Keeping Track

Image A, Jeff Bowlby and othersImage B, Kristin CullitonImage C, Luke and Bethany Pearson Whitley, joined by Emily Kralovetz


Gloria (Etelamaki) Ranta ’65 BA  and her husband Marvin are proud to report that they have five grandchildren that they love to spend time with.

Jeannie Williamson Claus ’65 BS, a retired special education teacher, has been dancing and traveling as much as possible. This fall she traveled to Russia.

Patricia ’66 CERT and C. Thomas Clarke ’66 BS, ’68 MA are enjoying watching their grandchildren grow, all 12 of them, ages 4 to 15.


James Howard Carr ’72 BS recently returned to NMU to watch the world premiere of his play, Where a Certain Future. Carr has played many roles in the metro Detroit area, where he resides. Some of his credits include a character in a music video for Insane Clown Posse, a farm owner in the movie Mary’s Buttons and a house boy in the onstage production of The Birdcage.


Jeff Bowlby ’81 BS [A] (center), chief marketing officer of ProAssurance, presented the 2016 Philanthropic Award to Scott White ’81 BS CEO/CRO of VAST Insurance of Marquette. Kelly Reed ’07 BS (right) received the 2016 ProAssurance Young Agent’s Award.  He is employed as a risk advisor at VAST.

Dr. Frank Buscher ’82 BA has been named as vice president for academic affairs at Aurora University.  Buscher, a trained historian, is also a distinguished teacher, researcher and scholar devoting much of his inquiry to the subject of war crimes, on which he has published extensively.

Richard Tegge ’85 BS, the president of Wealth Strategy Group of Marquette, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM).  SBAM is an advocate for more than 25,000 small business owner members in Michigan.

Donna Dahlgren ’87 BS is dean of student success and persistence at Indiana University Southeast. Dahlgren has been gathering data on first-year students and using the research to determine what factors enhance student success. She has had opportunities to share her research internationally.

Kristin Culliton ’87 MPA [B] has been named Chair of the 2016-2017 Foundation of Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Board of Directors. She is a member of the Wichita Chapter in Kansas.

Jayme Matchinski ’89 BS has joined the law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. as an officer. Matchinski concentrates her practice on health care and corporate law, with a particular focus in the area of sleep medicine. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy Journal, and an advisory member of the board for the Sleep Center Management Institute in Atlanta, Ga. 


William Bowerman ’91 MA is the recipient of the Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences 2016 Alumni Achievement Award, the honor is presented for remarkable contributions to society. Bowerman has been studying bald eagle ecology and the effects of environmental pollutants in the Great Lakes region since 1984.

John Driscoll ’92 BS has been promoted to senior vice president of recovery services for the Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation.  The foundation has 16 sites across the country.

Justin Bassett ’93 BS is the owner of 45° North Management, a company that specializes in yacht, auto and property management in Harbor Springs, Michigan.  

Marleen (Domke) Brown ’94 BS is a special education teacher and a 6th grade language arts teacher at Onaway Area Community Schools.

Robert Schnell ’94 BS and Cynthia Schnell ’94 BSW are proud to announce that their daughter, Delaney Schnell, qualified for the USA Olympic trials in diving. Delaney is currently an AT&T High Performance Squad member for Team Dive USA. 

Jana (Vaughn) Tappa ’96 BA is a graphic designer in the Marketing Department of Sentry Insurance.  

Damien Barrett ’96 BS is a Mac system technician at Montclair Kimberley Academy. Damien supports and manages a pool of about 1,500 devices in a one-to-one laptop program.

Tamara Bannan ’97 BS is an architect at the University of Michigan AEC-Architecture, which designs and manages renovations and additions to the many historic buildings on its campus. Tamara also hosts events for girls to get them interested in careers as architects and engineers.

Julie Majurin ’97 MS is working as a principal engineer and chemistry manager for Ingersoll Rand. She is leading a team of ten chemists and chemical engineers across the globe to develop sustainability strategies to reduce their environmental impact.

Chad Coolman ’99 BS, ’07 MAE is a teacher at Rogers City Area Schools, teaching 6th through 12th grade physical education and social studies classes. He is also a firefighter and EMT with the Rogers City Volunteer Fire Department.


ESPN Poster

Dan Streeting ’05 BFA was commissioned by ESPN to design a poster (above) commemorating the Cub’s historic World Series run. See more at

Kevin Chandler ’00 BS, associate dean of arts and sciences at Macomb Community College, has co-founded a military affairs committee dedicated to protecting and growing the military footprint in Macomb County. As part of the 35-person bipartisan committee, Chandler lobbied to save a fleet of A-10 fighter jets at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The lobbying was successful, resulting in the retention of hundreds of jobs. 

Russ Phillips ’00 BA recently returned to NMU to participate in the study-abroad fair. A former international studies major at NMU, Phillips now facilitates similar travel opportunities for college students nationwide as a senior manager at the Council on International Education Exchange.

Steve Foley ’00 BS has accepted a staff-writer position at Northern Michigan Review, a daily newspaper publishing company based in Petoskey. He will cover health, food, Charlevoix County, Resort Township and also help with coverage of Charlevoix schools, townships and elections. Foley previously worked for both The North Wind and The Mining Journal.

Kelly (Carson) Bray ’00 BSN is an RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital and is part of a committee raising funds for a new elementary school playground.

Adam Harkness ’07 BS has joined K2 Sports in Seattle as digital and social media strategist. K2 Sports operates an international portfolio of 14 brands and more than 40 consumer product categories, most known for their long standing ski and snowboard lines.

Luke ’08 BS and Bethany Pearson Whitley ’10 BS, joined by Emily Kralovetz ’12 BS and friend Garret Falls [C], recently set sail from Charlevoix, embarking on their dream adventure of circumnavigating the world. The foursome worked to become debt free, saved money and sold off anything they could not take with them on their boat, the SV Further.  They purchased the 1968 Michigan-built, 47-foot Hatsil ketch last year and spent six months restoring it before their travels. Follow their adventure at

Anna (Prahl) Sharkey ’09 BS works as a medical technologist specialist for Michigan Medical Genetics Laboratory in the Pediatric Genetics Division at the University of Michigan Hospital. She is working on finishing a master’s degree through the clinical molecular genetics program at NMU.


Rachel Beeksma ’10 BME is associate artistic director of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir and artistic director of a new satellite program,
the Lake Country Children’s Choir. 

Ben Scheelk ’11 BA works as the program manager for the Ocean Foundation. He graduated with a certificate in nonprofit management from The George Washington University in May. He is currently pursuing an MPA.

Victoria Leonhardt ’11 BS was one of 50 emerging non-profit leaders from across the country selected to participate in the American Express Leadership Academy at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

Jason Morgan ’11 BS is now district director at the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves the office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

Bill Digneit ’08 BS, Pat Digneit ’11 AT, Alyssa Pilot ’13 AT, ’14 BS, Mike Forester ’09 BFA and Denise Elizondo ’11 BA are the new owners of the Doghouse Pub in downtown Marquette.

Ashley Foster ’12 BA graduated this year with a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska and accepted a position as a forensic scientist with the Texas Department of Public Safety Headquarters Crime Laboratory in Austin, Texas.

Mackenzie Myers ’13 BS is a reporter with the Roseville Press Tribune in California, where she covers the local education beat.

Kevin Corkin ’13 BS, Kevin Boylan ’14 BA, and Jon Martin ’15 BA are all working for Boy Scouts of America, Bay-Lakes Council. Corkin is the Hiawathaland senior district executive. Boylan is the Northern Lites district executive and Jon Martin is the Ledge to Lakes district executive. All are Eagle Scouts.

Brett DeHanas ’14 BS was selected from a group of more than 150 candidates to join the Key West Police Department as a patrol officer.

Savannah Mallo ’15 BS has accepted a position as partner specialist at Social Enterprises, a social event company committed to serving non-profits and sustainable social organizations.

Max Bender ’16 BFA and fellow grad Sarah Huebner ’16 BFA are working at CDW Corporation in Lincolnshire, IL.  CDW is provider of technology products and services for business, government and education.


Wedding Photo

Kerry Lucas ’98 BS and Christopher Hytinen ’05 VOC exchanged vows on August 26, 2016, in Champion. Kerry is a principal secretary at NMU. Chris works as a lineman for Fox Power. The couple resides in Ishpeming.

Kym Ott ’04 BS married Jeff Angle on May 13, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She is a clinical specialist at Edwards Lifesciences. The groom owns an insurance agency in Scottsdale. The couple resides in Phoenix.

Jenna Bergman ’08 BSN and Daniel Hendrickson ’09 BS exchanged vows on June 25, 2016 in Eagle River, Wis. Jenna is a registered nurse at UP Health Systems. Daniel is employed by Biogenic Reagents. The couple resides in Marquette. 

Zachariah Bossick ’09 BS married Ashley Paine on February 27, 2016. He is a store director for Meijer and she is a space planner at the Meijer corporate office. The couple resides in Clarksville.

Abbigail Adamini ’10 BA wed Matthew David Eric Johnston on June 4, 2016, in Marquette.  Both are general managers for Gap Inc. The couple resides in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Natalie LaCombe ‘11 BS and Jacob Vander Laan ‘10 BS exchanged vows on August 27, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a project coordinator at European Marble and Granite. He is an environmental scientist for the Division of Water Quality in Salt Lake City.

Kayla Lahti ’11 BS and Alex Wellman ’12 BS wed on October 7, 2016, in Arlington, Va. Alex is an e-residency marketing director for the Government of Estonia. The couple resides in Tallinn, Estonia.

Sarah Maiden-Weirtz ’13 and Christian Geiser ’12 BS exchanged vows recently in Traverse City.  Sarah is a behavioral therapist for Autism Home Support Services and Christian is an account manager for Higher Ground. The couple resides in Ypsilanti.

Emily Rushton ’14 BS and Brad Staley ’12 BS (pictured) were married on September 12, 2015, in Mackinaw City. Brad is a sheriff’s deputy in Midland County. Emily is a registered nurse at Mid-Michigan Health in Midland.

Ryan Maki ’13 BSN married Jessica Shega-Fox on July 30, 2016, in Chatham. Ryan is a registered nurse at UPHS-Marquette. Jessica is a teacher at Superior Central Schools. The couple resides in Marquette.

Tyler Dunn ’13 MA married Andrew Gualdoni on June 18, 2016, in Marquette. She is a bookkeeper at Tadych’s Econofoods.  He works as a manager at Tadych’s.


Mike Forester ’09 BA and Natalie Forester ’09 BS welcomed a daughter, June Elizabeth, on September 30, 2016

Derek Botsford ’10 BS and Katie Botsford ’10 BS welcomed a daughter, Sophia Mae, on December 14, 2016




Jean Hansen Edgar ’38 BA, May 18, 2016, Grand Rapids.

Martha (Mehnert) Annear ’39 BS, June 22, 2016, East Jordan.

Theresa (Joukainen) Kosonen ’42 BS, ’67 MA, March 23, 2016, Negaunee.

Pauline E. Anderson ’44 AS, March 11, 2016, Ironwood.

Leino W. Pynnonen ’47 BS, July 25, 2016, Negaunee.

Clifford Eric Engman ’50 BA, February 16, 2016, Marquette.

Raymond L. Godmer ’50 BA, December 24, 2015, Lansing.

Francis H. McMahon ’50 BS, March 9, 2016, Saint Ignace.

Ralph C. Goethe Sr. ’52 BS, September 9, 2016, Ishpeming.

Mary Linton ’52 BS, November 17, 2015, Grand Blanc.

Frank Bartol ’54 BS, ’60 MA, November 21, 2015, Traunik.

Ivan Ryan ’54 BS, ’57 MA, March 24, 2016, Gladstone.

Mary Frances Beckman ’56 BS, April 11, 2016, Spokane, Wash.

William McKinley Mazzali ’56 BA, July 2, 2016, Munising.

Suzette Marie Truckey ’57 BS, April 25, 2016, Duluth, Minn.

Harold V. Nelson ’58 BA, September 30, 2015, Homer.

David Gerald Corlett ’59 BS, ’66 MA, June 16, 2016, Iron Mountain.

Marcia A. Koster ’59 BA, June 29, 2016, Hartland.

Don Joseph Rivard ’60 BS, September 2, 2016, Marquette.

Vernon E. Annelin ’61 BS, ’67 MA, June 19, 2016, Manistique.

Allan Dighera ’61 BS, ’64 MA, December 6, 2015, Kingsford.

Nicholas J. Ilnicky ’61 BA, ’62 MAE, August 11, 2016, Harlingen, Texas.

Judith A. Richards ’61 BS, October 11, 2016, West Bloomfield.

Vincent Pelletier ’62 BA, November 17, 2015, Allouez, Wis.

Frank Richards ’62 BA, November 23, 2015, Westport, Conn.

Carol M. Shields ’62 BS, September 30, 2015, Lapeer.

Kay M. Lake ’63 BS, June 23, 2016, Bark River.

Karen Joan Tousignant ’63 BS, December 16, 22015, L’Anse.

Ruth H. Warner ’63 BS, October 25, 2016, Munising.

Charles C. Isaacson ’64 BS, January 17, 2016, Houghton.

Richard James Madison ’64 MA, December 28, 2015, Houghton.

Bernadette M. Arkens ’65 BS, ’70 MAE, April 12, 2016, Powers.

Norma Jean Bogetto, ’65 BS, June 13, 2016, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Peter F. Johnson, ’65 BA, February 20, 2016, Hayes, Va.

Mary Louise Seilo ’65 BA, May 12, 2016, Bellingham, Wash.

Frank Peter Buytaert ’66 BS, May 4, 2016, Traverse City.

Gary Woods ’66 BS, August 11, 2016, Hesperia.

David Michael Gleason ’67 BS, ’72 MAE, February 7, 2016, Negaunee.

Robert George Krizenesky ’67 MA, July 3, 2016, Rhinelander, Wis.

Norval John Veker ’67 MAE, October 27, 2016, L’anse.

Kenneth O. Burkman Sr. ’68 BS, ’71 MAE, June 24, 2016, Marquette.

David S. Barto ’69 MA, October 17, 2016, Marquette.

Myrtle Mae Hutter ’69 BS, October 14, 2016, Marquette.

Patricia Ann Lorens ’69 BS, April 21, 2016, Marquette.

Arthur W. Howell ’70 BS, October 8, 2016, Osprey, Fla.

Anthony De Venuta ’71 BA, November 30, 2016, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Douglas Neil Nelson ’71 BA, ’75 MAE, September 8, 2016, Lakeport.

Sandra L. Carlson ’72 BS, June 9, 2016, Ishpeming.

Peter Charles Fogo ’72 MA, July 9, 2016, Pasadena, Texas.

Charlotte A. Koski ’72 BA, September 18, 2016, Arbor Vitae, Wis.

Paul R. Symons ’73 BS, August 27, 2016, Negaunee.

Lambert L. Chard ’76 AB, ’77 BS, June 15, 2016, Mishawaka, Ind.

John Wayne Wright ’76 BS, October 30, 2015, Gwinn.

Joseph F. Zahn ’76 MAE, June 14, 2016, Marquette.

Daniel Louis Benstrom ’77 BS, October 21, 2016, Gwinn.

Barbara S. Brunswick ’78 BSN, July 21, 2016, Pasadena, Texas.

Alan P. Parker ’78 BS, November 19, 2015, Kalamazoo.

June G. Menard ’80 AT, June 29, 2016, Ishpeming.

Pamela Sue Benton ’81 BS, June 25, 2016, Marquette.

Richard W. Pietila ’81 BS, April 21, 2016, Clinton.

Daniel S. Reynolds ’81 CER, April 26, 2016, Ishpeming.

Phillip Garceau ’83 VOC, October 15, 2016, Billings, Mont.

James R. Parkkonen ’83 VOC, July 29, 2016, Ely Township.

Martha Kaye Begly ’84 BME, August 14, 2015, Marble, Colo.

Dr. Mark W. Ulrickson ’84 BS, October 11, 2016, Marquette.

Cynthia L. O’Malley ’85 BS, March 30, 2016, Arlington, Va.

Laurie Jean (McLaughlin) Rudness ’85 VOC, August 22, 2016, Marquette.

Ronald S. Williams ’86 AS, October 19, 2015, Mangonia Park, Fla.

Jean Marie (Fassbender) Culley ’89 BS, August 8, 2016, Paul, Idaho.

Lee LaForge ’95 BS, ’06 MAE, June 3, 2016, Marquette.

Eric John Usitalo ’95 AS, ’96 BS, February 14, 2016, Milford.

Kimberly (Jones) Abraham ’99 BS, April 19, 2016, Warren.

Julie B. Andrews ’99 BS, April 24, 2016, Negaunee.

Kimberly M. (Abraham) Jones, ’00 BS, April 19, 2016, Warren.

Jeannie Margaret Carlson ’02 BS, ’05 MA, ’05 MS, November 3, 2016, Marquette.

Laura Jean St. Amour ’04 BS, October 7, 2016, Munising.

Justin Lee Kinnunen ’06 BS, August 12, 2016, Dallas, Texas.

Jeramiah Joseph Truckey ’09 AAS, August 21, 2016, Negaunee.

John Peter Oros ’10 BS, November 6, 2016, Marquette.

John T. Noble ’12 Certificate of Welding, July 8, 2016, Marquette.

Andrew K. Tippett ’12 BFA, July 22, 2016, West Allis, Wis.

Justin Schroepfer ’14 BS, June 11, 2016, Rhinelander, Wis.

Drawing of Gil

Coach Gil Krueger

Former Northern Michigan University head coach Gil Krueger, who guided the Wildcats to the 1975 NCAA Division II Football Championship, passed away Oct. 30. He was 87 and a resident of Walnut Creek, Calif. Krueger coached at NMU from 1974-77. His achievements included 1975 NCAA II Coach of the Year, a school-record 10 regular-season wins and an 18-game winning streak that remains the longest in program history. He also coached eight All-Americans.



Willard L. Cohodas, avid supporter of Northern Michigan University, July 7, 2016, San Antonio, Texas.

Larry J. Heiskanen ’70 BS,, former Director of Development - athletics and equipment manager for NMU hockey,  October 13, 2016, Marquette.

Robert S. Hudson Sr. ’81 VOC, first instructor at the Jacobetti Skill Center,  July 1, 2016, Big Bay. 

William Kenneth Jensen ’63 BS, served on the executive committee of the NMU Development Fund,  October 5, 2016, Fox Point, Wis.

Frances H. Kepler, retired employee of the printing office, July 11, 2016, Ishpeming.

John V. Kumpula, retired attendant in building maintenance, August 24, 2016, Marquette.

Diane L. Mankamyer, retired secretary in the Career Services Office, May 7, 2016, Marquette.

Hailey Richardson, student, July 19, 2016, Holt.

Stephanie Ann Rousseau-Whitebird ’90 VOC, former assistant in the Native American studies department,  June 28, 2016, Odanah, Wis.

Viola (Rantanen) Salminen ’71 Skills Center Secretarial Course, former Skills Center registration clerk and retired mailroom employee,  August 10, 2016, Marquette.

Kaylilyn Suzanne Tansey, student, June 11, 2016, Grand Ledge.

Eugene A. Whitehouse, retired head of the history and philosophy departments and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, July 3, 2016, Marquette.