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Dick Zeleny (BA-50, MA-55), Pueblo, is retired from the Department of Student Services at CSU-Pueblo. Dick and his wife Naomi have been married for 62 years. He enjoys swimming and competing in the Rocky Mountain Senior Games and the Wyoming Olympics.

Florence (Iida) Fanning (BA-53), Kaneohe, Hawaii, and her husband Harry have three daughters, 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Forrest “Frosty” Westering (MA-60, EdD-66), Tacoma, Wash., has been named the 2013 recipient of the American Football Coaches Association’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. Frosty’s many honors during his 41-year career include being named coach of the year a number of times and induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame, Iowa Collegiate Hall of Fame, the World Humanitarian Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. He retired as head coach at Pacific Lutheran University following the 2003 season with a record of 305-96-7.

Dwayne Trembly (BA-62), Cheyenne, was published in Two Cylinder magazine in February with a picture of his tractor fleet.

James Cantrell (MA-65), Bardstown, Ky., exhibited a watercolor collection, The Barn Revisited/Vanishing Americana, at the Bardstown Gallery in late 2012. A portion of the proceeds were directed to Preservation Kentucky, an organization devoted to preserving buildings, structures and sites in the state of Kentucky.

Reed Sundine (BA-66), Parker, planned and organized the 2013 ‘65-’66 AFROTC Reunion July 12-14. The three-day event features a luncheon in Castle Rock with speaker Pete Wilkinson, USAF Col (Ret.), a post-lunch gathering at the home of Tom Quinlan (BA-66, MA-75), Conifer, a tour of the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, a visit to the Tiny Town Railroad and Park in Morrison and the reunion finale at Reed’s home. For more information, contact Reed at reedsundine@me.com.


Leo Pauls (EdD-71), Emporia, Kan., works as a Development Director at Emporia Christian School and is responsible for fund raising, grant writing and marketing.

Steve Keim (MA-75), Fort Wayne, Ind., was named Volunteer of the Year by National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) during the 2012 VOAD Conference in Norfolk, Va. Steve was selected “for exemplifying the core values of the VOAD Movement: Coordination, Cooperation, Communication and Collaboration.” He also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, facilitated by Points of Light and presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Steve has served with Brethren Disaster Ministries, a ministry of the Church of the Brethren, at disaster recovery projects in Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana and Alabama.

Marc Lunde (BA-77), Denver, joined Avison Young as a principal in March. A 27-year veteran of the Denver commercial real estate market, Marc has managed a portfolio of national and local clientele, specializing in large branch and headquarters solutions.

Anita Fleming-Rife (BA-79, MA-90), Greeley, received the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award from The Education Center, a Denver area nonprofit provider of training and programs supporting African-American education. Anita was a professor at UNC, 1995-1998 and 2008-2010, and now serves as special assistant to President Kay Norton for Equity and Diversity. She previously held teaching positions and was involved in issues of diversity and inclusiveness at Penn State University and Southern Illinois University, and held communications management positions with the United Nations.


Monika Vischer (BA-89), Lakewood, hosted the UNC Arts Gala in February. Vischer joined Colorado Public Radio in 1990 and currently presents Classical Music Middays on the station. Monika serves as board chair of Sistema Colorado, an organization that uses music as a tool to teach impoverished children self-esteem and encourage them and their parents to become involved in their schools.


Brenda French (BS-90), Thornton, is a recipient of the Five Star Wealth Manager Award for 2012. An 18-year veteran of public accounting in the Denver-metro area, Brenda recently launched her own public accounting practice in Westminster.

Patty (Kacka) Laushman (BA-90), Arvada, sold her company, The Uptime Group, to Nexus Technologies of Centennial, after nine years in business. She led The Uptime Group as CEO, providing computer and network support to small-to-medium-sized businesses in the Denver/Boulder area.

Barbara Galgano (MA-93), Arvada, and Joanne (Hawk) Leary (BA-54), Cambridge, Mass., first met at the wedding of a mutual friend in Cape Cod, Mass., in July. While their college days were separated by nearly 40 years, they enjoyed sharing stories about UNC.

Chris Caesar (BA-93), Austin, Texas, works for Johns Hopkins University as an Instructional Facilitator for School and Student Support Services with Talent Development Secondary.

Christian Hanna (MPH-94), Haslett, Mich., completed a Ph.D. in medical sciences from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. His thesis, “Going Unlicensed: Related Behaviors and Car Crash Experience Among Young Drivers,” was based on studies in the United States and Sweden.

Liz Hickson-Hardy (BS-96, MS-01), Hermantown, Minn., is studying for a DNP degree at the University of Minnesota while working at Essentia Health in Duluth. Her project, which supports her personal mission, is decreasing the use rate of antipsychotic medications on long-term care patients with dementia.

William “Billy” Walker (EdD-96), Colorado Springs, was appointed the director of athletics and recreation at American University in Washington, D.C. Billy previously served as deputy director of athletics at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Brian Davidson (BA-99), Arvada, is assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Brian earned his M.D. and MBA degrees from CU, where he also completed residency training in anesthesiology.


Brad Nelson (MA-00), Fort Collins, was named Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year during the 2012 Colorado Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance awards ceremony. Brad is an adapted physical education teacher in the Thompson School District (Loveland). He is involved with Special Olympics, supervises adapted recreation activities in the area, coaches club sports and works with the City of Fort Collins to provide adapted recreation opportunities.

Karen Rowan (MA-00), Colorado Springs, was featured in the October issue of ColoradoBiz magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals. Karen is the chair of the foreign language department at Colorado Springs Schools and has taught Spanish since 1995. She owns Fluency Fast Language Classes.

Paul Watkins (BS-00), Breckenridge, joined the Wells Fargo Larimer County team as senior business relationship manager. Paul has been with Wells Fargo since 2006.

Kurt Gartner (DA-01), Manhattan, Kan., serves as Professor of Music, associate director of the School of Music and director of the Music Program at Kansas State University. He previously was special assistant to the Provost, coordinator of the KSU Peer Review of Teaching Program, Big 12 Faculty Fellow and Tilford Fellow.

Stephen Caldwell (BME-02), Wynnewood, Pa., was appointed director of Choral Activities and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas.

Mandy Jesser (BA-02, MA-05), Pierce, was featured as one of the Top Most Influential Young Professionals in the October issue of ColoradoBiz magazine. Mandy is a senior private banker with First Western Trust and a registered paraplanner since 2011.

Sara Vosberg (BS-04) and Aaron Harris (MS-06), Fort Collins, were married in June.

Chad Chisholm (BA-05, BA-08), Denver, published a 10-page story in Wild Junket magazine. His words and photos follow four itineraries during travel to Cambodia in early 2012. Chad had the opportunity to work with Diana Gross, National Geographic’s Traveler of the Year, while volunteering at the Ponheary Ly Foundation near Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Breann Westmore (BA-05), Mesa, Ariz., is Regional Director of Community Education for Health Teachers at the Arizona Department of Education.

Sophia Effler (BA-08), Aspen, is the recipient of the 2013 Mary Hull Award from Poudre School District in Fort Collins. The award recognizes outstanding educators, administrators and volunteers who support students in special education programs through the school district. Sophia is an Integrated Services teacher and department head at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School.

Daniel Fasciani (BA-08), Fort Collins, works for New York Life and plays guitar in a band. He previously worked for Vail Resorts and Breck Sports Rentals and managed a painting franchise in Breckenridge.

Christina Golovanoff (BA-08) is serving in the United States Coast Guard on the USCG Mellon, stationed out of Seattle.

Kelly Lambert (BA-08), Longmont, earned a master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Argosy University in 2010 and was promoted to an academic advisor position.

Adele Mayne (BME-08, MM-11), Washington, D.C., is a clarinetist with the U.S. Navy Concert Bank. She previously was the clarinet instructor in UNC’s School of Music and performed with orchestras in the area.

Megan Haggerty (BA-09) Golden, accepted an assignment with the L’Arche Chicago, where she works with adults with disabilities. Megan previously worked as a mental health counselor.


Hannah Porter (BS-10), Parker, was crowned Miss Colorado 2012. Throughout her reign, she served as a goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network in Colorado and promoted her personal platform, which supports the Kiwanis International Organization.

Edgar Gallegos (BS-11), Denver, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Matthew Kennedy (BA-11), Greeley, joined the Peace Corps and departed for Madagascar in March. He is a health educator working on HIV/AIDS prevention and malaria control.

Sarah Wiens (BA-12), Sedalia, was named Miss Rodeo Colorado for 2013. Sarah won the title in a four-day pageant held during the Greeley Stampede in July, winning the horsemanship and personality awards, as well as scoring the highest on the written test. Her reign began at Denver’s National Western Stock Show in January.

Degree Decoder: B.A. - Bachelor of Arts; B.S. - Bachelor of Science; B.M. - Bachelor of Music; B.M.E. - Bachelor of Music Education; M.A. - Master of Arts; M.S. - Master of Science; M.M. - Master of Music; M.P.H. - Master of Public Health; Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy; Psy.D. - Doctor of Psychology; Ed.D. - Doctor of Education; D.A. - Doctor of Arts; D.N.P.-Doctor of Nursing Practice; Ed.S. - Educational Specialist


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