Class Notes 2000-2012

Received as of May 31, 2013


Carolyn Carter Arnold had a son, Geno James, on February 13, 2012 (Rick; Francesca, 3).

Melissa Muehler DeLassus had a daughter, Lora Catherine, on December 16, 2011. Melissa is an administrative assistant at Providence Catholic High School, New Lenox, Ill.

Abby Holt Curtis had a son, Nathaniel David, on October 20, 2012 (Dan).

Georgianna Ferguson is assistant administrator and director of social services for the P.A. Peterson Center for Health, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Rockford.

Ryan ’02 and Heather Hoffman Kluck had a daughter, Lily Catherine, on March 5, 2012 (Norah, 3).

Todd Mueller had twin daughters, Adla Rose and Shelby Mae, in October 2012.

Kristie Betcher Mundinger is senior associate of brand marketing at the American Red Cross National Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Julia O’Donnell is the professional association coordinator for the UTeach Institute at the University of Texas, Austin.

Jonathan and Danielle DeCillo ’98 Pugh had a daughter, Makenzie Joan, on May 25, 2012 (Nick and Nathan, 8).

Alan ’01 and Julie Denning Wagner had a daughter, Danielle Cecelia, on February 29, 2012 (Alexis, 5, Ajay, 4).

Michael and Corey McGregor Woods had a daughter, Alexandra Rose, on October 31, 2012.

Katie Malone Blakeman had a daughter, Mary Elisabeth, on August 13, 2011 (TJ). Katie received the master’s in library and information science from the University of Illinois. She now serves as clerk of the circuit court in Champaign County (Ill.).


Jon and Holly Fugiel Grosshans had a son, Jack Edward, on December 28, 2012.

Kristin Juliano Johnson had a daughter, Emily Grace, on February 13, 2013 (Seth).

Erin Roerkohl Roth had a daughter, Kaitlyn, on January 1, 2013.

Alan and Julie Denning ’00 Wagner had a daughter, Danielle Cecelia, on February 29, 2012 (Alexis, 5, Ajay, 4).

Sarah Holmer Weyers had a son, Jeffrey Gavynn, on December 17, 2012 (Jon).


Ryan and Heather Hoffman ’00 Kluck had a daughter, Lily Catherine, on March 5, 2012 (Norah, 3).

Brian Mulherin is a physician with Hematology Oncology of Indiana in Indianapolis.

Lucas ’04 and Annie Coulter Murray had a son, Lincoln James, on December 30, 2012 (Alaina, 3).

Andrea Muschetto Purcell started Purcell College Consulting, a counseling firm that assists students and families with navigating the college selection process.

Caroline Skaggs Sallee had a daughter, Eleanor Barbara, on January 3, 2013 (James). Caroline is a manager in Ernst and Young’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics practice, Chicago.


Chris and Amy Mirus Brittain had a son, Connor, on January 31, 2012.

Julie Miller Burkhart is sales and marketing manager for The Arc of the Quad-Cities, Rock Island.

Natalie Martens Malvik is a medical student at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Abby Kendall O’Connell works at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a nurse in the neonatal/infant intensive care unit.

Jackie Pfeiffer married Kurt Kuechenmeister on March 5, 2013.

Sheila Nguyen Ryan is director of research, pediatric neurosurgery faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Julie Lucchesi Smith had a son, Owen, on March 21, 2012 (Dan).


Ryan Chapman received the Northern Athletics Conference Coach of the Year Award. He is the men’s and women’s cross country head coach at Aurora (Ill.) University.

Stephanie Allewalt Hacker is a senior planner at GRAEF, an engineering and consulting firm in Milwaukee, Wis.

Anne Kotleba received M.F.A. in community arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She also received the 2012 Open Society Institute Community Fellowship.

Piper Mead married Caroline Gencur on September 8, 2012.

Ryan and Ashley Paull Murphy had a son, Connor Paul, on September 12, 2012.

Lucas and Annie Coulter ’02 Murray had a son, Lincoln James, on December 30, 2012 (Alaina, 3).

Ryan Ruud is senior vice president at GE Capital, Irvine, Calif.


Stephanie Brown is a project planner for MSA Professional Services, Champaign, Ill.

Michael Fusco had a daughter, Giuliana Rose, on February 14, 2013 (Sarah). Michael received the master’s in contract management from the Naval Post Graduate School.

Nicole Hookom married Jared Kreuz on December 8, 2012.

Laura Johnson Kamprath had a daughter, Anna, on March 20, 2013 (Matthew).

Dana Kau married Lin Takrudtong in 2012 in the United States and on January 4, 2013, in Lin’s native Thailand. Dana is national account manager for Williams Interactive, Chicago.

Joyce Meier received the M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

Amanda Nelson, general manager of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, was named the Illinois Council of Orchestra’s sole recipient of a 2013 honorable mention award as one who has made outstanding contributions to an orchestra in Illinois.

Bryan ’03 and Kristen Bealer Lagerstam had a daughter, Katherine Joy, on August 12, 2012.

John Mischler had a son, Tobias, on September 11, 2012.

Jason Myers married Jennifer LaMantia on April 21, 2012.

Kristina Henson Oland teaches special education at Sycamore (Ill.) High School.

Corinne Raney married Tim Zehr on June 25, 2011.

Cynthia Richard teaches fourth grade at Chamisa Elementary School, White Rock, N.M.

Holly Free Sallows had a daughter, Lucy, on July 23, 2012 (Stephen; Gabriel, 6, Elly, 4).

Jill Moth Tartaglia had a daughter, Giavanna Lily, on April 12, 2012 (David).

Katie Vegter married Gregory Guimon on August 12, 2011.

Jordan Watson was promoted to assistant basketball coach at Dartmouth University, Hanover, N.H.


Leigh Engstrom Cornell had a daughter, Claire Elaina, on February 21, 2013 (Kevin).

Jeff Noethlich and Sarah Larsen ’09 were married on September 15, 2012.

Jennifer O’Donnell won the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from Community Unit School District 300. She teaches 240 fifth- and sixth-grade orchestra students at Lakewood School, Carpentersville, Ill.

Brandon Wolber was promoted to manager of the Chicago audit department at Legacy Professionals LLP.


Cammie Bourlet and Adam Heald were married on May 11, 2013.

Heather Bucy is case manager for InnVision Shelter Network, Santa Clara, Calif.

Tony Clavio and Amy Nass ’08 were married on December 22, 2012.

Courtney Cook married Andrew Rudiger on September 29, 2012.

Kelly Schumacher married Aaron Fuller on August 11, 2012.

Jennifer Nelson is assistant marketing manager, ecommerce, at XO Group, New York, N.Y.

Meghan McCullough Peterson had a daughter, Vivian Deanne, on May 11, 2012 (Drew).

Jennifer Witkowski is a clinical supervisor and outpatient therapist for North Carolina Mentor, Wilmington.


Kathryn Morris Bennett had a daughter, Anna Rose, on June 13, 2012.

Meagan Bicker teaches chemistry at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School, Bradley, Ill.

Gloriann Golden received the D.V.M. from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and is practicing as an associate veterinarian in Plainfield, Ill.

Ryan Griffith attends Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, Ill.

Bill Mele works for Google, Inc., Chicago, as finance lead, Google Affiliate Network.

Amy Nass and Tony Clavio ’07 were married on December 22, 2012.


Alli Bernardi works in marketing communication at Schneider Electric, Carrollton, Texas.

Zac Cupples is a physical therapist at Edward Hospital and Health Services, Plainfield, Ill.

Ann Fullem Frankel is an occupational therapist for Aegis Therapies in Minnesota.

Jori Slack Griffith is a graduate student in communication at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Shawn James received the master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is now a Peace Corp volunteer serving in Nepal.

Emily Rector Lechelt had a daughter, Harper Elise, on May 9, 2013 (Tristan).

Paula Neiweem was promoted to retail supervisor at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Ill.

Sarah Larsen and Jeff Noethlich ’06 were married on September 15, 2012.

Michael Pettis had a daughter, Mae Lynn, on March 6, 2013 (Molly).

Kevin Ryan was appointed managing director of Northwestern Mutual, Davenport, Iowa.

Amy Terry is front office manager at Ivy Hotel, Chicago.


Jessica Devore received the master’s in social work from the University of Denver. She is now a social worker at the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital.

Melinda King is youth and family coordinator at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Charles City, Iowa.

Colleen LeMaire is a marketing writer for the Toronto-based company, Axsium.

Zach Stokes is an accountant with Mathieson, Moyski, Celer & Co., Wheaton, Ill.


Justine Nguyen is a research assistant at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Michelle Opsahl is a copywriter for Von Maur, Davenport, Iowa.

Sheldon Ritzheimer is athletics operation manager/coordinator of event management at McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill., where she also is a graduate student in business administration.

Torrey Sauter is a programmer analyst for Thatcher Technology Group, Naperville, Ill.

Rachel Schuldt is a sales associate and office assistant at Ken Stein Violins, Elmhurst, Ill.

Jonathan Wallace works for the Illinois House Republicans as a policy and communications analyst and founded, a web-based digital media company.

Audrey Waner is a graphic designer at Nerdwerx, Davenport, Iowa.


Matthew Bowman attends the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Megan Butzke is a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Marie DiPiero is the human resources manager at Clearwater Communications in Florida.

Daniel Scannura is an IT specialist, radiation oncology, at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Steven Scott is a mortgage loan closer at The Federal Savings Bank, Naperville, Ill.

Jason Wagner is a financial analyst for HNI Corporation, Muscatine, Iowa.