on September 16. Darren is an elementary
teacher within Virginia School District #706. Angela graduated from
the College of St. Scholastica. They are living in Mountain Iron,
Shannon N. Nelson, of Sherman Oaks, CA, is working as an actress.
She starred in the movie "Drop Dead Gorgeous."
Lois Porath, of Perham, MN, completed two DELF French degrees from
the French Ministry of Education. Following that, Lois received the
ZOP (an advanced German degree) from the Goethe Institute in Frieburg,
Germany. She is working on her Master's in international relations
at Laval University.
Roxanne (Doyle) Simonson was married on the first of March 1997. Roxanne
has a two year-old daughter, BreeAnn. She is the general manager of
the AmericInn Lodge and Suites of Two Harbors.
Carl Soderberg and Amy Freberg, both of Duluth, were married July
Jessica Woodward married Erik Lavan (class of 1998) on September 25,
Becky Bongard, of St. Paul, was promoted by Carmichael
Lynch in August. Becky is now the account manager of the Cargill Salt
and American Standard's Porcher brand accounts.
Mason Johnson married Kay on June 6, 1998. They have a daughter, Samantha,
and are expecting their second child.
Darin Jones and Angela Macioce were married on August 14, 1999. Angela
and Darin are both UMD graduates. Angela is finishing up her Masters
degree in sport administration from Central Michigan University.
Christine Kujala and Ross Beckwith, both of Duluth, were married May
13 in Duluth. Christine is a project manager for the Minnesota Department
of Transportation. Ross is a graduate engineer with the St. Louis
County Public Works Department.
Marcus McConico, of Knoxville, TN, has been active in opera, musical
theatre, oratorio and as a soloist. Marcus is pursuing his Master
of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Tennessee.
Kenneth McNulty received a nomination for the 1999 Minnesota Teacher
of the Year. Kenneth is a fifth grade teacher for the Independent
School District #709 in Duluth. On August 11, 1999, Kenneth's wife,
Jamie, gave birth to their daughter Macie Ann-Elizabeth.
Benjamin Miller and Jennifer Elijah (class of 2000), both of Duluth,
were wed on July 14 in Duluth. Jennifer is pursuing a degree in optometry
from Ohio State University. Benjamin is a membership director for
Melissa (Sloan) Olean married Shawn Olean on September 9 in Cloquet.
Melissa is employed by the Potlatch Corporation of Cloquet. Melissa
and Shawn are living in Cloquet.
Jeffrey Schliep married Mary Kalkbrenner, both of Duluth, on July
10. Jeffrey is the project manager at BendTec Inc, in Duluth. Mary
is an operations manager for Curves for Women.
Andrew Wilkowske will be starting the Artist's Diploma Program (vocal
performance) this fall at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory
of Music. He was married on September 9.
Bradley Brueske and Wendy Ellestad, both of Roseville,
were married on July 22. Bradley is a technical engineer with Veritas
Software. Wendy is employed by the Good Samaritan Center.
Sara Druar and Chris Yost were wed on May 20 in Duluth.
Martha L. (Markey) Dwyer, of Duluth, has accepted an internship with
Applied Materials in Santa Clara, California.
Joanne Harvala, of Minneapolis, is working with the Science Solutions
Division at Pace Analytical Services, Inc.
Irvin Hosford is employed by Chemstar Products in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Irvin is living in St. Paul.
Anna Norby was married in November of 1999 to Eric Whiteis. Eric and
Anna are now living in Hopkins. Anna is working for Best Buy at their
corporate headquarters in Eden Prairie as a staff accountant in their
Property Development Department.
Andrew Wall is working in Bloomington for Paychex, a national payroll
processing company. He is planning on working towards a degree in
accounting from the University of Minnesota.
Allyson Brown, of Edina, (MA 2000) is employed as
a speech-language pathologist for the Edina Public Schools.
Sharon (Box) Lahti, of Duluth, (MA 2000) is a Speech-Language Pathologist
for St. Luke's Hospital. Sharon also enjoys soccer and skiing.
Susan (Ackley) Love, of South Range, WI, is a Foster Care Specialist
for the Fond du Lac Reservation Human Services Division. Susan's other
interests are providing care for her grandchildren and regaining her
Carina Mannoja-Barker, MSW, of Superior, is employed as the program
director for the Duluth Regional Care Centers, and also a part time
youth and family minister at the Family of God Church.
Amanda Neils, MA, is employed as a speech-language pathologist for
The Therapy Place.
Megan Rolseth and Casey Gregg, both of Fairbanks, were married in
July. After receiving her Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Megan works
as a chemist with Northern Testing Laboratories, Inc. Casey is a teacher
with Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.
Sara Rothenberger of St. Joseph, MN, is employed by the College of
St. Benedict. Sara is working as the residence director. Her other
interests are traveling and volunteering.
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