Class Notes—Summer 2016
Tod Marshall ’90 was named the 2016-18 Washington State Poet Laureate in January 2016. Marshall, who is in his 17th year of teaching at Gonzaga, had his term begin Feb. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2018. He directs the English department’s writing concentration. He started and continues to curate the Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series. Called a “tireless advocate for the arts,” Marshall has been dedicated to bringing humanities experiences to underserved populations. Marshall is the author of three poetry collections: “Dare Say” (University of Georgia Press, 2002), “The Tangled Line” (Canarium Press, 2009), and “Bugle” (Canarium, 2014) the latter of which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. The Washington State Poet Laureate Program is jointly sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington. Poets Laureate work to build awareness and appreciation of poetry —including the state’s legacy of poetry—through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations in communities statewide. Laureates are selected through an application and panel review process that evaluates a proposed project plan, writing acumen and experience in promoting poetry.
Zach Bailey ’14 is employed by Disney and helped market and manage the Invictus Games at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex May 8-12 in Orlando, Fla. The games, started by England’s Prince Harry to feature wounded veterans, hosted 14 different countries from around the world. Bailey worked directly with Prince Harry on the event. After the event, Bailey returned to his normal duties with Hollywood Studios.
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Lisa Augustyniak recently received her doctoral degree from Western Michigan University. She is a business instructor at Lake Michigan College.
Ken Flowers recently received his doctoral degree from Western Michigan University. He is currently employed as the dean of Career and Workforce Education at Lake Michigan College.
Mike Wood is the owner of Legalmorning.com, an online marketing agency that specializes in professional Wikipedia editing. He has been featured in publications such as Time Magazine and The Atlantic. A graduate of Concord Law School, he said he decided to focus his career in marketing instead of law. He resides in Los Angeles.
In January 2016, Marty Richey was named site vice president of the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Pennsylvania by the FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., a unit of FirstEnergy Corp. Richey previously worked at Entergy’s Waterford Nuclear Generating Station in Louisiana, where he was plant manager. He also served in operations leadership roles at Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Mississippi and Vermont Yankee. He has also held management positions at Entergy’s Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan and Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear plant, where he earned senior reactor operator certification. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program.
Matthew Bolt was named director of sales for U.S. and Canada by Zodiac Nautic North America in January 2016. Zodiac Nautic is the world’s largest manufacturer of RIBs, inflatable boats, life rafts and safety equipment. Bolt has 15 years of inflatable boat experience, and is responsible for the planning, execution and achievement of sales goals for his team. He also plays an important management role in product and marketing.
Brad Bunch was a featured speaker at the 2015 North American International Cyber Summit Oct. 26 in Detroit. Experts from across the globe came together to learn about a variety of cybersecurity issues impacting the business, education, information technology, economic development, law enforcement and personal use industries. Bunch was one of the featured speakers during the Veteran Talent in IT and Cybersecurity session. An Air Force veteran who still serves in the Michigan National Guard’s 51st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, Bunch has supervised the access, handling and processing of classified and cryptographic materials and conducted intelligence operations abroad during his 23-year military career. Bunch is recognized as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. He currently resides in Sterling Heights with his son, Kain.
Drayke Shackelford is employed as a manufacturing mechanical engineer with Fiat Chrysler in Trenton, Mich. He resides in Allen Park.
Mark “Mitch” O’Brien has self-published his first novel, “The Reluctant Whisteblower,” which was released in winter 2016. According to the author, the book “is a thrilling good versus evil as a wealthy woman embarks on a determined quest to uncover her husband’s corrupt behavior and expose his shadowy escapades to the world.” The book is available on Amazon.com and other online sellers. O’Brien has worked in law enforcement for almost 20 years and is a resident of Cedar Hill, Texas.
Nicole Edgar Escoe said “my career has taken off leaps and bounds since graduating from Siena Heights.” She is currently employed as a Community Reintegration coordinator with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. She lives in Detroit.
Randy Holloway recently wrote, produced and directed a new movie filmed in Detroit called “Bianca: Who Did This To You.” The 108-minute film, produced by Arete Production, Holloway’s Detroit production company, is based on a 2012 nonfiction book, “Bianca, Tell Us Who Did This to You,” by E. Williams. It’s the story of a woman who was molested at a young age by members of her church and was physically and mentally abused by her parents and was later beaten by her husband. Holloway has been a camera operator for TV shows like “American Idol” and “Bar Rescue.”
Roger Anderson was named the director of operations by PACE Southeast Michigan in October 2015. Anderson oversees operations in the organization’s Detroit Northwest center and manages all PACE Southeast Michigan clinics. He has more than 20 years of clinical and administrative experience, and previously worked at St. John Providence Health, where he was the regional director of rehabilitation services and sports medicine. He began his career as a practicing physical therapist before advancing to leadership roles. In addition to his clinical degree, Anderson is six-sigma certified in process improvement.
Ben Braun/MA, former SHU men’s basketball coach, was recognized during a ceremony at the Final Four as one of five recipients of a Guardians of the Game Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Braun was presented the Guardians of the Game Award for Leadership at the awards show April 3 in Houston. After leaving Siena Heights, Braun coached at Eastern Michigan, Cal-Berkeley and Rice. He has 615 career victories, placing him in the top 50 all-time for wins in Division I. He also had 14 former assistants become Division 1 head coaches.
Christopher Welsh currently resides in Boise, Idaho, and has taken an interest in photography, participating in several photography shows in the area.
Ann Belote Weir is currently employed as an eligibility specialist/hearings coordinator with the Region 9 Area Agency on Aging. She has five grandchildren and said she is looking forward to baseball season. She lives in Ossineke, Mich.
John Detro is currently the Army Surgeon General’s Consultant for Physician Assistants, where he represents the interests of just over 1000 PAs. He is halfway through the first year of the Army Senior Service College and has recently taken over as the chief for Army Medicine’s largest service line. The Surgical Services Service Line is a $1.1 billion line that includes 22 inpatient and three outpatient surgical platforms. In the summer of 2016, his family will return to San Antonio, where he will take command of the 187th Medical Battalion. The battalion includes an array of units to include graduate level courses in multiple specialties, deployment training centers and leadership courses. He said he is excited to reunite in the city where he met his wife, Maria.
Bruce Webb was named president and CEO of the Assemblies of God Credit Union in Springfield, Mo., in January 2016. Prior to joining AGCU, Webb was the Community Bank president for National Bank of Commerce in Duluth, Minn., and executive vice president of Business Banking for United Bank & Trust, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ann Wrubel is currently employed as an access clinician with St. Clair County (Mich.) Community Mental Health. She resides in St. Clair, Mich.
Scott McClure was honored with the Robert E. Smith Achievement Award at the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association Awards Luncheon Jan. 7-10, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Smith Award is designed to recognize a coach or admin-
istrator who has given oneself in an unselfish manner to the promotion of NAIA baseball. McClure is the 16th award-winner and also is the second consecutive Siena Heights person to receive the Award. SHU Head Baseball Coach John Kolasinski won the honor last year. In 2000, McClure accepted the position as a Manager of Championship Sports at the NAIA National Office. He helped administer the NAIA Baseball National Championship until he left the NAIA in 2013. McClure is currently the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Commissioner.
Lori List was the featured subject in the January 2016 issue of Women of Distinction magazine, which spotlights professional women. List is a language arts teacher at the Thompson K-8 International Academy in Southfield, Mich. In the article, she credits the late SHU education faculty member Sister Eileen Rice as a “mentor and inspiration throughout my career.”
Deborah Elliott ’14/MA was named vice president of human resources and administration for the Gleaner Life Insurance Society in March 2016. She most recently served as human resource manager for TLC Community Credit Union, and has more than 35 years of experience in human resources and financial services. She also is an adjunct instructor at SHU and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Association of Southeastern Michigan.
Shannon Roach Calixte was inducted into the Colon (Mich.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in March 2016.
Audra Miller Mohler played the character Billie Dwyer in the January production of “Unnecessary Farce,” at the Civic Theater in Van Wert, Ohio. She lives in Delphos, Ohio.
Laura Villalobos Soto was promoted to assistant branch manager of TLC Community Credit Union’s main branch in Adrian in January 2016. She began her career as an accounting specialist in 2009 with accounting and payroll responsibilities. Soto was promoted to member services representative and then member services officer assisting members with loans and mortgages.
Patricia Thomas recently accepted a new position as the Supportive Services coordinator of the Elam Davies Social Service Center of Chicago Lights. Chicago Lights is a Community Outreach Organization of Fourth Presbyterian Church.
David Wynkoop was named the Marketing Program director for the Wright St. University Department of Athletics in November 2015. Wynkoop was most recently assistant director of fan development at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Juan Freitez/MA was the recipient of a 2016 Artist Research and Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona. This highly-competitive grant program awards funding to Arizona artists practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines in support of research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. This year, 10 of 100 applicants received an award of up to $5,000 in funding. In his first long-form documentary, “Salud Sin Papeles: Health Undocumented,” documentary filmmaker Freitez will tell the story of Phoenix Allies for Community Health, a clinic providing free healthcare to undocumented immigrants in Phoenix. Originally from Venezuela, Freitez moved to the U.S. to pursue a career as a film-maker. Upon moving to Phoenix in 2013, Freitez mentored under award-winning filmmaker Terry Bennell before founding his own production company, Community Grassroots Media, in 2014.
Last summer, Jennifer Schwartz studied cheetah physiology and ecosystem management with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia. A veterinary assistant instructor at CAVIT in San Tan Valley, Ariz., she took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry program.
Markie McKenzie Kilpatrick was promoted to member services officer by TLC Community Credit Union in January 2016. She began her career as a member services representative in 2012 and was responsible for new accounts, consumer lending, individual retirement accounts and health savings accounts. Her new responsibilities include mortgages and home equity lending. She resides in Adrian.
Spencer Revenberg was a member of the Windsor AKO Fratmen club football team in the Ontario (Canada) Football Conference. The Fratmen finished 10-0 on the fall 2015 season and claimed their third straight conference title, defeating the Ottawa Sooners 21-11 in the championship. Revenberg was a fullback on SHU’s first football team.
James Williams recently left for basic training with the U.S. Marines. Treated for childhood leukemia 20 years ago by the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital, Williams returned to Mott to speak to a nursing class about his treatment. The class was taught by Beth Duffy, one of Williams’ attending nurses at the time.
- Sister Evangeline Davis, OP ’38— Spanish faculty member from 1970-89.
- Sister Helen Bartley, OP ’40
- Sister Rita Gleason, OP ’40—former Development staff member.
- Joan Brennan ’44
- Mary Duggan Cassabon ’48
- Sister Theresa Pigott, OP ’51
- Sister Ann Richard Baker, OP ’52
- Sister Patricia Slattery, OP ’54
- Sister Mary O’Connor, OP ’55
- Sister Joyce Banks, OP ’56
- Sister Barb Chenicek, OP ’57, Hon. ’94
- Sister Anne Baxter, OP ’58
- Sister Betty Lou Myers, OP ’61
- Sister Rose Calvert, OP ’62
- Sister Joyce Hibbert, OP ’64
- Mary Jane Blau ’65
- Sister Ruth Anne Kelly, OP ’65
- Sister Therese Johnson, OP ’70
- Sister Ethel Detz, OP ’72
- Timothy Pecsenye ’85
- Randy Yates ’08, ’10/MA
- Jerome “Jerry” Bohland—former board of trustees member.
- Richard Keeley—former board of trustees member.
- Richard Ransom—former board of trustees member.
- Warren Reuther—former board of trustees member.
- Judge James Sheridan—former adjunct criminal justice instructor.
- Barbara Ann St. John—former adjunct education instructor.