Clarke University Class Notes 2021

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Dubuque, she educates and supports moms and babies throughout their breastfeeding journeys.

Celeste Pechous ’94 (pictured above, left) was cast as a series regular in Season 2 of Showtime's 'Work in Progress', which began shooting in the Spring of 2021. She will play the role of Campbell in the critically acclaimed series.

Adam Rapp’s ’91 play "The Sound Inside" has been nominated for six 2021 Tony Awards, including Best Play. Joyce (Walstead) Meyer ’94 was elected to City Council in Medicine Lake, MN. She was sworn in on January 4, 2021.

Rebecca (Johll) Franzen ’95 After nine years as a band director and music teacher and 15 years as a private lesson teacher, Rebecca returned to school for her Master of Arts degree in Health and Wellness with a focus in lactation. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Brian Webb Award for Outstanding MA Thesis Distinguished by Academic Rigor and Creative Thinking for the 2018-19 academic year for her thesis titled, "Infant Sleep Location, BedSharing, and Safe Sleep Education." Rebecca became an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and started her private-practice, Brave Breastfeeding, LLC in 2019. As an independent contractor at Statera Integrated Health and Wellness in

Demetris Hall '97, Shelly Graybill '13, and Nico Piscopo '14 were elected to the Clarke University Alumni Association Board. Their terms will begin in fall 2021. Jill (Farrell) Budde ’99, ’00M, ’06D was promoted to Vice President, Learning & Engagement at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Patricia Marroquin-Norby ’99 was hired as inaugural Associate Curato of Native American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Benjamin Busch ’01 was promoted to Vice President of Information Technology at PSSI. Greg Lehman ’02 was announced as incoming Principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa.

Katie (Bahl) Steffensmeier ’04 began her role as Community Outreach Advocate for the East Central Intergovernmental Association in Dubuque, Iowa. Eric Meyer ’15 was named Principal of Seton Catholic School in Peosta and Farley, Iowa.

Jeff Schmitt’s ’92 article, "Disruptive MBA Startups You've Never Heard Of," appeared in the November issue of Inc. Magazine. He is currently the senior writer for Poets & Quants, where he covers the business school beat.

Ann (Kluesner) Arnold ’07 was a recipient of the 2020 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, which honors teachers who help inspire students to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Ann currently teaches mathematics at the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Brittney Ross ’15M was promoted to Executive Marketing Manager: Non-Majors Biology & Environmental Science at McGraw-Hill Education in Dubuque, Iowa. Patrick McCullough ’17 was named President of McCullough Creative in Dubuque, Iowa. Sydney Eustice ’20 took over as the head men’s and women’s golf coach for Putnam County High School in Granville, IL. Sydney is also a sixth grade homeroom and junior high social studies at Holy Family School in Oglesby, Ill.

AWARDS & HONORS Jante Goetz, PBVM ’65 celebrated 60 years of religious life in 2020.

Photo credit: Telegrah Herald

Doug Bausch ’99 was recognized as a Telegraph Herald “Everyday Hero” for his extensive volunteer work in the Dubuque community. Mary Rose Corrigan-Psihoyos ’04M received the 2020 Carl Kulczyk Memorial Award from Iowa Primary Care Association and was recognized by Women’s Leadership Network of Dubuque with a Women of Achievement Award in the category of Achievements in Her Field. Mary Rose currently serves as the City of Dubuque’s Public Health Specialist.

Sue Riedel ’68 was honored with the Dubuque Grand Opera House’s 2021 Founder’s Award. Sue has been an integral part of the Dubuque theater community for decades, founding the Barn Community Theater, spear heading the purchase and return of live theater to the Grand Opera House and founding The Bell Tower Theater.

Micki Ostrosky ’80, Molly (Junk) Andersen-Schreiber ’99 and Gabby (Sullivan) Jean Gilles ’11, ‘12M were recognized as recipients of Clarke’s Distinguished Alumni Awards in September 2020. Due to COVID-19, they were honored through a virtual ceremony.


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Julie (Weires) Cirks ’06 was recognized by Women’s Leadership Network of Dubuque with a Women of Achievement Award in the category of Growth and Accomplishments in Personal Life. She also was the recipient of the Clarke University Rose O’Toole Staff Recognition Award, which is given annually to acknowledge outstanding achievements that have impact on institutional success and contribute significantly to the mission of Clarke University. Julie currently serves as the Director of Transfer Admissions.

Kayla (Carr) Hopson ’08, Chief Operations Officer & Privacy Officer at Grand River Medical Group, was recognized by Women’s Leadership Network of Dubuque with a Women of Achievement Award in the category of Organizational Impact.

Javi Lopez ’08 was recognized by the Chicago Bears as “Advocate Health Champion of the Game” in October 2020. Javier is a physical education teacher for Torres Acero Schools in Chicago, Ill.

MARRIAGES & ANNIVERSARIES Lois (Mailander) Quinn ’61 and her husband, Richard, celebrated 50 years of marriage in July 2020 Katie Bahl ’04 to Matt Steffensmeier Kyle Webber ’08 was a recipient of the Rainbow Project’s Extra Mile Awards in 2020 for his dedication to students and families in rural Dane County, WI. Kyle currently works as a school counselor in Belleville, Wis.

Tony Breitbach ’07 to Brittani Breitbach Jessica Dirks ’12 to Stephen Vassaalotti Mike Schindel ’13 to Samantha Dugan ’13

Jessica (Lange) Coyne ’10 and Bradley, girl

Holly Maurer ’16 to Kurt Rahe

Mark Dolson ’11 and Mandi, twin girls

Elisabeth Dowling ’17 to Benson Kong

Jenni (Fuller) Even ’11 and Eric, boy

Hillary Burgmeier ’19 to Jacob Wilson Nitshelle Duuberseau ’19 to Austin Kerstein Brittney Ross ’15M was recognized as a Telegraph Herald “2020 Rising Star.”

Andy Winders ’11 and Monica, girl Nicole (Lansing) Marbach ’12 and Wes, boy

BIRTHS & ADOPTIONS Diego Velez ’99 and Tara, boy Kay (Kluseman) Schroeder ’00 and Peter, boy Gwendolyn (Hayes) Kalvelage ’07 and Scott, girl

Patrick McCullough ’17 was recognized as a Telegraph Herald “2020 Rising Star.”

Beth (Stierman) Blech ’09 and Ryan, boy Dan Spain ’10 and Jessica, boy

Michael Till ’12 and Kaitlyn (Kilburg) ’12, girl

Colleen (Dansart) Thompson ’10 and Benjamin, girl

Bailey Theisen ’20 was named the 6th grade “Educator of the Year” at Edison Middle School in Janesville, WI.

Kelly (McAllister) Goldsmith ’13 and Noah, boy

Rahni (David) Haverland ’13 and Nick, girl

Mary (Pfohl) Remily ’55

Eric Meyer ’15 and Clara, boy

Carole (Schulte) Johnson ’57

Kassie Walz ’15 and Matt, boy Sean DeVries ’16 and Theresa (Koos) ’17, girl

Dorothea (Durkin) Manghera ’56

Joanne Simonini, BVM ’57 Marty Schaub ’58 Anne Kiss ’59

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Aggie Angerer ’60 Marie Fitzpatrick, BVM ’60 Sheila (Byrnes) Murtaugh ’61 Mary Gallagher, PBVM ’62 Corita Bussanmas, BVM ’64 Jo Ann (Armondo) Thrun ’64 Jane Haslwanter, BVM ’65


Jean Tascher, BVM ‘66 Joyce Redman ’67 Johanna Brocker ’69 Virginia McCaffrey, BVM ’70 Lesley Stephens ’70 Allison (Kilburg) Johnson ’17 and Chris, boy

Patti (Ishii) Halbmaier ’71

Leah Wiesler ’18 and Clinton Austin, boy

Norma Rubenbauer ’71


Mary Beth (Noonan) Althoff ’72 Trish (Brown) Folger ’72 Maureen (Mulvaney) Konieczny ’72

Ethel (Lassance) Doyle ’49

Maria Whelan ’72

Mary (McGuiness) Lynch ’49

John Hickey ’74

Jean (O’Leary) McKay ’43

Karen (Nord) Dunne ’78

Eleanor (Grotkin) Quandt ’49

Esther (Cleveland) Chi ’79

Virginia (Wagner) Rohner ’43

Lori Steger ’85

Rosalie Glanz, BVM ’50

Mary Jo Ernst ’86

Mary Jane (Oldenburg) Hyde ’50

Theresa Simon ’00

Therese Mackin, BVM ’50

Jen (Flanigan) Garrett ’08

Mary Helen (Oktanski) Runkle ’50

Devlin Harris ’11

Mary Ann (Jochum) Andresen ’51

Brittney Duschner-Haferman ’12

Joan (Trexler) Higley ’52 Frances (McGinnis) Molloy ’52 Rita (Nessinger) Siemer ’52 Meneve Dunham ’53 Patricia (Sprung) Frein-Westendorf ’55


Therese Pfeifer, BVM ’71

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