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Volume 17 • Number 1 • Winter 2000


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The University of Minnesota Duluth Bridge publishes Alumni Notes. You can send us notes by e-mail:, by fax at 218-726-6186 or by sending the form on page 22. If you are in the U.S., you can send your note to: Alumni Director, University Relations, University of Minnesota Duluth, 315 DAdB, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812. This issue of the Bridge reflects the notes we received before November 15, 1999.

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John William Pagnucco, 98, died at Maple Knoll Village in Springdale, OH. Mr. Pagnucco and his wife of 69 years, Lempi, possessed a world-class mineral collection until they donated the bulk of it to UMD. Some of his other specimens were donated to natural history museums in Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Finland, Helsinki; Berea College, Berea, KY; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


Elaine M. Trytten, 92, of Duluth, died May 20. She was a teacher in the St. Louis County and Duluth Public School systems.


Ruth Lucille Abelsen, 88, of Duluth, died April 10. She was a teacher for many years in the Duluth public schools. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, a Sunday school superintendent and a member of the Esther Circle. In her spare time, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Evelyn Irene (Ofstun) Holmberg, 85, of Duluth, died June 14. She began her teaching career at Canosia School in Duluth and then taught several years in Sandstone. While Evelyn was teaching, she took night classes at UMD to earn her bachelor's degree in elementary education. She taught second grade at Lincoln Elementary until her retirement in 1973.


Marion E. Wendlandt, 82, of Duluth, died April 17. After graduation, she taught at Lakewood Elementary for the Duluth Public School system. She attended Mount of Olives Baptist Church and was a member of the Duluth Women's Club.


Elinor G. Johnson, 82, of Coleraine, MN, died June 26. Elinor was a homemaker and had been active in the PTA and Girl Scouts.


Sister Maxine Erchul, OSB, 88, of St. Scholastica Monastery, died April 7. She was in the 70th year of the monastic profession. Sister Maxine served a variety of ministries during her active career. She taught elementary grades at the following schools in Minnesota: St. Bridget's and Our Lady of Victory, Minneapolis; Holy Name, Wayzata; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Cloquet; St. Thomas, International Falls; and Sacred Heart, Duluth. Sister Maxine taught religious education classes at St. Anthony Parish, Ely, and served as principal and/or superior at Our Lady of Victory, Holy Name, St. Thomas and St. Anthony's.


Robert Colgin Jackson, 75, died June 16. After graduating from UMD, Robert obtained his bachelor of science in law degree from the University of Minnesota. He retired from Traveler's Insurance Co. after 31 years in the accident and claims department where he served in various management positions. He was a longtime member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church and Duluth Congregational Church. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946 and retired as a lieutenant commander after 20 years in the Naval Reserves.


Paul F. Town, 73, of Lakeland, FL, died peacefully in his home April 28. Paul served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater in 1945. After a career in management with Ralston-Purina Co., he returned to Duluth, teaching physics, astronomy and higher math at Denfeld High School. He moved to Florida in 1980, concluding his teaching career in 1992 at Santa Fe High School.


Robert Burich, 74, of Hoyt Lakes, MN, died August 9. He was a Marine Corps World War II veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater. In 1958 he moved to Hoyt Lakes, working as an assistant superintendent in the pellet plant for Erie Mining Co., retiring in 1987. He was a member of the American Legion, a lifetime member of the VFW and the DAV Kolstad 23 Chapter and a member and past master of Biwabik Masonic Lodge 293 AF & AM.

Lois Freeman, 91, of Hibbing, MN, died April 12. She taught in the St. Louis County school system in one-room schools in Cherry and Twig. She taught in the Hibbing school system including schools in Pool and Carson Lake locations. She then taught for 34 years as a first grade teacher at Cobb-Cook Schools. She retired after 40 years of service.

Eugene V. Peterson, 71, of Tamarack, MN, died April 28 at his home. He married Marilyn M. Carlson in 1950. They moved to Minneapolis and he worked for Honeywell. In 1953 he returned to Tamarack and worked as a mail carrier for 33 years. He also drove a school bus for the McGregor School District for 20 years and worked at the Marcus Theater in Tamarack. Eugene was a member of the Church of Christ, where he served as chairman of the board.


Carol Marie Fistler, 75, of Cloquet, MN, died April 6. After attending UMD, Carol obtained her nursing degree at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she married Dr. Raymond P. Fistler and worked with him in his veterinary practice in Perham, MN. While living in Perham, she was a constituent of Perham United Methodist Church. After moving to Moorhead in 1986, she was a part-time student at Moorhead State University.

Robert Reed is the owner of Reed Cruises and Tours, a division of Reed Family Companies. They specialize in group and corporate cruises. Reed Family Companies have been in the marketing field for 40 years. Robert lives with his wife Louise in Crystal Lake, IL.


Robert J. McIntire, of Sun City, AZ, is retired. He retired in 1987 after 27 years of service at Billy Graham Evangelical. Association. He lives with his wife Shirley.

Don Pilipovich has been enjoying his retirement in Punta Gorda, FL, after a career including: Engineering Manager at North American Aviation, Director of Physics and Chemistry at Rockwell Science Center, president of a family owned software company and Government Affairs Administrator for a Fortune 500 chemical company, requiring compliance oversight of 53 locations west of the Mississippi. He has two sons and two grandchildren. He is married to Janette (Bilyeu) Pilovich, a 1955 graduate of UMD.


Marguerite Hubert Emanuel, retiree, has recently moved back to Duluth from IL, after being away since 1972.

Theodore Kamatos, of Lincolnshire, died from health problems suffered the last ten years. Theodore was a marine who fought in the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star for extinguishing a fire at an ammunition depot. After graduating from UMD, he earned a master's degree and doctorate from Northwestern University, specializing in school administration, curriculum and social sciences. Theodore served as associate dean of the Foster G. McGaw Graduate School at National College of Education in Evanston. In 1972 he became superintendent of Northbrook School District 30, from which he retired in 1988. He was known for his keen understanding of the needs of all the children.

Janette (Bilyeu) Pilipovich, retired in 1991 along with her husband Don, a 1953 graduate of UMD. She taught at the high school level in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 22 years. Her assignments included teaching AP chemistry courses, academic dean, accreditation coordinator and assistant principal, inter alia. During retirement, she has been very active in community affairs and is currently president of DKG teachers sorority and past president of the Charlotte County Retired Educators Association. She was recently designated as volunteer of the year in Charlotte county.


Jerry P. Hankins has recently retired and moved to Northfield, MN. He retired after 37 years in the ministry, more than 25 years at the Federated Church in Morris, MN. Before leaving Morris he was the commencement speaker at the University of Minnesota Morris.

Robert F. Schmidt lives in Dayton, OH, with his wife Jeannette. After graduation, Robert continued his education with a master's degree from the University of Minnesota and his doctoral degree from Mitchell Law School. He served as general counsel and chief labor counsel for several Fortune 500 companies. He recently retired from private law practice, and was also listed in Who's Who in American Law. He and Jeannette have 8 children, who have all graduated from college, and 2 grandchildren.


Paul Backlund Jr., 63, Lenexa, KS, died July 3. He furthered his education at Northwestern University, receiving his master's degree and his doctorate of musical arts at the University of Texas, Austin. Paul had retired from the UMKC Conservatory as a music professor. He was also a former band instructor in several Minnesota schools. One of Paul's favorite hobbies was fishing, and was a member of the Bass Masters Club.

John W. Bymark, of Grand Rapids, MN, is currently retired. In 1997 he was inducted in the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame


Ernest A. "Ernie" Center, 64, of Torrance, CA, passed away August 16. He was a retired corporate vice president of Rockwell International who played a major roll in such renowned aerospace programs as Apollo, the B-1B Lancer and the space shuttle. Ernest also served in the US Army in Korea through 1955.

Elsie J. Freeman, 88, of Grand Rapids, MN, died March 31. She had previously attended the Duluth State Teachers College in 1931. She taught school in St. Louis County, Lake County, Tower-Soudan, and for over 30 years in the Greenway School District, retiring in 1975. She was also involved in the community belonging to many organizations.


John "Jack" C. Eckholm, 62, of Duluth, died August 14. He was the founder of Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity at UMD. Jack served on the Bishop's Committee and was a lay reader at St. Edward's Episcopal Church. He was lieutenant governor of the Optimist Club and a member of the Jaycees and Toastmaster. Jack owned an abstract and title company, and at the time of his death was employed by National Title Co.

Dr. Jack Sheeks is a senior business professional at the Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was recently honored by the South Florida Manufacturing Association as the Broward Community College "employee of the year." BCC is a district system with 55,000 students on five campuses. He lives in Sunrise, FL, with his wife Brigitte.


Alyce Elvira Kangas, 59, of Cromwell, MN, died September 11. Alyce taught at Pine City Elementary School for 32 years, retiring in 1994. Alyce was past president of Pine City Wednesday Study Club, a member of Christian Women's Professional Association, a Sunday school teacher at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell, a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts, and was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Cromwell.

Andrew Joseph Peloquin, 59, of Fairfax, VA. died June 5 at his home in Fairfax, VA. He was a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and Vietnam War veteran. He also worked on satellite communications and control simulators for a defense contractor. His military honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters.

Marilyn F. (Miller) Scott, 58, of Fort Collins, CO, died June 8. She was an elementary school teacher for 21 years before moving to Fort Collins in 1967. She retired in 1987. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.


Leslie A. Peterson retired in June after 35 years of teaching. She has also been privileged to be a part-time missionary since 1974, working in Europe and Asia for the Lutheran and Covenant Churches. She received the "Minnesota Inspirational Teacher of the Year" award in 1996, the "Golden Apple" award in 1998 and was in Who's Who in America's Teachers in 1998. She currently resides in Duluth.


Norm Kosky serves as the psychologist/ counselor at Port Susan Middle school. He is trained and experienced in adult/child clinical psychology and brain-behavior relationships. He is often called upon to work with sensitive or legal cases. Norm and his wife Debora, who is a software engineer, live on a 90-foot bluff on the west side of Camano Island. He enjoys rock/mountain climbing, hiking, telemark/downhill skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, and canoeing. Norm also plays ice hockey.


Clark C. Peterson has been chosen for inclusion in "Who's Who in America 2000." He is employed by the Mid-South Wrestling Federation as chief announcer and head writer. Although his work is primarily in the south central states, he resides in Hinckley, MN.


Laurie Magee Flanders received her Ed.D. degree in 1998 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her specialty area is educational leadership with emphasis in special education law. She currently resides in Henderson, NV, with her husband George.

David A. Martin, 53, of Duluth, died June 4. David worked for various planning and development organizations, was director of the Goodhue County Health Department in Red Wing, MN, and director of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission from 1980 to 1988. In 1988 he founded his own company, serving clients throughout the country. David was also a very active member of the community, belonging to many social organizations.

Carolee Joy (Abrahamson) Jacobson is a self employed writer. She has published a novel: Secret Legacy, which was released in the summer of 1999. She currently resides in Bedford, TX.

Mark Ronald Rathke, M.D., 47, of Woodbury Lake, MN, died April 3. After graduation from the University of Minnesota Medical School, he served in the Duluth Family Residency Program and was a staff physician with P.S. Rudie Associates and an emergency room physician for Superior Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center. Since 1985, he was with the Duluth Clinic, Ltd. as staff physician in the section of emergency medicine.


James C. Backstrom has served as the Dakota County Attorney in Hastings, MN, since 1987 and was recently appointed as a vice president of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) for a three year term. He has also served as the co-chair of NDAA's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee since 1994 and received an award in December of 1998 from the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Washington D.C., for leadership in the area of juvenile justice in America. He was also honored to receive the Julius E. Gernes Public Attorney Award of Excellence in May 1999, from the Public Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association in recognition of his commitment to public service and the public practice of law. He lives in Inver Grove Heights with his wife and 10 year old daughter. He also became a grandfather in November of 1997.


Douglas F. Hanson, 45, of Duluth, died suddenly on May 31. He had worked for Ziegler Inc. for the past 15 years, where he was the territorial manager. While with Ziegler, Doug received numerous awards. He was most proud of the Territorial Manager of the Year Award, given to him by his peers. Doug was a member of the Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd, Ridgeview Country Club, Duluth Curling Club, Pequaywan Area Trailblazers, UMD Alumni Association and the United Northern Sportsmen.

Karen B. (Biedlingmaier) Porter recently moved within the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and is now working as an agency level policy and budget analyst for the department's executive offices.

John Sandness received his second bachelor's degree in 1976 (Industrial Education). He is a retired high school teacher at Princeton, B.C. He is presently a self-employed professional fly-tier. His teaching career included schools in Colville, WA; Fort Orford, OR and Princeton, B.C. His activities include: photography, Norwegian family genealogy and trips to the old country. His hobbies include: woodcarving, fly-tying, acrylic art painting, hunting and fishing in beautiful British Columbia. He extends an invitation to all trout fishermen for a visit.


Scott Vincent Houser, 41, of Edina, MN, died June 25. He worked at Onan as a CPA. Scott's love and serious pursuit of fishing and hunting will endure time and season.

Dr. David Marshall Jones, D.D.S., 44 of Carlton, MN, died April 23 as a result of a hunting accident. Dave was an avid fly fisherman, hunter, writer, and reader. He loved spending time with his family at the cabin in Grand Rapids and attending his children's activities. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, the American Dental Association and the Noper Foundation.

John Peterson received his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. John has also held several academic appointments and was recognized in several editions of Who's Who. He has been recently appointed director of corporate development at Ricerca, Inc. He lives in Chardon, OH, with his wife Mary Tso-Peterson.


Mary A. Hatten, 62, of Duluth, died September 2. She was a retired school teacher with the Duluth and Proctor school systems. She was also an active member of the Lake Nebagamon Summer Theater.

Kelly Martinson is the owner of Muddy Waters, the oldest established coffee shop in Minneapolis, where she resides.

Ann (Ostergren) Wales started a church in Cloquet, MN, and was a missionary in Lebanon. She then went back to college to earn her master's in communications. She currently works at Target as an executive team leader and lives in Onalaska, WI, with her husband Scott.


Kelley Rae Jewett will begin a 3-year term working in a hospital and clinic in Liberia, West Africa, as of January 2000. Kelly served in Liberia after graduation and has returned several times to do volunteer medical work. She currently resides in Saginaw, MN.


Sharon (Hinderks) Prunty received her master's degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN, in 1999. She is currently a teacher at Stewartville Public Schools. She resides in Rochester, MN, with her husband Scott.


Raymond H. Peterson, 52, of Duluth, died June 20. He was a self-employed antique dealer. He was a member of Kappa Omicron Phi Honors Society Fraternity.

Dr. Gretchen Rowe, currently resides in Mendota Heights, MN. After receiving her doctor of veterinary medicine, she practiced in Inver Grove Heights. She is now practicing small animal veterinary medicine in Plymouth. She enjoys biking, especially off-road racing, camping, and kayaking, with her husband Rodney.


Julie (Recksiedler) Severson is currently working for the State of Minnesota, in the Department of Military Affairs. She is the State Incentives Manager of the Minnesota National Guard. She is also the department volunteer coordinator, she heads up a group of individuals to read one-on-one with first graders every Wednesday during lunch break. Julia and her husband Scott live in Forest Lake, MN.


William F. Levings has recently joined the law firm of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Fredrick, P.A. William will concentrate his practice in the areas of civil litigation, commercial litigation and business law.


Laura (Overom) Joseph is an information analyst for EDS (Electronic Data Systems). She lives in Mt. Arlington, NJ, with her husband Craig who is employed by General Motors.

Brian Pelletier and his wife Melanie currently live in Chicago, IL. Brian accepted a position as account supervisor in the Chicago office of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, where he heads up the technology practice. In May, Brian graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, with a master's in business communication.

Ross G. Tollefson is employed as senior product manager for U.S. Bank in Minneapolis, MN. He received his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in 1995. Ross currently lives in Oakdale, MN, with his wife, Beth and their one-year old daughter, Mary Beth.


Paula (Patterson) Conard recently relocated from St. Petersburg, FL, to Ixonia, WI. She and her husband Chris had a baby girl, Rebecca Noelle Conard, born January 8, 1999. Paula is employed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Milwaukee, and Chris is a National Accounts Manager for Generac Portable Products LLC in Jefferson, WI.

David H. Lund II and his wife Mary live in Appleton, WI, with Carissa, 3, and Mitchell, 8 months. David has been with the Appleton Police Department for 9 years and became the training coordinator for the department in January 1999.

Tom Poul is on the UMD Alumni Association Board of Directors and Vice President of the Campfire Boys and Girls Board of Directors. He also serves as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the city of Brooklyn Park. Tom is employed by Messerli and Cramer P.A. as a government relations attorney/lobbyist.


Mike Busch is the Vice President of Marketing/NASCAR Liaison for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. He currently resides in Greenville, SC, with his wife Gretchen and their daughter Shania Anne, born October 1996.

David L. Ferner is the owner of Northland Construction Services. He currently resides in Munster, IN.

Dali Gao is a research fellow for the Harvard Medical School. His wife, Yanfen Guan is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Tufts Medical School. They have two children and live in their newly purchased house in Somerville, MA.

Darrin Keiper accepted a new job as a tax supervisor for Regis Corp. in Edina, MN. His wife, Michelle (Geis) Keiper, also a 1991 graduate of UMD, is employed by American Medical Systems as Employee Development and Training Coordinator. Darrin and Michelle live in Annandale, MN, with their baby girl.

James M. Kerr moved to San Diego, CA, in 1998 with his wife Kristine. James is a manager for Dura Pharmaceuticals.

Scott Leach of Saint Paul, is working for Nasco Inc. as a sales manager. He is responsible for North and South Dakota, eastern Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and western Wisconsin.

Jaran F. Wermerskirchen passed away as a result of a car accident on June 5. He owned J.W. Siding in Lino Lakes for the past four years. Jaran was an outgoing young man, setting track records in high school, playing basketball, football, and was also involved in the band. He spent his free time canoeing, fishing, camping, or hiking.

Maureen (Shannon) Varyo is a family practice physician at Fransican Skemp Healthcare-Holmen Clinic. Maureen and her husband, Paul, live in LaCrosse, WI, with their son.


Marcelle Caturia is the Director of GIS Operations at East View Cartographic, Inc. Marcelle currently resides in Bloomington, MN.

Shawn Christensen married John Conlin on Oct. 2. Shawn is an accounting clerk for UFE Inc. in Stillwater, MN. John is a sales representative for Tony's Pizza Service in Lino Lakes, MN. The newlyweds reside in Stillwater.

Barb (Derhaag) Kingsley is employed by Schmidt Printing as an account manager. She is married to Kent Kingsley, a 1992 graduate of UMD. Kent is a computer programmer with Lakeview Technologies. The couple reside in Elgin with their two children.            

Tracey (Mehrkens) Lenarz and Mike Lenarz, both 1993 graduates of UMD, had a baby girl on August 13, 1998. Tracey is self-employed and Mike is a service manager at Woodlund Homes. The family lives in Woodbury, MN.

Lisa Nicoletti received her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in June, 1999. She is a visiting assistant professor of art and English at Centenary College of Louisiana.

Melissa (Olson) Varanasi and her husband, Srikanth Varanasi, both 1993 graduates of UMD live in St. Paul, MN. Melissa is a speech pathologist for the Burnsville Public Schools. Srikanth is a self employed programmer. Melissa and Srikanth adopted one girl and gave birth to another girl.


Tricia (Swanstrom) Gracey married Peter Gracey in December, 1998. Tricia is employed by a Cargill subsidiary. Peter is a flight test engineer for Raytheon Aircraft Co. The couple live in Wichita, KS.

Lauri Jean (Mirau) Harrold is a controller/office manager employed by LeFebvre Companies, Inc. Laurie and Pat were married on August 19, 1998, and reside in Coon Rapids, MN.

Tim Vienneau was named the Chief Technology Officer for Cutler Group, an option trading firm in San Francisco and Chicago. He serves as a captain in the California Army National Guard where he is the Deputy Director of Information Management. He lives in Richmond, CA, with his wife Elizabeth and their son David.

Kevin Vlasich was married to Wendy Hanna, a physical therapist at Fairview University Hospital. They have recently moved to Lino Lakes, MN. Kevin is a computer scientist at Secure Computing Corporation. He works in the Advanced Technology Division doing cryptography related work.


Alison Caulfield recently began a position with the Children's Hospital of Denver. She serves as the speech language pathologist at KidStreet, a daycare setting for children with complex medical needs. Alison is also serving as the Chair of Correspondence for the Rocky Mountain Bulldogs, the Colorado Alumni Chapter that has formed in and around the Denver metro area.

David W. Kuhn is an industrial engineer working at Seagate Technologies. He currently resides in Bloomington, MN.

Arlo Lehtinen is the manager at AmericInn Motel. He lives in St. Peter, MN, with his wife Dawn and their daughter.

Jeff Oja and Carrie Kehoe were married on October 17. Jeff is a probation officer for Arrowhead Regional Corrections in Virginia, MN. Carrie is a registered nurse at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. The newlyweds live in Virginia.

Mat Peterson works for the Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store as the store accountant. He was married to Kim on October 10, 1998. They live in Bloomington, MN, with their daughter.

Andrew J. Thomas currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. He works as a computer engineer for Intel Corporation. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, running, playing volleyball and playing softball. He just bought a new house with a pool. His significant other has left her home out East to join Andy in Phoenix.


Cheryl Colbenson is a second year medical student at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA. She is the vice president of the class of 2002 and the treasurer of the Emergency Medicine Club.

Angela Peterson and Wayne Kesti, both UMD graduates, were married in September 1998, and are expecting a baby in October 1999. Wayne is a Wireless Account Manager for AT & T's Global Service Division in Minneapolis. Angela has traded a career as a communications specialist for full-time motherhood.


Karri Alwin, of Marinette, WI, is a 6th - 8th grade physical education teacher at Marinette Middle School. She is also currently the J.V. volleyball coach, 7th grade basketball coach and Middle School track and field coach. She has been coaching track since graduation along with life guarding and teaching swim lessons at the local YMCA.

Heather Derksen and Peter Gould were married on August 15. Heather obtained her master's degree from the University of Minnesota and is currently a teacher for the Duluth School District. Peter is attending Lake Superior College where he is pursuing a degree in computer technology. The newlyweds live in Duluth.

Paula Ikola Erbisch is married to Greg Erbisch, also a 1997 graduate of UMD. Paula is a middle school counselor at Minnetonka Middle School. Greg is a social studies and computer teacher with Bloomington Public Schools. The couple live in St. Louis Park, MN.

Kristin Kunze and James Carlson were married on August 1. Kristin is currently pursuing her master's degree in speech communication from the University of Wisconsin. James is an art teacher for the Duluth Public Schools. The newlyweds currently reside in Duluth.

Amber Messner is currently pursuing a master's degree in behavioral medicine at the University of the Pacific in California. She is also working as a reading specialist at the Musical Assessment and Learning Clinic in Stockton, CA, where she currently resides.

Aaron Undeland and Kathy Dougherty, also a graduate of UMD, were recently united in marriage. Aaron works for Power Rain in Tower, MN, as a sales analyst and Kathy is a math and french teacher at the Tower High School. The couple currently reside in Aurora, MN, where they have recently moved into a new house.


Jill Gower and Jeremy Magnuson were married on January 16. Jill is a sixth-grade teacher at Northfield Middle School in Northfield, MN. Jeremy is a corrections officer for Rochester Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN.

Shari L. Larson is working as the Safety Coordinator at Lake Country Power after receiving her master's degree in Industrial Health and Safety from UMD. She has recently moved to Grand Rapids, MN.

Shari L. (Morey) Marshik is a store strategy analyst for Maurices, Inc. Her other interests include dog obedience training and triathlons. She lives in Duluth with her husband, Ryan.

William Mobilia and Shayla Hamlin were married on October 17. William is a social studies teacher at Hermantown Middle School and Shayla is an insurance agent for Holden Insurance Agency in Duluth. The newlyweds live in Duluth.

Joelle Neveau and Brian Gronlund, a 1997 graduate of UMD, were married on November 28. Brian is a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, Twentynine Palms, CA.

Chad Skelton of Biwabik, MN, is working as an industrial engineer at Urethane Systems in Hibbing, MN. He married Brenda Maki, a graduate of Bemidji State who is employed by the Jamar Co.


Diana C. (Hill) Holt is an internal auditor for Enbridge Inc. She is also the treasurer for the Institute of Internal Auditors, and on the Board of Directors at the LPL Credit Union. In her spare time she enjoys inline skating, golf, bicycling, reading, and traveling. She currently lives in Hermantown, MN, with her husband Paul.

Joseph H. Leek (M.B.A. '99) is the Vice President of Medical Affairs and on the mediacal faculty at the Miller Dwan Medical Center. He belongs to the Rotary Club, and the D-S Community Foundation. In his spare time he enjoys tennis and art. He lives in Duluth with his wife Frances.

Nora Louise (Costello) Mattei is a medical social worker at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. When she is not working, she enjoys fishing, walking, running, and weight training. She lives in Virginia, MN, with her husband John.

John James Nachtsheim is a social worker for the St. Louis County Social Service Department. He is also a coach for the Salvation Army Youth Basketball team. He lives in Duluth with his wife Kara and their two children.

Cliff C. Okerlund is a process engineer at Malt-O-Meal in Northfield, MN. He also spends time volunteering and participating in youth athletics, sports, home improvement, officiating, and church. He lives in Apple Valley, MN, with his wife Lori.


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