Keeping Track


Jeannie Thoren ’68 BS was inducted into the US Ski Hall of Fame in April 2015 in Aspen, Colo.


Richard Henrion ’72 BS, ’84 MAE, ’90 MAE recently retired from teaching auto technology at the Dickinson-Iron Tech Center in Kingsford, where he spent his entire 39-year career.

Frida Waara ’77 BA received the Mitch Kaplan Award for Excellence in Snowsports Coverage from the North American Snowsports Journalists Association during its Annual Meeting at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City.

Diane (Janicki) Dorais ’79 BS, ’15 MAE is employed by the Department of Defense School and teaches third grade at an Air Force base in England. Her husband, William Dorais ’79 BS, works for the Department of Defense (Africa Support Command) in England. He was equipment manager for the 1975 football Wildcats.


Mark Wilcox ’80 BS recently accepted the position of news writer for Michigan Technological University, leaving his managing editor position at the Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton.

Mark French ’81 BS was named National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association. One is selected annually from each of the 50 states. Mark is principal at Osseo Area Schools in Maple Grove, Minn.

Janice Keegan ’82 BFA has just released “Firedance,” a collection of 14 songs (13 of which are original) about the shared experiences of life’s journey, set against a background of rich jazz and blues. A successful CD release concert was held at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City on Oct. 10, and 121 backers on Kickstarter helped bring the project to life. Keegan, who composed the songs and sings on the album, also owns Keegan Design, based in Traverse City. To purchase the CD, email and write “Request for Firedance CD” in the subject line, connect with Janice Keegan-Music on Facebook, or go to or

Douglas R. Bolasky ’83 MME retired from Southern Lehigh School District in June 2015.  He began his career at Brandywine Heights School District in Topton, Penn., in 1978 then spent more than 25 years as band and orchestra director and chair of the music department at Southern Lehigh High School. During his tenure, he and his students were invited to perform for the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands and at New York City’s famed Riverside Cathedral.

Lilly Lipski (Wise) Bonetti ’84 BS has been named manager of Pardee Emergency and Hospitalist Physicians at Pardee UNC Health Care in Hendersonville, N.C.

Teri List-Stoll ’84 BA  joined DICK’s Sporting Goods, Inc. as executive vice president and chief financial officer. She was previously executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kraft Foods Group.

Kathrine (Luft) Swanson ’84 BS has been named the new vice chancellor for student success and engagement at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City.

Philip Hamner ’86 BS, ’88 MBA recently celebrated 15 years at Kellogg Company and serves as vice president of consumer insights and analytics for Kellogg North America. He was recently awarded the Kellogg Company’s single, highest individual award, the K-Values Award for 2014.

Brian Bradberry ’87 BS retired from the Department of Justice after working there from 1988-2012.

Aaron Payment ’88 BS, ’91 MPA was appointed by President Obama as a member of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. He is tribal chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.


Kelly (Bennett) Simon ’91 BA, ’08 MAE is a French teacher at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas. Her French program was recently designated as Exemplary with Honors by the American Association of Teachers of French, one of only ten high schools in the country with such a designation.

Sandra (Hentschell) Lambert ’94 BSW is the administrative assistant to the CEO at NorthCare Network in Marquette.

Karen Saari’s ’96 BS play, In A Clearing, was selected for the Wisconsin Wrights New Play Festival, which is produced by Forward Theater Company of Madison, Wis.

Paul Thomas ’97 BS has been named the sports information director for Alma College in Alma, Mich. Thomas was student assistant in the Wildcats’ sports information office from 1994-97 and served as NMU’s assistant SID from 1999-2001.

Nate Dicken ’99 BFA developed the Starbucks App Pick of the Week:, which was highlighted in Apple’s Best New Games and Best of May (2014), along with Amazing Puzzle Games (August 2014). He is the founder of BorderLeap in Blacksburg, Va., where he has created three versions of, Alpha Omega, Blendamaze and the weather/productivity app, Foresee.


Jason Reece ’01 BS is a manager at Hibbett Sports in Gilmer, Texas, and an accomplished artist. He thanks NMU Professor Sheila Burns for noticing a certain spark he had.

George Q. Jackson ’03 BS went to work at Focus: HOPE in January 2015, raising funds for workforce development, training and education and community development programs for low-income Detroit residents.

Annette Gleason ’02 BS is Michigan Virtual University’s 2015 Online Teacher of the Year.

Gleason graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education-math and a minor in psychology. She’s been teaching online for five years, after four years teaching math at Gwinn High School. In a written statement, Governor Rick Snyder said: “As an outstanding online teacher Annette is helping to propel the State of Michigan to a leadership position in online learning.”

Scott Swanson ’04 BA recently launched a strategic communications and planning firm based in Lansing. Moonsail North is a storytelling and strategy firm that helps organizations communicate and grow.

Phillip Molnar ’05 BS won first place in both business and agricultural reporting from the California Newspaper Publishers Association as a reporter for the Monterey Herald. He started as business reporter with The San Diego Union Tribune in September.

Kara Freebury ’07 BS was named Teacher of the Year by the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four (South Carolina) for 2015-2016. She is a 7th grade teacher at Carver-Edisto Middle School.

Beth Nintzel ’07 BS lives in Los Angeles and has performed for Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. Most recently she was on an episode of ABC’s hit drama, “Castle.” She has had a supporting role in the film Confessions of a Womanizer, has had the leading role in a number of L.A. theatre shows and appeared in print and television commercials.

Jeff Miars  ’09 BS has been named the CEO of Camden Appliance in Niles.


Andy Bisek ’10 BS, competing for Team USA, won the gold medal at the Pan American Games wrestling competition in Toronto in July.

Spenser Mango ’10 BS, also on Team USA, and a two-time Olympian, won the bronze medal at the Pan American Games wrestling competition in Toronto.

Kyle Steiner ’11 BS is on a personal mission to give travelers a richer, more fulfilling experience while they take in the city of Detroit. Kyle has been working on developing the travel website, Jerry, soon to become an application, which connects travelers to locals who are willing to show them the ins and outs of their city.

Angela Reed ’12 MAE was named Upper Peninsula Superintendent of the Year by the Michigan Association of School Administrators. She is the superintendent/principal at DeTour Area Schools.

Meagan Castro-Lopez ’14 BA was invited to the North Eastern Decisions Sciences Institute Conference in Cambridge, Mass., to present her paper she had submitted during her last semester at NMU as a business management major.


Mark Gould ’93 BFA married Julie Stenback ’94 BS.

Melissa Parrett ’03 BS married Christopher Shaw on November 15, 2014 in Wausaukee, Wis.

Jaclyn Swanson ’05 LPN married Eric Korpi on April 25, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Karly Keller ’06 BS, ’09 MA married Branden Billings ’08 BS on June 13, 2015 in Marquette.

Nathan Chaperon ’08 VOC married Jessica Kangas on May 31, 2015 in Montego Bay,


(D) Cory Howes ’09 BA married Anna Kerr ’09 BA in August 2014 at Miner’s Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising.

Erin Jones ’10 BS married Brandon Lake on March 28, 2015 in Minneapolis

Heather Luebke ’08 BS, ’10 MA married Carol Munroe on September 6, 2015 in Oshkosh, Wis.

Ashley Billings ’12 BS married Michael Jarvi ’14 BA on October 4, 2014 in Marquette.

Amber Voegtline ’13 BSN married Jared

Tuominen on July 11, 2015 in Ishpeming.


Adam Czarnecki ’05 BS and his wife, Katy, adopted their first child, Gregory, in August 2014.

Andrew Fry ’10 CER, ’14 MS of Elkhart, Ind., and his wife, Jenica, welcomed Cecelia Joyce on November 13, 2014.

Danielle Raska ’09 BS and Justin Raska ’10 BS of Green Bay welcomed their first child, Lucas, on August 1, 2015.



Olive Ann (Des Jardins) McGuire ’39 BS, August 3, 2015, Marquette.

Rupert G. Otto ’41 AS, June 16, 2015, Chelsea.

Gaeney Ryan Pellow ’43 BS, April 11, 2014, South Bend, Ind.

Sarah Louise Hawes ’45 BS, January 26, 2015, Amherst, Mass.

Irving Russell Johns ’46 BS, December 27, 2014, Ludington.

Dorothy Jean (Villberg) Shusta ’46 BS, January 12, 2015, Walker.

Eino R. Olander ’48 BS, August 7, 2015, Marquette.

Phyllis A. Luke ’49 BS, June 12, 2015, Kingsford.

Raymond John Olson ’49 BS, July 31, 2015, Marquette.

John Paul ‘Jack’ Miller ’51 BA, April 10, 2015, San Antonio.

Rudolph Victor ‘Rudy’ Kero ’52 BS, July 26, 2015, Marquette.

Julius J. Tiziani ’52 BS, ’60 MA, March 23, 2015, Marquette.

Olive K. Sain ’54 BS, July 1, 2015, Marquette.

James ‘Jim’ Edward Cox ’57 BS, August 8, 2015, Munising.

Donald ‘Neil’ Nystrom ’57 BS, May 23, 2015, Marquette.

Lois Elaine Godell ’59 BS, March 24, 2015, Marquette.

Albert L. Quaal ’59 BS, August 14, 2015, Gaylord.

Robert B. Ottoson ’60 BS, August 31, 2015, Witch Lake.

Dr. Jim Godell ’60 BS, ’65 MA, NMU College of Business professor, March 6, 2015, Marquette.

Richard Masters ’61 BS, ’66 MA, June 4, 2015, Marquette.

Cornelius (Con) Joseph Sullivan ’61 BS, ’66 MAE, March 6, 2015, L’Anse.

Peter George Dani ’62 BS, March 9, 2015, Katy, Texas.

Donald M. Karvonen ’62 BS, ’68 BA, July 3, 2015, Marquette.

Ronald Louis Nier, ’62 BS, July 31, 2015, Marquette.

Dr. Larry J. Sell ’62 BA, August 6, 2015, Curtis.

Violet L. Sargent ’63 BS, June 30, 2015, Escanaba.

Douglas A. Mood ’64 BS, ’67 MA, May 6, 2015, Ishpeming.

Wayne E. Anttila ’65 BS, ’69 MA, June 6, 2015, Menominee.

Stanley E. Malaski ’65 BS, ’71 MAE, June 6, 2015, Williamsburg.

Joseph J. Henze ’66 BS, April 20, 2015, Au Gres.

Kathleen (Kay) M. Specker ’66 BS, March 24, 2015, Marquette.

Donald Earl DeVooght ’69 BS, March 2, 2015, Neward, NJ.

Lee Guizzetti ’69 BS, August 22, 2015, Ishpeming.

Henry W. Funkenbusch ’70 BS, February 20, 2015, Morton Grove, Ill.

Frans William ‘Bill’ Leppanen ’71 BS, ’82 VOC, May 23, 2015, Bath, Maine.

Karol L. Peterson ’71 BS, August 25, 2015, Marquette.

William Edward Wortley ’71 BA, January 14, 2014, Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

George Nelson ’72 MA, March 14, 2015, Hephzibah, Ga.

Bernard St. Germain ’72 BS, May 17, 2015, Flagstaff, Ariz.

Marian E. (Korpi) Laakso ‘73 AS, August 31, 2015, Ishpeming.

Sharon Marie Lindquist ’73 BS, May 13, 2015, Bloomfield, Mont.

Eleanor Schmidt Raymond ’74 BS, July 7, 2015, Marquette.

Janice H. Fadel ’75 MAE, January 30, 2015, Carmel, Ind.

Michael Anthony Decet ‘76 AT, August 18, 2015, Traunik.

William G. Gardner ’76 MME, March 16, 2015, Pontiac.

John H. Geueke ’78 CER, ’79 BS, March 27, 2015, Marquette.

Beatrice E. Hughes ’80 MAE, July 25, 2015, Marquette.

Chrissy Marie (Johnson) Fusco ’81 VOC, April 6, 2015, Marquette.

David John Pence ’81 BS, April 23, 2015, Metairie, La.

Mildred E. Peters ’81 BSN, May 12, 2015, Marquette.

Reva E. Tuomikoski ’81 BS, March 13, 2015, Negaunee.

Sally J. Achatz ‘83 BSN, August 19, 2015, Ishpeming.

Barry J. “Toby” Tobin ’83 BS, July 6, 2015, Seattle, Wash.

Mary J. Bertucci ’84 AB, April 16, 2015, Ishpeming.

Lawrence J. DeJuliannie ’84 VOC, August 12, 2015, Gwinn.

Ronald Joseph Meyers ’84 VOC, March 19, 2015, Deerton.

John T. Brown, Jr. ’85 AS, ’91 BS, March 30, 2015, Raleigh, N.C.

Kathy (Pohlman) Routhier ’85 VOC, September 4, 2015, Norton Shores.

Joel Smith ’86 BS, August 4, 2015, Pontiac.

Elaine Karen (Bleau) Vande Zande ’89 BS, August 23, 2015, Marquette.

Carol Lynn (Hudson) Colleur McGrath ’91 BS, August 11, 2015, Skandia.

Patti (Moote) Freeman ’91 AT, September 8, 2015, Munising.

Kevin French ’93 AS, ’95 BS, June 19, 2015, Marquette.

Marcie Ann Miller ’94 BS, September 11, 2015, Negaunee.

Peggy Sue (Granroth) Larsen ’96 BSN, July 21, 2015,Skandia.

Janet Ann Tyner ’96 BSW, May 17, 2015, Eben.

Mark Daniel Knee ’97 BS, March 29, 2015, Ludington.

Linda Joy Mathie ’99 AB, August 20, 2015, Marquette.

Dr. Bo Michael Rowan ’03 BS, August 28, 2015, Marquette.

Dr. Adam Gray ’04 BS, ’10 MA, June 14, 2015, Brooklyn, NY.


Duane L. Beauchaine, Sr., former employee in maintenance, April 10, 2015, Negaunee.

Elsie E. Burns, former secretary, July 14, 2015, Marquette.

Richard K. “Mike” Gorski, NMU professor emeritus and former art and design department head, October 6, 2015, Marquette.

Eunice C. LaBelle, former employee in the University Center, June 30, 2015, Marquette.

Edna E. Larsen, former employee in the registrar’s and library offices, December 21, 2014, Marquette.

Esther M. Laurich, former employee in food services, September 9, 2015, Marquette.

Mary A. (Belmore) Manning, former employee in food services, April 20, 2015, Marquette.

Vivian C. Malette, former employee in food services, June 27, 2015, Harvey.

Paul E. Mattson, NMU Professor Emeritus in industry and technology, October 24, 2014, Mequon, Wisc.

Dr. Allan L. Niemi, NMU professor emeritus of music and department head, September 18, 2015, Ishpeming.

Donald Schetter, former steam plant operator, December 21, 2014, Carney.

Kenneth J. Walimaa, retired NMU instructor, September 19, 2015, Ishpeming.