Class Notes: Scene Winter 2019


The Seventies

Edward Svetich Jr. '72 and his wife, Terese (Van Fleet), will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a trip to Australia and New Zealand in the spring. The couple met at St. Ambrose as freshmen, when Terri was a student at Marycrest College.

Susan (Eisentrager) Warner '76 has retired from a career as an English teacher in Normal, Illinois.

Ray Shovlain '79, '82 MBA was recognized as the Athletic Administrator of the Year in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and is a nominee for national NAIA honors.

John Showalter '79 was appointed as the co-executive producer and director of the television series Supernatural, at Warner Brothers in Burbank, California. Showalter previously has directed episodes of Timeless, S.W.A.T., The 100, The Mentalist and numerous other series.

The Nineties

The Most Rev. Robert Gruss '90 was selected by Pope Francis as the seventh bishop in the Diocese of Saginaw (Michagan). Bishop Gruss continues to serve in several other capacities, including the St. Ambrose University Board of Trustees.

Patricia Loehrer '91 is the chancellor for the Diocese of Cheyenne in Wyoming.

Robert Junker '96 MBA was appointed president of Lydall Technical Nonwovens in Manchester, Connecticut.

Kelley (Sullivan) Flynn '96 recently accepted the position of admission director at Smith Village in Chicago, Illinois.

The Zeros

Jason Lowry '01 MBA is vice president of operations for Michigan Sugar Company in Bay City, Michigan.

Kam Williams '03 joined Augustana College as the first director of disability services. She will connect students with accommodations in and outside of the classroom.

Erin (Coughlin) Larkin '04 is a strategy coach for Advance Your Reach in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jason Woodley '04 MEA was appointed as the curriculum director and administrator of Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Jeannette Archer-Simmons '05 MBA was appointed executive director of the Area Substance Abuse Council for counties in eastern Iowa.

David Cahill III '09 earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership from St. Mary's University in Minnesota.

Andrea Potter '09 accepted a position as a tax manager for Geffen Mesher in Portland, Oregon.

Michael Roeser '09 accepted a position as brand coordinator for Club Colors in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The Teens

Jen (Lickteig) Cross '11 is vice president for donor relations at the Great Outdoors Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa.

Erin Phelps '11 accepted a new position as special education para educator for Buchanan Elementary School in Davenport. Previously she served as a general education para educator. She also is the program lead for Stepping Stones OST Program.

Jacob Foecke '12 is the controller for Merschman Seeds in West Point, Iowa.

James Sobucki III '12 recently accepted a flight attendant position with Frontier Airlines in Denver, Colorado.

Christine (Eden) Hellyer '13 is a customer service coordinator for Canadian Pacific Railway in Winnipeg, Canada.

Derek Schreiner '14 MBA accepted a position as assistant dean for Business and Career Technologies (CTE) for Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

J. Allyson Smith '14 is a forensic mental health therapist in the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, Illinois.

Megan Willard '15 is a customer service representative for Symetra Life Insurance in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Katie Zorn '15 is a staff accountant supervisor for Viega LLC in Broomfield, Colorado.

Brianna (Bellman) Herrig '16 is a functional supply chain analyst for Allsteel Inc., in Muscatine, Iowa.

Shelby Leemans '16 is clinic manager for Genesis Health Group in Davenport.

Jada Mathison Light '16 is a school-based therapist for Life Connections in Clinton, Iowa.

Elizabeth (Bral) Murphy '17 is a resource teacher in the Kewanee School District in Kewanee, Illinois.

Luke Quinlan '17 is the events manager for High 5 Lanes & Games, at the TBK Bank Sports Complex in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Alyssa Willey '17 is a senior digital marketing strategist for Acumen Studio in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rachel Rayman '18 is the director of donor development for Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity in North Liberty, Iowa.

Brianna Maki '19 MSLP is a speech-language pathologist for Green Hills AEA in Council Bluffs, Iowa.


Libby O'Dell '03 and Jason Kosowski, Chicago, Illinois

Erin Coughlin '04 and Jamie Larkin, Charlotte, North Carolina

Courtney Chapman '11 and Jeffrey Moeller '15, Davenport

Jacob Alexander '12 and Shelby Steger '15, Davenport

Andrea Munson '15 and Cameron Doxsee, Rock Island, Illinois

Karissa Alfred '16 and Bryan Beutel '16, Davenport

Brianna Bellman '16 and Reid Herrig, Davenport

Jada Mathison '16 and Jacob Light, Kalona, Iowa

Lane Andrews '17 and Alexa Walker '17, Peoria, Illinois

Elizabeth Bral '17 and Zach Murphy, Kewanee, Illinois

Allie Wiersema '18 and Josh Thiessen '19, Long Grove, Iowa

Kathryn Brantley '19 OTD and Blake Cassell Erquiaga, Sarasota, Florida

Jessica Penrod '19 and Caleb Breazeale, Athens, Illinois


Lori (Harms) Hoover '00, '01 MOT and Scott Davis welcomed son Gunner, born July 23, 2018. Gunner joined siblings Ethan, Reed, and Lincoln.

Tina (Droessler) Rodriguez '01 and her husband, Lenin, are proud parents of daughter Skylyn, born Aug. 31, 2017. Skylyn was welcomed home by Eliana.

Anne Freda-Bochenko '04 and her husband, Chris, welcomed son Thomas, born Sept. 14, 2019.

Maura (Daly) Hesness '07 and husband, Eric, are new parents to daughter Hannah, born Feb. 20, 2019.

Amy (Tentinger) Andreesen '08, '10 MOT and husband, David, are proud parents of Alivia, born Sept. 7, 2019. She was welcomed home by big brother Logan.

Chad Driscoll '08 and wife, Emily, are happy to announce the birth of daughter Natalie, born Sept. 30, 2019. Natalie joined big brother Max.

Jessica (Riess) McGinnis '08 and husband, Tom, announce the birth of son Jackson, born Sept. 13, 2019. Big brother Greyson welcomed Jackson home.

Alyson (Girls) Addison '09 '10 DPT and husband, Aaron, welcomed daughter Collins, born June 28, 2019. Collins joined sibling Elliott at home.

Ellen (Burr) Getko '09 and husband, John, are the proud parents of Edward, born Aug. 16, 2019. Big sisters Catherine and Victoria welcomed Edward home.

Stacy (Schivley) '10, '12 MBA and Chris Banfield '12, '15 MSITM are happy to announce the birth of son Lucas, born March 6, 2019. Lucas joined older brother Landon at home.

Jimmy Lyons '10 and wife Sara (Lopata) '11 are proud to announce the birth of daughter Brooklyn, born Sept. 20, 2019. Big brother Michael welcomed Brooklyn home.

Courtney (Chapman) '11 and Jeffrey Moeller '15 welcomed daughter Harper, born July 25, 2018.

Ali (Dolphin) '11 and Mitch Dunlap '11 are proud parents of son Tate, born Sept. 4, 2019.

Melissa McDonald '11 and Alex Karrow welcomed son Peyton, born May 16, 2019.

Shelby (Smith) Koren '11 and husband, Brendan, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Louise, born Dec. 21, 2018.

Danielle (La Mantia) '12 and Keith Randle '11, '12 DPT are happy to share news of the birth of their son Nicholas, born April 29, 2019.

Jacob Foecke '12 and wife, Sydni, are happy to announce the birth of daughter Ryleigh, born July 10, 2019. Ryleigh joined Remington at home.

Mark Brauweiler '13, '15 DPT and Amanda (McClure) '14 welcomed daughter Mae, born July 14, 2019.

Jamie (Budziak) '13 and Drew Enger '13, '15 MBA welcomed daughter Morgan, born Sept. 25, 2019.

Christine (Eden) Hellyer '13 and husband, Mike, welcomed daughter Maren, born May 17, 2019.

Kristin (Upah) Mientkiewicz '15, '16 DPT and husband, Zeke, are proud parents of son Grant Josef, born Sept. 6, 2019.

Danielle (Baresel) '16 and Eryk Hollembaek '16, '19 MBA welcomed son James Thomas, born Dec. 2, 2019.


Rev. Msgr. Robert Walter '42, Davenport, July 5, 2019

Otis Mack '44, Rock Island, Illinois, Aug. 29, 2019

Richard Mumey '49, Scottsdale, Arizona, Sept. 13, 2019

Edward Lioen '50, Rock Island, Illinois, July 14, 2017

Thomas Purcell '50, Streator, Illinois, Oct. 8, 2019

Alan Landauer '51, Davenport, Aug. 3, 2018

James Fuller '52, Davenport, Feb. 10, 2018

Col. Jude McNamara '52, Katy, Texas, May 25, 2019

Joseph DeBruyn '53, Peoria, Illinois, Sept. 11, 2019

Sr. Gertrude Logsdon '54, Oak Lawn, Illinois, Sept. 6, 2019

James Hanrahan '55, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sept. 2, 2019

Thomas "Tom" Kargl Sr. '54, Jeffersontown, Kentucky, July 15, 2019

John Wells '56, Rock Island, Illinois, July 2, 2019

Urban Becker '57, Maytown, Illinois, June 29, 2018

John Lawton '58, Falls Church, Virginia, Jan. 30, 2018

Carl Mooney '58, Lake Wales, Florida, March 13, 2019

James "Jim" O'Hern '58, Rifle, Colorado, May 5, 2019

Forrest "Smitty" Smith '58, Davenport, July 17, 2019

Sr. Rose Griffin OSF '59, Clinton, Iowa, Oct. 2, 2018

Robert "Bob" Shadle '60, Huntsville, Texas, May 14, 2019

David Sadler '61, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Aug. 8, 2019

Sr. Therese Pritchard '62, Whitesville, Kentucky, Jan. 29, 2019

Timothy Kuberski '63, Phoenix, Arizona, Aug. 9, 2019

Stephen "Steve" Burdt '64, Wilmington, North Carolina, April 13, 2019

William Reardon '64, Palm Coast, Florida, Feb. 22, 2019

Richard Castro '66, Lincolnshire, Illinois, Aug. 8, 2019

Arthur Misener Jr. '66, Aurora, Illinois, July 3, 2019

Loyd East '69, Gainesville, Texas, Oct. 9, 2017

Gary Hunt '73, Erie, Illinois, Aug. 29, 2019

Rev. Mark Spring '76, Fort Madison, Iowa, Sept. 1, 2019

Melynda (Forsythe) Crawford '86, Mount Ayr, Iowa, June 20, 2019

Kathryn Rayome '88, Louisville, Kentucky, July 22, 2019

Clarence Vander Bleek Jr. ‘91 MBA, Fulton, Illinois, October 6, 2019

Matthew Curran '93, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sept. 16, 2019

Carol (Kleppinger) Stibolt '97, Davenport, July 3, 2019

Erik Roland '10 MBA, Davenport, July 23, 2019


Darla Baumgarten, Eldridge, Iowa, Sept. 18, 2019

John Tacker '01 MBA, Andalusia, Illinois, July 1, 2019




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