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November 18, 2016

David A. Wilkerson (MA ’51, BA ’49), Fort Collins, President CASSP; Chairman-NCA Commission on Secondary Schools; President-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Founding Principal Pueblo South High Schools; Over Seas Evaluator of NCA – DoD Secondary Schools.

Robert “Inge” Ingebritson (BA ’58), Lewisville, Texas, cooked meals for the homeless for 28 years. That equates to almost 11,000 gallons of stew.

Lily Rosqueta Rosales (Ed.D ’59), Quezon City, Philippines, was honored by the Holy Child Colleges of Butan City during an international scientific forum and workshop with the launching of the Dr. Lily Rosqueta Rosales Scholarship Grant. The scholarship grant will be made available to those pursuing a master of arts in guidance.

Jean Genasci (MA ’63) and James Genasci (Ed.D ’60), Highlands Ranch, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in December 2015.

Class of 1966, Greeley, celebrated their 50th Class Year Reunion October 21-22 during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

Phil Woods (BA ’68), Lakewood, published To Understand, a collection of his poems from 1981-2015.

Fred G. Waiss (BA ’72), Prairie Du Chien, Wisc., wrote a fantasy novel, Prophecy of Honor, published in June 2015 and will have another, Witchery, published in the fall of 2016. He also has a two-volume novel that takes place at UNC circa 1970 under consideration by a publisher.

Cynthia Gray (BA ’73), Fort Collins, produced and directed a film, Taking Flight that captures the unique innovation-driven, respect-oriented learning environment at The Logan School for Creative Learning, based in Denver.

Davalynn Spencer (BA ’77), Canon City, landed on two national bestseller lists with her latest novella, The Wrangler’s Woman in Barbour’s The Cowboy’s Bride collection. Named the number eight pick by Publisher’s Weekly in religious fiction for the week of April 11, 2016 and number five for April with the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association.

Michael Bierwiler (MA ’79), Bedford, Texas, released his eighth novel, Lies that Kill the Soul. It is the first time he personally translated his own work for publication in Spanish, Mentiras que matan el alma, and French, Mensonge qui tuent l’ame.

Captain Sully
Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, portrayed by Tom Hanks in the recently released film Sully, earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC in 1980 — 29 years before he became internationally known as the “hero of the Hudson” for captaining a disabled commercial airliner during an emergency landing Jan. 15, 2009, on the river in Manhattan. All 155 aboard survived.

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Mackie Faye Hill (Ed.D ’84), Sanford, N.C., wrote her second book Black Army Brat, which is a depiction of her life stories. Hill formerly served as a UNC dorm director and psychology instructor.



Thomas J. Church (BA ’85), Santa Fe, N.M., was appointed to the New Mexico Border Authority by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

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Captain John Charles “Pirate” Watson (BA ’84) Tucson, Ariz., serving Command at Shore – US Navy.

Kimberly McCord (MME ’85, DME ’99), Bloomington, Ill., teaches music education and special music education at Illinois State University. McCord also teaches rock bands at the ISU laboratory school for children and adults with disabilities.  

Stephen “Steve” Soich (BME ’89), Littleton, completed his first year as Dean of Students at Sobesky Academy, an alternative school in Jefferson County serving students with emotional disabilities.

Jo Elizabeth Pinto (BS ’92), Brighton, saw her book titled, The Bright Side of Darkness, win in two categories of the 2016 Next Generation Independent Book Awards: Inspirational Fiction and First Novel Over 80,000 words.

Jill Ann (Vlasin) Adams (BA ’93), Fountain Valley, Calif., was chosen as Middle School Principal of the Year for the state of California.

Anissa Sue (Guzman) Buhring (BS ’93, MS ’01), Evans, earned a PhD in nursing from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in May 2015. She is currently a UNC tenure track assistant professor in nursing.

Matthew Jockers (MA ’93), Lincoln, Neb., is an associate professor of English and associate dean for Research and Global Engagement in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska.

Vicki Lynne Burrichter (MM ’94, DA ’03), Colorado Springs, serves as the artistic director for the Boulder Chorale and conducts SOAR!, a youth and adult choir that mentors foster, adopted and at-risk youth.


Lenny Klaver (Ed.D ’94), Houghton, Mich., was named president of North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri.

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Thomas Leonard Smith (BA ’94), Eastlake, Ohio, is a financial management analyst with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Cleveland, Ohio.


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Alumna named Denver Center for the Performing Arts CEO
UNC political science alumna Janice Sinden (BA ’97) of Evergreen recently assumed the leadership role of president and CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the nation’s largest non-profit theater organization. Sinden joins DCPA after five years as chief of staff to Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, a role with oversight of 11,000 city employees and a $1.5 billion budget. “I’m ready to grab the baton and join this incredible team as we run toward a common goal.” 


Rocko DeLuca (MA ’01), Davis, Calif., named UC Davis deputy athletic director.

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Mark D. Denis (BM ’03), Novato, Calif., recently licensed music for the theatrical advertising campaigns of Money Monster, Hardcore Henry, and The Martian. He is currently finishing an epic trailer music album release titled, On the Epic Edge, which recorded live at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Bradley K. Evans (BA, ’04), Syracuse, Utah,  was promoted to major in June 2015 and assigned to the 729th Air Control Squadron at Hill AFB in Ft. Stewart, Ga.

Thomas P. Koziara (BA ’04), Niles, Ill., published his book titled, The Theoretical Foundations of History.

Ryan J. McCoy (BA ’04, MA ’06), Westminster, was elected to serve as a school board director for Westminster Public Schools, the youngest person elected to the board.

Chad Chisholm (BA ’05, BA ’08), Denver, recently opened C2 Studios Denver, a commercial photography studio. He is currently producing marketing materials for Red Robin, Jenny Craig, KEEPTIGHT, Event Rents and Curves.

Robert Mills (BA ’06), New York, N.Y., accepted the assistant stage manager position at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

Jessica M. Montoya (BA ’09), Englewood, graduated from New York Medical College in May 2016 and immediately began her anesthesiology residency.

Lindsay (Skarda) Malloy (BA ’10), Colorado Springs, is an events marketing manager for IBM Watson.

Sonja Baker (BA ’11), Parker, is a certified advocate for people with disabilities.

Laura Ann Newman (BS ’11), Columbia, S.C., was promoted to captain, U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps and is currently serving as the chief, Nutrition Care Division at Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, S.C.

Krista M. Griffin (BA ’93, MA ’05, Ed.D ’12), Greeley, published Listening to the Voices of Boys. Griffin is currently on tenure track at Metropolitan State University in Denver.

Megan M. O’Dorsio (BA ’12), Denver, is a kindergarten teacher at Cherry Creek School District.

Tyler Joseph Barnes (BME ’14), formerly of Pueblo, works in an Inuit community 33 miles above the Arctic Circle. His choir performed for the arrival of President Obama in September.

Zant L. Reyez (BA ’14), Greeley, was awarded the Rising Star Award by the Colorado Press Association. He was nominated by fellow UNC alumnus Matthew Lubich (BA ’86), Johnstown.

Sara A. Kramer (BA ’14), Colorado Springs, was hired as a special education teacher for Douglas County School District.