ALUMNI CAREERS AND RECOGNITIONS

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1960's

Stephen Hardie ('68) was recognized as a community volunteer for the Jamie Barwick Hills and Dales Foundation Board of Directors.

 

Michael O'Donnell ('69) was hired as an attorney for Steptoe & Johnson PLLC at its Houston Office.

           

1970's

Tim Conlon ('71) was appointed as a director for the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival as a representative for Conlon Construction.

  John Markham ('71was recognized as a community volunteer for the Jamie Barwick Hills and Dales Foundation Board of Directors.    Jeffery Mozena ('75) was appointed as a new board member for Stonehill Franciscan Services. He was also reelected as treasurer for Premier Bank Board of Directors. He is the president and CEO of Premier Bank.   

Dawn Swift ('79) was promoted to senior order fulfillment coordinator at McGraw-Hill Education. 

   

1980's
Kelly Myers ('85) represented AMPERAGE fundraising on the Jamie Barwick Hills and Dales Foundation Board of Directors.  

Keith Sindberg ('86)  represented TRICOR insurance on the Jamie Barwick Hills and Dales Foundation Board of Directors as the secretary/treasurer.

 

Doug Varley ('86) has been promoted from Mazzuchelli's assistant principal (2005-Current) to lead and sole administrator at the school for the upcoming year.

  James Joeger ('89) was hired as solar energy consultant covering the Iowa City and surrounding area. He will educate about the environmental benefits and savings on electricity bills that solar energy brings to the public. he has more than 24 years of outside sales experience in the software, mangament consulting, and industrial goods industries.    

1990's
Darin LaHood ('90) will be the featured speaker at the 38th annual Respect the Life Dinner. 

 

  Tina Wagner ('91) currently the business manager for Tri-State Occupational Health, has passed the CPC-T exam (Certified Professional Collector- Trainer) through the DATIA (Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association) at Medical Associates.    Michelle (Sweeny) Ariss   ('96)  was promoted to senior vice president of finance at DuTrac.    Creed Waelchli ('97)  represented Cottingham and Butler on the UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital Board.   Chad Hutington ('98) has been appointed to A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing's president. He has been with the company for 20 years. 

Luke Rodham ('98) was recognized as a new board member for Two by Two Character Development representing TH Media.       

  

       

2000's


Nicholas Hess ('00) was hired as prinipal at Kennedy Elementary School. He has been a special-education-instructional coach at Kennedy since 2016. Prior to that, he worked at Bryant Elementary School in Dubuque and Northwest Special Education Cooperative in Freeport, Il.

  Natalie Nemmers ('02) was named Woman Who Makes a Difference in BizTimes recent issue.    Nick Gibbs ('03) was hired as a business account sales executive for US Cellular to support the Dubuque and Northeast Iowa. He has more than 20 years of wireless experience.   Jeff Manternach ('03) was appointed as a director for the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival as a representative for Key City Vision.    Tasha Lippold ('04) was recognized as a new board member for Two by Two Character Development representing Premier Bank.

Erick Kephart ('05) was hired as an Account Manager for Boyd Gaming. 

  Kyle Brinkman ('07) was hired as accounting manager at Honkamp Krueger. He has 12 years of experience in his field.  

Michael Girsch ('07) was promoted to Sergeant at the Waterloo Police Department.

  
 

Lynn (Bries) Schmitt ('07)  was appointed IRA manager at Dupaco Community Credit Union for the Hillcrest Road location in Dubuque.

  Linda Frommelt ('08) was hired as Pastoral Care Coordinator for Stonehill Franciscan Services. 

Matt Garcia ('08) was promoted to senior portfolio manager at McGraw-Hill Education. 

  Scott Meyer ('08) was hired as an Account Manager for Boyd Gaming.  

Beth Rowe ('09) was recognized as a Biz Times 2019 Rising Star. She is currently employed at Dubuque Bank and Trust and Wisconsin Bank and Trust as Director of Marketing and Public Relations Vice President.

  Meredith Halverson ('04)  was was announced as Deposit Operations Analyst Officer at Heartland Financial.   Kyle Harris ('09)  was promoted to shipping supervisor at A.Y. McDonald

Jennifer Herrig ('00)  was promoted to enterprise account specialist   Natalie Nemmers ('02) was named Woman Who Makes a Difference by BizTimes.
 
  Jenny Savary ('08) was hired as service representative at Cottingham & Butler
 
  Ryan Small ('08) was hired as casualty claims representative at Cottingham & Butler
 
  Josh Boots ('04) was announced secretary on the Riverview Center Board of Directors
 

Kirsten Williams ('03) was announced to the Riverview Center Board of Directors
 
  Creighton Kinny ('02) was hired as a project analyst at Eagle Point Solar   Karla Hagerty ('03) was promoted at Honkamp Krueger to senior accounting manager   Katie Thomas('06) was named an officer at Honkamp Krueger as president   Michael Ivanov ('03) was hired as the content and technical services team lead at Eagle Point Software Corp.

Ethan Bontly ('03)  Hired by Niles Park District (Niles, IL) as a Facility Manager for the TAM Tennis and Fitness Center.   Sara Eggers ('00) was named Director of the Decision Support and Analysis Team at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.   Sarah Wiechert ('04) received her Ph.D. in Immunobiology from Iowa State University in 2019.   Nathan Osterberger ('05) Appointed to Director of Engineering and Plant Operations for SwedishAmerican Health System.  

Brittni Sturm ('05)

Was promoted to director of IT systems at Westmark Enterprises, in Dubuque.


Nick Esposito ('03) was hired as the assistive technology and documentation specialist at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  

Adam Kramer ('09) was selected as the 2020 Internation Certified Crop Advisor of the Year.

 

Kevin O'Connor ('08) was hired as senior corporate relationship manager at HK Financial Services.

  Luke Kerns ('07) was chosen as a new board member for the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce Officers.  

Drew Scherbring ('08) was promoted to production/maintenance manager at Bodine Electric CO.


Christopher A. Johnson ('08) was ordained to the priesthood at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Oak Park, IL.  

Melissa King ('02) was appointed Vice President, business development remote at Dupaco Community Credit Union.

 

 Jamin Foust ('06) was hired by Dupaco Community Credit Union as a lead virtual lending consultant remote.

  Amy Wagner ('06)was hired by A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing as a sales administrative coordinator.  

Chet Medinger ('05)has been promoted to the Senior VP of marketing  at Kunkel & Associates.


Liz Kruse ('08) was named as one of bizTimes Rising Stars for her work as the Director for the CareerPLUS program at Clarke University.  

Amanda Sacco ('09) was hired as an Audit Manager with RSM US LLP.

 

Stephanie Mettille ('06) was named a partner at Honkamp Krueger & Co.

  Anna Miller ('01) started her own dental practice, Kramer Family Dental.   

Diann Guns ('04) was announced as the Regional Human Resources Business VP of DB&T. 


 Nicholas Specht ('01) was elected to the audit committee for DuTrac Community Credit Union.

 

Jolynn Kilburg ('03) was promoted to senior program manager for McGraw Hill. 

 

Amanda Rauen ('05) was named an outstanding volunteer fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

  Travis Sullivan ('05) was introduced as the 2020-21 president of the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WIANA.)   

Roseann Sabers ('09) was hired as a documentation specialist for East Central Intergovernmental Association. 


Matt Specht ('03) was hired as the director of community and economic development for East Central Intergovernmental Association. 

 

Jill Gogel ('05) was announced as the secretary for the Dubuque Women's Leadership Network Board.

 

 Barbara Miller ('02) was hired as a wellness coordinator for Cottingham & Butler.

     

 


2010's
Tyler Loucks ('10was appointed as Support Specialist at the Hillcrest Road location for Dupaco Community Credit Union.   

Kelli Theisen ('10) OD, was hired for Opthalmology for Medical Associates. 

 

Kathleen Ehlbeck ('12was hired by FHN as a Family Medicine Physician Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. 

  Ellen Dettmer ('13) was hired as the new Director of Development for United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States.   Travis Misner ('13) is Manager of Partnership Development with the Charlotte Hornets.

Sergio Perez ('13) was recognized as a 2019 Biz Times Rising Star in Dubuque. He is the director of the Center for Inclusion and Diversity at Loras College. 

 

Aaron Strong ('13) was hired as an accountant at Cottingham & Butler.  

  
  Courtney Boyd ('14) accepted a postition with the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans as a Partnership Marketing Coordinator.   Austin Heeren ('14) was promoted to Treasury Managment Support Specialist for Heartland Financial USA.    Sarah (Link) Little ('14) was promoted to Senior Sales Solutions representative at McGraw-Hill Education. 

Jacob Sullivan ('14) was promoted to senior content licensing specialist at McGraw-Hill Education.       Amy McDonough ('15) was promoted to Director of Western Dubuque Programs for St. Mark's Youth Enrichment.    Alicia Ney ('15) was recognized as a new board member for Two by Two Character Development representing Paramount Ambulance.     Austin Kalmes ('16) was promoted to internal audit senior staff auditor for Heartland Financial USA.       Adelida Oberman ('18) was hired at Cottingham & Butler as an Account Administrator. 

Paige Bildstein ('19) has recently been published in the newest edition of The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Through Practitioner Inquiry.    Brooke Boddicker ('19) was hired at Cottingham & Butler as a Communications Specialist.    Garrett Hammond ('19) was hired as a customer data associate for Heartland Financial USA.    

Mikhayla Kruse- Meek ('19) has recently been published in the newest edition of The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Through Practitioner Inquiry. 

  Jillian (Pohland) Reinert ('19) has recently been published in the newest edition of The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Through Practitioner Inquiry. 

Nicole Snitkey ('19) has recently been published in the newest edition of The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Through Practitioner Inquiry.    Chad Fitzgerald ('17)  was hired as office services employment specialist at Express Employment Professionals.   James Wacker ('14) was promoted to accounting and reconciliation specialist at Heartland Financial
 
  DJ Wearmouth ('12) was promoted to enterprise account specialist
 
  Felicia Carner ('12) was hired as marketing manager at the National River Museum and Aquarium
 

Rev. Andrew Marr ('12) was announced as a member of the Dubuque County Right to Life Board of Directors

 

Michael Canevello ('13) was promoted to regional director of acquisitions at Great River Learning

  Hailey Bergan ('18) As a tax associate, passed the certified public accountant exam at Honkamp Krueger & Co.    Julie Squiers ('13) was promoted at Honkamp Krueger to tax supervisor    Rachel Moser ('17) was hired as account manager at Boyd Gaming

Kaitlyn Fogarty  ('19) passed the certified public accountant exam for Honkamp Krueger 

 

 Ian Lenke ('19) was hired as an associate client consultant at Cottingham & Butler

   Kelli (Kramer) Kingeter ('12) was promoted to fixed asset manager at Heartland Financial USA.   Megan Breithaup ('17) was promoted to treasury management operations analyst at Heartland Financial USA.   Colton Broshous ('18) was hired as a consumer loan doc specialist for Heartland Financial USA.

Tyler Willman ('11) was hired at Medical Associates for the Otolaryngology department  

Marie Pannozo ('13)was recognized as a board of directors for the Dubuque based nonprofit

  James (Jimmy) Naprstek ('13)  was hired as digital/creative manager for Theisen's Home Farm Auto.   Kathryn Kolck ('10) was hired by Dupaco Community Credit Union as a data quality engineer.   Whitney Sanger ('13) was named as one of bizTimes Rising Stars for her creation of "Project Rooted."

Austin Heeren ('14) was promoted to treasury and payment solutions sales analyst by Heartland Financial USA.  

Michael Fullan ('14) was named as one of bizTimes Rising Stars for his work as the VP of business development at Hodge.

  Blake Neebel ('13) was hired by DuPaco Community Credit Union as a reporting specialist. 
 

Nate Roling ('19) was hired by DuPaco Community Credit Union as a member service representative.

  Hannah Brehm ('12) was hired by DuPaco Community Credit Union as a member service processing represnetative.

Ken Osterhaus ('16) was promoted to supervisor of technology consulting in at RSM US LLP.  

Shelby Jaeger ('18) was promoted to senior associate of techonology consulting at RSM US LLP. 

  Erich Awender ('16) was promoted to senior associate of technology consulting at RSM US LLP.  

Nicole Hepeler ('11) was hired as a techinical accounting consulting manager at RSM US LLP.

  Julie Squiers ('13) was hired by Honkamp Krueger & Co. as a tax supervisor.

Brittany Loeffelholz ('16) was hired as a Wealth Advisor for DB&T Investment Services.  

Danni Manternach ('17) was promoted to strategic account executive by MedOne.

  Zach Little ('12) was hired as an account manager for MedOne.  

Michael Runde ('20) was hired by Honkamp Krueger for their marketing department. 

  Nicole Salazar ('14) received the award for Woman to Watch from the "Salute to Woman" Awards for her work with the Dubuque Police Department.

Lauren Czeshinski ('19) was named one of Dubuque's young philanthropists by Julien's Journal.  

Matt Gruszkowski ('20) was hired to Thrivent Financial Services. 

  Heather Jackson ('12) was hired as an associate attorney at Reynolds and Kenline law firm in Dubuque, IA.  

Miranda Ernst ('13) was appointed as a board member for the Dubuque Women's Leadership Network Board. 

  Stephanie Meyers ('13) was appointed as the treasurer for the Dubuque Women's Leadership Network Board. 

DJ Wearmouth ('12) was promoted to enterprise account manager at McGraw Hill.