2019 Premier Class Notes

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From June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019

 

1950s

'59 Jo (Meyer) Duea, BA, MA '64, Cedar Falls, was named one of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier's 8 Over 80 for 2018.

1960s

'65 Glenn Wehrkamp, MA, Waverly, is retired and living in an apartment at Eichhorn Haus with his wife, Yvonne. They are in good health and enjoying life.

'66 Dave DeWalle, BA, MA '74, Marion, received the 2018 Ambassador of the Year Award from the Marion Chamber of Commerce and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

'66 Donna (Ferns) Hoffman, BA, MA '81, Cedar Falls, was named one of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier's 8 Over 80 for 2019.

'69 Rick Witt, BA, MA '75, Plover, WI, was inducted into the UW Stevens Point Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 19, 2018. He was the cross country and track and field coach from 1977 to  2014.

1970s

'73 Roy Fielding, BA, MA '77, Charlotte, NC, retired as senior lecturer at the University of North Carolina after more than 40 years. The UNC chancellor is naming the Belk Gym Pool in his honor.

'74 Mike Grady, BA, Edmond, OK, retired Nov. 15, 2017, after a 43-year career with the YMCA in Iowa, Illinois, Arizona and Oklahoma. He received numerous awards during his career, including the Stanley Draper Award for his contributions to community excellence in downtown Oklahoma City.

'78 Holly (Meier) Lester, BA, Ames, retired at the end of the 2018-2019 school year after teaching middle school math for 41 years.

1980s

'81 Steve Langerud, BA, MA '86, Grinnell, is executive director of the Mayflower Community, a healthcare provider in Poweshiek County.

'81 Anne (Gallagher) Nass, BA, MA '83, Waterloo, retired from the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley after 20 years as communications coordinator.

'85 Lisa (Andersen) Chizek, BA, MA '12, Toledo, was named a science finalist for the 2019 Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

'87 Deb (Zeimet) Little, BA, MA '96, Tripoli, was first named a finalist and then a winner of the 2019 Iowa Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.

1990s

'90 Stacey Snyder, MA, ASC '13, Tripoli, received the 2019 Black Hawk County Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.

'94 Ann (Bliesman) Thomas, BA, Cedar Falls, received the 2019 Black Hawk County Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.

'94 Erin (Niemeyer) Wittenburg, BA, Readlyn, received the 2019 Black Hawk County Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.

'96 Natalie (Rasmusson) Franke, BA, MA '03, West Des Moines, was named a mathematics finalist for the 2019 Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

'96 Shelly (Wentzel) Vroegh, BA, Norwalk, was named to the first Iowa Governor's Teachers Cabinet in December 2018.

'98 Tracey (Juergens) Simon, BA, Waterloo, received the 2019 Black Hawk County Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.

'99 Molly (Edwards) Hoover, BA, Joliet, IL, competed at the 2018 Nationwide US Masters Swimming Spring National Championship.

2000s

'01 Becky (Overfield) Wolfe, BA, Greenwood, IN, is the director of school programs and educational resources for the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

'02 Cari (Poskin) Johnson, BA, MA '05, Davenport, teaches psychology, economics and AP macroeconomics at Davenport Central High School. She also serves as president of the local teachers' union and is a teacher leader with the TLCS program.

'05 Ashley (Huinker) Flatebo, BA, Garner, received the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is currently an instructional coach in the Mason City School District.

'09 Jed Batterson, MA, Cedar Falls, was named to the first Iowa Governor's Teachers Cabinet in December 2018.

'09 Sara McIntosh, BA, Dunkerton, received the 2019 Black Hawk County Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.

2010s

'10 Lamont Muhammad, MA, ASC '17, Waterloo, was named one of the Cedar Valley's 20 under 40 by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier for 2018. He is currently a fifth grade teacher at Irving Elementary.

'11 Matthew Tobin, BA, ASC '16, Waterloo, received the 2019 Black Hawk County Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.

'13 Justin Decker, BA, MA '14, Waterloo, received the 2019 Black Hawk County Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.

'15 Christopher Burke, MA, ASC '16, Dubuque, was named the Iowa Teacher of the Year for 2019. He is currently a math teacher at Roosevelt Middle School.

'15 Alyssa Turcsak, BA, East Lansing, MI, is the assistant director of development for Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University.

'16 Sarah Kemp, BA, Ames, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Iowa in 2018 and is a physical therapist for Mary Greeley Medical Center in Story City.

'17 Brittney Luth, BA, Jesup, is the director of Neuro RehabCare, LLC.