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NOTES Honora Norton (’79 BBA) was named chair-elect of Catholic Charities Community Services Board of Directors, whose mission is to help the most vulnerable in the central and northern Arizona communities. Norton was named treasurer of Rotary Club of Scottsdale, the largest Rotary Club in the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley areas.

JoAnn Early Macken (‘85 BA Economics) has a new rhyming board book, “Baby Says ‘Moo!’,” published by Disney-Hyperion. She is the author of four other picture books, the poetry instruction guide “Write a Poem Step by Step,” and more than 130 educational books for young readers. Her poems appear in numerous children’s magazines and anthologies. Her website is

Michelle Czarnecki (’86 BS Nursing) earned the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s 2015 Nurse of the Year award. This award showcases the compassion and dedication she has for her work, which has made major differences in the pain control of thousands of children hospitalized throughout the years.


Brenda Avadian’s (’80 BA Communication, ’82 MA Communication) book, “STUFFology 101” was released in print and as an ebook. Avadian sold the worldwide English audio rights last year and is awaiting confirmation that it will be available in Korea. Avadian writes for U.S. News & World Report in addition to the and Avadian delivers keynotes at events nationwide and is currently working on her 10th book. Ann Lobotzke (‘80 BFA Music) was the featured soloist with the Festival City Symphony, performing John Rutter’s “Suite Lyrique for Harp and Strings.” Lobotzke is a freelance musician in Milwaukee, playing for all of the major arts organizations.

Czarnecki Stephen Lesavich (’86 MS Computer Science) was interviewed for the cover story of the March 2015 issue of #WORLDCLASS magazine on being a technology expert, attorney entrepreneur and award-winning author. Mary Jo (Paque) Baas (‘86 BBA Finance) received the 2015 Pollie Award for RadioCandidate Division from the American Association of Political Consultants. Baas is president of Liberty House Consulting and has three children with her husband, Steve Baas. James DeVita (’87 BFA Theatre) has worked for 21 years at American Players Theater, a classical-based repertory theater that features several Shakespeare plays every year. His oneperson show, “In Acting Shakespeare,” toured the United States and 11 cities in Ireland last fall. He published a book in June, “A Winsome Murder,” a mystery in which the detective is a Shakespeare scholar who uses his knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays to solve crimes.

Lobotzke Judith Hooks (’82 BA Art) is founding member and director of Gallery 218, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Since departing the original eclectic warehouse on S. 2nd Street in Walker’s Point, the gallery has focused on contemporary abstract and conceptual works in all media, serving thousands of artists. Lynn Payerl (’84 BS Community Education) writes under the name Lynn Peril and is the author of three books: “Pink Think,” “College Girls” and “Swimming in the Steno Pool” and many articles that explore images and roles of women in American popular culture. She has been a guest lecturer/speaker on many college campuses. She lives in Oakland, California. Ann M. Stone (’84 BBA Marketing) and Jeffrey S. Mueller (’85 BBA Marketing) met in school and have been together ever since. Today, they are full-time residents in Cape Coral, Florida, and their latest endeavor began in 2009 with the creation of Pro-Gulf Properties, LLC, a residential real estate brokerage firm servicing southwest Florida.

Dan Morgan, AIA, EDAC (’86 BS Architectural Studies, ’88 MARCH Architecture), a leader of Kahler Slater’s Health Care Team, was named a vice president. He recently served as principal in charge for the Sauk Prairie Hospital project, named a 2014 Top Project by the Daily Reporter and received a Silver Award from the American Society of Interior Designers in Wisconsin.

Molly Gribb (‘88 MS Engineering, ’93 PhD Engineering), civil and environmental engineering department head and professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology since 2010, became dean of UW-Platteville’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science in July. Gribb was previously professor of civil engineering at Boise State University and associate professor at University of South Carolina. Gribb is a licensed professional engineer and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Terry Westfahl (’86 BS Communication) was elected principal for GRAEF’s Milwaukee office for 2015. Westfahl was vice president of human resources. She has been with GRAEF, a Wisconsin-based engineering and consulting firm, for 13 years.




UWM Alumni, Fall 2015  

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