Class Notes

Class Notes

Compiled and edited by Margie Meyer

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Sam Padfield (BA-49, MA-50), Hot Springs, Ark., won a gold medal in tennis doubles and a bronze in singles in the 85–89 age division at the 2011 Summer National Senior Games in Houston (formerly Senior Olympics).


Larry Anderson (BA-56, MA-63), Portland, Ore., taught physical education and coached in Colorado for eight years before accepting an assignment to manage employee recreation programs with an oil and construction corporation in Libya. He also led recreational athletic programs for the Saudi Air Force and supervised other athletic and recreational programs for servicemen and women in Turkey. Larry worked until 2011 greeting guests and handling valet services at The Mallory Hotel. He is a regular at Bears road games in Portland.

Lily Rosqueta Rosales (EdD-59), Quezon City, Philippines, was named 2011 Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of guidance and counseling by the Republic of the Philippines Professional Regulation Commission.


Wes Cook (BS-61), Newburg, Ore., was recognized by the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association for 50 years of coaching track and field, cross country, basketball, football, and wrestling. He retired in 2006 from George Fox University and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame the same year. Ninety-seven of the athletes he coached at GFU earned more than 200 All-American honors. Since retirement, Wes assists at St. Paul High School.

Doug Vap (BA-62), McCook, Neb., was reappointed for a third five-year term as Commissioner for the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics. Doug has been instrumental in promoting the 81 public use airports in Nebraska and has maintained one of the best pavement condition indexes of any state.DiSibio

Ralph DiSibio (BA-63) (right), Aiken, S.C., was appointed to The Conti Group’s board of advisors in March. Ralph has more than four decades of business leadership experience with Washington Group International, Parsons Power Group and Westinghouse. Author of Reel Lessons in Leadership, he provides leadership training for major corporations and organizations, including the U.S. Navy.

Allen Bauer (BA-64) and Patricia (Foos) Bauer (BA-64), Peoria, Ariz., are retired teachers. Allen coached baseball and football and taught high school and junior college mathematics for 39 years. He was elected to the Arizona High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006. Pat retired after 25 years of teaching elementary school.

James Cantrell (MA-65), Bardstown, Ky., was featured in a display of liturgical art at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in March. The exhibit included Jim’s stoneware objects and three oil paintings. In April, Jim again took first in watercolor at the plein air competition in New Harmony, Ind., for his “Abandoned Barn” painting. Jim’s work “The Psychic and Her Assistant” was also featured at the Butler Institute of American Art. (View artwork)

Norman Hoffmeister (MA-65), St. Louis, Mo., retired in 1992 after teaching art for 36 years at Webster Groves High School. He is a recognized regional artist in the St. Louis area.

Lloyd Kinnison (BA-65, MA-66), Denton, Texas, retired in July from Texas Woman’s University, where he served as professor of special education for 20 years. For his service to the state and children with disabilities, Lloyd earned the Katheryn Varner Service Award from the Texas Council for Exceptional Children.

Patrick Moriarity (BA-67), Highlands Ranch, is an agent for Farmer’s Insurance. He was inducted into the East High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 and named the 80th greatest athlete in the Denver Metro area in Great Book of Denver Sports List, co-authored by Irv Brown (BA-57). He played in the minor leagues for the Cincinnati Reds for two years and continues to play “over 50” baseball.

Connie Willis (BA-67), who was recently inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, earned her 11th Hugo Award, eighth Nebula Award and 11th Locus Poll Award for her two-volume set Blackout/All Clear.

Rod Summit (BA-68), Colorado Springs, was one of 15 local authors featured in the Pikes Peak Library District’s annual Mountain of Authors in April.


Charles West (BM-71), Mechanicsville, Va., received the School of Arts Faculty Award of Excellence. He is professor of music and coordinator of winds and percussion at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Rich Froid (MA-72), Kearney, Neb., retired in 2000 after 28 years of teaching political science, American history and world geography in Kearney public schools. He began the Advanced Placement American history program at Kearney and was its only teacher until his retirement. Since 1978, Rich has owned a piano tuning and repair business. He has worked on pianos in 13 states.

Gerry Saunders (BA-72), Unity, Maine, is the director of teacher education at Unity College. He received the 2011 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Association for Science Teacher Education for his work with pre-service and in-service science teacher and biology education graduate students.

Jerry Durkop (BA-73, MA-91), Grand Junction, retired after a 32-year teaching career. He finished his career at DeBeque School District 49-JT in western Colorado as special educator, physical educator, coordinator of the gifted and talented program, and cross country and track and field coach.

Marilyn (Miyake) Murakami (BA-74), Burlingame, Calif., is the assistant branch chief for bioengineering at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Moffett Field. She has been with NASA for 24 years. Senty

David Senty (MA-74) (right), Aldie, Va., retired from the Air Force Reserve, after more than 38 years of service. He was instrumental in developing the new United States Cyber Command — a system essential to national security that operates and defends the critical networks of the Department of Defense. David is now a senior technical operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Glenda Burnside (MA-75), Littleton, was an educational diagnostician for Jefferson County Schools in Golden and created a gold-standard curriculum for learning-disabled and emotionally challenged children. She has had experiences teaching in Germany, Italy and Ireland, and backpacking through Eastern and Western Europe.

Don McCormick (MA-75), Levelland, Texas, retired in 2011. He was a public school counselor in Levelland since 1976. Chitwood

James Chitwood (PhD-76) (right), Oshkosh, Wis., was honored with the 2011 Association of College and University Housing Officers-International Award. Retired from UW-Oshkosh, he received the award for his continued contributions to the collegiate housing profession.

Patricia Peri (BA-76), Denver, worked for 30 years in public relations and marketing — including agency, corporate, resort hospitality, broadcasting, public television, government and retail. Since 2005, she cared for her mother full time. Patricia is now looking forward to returning to the workforce.

JuhlRon Juhl (BA-77) (left), Springfield, Va., works for the Transportation Security Administration and is one of the original members of the organization’s Transportation-Senior Executive Service. He proudly displayed his support for UNC on a recent visit to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Easter Island and Machu Picchu. (See his photos online)

Deborah Salmon (BS-78), Bossier City, La., was promoted to deputy controller for the newly established Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Margaret (Bettinger) Weiland (MA-79), Denver, represents Fortune 500 companies as a consultant.


Hugh Alexander (MA-81), Denver, is a professor of illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. He is an automotive illustrator working for racing teams and car magazines throughout Europe and the United States. Hugh recently hiked the Colorado Trail twice — from Denver to Durango and back.

George Davis (EdD-81), Moorhead, Minn., retired in May as professor of science education after 21 years at Minnesota State University. He served as the director of the Regional Science Center, a science outreach program that provided ecology and observational astronomy programs for 23,000 K-12 students and their teachers, college students, and the general public each year. George’s 43-year career included teaching at Emporia State University in Kansas and high school science in Iowa.

Richard Gerber (MS-81), Roswell, Ga., owns a consulting business that provides services to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He retired from the military following 30 years of service with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Greenberg

Elinor “Ellie” Greenberg, (EdD-81) (right), Centennial, was honored with Regis University’s highest honor — the Civis Princeps (First Citizen) Award at the university’s spring commencement. Her work in higher education spans nearly six decades. She continues to write and has authored, co-authored or edited more than 300 published and unpublished articles and nine books. Her extensive collection, The Elinor Miller Greenberg Papers, is housed at Regis library.

Jeffrey Jacko (BA-81), Livingston, Texas, is retired. He and his wife of 34 years have been “RVers” for six years, spending their winters in south Texas and summers in northern Idaho.

Bergin Michaels (BA-81), New York City, portrayed the character Crooks in “Of Mice and Men” at Chenagno River Theatre.

Kathy (McCartney) Schneider (BA-81, MA-84), Albuquerque, teaches visually impaired and blind students in Santa Fe and Taos. Her husband, Mark Schneider (BS-80, MA-88), teaches fifth grade in Albuquerque. Tormey

Jim Tormey (BA-82) (right), Roanoke, Ind., graduated in May with a Master of Divinity degree from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. He is pastor of Seminary United Methodist Church at Roanoke.

Mary Ann Domico (BA-85), Loveland, and Lois Marth (BS-76), Fort Morgan, own the Donut Haus in Loveland and recently expanded their offerings to include handmade confectionery, chocolates and specialty cakes. Mary Ann and Lois were featured on the front page of the Loveland Connection of the Fort Collins Coloradoan in March.

Jeff Staab (BA-86), Thornton, works for Enterprise Products, a natural gas gathering and processing company headquartered in Houston. As a natural gas scheduler in the Denver location, he manages assets in New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. Jeff was vice president and president of Trailside Saloon, a business he owned with his parents until 2005.

Gregory J. Anton (BS-87), CPA, was named chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the world’s largest organization representing the profession.

Montgomery Gabrys (BA-89), Phoenix, is a web design director for Village Voice Media. He worked for Quark, Pulitzer Publishing, Echostar, Dish Network, TBWA\Chiat\Day and other Silicon Valley start-up companies. He was also a disc jockey for KJMC radio station.


Kenneth Hamrick (MA-92), La Junta, is the sports editor at the La Junta Tribune-Democrat.

Larry Johnson (MPH-93), Decatur, Ga., was re-elected to serve a third term as the District 3 Commissioner for DeKalb County. He serves as the presiding officer of the DeKalb Board of Commissioners and vice chair of the Healthy Counties Advisory Board for the National Association of Counties.

Reginald Hardwick (BA-94), Fort Worth, is the morning executive producer at KXAS-TV, the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth. A five-time Lone Star Chapter Emmy winner, he is also the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award and the National Association of Black Journalists Award.

Thomas Smith (BA-94), Eastlake, Ohio, and his wife, Paula, announced the birth of their first child, Megan Rose, who was born in May.

Brad Mundine (BA-97), Verona, Wis., is a regional manager for Cuna Mutual Insurance Group. He has an MBA from Regis University.

Mark Cunningham (BS-98) and Leisha (Miyaji) Cunningham (BA-00), Waipahu, Hawaii, announced the birth of a daughter, Emily, in May 2011. Mark works at Hawaii National Bank in Honolulu as a marketing and sales coordinator. Leisha is an English teacher at Highlands Intermediate School in Pearl City.


Christin (Hillyer) Spaulding (BA-00, MA-02), Highlands Ranch, has been teaching for the past nine years. Christin and her husband, John Spaulding (BS-03), have one son.

Brendan Curran (BM-01), Odenton, Md., enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 2008. He is a staff sergeant in the Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, the musical ambassadors of the Army, based at Fort Meade near Washington, D.C. Brendan is also a member of the Men’s Choir of the Washington National Cathedral. He received a master of music degree in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore in 2007.

Michael Ozols (BA-01), Conroe, Texas, is a captain in the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps, stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He has been stationed in South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Alaska, Tennessee, California, Alabama, Texas and the Republic of Korea. Michael completed a 16-month combat tour of Iraq in 2005–06.

Heather (Evagelatos) Robertson (BA-01), Arvada, works for United Healthcare. In March, she and her husband, Joshua, welcomed their second daughter, Carmella.

Stephen Michalik (BA-03, MA-05), Kahului, Hawaii, taught middle and high school mathematics at the Universal American School of Dubai for the past two years. He was promoted to become the school’s athletic director and will return to Dubai for another three years. He previously spent four years teaching at an American school in Colombia.

Susan Davis (BA-05), Hampton, Tenn., works as a procedure scheduler for Mountain States Cardiology and volunteers as an advisor for Alpha Omicron Pi at Appalachian State University. She is working on a master’s degree in human resource development at Tusculum College.

Jessica Mueller (BA-05), Nashville, Tenn., is an assistant professor of costume design at Belmont University in Nashville.

Brian Remington (BA-05), Boca Raton, Fla., is the head strength and conditioning coach for football at Florida Atlantic University and continues to work with the men’s and women’s basketball programs. He worked at Arizona State University with the sports performance staff and served as assistant strength and conditioning coach at State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned a master’s degree in applied physiology.

Jennifer Smith (BS-05), Littleton, earned an MBA from Colorado Christian University. She also works as a student service specialist in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Ari Zandman-Zeman (BS-05), Durham, N.C., owns Rubberbanditz, which offers an affordable, portable exercise solution that uses resistance bands. Zandman-Zeman developed the system after he joined the Peace Corps and needed a strength-training program that was practical for working abroad.

Jessica Foulsham (BA-06), Denver, works with the guest relations team for the Denver Broncos and hopes to someday work full time for the National Football League.

Hillary Grant (BA-06), San Diego, received a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in April 2011.

Shannon Burke (BS-07), Colorado Springs, is an exercise specialist at Cardiodiagnostics.

William Heyborne (PhD-07), Sioux City, Iowa, was one of three Morningside College faculty members to receive the 2010 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award for teaching excellence, effective advising, scholarship and service. The award provides a $10,000 honorarium and $3,000 for faculty development. The assistant professor of biology has taught at Morningside since 2007. (Editor’s Note: Heyborne’s entry was omitted from the last edition of Class Notes and his name inadvertently included in In Memory.)

Nathan Jones (BA-07), Mesa, Ariz., has joined Teach For America’s 2011 teaching corps. After four years in musical theater, he teaches elementary school in Las Vegas.

Sallie Kautter (MA-07), Durango, was named 2010–11 Elementary Staff Person of the Year by the Durango Foundation for Education Excellence for her work as a school counselor in the Durango 9-R School District.

Kimbre Clark (BS-09), Pueblo, has been teaching middle school mathematics for the past three years.

Madison Johnson (BM-09), Fort Collins, graduated in 2011 with a master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory and plans to continue work on a graduate performance diploma.

Matthew Parker (BA-09), Topeka, Kan., is a student at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka. He taught English in Thailand from January 2009 to July 2010.

Tristan Johnson (BA-10), Westminster, completed U.S. Navy basic training in March at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Robert Lind (BA-10), Greeley, teaches U.S. history and world geography at Highland RE-9 High School in Ault. He serves as head track and field coach for the Huskies.

Jake Mendes (BA-10), Lakewood, was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award in Outstanding Ensemble for his work in “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Matt Smiley (MM-10), Fort Collins, recorded an album titled “Quartet Art” that reached No. 21 on the bestselling jazz list on iTunes. The album was recorded at UNC’s studio and involved Matthew Coyle (MM-09), Mechanicsville, Va., and several other musicians from the East Coast and Greeley.

Rachael Elliott (BA-11), Aurora, was commissioned by the Department of Aerospace Studies/Air Force ROTC as second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in May.

Ethan Rego (BA-11), Colorado Springs, was commissioned by the Department of Aerospace Studies/Air Force ROTC as second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in May.


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