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LaSalle - Regis - Xavier Winter 2009

Xavier Foundation Business Appeal 2009 Tony Bedard, CEO Frontier Natural Products, and Randy Scholer, attorney with Simmons, Perrine, Moyer & Bergman, PLC, will serve as campaign chairs of the Xavier Foundation’s 2009 Business Appeal. Bedard and his wife Marcia are members of St. Jude parish, and have two sons, Nick (X05) and Joe (X07); and a daughter, Abby (X11). Scholer and his wife Colleen are members of All Saints parish and have three children, Kristen (X07), Jonathan, and Quinton. Tony Bedard

The campaign will kick-off with a breakfast meeting for volunteers February 5, 2009 on the Xavier campus. Bedard and Scholer will lead nearly 80 volunteers in the pursuit of raising $105,000 from local businesses for the needs of Xavier High School. Also serving in leadership roles for the campaign are team captains: Tom Ekland (L78), Seltec Sales; Tom Hoffmann, Mercer LLC; Jeff Kaiden (L72), Principal Financial Group; Joe Kirby, Lynch Ford Chevrolet Pontiac; Bruce Kramer, Aegon; Jim McPartland (R75), TrueNorth; Becky Picard (L66), Quad City Bancard; and Kirk Sadilek, Principal Financial Group.

Randy Scholer

Nearly 300 businesses will be contacted and asked to invest in Xavier High School. Local businesses are willing to support Xavier High School knowing it is a vital economic component of our community.

Historical Display Work Begins on Display

Construction has begun on the Historical Alumni Display at Xavier High School. The purpose of the display is to recognize all of the Catholic High Schools in the Cedar Rapids area that came before and led up to Xavier High School. The committee, made up of LaSalle and Regis alumni began meeting in 2007. The display will be located across from the main office inside the main entrance of Xavier. Creative efforts are being led by Bob Campagna (L67), and the physical construction of the project will be managed by Mark Kramer (LS77).

Vicky Erusha Garnsey & Janet Merfeld Make Lead Gifts to Annual Alumni Appeal LaSalle alumna Vicky Erusha Garnsey (L71) and Regis alumna Dr. Janet Merfeld (R73) kicked off the 2009 Alumni Appeal with generous lead gifts of $5,000 each. The goal for the 2009 appeal is $86,000. Please join us in celebrating a strong start and the generosity of two fine alumnae! The Alumni Appeal kicks off in February with a Phonathon, staffed by current Xavier students and LaSalle, Regis, and Xavier alumni. Regis alumni will be contacted by classmates between February 23 and 28, while LaSalle Alumni will be contacted between March 2 and 7, and Xavier alumni between March 9 and 14. The mail phase of the Alumni Appeal will begin in April. The funds raised in the Alumni Appeal directly benefit Xavier High School, with a portion of the funds designated to help the Xavier Scholarship Program which provides need-based tuition assistance and ensures a Catholic secondary education remains affordable to Xavier students and families.

Looking Back

50 Years On May 28, 1959 Regis High School proudly celebrated the commencement exercises for its first graduating class of 92 students. Fifty years later, we checked in with graduate John Willenborg and asked him to share a few memories and advice for current high school seniors. Here’s what he had to say:

photography, the Regis Page, art and the sciences. When we graduated, we struck out on our own, but many solid relationships remained. Our recent class reunions have reinforced my belief that the Class of ’59 was special—made up of first-class people who now share a valued, common heritage.”

Thoughts on Teachers:

Thoughts on Catholic Education:

“With the benefit of 50-year, 20-20 hindsight, I now appreciate the invaluable experience that was high school and, in particular, the Regis senior class of 1959. In reflecting on high school, it is impossible to ignore our teachers—religious and lay faculty. They had widely different personalities and some are more fondly remembered than others. However, they had much in common. They were dedicated and caring; each had a no-nonsense approach to education; they were not in teaching for themselves, but for the well-being and development of their students; they were a lot like our parents, who gave them permission to act in their stead; and their reward was in seeing students progress from immature teen-agers to responsible adults.”

“To attend a Catholic school presents wonderful opportunities: to learn from dedicated teachers; to participate in enriching school-related activities; to share your education experience with classmates with similar interests and values; to understand and appreciate the role and importance of Christianity in an increasingly secular world; and to establish relationships based on the common bond of Catholicism that may last for a lifetime.” Dr. John F. Willenborg Regis Class of 1959 (Pictured above right)

Regis Class of 1959 50th Reunion The Class of 1959 50th Reunion Weekend May 29-31, 2009. Friday, May 29: After-dinner social at the Spybar on 10th in Marion will begin at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30: A brunch and tour of Regis beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Get together drop-in at the Indian Creek Country Club from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Social and dinner with program, class photo, special guests. Indian Creek Country Club, from 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 31: Mass honoring

the class at St. Pius X Church, 10:00 a.m. Questions? Contact John Willenborg (803 794-0274; jfwillenborg@moore. or other members of the Planning Committee.

Thoughts on Students & Classmates

“The Regis class of 1959 brought together students from several different schools and with many diverse experiences. We were Catholic and most were from modest backgrounds with caring parents. Our expectations were different, but we were eager to begin a new adventure in a new school. We became active in varied in-school and out-of-school activities—sports, drama, music, debate, cheerleading,


The Regis Class of 1959 pictured at their 49th Reunion Weekend June 7, 2008. Front Row: John Gates, Archie Prucha, Tom Leahy, Paul Novak, John Willenborg, Mike Drahozal, Ray Stoffel, Jim Vlasek. Back Row: Karen (Fiala) Carlson, Mary (Burger) Dorch, Sue (Edwards) Dietz, Dee ( Janko) Frazier, Judy Spitzenberger, Kay (Mullin) Wickham, Jan (Donohoe) Drahozal, Peggy Bohr, Teri Keegan, Sue (Long) Ruzicka, Carol (Carroll) Meyer.

Alumni Updates Meet Your Alumni Phonathon Chairs! Veteran phonathon caller Mary (Keefe) Chizek (R82), Alumni Board member Lisa (Graham) Whitten (L86), and Nick McLees (X04) will step up to the phones as the 2009 Alumni Phonathon Chairs. Mary and her husband Don live in Cedar Rapids and are parents to three children: Ryan (X04), Kate (07), and Patrick (X11). Mary is a teacher’s aide in the second grade at St. Pius Grade School. The Chizeks are members of St. Pius parish. Lisa and her husband Tom live in Hiawatha and are parents to three children: Blake (11), Laini (8), and Alexa (6). The Whittens are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Lisa is a hairstylist at Expressions Salon and Spa. Nick is employed with Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL. Nick spends his free time volunteering with Abbott’s computer science high school program, at local forest preserves, or enjoying Chicago’s ballroom dance/music scene.

Lisa Whitten (L86)

Mary Chizek (R81)

Nick McLees (X04)

A Student Perspective As a Xavier High School senior, I’m writing to thank the many alumni who have generously supported Xavier High School through the Alumni Appeal in the past. Many opportunities available to students like me, namely the opportunities to grow spiritually, and develop life long goals for our futures, are a direct result of your gift. Your generous response to this annual appeal is very important and will make a difference in the services and programs available to current and future Xavier students. Future generations of Xavier students are counting on you and your support to keep Xavier an affordable option for their education. Beginning in February, one of your classmates, or a current Xavier student (like myself ) will be calling to ask you to renew your support of Xavier and students again this year. Gifts of all sizes make a difference. We appreciate your support! - Molly Charipar (X09) If you would prefer to make your gift online instead of receiving a call, you may do so at any time by visiting and simply clicking on “Donate Now.” Volunteers are still needed! If you are interested in volunteering two hours of your time contacting classmates and friends, please contact Jessica at or 319378-4571. Molly Charipar (X09), daughter of Paul (L79) and Nancy (Babor) Charipar (L80).

More than 1,000 alumni will be contacted and asked to invest in Xavier High School. We find that often, alumni are so grateful for the educational experience they received at LaSalle, Regis, or Xavier, that they are happy to show their support of current students. In 2008, alumni contributed nearly $80,000 to Xavier.

Dan Sullivan (L67) For more than 10 years, Dan Sullivan, a LaSalle 1967 graduate has made Xavier athletics more than just a past time. This dedicated spectator has given a whole new meaning to the term, “Super Fan!” On September 19, 2008 Dan was recognized by Activities Director, Mike Winker and received a standing ovation for having attended every Xavier football game since Xavier opened . Dan’s commitment to Xavier extends beyond athletics. Dan was a member of the Alumni Board for more than 30 years and remains an active Alumni Appeal volunteer. Dan is currently serving on the Historical Alumni Display committee where his vast knowledge of LaSalle and Regis history have played a vital role in the direction and development of the display.


Foundation Updates Parish Appeal 2008 The Foundation is thankful for our blessings of supportive pastors, volunteers and parishioners. Together the parish communities raised $385,000 throughout the fall for the 2008 Parish Appeal. The Foundation is grateful for the leadership provided by Rick and Jeanie Tomy (St. Jude) chairs, and Pat and Cathy McAllister (Parish of John XXIII) associate chairs. Special thanks to all pastors and the leadership teams from each parish: All Saints Jeff & Tanya Rosencrants Lori Stock Immaculate Conception Diane Ropp St. Joseph Neal & Dawn Feltman Kent & Sara Sodawasser

St. Jude Tom & Terry Ekland Richard & Kathy Colwell

St. Ludmila Phil & Jeanne Philipp Lehia Roberts

St. Pius X Randy & Joyce Tietz Paul & Gail Williams

St. Patrick - CR Dan & Shelley Helms Dave & Kathy Jasper

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Bernie & Greg Bordignon Paul & Carol Steingreaber

St. Matthew John & Dana Miller

St. Patrick - Fairfax Pat & Lois Slater Jim & Laurie Neuhaus

St. Wenceslaus John Svoboda

John XXIII Curt & Karen Woods Mike & Ellen Bouchard

Thanks to all who have generously contributed to this important campaign. Your support is helping to ensure Xavier students receive a quality education rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Contributions are still being received. If you would like to contribute, please visit our web site at and select donate now, or mail your gift to the Foundation office, PO Box 10956, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0956.

Alumni Basketball Tournament First Annual Tournament a Success!

Team 90s - Tournament Champs!

On Saturday, November 29, more than 50 alumni laced up their running shoes and headed for Xavier High School to participate in the First Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament. Fans packed the stands for game one - when Alumni who graduated between 1959 and 1979 took on graduates from the 90s. Despite the 30 point lead given to the 59-79ers, Team 90s persevered and took the game. Excitement built as Team 80s took on Team 2000s. The 30 point lead in favor of Team 80s leveled the playing field just enough to help them earn the win. The consolation game was won by The 59-79ers and the championship game was won by Team 90s - by three points in over-time! The Alumni Association would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many alumni and friends who participated in the tournament as members of a team, volunteers, coaches, and spectators. A special thank you to tournament chairs Angie (Pernicone) Charipar (R90) and Brad Joens (R96), announcer and Booster Club president, Pat Collins (R83), and Alumni Board president, Ted Borelli (R88).

Kevin Joens (X99) & Matt Grobstich (X01) shake hands at the tournament.


Mark your calendars for 2009! Saturday, November 28!

Learn more at Click on Alumni Tournament.

Xavier Update

Saints Get In the Giving Groove

Xavier students “Celebrate Service” in a number of ways throughout the school year.

Thanksgiving Fast

The Xavier class of 2009 has a lot more than graduation on their mind! The class made the decision to focus their charitable efforts for the year toward the Kids Against Hunger program. This program raises money to buy food for starving children in third world countries. On Tuesday, November 18 nearly 250 students participated in a fast and donated the money they would normally spend on lunch to the Kids Against Hunger program. The students showed solidarity with the hungry as they reverently joined together in prayer. Between homecoming activities and the fast, students have raised enough money to provide 6,000 meals for starving children this year.

Angel Tree

Each November, Xavier students and faculty remember those less fortunate in the Cedar Rapids community through the Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree program benefits Tanager Place, a local non-profit organization, which provides services to children and families challenged by social and psychological needs. Christmas gifts for more than 150 children were provided by Xavier students and faculty in 2007 and 125 in 2008.

Mini Dance Marathon

On Saturday, January 31 Xavier students will once again, rally for a cause - this time, by dancing. The Mini-Dance Marathon, was first organized by Xavier students in January 2008 in honor of Xavier alumna Kira Carstensen (X05) who lost her life-long battle with cancer in March 2007. In 2008, students raised more than $13,000 in support of the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. This year, the students hope to increase their support to $15,000. For more information, contact Xavier Assistant Principal, Beth Globokar at (319) 294-6635.

Community Service Day ‘08

The 2009 Catholic Schools Week theme, “Celebrate Service,” is especially appropriate for the students and faculty at Xavier High School. “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow, Serving Forever” isn’t just a tag line for Xavier. It truly is a mission that drives our community.

Xavier seniors help clean up flood damage at Ushers Ferry on Service Day.

On October 29, Xavier students raked lawns and washed windows at more than 300 homes in the Cedar Rapids area in addition to assisting two parishes and local non-profit, Miracles in Motion. On the same day, more than 100 Xavier seniors assisted with flood recovery efforts at Usher’s Ferry; working side by side with AmeriCorp volunteers.

Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-added education for America’s young people. Catholic schools are proud of their educational network that emphasizes intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical, and social values in their students. The Xavier Campus Ministry team, including Janet Saterlee, Christine Hrncirik, and Fr. Dustin Vu work to provide a wide variety of opportunities for students to explore their spirituality including TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) and Kairos Retreats (Kairos is a Greek word meaning “The Lord’s Time”) as well as class retreats, weekly Mass, service projects and trips, among others. You are invited to join us in celebration of Xavier High School and other Catholic Schools at a Catholic Schools Week Mass on Tuesday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. in the Ron Thillen Gymnasium at Xavier High School. To view the Xavier High School calendar visit


alumni Class Reunions Using Facebook Social Networking Tool for Staying Connected Facebook is a free-access social networking Web site with more than 100 million active users worldwide. Facebook’s popularity is largely attributed to it’s user friendly format - allowing users to join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. Facebook Reunion Groups give you the opportunity to connect with classmates and share stories, pictures, and videos online. Our goal is to connect the alumni of LaSalle, Regis, and Xavier High Schools. All that’s needed to join Facebook is a valid e-mail address. To connect with classmates, friends or colleagues, use your school, work, or personal e-mail address to register. Once you register, join your LaSalle, Regis, or Xavier Reunion Group. Facebook allows individuals to control how they share their information and who can see it. Security measures set up by Facebook are such that people can only see the profiles of confirmed friends and the people in their networks. You can use the privacy setting at any time to control what others see on your Facebook profile. Facebook Reunion Groups have been created by the Foundation for the following: LaSalle - Regis - Xavier High School Alumni, LaSalle Reunions, Regis Reunions, and Xavier Reunions. To join the groups and begin networking with friends and classmates visit www. and click on the “Groups” button. Search using the Group names listed above. For more information about Facebook Reunion Groups (including instructions for setting up your own Facebook account) list and visit the Reunion page.


Please Join Us - Alumni Hall of Fame! Deb (Miller) Jacobs (R69) and Ladd Wessels (L88) On Friday, February 20, two outstanding alumni, Debbie (Miller) Jacobs (R69) and Ladd Wessels (L80) will be honored by induction into the LaSalle - Regis Xavier Alumni Hall of Fame. Debbie will be inducted as an Outstanding Alumni in recognition of her commitment to Catholic secondary education in Cedar Rapids and Ladd will be inducted as an Athlete in recognition of his athletic accomplishments at LaSalle and the University of Iowa. The induction ceremony will take place during half-time of the Xavier vs. Dubuque Senior varsity boys basketball game. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. and a reception honoring the inductees will immediately follow the game. Please join us in congratulating Debbie and Ladd and mark your calendars to attend the celebration on February 20! Learn more at

Xavier Remembers Dear Friends and Alumni James Cooney (R61) of Fort Wayne, Ind., died September 29, 2008. James is survived by his wife, Sherry; son, Juddson; brother, Timothy (R62); sisters, Mary (Cooney) Cooper (R67), and Anne (Cooney) Plescia (R69).

Kathryn (Fleischhacker) Smith (R61) of St. Paul, Mo., died May 5, 2008. Kathryn is survived by her husband, Jerry; children, Robert C. and Kathryn “Katie;” a sister, Mary Peterson; and brothers, Richard B. and Rudy J.

Sherrie ( Johnson) Zemrowski (L67) of Mitchellville, Mo., died November 7, 2008. Sherrie is survived by her husband, Kenneth; brother, Jerome; and sister, Peggy ( Johnson) Cason.

Ronald Balik (R68) of Portland, Ore., died August 7, 2008. Ronald is survived by his mother, Ludmila; a sister, Mary (Balik) English; brothers, Bob (R66) and Dan (R64).

Jacqueline ( Jirouch) Elliott (L64) of Woodstock, Ill., died June 29, 2008. Jacqueline is survived by a daughter, Megan; a son, Eric; grandchildren, Austin and Addyson; and two sisters, Dr. Janice Jirouch and Joyce ( Jirouch) Naaktgeboren (L66).

Jolene Baldridge (R71) of Tucson, Ariz. died June 22, 2008. Jolene is survived by her father, Joseph; brothers, Dennis (R65) and David (R68); sisters, Dianne (Baldridge) Bobey (R66) and Sheri (Baldridge) Kearney (R80); and a special friend, Jim Bell. John Hurych (R71) of Cedar Rapids, died November 2, 2008. John is survived by

brothers, Robert (R70) and William (R74); sister, Cathy (Hurych) Merta (R73).

Judy (Nierling) Rowles (L71) of Oxford, Ia died October 15, 2008. Judy is survived by her husband, Tom; a brother, Don; a sister, Jan (LS76); and a brother, Dan (LS79). Jeanne (McAvoy) Worth (R71) of Dallas, Tx., died August 6, 2008. Jeanne is survived by her husband, Bill; sons, Daniel and Brian; brothers, Michael (R68) and Daniel (R73); father, Robert; and stepmother, Camilla. David Schwers (R72) of Marion, Ia., died July 13, 2008. David is survived by his daughter, Charity; his mother, Leota; sisters, Patricia (Schwers) Ackerman (R71), and Paula Schwers (R74). Timothy Canney (L82) of Cedar Rapids died September 17, 2008. Timothy is survived by his wife, Lisa; daughter, Meghan; parents, Don and Gloria; two brothers, Kevin (L76) and Mike (LS88).

Andrea (Allen) Al-Shaar (L87) of Columbia, Mo., died October 27, 2008 following a long battle with cancer. Andrea is survived by her husband; two daughters; a son; her parents, Ron and Kathy Allen; and a brother Danny Allen.

Adam Fitzsimmons (X03) of Cedar Rapids died August 3, 2008. Adam is survived by his mother, Diana Meier; brothers Timothy ( Jennifer (R95)) Meier (R96), Christopher Meier (X01), and Andrew Meier (X02); a sister, Michelle Meier (R94); his father, Mark Fehlberg; grandparents, Enda Fitzsimmons and Andrean Fitzsimmons, and Carl and Virginia Fehlberg.

good news 1960s

Bonnie Brady Hoskins (R69) and her husband Richard are enjoying retirement and traveling often. They have recently traveled to Ghana, West Africa, Canada, and Mexico.


Kim Smith (R72) is employed as a manufacturer of industrial mobile computers with Intermec in Cedar Rapids.

Scott Hippert (R75) is currently living in Virgina where he serves as President of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.

David Huber (L78) and wife Kathleen reside in St. Charles, IL. They have three children: David (24), Jeanette (21), and Rachel (17).

Lynn Worley (R78) announces his position as Sales manager with International Paper in Ankeny, IA.

LaSalle - Regis - Xavier alumni

Resources with the City of Liberty, MO. Amy and her husband Benjamin have two children, Sam (4), and Molly (2). Troy Cord (R89) and wife Andrea announce the arrival of Gunnar Troy Cord, born on September 4, 2008. The Cord family resides in Papillion, NE. Kary (Sheridan) Daily (R89) and her husband Calvin reside in Leander, TX with sons Quinlan (9) and Lochlan (6).

Kristin (Valant) Scott (R89) and her husband David reside in Littleton, CO with sons Christian (9) and Owen (5).


Tim Semelroth (R90) of Riccolo & Semelroth in Cedar Rapids announces his position as President of the Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ). Tim and his wife Jennifer reside in Cedar Rapids.

Barb (McDermott) Giza (R79) is a Field Research Supervisor and, after many years of traveling across the country, is now working from home. Barb and her husband Bruce have five children and five granddaughters.

Brian Sullivan (R91) announces the completion of his MBA through the University of St. Thomas in September 2008. Brian is employed as a Group Leader with Connexus Energy in Maple Grove, MN where he resides with his wife Jennifer.


Nicholas O’Toole (R93) and Megan Hart were united in Marriage on March 15, 2008. The couple reside in Cedar Rapids.

Rhonda (Carter) Miller (L79) moved to Salem, OR in October after celebrating the marriage of her daughter, Deanne on August 11, 2080 in Jamaica.

Cherri Schmidt (L81) and Bert Thibodeaux were united in marriage on June 7, 2008 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.

Anne (Gruber) Thing (R83) is employed as a Technical Communications Manager with Eagle Technology Management, Inc. in Cedar Rapids where she resides with her children Jessica (student at Drake Univ.), Andrew (sophomore at Xavier), and Nicole (8th grade).

Paul Ryan Kenney (R85) announces his employment with Entertainment Partners – Los Angeles & New York City in Freelance Production Account – Feature Films & TV.

Joan Suppe (R86) and husband Sergio Machado announce the birth of triplet girls, Lelle, Bridget, and Kate on July 8, 2008. Amy (Blake) Brusven (L89) announces her position as the Director of Human

Eric Traynor (R91) announces his position as Counselor with West Des Moines Valley School in Urbandale, IA.

Charlie (R94) and Lisa (Rupp) Schimberg (R96) announce the birth of a son, Samuel Ryan, born October 3, 2008. Samuel is welcomed by a brother, Jack.

Chad and Angela (Wagner) Klosterman (L96) announce the birth of their second child, Lane Gordon, on May 16, 2008. Lane joins brother Kale. Doug Winger (R96) announces his position as Agent with Shelter Insurance in Cedar Rapids.

Bridget Overmann (R98) and Theodore Battistone were united in marriage on May 31, 2008 at All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. The couple reside in St. Joseph, MI.

Leilani Ahnay Mele Berinobis Smith (R98) and Casey O’Donnell (L97) were united in marriage on June 28, 2008 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.

Micki Spoden (X99) and Dale McCaw were united in marriage on July 18, 2008 in Lake Geneva, WI. Micki also announces her position as the Manager of Corporate Partnerships with the Children’s Museum of Denver.


Emily Anderson (X00) was united in marriage to Daniel Anderson on August 1, 2008 in Cedar Rapids. Emily also announces her position as an associate attorney with the firm of Riccolo & Semelroth, P.C. in Cedar Rapids.

Maria Johnson (X00) and Douglas Dees were united in marriage on May 23, 2008. Maria is employed as the Associate Director of community health programs at the American Diabetes Association of Colorado. Maria and Douglas reside in Denver. Benjamin Spahn (X00) and Eva Merian were united in marriage on April 19, 2008 at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Daytona Beach, FL.

Theodore Peterson (X01) and wife Haley announce the arrival of their daughter Lola Anne born August 29, 2008. The Peterson family reside in Columbus, GA.

Tracie Hingtgen (X02) and Jason Marshall were united in marriage on July 25, 2008 at All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.

Leanne Plotz (X02) and Brett Hazllett were united in marriage on August 30, 2008 at St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Danielle Konicek (X03) and Scott McGrath were united in marriage on September 15, 2007 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Sarah Kornblum (X03) announces her graduation from Creighton University in 2007 and her position as a Registered Nurse with Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Jessica O’Connor (X03) and Benjamin Wagner were united in marriage on July 24, 2008 in Cornucopia, WI. The couple resides in Zwingle, IA.

Honora Schultes (X04) and John Swift were united in marriage on July 26, 2008 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.


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Most. Rev. Jerome Hanus, OSB, STL William McCartan John Cleavenger Conrad Baumler Rev. Philip Thompson Jody Ruff


Brian A’Hearn Jean Marie Brady, BVM Michele Busse Brenda Clancy Tom Keating Dan Lynch Steve Ridge Cynthia Sueppel Fred Timko Mark Watson

Board Emeritus Robert C. Erusha Michael Stallman Gary Streit

Dr. John Wollner

Dr. John Wollner was recognized as an “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser” by the Eastern Iowa chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) on November 13, 2008.

Dr. Wollner was the Capital Campaign Chair of the St. Matthew Parish’s successful $6.5 million capital camapaign. Dr. Wollner was also recognized as Man of the Year by the St. Matthew Holy Name Society and has been recognized by the American Cancer Society for outstanding volunteer activities. Dr. Wollner has successfully chaired several fundraising campaigns including the 2008 Xavier Foundation Business Appeal and has been honored by both the Cedar Rapids and Waterloo Family Practice Residency programs as Preceptor of the Year.

Zach Johnson (R94) and his wife Kim were recognized as “Outstanding Individual Philanthropists” by the Eastern Iowa chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Zach and Kim Johnson (AFP) on November 13, 2008.

For the fourth year, Zach and his wife Kim have partnered with AEGON USA on the Birdies That Care program, a fundraising partnership benefiting area charities including Tanager Place, Waypoint, Community Free Health Clinic, and Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids.

Zach says his life’s work - “chasing around a little white ball” would mean little to him if he and Kim couldn’t use it to help others.


Xavier Foundation Common Thread January 2009  

Xavier Foundation Common Thread Newsletter January, 2009

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