Iowa Alumni Magazine | August 2014 | Notes

Class Notes August 2014

By IAM Staff

* denotes membership in the UI Alumni Association.


Kaitlyn L. Adams *, 12PHR, is a pharmacist with the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Heath R. Edwards *, 12BA, is an electronic medical records programmer for the Cerner healthcare information technology company in Kansas City, Missouri.

Van T. Everett, 12JD, an attorney with the Whitfield & Eddy law firm in Des Moines, received recognition at the 2014 Polk County Bar Association Bench and Bar luncheon for his pro bono work.

Russell P. Guay *, 11PhD, is an assistant professor of management at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Zac L. Latcham *, 12BSE, is a medical device reporting specialist at Medtronic in Minneapolis.

Joseph H. McFarlane, 13JD, is an associate with the Reno & Zahm law firm in Rockford, Illinois.

Kayla P. Otero-Dettman *, 12BA, is a fifth-grade teacher for the Davenport Community School District in Davenport, Iowa.

Sean D. Phelan *, 10BBA, is a student at the Loyola University Chicago College of Law.

Lindsay N. Supple *, 11BBA, is a corporate event consultant for Cambridge Investment Research in Fairfield, Iowa.


Philip C. Blumberg *, 01BA, 04MHA, clinical operations administrator for Des Moines University, has been named to Business Record's 2014 Forty Under 40 list.

Blake W. Buchan, 09PhD, is an assistant pathology professor at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a certified diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology.

Nicholas O. Cooper, 01BBA, an attorney with the Whitfield & Eddy law firm in Des Moines, received recognition at the 2014 Polk County Bar Association Bench and Bar luncheon for his pro bono work.

Meg Flenker *, 03MBA, is a landscape architect for Flenker Land Architecture Consultants in Long Grove, Iowa.

William H. Garrett Jr. *, 00BA, is a financial representative for TransAmerica in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Samuel E. Jones, 08JD, is an attorney at the Shuttleworth & Ingersoll law firm in Cedar Rapids.

Susanna C. Kalnes, 06BA, a public relations business owner, fitness trainer, TV host, and motivational speaker, recently returned to the University of Iowa to speak to the Greek community about "Thriving by 30."

Keriann T. Kordas *, 06BSN, is a nurse practitioner in inpatient stem cell transplant at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago.

Julie A. Baskerville McKennedy, 01BA, is project manager supervisor at the Integer Group marketing agency in Lakewood, Colorado.

Marcelo A. Mena-Carrasco, 03MS, 07PhD, undersecretary of the environment in Chile, received the University of Iowa's 2013 International Impact Award.

Brenton D. Teeling, 07JD, is a shareholder with the Menn Law Firm in Wisconsin.


Gina Arquilla DeBoni, 97BA, an attorney with Romanucci & Blandin law firm in Chicago, has been recognized as one of the SuperLawyers Rising Stars of 2013 in the Illinois Super Lawyers Top Women Edition.

Robert J. Emanuel, 91BA, is principal at the Much Shelist law firm in Chicago and serves on the board of directors of the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League.

Barbara Anstey Hoerner *, 90JD, is an attorney, corporate counsel, and chief compliance officer with Progressive Financial Services in Tempe, Arizona.

Nathan W. Lamb, 97BBA, an attorney with the Ulmer & Berne law firm in Chicago, has been named a Rising Star in the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Justin D. McBride *, 96BS, coastal project manager for the Lee County Division of Natural Resources Marine Programs in Fort Myers, Florida, recently received Sea Tow's Golden Life Jacket Award for his service to the local boating industry.

William F. McComas *, 91PhD, is the Parks Family Professor in Science Education in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the editor of The American Biology Teacher.

Michael J. McCoy *, 90R, is a physician at the Great River Health Center in West Burlington, Iowa.

Joseph Merschman, 98BBA, is a partner at the Wiggin and Dana law firm in New Haven, Connecticut.

Jodi A. Mistek Moore, 91BSPh, is a pharmacist and pharmacy manager at CVS in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Gale J. Mote *, 94MBA, a trainer and an organization development consultant at Gale Mote Associates in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and an adjunct lecturer in management and organizations at the UI's Tippie College of Business, received a UI 2013-14 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.

Steve Sobkowiak *, 97BBA, is a principal owner of Oakley Home Builders in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Nagarjun V. Yetukuri, 94PhD, an engineering manager of research and development for the Lear automotive seating company in Southfield, Michigan, recently received his 53rd U.S. patent.


Scott A. Anderegg, 86BBA, 89JD, an attorney with the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm in Minneapolis, has been named a 2014 Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group.

Jocelyn Châteauvert *, 84BA, 89MA, 90MFA, an artist, recently held an exhibition called Paper in Bloom at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Gail Essman *, 84BA, is a certified ADHD coach and owner of Controlled Change in Roselle, Illinois.

Sharon L. DeWitt Hehli *, 81BBA, is a self-employed certified public account in Richardson, Texas.

Cynthia J. Knight *, 86BS, is chief executive officer and director of the Iowa Net High Academy program that helps high school dropouts earn their diplomas.

Haki R. Madhubuti, 84MFA, a poet, publisher, editor, and educator, recently received a 2014 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award for his contributions to the literary community.

Carlos A. Omphroy *, 84R, is a self-employed ophthalmologist in Mililani, Hawaii.

Steve Ruckdaschel *, 86BGS, vice president of sales for American Marketing & Publishing in DeKalb, Illinois, has been named his company's 2013 Vice President of the Year.

Edward Wayne Schwertley, 85BBA, serves on the board of directors for the Coalition for the Homeless in Louisville, Kentucky.

William O. Shaffer, 87F, is medical director for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Washington, D.C.

Judith L. McGeorge Smith, 81BA, is artistic managing director for New Berlin West Performing Arts Center in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

Dale D. Vandre *, 80PhD, is a professor and chairman of the biomedical science department at Western Michigan School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

David C. Van Dyke *, 83BSPh, an attorney with the Howard & Howard law firm in Chicago, has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers 2014 list.

Julie K. Verry *, 89BBA, is a human resources consultant with Brightview Consulting in Omaha, Nebraska.


Kate Stadler Haugen *, 76MA, 88PhD, recently retired from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, as associate vice president of student affairs after 20 years at that school and 42 years in higher education administration.

William L. Huffman *, 73BGS, 75MA, editor-in-chief of the AZ Golf Insider, cohost of "Backspin the Golf Show," and author of Arizona's Greatest Golf Courses, has been inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.

Gary J. Ottaviano *, 73BA, is national sales manager in the commercial and industrial market for the power transformer division of WEG Electric in Atlanta.

Bob Rasmussen *, 74JD, is founding shareholder and managing director of the Glenn Rasmussen business law firm in Tampa, Florida, and chair of the board of trustees for Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa.

Jaki K. Samuelson, 79JD, is an attorney with the Whitfield & Eddy law firm in Des Moines and president of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Board of Governors.

Julius K. Schaaf *, 75BS, a farmer with Schaaf Farms in Randolph, Iowa, and president of the MAIZALL international alliance of corn producers, recently completed a term as chairman of the U.S. Grains Council.

Bernard L. "Jerry" Spaeth, 74JD, an attorney with the Whitfield & Eddy law firm in Des Moines, received recognition at the 2014 Polk County Bar Association Bench and Bar luncheon for his pro bono work.

Wendell R. Stuntz *, 73BS, 76DDS, 83MS, 83OrthS, is a self-employed orthodontist in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Joy Wellington Tillis *, 72BA, is an independent music supervisor and owner of WJOY Music Search & Licensing in Chicago.

Kim J. Walker, 76BS, 79JD, an attorney with the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm in Des Moines, has been named a 2014 Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group.

Thomas L. Williams *, 76BGS, is a superintendent for the Kirkwood School District in Kirkwood, Missouri.


Arnold W. Fenske *, 54MD, recently retired from Winona Health in Winona, Minnesota, after 60 years of medical practice.

John A. Thomas *, 57R, 58MA, 61PhD, an adjunct toxicology professor at Indiana University in Indianapolis, recently received the 2014 Society of Toxicology Founders Award for his contributions to human health and safety.

Faculty & Friends

Michael S. Larson *, is a compensation consultant at the DuPont chemical company in Johnston, Iowa.

David J. Skorton, University of Iowa president from 2003 to 2006 and current president of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has been named secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., with effect from July 2015.