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Carbon

Julie Normann Carbon [2009]

Updated: September 26, 2017

Finn Fox Carbon was born 05/08/17 in Madison, WI. Proud Parents are Julie (Normann) Carbon (2009) and Jason Carbon.


Richmond

Ryan Richmond [2014] and Sarah Gettinger [2015]

Updated: September 19, 2017

Ryan Richmond ('14) and Sarah Gettinger ('15) met the first day of college in an English class at CUW. They have been a couple ever since and recently married on August 12, 2017 in Cleveland, OH. The two were student athletes and come back to Wisconsin frequently.


Maschke

Rev. Dr. Timothy Maschke [1968]

Updated: August 24, 2017

Rev. Dr. Timothy Maschke is releasing his book "Called to be Holy in the World"! Written from a Lutheran Perspective, Dr. Maschke's book serves to give an overview of Christian History from the Pentecost to the Present. This book is appropriate for all ages and the unique format provide an educational and enticing read.


Pingel

James Pingel [1992]

Updated: August 23, 2017

Dr. James Pingel [1992] is about to release his second book "One Team One Spirit: Inspiration for the Christian Coach", which is a Devotional developed for coaches, athletes, and even fans of any sport. The book will be available at the end of the month from Concordia Publishing House as well as Amazon!


Danielson

Sarah (Raasch) Danielson [2009] and Dr. Patrick Danielson [2009, 2012]

Updated: August 1, 2017

Sarah (Raasch) Danielson (2009) and Dr. Patrick Danielson (2009 and 2012) were blessed with a baby girl, Ann Elizabeth, on April 6, 2016. She is the greatest source of joy. The family resides in Simpsonville, SC where Sarah is Senior Accountant for Kentwool and Patrick is a physical therapist.


Konkel

Nathaniel Konkel [2016]

Updated: July 14, 2017

Nathaniel Konkel (2016) and Hannah Griffiths have been married for almost a year (Chapel of Christ Triumphant, July 30th 2016) and welcomed their first child on July 6th, 2017. The baby is named Karla Hannah Konkel! She weighed 9 lbs 14 ounces, and was 22 inches long. Everyone is healthy and the baby is gaining weight fast!


Carbon

Julie Normann Carbon [2009]

Updated: June 26, 2017

What's happening in your life? : On May 8, 2017, Jason and I welcomed our first baby, Finn Fox Carbon.


Dowell

Mary J. Dowell [1996]

Updated: June 8, 2017

Mary J Dowell ‘96 is the principal of MJ Dowell & Associates, a management-consulting group with emphasis in Human Resources, Philanthropy, Project Management and Public Speaking. Prior to starting her own company, Mary worked for 20+ years in Fortune 100 & 500 companies as a community relations and HR executive, including the position of Vice President of Foundation Affairs and Global Community Relations at Johnson Controls, Inc. There, she led the company’s community relation’s outreach efforts from local to global status through alignment and leveraging of company financial resources and employee engagement. She is also an active member of the Milwaukee business and philanthropic communities. She is a mentor, leader, winner of numerous awards, and recently authored her book, Playing Through the Fence. The book is part memoir, part self-help for emerging leaders or anyone seeking inspiration while facing obstacles on his or her career journey. Nineteen women, including Mary, share powerful re?ections of fortitude and accomplishments in their lives and careers, sometimes against what seemed like impossible odds, as they challenged barriers on their paths to success. Her book is available on Amazon.


Beyer

David Beyer [2001]

Updated: May 30, 2017

I have just finished my 15th season with the Miami Heat. Currently I am the Director of Basketball Operations for the Heat and the Assistant General Manager for the Sioux Falls Skyforce (Heat's D-League Affiliate). I have been very fortunate and blessed to be a part of all three NBA Championship teams with the Miami Heat and one D-League Championship with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. My wife (Sebrina) and I have 3 kids.


Glasgow

Michael Glasgow [2007]

Updated: May 26, 2017

Since my enriching time at CUW and completing my MCM back in 2007, I’m really excited to share some big updates in my musical world: • I just celebrated 19 years as Minister of Music at North Raleigh United Methodist Church; • I’ve served as a conductor/clinician for more than 100 events throughout the USA and abroad (this summer, I have a third engagement in England; in two weeks, I’m in Toronto; next year is Hong Kong; and continental Europe is in the works for 2019!); • I’ve published more than 50 pieces of music for everything from organ to chorus to handbells to orchestra; • This year marks my tenth season as the conductor of the Tar River Community Chorus (Rocky Mount, NC), as well as my 15th season as Bass Section Leader of the North Carolina Master Chorale. On top of all of these exciting blessings and adventures, on June 11 – my 40th birthday – I’m conducting the New York premiere of my Requiem at Carnegie Hall, with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and a massed chorus of 130 singers (many of whom are from my church choir, and another of whom – Amber Hitchcock – is a fellow CUW grad!)


Mize

Gavin Mize [2007]

Updated: May 26, 2017

I graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary with my Master of Divinity Degree and was ordained into the office of the Holy Ministry in 2011. I served Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shepherdsville, Kentucky untilI was Divinely called to Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina in 2013. Finishing the year of 2013 and through 2014 my whole world changed very quickly for helots wonderful. I enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Concordia Theological Seminary (which I am currently working on my dissertation concerning teaching Catechetical Aesthetics), met Ashlee Saleeby who would become my wife in 2015, and we had our first son, Oliver Augustine Mize, on December 22nd 2016. Since the time we learned that Ashlee was pregnant I began searching for tools to use to catechize little Oliver. However, I was very disappointed in the materials for ABC books and other books to grow into. So, I wrote "My Little ABC Liturgy Book," which was published earlier this year. I also have another book being published in a couple of months named, "Beauty and Catechesis" which is foreworded by Prof. John Pless. In "Beauty and Catechesis" we look at works of art, Martin Luther's Small Catechism, and paired with a devotion and prayers for the whole family. I also run a small website devoted to promoting catechetical books for the whole family called MizeFamilyBooks.com. I am a very proud Alumnus of Concordia University of Wisconsin! I look forward to returning to CUW for a nostalgic visit to my alma mater! One day, perhaps. Thank you, CUW for guiding me in the way I should go!


Newton

Sarah J. Newton [2014]

Updated: May 26, 2017

I got married recently, July 2, 2016; graduated from Concordia Seminary on May 19, 2017 with an M.A. in Spiritual Care (with Deaconess Certification, though I am deferring this certification until next year when I can *hopefully* take a call with my husband), and I'm expecting my first child this June (due 6/23/17).


Kunkel

Darcia Kunkel [2011]

Updated: April 19, 2017

Darcia Kunkel released her debut book, 40-Something and Fried on April 4th. Darcia is a mom of three, wife, author, editor and juggles all kinds of other plates those roles create. Often feeling fried, Darcia writes about the ups and downs of the life of a fortysomething.


Truwe

Jamie (Piepenbrink) Truwe [2002] and Greg Truwe [2003]

Updated: April 11, 2017

Pastor Greg Truwe ’03 was installed as the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, MO on April 2, 2017. He and his wife, Jamie (Piepenbrink) ’02 and their five children recently moved to Cole Camp from Jackson, TN.


McFarland

Dr. Rosalyn McFarland [2008, 2011]

Updated: April 5, 2017

Dr. Rosalyn McFarland opened a new office as an independent practitioner in the Thiensville, WI area. Dr. McFarland believes that the patient is at the center of their care, and deserves quality healthcare. She has been a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for 9 years and a Registered Nurse for 14. She attended Concordia University of Wisconsin in Mequon, WI, and received her Masters, as well as, her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She is competent in treating a diversified population that includes individuals from various socioeconomic status and cultural backgrounds. She has a certificate of competency as a Clinical Health Coach, and is a Lifestyle coach for the prevention of Diabetes.


Albert

Erin Albert [2001]

Updated: April 4, 2017

Erin Albert along with the former dean of the business school, Dr. Borst, just co-authored and released a book, entitled, The S(He) Says Guide to Mentoring. Dr Borst was Erin’s mentor during her MBA pursuit and ever since, they wanted to collaborate on a book project together. This result is thanks to CUW’s MBA program!


Mizanskey

Andrea Mizanskey [2015] and William Sias [2014]

Updated: March 7, 2017

Andrea Mizanskey (15) and William Sias (’14) were married on September 3, 2016. Sammi Reiter ('15), Mark Henke ('13) and Andy Parrott ('14) were some CUW alumni in the wedding party. Andrea is currently working as an RN in an ICU and Billy works in management for a retail hockey store. The couple resides in Lockport, IL.


Blohowiak

Maxine Blohowiak [2014] and Kevin Gries [2012]

Updated: February 15, 2017

Maxine Blohowiak (‘14) and Kevin Gries (‘12) got married in Green Bay, WI December 30th, 2016.


Hardwick

Dr Lamar Hardwick [2000]

Updated: February 1, 2017

Dr. Lamar Hardwick (2000) released his first book "I am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor" on January 24th, 2017. After years of struggling with social anxiety and sensory processing issues, Lamar was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder, in 2014 at age 36. Dr. Hardwick's book chronicles his life growing up with an undiagnosed developmental disability and how living with autism impacts his faith and his life as a husband, father and a pastor. His book debuted at #3 Hot New Releases in the special needs biographies on Amazon. It was also ranked at #17 of bestsellers in the same category. Dr. Lamar Hardwick is the Lead Pastor of New Community Church located in Lagrange, GA. He is married to CUW alum Isabella (Mchungula) Hardwick (1999).


Castree

Adrienne Castree [2014] and Bryan Samuel [2013]

Updated: January 31, 2017

Adrienne Castree (14') and Bryan Samuel (13') both graduated from the Master of Occupational therapy program were married on June 25, 2016. Bryan is the son of the Dean of Health Sciences, Linda Samuel. We both work as therapists in IL.


Stephen

Paavola Stephen [2008]

Updated: January 30, 2017

A beautiful daughter, Gabriella was born to alumnus Stephen Paavola (2008) and wife Natalie in April 2016. Stephen is currently a U.S. Army Captain stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Stephen joined the Army immediately after graduating from CUW in 2008. He was deployed overseas multiple times and lived in numerous states including Hawaii for four years, where he met his wife. In 2015 he received a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Columbus State University. Stephen's father Is Rev. Dr. Dan Paavola, Professor of Theology at CUW.


Eggebrecht

Rev. Tom Eggebrecht [1986]

Updated: January 25, 2017

The Rev. Tom Eggebrecht recently published his first book entitled, "Fully and Creatively Alive: How to Live a More Joyfully Fulfilling Life." The book centers on God's gift of creativity. Tom interviewed numerous creative entrepreneurs and discovered the things that make them innovative and successful. Each chapter ends with questions that help the reader discover her or his own creative gifts. It's useful for pastors, teachers, or anyone trying to find direction in life or newfound creativity. The book is available at Amazon.com.


Kassa

Emilie Kassa [2002]

Updated: January 17, 2017

Emilie (Vick) Kassa a 2002 graduate and her husband Ben are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Easton Michael. Easton was born on October 18, 2016 in West Allis, WI. Easton enjoys spending time with his Grandma Sandy Vick, the Advancement Database Manager and his Godmother, Jamie (Vick) Wilson, 2005 graduate.


Clearwater

Jennifer Clearwater [1996]

Updated: December 7, 2016

Jennifer Clearwater, a 1996 graduate on November 30, 2016 added "entrepreneur" to her resume, after purchasing Lovino, LLC - the Wisconsin-based company behind the popular Lovino Sangria brand. Jennifer anticipates having the Cabernet Franc based, rich and fruity sangria back in retail circulation by mid-2017.


Gutsche

Robert E Gutsche [2009]

Updated: December 6, 2016

Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. (Student Personnel Administration) has co-authored a new book that examines changes in neighborhoods and in public-private developments that are bound to widen an already-great divide between classes and races in South Florida – particularly at a time of massive sea level rise. His new book “News, Neoliberalism, and Miami’s Fragmented Urban Space” argues that neoliberal movements rely on the power of journalistic discourses to authorize and legitimize harmful social acts such as gentrification and state-issued racism and violence.


Kollross

Tanya Kollross [2010]

Updated: November 8, 2016

Tanya Kollross, a 2010 graduate of the Master's Student Personnel Administration program is currently employed as a Student Success Navigator with Mid-State Technical College. She recently welcomed twin boys - Clay and Cohen on June 23rd, 2016.


Smith

Adam Smith [1994]

Updated: November 8, 2016

Adam A. Smith 1994 graduate (Pastoral Ministry) was appointed Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising and Student Success at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he is charged with increasing student retention and graduation rates at one of the nation's premier universities.


Perry

Susan Perry [2005]

Updated: November 2, 2016

Susan Perry recently published a book entitled, "From Beneath the Tarp. This is a Story of Abuse and Redemption." During her nursing graduate studies at Concordia, she was encouraged to tell her story and speak about the true possibility of Christ-filled hope for survivors. Through the encouragement of fellow students and professors, she decided to put this story into the written word. She has also been speaking to women's groups, law enforcement agencies, shelters, and teens. She states, "God preserved me so many years ago, and I am committed to continue this work." On October 26, 2016, she was awarded the Wisconsin Governor's Council on Domestic Violence Courage Award for 2016.


Piepenbrink

Allen C. Piepenbrink [1970]

Updated: November 2, 2016

Al and Shirley Piepenbrink both of whom who graduated in 1970 retired to Jackson, TN in 2012. There they live close to their daughter Jamie (2002), her husband Greg Truwe (2003) and the 5 Truwe grandchildren. Al and Shirley do a lot of volunteering at their church, Concordia Lutheran. Al answered the call in August to become the Mid-South District Education Executive. Since then he and Shirley have visited every school in the district and have held some leadership workshops for the principals and preschool administrators. Al is very blessed to be serving God in this capacity.


Biami Jr.

Kenneth L. Biami Jr. [2016]

Updated: September 21, 2016

Kenneth Biami a recent graduate from 2016 received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management. He two year old child whom he calls a bundle of energy. His next move in his career is preparing for the Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association Conference in October in the Wisconsin Dells.


Tordoff

Hannah C. Tordoff [2016]

Updated: September 9, 2016

Hannah Tordoff, formerly Lehenbauer had got married to her best friend, Brian Tordoff. They had meet in the Air Force ROTC program at Marquette University. They fell in love through a drive to serve God and country through Christian fellowship, by becoming officers in the Air Force. They are currently stationed within the United States and love every adventure they are experiencing in married life.


Shao

Dr. Charlie Shao [1996]

Updated: September 8, 2016

Dr. Charlie Shao, a 1994 graduate has been nominated as a member of the National CyberWatch Center’s Curriculum Standards Panel. The NCC-CS Panel contributes efforts to develop instructional materials, assessments, hands-on labs or other learning programs which align with national competency frameworks. Frameworks such as: National Security Agency Centers of Academic Excellence knowledge units, and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education workforce framework.


Elijah Glasenapp [2016]

Updated: September 2, 2016

Elijah Glasenapp a 2016 graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science with a major in marketing and a minor in graphic design. He currently works a music producer out of Milwaukee. Thane the music company blends genres of Jazz, Funk, and R&B to create a unique sound to differentiate themselves from other music producers. Elijah’s role at this company is managing the social media, marketing and occasionally some public relation roles such as: talking with radio stations, blogs, magazines regarding press spots and stories on the company, and talking with other artists and collaborators. Thane’s recent album release is titled “Topia” which features artists such as: Anderson Paak, Mick Jenkins, BJ and The Chicago Kid, TUT, Low Leaf, Kojey Radical as well as many other local talent from Milwaukee musicians and vocalists. His experience at Concordia has benefited him greatly as he is in this role and loves what he is doing.


Meirink

William C. Meirink [1998]

Updated: September 2, 2016

One never knows who you might run into these days. It happens to be a small world and Bill Meirink a graduate from 1998 had that experience not too long ago. As he was at the Godfrey Triathlon Post Race Party he ran into an old classmate of his, Kristine Boehlke, a graduate from 1999. They were both at the Mequon Campus as they attended school here. Just of those simple fun times where you never know when you might run into another Concordia graduate.


Celeste Cuffie [2006]

Updated: September 2, 2016

Celeste Cuffie, a graduate from 2006 graduated with her Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in management and communications. She received her MBA in 2012 with a double concentration in finance and business management. Recently she has just published her book titled “The Book of Extra”. This book focuses on striving towards your goals and being motivated. This is her third published book.


Uffenbeck

William Uffenbeck [2009]

Updated: August 22, 2016

William Uffenbeck, a 2009 graduate has been awarded with the Fellowship Designation. He has successfully completed the required examinations by the Casualty Actuarial Society. Currently, William works as an Actuary at Zurich North America in Schaumburg, Illinois focusing on workers compensation pricing.


Gutsche Jr.

Dr. Robert Gutsche Jr. [2008]

Updated: August 10, 2016

Robert Gutsche Jr. an SPA graduate recently has co-edited a book that pertains to the visual signs and symbols of life. The book focuses on face, gender, and control in recent events of violence and resistance throughout the United States. Gutsche among being an editor for a book also is an assistant professor at the University of Miami teaching communication, architecture, and the arts.


Vosicka

Reverend Walter J. Vosicka [1968]

Updated: August 8, 2016

Reverend Walter and his wife Christine are the owners of WoggWorks Kayaking. They are a full service kayak outfitter/ educator, and river guides in Omaha, Nebraska. This upcoming winter they will be offering adaptive paddling indoors. Their business is growing quite rapidly as they are enjoying partial retirement. Walter is still preaching at a small church in Carter Lake, Iowa


Liefer

Rev. Todd Liefer [2007]

Updated: June 1, 2016

Rev. Todd Liefer has recently been installed as Associate Pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin, TX. He will be primarily serving with Bethany's newly launched Acts 242 worship service.


Linderman

Rev. Bruce Linderman [1970]

Updated: May 25, 2016

Bruce and his wife Lois recently went to Hawaii to celebrate 45 years of marriage. Bruce met his wife in High School - she attended Milwaukee Lutheran High School. He also celebrated his 40th year in the Holy Ministry this year. God has blessed them with 4 children; 11 grandchildren; pastoring in Minnesota, Wyoming, Iowa, and Montana. Bruce graduated from Concordia High School in 1968 and Concordia Junior College in 1970, Ft Wayne Senior College in 1972 and the St. Louis Seminary in 1976. Bruce and his wife retired in 2012 and now serve vacancies around Montana.


Kurowski

Peter Kurowski [1972]

Updated: May 17, 2016

Peter Kurowski released this year his ninth and tenth books. “Pets In Paradise” and “The God Who Showed Up” reveal the coherent cosmic comfort Jesus brings.


Piepenburg

Scott Piepenburg [1984]

Updated: May 17, 2016

Scott Piepenburg recently published his 6th book, entitled Digitizing Audiovisual and Nonprint materials through Libraries Unlimited.


Gazza

Miranda (Steinbrecher) Gazza [2014]

Updated: May 3, 2016

Miranda married Andrew Gazza on July 11th, 2015 in their hometown of Iron Mountain, MI. Miranda is an Occupational Therapist at Aurora St. Luke's medical center and Andrew works at Charter Steel. The couple resides in Fredonia, WI.


Biesboer

Christopher Biesboer [2015]

Updated: April 28, 2016

Christopher was the recipient of the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award, given to individuals who have received the highest scores in the nation on the Certified Public Accountant Exam. He was among only 75 individuals who qualified for the award out of the nearly 94,000 nationwide who sat for the CPA Exam in 2015. He was one of four recipients who attended a Wisconsin university. Biesboer now works at the Chicago-based audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG.


Paluchniak

Dr. Matt Paluchniak [2012, 2015] and Samantha (Anacker) Paluchniak [2012, 2013]

Updated: April 22, 2016

Samantha and Matt got married on October 17, 2015. Matt graduated in May 2015 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is employed at PT Plus in Milwaukee. Samantha graduated in December 2013 with her Master's in Occupational Therapy and works at St. Luke's Medical Center.


Jacobs

Gabrielle (Burns) Jacobs [2015]

Updated: April 22, 2016

In 2015 Gabrielle graduated with her masters (MBA) and got married to the love of her life, Kurt Jacobs.


Metzger

Kelsey (Worrel) Metzger [2015] and Gabriel Metzger [2013]

Updated: February 5, 2016

Gabriel and Kelsey Metzger were married on July 11, 2015 in Fort Wayne, IN. Kelsey is a 2015 graduate, while Gabriel graduated in 2013. They currently reside in Grafton, WI. Other CUW alumni in the wedding were: Claire Utech ('15), Emily Grabow ('15), Miriam (Stock) Hoerner ('15), Danelle Riederer ('12), Dan Riederer ('02/'12), Aaron Hauser ('13), Casey Kegley ('13), Craig Reiter ('13), Noah Kegley ('14), Evan Beuscher ('14), and Austin Wellhousen ('15).


Jossart

Chris Jossart [2002]

Updated: February 5, 2016

Chris is a proud 2002 graduate, and just published his second book, “Growing People: How green landscapes and garden spaces can change lives”, now being sold at Barnes and Noble (to find out more about the book go to www.growingpeoplethebook.com). Chris has also been working for the past 14 years at Fox Valley Technical College in PR.


Frederick

Lynn Frederick [1975]

Updated: February 5, 2016

Lynn retired from aerospace engineering in 2003 and is now earning yet another degree. She is a Donovan Scholar at the University of Kentucky working on a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her credits from Concordia, Palm Beach University and Georgia Tech transferred, so she is in the unusual position of being a senior at UK, but a freshman in the School of Art and Visual Studies. All she needs to do is complete the art courses. At the age of 71, she is still having a blast!


Irish

Chris Irish [2004] and Bethany (Hoeppener) Irish [2005]

Updated: January 12, 2016

Bethany is currently a busy stay-at-home mom of 4! She used to teach middle school English for 6 years at Divine Redeemer Lutheran School in Hartland, WI, but now she feels blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom to Caylie (6), Brady (4), Cade (3), Brenna (8 months). Chris is currently teaching Biology and Honors Biology as well as the wrestling coach at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland, WI.


Schlise

Rachal (Hansen) Schlise [2015]

Updated: January 4, 2016

On June 5, 2015 Rachel married Mitchell Schlise, a current member of the United States Air Force since 2012.


Derricks

Elliot Derricks [2010]

Updated: January 4, 2016

Elliot Derricks and Serena Derricks (2010 Concordia Portland Grad) announce the birth of Lydia Mae Derricks on March 12, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. She was baptized at International Lutheran Church, Seoul on Easter Sunday, April 5. Sponsors included Ethan Derricks (2015 CUW Grad).


Hardy

Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy [1996]

Updated: December 9, 2015

The Rev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy of Finleyville, Pa., was elected — on the second ballot — to his first term as president of the nongeographical LCMS English District at the district’s 55th convention, June 17-20 at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich. Hardy, 42, has served as pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, McMurray, Pa., since 2008, and was a vice-president for the district’s Eastern Region since 2009. He succeeds the Rev. Dr. David P. Stechholz.


Valentin

Ryne Valentin [2012] and Rachel (Riddle) Valentin [2011]

Updated: December 1, 2015

Ryne and Rachel were recently blessed with their first child. They welcomed Harper Amelia Pamela Valentin, into their family on November 23rd, 2015 at 1:51pm. She was 6lbs 9oz and 19 inches long.


Neugebauer

Stephanie (Arnot) Neugebauer [2012]

Updated: October 14, 2015

Stephanie was recently installed as the Director of Life and Health Ministry for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in St. Louis, MO on October 5, 2015.


Frisque

Justin Frisque [2013] and Brittany (Hundertmark) Frisque [2010, 2015]

Updated: September 22, 2015

Justin and Brittany were recently married on August 15, 2015. Brittany is an alum of CUW with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (’10) and she recently just finished her Master’s Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice (’15). Justin is currently in his 5th year working at CUW in the CELT Department.


Phillips

Thad Phillips [1999]

Updated: September 11, 2015

Thad and his wife Tiffany were recently blessed with their first child. They welcomed Trae Maximus Phillips, 7lbs 3oz and 21inches, into their family on September 3rd, 2015.


Hollander

Erik Hollander [2011]

Updated: September 9, 2015

Erik recently accepted a full-time Concordia faculty position with the School of Business Administration to be an Assistant Professor of Business and Director of Strategic Growth and Business Development.


Julia Devaill [1974]

Updated: September 9, 2015

Julia just had a 10 year work anniversary with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. She is a Technical Assistant and also QA cases that come into the Bureau to ensure that any Federal funding that is due to the State of Wisconsin when a child is placed in Foster Care is properly administrated. In November, she will celebrate her 22nd wedding anniversary. She is truly grateful for the 2 years that she spent at Concordia. She says it was life changing and she wouldn't be the person she is today if not for that time.


Perkins

Brittany (Remiker) Perkins [2011]

Updated: August 24, 2015

Brittany has been working for ThedaCare in Shawano, WI as a Physical Therapist since July 2011. On May 16, 2015 Brittany married Jaimie Perkins in Green Bay, WI at Heritage Hill. Jaimie works for Micoley & Co. Real Estate in Green Bay, WI.


Thimmig

Kristin (Rowe) Thimmig [2007]

Updated: August 24, 2015

On June 20th, 2015 Kristin married the love of her life Ryan Thimmig. The happy couple is living in Port Washington and Kristin is working at Froedtert Hospital as an RN.


Plass

Benjamin Plass [2015]

Updated: August 24, 2015

Benjamin graduated in May 2015 with his degree in Pharmacy. He is now working as a staff pharmacist at Jernegan’s Health Mart Pharmacy in New London, WI a small community pharmacy.


McCormick

Micah (Owens) McCormick [2012]

Updated: August 24, 2015

Micah married Brien McCormick on December 21, 2014, at St. Peter’s Lutheran church in Columbus, Indiana. They were happily joined by family and friends. The couple honeymooned at Disney World. Micah is currently in her fifth year teaching at White Creek Lutheran.


DeBlieck

Morgan DeBlieck [2010] and Rev. Jared DeBlieck [2010]

Updated: August 24, 2015

Morgan and Jared recently were blessed with their first child, Lillian Eleis DeBlieck on April 14, 2015. She was 9lbs. 3oz. and 20” long.


Braden

Michael Braden [2013] and Megan (Unbehaun) Braden [2013]

Updated: August 24, 2015

Michael Braden ('13) married Megan Unbehaun ('13) on May 2, 2015 in Richland Center, WI. Both attended CUW's School of Nursing and are now Registered Nurses. Michael currently works in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at Froedtert Hospital. Megan works with ProHealth Care in their Cancer Center. They also recently bought a new house in Waukesha, WI.


Pockat

Lynn Pockat [2012]

Updated: August 24, 2015

Lynn just moved back to Wisconsin from Florida and is pursuing her MBA online. She is currently working for LHI in La Crosse as a Medical Services Coordinator.


Schoenfeld

Rev. King Schoenfeld [1961]

Updated: August 24, 2015

Rev. King Schoenfeld is now retired with his wife Dee in St. Louis, MO. He is heading up the Call Committee at Historic Trinity (Walther’s Church) and traveling as much as possible, reuniting with classmates often. Now released from the darkroom by digital, he still enjoys photography. Rev. Schoenfeld and Dee have two sons, Jeremy, who is an architect, is living in Seattle and Jeff, who is an ESL teacher, is living in South Korea.


Jim

Jennifer (Frederickson) Jim [2004]

Updated: July 28, 2015

On June 18, 2014 Jennifer married Hugo Jim in Maui, HI. They were joined by family and friends for a week of island fun in Hawaii. They now both live in Portland, OR and Jennifer is working as a Licensed MH Couselor.


Matthis

Rev. Chris Matthis [2002]

Updated: July 28, 2015

Chris and his wife Lisa welcomed their second son, Michael Lee Matthis, into their family on June 15, 2015. Michael joins an older brother, Benjamin. The Matthis praise God and give thanks for his wonderful gift!


Greisch

Ron Greisch [2000]

Updated: July 28, 2015

Madison Centare, the Midwests leading provider of software development, agile coaching & training, and technology consulting, is pleased to announce the addition of Ron Greisch, (MBA, International Business, '00), as Director of Client Solutions. Greisch comes to Centares Madison branch with nearly two decades of experience in sales management, new business development, consulting and strategic planning. Centares motto is all about improving lives, says Greisch. As Director of Client Solutions, my goal is to partner with our customers and find ways to build software better and faster. We want to increase client success and value, and help them evolve. A life-long soccer player from elementary school on up to leagues such as the Sun Prairie Soccer Club, Greisch has hung up the cleats and his coaching role for the time being to focus on watching his six children at play three 13 year olds, 11, 10, and 6. In addition to soccer, they are active in track and field, volleyball, drama club, swimming, basketball and football. It is divide and conquer with our kids, Greisch quips.


Matthew Hogfeldt [2002]

Updated: July 28, 2015

Matthew and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of their fourth child, Eloise Alice. She was born July 7, 2015 and joins brother Jackson (9), and sisters Julianna (6) and Penelope (1).


Deanna Rusch [2008, 2015]

Updated: July 28, 2015

Deanna is a recent graduate of CUW as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She recently started a new job as a Family Nurse Practitioner with Aurora Advanced in Neurology.


Fischer

Jessica (Stange) Fischer [2010] and James Fischer [2010]

Updated: July 11, 2015

Jessica Stange ('10) married James Fischer ('10) on July 11, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton, WI. James, the son of Andrea and Robert Fischer, works as a Lutheran School teacher at St. Paul. Jessica, the daughter of Dan and Teresa Stange, has her Masters degree in clinical psychology and is working to obtain her doctorate in child clinical psychology; she is currently working as an in-home therapist for children with autism.


Nichole (Beaver) Pereez [2002]

Updated: June 30, 2015

Nichole has recently answered a call to serve as Principal at Central Lutheran School in Newhall, IA. She started in her new position July 1st.


Frisque

Marshal R. Frisque [2011] and Kolyssa T. (VonDeylen) Frisque [2012]

Updated: May 7, 2015

Felicity Dawn Frisque born to Marshal and Kolyssa Frisque, sister to Cadence Pearl Frisque. Born April 14th, 2015 at 8:27am at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Weight: 7lbs. 15oz. Height: 19 3/4" Both baby and mom are doing great! We give thanks to God for a healthy, safe delivery!


Baker

James W. Baker [2003]

Updated: May 7, 2015

Jim Baker and wife Amber would like to announce the birth of their 3rd child, Lincoln James. Big sisters Eleanor and Josephine are very proud!


Kluge

Kristin L. (Priem) Kluge [2010]

Updated: May 7, 2015

Kristin and Jeff Kluge were married on October 4th, 2014 in Madison Wisconsin. Kristin is a 2010 graduate of CUW and currently teaches 7th and 8th grade Spanish in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Jeff is a 2010 graduate of Marquette University and works as a pipeline safety engineer for the state of Wisconsin. Jeff and Kristin currently reside in Madison. Other CUW alumni in the wedding were Elyse Johnson (Racklyeft) and Kayla Rosin (Racklyeft).


Stowers

JohnRae Stowers [2003]

Updated: April 30, 2015

I have recently been promoted. I am now the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Educational Services at Marquette University.


Jundt

Peter Jundt [1985] and Heidi (Hagedorn) Jundt [1987]

Updated: April 30, 2015

Peter and Heidi will be traveling to China in May to adopt 2 children. Emma (11) and Joshua (12) grew up in an orphanage in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China with Lucas (11) whom the Jundts adopted in 2011. Anyone who would like to learn more about their journey, is encouraged to visit their webpage at: www.jundtfamily.com. The Jundts are inviting the CUW family to join them in their journey. Prayer, both now and in the future will be invaluable and much appreciated. Anyone with a desire to assist monetarily can contribute a tax deductible donation or participate in other fund raising events on their web page.


Canapa

Christopher Canapa [2001]

Updated: April 30, 2015

I will soon complete my third year of coursework for the DM degree at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. I recently wrapped a recording of 17th-century Italian music in New Brunswick this past February (to be released by ATMA Classique this fall), was a featured artist for a production of Monteverdi's Vespers at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in November 2014, and look forward to future performances at the Smithsonian (May) and Boston Early Music Festival (June).


Rev. Arthur Baisch [1961] and Evelyn J. Netz Baisch [1967]

Updated: April 30, 2015

Rev. Art Baisch and wife, Evelyn, pastor of Faith Lutheran (LCMS), Fairfield Bay, AR, will be serving as "Pastor-in-residence" at Wittenberg English Ministry in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, from Sept. 8 - 22, 2015. Pastor Baisch will lead worship services in English on Wed., Thurs., Friday & Saturday at the Wittenberg Stadtkirche St. Marien, where Dr. Martin Luther preached over 2000 times. These services are for visitors, tourists, and local Wittenberg residents desiring to worship where Dr. Martin Luther worshipped, and also to improve their knowledge of English. He will also take part in a Thursday evening English "Stammtisch", open to any and all who wish to take part, and be available for "pastoral services" as needed. Pastor & Evelyn will leave for Germany on / about Sept 1, and return home on / about Oct. 1. In the time preceding and following their service in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, the Baisches will seek to visit other Luther sites at the Wartburg, Eisleben, Eisenach, Augsburg, and such, as well as visiting friends in the Goettingen and Hannover areas, seen on prior visits in 1972 & 2006. They also hope for a visit to Poland to see the city of Pastor Baisch's birth, Tomaszow - Mazowiezki, near Warsaw. They are serving at the invitation of Wittenberg English Ministry, Fairfax, VA.


Matson

Becky Matson [2002]

Updated: April 30, 2015

Becky is currently teaching 1st Grade at Grace Lutheran School in Sandy, Utah. She moved there in July of 2014 and enjoys hiking the mountains around the area.


Spoke

Michael Spoke [2012]

Updated: April 30, 2015

Graduate June 13th from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) with a Masters of Divinity. Immediately following that, I will be shipped off to FT Jackson, SC for Chaplain School with the U.S. Navy.


Federwitz

Alvina Federwitz [1968]

Updated: April 30, 2015

Alvina celebrated her 40th anniversary of working in Liberia; West Africa on Valentine's Day 2014. Alvina and her late husband, Rev. Dale Federwitz ('65 &'67) have served with Lutheran Bible Translators since 1973. All four of her children, left to right, Jonathan, Becca, David and Paul and their families also work with LBT. Alvina plans to relocate in the States in September 2015 and continue work with LBT.


Baker

Laura Baker [2000]

Updated: April 30, 2015

Laura Jeseritz married Bradley Baker on June 28, 2014 in Key West, Florida. A small group of guests attended the beach-side wedding as well as the couples two children. The brides mother, Norma, was her matron of honor, and the grooms father, David, was the best man. The couple honeymooned in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They both reside in Watertown, Wisconsin, where Laura is a teacher at Good Shepherd Lutheran School.


Clemens

Jenny Clemens [1995]

Updated: April 30, 2015

Lutheran Special School & Education Services Resource Room teacher, Jenny Clemens, was awarded the Educator Mentor Award on April 12th by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Jenny is a LSSES resource room teacher at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Glendale.


Hardecopf

Karen L. Hardecopf [2003]

Updated: April 23, 2015

Karen joined the LCMS Health Ministries Team serving as the Parish Nursing Program Coordinator. She was pleased to serve alongside Dr. Marcia Schnorr, Parish Nursing Education Corrdinator who has been the sole coordinator for over 25 years. In this position she was privileged to connect with district parish nurse representatives to support and encourage parish nursing ministries within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.


Laesch

Roger C. Laesch [1954]

Updated: April 7, 2015

Roger Laesch was selected to receive LEAs Distinguished Retired Lutheran Educator EncourAGING award. He was selected by the leadership team of LEAs Retired Lutheran Educators Network, known as EncourAGEnet. Roger lives in Wauwatosa, Wis. Roger earned a B.S. in education from Concordia University, Chicago, River Forest, Ill., and an M.S. in education and supervision from the University of Wisconsin. Previous honors include LEA and U.S. Department of Education National Distinguished Principal awards, as and Concordia University, Wisconsins Christo et Ecclesiae Award, as well as inclusion into their Athletic Hall of Fame.


Arnot

Lindsay Arnot [2007]

Updated: April 7, 2015

Lindsay (Arnot) Smith (Class of 2007) and her husband Stephen Smith announce the birth of their first daughter, Eliana Terry Lynn Smith born on March 16, 2015.


Normann

Julie Normann [2009]

Updated: April 2, 2015

Julie Normann (2009) married Jason Carbon on October 24, 2014 at St Andrews Church in Verona, WI. Both are police officers serving in Madison suburbs. Other CUW alumni who were part of the wedding party included Amanda DeGarmo (2009) and Cathy Vandoske (2009).


Fenske

Susanne Fenske [2004]

Updated: March 31, 2015

Susanne Fenske, Ph.D., has accepted the position of vice president of student affairs for Clarion University. She is currently the director of student development for Waukesha County Technical College, and will begin July 6th at Clarion. Fenske was choosen after a very competitive national search. Fenske is also the creator and chair of a behavioral intervention team that helps students discover who they are and what they want to become. Fenske and her husband, Ron, have two daughters, ages 7 and 5, and a dog, Bennie.


Tiffany (Riek) Beinemann [2011]

Updated: February 24, 2015

Married Michael Beinemann on May 17, 2014


Pingel

Dr. James Pingel [1992]

Updated: February 24, 2015

Hello Blessed Alma Mater! I just wanted to let you know I recently published a book. Im very thankful to God for the opportunity. The book is available at wipfandstock.com and Amazon.com. Thank you so much for the opportunity! God bless, Dr. James Pingel, Ph.D.


Beinemann

Margaret Beinemann [1987]

Updated: February 24, 2015

The American Cancer Society, the nations largest voluntary health organization, has announced Milwaukee resident Margaret A. Fischbach, has been selected to its Wisconsin Leadership Board. In this role, she will join 21 other volunteer leaders in advancing the Societys lifesaving mission in Wisconsin.


Schmidt

Mark N. Schmidt [2009]

Updated: February 24, 2015

My wife Pamela and I would like to announce the birth of our first child Amelia Marie. Amelia was born on 12/24/14 at 12:24 am. Thanks, Mark Schmidt.


Seefeld

Sam Seefeld [2009] and Hannah (Nimmer) Seefeld [2011]

Updated: February 24, 2015

Heres the relevant info: Hannah Nimmer (B.A. 11) married Sam Seefeld (M.S. 09) on September 19, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, WI. Hannah is finishing her M.S. in Community Counseling at UWM and Sam is finishing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Hannah is an outpatient mental health intern at Lutheran Counseling and Family Services and Sam works in academic support here at CUW. The couple resides in Cedarburg.


Easter

Bashir Easter [2012]

Updated: February 24, 2015

Thanks to a generous grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources, the Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) is embarking on a new venture to become a dementia capable organization. Milwaukee County now has one of 16 dementia care specialists that serve 26 counties in Wisconsin. Through the leadership and carefully planned collaborations of the new dementia care specialist (DCS), Bashir Easter, M.B A., B.S., department staff will be trained and a major community awareness and education campaign will be implemented across the county. Bashirs own mother was diagnosed 11 years ago with early onset dementia. When we learned about the supportive resources available and were educated on the issue, it truly helped to make sense of some things and ease the burden of caregiving.


Rabb

Jacqueline (Britton) Rabb [2012]

Updated: November 30, 2014

Jackie accepted her first call to be a Lutheran teacher and began teaching at Trinity Lutheran in San Angelo, Texas, in August of 2013. She met her husband, John Rabb, while at Trinity, and the were married on July 5, 2014. John and Jackie are currently expecting their first child! Jackie says, "It has been an exciting couple years and it is cool to see God's plans at work!"


Janell (Grage) Cox [1987]

Updated: November 23, 2014

Janell was honored as LCMS Pacific Southwest District Early Childhood Educator of the year.


DeGroot

Casey (Miller) DeGroot [2002]

Updated: November 20, 2014

Casey married Adam DeGroot on July 12, 2014, at Camp LuWiSoMo in Wild Rose, WI, with Pastor Monte Haun of First Immanuel, Cedarburg, officiating. Other CUW alumni who were part of the ceremony were Jessi (Crego) Smedal ('01), Luke Hatfield ('03), and Courtney Kohn ('98). The couple moved to Roseburg, Oregon, after getting married.


Rebecca Peterson [2008]

Updated: November 14, 2014

Becky has been named an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). She earned the designation by completing seven examinations that are administered by the CAS, as well as the CAS Course on Professionalism. She is a Staff Actuary at Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance Company.


Parsch

Timothy Parsch [1968]

Updated: November 12, 2014

Timothy is celebrating 40 years as a pastor. He had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis, accompanied by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.


Arnholt

Mark Arnholt [2000]

Updated: November 11, 2014

Mark has been named an Outstanding Science Teacher by the University of Minnesota, an honor bestowed upon just six teachers from the United States. Teachers are nominated for the award by freshman students at the University. Mark teaches at Hartford Union High School in Wisconsin.


Buczek

Brian Buczek [2008] and Megan (Blohm) Buczek [2007]

Updated: October 29, 2014

Brian and Megan welcomed a new addition, Wesley Noah, into the family on May 2, 2014. He weighed 8 lbs, 5 oz and was 20.5 inches long. He joins big brother, Peyton.


Andrew Tomashewsky [1999]

Updated: October 21, 2014

Andrew is the principal of Faith Lutheran School in Bay City, and has been selected by the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) for a 2014-2015 fellowship. The Van Lunen Centers purpose is to provide executive management education for senior leaders of schools based on the historic Christian faith.


Michael Oldenburg [1997]

Updated: October 21, 2014

Michael received a national award making him one of the countrys 2014 National Distinguished Principals. He is the principal of Divine Redeemer Lutheran School in Hartland, WI.