Class Notes: Updates from 1990s alumni
Class Notes submitted by Redbird alumni for the February 2013 edition of Illinois State magazine:
Judith Abbott ’90 completed a juris doctorate at the University of Iowa. She has served as a juvenile and domestic violence prosecutor. She is a senior lecturer in criminal justice, the pre-law student advisor and mock trial team coach at Culver-Stockton College. She received the college’s 2012 Helsabeck Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She resides in Quincy.
Carolyn M. (Chambers) Callaghan ’91, M.S. ’98, completed a doctorate at Pennsylvania State University. She is an associate dean. She and her husband, Eric, reside in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania.
Dasha N. Kelly ’91 is a performer, lecturer, and instructor. She has published the novel All Fall Down and has been named by Written Word magazine as one of the Top Ten Up-and-Coming Writers of the Midwest. She resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mark Sergot ’91 is the vice president of global sales for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. He and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Ontario, Canada.
Martha Stroud-Merry ’91 attended the ISU 1980s madrigal singers reunion event, which included a performance at an ISU Shakespeare Festival alumni event at Ewing Manor. She and her husband, Dana Merry, reside in Georgetown, Texas.
Christina Boehle ’92 is employed by the National Park Service as a communication and education specialist. She and her husband, Brian, are the parents of a daughter. Celeste Claire was born in January of 2012. They reside in Boise, Idaho.
Virginia J. McMath ’92 received an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and is now completing a doctorate in education. She has one son and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rich Zielke ’92, M.S. ’94, was appointed executive director of the Oswegoland Park District. Rich and his wife, Wendy, reside in New Lenox.
Teddy Brodie Osantowski, Ed.D. ’93, is a supervisor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She has authored The Little Survivor, The Black Landed Gentry of Montgomery County, and God Made Me. She and her husband, Russell, reside in Henderson, Nevada.
Kathy (Harris) Albert ’94 worked in education as a high school English teacher and high school principal. She now raises alpacas on a farm in Illinois. She resides in Rio.
Tim Frank, M.S. ’94, is the chairman of Sany America. He is responsible for manufacturing, sales, marketing and support for all Sany equipment products in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America. He resides in Asheville, North Carolina.
Robin (Wink) Pearson ’94 is the STEP coordinator for Northwest Special Education Cooperative in Freeport. She and her husband, Pete, reside in East Dubuque, Iowa.
Sheryl Lang DeMott ’95, M.S. ’03, is deputy director of clinical services at the Lois B. Deberry Special Needs Facility, which is within the Tennessee Department of Correction. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Suzanne (Hunsley) Knisley ’95 completed her Certified Benefits Professional Certification from World@Work. She is the defined contributions benefits analyst at Caterpillar. She and her husband, Kevin, reside in Henry.
David Mistic ’95 is vice president and relationship manager with Fifth Third Bank in Chicago. He previously worked as vice president for US Bank in the Windy City. He is an active volunteer with Bethal New Life and ISU’s Educational Investment Fund. He resides in Chicago.
Kerin Motsinger ’95 teaches gifted elementary students in the Chicago area. She was one of only six educators chosen in 2012 as a Lowell Milken Center Fellowship recipient. She resides in Glen Ellyn.
Brent Roberts ’95 is senior manager of communications at the Appraisal Institute. He and his wife, Sara (Silverton) ’95 are the parents of two children. They reside in Mundelein.
Michael “Mickey” Seward ’95 is the national director of communications for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He and his wife, Kristie, reside in Kansas City, Missouri.
Elizabeth Wittig ’95 received a teaching certificate from Arizona State University. She is a teacher in the Kansas City school district. She has one son and resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Corey (White) Murphy ’96 worked as a juvenile probation officer and is now a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband, Christopher, are the parents of a daughter and son. Kelton Curtis was born in September of 2011. They reside in Fox Lake.
Karen Rothbardt ’96 is a freelance writer/editor for educational publishing. She has a daughter, Elliana, and resides in Buffalo Grove.
Teresa Hill ’97, M.S. ’00, Ed.D. ’08, is superintendent of schools for South Holland School District 151. She and her husband, Anthony, reside in Flossmoor.
David Luebke ’97 completed a master’s in education administration at Governors State University. He is a special services teacher at Lincoln-Way Central and was named the district’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. He serves as a dean and a coach for the wrestling and football teams. He resides in Morris.
Curt Oldfield ’97 completed a master’s at the University of Illinois. He taught high school agriculture classes at Spoon River College, where he was dean of instruction. He was vice president of academic affairs at Northeast Iowa Community College before being named president of Spoon River College in Canton.
Julie (Musselman) Oost ’97 is an economist with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. She served as a senior policy advisor and economic analyst at the Illinois Commerce Commission. She and her husband, Kevin, are the parents of triplets. Liam, Noah, and Izaac were born in January of 2012. They reside in Mokena.
Sarah (Gentry) Aubry ’98, M.S. ’04, is an English teacher and reading tutor at Cowman International School in Haiti. She and her husband, Mark, founded Hoops for Haiti. They and their daughters relocated to Haiti in 2012.
Paola (Pinello) Hinton ’98 owns Five Senses Spa and Salon. The business was recognized as a Top 200 Spa and Salon in North America by Salon Today, which represents more than 25,000 salons and spas in the country. The award recognizes leadership, management, and success. Her husband, Steve ’97, works at Caterpillar, marketing products globally. They reside in Edwards.
Licia Johnson ’98 is the author of Strength to Speak: One Woman’s Struggle to Make Peace with her Past. She resides in Chicago.
Roger Kilpatrick, Ph.D. ’98, has retired after serving as District 709 superintendent. He worked 17 years in the banking business and as a CPA. He and his wife, Linda, have four grandchildren and reside in Morton.
Scott McGinnis ’98 is a staff engineer at Mitsubishi Motors North America. He and his wife, Trixy, reside in Heyworth.
Patricia Adkins, Ed.D. ’99, has served as an education administrator at several community colleges. She was president of Yuba College in California before accepting the position of president at Ashland Community and Technical College in Kentucky.
Dan Campana ’99 was a newspaper reporter and is now a writer and communications consultant. His wife, Jennifer (Siel) ’99, is a relocation specialist with C.E. Anderson & Co. They are the parents of one son and reside in Streamwood.
John Centko, M.S. ’99, is provost at Northwest Technical College. He previously served as dean of academic affairs at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. He resides in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Melissa (Duhr) Davis ’99 authored the paranormal romance In Flames, which was released this year under the alias Elissa Daye. She resides in Bloomington.
Jonathan Feipel, M.A. ’99, is executive director of the Illinois Commerce Commission. He previously served as the deputy director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He resides in Springfield.
Kelsey (Harmon) Finn ’99 is the executive director of the ASUC Auxillary at the University of California in Berkeley. She and her husband, Brian, reside in Point Richmond, California.