Alumni Accomplishments

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Steve Watkins '87

Steve Watkins ’87 has co-authored a book, Classic Bengals, due for release on November 18. summarizes the book as “a tour of the best moments in the Bengals's long history, which will evoke special memories from longtime fans and delight those who currently follow the team.” Watkins graduated from Carroll with a bachelor’s degree in communication.

-November 2, 2018

David Cornell '10

Congratulations to alumnus David Cornell '10, who has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor faculty position in the Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He started his first year in the fall. He graduated from Carroll with his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and went on to pursue his master’s in Kinesiology, Ph.D. in Health Sciences, and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

-October 5, 2018

Jim Jacobsen ’10

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story on the impact that Jim Jacobsen '10 had as a beloved coach in local schools through a career in coaching that extended across several communities. Jacobsen passed away in December after a year-long battle with cancer. The Carroll community expresses its condolences to Jim's family and friends.

—January 3, 2018

Dr. James Raczek ’77, MD

The Cumberland Valley Business Journal highlighted the accomplishments of Dr. James Raczek '77, MD in his hiring as chief medical officer for UPMC Pinnacle, a health care system that is part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The center serves central Pennsylvania and surrounding rural communities. With 36 years of medical experience, Raczek most recently served for 14 years as the senior vice president and chief medical officer at Eastern Maine Medical Center, a 411-bed medical center in Bangor, Maine.

—December 22, 2017

Tom Fick ’74

Congratulations to Tom Fick '74, who was inducted to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Hall of Fame in November. Fick served as sports information director at UW-Whitewater from 1976-2014. During his tenure, the school transitioned from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) to NCAA Division III. He mentored dozens of student workers during his 30-plus years in the profession, according to information from UW-Whitewater athletics.

—December 2017

Daniel H. Westfahl ’93

Daniel H. Westfahl traveled to Washington D.C. in October as the National Distinguished Principal for Wisconsin. He was named 2017 Principal of the Year in the spring, recognized for his leadership at Brookfield Elementary School. 

He said, "I am extremely humbled to have been chosen as the Wisconsin Principal of the Year, and fortunate to have built my educational values during my time at Carroll as an undergrad. I currently serve as principal in Brookfield, and also attempt to give back to Carroll as an adjunct professor in literacy. I am lucky to work in a school and district that values collaboration, innovation and learning, which are tenets that grounded our work at Carroll in the education department." Read the earlier news on his recognition from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as well as a story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on his accomplishments.

—November 2017

David Schuler ’91

David Schuler ’91, superintendent for Township High School District 214, was named the 2018 Illinois Superintendent of the Year in November. He received the honor from the Illinois Association of School Administrators. He called the award “an incredibly humbling experience,” in a story by the Arlington Heights Patch.

—November 21, 2017

Jacqui Corsi ’09

Master of Education in Program Planning graduate Jacqui Corsi '09 has taken on the role of Executive Director of the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac, Wis. She has been with the center for five years. Read more in this article from the Fond du Lac Reporter.

—November 3, 2017

Kelly Drescher Johnson ’00

Kelly Drescher Johnson ’00, now a student at MassBay Community College, was selected to represent MassBay at the National Convening on College Food and Housing Security Conference in October. She traveled to the conference to learn more about efforts to end hunger and homelessness among college students nationwide. She was one of two students chosen to attend the conference based on an essay contest focused on hunger issues.

—October 2017

Sally Mohr Lunde ’80

Sally Mohr Lunde ’80, recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Waukesha County Bar Association, has joined the Waukesha-based Law Offices of David J. Carlson, S.C., where she will be focusing on probate and trust administration, estate planning and guardianship law. She received her juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992. She is also recipient of a commendation from the Wisconsin Supreme Court for services rendered in the areas of probate, guardianship and model form creation.

—October 2017

Kit R. Van Stelle ’85

Kit R. Van Stelle ’85 was recently promoted to the title of Distinguished Researcher in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wis.

—October 2017

Douglas Klingberg '63 and Daniel Kelly '86

In late June, the State Bar of Wisconsin presented its annual pro bono awards to alumnus Douglas Klingberg '63 and the Madison office of Merchant & Gould. Fellow alumnus Justice Daniel Kelly '86 offered opening remarks, thanking the honorees for "calling us to be more like you." Klingberg, a retired litigator from the Ruder Ware firm, was recognized for his outstanding volunteer service with Wisconsin Judicare. Klingberg volunteers 3-4 days a week at Wisconsin Judicare in Wausau, helping low income clients and advising newer attorneys. In the last five years, he opened over 550 cases and helped more than 1,200 Judicare clients across the northern 33 counties.

—June 2017

Garrett Sheskey '13, '15

WISN12 in Milwaukee featured an interview with alumnus Garrett Sheskey ’13, ’15, who is sharing his singing talents among 60 finalists for a shot at American Idol. Hear more from Garrett in this interview with the local TV station.

—August 30, 2017

Leea Glasheen '85

Alumna Leea Glasheen recently published a book, “Backbiters,” the story of a 15-year-old mutant girl 54 years after a corporate world war decimates human and animal populations on Earth. Glasheen is a 1985 Carroll graduate and a former teacher in Milwaukee County schools. She is a graduate of Mount Mary University with a master’s degree in English and a creative writing emphasis. "Backbiters" was published by Montag Press of Oakland, California and is available now on Amazon. Learn more at

—August 2017

Suzanne Grzanna '91

The Saxophonist and vocalist Suzanne Grzanna recently won four Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood, CA for her new Album "Daybreak." The recent release the “Daybreak” CD features three vocal numbers and three instrumental pieces. After attending Wisconsin Lutheran College and earning a music degree from Carroll University, where she performed as part of the jazz band and symphonic orchestra, she formed her own jazz quartet. Learn more about Suzanne and her career.

—April 2017

Alisha Hayes '04 and Tim Retic

Carroll alumni Alisha Hayes ‘04 and Tim Retic, who attended Carroll from 1995 to 1997, were both featured in the Waukesha Freeman in a story about their successful business ventures. Hayes and her husband, Tydus, own and operate Pat’s Rib Place in Waukesha. Retic owns a barbershop, Forever Faded, in Waukesha and is in the process of establishing Hall of Fame Athletics Incorporated, a non-profit organization to train athletes from 5th grade to the professional level.

—July 25, 2017

José Olivieri '78

The BizTimes in Milwaukee highlighted the contributions of alumnus José Olivieri '78 in his community service that has helped strengthen the Hispanic community. The story notes that he has served on numerous boards that include the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the University of Wisconsin System board of regents, the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation and Carroll University’s board of trustees, while also providing pro bono legal services for those in need. Olivieri serves at Carroll as chair to the Board of Trustees.

—July 10, 2017

Wendy (Anderson) Sandberg '98

Wendy Sandberg , a Carroll physical therapy alumna, shared her knowledge on vestibular therapy when she was featured on ProHealth Care Minute on NBC in Milwaukee in July.

—July 2, 2017

Sam Burns '16

The Beloit Daily News shared the efforts of Sam Burns '16 and his family to launch a July 15 basketball tournament in honor of his mother, Lori Burns, who passed away in 2015 after a battle with cancer. Proceeds from the event went towards cancer research. Sam is an assistant account executive, PR/Social Media at Boelter + Lincoln in Milwaukee. He graduated from Carroll with a bachelor's degree in marketing.

—June 27, 2017

Marybeth Cottrill '94

Marybeth Cottrill ’94 has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees at the Milwaukee Rep. She is director at BMO Wealth Management and received her bachelor of science degree from Carroll in economics and environmental science.

—July 5, 2017

Ian Fox

Carroll alumnus Ian Fox has been promoted to Director of the Development Center at Centare’s headquarters in Brookfield, according to BizTimes in Milwaukee. He previously managed the Dev Center.

—July 6, 2017

Rhonda Noordyk '99

The site featured a story on Rhonda Noordyk ’99, who opened the Women’s Financial Wellness Center in 2014 as a financial coaching hub for women seeking guidance with their money. She graduated from Carroll with a communication degree.

—July 5, 2017

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