Class Notes (2000-2011)

(received as of June 1, 2012)


Zubair Ansari had a son, Ayub, on March 30, 2011 (Rubina; Hafsa, 7, Isra, 5).

James Austgen had a daughter, Evelyn Rose, on March 26, 2012 (Katherine). James is a research associate at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jeffrey and Jodie Corey ’98 Behrens had twin daughters, Helena Fern and Finley Lynn, on September 12, 2011 (Owen, 3).

Brian Clark had a daughter, Natalie Kate, on January 30, 2012 (Lindsay).

Kathryn Gunn Dye had a son, Michael, on September 13, 2010. She is assistant professor of biology at Mt. St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Md.

Brian Ekdale married Melissa Tully on October 8, 2011.

Linnae Johnson is supervisor of accessioning at Genoptix, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif.

Vanita Sharma Kapoor had a daughter, Anya, in November 2011 (Nitin).

Ben and Cara Caliendo Nelson had a son, Grant Patrick, on February 22, 2012 (Natalie, 3, Jordan, 1).

Bryan Stortz has been named varsity football coach at Rock Island High School.

Alison Zelms is the deputy city manager in Prescott, Ariz.


Mark and Erika Krouth ’99 Behrens had a daughter, Ivy Grace, on April 22, 2011 (Max, 4).

David and Traci Brooks ’03 Reyes had a daughter, Lana Caroline, on April 13, 2012.

Nathan Sondgeroth is president of the Clinton (Iowa) Area Chamber of Commerce.

Heather Pelkey Spiewak had a daughter, Clara Marie, in July 2011 (Jason).

Chris Spillum was inducted into the Orion (Ill.) High School Hall of Fame for individual achievement as a wrestler.

Christopher and Cara Fiorello ’99 Sweet had a daughter, Lorien Dawn, on June 3, 2011 (Jonah, 4).


Elizabeth Choporis was promoted to director of the Center for Student Involvement at Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Sara Ford Gross had a son, Noah, in April 2011 (Brian; Mia, 1).

Tim Heisler had a son, Ryan Michael, on November 28, 2011 (Lindsay).

Sarah Swenson Kneller had a daughter, Evelyn Grace, on December 1, 2011 (Matt).

Sarah Geotsalitis Rabe received the Illinois Reading Educator of the Year award (K-5) from the Illinois Reading Council.

Spencer Sweet, a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, deployed for the second time to Afghanistan with Combat Logistics Battalion-5 out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Darcy Ahrens Tindall had a son, Andrew James, on September 26, 2011 (Michael).

Tyler ’03 and Bekah Kohl Todd had a daughter, Elsie Joy, on March 22, 2011. Bekah is an optometrist at Vision First, Louisville, Ky.


Lisa Beane, a student at the University of Minnesota Law School, was named a 2012 Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholar.

Sarah-Eva Carlson and Nate Marchese were married on April 14, 2012.

Jason Charlton is an institutional review specialist for the U.S. Department of Education, Chicago.

Sarah Broski Gendernalik had a daughter, Norah Mary, on February 8, 2012 (Jimmy).

Matt Jennings has been named volleyball coach at Michigan Tech University, Houghton.

Bryan Lagerstam is interim pastor serving the Lutheran Parish of Kennard and Orum, Neb.

Caryn Mele is program manager of the non-profit Open Books, where she manages a number of literacy programs for Chicagoland students.

David ’01 and Traci Brooks Reyes had a daughter, Lana Caroline, on April 13, 2012.

Tyler and Bekah Kohl ’02 Todd had a daughter, Elsie Joy, on March 22, 2011. Tyler works at JP Morgan Chase, Louisville, Ky.

Jenn Wilson VanDeVelde had a daughter, Emma, on November 5, 2011 (Neil).

Andrew Vaughn was made a partner at the law firm of Katz & Stefani, Chicago.

Steve and Jill Morgan ’04 Zeitler had a daughter, Hadley Brynn, on November 30, 2011.




Stephanie Allewalt is fund development manager for Northwest Side Community Development Corp., Milwaukee, Wis.

Daniel Beck received the doctor of pharmacy degree from Campbell University.

Shannan Walsten Child had a son, Phoenix, on January 21, 2011 (Bradley).

Joe ’05 and Kimberly Nelson Cruse had a daughter, McKinley Ann, on September 27, 2011 (Carver, 2).

John and Nicole Imm Curiale had a daughter, Ella Grace, on June 17, 2011.

Kristin Krueger DePorter had a daughter, Molly Carolyn, on October 27, 2011 (Tad).

Lisa Miller Farber had a son, Jaxson Robert, on January 30, 2011 (Joe).

Stephanie Farney married Michael Dillon on June 18, 2011. She works as a physical therapist at the University of Chicago.

Sarah Humbert married Ryan Nechvatal on March 17, 2012.

Erin Rakoczy Kraft had a daughter, Natalie Olivia, on September 29, 2011 (Jim).

Barbara Link married Will Barnett on August 6, 2011.

Julia Selzer Nalewajka had a daughter, Amelia, on September 22, 2011 (Roger).

Kelly Sherman married Chad Vieth in July, 2010.

Shannon Steinbis-Vanatta had a son, Hunter, on June 22, 2011 (Todd).

Beth Burzynski Veit had a daughter, Bailey Joy, on January 19, 2011 (Kristian).

Steve ’03 and Jill Morgan Zeitler had a daughter, Hadley Brynn, on November 30, 2011.


Joe and Kimberly Nelson ’04 Cruse had a daughter, McKinley Ann, on September 27, 2011 (Carver, 2).

Jessica Baumgartner Harms had a daughter, Zoe Jane, on September 26, 2011 (Stephen).

Linnea McGowan married Martin Hobmeier on November 26, 2011. She is a counselor for at-risk teen-agers in a group treatment home, Good Will Farm, Houghton, Mich.

Jeffrey Patneau’s name was added to the CIA Book of Honor and a star in his memory carved in the CIA’s Memorial Wall, in Langley, Va. A covert officer, Jeffrey died in the line of duty in Yemen in 2008.

David Wuebben is a commercial analyst for Kerry Group, Beloit, Wis.

Andrew Zimmerman is a store manager for Walgreens in the Florida Keys, and a graduate student at Kaplan University Online.


Jacob Holtgrewe married Caroline Rezek ’08 on June 17, 2011. He is senior marketing manager for Liberty Bank for Savings, Chicago.

Chris and Stacey Slain Studer had a daughter, Addilyn Mae, on March 4, 2012. Chris is a senior financial analyst for Schneider Electric, Palatine, Ill.; Stacey teaches English at Antioch Upper Grade School.

Brett Wells is the 2012 recipient of Northern Illinois University’s Outstanding Graduate Student award in recognition of his distinguished scholarship and research.


Heather Bucy is community support specialist at Crider Health Center, Wentzville, Mo.

Sarah Heagney married Andy Werhane on November 12, 2011. She teaches seventh-grade math for the Harvard (Ill.) Community School District.

Megan Koepnick married Eric Clapp on August 6, 2011. She received the M.Div. from Luther Seminary and is associate pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Mesa, Ariz.

Valerie Lambert is a marketing research analyst for the American Medical Association, Chicago.

Kali Minkler Petit was promoted to systems analyst manager in the Engineering Center of Excellence at Group O, Milan, Ill.

James Shearouse is a graduate student at Washington State University, Pullman.


James Beatty married Kate Fulginiti ’10 on July 16, 2011.

Alexander Geocaris received the J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law and now is a prosecutor in the criminal division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Meghan Ginn received the M.D. from the Uniformed Services University and was selected to receive the Navy League Award for the class of 2012. Meghan now holds the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and has begun a family practice internship at the Pensacola (Fla.) Naval Hospital.


Jeffrey King and Faith Leaich were married on November 5, 2011. Faith is a speech-language pathologist for the Middleton Cross-Plains School District, Middleton, Wis.

Cassandra Lawlor is a graduate student at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.

Yvonne Lyden received the master’s in education from Dominican University, River Forest, Ill.

Ryan Mackey married Tara Kavanaugh in June 2010. He works as a recovery specialist at Sinnissippi Centers, Inc., in Lee and Ogle counties, Ill.

Abby Killinger Meeker was promoted to business process integrator at the John Deere C&F Division, Davenport, Iowa.

Caroline Rezek married Jacob Holtgrewe ’06 on June 17, 2011.

Dain Swetalla, playing for the Illiabum Cube in the Proliga professional basketball league of Portugal, was named the league’s “center of the year” and was a first-team all-league selection.


Ryan Carmichael is an analyst at Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, Ill.

Whitney Engstrom is an assistant for film director Andy Fickman in Los Angeles, Calif.

Melissa Flowers and Dan Pepper were married on December 3, 2011.

Alex Hartz, math teacher at Hononegah High School, Rockton, Ill., was named Teacher of the Week during December 2011.

Amy Hultquist is a communications graduate student at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

Heather Holland Lauf is a marketing writer for Water Street Solutions, Peoria, Ill.

Paula Neiweem received the master’s in liberal studies from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.

Lucie VanHecke is a supplier diversity specialist with Deere & Co., Moline, Ill.
Nicole Smith Walsh teaches art for the Geneseo (Ill.) School District.


David Brickner married Courtney VandeWiele ’11 on October 29, 2011. He is a contract specialist for the Rock Island Arsenal.

Kate Fulginiti married James Beatty ’08 on July 16, 2011.

William Hatchet is the new student academic facilitator at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.

Amy Kreiser is the varsity volleyball coach at Putnam County High School, Granville, Ill.

Cara Neary married Justin DeMuynck on November 5, 2011.

Sam Schlouch is manager of arts events and communications at Augustana College.


Lauryn Dick teaches music for the Pleasant Valley School District, Bettendorf, Iowa.

Christine Hedlin is a graduate student at the University of Illinois.

Jeremy Hoffman secured a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and will complete his Ph.D. at Oregon State University. He also was awarded the OSU geology department’s Landau Associates Graduate Fellowship.

Sheena Kemp is a tax accountant at Midas International.

Anna Knepler is district executive for Boy Scouts of America.

Courtney VandeWiele married David Brickner ’10 on October 29, 2011. She is an assurance associate at McGladrey & Pullen, Davenport, Iowa.

Audrey Waner is digital media and design coordinator at the Putnam Museum and Giant Screen Theatre, Davenport, Iowa.

Honorary Alumnus

Howard Braren, who was named an honorary alumnus of Augustana in 2004, received an honorary doctoral degree from Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y.