Alumni Accomplishments

Our alumni are doing amazing things—living the Pioneer spirit and making news. Read more about their accomplishments. Have a highlight to share? Send it to alumni@carrollu.edu.

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Dorval Carter '79

Alumnus Dorval Carter Jr. ’79, vice chair of the Carroll board of trustees, weighed in among 10 CEOs recently interviewed for a Chicago Tribune story examining the national college admission scandal. The story discussed whether the college you choose determines success.

-May 3, 2019

Yvonne Ochilo '05

Yvonne Ochilo ’05 will release a book in August 2019 titled “Red Letter,” a collection of poems “that embody and celebrate ‘post-colonial’ literary style." She is principal at Ochilo Law Offices in Milwaukee. Yvonne said her book grapples with themes of social justice, history, leadership, the role of women, love, conflict, and war. “It sets the stage for a deeper dialogue of what our humanity entails and the interconnectedness of our universal experiences,” she notes. She graduated from Carroll in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations.

-May 3, 2019

Kay Schmidt '83

Kay Schmidt ’83 has been named senior vice president, Technical Operations, at Catalent Pharma Solutions, a global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products. In her new role, Kay will lead a team “dedicated to continuously improving the technical and operational excellence that enables Catalent to help its customers develop and launch over 200 new products every year,” according to the company news release. She graduated from Carroll with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

-May 3, 2019

Mari Atkinson ’79

The National Art Education Association named Mari Atkinson ’79, of Mukilteo, WA, as the 2019 Washington Art Educator. The award honors an outstanding member from each state or province association whose service and contribution to art education merits recognition and acclaim. She graduated from Carroll with a bachelor’s degree in art.

NAEA President Kim Huyler Defibaugh said, "Mari Atkinson exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession."

-April 5, 2019

Mary Baer '71

Congratulations to alumna Mary Baer ’71 for being named a 2019 Woman of Distinction by the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County. Baer is retired from the Waukesha County Business Alliance and past president of the Waukesha Rotary. She received her bachelor’s degree from Carroll in international relations. She shares the 2019 honor along with a former history lecturer at Carroll, Dr. Ellen Langill, who authored the book, “Carroll College: The First Century, 1846-1946.”

-April 5, 2019

Ben Richason III ’70

The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium recently recognized Ben Richason III ’70 as Distinguished Educator of the Year. Richason taught for two years at James Madison University, Virginia before going to St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. He taught at St. Cloud for the past 40 years as a professor of geography in the Department of Geography and Planning. He is also executive director of the University’s Spatial Analysis Research Center. He graduated from Carroll with a bachelor’s degree in geography.

-April 5, 2019

Amy (Wareham) Waldoch ’13

Amy (Wareham) Waldoch ’13 made the news when Herb Kohl Philanthropies chose her classroom project to receive funding, a story told by Milwaukee’s CBS 50 News. She uses a classroom robot, Dash, and requested more robots through the Donors Choose site, to which the Herb Kohl Philanthropies responded. Waldoch graduated from Carroll with a degree in elementary education.

-April 5, 2019

Ryan Albrechtson ’16, Francesca Steitz ’17, Julie Johnson ’98, Abbi Hess ’17

Alumnus Ryan Albrechtson ’16 celebrated the five-year milestone of the company he founded, Outskirts Theatre Co., with an appearance on Milwaukee’s TMJ4’s The Morning Blend. The morning program appearance also featured the singing talents of alumna Francesca Steitz, 2017. Francesca plays Belle in Outskirts’ latest show, “Disenchanted! The Musical!” The show, which played in March at Waukesha’s Civic Theatre, also highlighted the talents of alumna Julie Johnson ’98 as music director and Abbi Hess ’17, who was on the crew. 

-March 1, 2019

Frank Juarez '97

Alumnus Frank Juarez '97 received the national secondary art educator award from the National Art Education Association in Boston, Mass. in March. He is one of four secondary art educators receiving the award nationally. Frank is the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School and graduated from Carroll with a bachelor’s degree in art. Read more about Frank’s work and contributions to his field.

-March 1, 2019

Nhi (Ho) Poss '18

Nhi (Ho) Poss ’18 took the coursework of an independent study at Carroll in the fall to new heights when her design for Good City Brewing - a brewing company in downtown Milwaukee - was chosen to be featured on a T-shirt for company staff. She competed against five other students as the company sought a project that “delivered the brand’s ideation with consistency and brought something creative to the design.” After three rounds of presentations Good City Brewing chose Nhi’s design, featured here. She graduated from Carroll in December 2018 with a bachelor's degree, majoring in graphic design and minoring in art.

-March 1, 2019

Kyle Sykes ’15

If you’re a Nascar fan, you'll be excited by the talents and design style of Carroll alumnus Kyle Sykes ’15. Kyle entered a contest to have his car design featured on the famous #43 Richard Petty Motorsports car. With thousands of entries by other Nascar fans, his was voted the favorite and was featured on #43 with driver Bubba Wallace at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California during the Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series in March. All Nascar Cup Series races are broadcasted to a national audience by FOX and FOX Sports, which Kyle said “is really amazing to see my artwork seen by millions of fans!” Kyle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Check out some of his work

-March 1, 2019

Cindy (Ruiz) Simons '13

Cindy (Ruiz) Simons '13 was recently named president of Forward Careers, a non-profit leader in employment and training. Cindy joined Forward Careers, formerly known as Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development, Inc. in 2007. She most recently served as the organization's operations manager, where she oversaw the company’s programs and services, while also leading its business services and marketing teams. Read more about her accomplishments from the company announcement. She graduated from Carroll with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

-February 1, 2019

Steve Watkins '87

Steve Watkins ’87 has co-authored a book, Classic Bengals, due for release on November 18. Amazon.com 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 debraleeaglasheen.com.

—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 gmtoday.com 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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