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1960s–1980s 

Arthur Buikema ’62, Distinguished Professor of Ecology at Virginia Tech, retired recently after teaching biology for 48 years. The recipient of more than 12 local, national and international teaching awards, he was also a senior Fulbright lecturer at NUST in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and a senior scientist at the USEPA. He writes that he’s forever indebted to the education he got at Elmhurst College under the mentorship of Dr. John A. Jump. He and his wife, Alison, love to travel and sample exotic cuisines.

Phyllis (Breitenbach) Bottoms ’68 enjoys creating greeting cards. Her husband, Robert Bottoms ’68, continues as a transitional interim pastor. She writes that her four grandchildren (including 2-year-old twins) are a joy.

Craig Smith ’73 recently retired from Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, after 30 years as a professor of special education and associate dean of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education. During his career, Dr. Smith also served on the Georgia State Professional Standards Commission for eight years. In retirement Dr. Smith will continue consulting with the Queensmill School in London, England, on issues related to the education of children with autism.

William S. Stob ’73 recently released his second Bible commentary, Unraveling the Mystery of the Mystery Parables: An Interpretation of the Parables of Matthew Thirteen in Light of Christ’s Message to the Seven Churches and the Evidence of Church History, on Kindle.

Celeste (Olson) Branding ’74 and Jack Branding ’74 celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August. Celeste has retired from Aurora University, where she served as associate vice president, chief information and chief technology officer.

Kay (Connolly) Davis Diblik ’81 displayed her artwork in the College’s 10th Annual Alumni Art Exhibition. She hopes to initiate meetings of art alumni to foster a sense of community and to encourage graduates to continue pursuing their interest in art.

Barry Richert ’81 is the author of two radio dramas that were showcased recently on WGN Radio Theater. The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas: There Goes the Neighborhood was narrated by Stacy Keach, and Fangoria’s Dreadtime Stories: The Dark Enforcer was narrated by Malcolm McDowell. Barry was interviewed during the November 15 broadcast, which is available for streaming on WGN's website or as a podcast.

Joe Herrera ’83 and his son, Nick Herrera ’12, were both nominated to the Geneva High School Athletic Hall of Fame for 2015.

James Magrini ’83, adjunct professor of Western philosophy and ethics/senior academic advisor at College of DuPage, published his second philosophical monograph: New Directions in Curriculum as Phenomenological Text: Continental Philosophy and Ontological Inquiry (2015).

Gary Hayden ’87 is vice president of human resources for Fenix Parts, Inc., a Westchester based recycler and reseller of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) automotive products.

Karin Fox ’88 earned certificates in web design, graphics and C+ programming in May of 2014. She’s currently doing website design and support.

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1990s

Carole Rider ’91 recently completed her Ph.D. in educational leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation, Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Abilities to Respond to an Active Shooter Incident, received the College of Education's Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Paula (Akouris) Burzawa ’92 released her second novel, Tasso’s Journey, on February 17, 2015.

Christina Collins ’92 was recognized by Northwestern Mutual with membership in its 2015 Forum Group, which recognizes individuals for outstanding work in helping clients plan for and achieve financial security. Approximately 5 percent of Northwestern Mutual’s 6,000 reps are invited to join the exclusive Forum. Christina, a wealth management advisor, is associated with the McTigue Financial Group in Chicago, and this is the first time she ha s received this honor.

Lisa (McAuley) Mrahi ’93 was recently promoted to the role of administrative specialist in Career Services at the University of West Florida (UWF). After almost two years on staff at UWF, Lisa was also selected to participate in the 2015–16 LEAD Program, a year-long leadership development program sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. Participants will develop strategies to help them flourish as leaders and team players across campus.

Lisa Oddo ’93, ’09 is the author of a chapter for a book called Strong Women Overcoming Mediocrity that is scheduled to be released in spring of 2016.

Wendy (Lindeen) Zielke ’99 is a neurosurgery/spine surgery team leader at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. She is also the subject matter expert for the hospital’s Cerner computerized charting, which she designed and implemented with another nurse. Wendy has been married to Rich Zielke for 13 years, and they reside in New Lenox.

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2000s

Jason Churchill ’03 has accepted a one-year appointment as vicar at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.

Jessica Loustaunau ’03 was named director of special education and student services for Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake in July 2015.

William (Bill) H. Smith ’04 returned to his alma mater in October of 2013 as a student services representative in the School for Professional Studies. In that role, he works closely with nontraditional undergraduate students, counseling them in financial aid and academic advising. He enjoys helping students realize the dream of a college degree, just as he did.

Andy Thompson ’04 was named Illinois High School Lacrosse Association Person of the Year. A coach with the St. Charles Lacrosse Club for the past 12 years, Andy is also one of the founders of New Wave Lacrosse.

Bethany Moslener ’05 graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in July 2015 with an M.A. in psychology and a concentration in applied behavior analysis. She has accepted a job as a lead care team member at Autism Home Support Services.

Erin (Bufton) Fecske ’07 was recently honored by the American Academy of Neuroscience Nurses with the 2016 Excellence in Patient Care Award. The award recognizes excellence in clinical practice for a nurse caring for neuroscience patients in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. An active member of the Academy’s Kansas City chapter, Erin serves the pediatric epilepsy population as a nurse practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics.

Jessica Vaillancourt ’07 was named Illinois  Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association, the state’s largest professional affiliation for theatre, speech, debate and communication teachers.

Andrew Behling ’09 is starring as Lucas in Neil Simon’s hit comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, at First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook. Andrew also starred in Cymbeline and Richard III at First Folio Theatre and in the National Tour of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with the Classical Theatre Project of Toronto.

Aimee Dujua ’09, ’14, works as director of admissions for American InterContinental University.

Marissa Parker ’09 is working in communications and marketing at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Michele Fournier ’10, a marketing and communications specialist with Assurance Agency, was recognized by her employer as Employee of the Year.

Jessica Sullivan ’10 earned a master’s degree in liberal studies–English with highest distinction in December 2014 from Valparaiso University. In May 2015 she received her JD from Valparaiso University Law School.

D. Josiah Montgomery ’12 was admitted to the M. Div. program at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He previously served as associate college organist at Elmhurst College and as organist at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange.

Mary Sedlack ’12 graduated from Elmhurst with a degree in nursing. After working in CCU at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for two years, she spent last year as a traveling nurse, experiencing patient care in other states and getting an opportunity to travel.

Liliana Gomez ’13 graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work program on May 8, 2015. Her studies focused on mental health.

Brian Reher ’14 was recently promoted to power systems product support sales representative at Patten Industries in Elmhurst.

Melissa Sedlack ’14, who majored in education and Spanish at Elmhurst, is now teaching Spanish and French at a junior high in Wheaton. She had a challenging first year creating curricula for two languages, but she loved the junior high environment and has been hired on permanently

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BIRTHS

Laurie Rich Salerno ’00 and her husband, Anthony J. Salerno Jr., welcomed their second child, June Bonnet Salerno, in March. June and her 2-year-old brother, Anthony, are making their mother wish she'd taken a child psychology class or two at Elmhurst.
Derek Frer ’02 and Jasmine Seng ’02, ’06 welcomed their daughter, Effie Eleanora Frer, into the world—their first and only Bluejay! She was born in London, England, where Derek and Jasmine have lived for five years. 
Jeffrey Logan ’04 and his wife, Cathi, welcomed a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Logan, on February 3, 2015.
Brandi (Blume) Warnock ’04, ’06 and her husband, Matthew, welcomed their daughter, Aubrey Grace Warnock on June 21. She joins her brother, Logan (8), and sister, Ava (5).
Haley (Riley) Martin ’05 and Chris Martin ’06 welcomed their son, Camden Andrew, brother of Riley, on February 6, 2015.
Kristy Langstraat-Bolte ’05 and Darrell Bolte welcomed their first child, Kathryn Rose Bolte, on March 29, 2015. She is named after her grandma, former Elmhurst College employee Kathryn J. Langstraat.
Annie (Matich) Horn ’07 and Dave Horn ’07 welcomed their daughter, Elliana Joy Horn, sister of Hope, on October 27, 2015.
James Ludvik '07 and Katie (Godbey) Ludvik '09 welcomed their son, James Henry Ludvik, on November 24, 2014.
Brian Ranger ’08 and Sarah (Williams) Ranger ’09 welcomed their daughter, Madison Rebecca Ranger, on December 12, 2015.
Allie (Baumbach) Bickel ’09 and Zach Bickel welcomed their daughter, Elizabeth Lee Bickel, on April 12, 2014.
Kevin Davey ’09 and Mary Kate (Rand) Davey ’09 welcomed their first child, Hutson Paul Davey, on November 27, 2014.
Matt McKinnis ’09 and his wife, Dana, welcomed their daughter, Elise Elizabeth McKinnis, on February 18, 2015.
Samantha (Rivera) Miller ’09 and her husband, Craig, welcomed their son, Asher Robert Miller, on February 18, 2015.
Jennifer (Paul) Cramer ’10 and her husband, Bill, welcomed their son, Noah William Cramer, on January 24, 2015.
Matt Bacaling ’11 and his wife, Dana, welcomed their daughter, Hazel Juliette Bacaling, on December 12, 2015.

Susan (Salatino) Changnon ’96 and Gene Changnon welcomed their daughter, Juliana Michaela Changnon, on October 24, 2015.

Laurie Rich Salerno ’00 and her husband, Anthony J. Salerno Jr., welcomed their second child, June Bonnet Salerno, in March. June and her 2-year-old brother, Anthony, are making their mother wish she'd taken a child psychology class or two at Elmhurst.

Derek Frer ’02 and Jasmine Seng ’02, ’06 welcomed their daughter, Effie Eleanora Frer, into the world—their first and only Bluejay! She was born in London, England, where Derek and Jasmine have lived for five years.

Jeffrey Logan ’04 and his wife, Cathi, welcomed a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Logan, on February 3, 2015.

Brandi (Blume) Warnock ’04, ’06 and her husband, Matthew, welcomed their daughter, Aubrey Grace Warnock on June 21. She joins her brother, Logan (8), and sister, Ava (5).

Haley (Riley) Martin ’05 and Chris Martin ’06 welcomed their son, Camden Andrew, brother of Riley, on February 6, 2015.

Kristy Langstraat-Bolte ’05 and Darrell Bolte welcomed their first child, Kathryn Rose Bolte, on March 29, 2015. She is named after her grandma, former Elmhurst College employee Kathryn J. Langstraat.

Annie (Matich) Horn ’07 and Dave Horn ’07 welcomed their daughter, Elliana Joy Horn, sister of Hope, on October 27, 2015.

James Ludvik ’07 and Katie (Godbey) Ludvik ’09 welcomed their son, James Henry Ludvik, on November 24, 2014.

Susan Martin ’08 and her partner, Wendy Montgomery, welcomed their first child, Raegan Marie Martin Montgomery, on May 4, 2015.

Brian Ranger ’08 and Sarah (Williams) Ranger ’09 welcomed their daughter, Madison Rebecca Ranger, on December 12, 2015.

Allie (Baumbach) Bickel ’09 and Zach Bickel welcomed their daughter, Elizabeth Lee Bickel, on April 12, 2014.

Kevin Davey ’09 and Mary Kate (Rand) Davey ’09 welcomed their first child, Hutson Paul Davey, on November 27, 2014.

Matt McKinnis ’09 and his wife, Dana, welcomed their daughter, Elise Elizabeth McKinnis, on February 18, 2015.

Samantha (Rivera) Miller ’09 and her husband, Craig, welcomed their son, Asher Robert Miller, on February 18, 2015.

Jennifer (Paul) Cramer ’10 and her husband, Bill, welcomed their son, Noah William Cramer, on January 24, 2015.

Matt Bacaling ’11 and his wife, Dana, welcomed their daughter, Hazel Juliette Bacaling, on December 12, 2015.

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MARRIAGES AND ANNIVERSARIES

Michelle DeFranco ’07 married Paul DeLuca on October 3, 2015.

Linas Saulys ’08 married Kimberly Smith ’08 on June 7, 2015.

Stephanie Ferrini ’10 married Evan Michel ’10 on September 6, 2015.

Dan Hamilton ’10 married Kiley Ancona ’11 on July 18, 2014.

Michele Matthews ’10 married Luke Firsching in May 2015. Laura Matthews ’11 and Katie Matthews 15 were in the bridal party.

Brittany Meding ’10 married Phil Dorjath on May 30, 2015. Elmhurst College alumni in attendance included Danielle Haehn ’11, Annice Coughlan ’12, Matt Rohde ’13, Bruce Hill ’76, Brittany Socha ’14, Mark Weeden ’13, Amy Hatfield ’96, Marge Bartels ’05, Jean Hill ’91, Jake Meding ’12, Joanne McKlusky ’11, Whitney (Roth) McHugh ’13, Matt McHugh ’12, Charlie Van Slyke ’66, Meera Advani ’10 and Brianne Harris ’12.

Seth Bullington ’12 married Katie Hayslette ’12 on February 14, 2015.

Matthew Erickson ’12 married Alana Lewandowski ’12 on June 20, 2015.

Jessica Herff ’12 married Zach Samson on January 10, 2015.

Jared Kafader ’12 married Amberly Ward ’12 on June 27, 2015.

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DEATHS

David C. Prescott ’39, of Stevensville, Michigan, on September 6, 2014

Dr. Frank G. Uhrig ’39, of Chillicothe, Ohio, on February 28, 2015

The Hon. Paul W. Schnake ’40, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 12, 2014

Jeanette (Mueller) Eils ’41, of Elmhurst, on May 11, 2015

Samuel E. Pobanz ’41, of Eugene, Oregon, on April 28, 2015

Claire G. (Gatti) Guistolise ’42, of Lombard, on July 3, 2014

Vincent DeRose ’43, of Melrose Park, on February 13, 2015

Paul Haefner ’43, of McLean, Virginia, on September 7, 2015

Walter E. Tiefenthal ’42, of Green Valley, Arizona, on November 30, 2013

Spencer Duckworth ’44, of Sacramento, California, on June 2, 2015

Dr. Ralph T. Jans ’44, of Machias, Maine, on May 5, 2014

Gudrun (Andres) Avale ’45, of Marion, North Carolina, on September 23, 2014

Fern (Cluever) Graham ’45, of Big Bear Lake, California, on May 28, 2015

Meredith M. (Michael) Simmons ’45, of Colorado Springs, on January 26, 2015

Rev. George Sonneborn ’45, of St. Louis, on July 10, 2015

Edith “Darline” (Howell) Velarde ’45, of Kelseyville, California, on January 8, 2015

Jane A. (Hein) Feierabend ’46, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 16, 2015

George W. Timmer ’46, of Sun City, Arizona, on August 24, 2014

Rev. Theodore A. “Ted” Brown ’47, of Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, on February 23, 2015

Bernadine C. (Pearce) Kluge ’47, of East Peoria, on March 23, 2015

Keene Randall Lebold ’47, of Columbus, Ohio, on October 3, 2015

James Postula ’47, of Elmhurst, on September 25, 2015

Rudolph Raber ’47, of Saint Louis, on September 24, 2015

Katel (Hedin) Rigmore ’47, of Freeport, on May 18, 2015

Lester H. Brune ’48, of Peoria, on June 12, 2015

Evelyn (Dammerman) Kolze ’48, of Lindenhurst, on October 19, 2015

Dr. James E. Fisher ’49, of Fort Myers, Florida, on January 9, 2014

Harold H. Kiehne ’49, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on July 28, 2015

Carol L. (Weigand) Williams ’49, of Saint Ansgar, Iowa, on February 1, 2015

Calvin Fischer ’50, of Tucson, Arizona, on June 27, 2015

Dorothy A. (Cluever) Nemec ’50, of Monticello, Minnesota, on June 17, 2014

Richard T. Newman ’50, of Sun City West, Arizona, on June 16, 2015

Carolyn M. (Maisch) Tator ’50, of Highland, on May 17, 2015

Mary (Domermuth) Brooke ’51, of Bradenton, Florida, on September 2015

Joan L. (Herzfeld ) Brune ’51, of Peoria, on September 3, 2015

Dr. Richard J. Davies ’51, of Peotone, on May 27, 2015

Doris A. “D.A.” (DeBruine) Volle ’51, of Portland, Oregon, on April 16, 2015

Marily J. (Holst) Wells ’51, of Anderson, Indiana, on April 2, 2015

Robert Faganel ’52, of Bonita Springs, Florida, on August 22, 2015

Ruth M. (Hachmeister) Hanck ’53, of Elmhurst, on January 6, 2015

Henry J. “Hank” Kindl ’53, of Villa Park, on January 20, 2015

Duane "Dewey" Meyer ’53, of Grinnell, Iowa, on October 19, 2015

Robert R. Williams ’53, of Glenview, on May 31, 2014

Fred W. Creedle Jr. ’54, of Republic, Missouri, on February 16, 2015

Frances J. (Hahn) Francis ’55, of Franklin, Indiana, on February 21, 2015

Vance Kincaid ’55, of Gobles, Michigan, on October 14, 2015

Joyce C. (West) Torpe ’55, of Winfield, on July 18, 2015

Caroline L. (Sturm) Wirkus ’55, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on April 5, 2015

Robert E. Burckle ’57, of Tucson, Arizona, on January 27, 2015

Phebe A. (Ernst) Husek ’57, of Pittstown, New Jersey, on January 30, 2015

Devic R. “Vic” LeHuray ’57, of Geneva, on March 9, 2015

Wallace Reifsteck ’57, of Lincoln, on September 9, 2015

Nancy A. (Schlink) Walker ’57, of Wilson, Oklahoma, on November 18, 2014

Walfred Berg ’58, of Clinton, Iowa, on November 5, 2013

Judith J. (Groves) Kuehl ’58, of Grinnell, Iowa, on March 20, 2015

Anita (Puknaitis) Pukelis ’58, of Oak Park, on August 19, 2015

Frances (Hamach) Schneider ’58, of Flossmoor, on August 26, 2014

Joan (Panos) Stanger ’58, of Greenwood, Indiana, on April 5, 2015

Lila M. (Schyberg) Burton ’59, of Schaumburg, on March 30, 2015

William Meyer Lee ’59, of Marshall, Michigan, on September 15, 2015

Wayne P. Lindquist ’59, of Naples, Florida, on July 31, 2015

Rudolph Schoppe ’59, of DeKalb, on August 2, 2015

Rev. John A. Schulthise ’59, of Owensboro, Kentucky, on May 11, 2015

Marjorie (Klassy) Schnierer ’60, of Chicago, on August 16, 2015

Rev. Richard E. Halvorsen ’61, of Fresno, California, on February 19, 2015

Jeanne (Nichols) Dvorak ’62, of Plainfield, on October 28, 2015

George E. Warner ’63, of River Forest, on October 8, 2015

Ellen Schmidt (Groeneveld) ’64, of Birmingham, Alabama, in August 2015

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